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Sep 27, 2018 - 9:20 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1099773 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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I had to run to get some SD cards for work yesterday, and on my way back to the office I noticed the temp gauge rapidly climbing. I quickly pulled into the next parking lot and shut the car off. I could hear hissing from the engine bay.



It looked like the lower coolant hose had ruptured, so I had to call AAA to come get me and take me home. Once I got the car in my garage I got to work. This is what I found:



I mustíve knicked the hose when I put the heat shield back in, and it finally popped. New hose will be here today, and I have to go drop a small fortune on coolant at the dealership.

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:26 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1099590 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Well I havenít updated this in a hot minute. Intake manifold is here. Weíre just waiting to put it on. We slapped a manual boost controller on in the meantime and set it to 11psi. Iíve been getting about 24 - 26 MPG with it, and Iíve been beating it like it owes me money.

The TCS coolant neck broke on like the 4th or 5th day. The overflow port broke off, which is when I learned that TCS just epoxied it in place. I replaced it with a RacerX unit.

We should be ready to slap the intake manifold on in a few weeks, and then itís back to the tuner for the final tuning and max power pulls.


Aug 20, 2018 - 10:02 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1099224 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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The intake mani has shipped! I should hopefully have it by Saturday.

Aug 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1099204 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Not many updates for now. Racer X sent the coolant neck and I installed it, and cleaned the dried Toyota Red from the top of the transmission. I drove the car once, and then the alternator started to undercharge the battery. I didnít have time to look into it until yesterday, where I found the nut had completely backed off the power wire, so I got that tightened back up and went for a drive.



Filled the tank and calculated initial fuel economy. 224.6 miles and 9.456 gallons to fill up = 23.75mpg, or 10.09 km/l.

Still waiting on my intake manifold to ship. Hopefully this next week.

Jul 31, 2018 - 9:13 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098878 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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QUOTE (Bitter @ Jul 31, 2018 - 5:12 AM) *
Can you get something to cover the coils? I have a nice semi matte black steel plate that bolts down to my valve cover on the Celica and covers the coils, looks real good.


The valve cover doesnít have any provisions for something to bolt on top to cover them. There is someone who makes a cover for the Gen4 3S, but the valve covers are way too different. I couldnít use it if I wanted to. It is just that the plate to bolt the coils down to has them all at different angles, which is fine from a functional perspective, but I canít imagine it being too difficult to just get them all lined up the same way. I have some buddies that may be able to 3D print something else. Weíll see.

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:08 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098866 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Well getting it ready for a car show this last weekend I found that the coolant overflow port on the coolant neck broke off and leaked a little bit of coolant. Looks like it wasnít even welded in, but rather just epoxied.

So a mild bummer, but thankfully Racer X sells their own version, so I got that on order. I also pulled the trigger on a Racer X center feed intake manifold and 75mm Mustang TB. With any luck the coolant neck will be here this weekend, and the intake manifold in a few weeks. Weíll install it when itís time to go back to the tuner to dial in the power post-break in.

At the same time we will convert to Coil on plug. I have the hall sensors and cam and crank trigger wheels to get that done, as well as a set of 1ZZ coils, although from an aesthetic perspective they donít please me. I also have a set of 1NZ coils, which I understand are just as strong as 1ZZ, but cheaper, and the connector is flat, rather than at an upward angle.

My Innovate LC2 arrived today, so thatíll get wired into the ECU.

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098824 · Replies: 6296 · Views: 1,052,608
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Like heís done it before...



Jul 25, 2018 - 8:20 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098748 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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I asked my tuner to start with a preliminary base tune that I can break the engine in with, and then Iíll schedule it back in for max power after.

Well I popped in today to check in, and they had it up on the dyno doing some partial throttle fuel changes. Turns out the coil wire is arcing to the catch can, causing a miss. New wires will be here tomorrow to replace the cheap ones I got from PrimeDriven.

Iím hoping itís ready to go tomorrow. I have an alignment appointment on Saturday, and then a car show on Sunday.

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:50 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098685 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Loaded on a flatbed and brought it to my tuner this afternoon.


Jul 21, 2018 - 12:31 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098682 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Itís off to the tuner tomorrow AM.





Jul 19, 2018 - 12:45 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098668 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Found it. It was a dumb bolt that goes into the oil pump that was missing. We grabbed the old pump and removed the bolt. Cleaned it up, and no more leaks.

Weíll put it back together tomorrow.

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:49 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098665 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Oil leak. Weíre currently digging into it now. So far it doesnít appear to be cam seals. Weíre removing the crank pulley now.

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:11 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098656 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Pics.




Jul 18, 2018 - 12:11 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098655 · Replies: 4548 · Views: 2,463,110
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New wheels for the daily.

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:54 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098651 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Okay, tank came out and we found that the anodizing on the fuel pump hanger was preventing us from getting a good ground, so we sanded some of it off and tested it. Tests good. Reinstalled it and fired up the car.

It idles low on the VERY basic base tune I have, but it runs.

Only problem is a leak from behind the timing cover... fantastic. My tuner said I need to fix the leak and bring the car in on Saturday.

Tomorrow ought to be fun... Iíll snap some pics tomorrow.

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:52 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098645 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Well we got all of the remaining coolant hoses sorted out last night, vac lines hooked up, cooling system vacuum bled, and the base tune installed on the ECU. Time to crank it over.

We prime the engine and find the oil line to the turbo was leaking a bit. Just wasn't tight enough. Tighten that up and the leak stops. Everything else looks good, except that I don't hear the fuel pump running on "Key On". I also notice that the fuel gauge is not reading anything.


The pump and the fuel level assembly share a common ground.

They also can't be accessed without dropping the tank.


UGH.


So we throw in the towel at about 10:30 last night and we'll be dropping the tank today to correct the ground. We did thankfully have another Whinebro pump to test that power was coming through the harness without issue, which it is.

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:58 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098627 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Itís clichť, but if I can do it, so can you. It just takes time and money.

I really didnít originally plan for this to become so thorough, but one thing led to another and so on and so on until I am $10k into an engine swap.

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:01 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098624 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Iíve been off in France for the last couple of weeks, but I got back yesterday AM and got right back to work. Got the subframe installed along with the front and rear mounts, axles, suspension, exhaust, and a bunch of other bits. Basically now I have to get some misc vac lines ran, a couple coolant lines thatíll require bulk hose because Toyota has decided theyíre made of pure unobtainium, ground wires, fluids, and double check wiring.


Speaking of wiring, my own car wizard has finished extending the harness, and repinned the body harness plug.




Jul 1, 2018 - 9:06 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098496 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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This is where I stopped for the day.


Jul 1, 2018 - 4:51 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098492 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Jul 1, 2018 - 3:41 AM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098487 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Well, the engine is now living in the car. It was late, so I didnít get any shots of that, but Iíll take a few tomorrow.

For now, this:

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:06 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098454 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Theyíre color coded.

White .3 bar
Lt blue .5 bar
Green .8 bar
Yellow 1.0 bar
Black 1.2 bar
Dk blue 1.5 bar
Red 1.7 bar
Silver 2.0 bar

http://shopping.kinugawaturbo.com/adjustablespring-2.aspx

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:41 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098450 · Replies: 4548 · Views: 2,463,110
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Current state of things.


Jun 24, 2018 - 12:36 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098449 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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It came with the 18 PSI spring installed, but I changed it out to a 12 PSI unit.

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:25 PM Forum: Off Topic · Post Preview: #1098395 · Replies: 684 · Views: 2,009,841
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Got a fair amount done this weekend.

Radiator is now completely installed. All hoses from the radiator back were replaced with new dealer parts.

New e-brake cables have been installed.

The fuel filler neck has been reinstalled. The evap canister that came with the swap is destroyed, so Iím trying to find another small evap canister that I can get installed behind the heat shield.

I picked up my ECU and installed it into the OEM housing. I have my base tune on my PC, so Iím just waiting until I can get power to the unit to load it up.


Today I put the stereo back in and wired the new crossovers. The previous owner did a REALLY bad job installing them and had left them zip tied to the airbag harness. I used industrial strength Velcro to get them tucked away under the dash. Feels like a car inside again.

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