Phase 2 Focus on Mechanical
Engine / Suspension / Brakes / Transmission
We Start from Here:
I got the engine started and this is what it looked like. I still need to wire up VTEC.
Put a D-Series Alternator in , no banging of the frame rail.
And just after that .. We started up the engine for the first time.
( the alternator pic is out of sequence but , save the best for last
( Same video from the swap thread in the modification garage ) CLICK BELOW for Video
Earlier this week i got a Hasport A/C bracket. gonna need the hardware kit from Hasport.
Got some stuff
install pics to follow.
Got a SickSpeed dual bend short shifter , mostly because it came with the bolt & a cool sticker
and it was only $11
.. ( it's red but i guess i can paint it , asked seller for color change , we'll see )
I also got: ES shift bushings, Acura Shift Washer set & a 10" slim fan.
I'll post actual pics when the items arrive
EDIT: actual items
And .. axles , one is used ( came with swap ) the other is a new CarQuest.
update june 24
yesterday i put the hydro bracket in .. kinda hard to get a good pic of it .. may edit this
ok so , it was a pain to get this t-bracket in this far.
I was only off by a little on the other side ,
I ended up loosening the tranny side bolts and tilting the tranny mount to line up with the main bolt hole.
Then i got the final bolt in. As you can see in the above photo , everything is sitting a little too close to the firewall.
anyways .. engine bay with a straight engine and NO JACKS under the engine , lol ..
How many differences can you spot ? ** HINT , you should be able to see 7 or 8 without flickr zooming , 10 total )
So anyway, up up and away
we're in the air for knuckles / axles and shift linkage
I got started on the shift linkage.
It's pretty much installed except for the bitch pin and tightening everything up ( updatin on my break hehe )
I'm not sure i did all this right, the shifter had a an aluminum spacer that didn't seem to want to fit so i omitted it.
The nut was only grabbing on a few threads and the end of the nut that "locks" wasn't engaged.
Is this common ? to have to remove that spacer on the shifter bolt ? Also, there wasn't any kind of washers with the shifter but , the bearing shifters doesn't use washers , right ?
and DUDE , what a PAIN it was to get that ES bushing in the stabilizer.
I gave up trying with my hands , all covered in oil. here is what i did:
TIP: i put big washers on a bolt and stuck the bolt through a bubble mailer from USPS ( so i wouldn't scratch my shift linkage ) then i put a big washer and a nut on the bushing side and started tightening the nut. Still wouldn't pop through
i had to take some channel locks and squeeze the part of the bushing that didn't want to fit till the "lip" and the whole round end was in the shifter. THEN it popped through
UPDATE: July 5
Got the shift linkage in
As mentioned , i removed that spacer on the bolt because the lock nut wasn't fully seated.
Not sure why this would happen. Most shifters i see installed do have the spacer.
With the spacer it was too tight and would bind the bearing in the shift lever.
ALSO: yep , i washed the under side of the car , lol
all that grey you see used to be "caked-on" 25yo oil-dirt crust.
You can see the line of the rust-proofing at the bottom of the pic.
I'll have to get back in there to clean it better, it's acceptable for the time being.
Here is the other side with the <insert curse word> ES bushing.
I'm not sure if that rubber boot is causing some of my difficulty getting into 4th or if i have that installed correctly.
ALSO: lil complaint abt the innovative shifter: the metal u-joint bracket edges are TOO SHARP !!
If you zoom in really tight on this photo you can see the marks the bracket made on the soft aluminum.
That's DEFINITELY coming back off and i'll soften up those edges myself. ( thanks innovative
NOTE to SeLF: paint that rusty bolt dude .. lol , yep that'll bug me ..
Also, the ES bushing kit didn't have lube , what kind should i get ? where to get it ?