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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Top work as always fella [thumleft]
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

So Dropped the Gearboxes off to Patrick Chambers. He is putting the gearset from the celica box into the MR2, so we keep the MR2 casing, linkages and Diff, but had the 190 engine gears to keep the car in lift.
i am not currently swapping over the longer 6th, as it is a track only car.

At home last night a jumped onto getting the engine ready.
First up was to change the manky sump for a baffled one. I am going for a 1zz sump for now and then later ill be adding an accusump when funds allow




Also fitted the new Blitz oil filter...



next up was lift bolts. these are know to snap or wear. so while i have it they are 80p each so might as well and change the cam cover gasket too





Onto the lower temp TRD thermostat



fitted following these instructions closely


New water pump while there too
old one had a plastic impeller


new is a metal impeller


new sparks fitted too






I did also swap the idler pulley from the 1zz to the 2zz which sits where the air con normally would. The idler bearings are knackered, so Patrick is ordering em a new on to pick up when i get the gearboxes back.

Tonight hopefully ill be able to tackle starting to swap the looms and generally getting it all back together
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

A bit more has happened

Got both the 1zz and 2zz out in the sunshine to transfer needed parts and start building up the 2zz

removed the injectors and fuel rail from the 1zz . resinstalled the 2zz injectors and 1zz fuel rail so the fuel feed is on the correct side
blocked up the required (or not as it may be) coolant lines.



Swapped over the coolant lines then reinstalled the 1zz wiring loom.





pulled the 2zz loom into the back room and removed teh 3 wires and 2 plugs required to make lift work.



Popped up to my mates to pick up my new exhaust.






It was very nicely wrappedn, a good job. but i cannot go near the stuff without itching like a mofo. so it had to come off.

nice exhaust under there.



The first silencer was rattling. so cut it open and removed the rattle.. the other two back boxes are able to be repacked, so i just left this one empty and see how it goes..



new plate welded back on


Lastly made a new mini loom for the oil and lift switch





also i thought id weigh in the civic R EP3
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

I'm on nights this week which always means i can get a bit done..
hoping to pick up the gearbox this week which may mean engine in at the weekend!!

so managed to get a bit done today..
first up was putting the lift cables into the loom.. i am pretty happy with the finished product,





my little helper kept throwing me her ball so i could chuck it for her.. this slowed me down. but how can you say no!


I got a little trick from a friend a few years back, i want to get some poly engine mounts in future. but i am currently on a tight budget to just get the thing running. So using his trick.. filled the old engine mounts with Stickaflex. this has stiffened them up a load.
Ill see how it is when on the car. if no good ill order new ones. but worth a try



The others decided to help at this point



With the engine just waiting to go into the car. i thought it was about time i actually did some work on the car itself to prep!
so i covered all front suspension in penetrating spray. ill leave that now and take apart tomorrow


next up into the car. again the helper is there


want to get rid of all the fan and heater unit


first bypassed the heater.


got it all out after some fighting


gave it all a tidy up, moved some of the loom, i can get this much tidier, as i am pretty sure there is loads i can just unplg and remove, but i am not doing this untill i know the engine is in and running (i don't want to add more potential faults in one go)


So then take a perfectly good dash


and attach with an angle grinder



test fit.. pretty pleased with how it looks.. was tempted not to run a dash at all but this just keeps it tidy for now




I know the photos are not the best, they were taken on my pad in a dim garage..

Last job before deciding i was tired after working last night.. As i am inside the car i wanted to get the harness and seat sorted..
So fitted eyelets for harness and wrapped on the harness bar




test fit.. very chuffed (this is my happy face)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

only a little job today..
Nights.. makes me tired and grumpy sometimes.

made these last night




can't really see in the pic, but with better light i will get a pic.
raised the gearshifter by 6cm.



I will see what its like when engines in, but all seems okay a nicely placed at the mo
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Updates coming thick and fast now!

First off i realised i have only gone and left the throttle cable bracket attached in the celica, which long ago went to the scrappy (who have already crushed it)
So Roger G is sorting me one at the weekend. so i shall carry on until then without it.

So first off
Went and collected my gearbox from Patrick Chambers.. ( i seem to be missing some pics is took. no idea where they've gone)
whilst there he added the bung for the first lambda to go in, rather than in the down pipe


As i am not running a cat, I got an Ebay spacer


I was then waiting for my clutch to arrive so got on with some little jobs

My Fan arrived for the dash, ths is just to see if it works, as a cheap try no harm!

the opening left in to vent air to the windscreen

cheap 12v fan


all dash and interior is back in.. but no pictures... Doh

next up i pulled this box that has been sat in the corner of my garage for ages



got them fitted up



Also this fun little package of ultra racing ARBs arrives


Also fitted a new pulley as the bearings had gone in the old one


My clutch arrived. so i went about fitting the clutch, and gearbox etc all back together, these are the pics i am missing. but it all went together nicely.
This is just before installation


I haven't gone to town making this engine a show shiney engine. t isn't worth the effort.. its going in a track/sprint car.. i am sure it will be in and out / replaced many times!

A while later.. magic happens and a 2zz is in the car!!!


Again missing a load of pics.. but got everything reconnected, Oil and gearbox oil filled, subframe back on, engine mounts on.etc etc etc
Then coolant filling. MR2s can be terrible for coolant bleeding.

this time I thought i would try a way I have not done before. I used a friends vacuum filler.
so it pulls all the air out of the system, collapses all hoses etc. you shut it off and leave it a couple seconds to see if you loose the vacuum. If you do you know there is a leak somewhere... i didn;t luckily.. well at the moment anyway..
Then put the filling line in a big bucket of new coolant and open the system up. it the draws and fills the system with coolant and no air...

Happy days




It is now almost ready to start.
I have modified the celica air box to fit, and i have "borrowed" some gasket material from work to make my own exhaust gaskets... so fingers crossed.. tomorrow i can turn the key!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Big day today.
I borrowed some graphite sheet from work to make my own gaskets for the exhaust
I have always run these on my race/sprint track cars and never had one blow




Then worked on getting the exhaust in and mounted



Love the tail pipe!!




I had one hanger with nothing to hang on, luckily i had a spare Poly hanger so managed to get it like this which is holding it nice



I fitted up the rear ARB at this point to make sure nothing rubbed.. all was good.

Plugged in the Lambda sensors..some rerouting/cable adjustment required before putting bumpers etc back on

mocked up the inlet, butched the 1zz and 2zz intake piping. I need to get a bit of tubing to finalize it so i am happy..

but it was ready for a test start!

connected the battery checked everything over...
battery was dead..

charged it for an hour to give it some life that it could do the ignistion system, then jumped it off my civic battery

This is first start up..first turn of the key

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45QimL1stwU
I was pretty happy!

checked everything for leaks.. left it running till it got up to temp and fans kicked in. then turned off, as its in the garage no air for the fans to cool the rads.

heres a vid of once up to temp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctGHgufqx4g

ran well could not see any evidence of leaks anywhere.

there was an exhaust leak from the end of one the repackable boxes, so ill whip the end cap off and reseal it.

come to work today very happy..

next up is get the ARBs mounted and brakes suspension all bolted together. (tomorrows job)
then swap the ECU's and repin to match.
the try again see if it runs. if not i know its something in the wiring


thanks for all the comments guys
fingers a crossed for a trackday in october and a sprint in november
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

no Huge update today
had to do the school run and go to work early..
but managed to get couple bits done.. first was the number plate lights on the trailer.. swapped out..
then the tow car/now daily shogun has a parrot system in it which i hate. and when using bluetooth it would distort..
Pulled it all apart and found this rats nest in there!!



Found a couple loose connections, also a bent pin in one of the plugs.. then taped and tidied everything and mounted the blue box nicely behind the dash rather than let it rattle around
all back together


beast


anyways.. jumped into the garage. got the rear ARB in place again as it was upside down, swapped over. Fitted new drop links, and camber bolts.. all together apart from the brakes now.. (yes the discs cover rust pile needs to come off)


Got both rears done.
I moved to the front got the front ARB mounted, after having two bolts snap and having to drill them out in the worst place ever to get a drill in!! and got new drop links fitted, unfortunately no pics.

that'll be it till next week i expect. I am work early tomorrow, funeral on friday (BOO ), then off to blyton park Saturday/Sunday for race day in the RX8!!! woohoo So more work on Monday
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Update time!!

I went away for a week for work, whilst i was away i made a list of all the little bits left.
As we all know the last 5% takes the most time. its all the fiddly stuff
Here was the list

60mm intake pipe (measure)
Finish air box
Bleed brakes
Extend lambda wiring
Mount lambda plugs
Secure carbon canister valve
Re pin ecu and mount celica key and transponder
Tyres on wheels
Alignment
Refit rear lights and bumper.
Tow hook.
Oil filter change
Compression test
Decal kit
Tighten steering wheel attach face plate
Wire in fan for windscreen
Mount go pro


I got home early on Thursday so manage to hit on with the jobs, managing to start to tick them off pretty quickly
Unfortunately as i was rattling though i did not take loads of pictures..

Of all of them i was most worried about was the Re pinning of the Ecu for the 2zz ecu, I didn't want to damage any ECU plugs.
But after reading all the guides and a few you tube vids, i started. after about an hour of head scratching and moving around, and a phone call to Patrick chambers it was done.
I then held my breath as i turned the key.. It fired straight into life.. big sigh of relief!!

I done a compression test for my own peace of mind..
It was good results all round





Bled all the breaks, done all the little jobs.. got the lights and bumper back one.. wheels back on.
got the car outside



here is the car sat running
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEgk7-SqFX0

then it was loaded on the trailer


taken up to local alignment place. done to my investigations settings..
not all corner weighted yet, that will be later then i have done all the polybushing
But it does sit level. When all arms are done i will take it up to fensport get it set nicely.



Also got the tyres mounted so the car is currently sitting on the uniroyal rain sport 3s, and here are the Soft Avon ZZrs




Couple little jobs i had on the list.. was the intake link pipe, was using a temporary red silicon hose. i have found some tube at work and just need to re fit



also the carbon canister was rubbing on the dipstick, so some slight alteration to the canistor bracket


Just means i can move it by 1/2 inch will be enough..


Next came up on how i was going to actually test the car.
It was going to be book a brands hatch track day this week and get there and see how it goes, my big worry was i would do one lap and inevitably it something would break and the day would be lost.
It was still the best option until i phoned AIB insurance. They managed to sort me insurance on the car with all mods declared (basically a race car) and 1000 miles a year, for £200 which was same cost of the track day. but this covered me where i could drive up road (sensibly as its on road!!) but i could make sure the car runs all okay before going to track and driving it properly..
So fingers crossed one eve this week i can have a little drive in it!!!

It does have a small coolant leak, or the coolant is settling as i haven't seen any evidence of a leak yaet, so need to investigate that properly



Watch this space


As for the list of jobs above

60mm intake pipe (measure) Made, to fit tonight
Finish air box DONE
Bleed brakes DONE
Extend lambda wiring DONE
Mount lambda plugs DONE
Secure carbon canister valve DONE
Re pin ecu and mount celica key and transponder DONE
Tyres on wheels DONE
Alignment DONE
Refit rear lights and bumper. DONE
Tow hook. Rear Done need to sort front
Oil filter change DONE
Compression test DONE
Decal kit NEED TO ORDER
Tighten steering wheel attach face plate DONE
Wire in fan for windscreen DONE
Mount go pro DONE
Remount carbon canister Bracket made, to fit tonight
Find the coolant leak [Sad]
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found the air lock, it was just after the thermostat.. all sorted and temps seem to be staying where they should be!

An utterly boring and pointless video for anyone but me...
but i done one as a momento of its first drives out
at the alignment shop.
then last night.
It drive well. went into lift .. pulled as it should i think (never been in one) and as said before its on the road and its wet so no hard pulls etc.. and stopping to check everything was okay every mile..

touch wood it seems okay..
hopefully the next video will be much more interesting on the track!! what it needs to be

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Well..
A track day has happened..
very very nervous leading up to it.. I didn't get much sleep the night before.. It went like this..

Friday morning. the wife said i had to get the car on track before going to compete at snet (she isn't wrong)
Brands is my closest track, its more expensive to book but by the time i have paid for fuel and hotel to go further afield brands was the best option.

Booked up with MSVT, weather was supposed to be cloudy, not raining. but the weekend and monday it had done nothing but rain so i wasn't expecting anything other than rain

Woke up nice and early (5am) as i am on earlies for work anyway, got to track and 6.45, i wanted to try and bags a spare garage before everyone got there, brands is always a busy trackday

I got garage 27!! my birthday is october 27th so i was happy. (small things small minds all that [Smile] )





Got the car all unloaded. signed on, had some breakfast. car started, idled perfectly my nerves were starting to subside.
Next up nose test.. 94db. pleased with that,
there seemed to be a lack of cars. at the briefing it was told it was a low number day only 30 people signed on to drive.
sighting laps done, i went straight out, which is unlike me, but i wanted to get a couple laps done..


But most importantly there was no rain.. lots of fog!!
had the rainsports on to start with (that is how optimistic i was) three laps done felt good, went in and fitted the avons


by now the sun was coming out. and car was running well.. i was having an issue that it was dropping out of lift between gears, i also felt it seems very long gearing for what i was told would be short!
Had a chat with Patrick, he asked which air box i was using and the intake etc,
we found that the standard MR2 inlet pipe to the filter housing has a massive restriction in, removed this and it then rev'd more freely got right round to the redline, but still dropped out of lift. but nothing i could do while there so i just had fun

the inlet pipe




the car moved around on track but handled brilliantly it was great being back in a mr2,









It drove great ran well all day, and was a great success, And we had sunshine all day!!!!


there were quite a few red flags through the day, tended to be the race cars testing (ginetta juniors and fiestas as they seems to be pushing very very hard)]

In the afternoon my wife and daughter, and family friend came to watch, she got some good pictures and it was nice to have them there after all the do to help me get the car done.
also Harry the previous owner came and had a sit in the car



Overall I am very pleased with the car and great to be in a mr2 again. there is plently to do(lots of ideas).. but i will take it to Snetterton as it is.
Firstly will be the gearbox, looking back at video then at others, im changing at 8200 it drops back to 5800 lift doesn't come in till 6200 so i am always waiting for it, i also can do 80 in second and 110 in third. where as all others are 3rd at 55 4th at 85ish and 5th at 110.. so it seems my celica had a gearbox change at some point and the wrong box was put in it..damn! anyways it hasn't spoiled the day or the car, its just something to add to the Todo list..



Here is the video of last run of the day
https://youtu.be/dT5f3zaM64c
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

I was going to sort the gearbox out over winter.. but it was bugging me
And patrick sorted another for me.
so started at 4pm, stopped for dinner out by 8pm.
So i am pretty pleased.
I am on holiday from moday to friday. dropping box off to patrick ths friday and picking up next saturday for him to swap the gearsets etc over


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got an message from patrick saying the new gearbox had arrived and was stripped. so i ran my box down there, that is now back together and ready for pick up this afternoon!





so itll start going back in this evening!
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Update time...

I got the gearbox in on that Friday evening. Finished off very early Saturday morning.
Whilst there i finished off a few other odd jobs i hadn't been happy with. none of which I can remember
Where i had removed that huge restriction on the intake pipe I used to brake ducting to make a new pipe



Took the car for a quick drive out.. hugely different with this gearbox.. So much better on pick up. A lot better out of lift too as it isn't so long geared. Looking forward to trying it on track now!

This was an important day the Saturday.. It was time to say good bye to the Racecat, Ben had come to collect and put it in his lockup..
Quick picture together



It has been an awesome bit of kit, and look forward to losing to it over the next season [Smile]

We had stripped all its decals as they were mine and Ben's. He has started a fresh and I assisted in fitting his new decals.. This is just the Base, he will be adding more to these


I went off on a lovely holiday for the following week.. nice week in Norfolk.. it was cold but sunny!!


Few more jobs I wanted done. First up.. Decals!!
Same decal kit as Ben, but different colours and due to size of the car, different placement.. also added the Zombie response.. (yes this is not to a lot of peoples tastes a lot will hate it,, but RACECAR!!! And all my race cars have it.. Its my Livery now)





Next up I got an OMP steering wheel for my birthday, as well as a really nice race-bag that I can now fit my helmet, Hans race-suit etc in neatly which is a huge help.
Ordered the Boss from Fensport while on holiday and got it fitted up as soon as we were back.


Ben gave me some money for my birthday, and for the racecat, which i did not expect and very kind of him. This I was told by him was to purchase a new race-seat, get rid of the puke smelling Sparco..

Road trip to corbeau who are about an hour from me.
I looked at the club sport, but this is just a road seat and not as strong as i would want, but was the price i wanted to spend.
Next was the Sprint which we have in the RX. standard was slightly to tight (im a 30-32inch waist) I fit fine but was cramped and the next size the EXCEL was far too loose
the happy medium was the next seat up in the series the pro-series X
https://www.corbeau-seats.com/product/pro-series-x-racing-seat/

This was slightly larger than the sprint standard. but was obviously a lot of monies, over double where I had started
So homebound, spoke with the wife, safety etc.. phoned Corbeau and order placed.
They phoned the next day to say it was ready, as i was on lates i had time in the morning to jump in the little Kia drive down and get it,


The next day was a lot of faffing. trying to get the seat to fit correctly. First position was too high. Managed to get it in a location that was as low as it would go but i still sat too high
After a quick hone call to Corbeau again they did a seat base with a lot less padding.. perfect.
Run down there again for a straight swap (3rd day in a row!!!)
While I was there I picked up a set of their side mounts, as my mounts were for 8mm bolts, but the seat used 10mm.. i did not fancy opening up the current holes

There side mounts holes were a little different in location too which meant I could actually sit the car a little lower.
Again lots of faffing, then full race suit hans etc on to get the harness set just right, glad I done this as found the with harness tight i was leaned too far back, adjustment and all sorted.. Its the little jobs that take time..
It has taken me longer to fit and set up the seat where i am happy with it that it did to removed and replace the gearbox!
Now it is in i am very happy, also managed whilst all out to wash any remnants of stains off the harnesses as well



so it all smells lovely

Got the car loaded on the trailer before work ready for alignment again nice and early tomorrow



there i think that's everything

Hopefully next up date will be a positive one after Snetterton on the 16th of November with a video too. We shall see all fingers a crossed!!
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