Very little has been done to the car over the last few months. combo of to many things on my plate and feeling unmotivated
i have taken it to the track 2 times now. and it feels better then it ever did before. i finally have my alignment to somewhere i feel it is acceptable and the increased angle is pretty cool for recovery purpose's. it feels like your at full lock when sliding then you get about another 1/4 turn out of the wheel if you really grab it and tell it to get more angle. I am happy with that part now i just need to find some S13 front coilovers so the suspension is less janky.
I particpated in the first round of drifting @ saratoga speedway this past weekend. It was during racing hours so we had spectators and were supposed to be the highlight of the night. There was alot of confusion between track staff and drivers. but the event was pretty good other then that. i got a few practice laps in with a passenger and everything felt pretty good. having never drifted saratoga in the dry, it was a little odd getting used to it. Then on a practice run a 240 spun in front of me, and stupid me stopped dead not knowing where the guy was gonna go. Needless to say i got rearended by another 240. He drifted right into my RR, saw him soon enough to dump the clutch and get some momentum, it still hit us pretty good. i was able to get it hammered out, made sure the other driver was ok and appoligized for stopping, by then it was qualifying. i layed down an ok qualifying run. there were 9 cars and 2 broke so there was only a top 6. little underpowered 86 was knocked out first round. But thats not why i go out. its fun just to get out and beat on the ol car every now and again. I need to run back to work now but i will post some pictures later this evening
Mid season blues. Tore my oil pan 2 weeks ago. fixed it, tore it again. My fault for being cheap with the front end setup.
Went and did some spirited driving on sunday funday and noticed the diff getting louder and louder. then on my way to work monday it snapped the left axle in a parking lot. So it looks like the green beast will become a lawn ornament until next season.
I am going to picking up a 7.5 diff from a pickup with an lsd thanks to Dug! and while its down i plan to convert the front end to s14 5lug hubs as well as doing lots of other little **** like finally putting in the Nitrous and a belt bar. motor will most likely be coming out to get a clutch. but who knows if it will actually find its way back into this car.
Im the king of dragging my ass and getting nothing done. so heres an update with whats been going on in my life lately
Corolla is still off the road parked getting a truck diff. The mounts have been cut off the 86 housing and are ready to go onto the tacoma diff, then we ran out of oxygen and called it a day. That night i was thinking to myself, i love the reliability of a stock engine. and since I'm changing the rear end i need to have a driveshaft fabricated. I'm cheap, and the 4age doesn't put the power down that i would like. That being said i decided why bother paying to have 2 driveshafts made. one for the 4a, and then another when i decide to change power plants. So the decision was made, and the trigger was pulled, i put the 4ag swap up for sale and a guy i met who is converting a super clean sr5 to a gts came by asked a few questions then handed me money. Even brought by an engine crane for me to use rather then hassling my work to borrow ours.
I thought for awhile of the engine i wanted. Few years ago i had a 89 alltrac 3sgte, but decided against using it because of the awful angle they need to sit on to have oil return properly.
a 4.6L mustang swap was debated due to the cheapness but i decided that i wanted reliability not hassle so the ford idea was tossed out quickly.
1uz swap puts down the numbers i like, and seems to be pretty badass after watching Matts car smoke so hard. but theres 3 guys already in the process or already running a 1uz in a 86. (not that it matters) it boiled down to, it takes effort and money to convert to 5speed. and that gets costly
i debated a gze, but the cost of one, for the power they make didn't seem worth it to me personally.
So the choice got real obvious. I'm not smashing the firewall to **** for a jz, restalls firewall turned me off of that swap. So clearly the best option is a beams blacktop 3sge.
I have found a few, none of which have had the maf. and i want to keep it stock rather then change the ecu and run itb's.
The plan is to use the 6speed and the stock beams ecu. this way only one shaft will need to be fabricated and the power will hopefully make the car more enjoyable to drive. I know that its not going to be cheap or easy, but it should be reliable. And the power is comparable to an f20c which if we all recall smokes quite well in gpennys car. but the swap is less to buy.
Everything is in the air right now as for what/where I'm going to buy my motor, anyone with input or has dealt with engine imported i would love some feedback on who's good and where to look
yea i picked up the truck diff off dug. hoping to not require extra axles anymore but thanks for the offer derek..
Parts are on the way
Engine, trans, wiring, ecu are coming in from quebec.
ordered a driveshaft from australia. shipping was going to be more then the shaft so lucky for me Steve Thompson is able to bring it in for me in a seacan he is having shipped up.
I haven't paid the guy yet but i am also ordering a bolt in swap kit from aussie land as well that steve is going to bring up for me. The stuff from aussie land will not be in until roughly january steve said so it gives me time to have the wiring dealt with and sort out the fuel delivery system. i am hoping to be doing fat brake stands in my driveway for valentines day as a lovely gift to myself.
Can anyone chime in on the effects of lowering the crossmember. the bolt in kit lowers the subframe so it will allow the hood to close.http://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/66952-beams-3sge-into-ae86-conversion-kits/
this is the kit. my other concern is he made it to fit RHD and I'm concerned about the steering linkage getting in the way of exhaust piping.
my cars pretty janky so i don't really have a problem cutting the hood up and making a cowl induction hood. but then the trans tunnel probably needs work since it will lift the motor up a bit.
Lots of **** going thru my mind and lots of money going out of my accounts. I may have to sell some toys this season to afford skids. so keep your wallets full and eyes open for my 510 or crown custom wagon getting listed for sale
id like to see a cost break down of the uz swap i don't see how it can cost much less in the end,
both cars need a custom driveshaft, upgraded rear end.
i bought a mostly complete 3sge for 1700 to my work i need get an intake and a few other things. bolt in kit cost me 400 and a shaft to use to make the new shaft cost me 150.i still need to buy alot, i plan on sending the harness to someone else to convert because i have more money then patience even if it is none to none… i need to buy a fuel pump (7mgte) and a rpm adapter so i can still use the stock 86 tach. I'm not completely delusional i know theres going to be a bunch of little things that will add up before I'm done. I'm guessing 3000-3500 by the time I'm all in and smoking tires again
How much is a uz by the time your done getting an engine/trans and adapters and doing all the clutch parts? plus exhaust manifolds would be double the pain in the ass of the 3sge?
im not knocking the v8, Matts car kills it, dugs car will be epic as well. and those are just the 2 i have seen in person. But to me the 3sge seemed the better decision
And steve is a god of Drift heavens
Still waiting on some items to arrive before i tear into it more but heres my winter parts hoard list
Its not going to be much of a rolla anymore.
240sx front suspension. Lcas, knuckles, brakes, tanabe coilovers
tacoma truck rear end ,with supra lsd
Beams engine and trans
dodge ram 1/2 ton rear coil springs (will be cut down and used for rears)
mk3 turbo supra fuel pump.
Still debating if i want to run average 14s or deep dish 15s all around
Running super low is nolonger a concern. My cars been stupid low for this season, and I would rather not tear the oil pan on the beams. 14s are my plan I think, tires are easier for me to find in sizes i like free at work.
Yesterday my dad and I finished the welding on the new rearend I hope everything's square enough I don't need to buy adjustable links. I plan on prepping everything for some paint before it goes back in so hopefully next week she can roll around my yard again.
i have alot of little things that keep coming to my attention that need dealing with before the car hits the track again. probably more like june before i will get to drive it again
i have to repair the seat bolts one pulled out when a poofourty rear ended me
full exhaust needs to be redone
i want to remove all the interior panels and put sheet metal over it
Fuel pump/ pressure regulator and return
i have been debating cleaning up the dash and having a set of toggle switches for everything
I need to figure out a ebrake setup, the new rearend is drum brake. ideally i want to run a stock cable. and a hydrobrake, really have no plans of ditching the drums. as far as i am concerned drums work better for sliding, brakes lock fast and hard always
The more i stop and think the more that pops up, and i realize i bit off more then i can chew financially right now, so thats why i have pushed the date back for when i hope to be done. Sorry for the rant/list its more for my own memory
Preparing the housing and four links slowly, it's nice to see it all shiny, a wire wheel goes along way. I debated just clearing it as is. The more I look at the rearend the less stoked I am on how it came out without using a jig. If its horrid I will probably go ask warren to redo it.