Ok, some updates... Slow progress, but we are so close we can taste it!
Last few shots I have of the block before assembly:
Andre @ Pina Motorsports, once again demonstrating his flawless fabrication skills with this custom water-neck:
Here it is in place:
More custom fabrication. New water piping:
shot of the back of the engine so you can see the route of that obnoxious water pipe. I was surprised to see the POR-15 flaking off the inside of the trans tunnel, LOL.
Some finishing touches:
New TiAL BOV. the old Greddy one I had was broken and never actuated properly:
Used EVO 9 FMIC. the old EVO 8 FMIC I had on there had a small fracture in it that was causing a boost leak.
All new custom fabricated aluminum piping throughout to replace all the old shitty steel stuff that was in there:
Also notice the absence of the AFM
The car is now running full stand alone AEM
At a glance the engine looks the same... but a keen eye will spot the differences.
From the old build we re-used the pistons, rods (except for one rod that we replaced due to a balacing issue), Valve-train, cams, cam-gears, manifolds, turbo, wastegate, valve-cover and the fuel system. We threw out and replaced the Bottom and and crank, the head, all of the piping, the BOV, the AFM and the ECU.
At this point the engine has been filled with oil and coolant and pressurized to the max load and no leaks at all! Mechanically it's ready for the dyno. The thing that's been delaying the dyno tune is the crank-trigger sensor. A while back we updated to this guy, and it seems to be incompatible with the AEM. As best Andre can determine the phase or the signal either isn't correct, or isn't strong enough to trigger the AEM. So hes been working around the clock to see if he can upgrade the design, or if the manufacturer has a new AEM compatible version:
Here's the problem trigger sensor seen on the left:
So the bad news is that it looks like the car won't make the Old School Reunion meet this weekend. Which is too bad as I was really looking forward to this all year. But the good news is that this car is about to be back on the road with a proper engine and tune that should end up lsting the life of the car... at least as long as I own it.
I'll post photos and video of the dyno tune whenever we get to it!