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From N/A S130 to Turbo Drift Missile

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Intro:

 

 

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Got the engine pulled.

 

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While disassembling it, I broke a couple of bolts and they were essential just rods of rust bonded to the cover so...

 

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...I had to pry it off.

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Guts all over the floor.

 

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Fixed! Sorry about that. On to more pictures with still no background information. I spend so much time working on the car (in addition to my day job) that I just haven't done an intro yet...

 

The day started with cleaning the block and internals.

 

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I managed to recruit the help of some neighbors.

 

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Thanks, neighbors.

 

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Before painting.

 

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After painting. I decided on a nice neon-vomit green.

 

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The pizza cart was put to good use.

 

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The cylinders were honed.

 

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The oil pan was cleaned, tapped for oil return, and painted.

 

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I began work on the ECU until the rod/main bearings come in for the engine.

 

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I got a little bit of engine work done today.

 

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I had to take a field trip to a buddy's house to borrow a torque wrench since I loaned my out 15 minutes before I needed to use it. He was in the process of rebuilding an RX-8.

 

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I ran into some fitment issues with the timing cover and the new timing chain guides so I will have to hash that out tomorrow.

 

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Got some more bits installed on the engine and after adjusting the valve lash, I thought it was time for a hefeweizen.

 

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I'm about sick of having to do this. This engine likes to eat bolts and force me to drill and tap new threads.

 

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It's coming along.

 

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It's not going to clean itself.

 

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I had to port the manifold to better suit the new 60mm throttle body.

 

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I'm no professional but at least it has a better chance at life now.

 

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Finished building the board for the ECU. Just got to make a few tweaks.

 

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I finally got the intake manifold all buttoned up and was getting ready to finish the engine when I realized I don't have gaskets for the exhaust side of the turbo. Piss.... Well, I guess I'll knock out the differential and floor pans until they come in. Tomorrow I'll start on that and I'll do another video. I think I'll do weekly video updates with pictures in between.

 

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As far as the rocker cover goes, I started sanding it to prep it for painting but then I decided it looks pretty cool like this. It has an interesting vintage look. I think I'll keep it this way.

 

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Today was not my day to work on Watson. I took apart the front of the engine to address the broken stud. I accidentally drilled the hole into the block too large and there is no room for me to expand the hole in the timing cover without risking cracking it, so I just had to put it back together.

 

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I then broke one of the studs while installing the exhaust manifold. I at least had extras.

 

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I was having issues getting the bolts to go in for the intake manifold so I just called it a night. I'll pick up again tomorrow.

 

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The day started with people just stopping by to chat and decided the engine bay needed cleaning. I didn't ask for it nor did I care, so on with the cleaning they went.

 

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While they did that, I worked on removing more unneeded equipment. No more dashboard.

 

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Lets do this.

 

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So close, yet so far. The engine needs to move another half an inch and mesh up with the transmission to make this task complete, but I'm tired. Until tomorrow.

 

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The engine is in! I had a dream last night that the engine would just mesh up the next morning without a hitch and sure enough, it did. Weird.

 

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Got a lot of bits installed. Good news: The lights are working and the fuel pump is working as well as the FPR which is reading at a solid 3 BAR.

 

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I stared working on the panel for switches, fuses, and relays. Will tomorrow be the day it starts? I hope so; there's a drift event next weekend. A video update will happen tomorrow.

 

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Today was quite interesting. I fabricated an exhaust system with scrap pipe and started wiring the the harness. I then just hit a brick wall in regards to exhaustion and just decided to call it a day, have a beer and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Watson has a real rat rod look now! Or just a ghetto look...

 

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