Long, slow build an...
 
Share:
Notifications
Clear all

Long, slow build and swap

Page 1 / 2
nocoolname
(@nocoolname)
Estimable Member

I've been collecting parts for this build for about 4 years and even bought a different spyder for the basis of this project during last year.  It evolved from wanting to do a track build since I'm just over an hour away from NCM in Bowling Green Ky, to wanting power and doing a stripped down drag style build that will be street driven some. I've collected almost everything I need and have been actually working on this project off and on for about a year now. Listed below is most of the build parts and specs.

Engine and Trans

K24a1 with K20z3 head.  Innovate swap mounts.  Supertech springs, retainers and valve seals.  Moroso pan, Some adapters and plates from Tractuff for simplifying coolant lines.  Haltech Elite 1500 for engine management, DW300 fuel pump, FID1300 injectors.  GT3582 clone from VSRacing, sidewinder manifold, frozen boost heat exchanger, Davies Craig EWP150 pump for A2W setup.

RSX 6 speed trans, Innovate swap axles, Competition twin disc clutch, Ktuned slave cylinder.

Interior

Harddog double diagonal 4 point bar.  Recequip 6 point camlock harnesses and Kirkey 55 series seats.  Sparco wheel, Racepak dash for info.  No carpet, radio, speakers; pretty well stripped interior.

Chassis/suspension

Wilwood front calipers and two piece rotors, rebuilt rear calipers.  New front wheel bearings, misc small stuff. Going to pull some suspension stuff from another spyder I have.  Looped P/S lines.

 

Anyway, I picked up this chassis late summer/early fall of 2018; non running 1zz, rough shape inside and out, bad top etc.

I washed the car, stripped the interior out and saw what I was working with.  The car had some surface rust in spots from water leaking through the top and clogged drains.

?1

I wire wheeled, cleaned, and painted the bad spots, removed the soft top and frame and installed a double diagonal harddog that I picked up quite a while ago that had been powdercoated.  Yes I'm keeping the sparkles.

https://imgur.com/92ujcH8

About November it started getting cold so I moved the car to a storage building that was easier to heat and such.  Installed some 6 point harnesses and mocked up the Kirkey seat, which is actually a bit more comfortable compared to how it looks.

https://imgur.com/bK6CKZy

I got a set of Jimbo's wilwood caliper mounts, some wilwood calipers and did the two piece rotor with the aluminum hat.  I used drilled bolts to attach the rotor to the hat and safety wired them as a precaution.

https://imgur.com/p1o2lZq

https://imgur.com/YU4OlqD

 

I went with a Sparco wheel.  I also didn't want a bunch of gauges cluttering up the inside, the factory coolant gauge doesn't work with a kswap, and I'm not running Kpro for engine management, I went with a Racepak.  I'm using a Haltech Elite 1500 for engine management and it relays everything I need to the racepak except fuel level.  Fuel level will be hard wired into the Racepak along with turn signals and high beam indicator as it will display that as well.

https://imgur.com/MuuR0vJ

 

Over the past couple weeks I got the engine into the chassis to see clearances and if I would have any issues. 

https://imgur.com/XJ8RxGH

 

That's to the spot I'm at now.  I still have wire the ECU, make my fuel lines, plumb the A2W setup and figure out what size intercooler I can fit along with a lot of little things, and some other bigger things.  I'll slowly update this thread as I slowly make progress.

 

 

 

 

 

Quote
Topic starter Posted : September 22, 2019 6:29 pm
dev, CSPIDY, marsrock7 and 1 people liked
phats
(@phats)
Estimable Member

That poor little spyder ... looks like something I'd buy . I don't think I've ever seen you post a project , thanks for sharing . Glad you decided to keep the sparkles !!

I have the same kirkey seat , I had to cut the side bolster down because it interfered with my shifting . Keep us updated .... 🤠 

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 23, 2019 8:50 pm
dev
 dev
(@dev)
Just a member. Moderator

I also didn't want a bunch of gauges cluttering up the inside

    I like this part the best. I think its down right stupid to have too much clutter with gauges and a fire extinguisher mount on the A pillar.  I always felt people did this kind of thing to show off that they are a dangerous car guy when all it did was reduce visibility.  I like the digital gauge where most of what you need is centralized and focused. 

 

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 24, 2019 10:44 am
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
(@not-2-old-for-2-seater)
Estimable Member

Now I know what you have been doing with all of your "Free" time 😋 

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 24, 2019 10:55 am
nocoolname
(@nocoolname)
Estimable Member

@Phats, the only other "build" thread I've ever posted was on spyderweb when I did my own 2zz swap.  This car was rough and cheap so I felt it was a good candidate for beating, cutting a little and doing whatever else needed for my wants.  I'm to the point though now where I just want to drive it and will have a list of things that need more work later such as the gauge install.  I'm going to use some ABS sheet to smooth everything, then repaint it in a textured matte black so that it just looks nicer.  For now though it works for what I need. 

@dev, that's why I like these digital dashes a lot anymore, especially when running a newer stand-alone as they usually have provisions to easily connect it.  The nice thing is I can set up multiple pages so something I don't need to see all the time, such as fuel pressure, pre and post IC air temp, or water temp for the A2W setup can be put on a secondary page and the push of a button will change the dash to another page and then back to things that are important to keep an eye on. 

@not-2-old-for-2-seater,  Yep, very little free time.  Sometimes I work on this car 4 hours a week, sometimes I'll carve out about 12 hours to work on it through the week.

ReplyQuote
Topic starter Posted : September 24, 2019 4:37 pm
WilcoMR-S
(@wilcomr-s)
Estimable Member

Is that a KMOD turbo manifold? I have seen similar variations on their site. I was going to be using some of their parts in my build.

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 25, 2019 6:53 pm
nocoolname
(@nocoolname)
Estimable Member

It's a PLM.  If I was to do it over, I would probably get a top mount manifold instead, the cold side piping wouldn't be much longer but it would open up a lot of space for routing the cold side.  I've been debating on going that way anyway since I haven't done the exhaust or any cold side stuff yet. 

ReplyQuote
Topic starter Posted : September 26, 2019 6:36 pm
WilcoMR-S liked
WilcoMR-S
(@wilcomr-s)
Estimable Member

I like the top mount manifolds as well. It frees up more room to run a liquid to air intercooler and piping which is the direction I am heading.

I love your build so far!

ReplyQuote
Posted : September 30, 2019 9:48 am
nocoolname
(@nocoolname)
Estimable Member

Not much in way of updates as I haven't been working on the car much.  I'm mainly at the time where I'll do a few hours of work and realize how I want to do the next step to completion and end up waiting a week on a couple AN fittings and some hose, a Deutsch DTM connector kit, just little stuff that I can't source locally.  I've installed and removed the engine loosely a couple times to check clearances, plan routing for fuel and other fluid lines, figure out where I can secure the lines and such as well.  I'm mainly down to the 'grinding' stage where it's just time and effort mainly now.

Well I ended up selling my original turbo manifold and going to a top mount setup.  It just simplified a few things such as coolant line routing for the turbo and the space it affords for a proper A2W intercooler and reservoir.

https://imgur.com/1TT0vqR

Decided to go with one of the Lotus style hoods to duct air from the radiator, This hood is decent quality but you can't use the factory bolts to mount to the hinges, the needed ones are smaller diameter, which I'm not big on.  I may end up making it fully pin on since I'm using Aerocatch latches on the front anyway.  On the plus side, it's definitely lighter than stock and will make ducting easy.  There's also an insert that I've seen some people buy and you can cut your factory hood and mold/rivet/whatever the insert on.  I wasn't much on that due to mixing materials if molding (steel hood, fiberglass insert) and riveting in on just looks ultra cheap like those "widebody" kits that are glorified fender flares.

https://imgur.com/Qj8MAoD

 

I also decided to change over the entire shifter setup.  I was never really keen on the Innovative shifter mechanism with the bellcrank to reverse the shifting.  I've went with a complete Hybrid Racing setup.  Their RWD cable bracket gets the cables going in the right direction for the spyder and using their RSX version 3 shifter.  Mounting it backwards so that the cables come in from the rear takes care of making the gates and shifter movement a normal pattern.  The only thing is I had to swap to RSX shift cables, and the only non bolt in part will be drilling the stock spyder shifter footprint in and the Hybrid Racing shifter footprint in as well to mount it in the car. This keeps moving parts to a minimum, the Hybrid racing shift cables have rod ends and spherical bearings so I'm hoping for a very solid shifting feel that may even envy @dev lol.

ReplyQuote
Topic starter Posted : January 15, 2020 8:30 pm
dev and WilcoMR-S liked
Patrick Lipp
(@pattielipp)
Guy with car Admin

I read, "I've been collecting parts for 4 years" in the first post and about lost it. I feel like i've been collecting parts for going on 8 years at this point. Second spyder with parts all pulled from the first.. an almost finished turbo kit that i've had for about 7 years, coilovers that need a rebuild, and a soft top that I just cut out because my cat decided to jump on it and then proceed to fall through. I guess i'll read the rest of the thread now.

www.patricklipp.com
www.mytechliving.com

ReplyQuote
Posted : January 23, 2020 8:46 am
marsrock7
(@marsrock7)
Honorable Member

@pattielipp @nocoolname

I don't feel so bad now entering the second year of my supercharged 2ZZ build... And still collecting parts.... Almost there.

Hell, it took me 7 months to get the dead 1ZZ out and 2ZZ to life... Much to the distress of the garage owner that let me use their space. Heh... 

I also have a complete soft top assembly sitting on my dining room floor, waiting for  me to clean it up and install it. That's only been taking up significant floor space for two months so far.

ReplyQuote
Posted : January 23, 2020 3:14 pm
cyclehead
(@cyclehead)
Reputable Member

I got interested in motorcycle-engine swaps the other day. I found a neat thread with a guy documenting his MG midget swap.   The build is getting close to completion....after SEVEN YEARS.   

I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have SMT repair seals available.

ReplyQuote
Posted : January 24, 2020 9:04 am
WilcoMR-S
(@wilcomr-s)
Estimable Member

A build can take on a life of its own.

Mine already has. A quick and moderately painless K swap turned into tearing down the block to swap internals, K20 oil pump, steel K series oil pan, a K20 head and a K24 head because I can't decide which to use, a LSD equipped RSX trans and I still haven't ordered the damn install kit from Mitch's.

Part of my delay is also my wife and I starting two separate businesses.

ReplyQuote
Posted : January 24, 2020 9:20 am
nocoolname
(@nocoolname)
Estimable Member

@wilcomr-s

Tell me about it.  This started as a track build on my then recently totalled green spyder, it was going to be an NA k series with head work.  Now it's more of a street/strip build and I'm already looking at Albins and PPG gearsets and building my other k24 block I have sitting around...  But that will be a 2021 project as I'll have to spend money on a hardtop for this car since I gutted the soft top where it was in such terrible condition.

I hung a dry erase board in the storage unit I work on the car in.  I made a list on it of things to do on the car.  I'm now on my second/updated list after marking off half of the stuff and adding things I had forgotten/changed.  There will probably be a third revision before the car is on the road lol. 

ReplyQuote
Topic starter Posted : January 24, 2020 9:43 am
WilcoMR-S liked
Patrick Lipp
(@pattielipp)
Guy with car Admin

Pretty relatable... Started my "Build" when I was 20 in 2010 not long after purchasing the car. I was young, dumb and had ambitious plans of a track build.. Three years of daily driving while building the car into a decent AutoX machine and I had to put it on the back burner. Got a new car and it just sat for a while. years pass, I continue buying parts, do little bits of work and ultimately give away that frame after purchasing a new and swapping all of the parts. It's now three years since trading up to a new MR2 and i'm still at it, only now with two kids, having moved 8 hours south, and life in general causing a slowdown of the whole thing. 

www.patricklipp.com
www.mytechliving.com

ReplyQuote
Posted : January 27, 2020 8:58 am
WilcoMR-S liked
Page 1 / 2
Share: