Time to sling it back in the car.
Picked up one of those engine balance beams, but it’s chains were stupidly short, so I had to dig out some rustic chain from a box.
Lets do this!
Just need to clear the subframe with the alternator as well as the gearbox.
And it’s hanging!
Till next time.
Time for heat shields! Front all armored up.
Rear heat shields, all 4 pieces of it!
Magically the front timing covers, alternator and some other ends have appeared!
Adding the pipe work back on (this will bite me later….)
Fitting the thermostat housing and cross over pipe.
Finally, the cam cover rubber washers arrived so I could replace the old ones.
I might have lost a few of the bolts during this project…. On go some shiny 304 stainless bolts.
Till next time.
Brand new brake lines arrived to replace they old assed stock ones which look like they have seen better days.
They fit really nice and look fairly factory.
Brembo’s looking spiffy.
Some copperlok nuts for the turbos and manifolds.
Rear manifold back on.
Turbo and gasket fitted.
Snugged up nightly, surely no chance of leaks now!
Fitting all the coolant and oil lines.
Dump back on as well.
Time to start on the front turbo now. Putting the heat shield back on for the oil filter dongle.
Turbo bolted onto the manifold, then loosely bolted to the head to allow a bit of movement to start doing up the turbo lines.
All buttoned up.
Till next time.
More parts arrived for the Legnum, so it was time to crack on.
New exhaust manifold gaskets.
Still awaiting new manifold nuts, so just a couple of old ones to hold it together for now.
New timing belt tensioner pulley arrived
Started aligning the timing and putting the belt on. I like to use zip ties to keep the belt in place as I go.
All done, several laps of the belt done and the tensioner pin has been pulled.
Looking forward to start buttoning this motor up now and getting it back in the car. Once I have the new manifold nuts and a couple of new copper washers for the banjo bolts on the turbos, they can all go back together. The thermostat hosing is looking like I will need to weld a new fitting on to replace the rusted one, more on that next time.
Time for the water pump.
Old on was pretty worn and leaking.
Pump gooped and bolted.
Timing gears back on. As I was bolting the new timing kit on, I noticed I was missing the new tensioner pulley that bolts to the hydraulic tensioner. Flipped the shed over and emptied all the random boxes but couldn’t find it, so I’ve had to order another one. This will delay this part of the job for another week or two.
With the timing belt stall, time to tackle some other small bits. Brand new plugs.
The coolant bridge pipe and thermostat housing is a mess and leaking, it needs a good cleaning and to find where the leaks are.
I found the source of one of the leaks, along with an old crunchy hose. I’ll have to decided if it’s worth reaming the old fitting out and welding an alloy barb fitting on.
Quick brake clean and a scrub of the lower intake manifold before plonking it back on.
Time to open another box of goodies to add to the motor.
Camshaft seals being fitted.
There front turbo was coated in grease and shit since the front cam cover gaskets were leaking, so I removed the front turbo and started cleaning the block, the oil filter mount and turbo drain
Some brake cleaner and a nylon brush to loosen all the shit up.
Yeah…. I got a brake cleaner addiction >.>
Time for the cam covers. Spark plug seals and perimeter seal.
Picked up some ARP studs and kicked off the rebuild.
Started cleaning the pistons and deck
Head gasket on.
Unwrapped the heads and began preparing to slap them on.
Head on, ARP washers and nuts fitted, just needs torqued.
Time for the next side.
Cleaned and studs in
Head on and washers/nuts fitted.
Dug out the old torque wrench and torqued the studs to spec.
Another order from TME arrived with the new LCA’s and tie rod ends (This job would have been done sooner if it wasn’t for another company who stuffed me around saying they had stock, but didn’t, then ordered it in, then shipped me non-genuine parts instead… Still chasing them for a refund!)
LCA connected to the hub. While I was here, I decided I would look at adjusting the coilovers to get some might height.
After winding off the lower piece of the coil over, it become obvious that there isn’t enough thread to raise the height using the lower section.
I decided 40mm would be enough and would get the rest out of the top.
The spring land was wound higher by 15mm. This will have added some preload to the spring that should give it some static lift as well.
Bolted it all back in.
The steering rack boots and tie rods were trashed, so they were next to get some lovin.
While upgrading to the Brembo brakes, I’ve decided to get some braided brake lines made up to replace the aging factory one. These are getting shipped to HEL Performance in Brisbane.
Life happened and I stopped working on this for a while, so time to get back into it.
After cleaning the sump gasket surface on the motor, I then moved to cleaning the sump itself. Easiest way I have found is to use a razor blade and some elbow grease.
Then slazed on some good old permatex grey
And back on the motor she goes.
Next up was to start cleaning all the old water pump gasket off. Out came the razor blade again.
Looking better but still needs some more time, maybe even throw a caramel wheel in the drill and zing it off.
I happened to trip across some Brembo brakes for the Legnum one early morning and after dilemma decided it was better to buy them now instead of replacing all the existing rotors and pads to find out that brakes are still shit… So I bought them, some face lift front up rights and some other random Legnum parts.
These things a funking big, but the calipers are amazingly light. This upgrades the front to 320×30 and the rear to 300×24
Just slapped on the front of the car by the top join.
The rears needed the dust shields remove to fit, they were just simply spot welded on, so a little pull and wiggle freed them. At a later date I’ll make new ones.
Test fitting one of the rears to see if there was going to be any silly games with the rear handbrake drum, thankfully it went well. However it showed that I need to purchase some new rear drum shoes as these are quite worn.
Mitsubishi were pretty awesome and planned it so these bad boys would fit under stock Evo wheels.
Back side view, plenty of space.
Front side view.