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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:21 pm 
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So I went back to the workshop this afternoon, 4 floor bolts out, 4 top bolts, and 2 eye mount bolts and the engine slid out, next will be shaving the steering column, the gearbox, and cutting a little more off the subframe and then bolting the rear half of the new subframe in so I can start welding in the new parts

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:01 pm 
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Wow. Good to see your project has started. Let the fun begin.
Happy to answer any questions if required. There is also some good advice from Harley as he too has built his own frame. Unlike Harley, instead of changing my frame to make everything fit I tweaked the individual parts to fit. Harley's build means if a component fails then it can be replaced with one off the shelf rather than custom mods being required like mine. Neither are wrong and depends on what you personally want.
Good luck. Keep the updates coming. Plenty of photos.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:19 pm 
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One of the next things I’ll be doing is chopping out the rear of the subframe and hacking up the steering column,

What did you use to seal the plate with after you cut yours?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:03 pm 
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I still have one bolt in it but sealed it up with transmission sealant. Just need to be careful the sealant doesn't get inside.
You can always check my website as there is plenty of photos and some running commentary.
http://www.dutchysmini.com/vtec-project.html

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:39 am 
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Was browsing through import monstors link to the Jap Yahoo auctions. Came across a rover ac system, couldn't find this thread and now I lost the link! its there somewhere.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:18 pm 
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Hobson wrote:
Was browsing through import monstors link to the Jap Yahoo auctions. Came across a rover ac system, couldn't find this thread and now I lost the link! its there somewhere.


Thanks for thinking of me Hobson, I actually have two rover AC units, I’ll be using most of the parts from that for my conversion


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:08 pm 
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My steering rack is cut back like Dutchy's, except I welded a tab onto the bit of the cover that got cut off so that i could get a second screw into it again.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:14 pm 
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Another progress update,

Yesterday I picked up my gearbox from Neat gearboxes, where I had my mFactory final drive, LSD and the Honda LS 5th gear conversion installed,

Spent the morning removing the old gearbox and installing the rebuilt one

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After this I diverted my attention to removing the inner guards on the mini, I removed as much as I could with the grinder and then used a pneumatic saw to get into the tighter spots

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I think I have removed enough, but I can always remove more if I need to later on.

I then cut a chunk of the rear of the subframe out to clear the gearbox,

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Hopefully I’ll get to do some more on Saturday, I’ll be aiming to shave the steering rack and gearbox, I will also start cutting out the steel for the engine mount brackets and lower arms


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Harley wrote:
My steering rack is cut back like Dutchy's, except I welded a tab onto the bit of the cover that got cut off so that i could get a second screw into it again.


Do you have a photo Harley ?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:36 pm 
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I've checked my phone and cant find one, will have to check computer. Otherwise i'll have it out in a couple of weeks i'll get you a pic then.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:52 am 
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Speaking about the rack mod......Just found this close up photo of the gap between my steering rack and diff. Birdseye view. My engine is a fair way forward too. I guess if you can tilt the engine a bit then you may get more clearance. Keep it in mind when modifying the rack.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:00 pm 
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Not a lot of progress today..

I realized I couldn’t fit the engine in from underneath like I had planned so that was a bit of a set back, I positioned it in by engine crane with great difficultly.. but forgot to take a pic [DISAPPOINTED FACE] then I Ground the gearbox down, and also ground a fair bit of the steering rack down

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I cut the slam panel for the bonnet out to make life easier with installing everything.

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I removed the switch panel and semi installed the new one, put the bottom dash rail in situ, removed the old steering column and steering rack and pedal box, installed the servo pedal box, and sportspack steering rack, and found two nuts for fixing the switches to the new steering column, and bolted the column bracket to the dash ready for later

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