Well this page will start with the new block I'm putting in my GLH. It will no longer be a S60 TIV, but hopefully an 11 second sleeping monster. LOL
... Show moreThe block is an 2.2L and has been hot tanked and coated with 1600 degree heat resistant material, bored out .020 and mated with some Venolia .020 forged pistons that are balanced within a gram of each other. Rods are also balanced within one gram of each other.
Well, since my new engine is about 98% done, I thought I'd save some time and tear down my old engine to see the damage. Well, what do you know.......
Looks like my engine couldn't stand the heat! LOL That number one piston took a beating, and all the other pistons are just fine. But you know what? The car STILL made it to work and back home (about 30 miles) so that's just one of the reasons why I love these little engines. They're really tough!
Another update. Got my engine together and now it's just about done. I'll have to replace the red Magnacore wires with some blue Taylor wires, to match the rest of the car. I also have to use two 90 degree bends from the turbo to the intercooler because it sits so far back now. After that, I'll drop it in and hook everything up and see how she runs.
Got the engine in and let me tell you, I'll probably never do the TBI header in an L-body again! LOL MAN, this things is TIGHT!!!!!! I know the picture is bad, but it's really tight. I'll post more later.
Had to remove the steering rack heat sheild to make room for the downpipe, which is 2.5" in diameter. Unfortunately the downpipe was hitting the steering rack as well as being too close to the fuel lines. So I wrapped the DP with some wrap and put some heat shield on the rack and fuel lines.
Well I got everything bolted together now. Tomorrow I'll take it for a test drive. Looking around the garage, I stumbled on a brand new, never used 3" 304 stainless steel exhaust sytem for a Daytona/Shadow that I bought back in 1997 for $200 shipped. It's a FULL system, from the downpipe all the way to the end of the car. Boy this'll come in handy as it'll take minor modification to fit on the GLH and free up some horsepower.
After some frustrating delays (coolant return line leaking, blown fusible link, alternator alignment, battery not holding a charge, etc) I got everything bolted up and ready to go. Turned the key and she fired right up! Set the timing at 10 degrees and decided to give it a quick test drive. I have a manual boost controller in the cabin and didn't know what it would be set at so I took it easy. Well.....in my HASTE I had forgot that I had previously taken a caliper off so I needed to bleed my brakes. So when I approached the next intersection (than goodness it was 8:30 at night! LOL) I HAD NO BRAKES!!!!!! Talk about some fast thinking; I down shifted and lightly applied the emergency brake to come to a safe stop. After emptying the contents of my underwear, I noticed that the car has some serious power now. Even at 5 psi, the throttle response and low end power is impressive. This is partially due to the ported head, as well as the TBI header. I can't wait to break it in and get a custom cal to take advantage of it's potential! To be continued.....
I got the 3" 304 stainless steel exhaust on there today. Turbo spools quicker and now the throttle response is better than before. The surprise with this exhaust is it's quieter than it was before. I think my last exhaust had some serious leaking issues as I didn't put it on properly with the clamps which may have lead to leaks.
New 2.5" intercooler piping. I need to get some more t-bolt clamps as the ones I have are too small for the piping and I'm using the cheapo clamps. I should have my new BOV on there in a couple of days.
Got my HKS knock-off BOV, just gotta wait 'til the JB Weld dries. Yeah, I know, but I don't know how to weld...yet. LOL
The BOV sounds really sweet and adds a little bit of "bling" to the interior.
Got around to switching out the old brake lines and the fairly new pads; they were not as grippy as I would like to have them be. So I got a set of 911 pads and I'll have to see how much of a difference it makes with them and the new lines.
Ran into a bit of a problem..... I...uh...broke the stock line coming from the proportioning valve. LOL So I'm just gonna replace them with some nice stainless steel lines and nuts.
Got some down time so I decided to change out my fog lights with some ones I had lying around. I also wired the car so they'll finally work.
And I hooked up my Blitz boost controller. This thing is so tiny that it fits in the vent hole on my dash. I liked this one because it'll allow me to basically use 6 boost settings; 4 that you can preset into the contoller, plus scramble mode, and then I can turn it off and let the computer do the work. My computer will have 2 settings; 18psi and "Oh $hit mode" 29psi setting.
Finally got my Shelby steering wheel in. No more bus driver steering wheel for me! LOL
I have a Coolingmist alky system that's been sitting on the shelf for over a year. This is just a single stage system to give me a little bit of insurance. Decided this would be a good time to finish as I have the down time. Here's a pic of the nozzle in the elbow right after the intercooler.
I moved the coil, horn, and old VNT soleniods to put the 100psi pump and water tank on the passenger side. I'll have an extra tank feeding the main tank in a couple of weeks.
I'm still waiting for my billet fuel rail from FWDP. I can't really do any "high boosting" until that comes in. (frown) My current stock fuel rail is leaking just a tad bit and at higher boost, every drop of fuel is precious. Speaking of fuel....
To make use of the Autometer gauge I already have, I purchased an Innovate Motorsports wideband air/fuel monitor that uses the Autometer narrowband gauge and converts it to a wideband.
Although it's been a while since I've toyed with my car (still waiting for my FWDP fuel rail-it's been a month), my car is about to be "exhausted." Get it? lol
My fuel rail FINALLY came in, and i got it installed along with my 40% injectors to handle the higher boost.
Decided to just use the Innovate wideband digital display guage. Tommorrow I'll finally tune with the wideband and she how she does. Here's a shot of the wideband O2 sensor.
Got the wideband in. Holy smokes, this thing works like a dream! I cannot believe I fell for the "banana in the tail pipe" trick by wasting my money on a narrow band! Instant response to changes and at WOT I was at 9.1 ratio at 18psi just by reading my plugs BEFORE the install of the wideband. Time to lean it out a bit to 11.1, get a bit more power. Even mounted the calibration button and light for good measure.
My electric cut-out will go on tomorrow. Ordered a premade pipe from Summit Racing. No exhaust shop around here had any flanges. This should free up some lost horsepower.
Got it on and man, this thing rocks. Throttle response is better and the turbo spools noticably faster! It's not even that loud. lol I put the switch near under the wideband calibration switch. It even has a light to let me know when it's fully open. Show Less