This is my daily driver '86 Dodge Omni TIV GLH. Production for the 1986 year was 3,129 cars: 882 carburated and 2,247 GLH Turbos. Of these 3,129 cars, 824 were Santa Fe Blue. It currently has an engine/trans transplant from a '90 Shadow. That's an intercooled 2.2l VNT and a 568 trans.
The car's pretty quick as it is now, but the small VNT, with the stock intercooler and head runs out of steam up top. I'll be taking care of all that though....heh, heh.
First thing I wanted to do was get rid of that stock exhaust. It's still in pretty good shape for an 18 year old car, but I need something that's gonna flow a bit better. I'm leaning towards a 2.5" exhaust upgrade, as a 3" might be a bit too extreme for my needs. Here's the stock exhaust. Ooops, it 'fell' off! LOL
Next up is the stock intercooler. The stock intercooler is good for a bit above stock boost levels, but not good enough for my application. Dodge Omni's are known for their tight front area for front mount intercoolers, but I found that this was not as hard as I'd heard. The new intercooler is from Extreme Turbo Systems in WA. It's a 20x12x3 bar and plate intercooler and is vertical flow rated at 520hp, far more than I'll ever need.
Here's a side by side with the stock intercooler.
After making the markings for in the intercooler, I had to remove the front bumper and make a couple of "adjustments" with my angle grinder.
After that, it was just a matter of seeing if it would fit behing the stock grill. What do you know, it works!
Stock throttle body and 52mm throttle body.
Here's the stock airbox and stock intercooler hoses. Nice try Dodge, but I think I'll do it my way.
Getting all the pipes plumbed in was pretty easy. I bolted everything up and made some brackets to hold down the intercooler. I basically put rubber washers on the bracket bolts so no metal is touching. That way the vibration doesn't hurt it. It's very tight now and does not even move!
Here's a pick of the upper/lower hoses. I know what you're thinking, but don't worry, I have a DSM BOV I'm gonna put on that pipe!
And here's a top view of the hoses coming from the intercooler to the engine bay.
So here's the finished engine bay (for now). I installed a factory TII air hose on the turbo, and from there a straight pipe with a 5 1/2" K&N cone filter right at the grill.
Here's a pic of my strut tower bar. Only cost $14.50 for front and rear bars! LOL Gotta love E-bay! It's originally for a Neon, but I just turned it upside down because the hood vent got in the way.
I kind of got lucky and the headgasket is starting to go, so now I have an excuse to upgrade a bit. Below are (in order) stock VNT (25), VNT 28 (larger wheel), and stock Mitubishi turbo. If you look closely, the VNT 28 differences are noticable.
Here is a stock exhaust manifold compared to a TBI manifold. I'm gonna attempt to put this on with the VNT 28 turbo. Don't know if it's possible, but there's only one way to find out! LOL Close to the flange on the left side in the pic is a hole for my EGT probe.
My shifter felt like I was shifting in a bucket of oatmeal! LOL Just by installing these two Booger bushings under the hood on the linkage, it made a BIG difference. I can only imagine how it'll feel when I change the ones at the shifter.
I completely forgot that I had these goodies in my garage! LOL Left; T2/T3 clutch combo and Phantom Grip LSD, Right; Fidanza aluminum 8lb flywheel and underdrive pulley kit. This should help out some, if I put them on.
I also have some Mopar Performance lowering springs/struts/shocks that have about 5k miles on them that I bought for a REALLY good price! Left is stock, right is MP.
Finally got around to doing some work on the 'Box'. I put on the Fidanza flywheel, new throw out bearing, new T2/T3 clutch/pressure plate, under drive pulley, new belts. Installed the Phantom Grip and also put in a drain plug for the trans. Phantom Grip install:
Drain plug install
I've decided to go ahead and remove the whole engine. Things in there are REALLY, REALLY dirty/oily, and I don't want to risk an engine fire, which is what'll happen if I leave all that crap in there. I'm also going to paint the block (black) and clean things up a bit in the engine bay. Yeah, it's a $hit Box, but it'll be a clean piece of $hit! LOL
Update. I've decided to turn this engine into a race motor, so in the mean time I've found something to get me by until it's done.
I manage to score a completely rebuilt 2.5l engine from an auto '89 LeBaron. I just put on everything from the 2.2 on there and added some 'extras'. I added a TEC S60 VNT, with some homemade braided oil/coolant lines, and tapped the #4 runner on the exhaust manifold with an EGT probe. I also added a K&N oil filter, Turbos' Unleashed thermostat housing with coolant mod on the thermostat. The 2.5 should help with spooling the S60 VNT.
Well, looks as though the radiator won't clear the alternator! So I'll be using the stock rad for now.
Finally got the engine in an put on the MP springs/struts. I also got me some new rotors and pads. The rotors are 10.25" (SLH Caravan package-same as the ones I took off) and are slotted, drilled and vented. These should put me through the windshield! LOL
Here is a pic of the guages I installed. Left to right-boost, air/fuel, EGT.
Yeah I know, they're a crooked, but I was tired when I put them in. LOL As long as they work. I didn't want to use a pillar pod for two reasons; 1)this is a sleeper car, so I don't want anyone seeing anything in the car. 2)I want to be able to cover them with a dash mat and hide them when not in use.
Here are some goodies that I'll put on after I get the car straight.
Well I've been extremely busy the last couple of months and have not been able to touch the car. I had everything together, had her fired up, but then the shifter housing broke on the trans, had to take out the trans, fix that, drop the engine back out because putting it back in was too tight! Now I've just got in my Steve Menegon ported head. This thing is a beauty!
Okay, finally another update! I've got the 2.5 engine in (again) and I've bolted everything together. I'm running the 2.5 engine with 2.2 electronics, so I had to adjust the timing and fuel to quench the 2.5's thirst. I had a stumbling problem upon acceleration that turned out to be a bad TPS. I also changed out the old busted tie rod ends with new Moog ones. Now I just have to bleed the brakes and see what she's got! Here's a pick of the finished engine bay. It still needs a good cleaning, and the white container you see on the passenger side is my alcohol injection system tank (it's not hooked up yet).
I finally took the ole $hit Box Express out yesterday (07-15-05)for a test drive. Here's what I got in her so far;
-2.5l engine completely stock
-FWDP 2.2 S3 cal
-TEC S60 VNT with home made braided lines
-TU turbo oil line filter
-home made 2.5" exhaust with Catco cat and 3" Borla muffler
-Autometer EGT, A/F, and boost gauges
-Replaced ALL vac lines with silicone ones
-Aftermarket catch can
- 20% injectors
-Fuel pressure guage
-Front mount intercooler
-Slim line radiator fan
-Magnacore wires with NGK spark plugs
-Poly Bushings all around (even alternator bushings lol)
-New MP springs, struts and shocks
-Booger shifter bushings
-Phantom Grip LSD
-Rebuilt axle (by me)
-Drain plug on trans
-New T2/T3 clutch/flywheel combo
-Fidanza aluminum flywheel
-K&N cone filter right at the front grill
So I set the timing to 10 degrees and the fuel pressure to about 55psi w/ 20% injectors (just to be on the safe side-2.5's get a bit more thirsty up top than 2.2's), and I call up a friend and tell him I'm coming over (he lives about 5 minutes away from me). I get over there and we go for a ride. Well, let me tell you, this thing freakin' FLIES!!!! LOL The acceleration is just plain sick! I guess it's a combination of the torque from the 2.5, the weight of the aluminum flywheel, added with the spool of the S60 VNT and there is NO lag. In second gear, about 2000 rpm, the turbo is already spooled up pretty good and ready to go. I only did limited boost runs to about 10-13psi, but one time I gave her some gas and she climbed to 15lbs REAL quick with no signs of stopping! I had to let off a bit plus I kept on blowing off hoses and vac lines. I don't have it tuned or anything but on those runs, A/F and EGT seemed to be fine. Maybe after I get her tuned up a bit it'll be dyno time and then some track runs. I can say after owning 3 VNT cars (two of them '89 CSX's), this one is by far the quickest and fastest of them all! To anyone going the route of a S60 VNT or even a VNT28, I say "go for it!" I can only imagine how much of a difference it would make if I added my 202/160 cfm Steve Menegon head, TBI header, my alcohol injection kit, Findanza aluminum cam sprocket and opened the exhaust to 3" (which I have a 304 mandrel bent stainless steel exhaust in my garage...hmmm.....). And I may give Turbo's Unleashed a call for a special one-off 2.5 S60 VNT cal too.
Well, so far, so good. I've been having problems blowing off intercooler hoses as well as vac lines. I've purchased some zip ties that I'll use on the vac lines as well as put t-bolt clamps on all the hose connections. It's funny to see the look on a person's face as the $BE blows by them in the street! LOL It's a fun car and I missed driving it. I've added some "CS" seats from a charger, as well as steam cleaning the whole interior. I would imagine this car has never been shampooed, as there was tons of crap in the shampooer from the car. Here's a before and after pic of the seats.
And if you're ever in town and see this coming up in your rear view, just know that you may win the race, but it'll give you a run for your money! Plus you probably pay more in one year of insurance than my cars worth! LOL
Went to pick up my Rampage in California that's been sitting for the last 21 months in storage. Remarkably it was in very good condition! And I drove it over 900 miles with just changing the spark plugs and topping off the coolant! Didn't even change the oil and averaged over 35mpg! LOL I bought this Rampage from Robert Kennedy several years ago.
Now the siblings are finally together!
I picked up an 2004 SRT-4 engine and ECU to drop in the Rampage. This'll be my 16V SRT-4 Rampage. With just the stock power of the engine and the weight of the Rampage, this'll be one fast beast. I'd imagine it'll easily be a 12 second truck. Guess I'll have to start another page soon. LOL
I've managed to get my hands on a Turbonetics T3/T4 50 trim turbo that was practically brand new. I'm now thinking that I'm gonna throw it on the GLH for now. I'll put together the 2.2 block I bought with forged internals and put on the Steve Menegon head with the TBI header and this turbo. The swingvalve is specially designed to fit an L-body and is coated (along with the header) to reduce heat temps. This should give me close the the 300hp range I'm seeking.
Had to adjust the compressor housing so it'll fit with my set up.
Interior shots of the Rampage
Update; while taking on a new BMW M3 convertible yesterday (yes, I actually held my own with him door to door up until about 95mph) my head gasket blew! LOL The manual boost controller was turned up to max and the boost gauge was pegged past 20psi. It was worth the look on his (and his girlfriend's) face! So the car will probably not be TIV anymore......muhahahahahah!