Phantom of the scrap

It’s been a long time coming, with a ton of work to get my daily back on the road. I bought the car earlier this year to replace Betsy White, an ’83 Liftback identical to this one which, before I owned it, had been t-boned. Driving around in a T-boned car for about 3/4’s of a year was actually good times. It was missing a window, but we enjoyed it, even during the snow. Eventually Betsy Blue was found and White was retired. Drove Blue around for a few months before the 4ac popped at a fairly inopportune time. With no money I eventually dragged the drivetrain out of an ’80 Tercel, and out of betsy blue. In the mud, in the middle of the forrest, with a few scraps of tools I managed to hack together the two cars into one. Literally dragging motors in the rain and mud around by myself in the yard beside my trailer. It wasn’t fun but eventually, it turned over with the key. Then I did something dumb, I forgot to fill the trains with fluid. So there it sat, me without a car for a month and a half. Eventually I secured a transmission from the mainland and swapped it in. It wasn’t until the car was together and running again that I realized how much work I had done…..

The now nearly completely new drivetrain goes something like this:
-Recently rebuilt Tercel 3AC engine
-Emissions deleted 4AC manifolds and carb
-4Ac distributer
-4AC engine mounts
-3AC electric fan
-Depowered rack
-Depowered brakes
-40mm extended lower control arms
-Shortened tercel tie rods
-Ae86 front struts and brakes
-Steering rack spacers
-Tercel front shock inserts
-Mystery ‘race’ front springs
-New sway bar bushings
-Manual transmission conversion
-Resurfaced 3ac fly wheel
-Brand new clutch slave
-New clutch and pressure plate
-Homemade Starter mount (3AC flywheel is a smaller diameter)
-Ae86 clutch pedal setup with braided line
-Cut rear Eibach springs
-Saab inverted KYB shocks

Most of this stuff took cutting and grinding, as everything fit close, but not quite close enough. A majority of it was not bolt in stuff, but it all seems to work now. A nearly complete drivetrain swap for about $200. Pretty stoked. 🙂


~ by discoquinn on June 28, 2011.

One Response to “Phantom of the scrap”

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