|It takes a crumbling garage floor for all this magic to happen!|
Part I of the series covered the background of the project and why the Toyota 2zz engine was not the best choice.
Part II focused on the research that went into the motor and why the Honda K-motor seemed like an intriguing choice.
Part III focused on some of the critically important setup choices: supercharger, exhaust, and intercooling.
Today's Part IV covers the Rotrex setup, the tear down, and pulling the motor out. Again, Chris is continuing the write-up in his own words --
|The Rotrex bracket|
And We Are off! Time to Buy!
Let's Get That Motor!
|The motor came with a broken tranny case|
|Let's get this swap done!|
Pulling the Motor
With the car on jack stands, I removed the wheels, the factory Bilstein Track pack suspension, exhaust, fuel lines, ECU, coolant lines and started unplugging the sea of wires. I also had to remove the rear upper A-arms so I could get the axles out. The passenger side was really easy to remove since it has a half shaft that bolts to the motor to keep it in place. Then the time came to remove the driver’s side axle and CV joint. This CV joint has a little C-clip at the end that helps hold it in the tranny. I pulled out the biggest pry bar I had and it wouldn’t budge! I even took a trip out to Harbor Freight and bought a 5’ pry bar and it still wouldn’t come out after hours of attempts. I ended up having to run to my local mechanic’s garage and borrowing a massive Morgan knocker with a choke chain. I slid it around the CV joint and smashed it 3 times and it finally broke loose! With everything disconnected and labeled, I lined up the cherry picker and hooked the motor on to it. I unbolted the motor and out she came! I must admit it felt pretty good to pull a motor out but it was a little unnerving at the same time with quite a few “you'd better pull this off” thoughts running through my head.
|There's no going back now!!|
To be continued...
A Lotus Gone Wild: How an A/C Leak Turned into a 400-WHP Monster - Part I
A Lotus Gone Wild: How an A/C Leak Turned into a 400-WHP Monster - Part II
A Lotus Gone Wild: How an A/C Leak Turned into a 400-WHP Monster - Part III
A Lotus Gone Wild: How an A/C Leak Turned into a 400-WHP Monster - Part IV
A Lotus Gone Wild: How an A/C Leak Turned into a 400-WHP Monster - Part V
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