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Title: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 01:26:06 PM
hello I'm new here

I live in Tucson AZ,
my mini is a 1984/85 rhd Mayfair
I call it a 84/85 because it was built in Nov 84, but first reg in feb 85 in England, my car is a B reg mini

I paid 500 GBP@1.3 exchange rate for my car in March of 2009, from a farm off of the A140 closer to Norwich, I found the mini off of the uk ebay and took the afternoon off from work and me and my family drove up to the farm  and looked at the car and I fall in love with it
and I went to a local atm and pulled the pounds out, someone else had shown up and was looking at
my car, but they didn't have any pounds on them and they were trying to talk the person down in price
and I showed back up and dropped 500 pounds on the seller and was ready to roll

he gave me all the extra parts he had for minis and I loaded them up in the back of our Chrysler van and hit the road for the 1st gas station,
the fuel gauge didn't work and I ended up having 3/4 of a tank and filled it up  anyways and drove the car home, we were living in Red Lodge at the time

the car started out as a 998/automatic and the gearbox was slipping going into 3rd with any type of throttle load

I worked on that car from March to Oct that year before I could get it to pass MOT, loads of rust and many panels replaced
every pay day I would buy parts from Coopers garage in Mildenhall and or make the 45 min drive up to DSN classic

1st was body panel work and then I de-seamed the car because I wanted smooth lines on my car

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4385/37412095865_7cc65cd4e4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLFB)41219_429425361683_5320971_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLFB) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

here's a picture from summer 09 when I was de-seaming the shell



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 01:37:59 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4482/36560740414_cfdd0f212f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmnm)10628796_10152901818581684_3057559597750512358_o (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmnm) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

pic from June 2009 from google maps with my car on jack stands

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4496/36999289680_670f65f120_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ynv2MA)mini uk (https://flic.kr/p/Ynv2MA) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


here is a hood I built for someone else's mini
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4468/37014042850_fa019e2c21_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNDoA)59811_435754431683_2978626_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNDoA) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: BruceK on November 25, 2017, 01:38:48 PM
Welcome!   Interesting story so far - canít wait to learn more about you and your Mini.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 01:50:53 PM
Oct 2009 I got the car to pass MOT and I started to daily drive it
right before Halloween, the diff went out and I had no movement from the car
I could hear the diff just grinding with any load

so I found a Austin metro, a 81 or 82 something like that with 35K miles on it
and picked up the car for 300 GBP
and pulled the motor out, it was a 1275 automatic

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4387/37269540021_a185f17682_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YMo8Ne)1275 (https://flic.kr/p/YMo8Ne) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

and I junk yard the rest of the car right before Christmas 2009
most of 2010 I was gone away from home due to work
the end of 2010 I was able to buy a roll cage for the car
and I made the sandwich plates for the cage myself
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37207821746_6f995de88f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YFVP73)204364_10150165067981684_2821633_o (https://flic.kr/p/YFVP73) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

and arc had a door sale going on, and so I got some grp heavy doors from them before Christmas 2010
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4371/37412095545_1c36ed191e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLA6)251601_10150206434961684_2195424_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLA6) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 01:59:40 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4352/37412095745_ce9d405d9f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLDx)210475_10150180547421684_3397706_o (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLDx) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

got the roll cage installed and did some sound mat

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4452/37412095615_40b56e26a9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLBi)247856_10150203810556684_6149595_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZYLBi) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

my youngest sons car next to my car, spring 2011
and then from May to Nov 2011 I was gone again from home due to work
summer of 2011 my wife moved to lakenheath because we were having heater problems in our red lodge home and the owner didn't want to fix the heater

winter of 2011 I bought a tube bender and made some door bars for my roll cage
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4487/37397206305_3a32c7a335_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YYEsx4)mini primer (https://flic.kr/p/YYEsx4) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4354/37014094640_5b31605dbd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUMw)553241_10150737499471684_1604064689_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUMw) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
started to put my interior together at that point

Christmas time 2011 or 2012 mini tec had a sale going on, so I was about to buy the rear beam with shipping for less then the normal price
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4452/36545054734_d32b77dca1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XFmXyA)rear suspension (https://flic.kr/p/XFmXyA) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: Willie_B on November 25, 2017, 02:04:44 PM
WOW, lots going on at your place. Hope you have a chance to drive it so you remember why you are doing all the work.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:05:49 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4341/37254912011_9988929a09_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YL6apa)mini tbi motor (https://flic.kr/p/YL6apa) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Christmas time 2012, one of my buddies that lived a few house down from me, wanted to do a K swap in his mini, Alvis is his name

so I got his old set up, paid $2500 for a built d16z6

bigger bore pistons, p&p head, bisimoto cam, hondata s300, arp bolts on everything, mod itb's, subframe, axles, close ratio gearing inside gearbox, lsd, stage 1 clutch, on car adjustable lower control arms, upper control arms, hi-lo's, minitastic race springs, engine wiring, alternator


and then I drove the 1 hour each way drive to go up to twinkam or also knows as specialist components and get my billet rear hubs

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4461/37014094710_0e4cd16df2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUNJ)427443_10150668016311684_2006410463_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUNJ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:10:52 PM
I started out 2013 gone again due to work, was gone till Sept 2013 but I was able to save a lot and buy many parts online

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4430/37254903681_7b4de903cd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YL67Vx)brakes (https://flic.kr/p/YL67Vx) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

wilwood brake system, I got from ebay and summit racing

found a good shape used boot lid from Coopers gauge in Mildenhall for a good price

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4496/37014094560_3c4f9ae784_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUL9)576810_10150896853971684_683594767_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUL9) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

sept 2013 I did my final sanding on the car to prep it for paint

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4476/37223658626_e743902a00_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YHjYRG)189220_10151189779036684_713274740_n (https://flic.kr/p/YHjYRG) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I almost went with od green
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/37223658326_173ec26d76_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YHjYLw)386805_10151113062031684_1703586441_n (https://flic.kr/p/YHjYLw) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:15:05 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4478/37397204095_8ab74c31fc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YYErSX)mini paint (https://flic.kr/p/YYErSX) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I painted the car myself the end of Sept 2013

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4429/37207821566_10de7a31e4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YFVP3W)1479429_10152074030031684_1183886774_n (https://flic.kr/p/YFVP3W) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/37014094380_3221bd5a0c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUH3)1240416_10152396293996684_9079162251777447405_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUH3) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:18:06 PM
in the summer of 2013, I found someone making some rotor adapters and they needed someone to test out the design
so I paid $165 shipped for the adapters
20$ each for the rotors from autozone
9.5 inch rotors
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4486/37014094200_cb9c7778d3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUDW)1609776_10152162820371684_1983473281_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUDW) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4427/37014094340_1970e39119_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUGm)1508594_10152163998741684_1335339096_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUGm) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4395/37014094260_5c8c2c7707_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUEY)1525332_10152164000696684_1001570218_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUEY) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:26:01 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4390/37014093990_5a479e0f1e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUAj)10334347_10152459092606684_7476624578417917662_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUAj) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

winter time 2013, absmotorsports had a front clip sale
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4440/37014093920_666ab19726_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUz7)10347711_10152591386026684_6631659227306993498_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUz7) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
2014 jan my dizzy went bad, so I got a used one from the junkyard for 10pounds and cleaned it up

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4358/37014093850_50d6584021_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUxU)10391465_10152539147486684_2891807302977125479_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUxU) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
summer of 14 we went to the British Motor Museum


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:30:07 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4343/37225555612_61170cf547_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YHuGLm)mini grill (https://flic.kr/p/YHuGLm) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

grill mod I did on the front of the clubby clip
I bed lined the grill and the badge for it as well


gauge cluster I got in the summer of 13

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4345/37254903651_5610b98c09_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YL67V2)cluster (https://flic.kr/p/YL67V2) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4354/37014093640_c221259c08_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUuh)10527266_10152575670101684_2688900935148984433_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUuh) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
wiring harness for my vtec mini, got it early 2014
before this harness I had a cut down stock harness and I just wanted to clean up the wiring and whatnot

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4371/37014093710_ededf34774_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUvu)10488062_10152581718876684_7170115976004603420_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUvu) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
alt mount
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:33:53 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4434/37412257225_32ef6ecb2a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZADF)10599234_10152623352836684_6603496774960283231_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZADF) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

someone gave me a race battery for free, so I mounted it over the trans

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4396/36600350143_872ab7a830_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmXH)11796404_10153476065106684_876432924045251008_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmXH) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
front interior pic, front seats and center stuff is out of a Nissan micra-march

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4454/36600350273_672f69c0e1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmZX)11753684_10153467582491684_8729581518915342814_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmZX) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

dash I made out of 3/8's mdf,
floor matts are from the metro, the door pockets with the speakers are from the metro
seat belts are from the Nissan mica-march
steering wheel is from the vp metro, it was brown but I died the leather black
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:37:42 PM
dec 2014 with no motor in it, waiting for the tow ride to the port

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4396/37014094090_42a680a848_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUC3)1920199_10152890140256684_7108210817339916232_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUC3) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4430/37412257015_a1d95c924d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAA4)10734077_10152899231641684_596549690269211453_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAA4) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

waiting outside of the garage because I was no longer living in that house and was in a hotel for a few days before leaving the UK

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4474/37412256895_edc9908e7f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAxZ)10849939_10152899620556684_277697852649739310_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAxZ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

on the tow truck getting ready to be taken to the port


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:42:21 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4493/37412256805_f52ba662aa_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAwr)10885123_10153011711491684_9045785861005695480_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAwr) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

outside the port in Cali at port hueneme

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4413/37412256685_350fdf52db_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAun)10985243_10153074842611684_2752534005757247117_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAun) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

my other mini with my brothers car

I had to get the mini running again because it sat for 9 years in my parents back yard
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4371/37014094150_1b759072b6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUD5)1902952_10153403541486684_606990297249357897_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoNUD5) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
my tow pig and my lhd mini

I drove the mini from San Diego to Tucson so I had something to drive to work while waiting on cars to get shipped from the UK

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4481/37412256385_a7d8a3da83_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZApc)11149289_10153200901276684_3806953509523075028_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZApc) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

lhd mini in front of my house in Tucson
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:49:09 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4384/37412256245_894463c790_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAmM)11209532_10153308009696684_7685302526544640574_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAmM) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

my motor on the create after getting my house hold goods shipment

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4412/37412256055_e94745f90d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAiv)11289014_10153288004846684_2733428598125978735_o (https://flic.kr/p/YZZAiv) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
mini in the new garage May 2015

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4426/36600350413_c9678bc5dc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfn3n)11391680_10153371033801684_5214084655546772597_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfn3n) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

the minitastic race spring kit I took out up front for some QA1 coilovers

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4475/36600350353_ae9ac354f9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfn2k)11703141_10153413817531684_5350534336425277462_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfn2k) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
car back together in Tucson summer 2015

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4495/36600350233_1415358cec_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmZg)11755646_10153467213171684_3361780841968302490_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmZg) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
exhaust work I think summer 2015

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4498/37412254425_68da3d951c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZzPp)13903412_10154364792136684_2455720104770709193_n (https://flic.kr/p/YZZzPp) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
mini and my frame for my 37 chevy truck






Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:54:17 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4397/36600350023_dcc02e6f4d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmVD)12311256_10153742424026684_257130714010694758_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmVD) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

winter time letting the 998 warm up before going to work, 630 am

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4512/36600350073_e3d6e47b99_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmWv)12106803_10153663824206684_7403564294626960145_n (https://flic.kr/p/XLfmWv) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

the start of the garage stereo

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4412/37014558060_a5d5e6405d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YoRhxw)13336116_10154198575531684_6465963889239848846_n (https://flic.kr/p/YoRhxw) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I went to the show in San Diego, I took my lhd car but it ended up blowing a head gasket on the way so that sucked, so I left the car in SD at my parents house
and a few months later came back and did the head gasket on it
but the car is still in SD now, I haven't drove it back or towed it back yet

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/35425385163_4018419090_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VYqmNP)the twins (https://flic.kr/p/VYqmNP) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
my kids dropped a bicycle into the front of my car, and put a big scratch into the paint, so I repainted the front clip


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 02:56:02 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4491/36560740064_5e0e496652_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmgj)16142370_10154901949806684_7580130941496280635_n (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmgj) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

75 mini and a 03 r53 mini, feb 2016

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/36585072173_faf0e5c5e8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XJU4mr)itb mini (https://flic.kr/p/XJU4mr) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
summer night 2015

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:02:11 PM
I crashed my r53 earlier this year, the master cylinder went out and I had no brakes and came to a dead end road with metal pipes in the ground

so I got a 03 Honda element to daily drive

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4407/37412254255_f47da363c0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZzLt)21014178_10155581816346684_7378354198485174869_o (https://flic.kr/p/YZZzLt) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4495/36560739644_52fa7c0d30_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKm95)18010498_10155165042266684_7675947803912179087_n (https://flic.kr/p/XGKm95) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
I got this poster at the mini fair show, the last mini show I went to in the Uk, winter 2014
I miss going to mini in the park and every other mini show, the UK mini shows are way better then the mini shows I have been to in the states

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4419/36560742184_32e5499ed7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmTS)16807456_10154977932316684_4195011696546693898_n (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmTS) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
amp rack for the garage stereo



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:09:24 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4380/36560739594_5b7639c67d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKm8d)18664469_10155285586836684_5393453491912290085_n (https://flic.kr/p/XGKm8d) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

my 84/85 with my 03 r53

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4434/36560739964_76ec63b908_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmeA)16425920_10154912784986684_4783093770290858846_n (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmeA) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

mods I was working on at the time on my 03 r53

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4363/36560739774_a663c32522_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmbj)17264329_10155034327916684_7008501905239785353_n (https://flic.kr/p/XGKmbj) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


I hate my hips while I was in Africa 2013, and after that point, I slowly started to become not able to drive a manual anymore, unless it had a light clutch
so my vtec mini's clutch hurt to much to push the pedal in, so I knew what I had to do

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4329/36065515072_0b1565a2e4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WWZc8o)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/WWZc8o) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
1995 Honda del slow si, d16z6 automatic
I got this car in june from a dealer auction for $275
I drove the car for a few months to make sure everything was good

I changed the battery, fuse box, oil change, 02 sensor and it passed the smog test no problems
the car has 202k miles on it

I ordered a new oem timing belt, water pump kit
not knowing the history of the car,

I had one of my buddies look up the vin history
because I didn't want to pay the $45 bucks or whatever it costs
I changed out the water pump/belt and I was thinking to myself, no way this motor has 202k miles

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4442/37234268291_7b60bf2e7e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YJgmJX)valve cover off (https://flic.kr/p/YJgmJX) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

no way this motor has 202k miles



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:12:31 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4298/35425171163_51d7415f39_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VYpgca)d16z6 auto (https://flic.kr/p/VYpgca) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4462/37288791241_2dfe4fe398_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YP5NvP)21762083_10155664378896684_8066477651279340168_n (https://flic.kr/p/YP5NvP) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4425/37418140881_8e9c5d75a7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Z1vKE2)motor out (https://flic.kr/p/Z1vKE2) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

one last pic with the old vtec itb motor
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4371/37225551872_5668ff517f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YHuFDS)mini (https://flic.kr/p/YHuFDS) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
summer 2016


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4435/37397204225_c7006bc964_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YYErVc)mini apart (https://flic.kr/p/YYErVc) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Sept 2017

old itb motor getting pulled from my mini
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: John Gervais on November 25, 2017, 03:14:10 PM
Welcome to the board - looks like a hoot to drive!

I used to live in Tucson - right before I moved to Denmark.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:15:41 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4394/37412254065_493b9f8ceb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZZzHc)mini firewall (https://flic.kr/p/YZZzHc) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

firewall cut for a huge box

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/37223508466_751baa5b95_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YHjddJ)21415046_10155614683176684_2480772798108105520_o (https://flic.kr/p/YHjddJ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4391/37223508386_007ee9ec0c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YHjdcm)21432924_10155625595016684_6713275661532891710_n (https://flic.kr/p/YHjdcm) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4364/23565947388_8566323024_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BUrD8J)right side subframe (https://flic.kr/p/BUrD8J) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

1.25 dom 120 wall tube is what I used to build a new subframe
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:18:26 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4511/37410338992_b5f0232202_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZPLqG)automatic motor (https://flic.kr/p/YZPLqG) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4341/37403578592_3291a0eb78_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YZe7N5)mini engine mount (https://flic.kr/p/YZe7N5) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

center rear motor mount

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4471/37393919666_e9b984b21c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YYnBwS)motor rear mount (https://flic.kr/p/YYnBwS) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4444/36754339634_fa17fd82f4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XZRAEW)mini frame (https://flic.kr/p/XZRAEW) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4491/37580858896_8a783f2923_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZfTJ43)engine in (https://flic.kr/p/ZfTJ43) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:21:14 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4449/37630135531_8a2eda85cd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Zkfhhc)22308588_10155711142196684_6434268033763244956_n (https://flic.kr/p/Zkfhhc) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4479/26414398419_2801590db2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gf9Gop)alt mounted (https://flic.kr/p/Gf9Gop) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I made the lower bar on the low side to leave room to install an ac pump

next summer I plan to buy a aftermarket ac under dash box
and then I will drop the ac pump into my car

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4580/24338693958_2cccbcd54e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/D5JaLs)shifter (https://flic.kr/p/D5JaLs) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

starting to make a mount for the automatic shifter

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4548/24381637348_3c87367182.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/D9wgkJ)shifter in car (https://flic.kr/p/D9wgkJ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

uses the stock length Honda del slow automatic shifter cable

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4565/26477128779_5ab98a647d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GkGcWk)shifter from top (https://flic.kr/p/GkGcWk) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on November 25, 2017, 03:31:00 PM
joakwin, welcome to the forum - I'm the one from TMF that sent you here - glad to see you on the forum!
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:39:31 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4477/24338942568_e373ff3da4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/D5KrEQ)pd-18b (https://flic.kr/p/D5KrEQ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

more Cerwin Vega speakers for the garage system, I have 8- 18's in the garage , and 4- 12's with horns, 4 of those 18's are for bass, and the other 4 are 2 or 3 ways with horns......I have to add more circuit breakers to my box to add more power outlets to my garage to run the amps up, I am running them in stereo right now, and if I had more outlets, I could run them in mono and get full power. I have two other qsc and Mackie amps that aren't hooked up right now, takes power to make power

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4561/24467032788_b53af14638_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dh4WqU)brake set up (https://flic.kr/p/Dh4WqU) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I used the Honda brake master cylinder, booster, pedal box and steering column this time around
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4532/38314289222_d7530a66c5.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21nGKku)steering set up (https://flic.kr/p/21nGKku) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I sectioned the Honda steering column 3-4 inches and the u joint adapter thing on the bottom bolts right up to the mini steering rack
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/26654259589_2d54c223ef.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GBm3KP)23549640_10155802732061684_1467161470_n (https://flic.kr/p/GBm3KP) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Nov 2017

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/38535352746_3f725d6064.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21HeKPy)rad mount (https://flic.kr/p/21HeKPy) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Nov 2017 thanksgiving weekend, I made mounts for the radiator
my older brother is giving me a trans cooler next week when I go out to SD

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4550/38596365532_7c0fb2cd87.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21NCsN9)throttle cable (https://flic.kr/p/21NCsN9) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Nov 24th, 2017

my new throttle cable came in from rockauto

stock del slow lhd cable is 38 inches long, and wont work for rhd

1995 Honda odyssey has a f22 engine and the cable is 53 inches long
its just right for rhd but the bracket is in a different spot

so I have to add in about 2.5-3 inches of metal to make it bolt up to the intake
super simple for me to do but my hips and lower back hurt right now
so I have to wait

but looking online for a rhd throttle cable here in the states, it runs $50 or so plus the ride,
I found this cable for $20 and the ride from rockauto


I had double hip surgery, 1st one being in Feb 2016 and the 2nd one being Sept 2016
and I still have hip pain,
I torn the labrums in my hips when I was in Africa 2013
and now I have a bulging disc in l3-l4 and arthritis at l5-s1
so I'm trying to hurry with my automatic swap

because I know at some point I will have to give up turning wrenches and metal fab work
at some point I hope for 15-20 years from now I will need double thr's
I'm 36 years old right now and I'm in the process of medically retiring from my job

and I plan to become a stay at home dad



I got a 20 pin cannon plug for the front clip wiring, before I used those gm style weather proof connectors for the front clip wiring but I didn't really care for them
and wanted a cannon plug but didn't have the money back in 2013 to buy one
but I got it now, I used 18 pins out of the 20
much happier with the wiring for the front clip now

this car will have cruise control in it, its already installed and wired up, I'm using the factory Honda cruise control set up



I still need to wire up the rear tail lights, fuel pump, fuel level sender

and I need to hook up the automatic cooler that I'm getting from my brother next week

make adapter fuel lines to connect into the -6 AN steel braided lines that are already in the car

finish installing the main battery cable to the boot and make a battery mount

build the exhaust system altogether





Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:44:19 PM
joakwin, welcome to the forum - I'm the one from TMF that sent you here - glad to see you on the forum!

oh ok, I saw it and I've been on and off looking for a mini site with people from the states

building a mini here in the states is different then building a mini in the UK

I think mini's here take a lot more planning and time,

2hours to run up to dsn classic, because I would spend 30 mins talking to the owner about mini's
and what new billet parts they have in the works, 2 hours is not a big deal, still have time to go home and install the new part


here in the states, I call up 7ent and order the parts and talk to them for a few mins and wait 2 days or so





Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 03:48:54 PM
my buddy finally sent me the info on the vin history, took him about 6 weeks but I got it for free

the owner of the del slow before me, had the motor and trans replaced at 185K miles from the Honda dealer

my drivetrain has 17k miles on it
the car had a fuse block problem,
so I think the owner was done with putting money into a old car
and traded it in to the Honda dealer for a new car

I got lucky because I have a neighbor that car go to the dealer only car auctions
and he hooked me up with the car for his price and no mark up

I gave him some 45 pound weight plates I had
with bad hips and lower back, my weight lifting days are over

I used the weights to set the coilover ride height, I put my bodies weight into the drivers seat


my goal is to do my 1st testing, turning over the engine from the Honda key switch 1st week of December

I want to put oil in the trans before turning it over

and my goal is to have the car running by the end of December

basically a 4 month home built vtec automatic swap
 
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 04:01:37 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4296/35465925164_2fe5059fb6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/W318Wm)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/W318Wm) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


here's the del slow smog test paper work from the end of July

the motor ran super clean

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on November 25, 2017, 05:07:09 PM
That's really cool that you got a fresh motor for that little money!

I'm also considering an automatic swap, mines a bit further down the road tho.

I know we have another member of this forum in Tucson.....I'll try and find out who  it is......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 10:36:37 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4530/37929741194_04878d46bb_q.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZMHQB5)throttle bracket (https://flic.kr/p/ZMHQB5) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

the only thing I did to the mini today

I made the bracket from scratch, it was less work then trying to mod the old one

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 25, 2017, 11:26:28 PM
That's really cool that you got a fresh motor for that little money!

I'm also considering an automatic swap, mines a bit further down the road tho.

I know we have another member of this forum in Tucson.....I'll try and find out who  it is......

is it Jon Small or Barney Rael?


ive never seen an automatic vtec mini in a regular round front clip, ive only seen them in clubman front clips, because the size of the auto box,
don't mean that it cant be done

my d16z6 auto set up sits 2 inches outward vs the manual d16z6 set up I had in the car before

the only way to get those 2 inches back would have been to cut the tower on the right side, and build a custom upper arm and move the steering rack 2inches into the shell, but that brings other problems, but I hear its not as bad if a person where to put metro steering arms onto their car and get the mini sport quick rack

maybe just maybe with a lhd steering rack, the rack would clear but I have never really looked at a lhd mini rack and I haven't tried yet to fit a Honda automatic to a round front clip mini

but the Honda automatic does have nice gearing for the smaller mini tires
my manual gearbox had a 3.7 fd from a vx or cx Honda civic, what ever came in the 96 and up civic's is where I got it from

Wilson built a d16 automatic estate wagon for his wife a few years back and he did tell me that it drove nice, and the gearing of the FD was good, he said it was a nice daily driver, his b18 mini was a hand full and was fun but the estate from way nicer to daily drive
Wilson's two vtec mini's where in mini mag a few years back
I want to say sometime around 2012 or 2013

what really sold me on the d series Honda motors was Alvis, he told me that a stock d16 is 125-130hp, the cost to get a A series motor to that power and to keep it from falling apart was night and day
makes a lot of sense to me because those Honda motors run forever and parts are super cheap, and the cost of A series motors in the states are more then double then what they are in the UK



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on November 26, 2017, 09:08:36 AM
Right on all counts.....I have a friend with a D series in a Pup, perfect balance of power and reliability and works fine with the 10" wheels.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: gr8kornholio on November 27, 2017, 07:36:37 AM
Save some coin and buy parts from the UK.  My minispares stuff is usually here on Thursday if I order by Monday night.  Way less spending than 7.

Love the minis and all the history.   77.gif
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 27, 2017, 07:17:58 PM
I made the wiring harness to connect the tail lights

and I found the pin outs for the mk2 tail lights, and will connect the tails this upcoming weekend

I still need to ext the wiring harness for the fuel pump and fuel level sender, that will get done on Saturday

I plan to mod the mini fuel tank to put the Honda fuel level sender in it, so that I don't have to buy the convertor for the different ohms between the Honda gauge and mini fuel level sender

plus I have to mod the fuel tank for a bar that I have going across the car for the coilovers, so I'm going to make the tank a hair bigger
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on November 30, 2017, 04:31:37 PM
not much going on the last few days

I had a doctors appointment for my hips in San Diego, so I went out last Tuesday and got back Thursday

my brother gave me a huge trans cooler,
I have to get some rubber hose for it and make mounts
but I don't really feel like being in a car right now
just drove 425 miles and got stuck in traffic this morning in San Diego for a hour

but I may still go out their and finish wiring the tail lights


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on November 30, 2017, 05:26:01 PM
That's how they get done, a little bit at a time......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 01, 2017, 06:28:00 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4521/24900898698_c109b12528.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DWpBDC)trans cooler (https://flic.kr/p/DWpBDC) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

automatic trans cooler my brother gave me
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 01, 2017, 06:52:51 PM
Crikeys, that's WAY bigger than it needs - that's big enough for a full size pickup or a Suburban or something! I thought that was your A/C condenser till I read your comment.....
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 02, 2017, 04:34:46 PM
Crikeys, that's WAY bigger than it needs - that's big enough for a full size pickup or a Suburban or something! I thought that was your A/C condenser till I read your comment.....

my brother runs big block Chevy engines, ie 427's and 454's

and I figure a big cooler will be good in summer time here, 115 plus temp here
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 02, 2017, 04:35:16 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4547/38076819314_a3782ffe3b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/211HDNJ)fuel tank (https://flic.kr/p/211HDNJ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

bigger fuel tank
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 03, 2017, 12:14:55 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/27036178889_925f98e7f4.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hc6u4k)front tank (https://flic.kr/p/Hc6u4k) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


here's the other side of the tank, I cut the pocket out of the tank to fit it into my shell because of the roll cage bars that I have in the boot, that go to the top of my coil over mounts

my coil over mounts tie into my roll cage, I didn't want to have the weight of the car on just the inner fender wells, seam like the metal would get work harden and rip the thin sheet metal over time

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4547/27036178759_9009a7f7eb.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hc6u26)roll cage boot (https://flic.kr/p/Hc6u26) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

so since I cut that pocket out of the tank, I wanted to add some volume back, so I added the part on the bottom and I ext the filler neck on the tank by 2 inches


my goal is to figure out how to mount the Honda fuel lever sender guts onto the plate that goes into the mini tank
and I have to ext the pickup of the fuel pump to the new bottom of the tank
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 04, 2017, 07:33:24 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4570/24969710648_5fc0ef0d0d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E3ui3y)fuel tank level honda (https://flic.kr/p/E3ui3y) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Honda fuel level sender with mini seal and lock ring

and still have room to drop the pump inside the tank
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 07, 2017, 05:03:28 PM
drivetrain now has coolant, trans oil, engine oil in it

I have to wire up the rear plate lights and fog light and figure out what switch I'm going to use for the fog light

02 sensor install, plus make the rear half of the exhaust

brake lines all around, install calipers

fuel lines, install fuel tank, ext fuel pump pick up tube, ext fuel pump and fuel level wiring

finish building the positive battery cable, build battery mount, install battery ground cable


the list is getting short, to having the car running

but I still need to do the interior work, but I want to hear it run before anything inside happens
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 07, 2017, 06:20:52 PM
Be sure to make a vid for us of it when you get it running!
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 07, 2017, 11:52:59 PM
a video for sure

this weekend I plan to work on the exhaust

and I also have to change struts and axles on my daily 2011 Honda pilot sometime this weekend
and change oil on my wife's Honda element

tomorrow I have to pick up the new strut mounts, they had to order them in from Phx

and I want to pick up the metal to build a battery box,


I want to build a jig for the stock mini subframe, because a friend in texas wants me to build him a tube subframe for a d series Honda drivetrain in a round nose front clip
I'm probably going to build the jig out of 2x3 3/16 wall
but I'm thinking the jig is going to be more of a new years build
but I want to buy the metal in the next few days






Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 09, 2017, 04:21:36 PM
I have the fuel lines ran from the tank up to the firewall area now

tank is installed
I had to mod one of the corners, to make it clear the floor better on the back side of it

I ext the fuel pump pickup tubes inside the tank so now that goes to the bottom

I'm almost to the point that I can wire up the fuel pump and fuel level, my goal is to get to that today

the fuel filter is mounted, and I'm also looking at mounting the stock purge emission stuff, I have a line ran from the tank for the canister

came inside for lunch
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 10, 2017, 11:06:00 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4574/38247186244_b54704e410.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21gLPXA)purge canister (https://flic.kr/p/21gLPXA) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

purge canister has been installed and all the lines have been ran to the fuel tank and the intake manifold, the system was already on the del sol being a 95, so I'm keeping it, so the car will run like it did in the del slow chassis

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 10, 2017, 11:07:30 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4546/38077076355_4f53566cd2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/211JYdt)fuel tank in boot (https://flic.kr/p/211JYdt) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


fuel tank sitting in place, I haven't bolted it in yet, I have to build a new strap for the tank

but I'm thinking I'm going to build something off of the roll cage cross over tube
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 10, 2017, 11:24:37 AM
You're making remarkable progress, can't wait to see a vid of you driving it!
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 10, 2017, 02:21:32 PM
yeah its getting close

I need to make a what needs to be done list

the drivetrain turned over from the key switch today

I need to wire up the fuel pump and fuel level
and put some fuel in the tank

and it will start no problem

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4727/27190042959_4e38db191d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HqG5u8)video-1512936770 (https://flic.kr/p/HqG5u8) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 11, 2017, 05:48:53 PM
auto drivetrain started today

I got a fuel leak  and a vacuum leak

the vacuum leak will be simple to fix

the fuel leak is going to be a pain in the rear

I'll get it, I'm not worried but next step is to start building me some exhaust for it ones I get the fuel leak fixed



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 11, 2017, 05:57:20 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/38958214542_34a722a8fa.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22mB2Ub)video-1513036286 (https://flic.kr/p/22mB2Ub) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

video of the 1st time I got it running

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 11, 2017, 06:13:58 PM
Cool! Isn't a great feeling when it starts and runs first turn of the key like that?

What was the popping noise?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 15, 2017, 04:34:07 PM
I think the popping noise was from the low fuel pressure

I only had a few gallons of gas in the tank and the tank had a ton of holes in it, its a older tank, I got the mpi tank used for 30 gbp, and was told it was good, it sat around for close to 7 years or so not being used, but the mini part of the tank leaked like no other, I welded up most of the holes and rust spots and
then I just said F-it

I wasted so much time trying to get the mpi mini tank in shape
but I'm going to cut my lost for now and swap it out for the stock Honda del slow tank

the Honda tank is 11.9 gallons and it worked just fine

I got the fuel level sender back in it and the stock Honda fuel pump installed back into the tank

I just have to do some minor mods and the tank will sit on my boot floor

my boot floor is far from stock and its a few inches deeper

I have to remove the stock outlet line from the del slow, and then the tank will be hooked back up

and I have to remove the stock filler neck from the del slow and some how mod it to work with the mini filler neck and make a mount for
the mini filler neck to bolt to the body of the mini now or make a arm inside to hold the filler neck in-place

I got sick the last few days
so not much work has been going on with the mini

but my goal for this weekend is to drop the Honda tank into the mini and getting the fuel lines hooked up and the filler neck worked out
and have it running again




Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 16, 2017, 02:27:45 PM
i got the mini running with the Honda del slow fuel tank

ones I reved it a few times, it started to surge and pop again

and then I put the fuel tank cap on and the surge and popping went away
and the idle came down

I think the stock Honda fuel tank cap is a sealed cap

I have a vented cap on it right now

I have to buy a sealed mini fuel cap



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 17, 2017, 01:06:56 PM
raining today, so no work on the mini

planned on starting the exhaust work today but oh well

it can wait

I have to pull the old exhaust off the del slow
 and I don't feel like doing it in the rain

plus I got tickets to see star wars later in the afternoon

hopefully it stops raining and I can pull the exhaust tomorrow

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 17, 2017, 01:38:59 PM
Tell us what you think of the movie - I've been hearing great reviews......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 19, 2017, 09:07:31 PM
movie was good I like it


didn't rain today but it was super cold and the wind was going off


the engine is starting to idle at normal rpm's now that I've gave it more time for the computer to relearn some stuff and whatnot


I want to get new plug wires for it

ive done cap and rotor and plugs last summer but didn't do the wires for whatever crazy reason

but the wires look pretty bad

I did some tunnel work tonight, some light sheet metal work, I had to fill those monster holes I put in it, and shave the hole I had for the manual shifter

my wife got me sick last week and I'm starting to finally get over it

so its been pretty good timing that its been raining here, I still want to build the exhaust for it

work isn't done for the year yet on the mini but I am running out of time,
 but I'm going on a mini holiday for Christmas
we rented a cabin up in the mountains of eastern San Diego
hope to see some snow but who knows

but my goal is to get the exhaust built this week or it wont happen to the weekend of the 29th
I have a nice 4 day weekend coming up

and so I figure with the new year, my next major big project will the brakes

get the lines ran and start coming up with a plan for the Honda rear disc brakes

the del slow is 4x100mm
and the mini is 4x101.6mm
and I want to upgrade the wheel studs to 12mm, aka next size up

I have to ask my buddy Alvis how he went about upgrading his K20 mini to the 12mm studs

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 20, 2017, 04:26:10 PM
what size exhaust is good for a vtec mini?

before with the itb engine I had 2.5 inch all the way from the collector to the tip

I have a long cherry bomb with 2.5 in pipe

I also have a stock twin box rc40 exhaust that's brand new, it has 1-7/8's

stock del slow exhaust pipe is 1-7/8's
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 20, 2017, 11:31:10 PM
i got some autozone exhaust pipe adapters, I'm going to give the cherry bomb muffler a try and see if I like the sound or not

tomorrow I'm going to bolt in the cat and start fitting the muffler to the car


also looking in a box, I found a non-vented fuel cap with a pair of keys, the chrome on the cap is a bit faded, but I plan to paint it anyways

I was about to buy another cap, looking for some other part in one of the many plastic bins I took back from the UK a few years ago
and bam, fuel cap, saved me a few bucks

forgot what I was looking for but whatever.....

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 21, 2017, 09:27:45 AM
Boy howdy I know that one, go looking for something and find something else, then I can't remember what I was looking for in the first place!   ;D

It's hell getting older, avoid it if at all possible..... ::)

My buddy with the Vtec Pup tried all manor of mufflers and cherry bombs, no matter what he did it still sounded like a Honda. I think in the case of an automatic, quiet would be a good goal.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MPlayle on December 21, 2017, 09:57:41 AM
I would actually recommend going with the RC40 twin box for a couple of reasons.

a) It is the same diameter as the original Honda system for that engine, so will be a closer match to the pressure constraints the engine was originally tuned/designed for.

b) As Dave suggests, it will be quieter and less likely to sound like a tweaked Honda.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 21, 2017, 07:51:08 PM
before with the itb motor with 2.5 in pipe, and just the cherry bomb at the end, idle sounded good but any rpm after that was way to ricey, and loud

so I flipped the cherry bomb and stuck it in the middle under the shifter area, and then stuck a 40 series flow master I had laying around at the rear under the boot floor
and the idle was the same and the higher rpm's weren't as loud and it didn't sound as ricey

I don't want the rice sound where its super loud and super deep inside the shell,

the stock twin box exhaust no longer fits my car as the boot floor is so much more deeper

i'd hate to cut up a brand new twin box rc40 and it not work out for me
I'm going to try the cherry bomb with exit in front of the rear wheel

and if that don't cut it, I will cut up the rc40 and run a single muffler from it and have it exit out the side in front of the wheel

whats nice is that I can keep on trying different exhaust set up's until I'm happy with it

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 27, 2017, 06:23:27 PM
I worked on the exhaust today

I moved the cat about a foot back from its stock location, from the stock y-pipe to the cat I added in some 2 inch pipe
and then between the cat and the cherry bomb I have 3 inches of 1-7/8 pipe with a step up from 1-7/8's to 2.25

the cherry bomb has 2.5 inlet/outlet
so the 2.25 pipe fit inside of the 2.5

the outlet goes 2.5 to 2.25 to 1-7/8's

the cherry bomb is located under the rear seat area in the tunnel

I'm thinking about making the exhaust go out the right rear behind the wheel

looks like my plan is changing as I'm building the exhaust for the car

but so far I'm loving the way sound of the exhaust
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 29, 2017, 05:52:54 PM
this weekend I plan on building the rear exhaust hanger mount thingy

picked up metal today for this small project

I plan to lift the rear of the car up so that I can fit under the car better

I'm thinking about building a diy sheet metal bender so that I can bend the metal for my dash

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on December 29, 2017, 06:09:12 PM
It's not too hard, but if you're only going to bend a couple of pieces, two big pieces of angle iron and a couple of c-clamps will do the job just fine.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on December 31, 2017, 05:56:42 PM
I ended up making the exhaust go all the way to the back and come out the rear like stock

I used 2 inch pipe and the motor isn't loud at idle at all

the mount is half way done, i'll finish it tomorrow

I figured out my misfire and now the engine runs so much smoother and revs good

ones I get exhaust done, my next big pain will be the brakes

Honda ran two lines to the back for brake lines
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 01, 2018, 06:40:04 PM
I welded my exhaust mount on today

and then I started to bend my sheet metal dash, it still has a ton of work to go but its started

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4737/38731594764_686317a07d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/221zxJC)sheet metal dash (https://flic.kr/p/221zxJC) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 07, 2018, 10:27:17 AM
exhaust is mounted to the car, I left the pipe coming out the rear extra long so that I can figure out how I want to cut it

I plan on upgrading to 7/16 studs up front, I have some 13x5 minilite wheels that need a special lug nut, and they are way cheaper
to buy in 7/16's vs the 3/8's the mini uses

I was looking at some 13x5 trailer wheels before but I found out they are made for 1/2 inch wheel studs and that's way to big of a stud to fit on the mini

my buddy fit 12mm studs onto his k20 mini, so the 7/16's shouldn't be a problem, since they are a hair smaller

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 07, 2018, 11:52:14 AM
You're making great progress.............soon as it warms up here I can get back into the shop and finish Stan's car too....but it's just been too damn cold.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 08, 2018, 06:14:29 PM
You're making great progress.............soon as it warms up here I can get back into the shop and finish Stan's car too....but it's just been too damn cold.

ive slowed down a lot in my progress, hips and lower back did not like the up and down measuring the exhaust pipe and the on and off of the exhaust pipe system

but when I cant work, I'm laying out watching tv and surfing the web, pre-planning the next step I want to get done on the car


when I was younger cold weather didn't stop me, I have some extreme cold weather carhartt's and I would just jump in those suckers and be good to go,
now, anything under 60 deg and my hips are like nope, time to Netflix and chill

a few days ago I ordered a 3inch 45 deg hose for my intake tube, ordered it off of amazon
and then intake tube and filter from autozone, mod the intake tube a bit

I plan on putting a small filter on the valve cover

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4721/27808607909_5c37dce073.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Jnmoi4)intake (https://flic.kr/p/Jnmoi4) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 08, 2018, 06:57:27 PM
Yeah, I've got a bum knee, but I don't have any excuse except being older than dirt......you're fortunate that you live in a place where the cold is not an every day thing in the winter like here.....although it did get up to 50 today. Day after tomorrow it will be hard pressed to break 20* again......

But I can't do the heat you get there in the summer either.......I'm just a wuss anymore I guess......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: Lone Star Mini on January 09, 2018, 06:15:12 AM
I"m late to the game on this...   welcome to the forum and I had to mention that I'm familiar with the Norwich/Mildenhall area as that is well I grew up.  In fact I was just there this past summer.  Your mini looks good with wonderful progress.  The guys are this site are definitely knowledgeable and great people.  I am certainly interested in following your thread.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 09, 2018, 06:37:08 PM
I"m late to the game on this...   welcome to the forum and I had to mention that I'm familiar with the Norwich/Mildenhall area as that is well I grew up.  In fact I was just there this past summer.  Your mini looks good with wonderful progress.  The guys are this site are definitely knowledgeable and great people.  I am certainly interested in following your thread.

thanks

if I went back to Norwich/Mildenhall area, I would come back with so much mini parts, Dsn classic is in that area
and coopers garage is in Mildenhall Village, they have so much mini parts, and the owner of that shop (Steve) he has built a few cars that have been in the mini mags over the years, when I left 3 years ago, he was building a air plane themed twin charged mini roadster


Lone star mini, ive looked over your build a few times, I haven't looked over to many projects on this site, but yours is one of the few that I have

I hope to have my car done soon, I'm trying to push myself, my wife kind of wanted me to have it done to take to a huge car show in Yuma, AZ that's the 1st weekend of March, but I don't think it will be done, it will be running and drivable but I want to repaint the car but as always, I haven't figured out what color I want to go with this time around

the current color has been on the car for a little over 4 years, going on 5 years
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 09, 2018, 06:49:22 PM
I hear you on the color choice.....I've been trying to figure out what color to paint my project car too - I want something bright but not red, orange yellow or purple.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: gr8kornholio on January 09, 2018, 09:40:53 PM
Dave, may I suggest you look at your avatar?  Or maybe a vibrant shade of teal, not girly shade, but in your face shade if that's possible.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 09, 2018, 09:51:13 PM
That was one of the choices I was considering, actually......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 09, 2018, 10:48:42 PM
I just know that I don't want my car to look like every other classic mini
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 09, 2018, 11:21:11 PM
exactly.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: Lone Star Mini on January 10, 2018, 12:17:44 PM
The volcano orange sure does look good in my opinion.  My first mini needs to be common or classic, but then I can see how you guys look for something bold and unique
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 10, 2018, 06:13:33 PM
I waited to long in the week to order parts and I didn't feel like paying extra for shipping

but I ordered 7/16 wheel studs and lug nuts to fit my minilite wheels and the 7/16 studs

10 studs and 8 lug nuts, before I waste to much money, I'm going to try it out to make sure its good

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 10, 2018, 06:18:53 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4660/39622051981_6246ae018c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23ngnDg)minilite wheel (https://flic.kr/p/23ngnDg) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

13x5.5 wheels, I got them for super cheap back in the day, and then had them powder coated white
and then I found out about the price of lug nuts for this style of wheel and just put them away

but now since I'm upgrading to a 7/16 stud, lug nuts are a friction of the price

I'm going to paint the wheels black, not sure if I'm going to do satin or gloss yet

I plan to run a 165/60/13 tire on those wheels

I do need to look into caps for them but for now that can wait

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 10, 2018, 06:32:39 PM
The volcano orange sure does look good in my opinion.  My first mini needs to be common or classic, but then I can see how you guys look for something bold and unique

the orange mini looks nice

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/35425385163_4018419090.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VYqmNP)the twins (https://flic.kr/p/VYqmNP) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

the lhd black mini is kind of stock......it has a 998 in it for now, stock rear suspension with minitastic fast road coil conversion kit with hi-los, and gaz drop shocks,

up front it has minitastic race coil conversion kit with hi-los and gaz drop shocks and on-car adjustable lower control arms, and longer steering end links, and the upgraded lower control arm tie rod with poly bushings and the taller poly bushing that goes under the upper control arm
and a stage 1 kit, and upgraded ign kit in the dizzy
if I remember right it has a britpart ign kit
https://www.britpart.com/all-parts/etc5835k/

I did some searching and found some land rover place with the kit for like 15 GBP
been on the car for probably 6-7 years now,
its a way lower price kit then what they sell for the minis

car looks ruff around the edges but the suspension is good on it, I would like to drop a geo metro 3 banger into it someday just because I can and that motor is like half the way of the stock A-lump and I should be able to get the car to around 1200lbs or so, should be good for a nice street daily beater



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MPlayle on January 10, 2018, 06:47:55 PM
The 165/60/13 tires "may" be close to rubbing on the rear.

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 10, 2018, 07:24:10 PM
I have 175/50-13's on my car without rubbing.........
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MPlayle on January 10, 2018, 07:56:39 PM
The 175/50/13 tires have a 19.889" rolling diameter.
The 165/60/13 tires have a 20.795" rolling diameter.

The distance from the center of the rear hub to the edge of the swing arm mount is about 10-3/8" to 10-1/2" (10.375 to 10.500).  That is the limiting distance.  1/2 the rolling diameter has to be slightly less than the hub-to-mount distance.  That puts the 165 tires very close at 10.3975" (either just rubbing or barely clearing).

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 10, 2018, 08:51:14 PM
You math whiz you!
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: BruceK on January 11, 2018, 10:39:10 AM
Dave, may I suggest you look at your avatar?  Or maybe a vibrant shade of teal, not girly shade, but in your face shade if that's possible.

Have you seen that there is currently a Corvair at auction on BaT in a color like that?  Really looks nice.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 11, 2018, 04:32:54 PM
The 175/50/13 tires have a 19.889" rolling diameter.
The 165/60/13 tires have a 20.795" rolling diameter.

The distance from the center of the rear hub to the edge of the swing arm mount is about 10-3/8" to 10-1/2" (10.375 to 10.500).  That is the limiting distance.  1/2 the rolling diameter has to be slightly less than the hub-to-mount distance.  That puts the 165 tires very close at 10.3975" (either just rubbing or barely clearing).

with a stock rear subframe?

the mini tec rear beam, where the arms mount to the beam itself, they don't stick out like the stock arms do on a stock subframe
and the arms are offset

they are basically tucked inside the beam

beam is pictured upside down

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4765/24770329447_b80da124e9.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DJSpXD)rear mini suspension 2 (https://flic.kr/p/DJSpXD) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/24770329287_b4a4b9c011.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DJSpUT)rear suspension (https://flic.kr/p/DJSpUT) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4749/27860559169_22df863281.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JrWDAr)rear mini suspension (https://flic.kr/p/JrWDAr) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 11, 2018, 04:42:15 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4678/25767335618_f9aab47053.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FfYkad)grp door (https://flic.kr/p/FfYkad) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

one of the early pic of my build

arc angels heavy grp doors

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 11, 2018, 04:49:34 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39608981192_0facc5d5af.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23m7o9Q)abs clubbly clip (https://flic.kr/p/23m7o9Q) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

when I 1st started to fit my absmotorsports fiberglass clubby clip.... I remember the driver didn't have the correct paperwork to get into my neighborhood, so they had to drop the package off at the gate

I had this monster box on the roof of my Nissan micra to get it home, the box was almost as big as my car
I called that car the "red rocket"
twin cam 1 liter/5speed, got 45mpg on the highway, was a fun car to drive around the city but didn't have much top end power
It had a cg10de motor

someday I plan to import a micra to the states, 1st year made in the K11 body style was 1992

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4659/27860727319_52492cd6f8.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JrXvzz)the red rocket (https://flic.kr/p/JrXvzz) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MPlayle on January 11, 2018, 09:04:40 PM
Yes, on a stock Mini rear subframe.

Seeing those pictures of the MiniTec rear frame makes several things I had wondered about become clear.  One of which was how they got the rear wheels so far out to match their front frames.

Their frame does allow for more clearance.  It still has a similar limiting factor, but significantly greater than the factory subframe.

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 12, 2018, 06:26:45 PM
I got 10 of my 7/16 studs in the mail today


good for the weekend to set up the front hubs

lug nuts should be here by Tuesday

by the end of the month I should be able to order the tires I want to use

and I need to start looking at building rear brake lines

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 13, 2018, 01:32:17 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4709/39640479032_b6337c4e29.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23oTPn3)716 studs (https://flic.kr/p/23oTPn3) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

one hub has 7/16 studs installed now

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on January 13, 2018, 01:59:23 PM
Why are they so long?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 13, 2018, 05:32:25 PM
gives me options and I want to go with open end lug nuts