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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

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 22, 2018, 04:04:57 PM
been working on small things for the project

the tie bar mounts for the lower control arms are done
and I'm half way done with making a bar to connect the two sides of the coil over towers together
im using 1/2 inch adjustable joints for the bar ends, ive had some 1/2 joints laying around for almost 10 years,
so im finally putting them into action,
the tabs im making are out of 3/16 plate,

i have to go buy the tube for this job, and two 3/16 tabs that i can drill out to 1/2 inch and cut up

the car is almost ready to go back onto its wheels

next week i plan on starting to build the brake lines

oh and i fixed the cold surge at idle,
theirs a valve under the throttle body, i had to take it apart and adjust it
and now the car idle fine when its cold



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 23, 2018, 05:45:59 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4741/39153937374_2cdbe10d17.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22DUatL)coilover bar (https://flic.kr/p/22DUatL) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

i finished building my coil-over tower support bar, the two sides are linked together

the bar is made out of 3/4 120 wall dom tube and the tabs are made out of 3/16
and the joints are 1/2inch



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 24, 2018, 06:30:32 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4650/25011265347_1f6fee8f96.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E7agNT)rear disc brake (https://flic.kr/p/E7agNT) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

rear disc brakes, the holes are alittle on the big side, as they have been set up for 7/16 studs vs the stock 3/8's

i need to order another set of wheel studs to upgrade the back


the coilover is in the way of where i want to mount the caliper, the park brake side hits the coilover,
and mounting the caliper to the front side, the shell gets in the way

so i can mount the caliper to the bottom side of the rotor and it clears everything
i just have to switch sides with the caliper to have the park brake cable stuff facing forward


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: Bahowe1 on January 25, 2018, 08:25:17 AM
Just make sure the bleeders are up and not level, or worse.  Impossible to bleed with the bleeders lower.  Common sense you have probably already though of, but just a reminder.  Looks like a great build.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 25, 2018, 06:25:32 PM
yeah i know about the bleed valves

tomorrow i plan to take the other caliper and rotor off of the del sol
and this weekend i want to start making mounting brackets

im still thinking about mounting the calipers on the underside of the rotor,
it will help to get the park brake cable set up
and i dont want to get into moving the coilovers around or cutting up the body to much
seems like alot of work to make the caliper mount on the top rear or top front side

im thinking about making the brackets out of 3/8's
maybe 5/16 thick metal

if i dont like how its working out, i can always build something else and try a different idea


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on January 29, 2018, 06:26:24 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4613/39077967595_82059338ee.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22xbNiZ)brake brackets (https://flic.kr/p/22xbNiZ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

ive been working on a design to get the rear caliper mount good, 4 different sets up made and im still a hair off

the top part that mounts to the mini is just fine, but the half that mounts to the caliper is off just a hair

i plan on making the bracket out of 3/8 steel or alloy metal,
so im trying to get a bracket set up before i cut any metal

so im making my mock up bracket out of 3/8 wood

today i picked up brake lines for the rear
i haven't ordered the adapter fittings for the front, but i plan to run the steel braided line that i had on the car before


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: Willie_B on January 29, 2018, 07:24:21 PM
I used wood or brake brackets when I was trying to decide on placement. Much easier to drill and fit.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 01, 2018, 09:23:47 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/39135750965_b3257b2c01.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22ChXhZ)rear bracket (https://flic.kr/p/22ChXhZ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

i made the brake bracket but i don't like the way it came out

im going to move my bottom coilover mount forward and lift up the top coil over mount, so it doesn't lift the rear of the car up

so that i can mount the caliper at the rear top

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 01, 2018, 09:31:26 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4709/40001629772_5554c1d7a8.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23WNNTW)rear disc brake (https://flic.kr/p/23WNNTW) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


i know mounting the caliper this way was going to be a pain to bleed it

i would have had to remove the caliper and rotator it on the disc to put the bleeder at the top in order to bleed it
and then remount the caliper down below

at 1st i was willing to do all that work, and then after taking the caliper on and off a ton of times today as i made different brackets out of 3/8's wood
i knew that plan was not going to work for me

so tomorrow im going to pull the fuel tank out of the boot again and go to town cutting the inner fender up to install a pretty big tube into it and higher up into the shell as well

i have a roll cage tube inside the boot that goes side to side, so that will become the upper brace for the bigger and taller coilover towers im going to weld in this weekend


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 02, 2018, 03:36:53 PM
i ordered a pair of shorter springs today, they come in Wednesday

another set of wheel studs and lug nuts come in Monday

this weekend i plan to take the coilover off and start mocking up a bracket to hold the caliper at the top back corner of the rotor

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 03, 2018, 12:58:14 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4747/40053787021_33b09c4cb7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/242q8qR)rear brakes 2 (https://flic.kr/p/242q8qR) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


today i moved the location of the coilover
so that i could move the location of the caliper

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on February 03, 2018, 09:55:38 AM
Interesting....by changing the location of the coilover on the trailing arm, you're effectively changing the moment arm too, so did you get softer or harder springs? Who's coilovers are those - which brand? Are there a variety of springs available?

I wonder why you couldn't orient the coilover in the original position - not where the shock sits but where the original spring sat - parallel to the ground so  to speak? There's plenty of length there in the back unlike the front.....
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 03, 2018, 11:25:11 AM
Interesting....by changing the location of the coilover on the trailing arm, you're effectively changing the moment arm too, so did you get softer or harder springs? Who's coilovers are those - which brand? Are there a variety of springs available?

I wonder why you couldn't orient the coilover in the original position - not where the shock sits but where the original spring sat - parallel to the ground so  to speak? There's plenty of length there in the back unlike the front.....

they are carrea shocks, but qa1 took over carrea, the replacement shocks are now the 75 series, the coil springs are chrome qa1's

i had 200lb springs on it behind the axle, but i also have a set of 175lb springs laying around in my garage

but i think I'm going to have to drop down to springs around 120lbs, the bottom of the coilover is mounted at the 2/3 point of the arm length,

it should be 2/3's of a inch at the shock should equal 1inch at the wheel

the spring size is 1-7/8's, i can get springs anywhere from 50lbs to 350lbs plus, i know of this site where i can get springs for $40 each


the reason for moving the coilover was to make room for the caliper, its kind of deep because of the cable park brake function thats on the back side

their was nothing wrong with my drum brake set up, i had new mini sport drum plate assy, and mini fin drums
i going to install that drum brake set up on the black lhd mini

to mount the coilovers parallel to the ground, i would have had to make some kind of cantilever system for them, which would mean more tube inside the shell to brace up the mounts

today i plan on making the upper mount, right now its just a 1/2 inch hole drilled into the inner fender in the boot
but my roll cage goes to the top of that inner fender and i have sand wich plates on the outside,
those sandwich plates are going to become the outter brace mount and i will make a tab that braces the mount on the inside
everything for the upper mount will somehow connect to the roll cage tube

my rear coilover mounts are built up a ton more then what people regularly do for coilover in the rear

aka tube connecting the two sides together with the sheet metal fenders, seems weak to me and metal work hardness and likes to rip
mine is probably over built, but my kids like to ride in my mini, and so it has to be extra safe, i dont mine if extra safe adds on a few more pounds



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 03, 2018, 11:37:25 AM
the only type of cantilever suspension ive used before in the past was the kp 6 link on ym old 2k gmc x-cab,
its a forward facing 4link with the two link arms on the back with the dog bones, the dogbones is what lets the axle get up higher into the c notch, i had 24's on my truck and layed frame
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4604/40029858302_05c46bc46d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23ZiufJ)kp 6 link (https://flic.kr/p/23ZiufJ) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


ive done bags on the bars on my old 93 chevy full size single cab,
with this set up, the less air in the bag, the nicer the ride was, this set up was a 2:1 ratio set up  so im sure my springs are going to be super over kill
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4760/40029850492_54f34255ec.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23ZirW5)bags on bar (https://flic.kr/p/23ZirW5) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

the pictures are not of my work, they are random pictures i found online to show the different styles of suspension ideas i used in the past of different vehicles
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 03, 2018, 12:26:01 PM
speedwaymotors had some 100lbs springs on sale for $35ea, so i ordered a pair and a few other things that i wanted for the build


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 07, 2018, 11:07:35 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4741/40112696542_e09015bc71.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/247C4bf)rear disc brake 3 (https://flic.kr/p/247C4bf) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


finally getting happy with the mounting bracket
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 10, 2018, 05:57:55 PM
the springs that i ordered from speedway motors came in
and some more roll cage padding
and a shifter cable boot seal

my buddy from tampa, just told me to bagged the mini already, lol
the idea has crossed my mind


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 13, 2018, 04:23:17 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4711/38441342790_80f4f5fb5a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21yVVWf)reear brake caliper pad fitment (https://flic.kr/p/21yVVWf) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4752/38441393910_116d55016c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21yWc8C)rear brake 4 (https://flic.kr/p/21yWc8C) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

mock wood brackets are done, today i went and picked up some aluminum plate to transfer the mock wood design

im going to start working on the bracket but i dont have much time to work on it till the weekend

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 13, 2018, 06:55:53 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4764/39356243835_514fa15fc8.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22XM39c)rear brake 5 (https://flic.kr/p/22XM39c) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

the mount holes are drilled out
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 16, 2018, 12:02:54 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4648/39591721344_80fafc0bb7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23jzVpf)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/23jzVpf) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

one bracket is made, plan to get the 2nd one done this weekend

and i plan to paint the pair gloss black

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 17, 2018, 10:20:45 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/25458366687_650dfcb574.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EMEMsF)rear brake bracket (https://flic.kr/p/EMEMsF) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

here's my 2nd bracket, i made a few changes, i made all the edges rounder
its still in its raw form, in the next few days i will clean up all the lines, and make them flow better

i cut the brackets with basic hand cutting tools, i wish i had a plasma cutter to use, or a mill



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 18, 2018, 10:05:04 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/38541538970_ff731eaa08.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21HMsLA)right rear bracket (https://flic.kr/p/21HMsLA) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


bracket number 2 with some gloss black paint on one side

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 19, 2018, 10:42:21 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4752/40362115991_c6020e49a6.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uEoTz)more brake brackets (https://flic.kr/p/24uEoTz) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

going to cut out another bracket

t6160 1/2inch aluminum material

with the bracket i made last night
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 19, 2018, 02:45:10 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4629/39469336955_08f349e273.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/238LEMz)rear brake bracket left (https://flic.kr/p/238LEMz) by joaquinn lopez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


i re made the left side caliper bracket

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: jeff10049 on February 21, 2018, 12:29:21 AM
nice work been watching the thread from the start thanks for taking the time to post fun to read.

If you ever need/want send me a vectored drawing or dxf file and I can cnc plasma cut brackets for you and ship them your way. or a cardboard templet to size I can scan that and draw over the scaned image as well.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 23, 2018, 12:08:44 PM
nice work been watching the thread from the start thanks for taking the time to post fun to read.

If you ever need/want send me a vectored drawing or dxf file and I can cnc plasma cut brackets for you and ship them your way. or a cardboard templet to size I can scan that and draw over the scaned image as well.

thanks
i'll keep that in mind

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 23, 2018, 12:12:12 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4667/39732336834_2a8f2ebae8.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23x1Buf)rear control arm (https://flic.kr/p/23x1Buf) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


i offset my rear control arm outward 3 inches

so the current wheels i have will stick out like a 13x7 -7 et wheel but wont be hard on the wheel bearings like a -7 et wheel
and with the disc brake set up, i dont plan on putting a 3/4 spacer, kind of like the spaced drums vs non spacer drums
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 26, 2018, 05:25:26 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4606/40506131411_4d079dcaa4.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24HovE4)rear control arm (https://flic.kr/p/24HovE4) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

rear arm set up


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4632/25635639117_7bb9b62c5a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F4kmnT)coilover mount rear (https://flic.kr/p/F4kmnT) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

in the process of making a lower coilover mount
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 26, 2018, 05:29:51 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4623/25635682947_d8f37ac07d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F4kzpz)rear wheel mounted (https://flic.kr/p/F4kzpz) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

this is how far my 6 inch wide rim sticks out from the body

13x6 with +12 offset rim.....wide body coming soon
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 26, 2018, 05:33:02 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4302/36231197965_711d7e7e20.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XcCmSZ)wide body kit (https://flic.kr/p/XcCmSZ) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

looks like i forgot to post a picture of the wide body arches
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on February 27, 2018, 06:00:48 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4653/25655544087_c5edbefdac.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F66nr2)lower coilover mount (https://flic.kr/p/F66nr2) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

lower coilover mount

still need to paint the spacer, but the coilover clears the caliper by a hair
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 01, 2018, 05:45:17 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4654/40521142572_20ea91f3eb.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24JHrXb)right rear control arm (https://flic.kr/p/24JHrXb) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

right arm, i still need to mod the rear coilover mount

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on March 01, 2018, 06:11:44 PM
Those are some wild looking control arms!   4.gif
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 02, 2018, 08:39:22 PM
Those are some wild looking control arms!   4.gif

yes they are

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 02, 2018, 09:15:28 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/40542236472_54ee030913.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24Lzyr7)lca right (https://flic.kr/p/24Lzyr7) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 04, 2018, 11:45:29 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4764/40627426331_a2dbe0152f.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24U7bpM)mini wide body (https://flic.kr/p/24U7bpM) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


left rear arm mounted to the car with the Honda rear disc brake set up mounted


I still need to order up new Honda rotors and paint the calipers black to match the front wil wood calipers I have, red wouldnt look right
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 05, 2018, 12:01:28 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4619/39732049235_8a25d90daf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23wZ8ZD)rear arms (https://flic.kr/p/23wZ8ZD) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr



this is how the arms turned out
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 08, 2018, 05:35:23 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4790/25827607847_e9c0979ca2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmieZz)right rear suspension (https://flic.kr/p/FmieZz) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


right rear arm


i need to paint my calipers

need to order new rotors and brake pads for the Honda calipers
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 12, 2018, 12:47:55 AM
my car has a park brake system now, with the del slow's park brake handle as well

i made up the new brake lines from the rear to the front valve

only thing left is to make lines for the front calipers and then i can bleed the system out
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on March 12, 2018, 08:25:36 AM
I can't wait to hear how the automatic performs - it should have a taller final drive than the manuals, so the revs should be lower, esp on the highway......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 12, 2018, 01:54:18 PM
I can't wait to hear how the automatic performs - it should have a taller final drive than the manuals, so the revs should be lower, esp on the highway......

the automatic gearing is perfect for the smaller size tires we use on our minis

1st gear take off ratio is 11.5

and overdrive is 2.77 ratio

it should take off nice and still pull good mph on the highway



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 12, 2018, 10:13:18 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4792/40737573852_489f92c946.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/254QHqY)body kit 2 (https://flic.kr/p/254QHqY) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4796/40070254514_3be953fcf5.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/243SwD9)body kit (https://flic.kr/p/243SwD9) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


my car feels so low now that its sitting on four wheels, and not on jack stands anymore

tomorrow i plan to work on front brake lines
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 14, 2018, 11:20:31 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/40817355001_c310d281f0.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25bTBA2)rear calipers (https://flic.kr/p/25bTBA2) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


todays work

calipers and pads for the rear, $73 for each caliper

i put 12oz of brake fluid into the car

started to pump the brakes and then hips got tired, so i called it a day



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniGene on March 15, 2018, 01:09:47 PM
You should pick up a vacuum bleeder--they make bleeding brakes so much easier (and no pumping.)
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 15, 2018, 11:30:56 PM
You should pick up a vacuum bleeder--they make bleeding brakes so much easier (and no pumping.)

yeah i need to buy one bad

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 15, 2018, 11:40:55 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/803/39025366830_c0ca940e4d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22sxcWf)1st drive (https://flic.kr/p/22sxcWf) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

test drive

click on the photo and the video will play, not sure why its acting up


i still need to work on the front for the wide body suspension set up
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniGene on March 16, 2018, 02:39:59 PM
Nice!!!  Where's the video of the burnout you did?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 16, 2018, 04:08:29 PM
Didnít record it
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 17, 2018, 11:55:58 AM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4785/40820626002_685ae14228.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25cbnWA)austin mini van (https://flic.kr/p/25cbnWA) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


newest mini to my collection

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 20, 2018, 08:21:00 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4786/26056798137_29eb96b1bf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FGxUhi)wide body kit 2 (https://flic.kr/p/FGxUhi) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

front clip is on the car
and i started to fit the flares


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/818/26056798237_f5093ed2e1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FGxUj2)wide body 4 (https://flic.kr/p/FGxUj2) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/816/26056798337_ccff1f9acb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FGxUkK)wide body 3 (https://flic.kr/p/FGxUkK) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

i plan to build the lower section of the front
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 20, 2018, 08:23:36 PM
the outside edge of my tires to outside edge of other tire is 61.5 inches

i still need to adjust the lower arms for the camber
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 21, 2018, 07:33:31 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/784/39137835150_7ac26b008c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22CtCRd)wide body flare (https://flic.kr/p/22CtCRd) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

i started to ext the flare to the body, i also made it 1/2 inch wider

lots of welding to do, i plan to weld those panels together and to the body to remove the screws from the panels

the screws are just to hold the sheet metal to the body

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 22, 2018, 09:15:06 PM
i finished the metal panel work on this one side

the flare is solid, i made mounts on the underside of the flare to connect to the body

and i welded the sheet metal to the body, and i started to lay fiberglass over that
and starting to get into body work to smooth it out

i hope this weekend to start the other flare

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 23, 2018, 10:18:11 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4782/40086102815_91f2dbc81d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/245gKMH)front flares (https://flic.kr/p/245gKMH) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


did a little work on the right front flare tonight

i cut the line to space the flare out some

2 layers of mat on it, tomorrow i will do the other side

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 26, 2018, 10:18:31 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/884/40999439722_faf5f30ed1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25sYR2L)front right (https://flic.kr/p/25sYR2L) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

did some sanding today
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on March 26, 2018, 10:45:45 PM
Are you planning to meet the lower edge of the arch to the front spoiler?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on March 27, 2018, 03:20:02 PM
Are you planning to meet the lower edge of the arch to the front spoiler?

yeah, im going to make something, just not sure what yet

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 01, 2018, 11:18:05 AM
i think im going to make the lower front valance a flat style panel


im almost done with body work on the two rear flares
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 03, 2018, 06:51:32 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/876/39409696220_dbdaf618ef.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/233uZF3)extra auto trans (https://flic.kr/p/233uZF3) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


picked up a extra obd1 Honda automatic trans, pedal box, and p28 auto ecm for $30

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on April 03, 2018, 07:46:04 PM
Just in case?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 04, 2018, 02:46:21 PM
Obd1  Honda parts are getting hard to find in the junkyards here and
People s hit can Honda automatic trans parts because they have no value
Because they did a manual swap

And my current auto gearbox has 200k miles on it
So sooner or later itís going to give up the ghost

Facebook market place has another auto box, the guy wants $50 for it
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 04, 2018, 04:01:38 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/863/26366347847_770da67fc6.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GaUqCg)right rear flare (https://flic.kr/p/GaUqCg) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


did a small amount of work on the flare today

i still need to fix the outer edge and the bottom of the flare

the bottom flows like dirt going into the rear valance


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 19, 2018, 12:46:45 AM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/842/26684705357_93effa30f9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GE36dR)front valance (https://flic.kr/p/GE36dR) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


I started to work on the front valance, lots more to go

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 25, 2018, 05:23:13 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/946/40805314625_65be3de672.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25aPUpk)mini tyres (https://flic.kr/p/25aPUpk) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/864/41704086191_6933a509da.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26xfkSP)tyre tread (https://flic.kr/p/26xfkSP) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

165/60/13 tires just came in

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on April 25, 2018, 05:29:08 PM
Is there a reason you went with the taller aspect ratio? I run 175/50-13's on my car. Are those Yokomama A539's?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: Bahowe1 on April 26, 2018, 08:24:21 AM
Joakwin, I had the same size tires on mine for a while... but in turns, it would just barely foul on the radiator so I had to step down to 50's.  Yours is a different setup, but sometimes, just a smite matters.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 26, 2018, 09:36:53 AM
Is there a reason you went with the taller aspect ratio? I run 175/50-13's on my car. Are those Yokomama A539's?

the tires are 20.7 inches tall, about a inch or so taller then the 50 tires
honda del sol si came with a 185/60/14 and those are 22.7, so 2 inch shorter tire makes the engine spin a hair more into the power band, and the automatic gear ratios are awesome for the smaller size tires we use on our minis  vs the honda manual trans and the cost of tires vs the yokomana is night and day

these tires have alittle more side wall over the 50's, so they should give a nicer ride
https://www.amazon.com/NEW-ACHILLES-P165-60R13-TIRE/dp/B00VV0H4MU
i paid $38 a tire shipped with fedex, so for the price, im willing to give them a try
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 26, 2018, 09:41:22 AM
Joakwin, I had the same size tires on mine for a while... but in turns, it would just barely foul on the radiator so I had to step down to 50's.  Yours is a different setup, but sometimes, just a smite matters.

i'll keep that in mind for my stockish 998 lhd mini


but what offset wheels did you have on your car with that size tires?


my radiator is mounted up front on the passenger side, if anything i would rub on the automatic gearbox or subframe
but my front suspension is also wider then stock
i haven't posted pictures of it et, but i kind of changed directions in the middle of my build

i wasn't going to go wide body at 1st, i had planned on keeping the old arches, group 6 or 7's, whatever they are
but plans changed and im going all out now


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 26, 2018, 01:05:01 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/956/41681066192_1fff2aea5e.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26vdmQh)front lip (https://flic.kr/p/26vdmQh) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

i started to make a small lip at the bottom
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 27, 2018, 06:45:26 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/966/26878744417_ea86c40a5b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GXbAgT)wide side (https://flic.kr/p/GXbAgT) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

wide side in the house
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on April 27, 2018, 07:59:44 PM
Whoa! You weren't kidding about the wide body look!  :-\
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on April 30, 2018, 01:08:27 AM
Whoa! You weren't kidding about the wide body look!  :-\

yeha, and those are only 13x6 +12 et wheels, not even a deep dish wheel
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 02, 2018, 01:04:05 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/963/27984588808_ea132f8602.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JCUkhu)bye bye del slow (https://flic.kr/p/JCUkhu) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

bye bye del slow,


im getting ready to cut it up
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on May 02, 2018, 01:26:52 PM
Can't sell it or give it away to someone with a rusty one?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 02, 2018, 01:58:49 PM
Can't sell it or give it away to someone with a rusty one?

im cutting it up and keeping the part of the body the suspension connects to

my buddy has a lhd mini van that im trying to talk into selling to me,
he's never going to rebuild it because the floor of this van is rusted up like crazy

my plan is to build it with stock Honda suspension and Honda drivetrain
and stock honda axles
and a few other body mods to it


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 03, 2018, 11:24:42 AM
cut off wheels and saw zaw blades were being super slow at getting this job done,
so i ordered a plasma cutter last night

it comes in Friday
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 15, 2018, 08:06:55 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/945/41238017625_8648b03643.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25Q4BVT)del slow (https://flic.kr/p/25Q4BVT) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


the del slow chassis, today the windshield came off of it
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 19, 2018, 11:45:13 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/905/42177202582_e068ec68d7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27g4bTY)del slow chassis (https://flic.kr/p/27g4bTY) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


the rear half of the del slow chassis

the rear section has a small part that i need to cut and it will come off,

and then two small sections by the window area down the middle need to get cut and the rear section of the chassis will be in half


my goal is to take the cut up chassis to the metal recycle place on friday

im going to have to rent a small trailer or find someone that can let me use one





Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 20, 2018, 08:05:07 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/909/42243666111_6327129b42.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27mVQbT)del slow cut up (https://flic.kr/p/27mVQbT) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

whats left of the del slow chassis

the rest has been cut up, its in my back yard right now

i plan to recycle it this Friday
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 22, 2018, 06:38:48 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/957/42242069082_08d291cc43.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27mMDrU)del slow chassis gone (https://flic.kr/p/27mMDrU) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

whats left of the del slow chassis to cut up
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on May 22, 2018, 07:04:35 PM
I can't even get them to pick up my trash, let alone something like that!   ;D
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 22, 2018, 07:13:11 PM
I can't even get them to pick up my trash, let alone something like that!   ;D

the del slow chassis is going to the metal recycle place

I have to get the paperwork taking care of and then one of my mini buddies here is going to let me use his trailer

probably going to pick up the trailer Thursday, my hoa will cry if I have a trailer in my driveway to long
but I dont care what my hoa cries about, I cut the car up with a plasma cutter in my driveway, lol

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on May 22, 2018, 07:48:16 PM
Yeah, I can't leave my little 5X8 trailer in my drive over 48 hrs or I get a ticket from the city.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 25, 2018, 10:27:54 PM
Yeah, I can't leave my little 5X8 trailer in my drive over 48 hrs or I get a ticket from the city.

I ended up turning in 2k lbs of metal today to the recycle yard, made $132



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on May 26, 2018, 10:54:24 AM
Wow

What color are you going to paint it when done?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 26, 2018, 03:43:11 PM
Wow

What color are you going to paint it when done?


Thatís the magic question......

I was thinking od green and then the other day I saw this dark blue gmc suv and really liked this color
I donít know
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on May 26, 2018, 04:02:25 PM
some colors work better on small cars than big, and vise versa - I always wanna go for something bright, so I'll be more visible.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 26, 2018, 11:19:11 PM
I ended up spending my del slow money on a 200 amp battery charger

I have wanted one for a long time, so I got one

still haven't takin it out of the box yet, lol

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 27, 2018, 10:31:48 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1752/27529428937_7b3f4e744a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HWFw7v)33706089_10156344089991684_3468667866591526912_n (https://flic.kr/p/HWFw7v) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniGene on May 28, 2018, 05:06:34 AM
This thing is going to be nuts when it's on the road!  When will you be able to roll it out and take some pics of the whole thing?

Reminds me of a song....

Big bottom girls make the rockin' world go round!

Keep the progress pics coming.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 28, 2018, 12:08:02 PM
This thing is going to be nuts when it's on the road!  When will you be able to roll it out and take some pics of the whole thing?

Reminds me of a song....

Big bottom girls make the rockin' world go round!

Keep the progress pics coming.

I like that song


i'll pull it out into the street and post a picture later on today



me and my brother came up with a plan for the lhd black/white mini......


ive looked on google and whatnot but didn't find any pictures, but

we came up with the idea of a gasser mini

my brother got a running 85 s-10 carb/hei 4.3 v6 for free, he got to drive the s10 before before pulling the motor

the plan is to turn the mini into a gasser, he has a 48 inch wide straight axle from speedway,

t-5 manual trans since they are so small of gearbox,
 and he has a extra ford 9 inch, my dad has the axle tool to shorten the housings and weld it back up straight


im going to build a 1.75 inch roll cage for the car, i just have to buy the die for my tube bender


and i have half of a front subframe that only has the body mounts on it

probably going to make it 5x4.75 bolt pattern, and stick it on some 14 inch wheels and 4 wheel disc brakes


probably going to start this project later in the summer, now its a matter of getting parts rounded up
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 28, 2018, 11:18:56 PM
did some more sanding on the right rear flare today


im going to rebuild my lower coilover brackets up front, i think i want to lift the front 1 inch

maybe even as high as 1.25inches


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/889/27553630677_bfee2d44cd.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYPyrT)mini side 2 (https://flic.kr/p/HYPyrT) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1742/28550360138_74fa71e45a.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KuU4oA)mini side 6 (https://flic.kr/p/KuU4oA) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

this is at the end of my driveway and the marks i left, and i even went sideways to try and clear the curb

the car is a hair to low

and i still need to put the 1 inch taller tires on, im already rubbing on the inside, i need to cut away the inner fenders to turn the wheel all the way now

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 28, 2018, 11:23:10 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/881/27553630737_e719971f22.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYPysV)mini side (https://flic.kr/p/HYPysV) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


this right rear flare needs a ton more work to go, its slowly getting to the point where I want it

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/873/42423365901_53d56ae25c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27CNQF8)mini side 4 (https://flic.kr/p/27CNQF8) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1755/42423366041_c4781bd23b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27CNQHx)mini side 3 (https://flic.kr/p/27CNQHx) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/901/42423365641_7128e12282.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27CNQAD)mini side 5 (https://flic.kr/p/27CNQAD) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MPlayle on May 29, 2018, 08:34:00 AM
Don't forget to raise the rear the same amount as you raise the front.

The big air dam in front may need some openings cut in the top to let in more cooling air to the bottom portion of your radiator.

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 30, 2018, 04:13:34 PM
Don't forget to raise the rear the same amount as you raise the front.

The big air dam in front may need some openings cut in the top to let in more cooling air to the bottom portion of your radiator.

I plan to check a few holes into it

im not sure if I want to cut a drill opening in the center of the air dam or not
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: jeff10049 on May 31, 2018, 12:52:18 AM
looks cool, I don't like the big air dam seems too damn tall(not that it matters just my thoughts) maybe angle it out or something? the rest looks good. Can't wait to see it painted.


 Love the gasser idea 77.gif
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on May 31, 2018, 06:27:15 PM
looks cool, I don't like the big air dam seems too damn tall(not that it matters just my thoughts) maybe angle it out or something? the rest looks good. Can't wait to see it painted.


 Love the gasser idea 77.gif

to each their own


the front lower air dam is angled out a hair, not much but just a hair

i made it so big so that the car wouldn't look so lifted, even with it being dropped before, and the old set up, i aways felt the front body work was way to high off the ground

down the road if i change my mind and dont like it anymore, i can always change it up

the nice thing about being able to do my own work


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 02, 2018, 06:28:48 PM
pressure switch on my air compressor went out today

cant claim it under the warranty because I cant find any of my paperwork for when I got the compressor from lowes
and I paid cash for the compressor and lowes doesn't have anything in their system saying I got it last summer
and im pretty sure I got the ext warranty for it as well

so I ghetto bypass the pressure switch and built some air up

and ordered a new pressure switch online, probably have it by the end of next week or so


im building another rack in my garage and im using my air nail gun
kind of need air


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on June 02, 2018, 08:08:21 PM
It's always sumthin......
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: jeff10049 on June 03, 2018, 01:35:37 AM
I have been through a number of those pressure switches I wonder if there are better ones? I have put at least 5 on between the 2 shop compressors and 2 on the one at home.
All are 220-volt single phase compressors two of them run the full motor load through the switch the main shop compressor has a contractor that the switch controls but it don't seem to matter it goes bad just as much.
Thinking of buying a rotary compressor for the shop.
Also had motor problems on all but one.
Remember when a good compressor lasted your life and your kids life and still kept going.
They don't make em like they used to.

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 03, 2018, 02:14:49 AM
It was 106 and I was kind of using the compressor hard with some sanding

I bypassed the switch for now and I just watch it build air to turn it off when it should be

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on June 03, 2018, 07:12:55 AM
My old Campbell Hausfeld is now going on 30 years, all I've done to it is change the oil occasionally.....they DON'T build them like they used to - you're right.

A rotary is a great way to go for a shop, your air costs will drop dramatically - I don't know if the savings will be enough to offset the cost of the new compressor, but the quietness will be noticed and appreciated, and the compressor will run at a constant state instead of shutting off and restarting - it's those peak loads that really cost you on your electric bill.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: 94touring on June 03, 2018, 08:55:17 AM
This is the freebie 120 gallon beast.  Hands down best tool in the shop.  Best part is having it outside so it's quiet inside
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 03, 2018, 02:15:11 PM
This is the freebie 120 gallon beast.  Hands down best tool in the shop.  Best part is having it outside so it's quiet inside

that's a bad a$$ compressor

I wish I could have my compressor outside, I would have to build a out house for it, so it doesn't get rained on in the summer time and to keep it out of the heat

email says the new pressure switch will be in Wednesday

I can hold off using it to much for the next few days


I used to help my neighbors flip cars, that's how I saved up to buy this 60 gallon set up, before I had a 30gal and I killed that thing, the electric motor was built into the compressor type deal, I broke the compressor,

I rebuilt this guys (70 or 72 I forget now) f250 truck, new motor/trans/ cleaned the frame, sand blasted everything else that wasn't replaced, new water pump, oil pan, blasted engine acc brackets, timing cover, everything painted, frame was covered in years of oil, pressure washed the frame and painted it, ( I had to lift the cab off of the truck to clean the frame), suspension parts were blasted and painted or replaced for new and painted, painted the intake manifold, air cleaner was blasted and painted, I made a ton of $$ on the job, took me 6 months to get it done, mostly waiting on the guy to bring parts

the guy had a cooler on the p/s pump, and all the cooling fins were bent to sh* t so i straighten them up by hand, and got all the oil off of it, and sand blasted it and painted it gloss black, the guy was having a hard time finding a new one, so i rebuilt the old one
i did steel braided lines from the trans to the trans cooler,
i built a tube trans cross member, guy went from a 2 speed trans to a 3 speed automatic, and that meant the driveshaft was to long
ended up doing the steering gearbox to the rest of the steering parts, and re-wiring the engine and put a efan kit on it and wiring for that

I fixed a few rust spots on the firewall, and bed lined the firewall, inner fenders on the two sides, everything was cleaned under the hood
that ford truck paid for a 2 week vacation to Hawaii



but all the sand blasting I did, I ended up killing that 30 gallon air compressor, and then I helped my neighbors flip cars and got the money for my 60 gallon air compressor


the guy roped me in, the job started out as a simple motor swap, and the motor looked to nice with all the other dirty parts, and then the trans swap, and cleaning everything,

i planned on motor swap the truck in a weekend, pull it friday night and have the new motor in saturday and having it running sunday and gone sunday night

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 17, 2018, 01:38:54 AM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1821/41037262820_ca8788f7c2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25wjGw9)haro fst frame (https://flic.kr/p/25wjGw9) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

proto type haro fst frame from 1984,
before it had the haro chevrons and serial number on the frame

the frame and forks where white

but i sanded it down, had some surf rusts on it, i took on this side project on because my oldest son needed a new bmx to ride,
and i want my kids to ride awesome bmx bikes,
my son wanted the bike to be all black

the bikes frame/forks is haro, but everything else on the bike is gt,

the handle bars, neck, crank, sprocket, wheels, seat post are all gt


building this bike for my son has got me pumped up again to wait to work on the mini

my si joint on the left side has been acting up, so i haven't wanted to do anything much lately,
and this weekend we got a ton of rain, so my lower back and hips have not been happy.



Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on June 17, 2018, 09:48:46 AM
Not to mention, it's probably pretty hot there by now!

Do you have A/C in your garage? I put a big ass window unit in mine, makes a hell of a difference!
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 17, 2018, 01:44:09 PM
Not to mention, it's probably pretty hot there by now!

Do you have A/C in your garage? I put a big ass window unit in mine, makes a hell of a difference!

I have a huge portacool unit, it cools my garage down by 10 degs, it holds 42 gallons of water in it, and pushed something around 3900 cfm

a/c unit would be nice, but with the garage door open, not sure how well it would work


and its been around 107 the last few weeks, super hot
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 19, 2018, 06:46:01 PM
I learned that if I open up my garage door maybe 2 feet, and leave about a 2 foot gap between the garage door and the portacool, it will cool my garage down even more,

I had my garage down to a cool 80 deg today

so I put in some work


the lower part of the valance is 16ga sheet metal, and the flares are fiberglass, the sheet metal goes almost all the way to the end of the flare, maybe 2 inches short of the end of the flare, I did a lot of fiberglass mat to bridge the gap and make it somewhat smooth,
so far its just fiberglass matt that's been sanded down to smooth it out, I haven't used any filler yet
some spots at the bottom are hard to get at with my electric sanders, so I need to sand it by hand somemore, but so far its coming out pretty good



(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1787/42860513052_80c21d00f2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28irkhY)right front corner (https://flic.kr/p/28irkhY) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 22, 2018, 04:32:32 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1814/42055959735_33df74cc5f.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/275kMC4)front clip 2 (https://flic.kr/p/275kMC4) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on June 22, 2018, 04:50:31 PM
Wow, that is the Jay Leno of spoilers!   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 22, 2018, 08:19:31 PM
It looks huge but it think the bumper breaks it up, I almost want to cut out some of eg center lower section and build a bigger grill
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 27, 2018, 08:24:14 PM
today was a 2 step backwards type of day

I have a new trans cooler in the mail coming from amazon
so I made a cut out for the trans cooler, I think that went pretty good

and then I was like, oh I should add more holes for air flow to the radiator
and now I need to order a new radiator


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1763/29181870538_5097e7a98e.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LsGHqW)trans cooler hole (https://flic.kr/p/LsGHqW) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 27, 2018, 08:37:57 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1768/28184990657_c80bef74df.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JWBrLM)air vent (https://flic.kr/p/JWBrLM) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

like a tool, lol

at this point I can only make fun of my self for doing this


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HXWD8MO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1


I have to wait a few days to order this radiator

and this is the trans cooler I have coming in the mail

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000C39C7M/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1


I would order the radiator right now but I had to order new motor mounts for my honda element, the trans mount ripped last week
so I ordered new mounts for that, fedex 2 day air so that I can get them before this weekend, plan to change them out this weekend

and one of my e-fans isn't spinning as fast as the other one, so I ordered new e-fans for the element as well

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 29, 2018, 08:34:20 AM
My new trans cooler will be here this afternoon, I changed my trans mount on my element and that thing was torn all the way, the rubber part around the bolt hole wasnít even close to being connected to the rest of the mount housing



Today the classic nes comes back out, $60 for it, Iím going to try and pick one up this morning
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on June 29, 2018, 08:37:14 AM
NES?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 29, 2018, 08:55:13 PM
NES?

https://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 29, 2018, 09:05:45 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/922/41288280070_2c51c35caa.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25UvecL)trans mount (https://flic.kr/p/25UvecL) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


k24 automatic trans mount

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1822/43049572492_b7c03e8f84.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28A9j5u)nes (https://flic.kr/p/28A9j5u) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

picked up the nes this morning at target

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 30, 2018, 11:04:04 PM
worked on the trans cooler tonight

made a sheet metal mount, I still have to get some bolts for it, just used whatever I could find for temp mounting

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/914/43070991482_9900506b02.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28C36cq)trans cooler 4 (https://flic.kr/p/28C36cq) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1803/43070991372_01840b1862.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28C36aw)trans cooler mount (https://flic.kr/p/28C36aw) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

never mind the spot putty, I put it on pretty heavy and then sand 99% of it off

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on June 30, 2018, 11:07:29 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/922/29249215158_01872595b2.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LyDSD5)trans mount 5 (https://flic.kr/p/LyDSD5) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

I hand bent this mount


I need to buy a sheet metal bender tool, would make things a lot faster
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on July 01, 2018, 09:05:04 AM
I could use one of those as well as a small metal lathe, but there's just no room in my little shop. I've had decent results bending metal over a piece of angle iron clamped in a vise, but a bender would be so much faster as you said.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: 94touring on July 01, 2018, 09:22:28 AM
A harbor freight metal brake are small and easy to keep out of the way.  I use mine all the time
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 01, 2018, 12:33:22 PM
A harbor freight metal brake are small and easy to keep out of the way.  I use mine all the time

what bender do you have?


i have been looking at a small one from them but wasn't sure if it was any good

this is the one i want
https://www.harborfreight.com/36-in-metal-brake-with-stand-62335.html


going on vacation to San Diego for 6 days, so my tool buying money is nothing right now,
wife would kill me if i went and spent a few hundred bucks on some tools right before going on vacation
plus i wont be able to use it while gone


but this bender doesnt seem bad for small sheet metal bending
https://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch-bending-brake-39103.html



but the idea of making my own bender has crossed my mind

buying the steel and welding it up and whatnot
i dont think it would be hard to build my own

and then i can make it out of some heavy duty metal


Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: 94touring on July 01, 2018, 12:51:48 PM
I have the 30 inch table top one.  Does good on sheet down to about 16 gauge then gets difficult.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 01, 2018, 11:04:24 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1825/43143526321_25f561cc6f.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28JrRh6)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/28JrRh6) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 02, 2018, 05:20:36 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/838/29271929458_91f127d424.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LAEhNW)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/LAEhNW) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr


made the trim panel out of some 16 ga sheet metal, I made a few mistakes when cutting out the center section, and just had to weld those messed up sections up

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on July 02, 2018, 06:28:25 PM
That's what I like about working with sheet metal.....make a mistake? A little weld, a little grind, just like new again!  ;D
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 09, 2018, 12:58:57 PM
Got some new wheels for the mini, I

Going to change the color of them before I mount the new tires

Should have the paint work done this week on the new rims
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on July 09, 2018, 01:15:13 PM
Just tell me you're not going to paint them black! I'm so tired of black wheels......I mean, it's your car and all but black is so last decade, and all they do is look dirty - to me.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 09, 2018, 01:40:10 PM
heres a picture of what my dirty wheels look like right now

and yes, they will be "black"
because almost all the trim on my car is black

and im still thinking about painting my car od green, a ww2 od green


my old wheels were 13x6 wellers, satin black

new wheels are 13x6 bart wheels, i got them from summitracing

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/842/41494986940_36d489a12b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26dLDXj)mini wheel 13x6 (https://flic.kr/p/26dLDXj) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 09, 2018, 01:52:19 PM
http://www.tm9ordnance.com/products.htm

I kind of like the 319 color but its more of a late ww2 color



https://quartertonparts.com/product/33070-early-wwii-od-paint-one-gallon/

this color is a early ww2 od, i like this one because its more like the color that came on my 37 chevy truck


i also want to use the red primer because i know that will effect the color of the paint

but at the same time, the idea of using today's standard of paint and matching it to the color i want and then doing a gloss od has crossed my mind,
but im not sure how a gloss od will look

and then sometimes i think about a dark blue or a baby blue color
im all over the place when it comes to what color i want to make my car this time


but my goal is to paint it no later then sept this year

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniGene on July 09, 2018, 03:01:27 PM
I like the idea of the OD green.  I rattle canned the ass end of my project mini OD green.  I thought it looked cool.
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: MiniDave on July 09, 2018, 03:30:01 PM
Sorta like this?
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 09, 2018, 05:12:55 PM
Sorta like this?


yeah without the sticker


but the idea of putting the star on the door in black has crossed my mind

my door handles are painted in satin black, so if I did do one then it would be that

but maybe I should paint my door handles gloss black before putting them back on since my wheels are gloss black

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 09, 2018, 05:16:08 PM
one dirty wheel painted gloss black, lol 

im just joking about it now


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/920/43308364501_e85e3fb66c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28Z1FVF)mini rim 13x6 gloss black (https://flic.kr/p/28Z1FVF) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 14, 2018, 01:00:47 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1785/28537506897_3a0c0c4da5.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KtLbyZ)mini wheels 2 (https://flic.kr/p/KtLbyZ) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/842/28537506887_226f66634e.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KtLbyP)mini wheels 3 (https://flic.kr/p/KtLbyP) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1806/28537506837_7701ba8a1e.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KtLbxX)mini wheels (https://flic.kr/p/KtLbxX) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

new tires are mounted on the new rims now
Title: Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
Post by: joakwin on July 16, 2018, 09:51:24 PM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/920/28572435677_43e8789dd1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KwRcFk)37196142_10156464975111684_3232872882140872704_n (https://flic.kr/p/KwRcFk) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

alloy tow hook im in the process of building


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/837/42742733234_af006575a1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2882Fss)37238789_10156467740851684_8611013892056809472_n (https://flic.kr/p/2882Fss) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr

lower coilover mount for the left front
ive already made the new lower coilover mount for the right side

this is what the right side looks like with the suspension lifted up, the fender to tire gap is 1.5 inches,
with a 1 inch taller tire, should lift the front of the car 2 inches overall
165/60/13 tire mounted on a 13x6 rim
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1784/28572435707_7a766a80f7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KwRcFR)37152852_10156465411706684_776981256251375616_n (https://flic.kr/p/KwRcFR) by joa kwin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153125896@N06/), on Flickr