Author Topic: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap  (Read 55257 times)

Offline MiniDave

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #350 on: January 02, 2019, 11:32:54 PM »
Cool, nice to get the definitive answer to the problem......
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #351 on: January 03, 2019, 12:08:36 AM »
Untitled by joa kwin, on Flickr


alittle build up on the pistons, but I can still see the arrow and the p28 on the tops of them

Untitled by joa kwin, on Flickr

the head gasket, the two dowel pin holes were loose on the head

Untitled by joa kwin, on Flickr
the head has been tq down, with its two step specs

going to finish it off tomorrow and start it

I kind of feel like I need to get a header on this vs the stock exhaust manifold it has right now, lol


as of right now, we shouldn't get snow tonight, so my garage wont be as cold,

and one of my neighbors said he has a extra space heater, brand new and he said i can have it, he said he will bring it over tomorrow afternoon sometime, im down with free


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Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #352 on: January 29, 2019, 11:57:27 AM »
49292651_2448259951851757_1487706946835316736_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

really haven't done much to the car in the last few weeks

a very small amount of body work

its been pretty cold here and my body dont like the cold, so my small dog and Netflix is what ive been spending my time with

Im thinking about sending the car to a body shop and have them finish up the body work and paint

and then sending the del sol seats off to have them recovered

im looking at moding the honda column to fit a mini's steering wheel onto it

ive been looking for honda steering wheels but they are super $$ or I dont like the way they look

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Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #353 on: January 30, 2019, 12:32:55 PM »
primer red 111 by joa kwin, on Flickr

got most of the car covered in red primer 111

I got my garage temp up to 72 degs
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Offline MiniDave

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #354 on: January 30, 2019, 12:34:32 PM »
Nice day in Tucson......it's up to 3* here in KC.

So, flat it all off then find the low spots and fill them, then one more coat pf primer and then color?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #355 on: January 31, 2019, 01:40:57 PM »
I put a 2nd coat of primer on it today, because I didn't like the way the 1st coat came out, had my garage temps up to 74.3 deg today

I found some spots that I need to work, a few low spots

I plan to give the primer a few days for it to dry all the way, and then work the spots

i think by mid feb i should be good for paint


this is going to be the color of the car
34087.1 by joa kwin, on Flickr






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Offline MiniDave

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #356 on: January 31, 2019, 01:48:55 PM »
Top too, or will you do that in a contrasting color, maybe black?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #357 on: January 31, 2019, 02:14:27 PM »
I was looking at painting it all one color, because I shaved the body lines off the car, so I dont have the drip rails anymore and those were a good line to use to break up the colors

im thinking about painting the door handles and mirrors and gas cap the same od green as the body, and even painting the black rubber seal for the fuel next od green

and then just have the wheels satin black

or maybe i should paint the rims od green as well and then the tires will be the only black color on the car






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D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #358 on: January 31, 2019, 02:24:51 PM »
plasma cutter stuff by joa kwin, on Flickr


im trying to get my car painted before I have to go help my brother in san diego


my dad gave my brother a 77 4x4 chevy truck, it still has the running gear and everything but my dad got the truck because it had a new crate 350 in it,
and thats all he wanted from it,
the 77 has back fees on it, and needs smog in cali, so its now a parts truck

my brother has a cab and fenders for a 59 chevy truck, that he wants to stick on that 77 frame and he has a carb vortec head 327 for it

but since its a 4x4, he needs help to pull the 77 cab off that frame, so i told him i want a new york gaint style pizza and some beer, and i will bring out my plasma cutter
and i will make that cab lighter and we can turn it in for some scrap metal and get a few bucks


so i plan to go out after i get the paint put down on the mini,
so i needed to make sure i had all the extra stuff needed for my plasma cutter ahead of time to get the job done

im probably going to make a 50 foot 220volt ext cord, to run that out to where the truck is and cut some pos truck up

my brother has a 80 gallon air compressor set up to run the air side of the machine, and he is going to have a buddy install a 2nd 220v outlet outside in the work area so we can run the compressor and cutter at the same time


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Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #359 on: February 22, 2019, 02:50:30 PM »
i haven't done much work on the mini, its been snowing here and its super cold

I ordered brand new glass all around for the car

new front and back windows with seals,
new door windows, with the rubber seal it sits on inside the door on the guts
and new pop out side windows

as soon as the snow goes away, I plan to move my project truck outside for a few days
and have me a good look at the mini and make sure I didn't miss anything on the body
and prep the garage with plastic and remove the wheels and lift it up on jack stands and paint it

im looking at march time frame now just because the weather is being crazy

back yard snow by joa kwin, on Flickr

my back yard and behind that is the I10 highway

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Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #360 on: February 22, 2019, 03:01:59 PM »
a few days ago I picked this little boom box up, for $85 and it works

b48mfa by joa kwin, on Flickr

b48mfb by joa kwin, on Flickr


B48mf by joa kwin, on Flickr

b48mfc by joa kwin, on Flickr

it has a 18 inch 189es 4ohm woofer horn loaded, and a 12in 8ohm mid front loaded

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Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #361 on: February 22, 2019, 03:05:07 PM »
earlier this week I found a guy in Georgia selling some car audio subs that I have wanted for a long time
so I picked them up, they are in the process of shipping to me, I should have then middle next week, aka CV stroker 15d2's, I got 4 of them coming

stroker 15 woofer by joa kwin, on Flickr

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Offline gr8kornholio

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #362 on: February 22, 2019, 04:50:45 PM »
Awesome score on the subs.  Those were the stuff when they came out. I browse eBay for ppi flat pistons but donít have anything to put them in if I found them.
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Saussie Aussie 1965 Australian MK1 Mini.
"Beavis" - 07 MY/MY MCS, B/MY Konig Daylites, JCW sideskirts, TSW springs, TSW lower rear control arms -- Exploring the country with new friends since 11/09.

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #363 on: February 24, 2019, 10:19:35 AM »
the guy said the strokers need to be reconned but they look like what the pic I posted because they have been sitting for 20 years

I wont know 100% if they need to be rebuilt till I ohm check them

I ended up paying $426 shipped for 4-15's


tracking them, they have made it to PHX, AZ
at around 11am Saturday, so close

they are still waiting to make the next final leg of the trip down to Tucson,
around 200 miles or so



D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #364 on: March 04, 2019, 04:56:57 PM »
4 stroker 15's by joa kwin, on Flickr


alloy radiator by joa kwin, on Flickr


53374878_304691670247656_1502498122713006080_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

53303468_292745328089232_7620803272089010176_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

I built a heater core box for a del sol heater core, I added two 5 inch fans

D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #365 on: March 06, 2019, 12:00:42 PM »
54277965_622879624803036_6860412714292871168_n by joa kwin, on Flickr



got it loaded up, about to head out to the body shop

D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #366 on: March 20, 2019, 01:50:16 PM »
4 side windows by joa kwin, on Flickr

4 side windows came in from mini sport shipped from England

no broken glass 

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Offline travellering

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #367 on: March 25, 2019, 05:36:50 PM »


4 side windows came in from mini sport shipped from England

no broken glass

Hmmm, 4 CV stroker 15's ought to fix that.... :D

Offline MiniDave

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #368 on: March 25, 2019, 07:11:46 PM »
When is it coming back from paint, Joakwin?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #369 on: March 27, 2019, 12:28:52 PM »
When is it coming back from paint, Joakwin?

few more weeks, they are blocking it out, and finishing the fiberglass work


while the mini is out at the body shop, I took my truck apart to start working on that

im trying to get the motor running in the frame in the next few weeks

54520052_413505332557212_56127899639480320_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

I pulled the cab from the frame to do metal work on that and to work on the engine

im changing the rear main seal, spacer flexplate, front main seals, high volume oil pump, 4l80e filter, front pump seal, rear output seal, putting a ls3 oil pan set up(not as deep as the truck pan), hi volume oil pan, new crank balancer pulley


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D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #370 on: March 27, 2019, 12:31:56 PM »
55521065_867219630290544_1566379477703852032_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

56173163_1013720098833201_4886948286289674240_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

54522681_273650483579912_7015235479175954432_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

converted the trans cooler lines to -6AN

the trans is a 4l80e out of a 2004 3500, it has 57k miles on it,
picked it up a few weeks ago in San Diego

4l80 and ford 9 by joa kwin, on Flickr

my brother gave me a 50.5 in wide ford 9 inch housing

D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #371 on: April 13, 2019, 11:28:11 AM »
I went to the body shop to look at the mini, but the main guy that I deal with wasn't their, he was out getting supplies, so im going to go back on Monday
and see whats what



The 37ís y-pipe by joa kwin, on Flickr

built this y-pipe for the engine yesterday

56252802_2591001554304775_6473227520001966080_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

inside the valve covers

56764730_10157120206171684_5451438595371958272_n by joa kwin, on Flickr

y-pipe building

Untitled by joa kwin, on Flickr

I stuck ls3 injectors onto the motor with some top hats



I replaced water pump, front and rear main seals, valve cover gaskets, valley cover seal, intake manifold gaskets, flex plate, ls3 oil pan with the parts that go for that, hi-volume oil pump, ls3 injectors with adapters for the height plus wiring
4l80e filter and filter seal, front pump seal, rear output seal, pan gasket, rear mount, trans cooler line fittings to -6AN

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D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #372 on: May 04, 2019, 02:52:17 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MXE1SBD?ref=ppx_pt2_dt_b_prod_image


I ordered this steering wheel for the mini, and a short eg civic adapter for it as well,
to get that stock air bag steering wheel out of the car
body shop is saying it should be done with paint by Wednesday, well see


I ordered a eastwood bead roller so that I can build the door cards for the mini,
I have some thin sheet metal to use and some vinyl to cover it
D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell

Offline MiniDave

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #373 on: May 04, 2019, 03:42:22 PM »
Wed!  You must be excited to see it, is the color what you wanted?
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline joakwin

Re: hello new to site, vtec automatic swap
« Reply #374 on: May 06, 2019, 05:50:57 PM »
Wed!  You must be excited to see it, is the color what you wanted?

I gave them the paint and thinner for it, when I dropped it off to them


Untitled by joa kwin, on Flickr

the truck got the axle housing hanging in it on the weekend

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D16z6 Automatic, 4 wheel disc brakes, deseamed shell