I am slowly making progress on the engine - everything is being removed, sandblasted, and painted. I am making a lot of compromises from my original plan
after several setbacks due to money issues. I'm pretty much going stock except for the turbo and intercooler. Right now its still a sight for sore eyes but it will look nice soon.
Please keep in mind these pictures have been taken over a 5 month period.
Trying to pull the valves from my spare head using an improvised spring compressor...
Trying not to scrach the HLA wells
You can see the vavlestem and the valve keepers here.
Not very efficient but it did work.
Preliminary porting & polishing on the intake side
Combustion chambers are still dirty.
I put tape on the head surface so it wouldnt get scratched up too bad
Preliminary knifedging on the exhaust side.
Still have a LOT more to do
Thats a knife edge though.
I painted it green! The stripes were eyeballed and came out pretty good.
I didnt paint the hardtop incase I ever want to sell it.
Front bumper removed
The dirty engine without the valvecover
The turbo is completely shot
I got around to painting stripes on the back too.
Got the bumper too
Pictures dont do it justice. It really is a LOT uglier than it looks.
Sexy Capri ass
A look at the nightmare I'm getting into
I blew out the turbo at 168k after boosting to 20 psi on it.
Even from here you can tell the compressor is SHOT
There was about 3/8" shaft play in it...
Noting the distributor timing before I take it off.
Noting clutch cable adjustment
Front motor mount is shot.
These are the upper mounting bolts for the downpipe - they are a nightmare to get off.
My straightpipe exhaust. Pretty ghetto, going much bigger next time
Shot turbo's turbine housing
You can see shiny metal on the turbine - it was clipping the housing.
I'm trying to show how much of a gap there is but its not working.
Oil everywhere too.
The compressor blades are bent.
This is the center shaft or whatever, The bearing thing there is obliterated.
The fins are razor sharp from hitting the compressor housing - not to mention pretty bent.
How did it last this long?
You can see where it touched the housing
Exhuast manifold bolt pattern
Looking to see if its possible to turn a miata turbo manifold upside down
The 4 holes on the end are the only ones that match up.
Would be difficult to re-drill this one.
Conclusion: very possible
My would- be replacement turbo
The blades arent bent but there is a little shaft play
Paint does wonders.
I decided not to use it but it would have been a temp replacement.
The shifter assembly
Noting distributor connections
Some bracket thingy goes there
A little clearer
Another dizzy connection
Knock sensor plug
Ground at front left of head
Ground at rear left of head
Noting vacuum lines
That one is important. I think.
The head's off
Its a head!
Intake manifold removed.
Ugly. I had previously painted the fuel rail but it didnt hold up.
Fucking carbon. Who the hell made up the saying "A redline a day keeps the carbon away?" Its BULLSHIT
Ugly engine bay
The knock sensor
A real fartcan muffler!
Its winking. (about what, I'm not sure)
Trying to pull the axles out
Still trying to pull the axles out
Noting alternator connections
The bar & plate intercooler I bought.
Its at least twice the stock size, and made of more efficient Aluminum
My axles with shot outer CV joints. Dont run 30,000 miles with split boots
Noting oil cooler line
Noting the other one.
I'm sure this is something important too.
At 168k there is still crosshatch visible in the bore
Axles OUT! They are a pain but just hit em hard enough
The end of the halfshaft
Theres a bracket that mounts to the block.
Another view, and that wierd pipe for some J-spec thing
Theres a wire connected to the power steering pump. The car will explode without it.
Noting bracket on transmission bolt
Front struts. One dust boost is obliterated
The half-shaft and bracket pulled out.
Noting transmission mount bolts
This one on the bottom is 12mm.
There are 2 front the starter side
Seperated! On hindsight thought, its best to take them both out as one unit.
Mess of wires and connectors
Transmission side. This is the flywheel, clutch, and pressure plate
Ugly ass bell housing.
The speed sensor gear thing
It also doubles as the fill-hole
Noting transmission connections.
One goes way up here somewhere.
The clutch and pressure plate.
Empty engine bay!
The oil cooler
Stock shifter Vs. Civic short throw shifter I bought on eBay for $15
It fits but the bushings dont seat well
IHI-VJ11 turbo I bought on eBay
Good condition, little shaft play
Again, paint does wonders.
I hope it lasts.
Crate 'O parts that need to be blasted and painted
Engine in my shed on the stand
Noting that the Capri Master Cylinder has 4 outlet lines
It doesnt use an external proportioning valve.
Smushed pic, shelves full of parts
Another smushed pic w/ head on block
Mocking the head on the block to test turbo clearance
Waiting to be sandblasted.
Shiny intake manifold!
The stock tailights work with the body but arent very stylish.
BAM!!! The '94 style look AWESOME
Pic of the old exhaust
The cat was cleaned out by the previous owner.
Suprisingly, it wasnt very loud like this.
Noting a connection on the passenger door.
Its a power lock actuator!
Funny, because power locks were not a factory option, and this is an OEM ford part.
Boost and A/F ratio gauges installed in the A-pillar pod
The pods arent the best fit but they do work.
The lower guage bulb hits the dash but its better than duct tape!
Painted intake manifold loaded with painted & polished accesories
Slightly bored throttle body inlet (done out of boredom)
Polished injectors need a coat of high temp clearcoat
No more "TURBO" decal
Without flash - shows the colors better
Oil pan too
Front of the block
Ribbed oil pan
Quick shot of the capri sleeping...Intercooler hasnt been mounted yet.