The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

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Re: The 3000GT VR-4

Post by lawdogg » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:48 pm

Thought I'd update this! Getting closer to being done. If only I was in Vermont for more than a couple weeks a year.

I came back for a week and a half before classes started in August and made some progress.

First, pulled it into garage.

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OEM 2-bolt shortblock came out with the rest of the engine, as did the OEM 5-spd, along with shifter cables and base, driveshaft, and rear diff.

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Check out how close the weak 1g 18-spline output shaft was from stripping!

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Also may have found out why no 1st gear, thanks to whatever genius owned this before me:

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Then, Mr. House welded up the old engine out of the VR-4, and it went in, along with a 6spd tranny & tc, driveshaft, diff, and shifter cables. Also check out some of the carnage from the wreck.

Tranny reverse bolt ear went back on:

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Intermediate shaft bracket boss got sort of welded back on (as good as it could be):

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Water neck got nice and tweaked:

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Old input shaft made a nice imprint on my crank:

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Highly functional dent on the side of the oil pan:

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Engine to trans bracket was nice and tweaked:

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Only shot I have of it getting close to being ready to put in:

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This was A BITCH to swap:

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Back in!

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Current problems:

-I had to convert the harness from the old adjustable CAS sensor to separate cam / crank angle sensors. Now the harness isn't getting voltage. No idea why.
-Clutch master cylinder doesn't want to work now. No idea why.

Until next time!

//Ryan
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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by lawdogg » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:17 pm

So turns out I had forgotten to plug in my MFI relay.

With it plugged in, I get fuel and spark ... but still no start!
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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by honda8790 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:07 am

Getting closer....
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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by lawdogg » Wed May 16, 2012 6:39 pm

Looks like I'll potentially need new heads after all.
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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by lawdogg » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:42 am

OK here are some pics in chronological order (all with cell phone so pardon white balance and etc):

Taking it out of the barn and after a bath:

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In the garage next to the Miata:

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My discovery about the VR-4 engine's crooked cam gear and it jumping one tooth while I was removing the crank pulley:

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(Flash is too bright but right one is exactly one tooth off)
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Took out all the doody cables for stereo / alarms / car phone, and chipped out a bunch of factory sound deadening. No pics but I washed the interior bare metal and each plastic panel and re-installed it all leaving the rear seat belts out because racecar:

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Then Cyrus offered some space at his shop to use, so we trailered it over:

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Engine came out:

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Cyrus's gf's bluenose pit Pip helped:

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Looking down the car from the shop couch:

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Eww ... before pressure washing:

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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by lawdogg » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:44 am

Nasty rusted brake vac reservoir:

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Had to replace the clutch master so it came out to get to it:

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Stripped it down:

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Found out why clutch didn't work, master cyl was rusted in:

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Hit vac res with the same expoxy paint I used on my Audi's H&R coilovers:

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Got the old engine (thanks lethal!!) popped the 6spd on it and back in it went:

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If you can't find the 3/S tool you need in this pile, then you don't belong around one Mr. Arizona lol

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Maple-Bacon Milkshape ... yep

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Downpipe bit me:

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I gave Cyrus a 3" testpipe, some random 3" piping, and the end of an ICH 3" exhaust, and he welded me up a sweet single shot all the way from the downpipe (that's his pikes peak BMW in the background):

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Done! Still ran like donkey at this point but damn its pretty

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Back home

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And if you think the Stealth is low, here's a view of it from my Miata hahah

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And an obligatory pic of said Miata

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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by sachilles » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:41 am

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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by Rabbit Farmer » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:39 am

That's my old trailer... still the villiage bicycle, I see. ;)

Still waiting for Cyrus to finish Jamie's (Kiwi) pikes peak BMW.... would love to see that at the local hillclimbs.

Good seeing you the other day.

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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by lawdogg » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:56 pm

Yeah still has your custom engineered method of egress and ingress assistance (i.e., the 2x4 you nailed to it) there too! :lol:

It was good to see you too - I was in town just long enough to do all this and now I'm in san fran. If I ever am in town without some stupid project to consume every waking hour I'll try to get together with you guys.
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Re: The 3000GT VR-4 --> The Stealth RT/TT

Post by lawdogg » Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:30 pm

Thanks to Sirs Cyrus House and Charlie Gerry, it's out here in San Francisco enjoying the Northern California climate.

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Next project: 3.7 liters of billet + 67mm of Holset + E85. :drive1:

I'll be back in Vermont in July with any luck, hope to see you guys then. \:D/
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