Monday, February 10, 2014

Sourcing the parts - Engine aka RB20DET

As one can deduce from the headline, I have bought an engine swap for Zeta.

My choice was a RB20DET because of its stock values. With the RB20DET all of the requirements that Finnish law has to "offer" to register Zeta will be met.

The swap came with motor, almost all of the auxiliary parts and gearbox.
Turbo was not a part of the deal, but that would have been upgraded anyhow! What did came with the kit was stainless exhaust flange to make new exhaust manifold and a stainless surge tank.

Seller was a real pleasure to work with because as soon as we showed up to look at the motor, he offered to open it up so we could see that it is okay and so we could see what we are buying. Also the price was more than reasonable... with the price difference to other engine swaps, we can machine the engine and rebuild it and still have money left for a new turbo. Also ceramic coating would be nice in the engine (Martelius - Keraamiset pinnoitteet).
We are also upgrading the bolts, nuts and seals and gaskets of the engine so that it will be like brand new!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Taking Zeta apart - Part VI

Just a small update before a a bit bigger one.

Weekend is over and the front suspension assembly is detached from Zeta. One bolt on the front stabilizer bar had to be cut of but all other bolts opened up nicely. Also I had to cut the "lowest" brake lines on either side because the flanges did not want to budge... No big deal, because I planned to replace all of the hard lines anyway.

Below one can see the whole front suspension assembly and part of the right door.


Work continued also with the rear fenders and as a new project with the right door. From this I don't have any pictures because no-one likes to see yet another picture with rust and body filler!

Next up: "New" engine!