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Old 10-21-2018, 09:51 PM   #111
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Haha that's not how I intended it.

It's so fun learning new skills, there are lots of "a ha!" moments. I don't know why I didn't get a welder sooner and just start screwing around with it.
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Old 10-21-2018, 11:44 PM   #112
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Haha that's not how I intended it.

It's so fun learning new skills, there are lots of "a ha!" moments. I don't know why I didn't get a welder sooner and just start screwing around with it.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:14 PM   #113
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I finished my transmission crossmember. I got a better feel for the welder and got better penetration on the later welds.









A little primer and paint and they're pretty much done.







I recessed nuts that I tack welded into the reinforcement plates, so it's super easy to install and remove the crossmember.





I also got my rear suspension parts from the fabricator. Converted to spherical bearings, and the toe and camber arms changed to turnbuckles to eliminate the cam bolts, which tend to slip. Simple to make.



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Old 11-04-2018, 09:14 PM   #114
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Turbo setup came in as well. I had some nervousness about it not fitting, but everything cleared. Bonus.





And I got a limited slip diff to put into my Explorer rear end. DIdn't change the gear ratio, so I just pulled the bearings and installed them on the new LSD, and swapped the ring gear over.

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Old 11-11-2018, 08:50 AM   #115
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Starting to figure out the cooling system. Nothing really lines up the way it did in the Miata. Annoyingly, the hot side of the radiator is on the opposite side of the engine bay as the coolant exit from the engine, so the coolant pipes have to cross over. I could probably change this, but it would require a custom radiator to make the air bleed and overflow piping to work correctly, and I'd rather not re-engineer that.

Anyway, coolant exits the cold side of the radiator on the passenger's side, then uses this short section of steel pipe to carry water to the water pump inlet on the driver's side. Because the engine is so far forward relative to a Miata the bend was entirely wrong. So I cut it and re-welded it in a different orientation. Nice little half hour job that saved me a lot of time searching for the perfect cooling hose.



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