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Hello all. My name David. I am a automotive painter by trade, and I just started the tear down of the the engine bay. I will be working on the car in stages starting up front.

I’ve owned this car for 6 years, most of which it sat parked for various reasons. I’ve done some repairs and some mods but nothing to involved. The biggest change so far is the power steering, more on that later tho.

I will update this post later on but for now picture time
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engine is getting rebuilt for bad rings and cylinder 3 exhaust valves are leaking. At the same time I’m shaving the bay, wire tuck, abs delete and so on. I will try to update regularly but I am a family man so bare with me. Enjoy!
 

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Here is a shot the work I’ve done in the back so far.
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shaved the lock cylinder, the blue oval and the wiper. Still need to finish the molding.

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And this is hiding behind the rear bumper
 

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I’ve done a little more prep work in the bay and spent some time cleaning up my work space. Need to make space to tear down the block. I’m waiting on a few parts to start on the motor mounts.
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I will need to figure something out for a coolant overflow, any suggestions are appreciated.
 

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I’ve done a little more prep work in the bay and spent some time cleaning up my work space. Need to make space to tear down the block. I’m waiting on a few parts to start on the motor mounts.
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I will need to figure something out for a coolant overflow, any suggestions are appreciated.
Love the build so far. If you run a mk2 radiator you can eliminate the overflow bottle completely.
 

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block Is empty, subframe is bare and installed along with the lower mount to locate the driveline in the bay. And I started on the driver side motor mount
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thats it so far, covid decided to visit for Christmas so That’s awesome. My wife and I have 5 kids so it’s been really exhausting.
 

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Switched gears and started working on the wiring portion of this build. My main goal is a full wire tuck and I really want to include relocating the fuse box out of sight. The first logical step is to remove the wiring and connectors for systems I don’t want and/or have anymore. No a/c, power steering, abs or cruise control



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This is the harness over the top of the transmission. The green connector is for an a/c switch.

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Cruise control is part of the main harness.

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Abs including wheel speed sensors are part of the main harness.


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These two connectors are in the drivers wheel well. The brown plug is completely used by (on my car) the abs, the grey plug has most of the cruise control wiring.

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For now the brown connector will be reinstalled to seal up the wiring going into the car.

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Removing relays, fuses and wiring from the main harness. There is one connector for the a/c clutch and one for the power steering pressure switch.
 

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Following this - Awesome work so far. Please keep us updated!

Are you going to stick with the OEM ECU or explore anything standalone to clean up and simplify further?
 

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I’ve explored the idea of a standalone but I live in Illinois and have to do emissions testing. Keeping the stock ecu will just simplify that whole process. Thanks for following.
 

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Hope the windshield stays in with all the vibrations.
 
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