When to work on the drive train.
While waiting on the Atlas to be build I got my hands on a SFR mock up atlas, and assembled it.
First off, I took a 6bt manifold and chopped off both ends.
Then I used part of what I chopped off to make some end caps, And right now I just tacked them into place.
In the next day or two I have to go out back and get my old oven I used for powder coating, so I can preheat it, and fully weld it.
Well I spent most of today trying to remove the old rusty bolts for the exhaust manifold. With Lots of heat and pb blaster, I was able to get 6 of the 8 out, but I broke 2 of them off in the head. So I spent some time drilling and re-tapping the holes.
Then I got the new intake plate and horn mounted.
Took off the front plate to see what style of "KDP" I had. and of course its not the easy one that you can use some bar stock to retain it.
Going to have to get a little creative.
"KDP" is on the left hand side of the bolt.
I got the "KDP" fixxed, welded the ends of the manifold, got the turbo clocked and took care of the waste gate.
Then I cleaned it all up and hit it with some high temp black spray paint.
*Note to self about spray paint: do not drop a can of spray paint, it will hit the ground and take off like a rocket. It painted the floor, my boots, pants, and everything on the floor black
Finally got the engine in side the frame rails today.
Busted out the plasma, and went to work.
Got the engine mounts down, and threw the hood and grill on to check the clearance's
I have 7/8" from the hood to the intake horn. I had to drop it down about 1.5" from originally where I had it.
I threw the axles and tire under it to check everything out, and I set the frame and tub to ride height.
All I have is crappy cell pictures, will get some better ones later on.
Then I built the skid plate. I originally wanted a flat skid, but seeing as I had to drop the engine down cause of hood clearance. I ended up with a 1.5" tall skid plate. So its almost flat. At the belly right now I have 22".
And here is a photo of how far the oil pan hangs down. It is similar to the stock 4.0 height.
I finished up the skid plate. I added an angle piece up front, and the transmission mount.
So I started on getting the york mounted. With the turbo where it is at, and with the engine being close to the hood, I had to get a little creative.
So far this is what I came up with.
Finished up the york mount.
I had to get rid of the automatic tension-er and I am using the idler pulley on top to tension the belt. There is an 1" of up travel for that pulley.
I got the corners installed.