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Along the way I did a full engine rebuild too.. a custom winged and baffled sump with custom pickup.. even still has the same oil capacity an oil cooler and return feed to the sump

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I had to mount the engine slightly lower to keep the engine and gearbox level in the chassis. As a result I had to customise the anti roll bar. I cut off the bushed chassis mount end of the droplinks, threaded the remaining rod and fitted rose joints, I kept the original arrangement on the ARB itself. But with the rose joints I got an extra 10 to 30mm drop to clear the rear of my sump.

The sump was originally designed for a tilted engine, first step was to make it level. The I cut off the sump oil reservoir, split it in half, added a filler plate and welded the whole lot as a winged sump. This shorted the sump by 2", so I had to also shorten the oil pickup. I used the original pipe but added the pickup from a ford fiesta as it has a much shallower head. Because I had winged the sump thus makes it a right pain to bolt in place, more luck than planning, there is just enough space for a spanner...

The longitudinal install on the 4age has the starter on the offside... but the Rwd gearbox has the starter on the nearside, so I had to alter the engine to gearbox cover.. I made up a template on the gearbox while it was in my shed so that I could move the starter holes to the correct side... you don't actually need this cover... it protects the flywheel and clutch from road debris... which is probably a good idea... the starter is from a Toyota corolla and bolts straight in... it use's an on board solenoid, so you don't need the otiginal bulkhead solenoid... but you do need custom wiring loom in the engine bay !

I had to make up a gear lever relocation, which came out perfectly,  I even fitted a lotus elise gear lever and knob which has the same gear layout as the Toyota t50 gearbox I used. I used a new original slave cylinder for clutch operation . The clutch is a standard Toyota corolla unit with a clutch release bearing from a Toyota levin. I also had to press a bearing into the crankshaft to convert it to a RWD... the 4age I bought was from an MR2 which is mid mounted longitudinal. I used the original clutch master.. rebuilding with new springs and seals.

I had to spend a small fortune getting a new speedo drive, cable and output yoke for this gearbox. Once all mounted I measured up and had a custom prop made using and original diff flange and my yoke. The rear gearbox mount is an original mount using large rubber bobbins, just like modern cars use as engine mounts.

For my engine mounts I made up mock mounts in card and then fabricated heavy duty mounts for the engine block.. and used standard lotus engine mounts to the chassis. The nearside mount is more complex as I had to clear the oil cooler feed from the filter housing.

The oil cooler is a standard 10 row unit using braided hose in and out. I mounted it in the nose on banjos.

The engine is a standard 4age big port model. 7 rib block with high compression pistons, new bearings and rings all round, big port head with a "blue top" pair of cams. I cover the cams with original covers with the Toyota script machined off, wrinkle finished. Engine was rebuilt with all new seals.

I made up mild steel inlet manifold so I could mount dcoe 40 weber's. I have since upgraded the linkage for the cable so that the butterflies fully open. I got the big port plate and weber plate from a company in Ireland, the inlet runs were made for me in cornwall and I welded it all together.

I also got the exhaust plate and made up a customised manifold. I intended to make a 4-2-1 tubular... only to discover that was a stretch of my skills... so I made a hybrid log/tubular.. basically a tubular manifold with lengths that fit the installation limitations !. I joined this to an original exhaust pipe and rear silencer. As it tuns out I ended up with an install with suprisingly high torque.

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Ignition is managed by an ecu which plugs into the 4age distributor.. it only manages curves and advance..it is not programmable... it is designed specifically for carbed installs on the 4age. I have hidden the electricery behind the brake servo. I had to relocate the coil to the nearside inner wing...and associated wiring...

The alternator is from a Toyota corolla using the 4age mounts... but this is offside.. luckily it clears the RHD steering column. .. just... almost like it was designed that way !

The wiring for this alternator is very different and took a while to get right, so that my ignition and warning lights work as intended. I upgraded the tacho using a spidya circuit board. . And it shows revs perfectly. I went to a solid state voltage regulator behind the dash... just in case.

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Radiator is all aluminium vw golf mk2 with a brass bolt sealing off the drain plug. I used silicon hoses and an aluminum temp sender joint from carbuildersolutions to get the water pump joined to the rad. I put a large electric fan in, using a variable trigger, which I have set to 90 degrees Celsius.... more wiring !

The rad has an expansion take off . I used the original expansion tank... it is mounted in the nose with an unsprung cap from a landy. The pressure release sprung cap is mounted on the top hose.. I got this new on ebay.. this comes with an overflow takeoff which I run a hose open at low level...it shouldnt be used...

The rad is mounted using 3mm aluminium plate, cardboard template using the original mount holes to the body. Because it is taller I have put the foam across the bonnet, I used the original aluminium heat protector over the steering column.

The rad size makes running a hose to feed the airbox difficult, the space is too narrow for the standard hose, so I am using jenvy foam filters over my weber trumpets instead.

 

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So after all that I get 113 lbft torque and 100 bhp @ 4500 rpm at the wheels, a slick 5 speed gearbox .. for a lot less cost than a replacement lotus engine and box.... but a lot more work

With fuel injection I could loose the distributor and get another 20 bhp... but I loose classic look :)... unless I got jenvey clsssic injection carbs. .. but they are 1300 pound.

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Gosh! That sounfs like a lot of work.  Well done for seeing ti throughht to completion. Looks like a nice installation.  That Toyota engine is nice and light is right, as they say.

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This is my gear lever relocation. The original lever location is about 3" further back...under the chassis. I took the selector with the original gear stick. Cut off the lever, drilled a hole through the selector at 90 degrees, pushed a rod through  and reattached the lever in the right location. I ran the rod in a pair of bearings and then replicated the ball using a pair of rosejoints. I boxed it all in and added a rubber sleeve to seal the lever.

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Wow - fascinating conversion - well done and thanks for sharing ??

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Cut and shut sump. Drain and oil return from cooler at the top. Wrinkle finished.

Cooked in oven at 90 degress to make it super tough !

Shortened sump pickup:

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Because I needed to use an electric fuel pump I had to flip the fuel banjo to put the pump filter and pressure regulator in the boot.

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I have since fitted a malpassi regulator.

I ran copper pipe through the chassis to a brass barbed Y piece and then braided hose on new banjos..

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Engine and box

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In this picture you can see the front chassis  change to acome date the pulley

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Clutch release bearing from a Toyota Levin

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And a new clutch from from a Toyota corolla. Bit of a mimash of parts as I used the lighter flywheel which is not the usual one to us on a Toyota T50 gearbox

But I wanted to retain the hydraulic operated lever.

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You can just make out the pilot bearing...

And the final gear lever location:

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Thank you for taking the time to post that Laika.

A very neat installation that must have demanded a good deal of your skills, thought, time and dedication. Well done!

Tim

 

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Nice job, well done. :thumbup:

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