Hit some major snags today guys. Sorry about the wall of text. If I knew how the day was going to go I should have taken pictures just to document this **** show.
For sticking with it, here is a pic of my exhaust hooked up to the motor:
A couple people here know that I was having some problems with a leaking coolant re-route. The motor was pulled and I removed it and chased the threads and prepped it to be reinstalled. Just last Friday I was able to pull the motor out and put the re-route block back on.
While the motor was out on Friday I started cleaning up the engine bay so I wouldn't have to install the motor in a engine bay covered in crap. While I was doing this, my friend (the owner of the shop I am doing this work in) says, if you have a leak, why not fix it while the engine is out of the car?
Just to catch up, I had been having some problems with my oil return line leaking because I didn't know how to properly tap a pipe thread fitting... Anyhow.
So after hemming and hawing over it for twenty minutes or so, the decision was made to pull the oil pan and weld the fitting so I don't have that problem anymore. Unfortunately Mike (shop owner) was not able to be there on Saturday so the work had to be done today. On Saturday I picked up these:
A set of Tire Rack C3s used with 225/45-15 RS3s that have a good bit of life left on them. Used, in fair condition for a fair price.
Back to the story. So we weren't able to start working on the motor today until about 1pm. I had the motor apart from the trans and the flywheel off the motor by 1:50pm or so. I will skip some details and say that with a small amount of work with a tig welder we were able to fix the oil return problem. It's not as pretty as I'd like but we were strapped for time.
Where the problem was found, was the clutch. I have some bad driving habits and my ceramic sprung 949 sport clutch was very close to the rivets, so we need to replace the clutch.
Where this becomes an issue is I need this car together and RUNNING by March 8th because the car is going to the Indy dyno day, which I already paid a lot of money for.
I was hoping to have the motor at least sitting in the car by the end of the day today. By 6pm (had to leave because got called into work) the oil pan was done but now I am waiting on clutch before I can move any further.
Time is slipping away on me...