Thought I'd start a build thread here.
Some background: Bought a California car (no rusty Michigan POS for me) last year, and have DD'd it ever since. Write up on the road trip from LA to Detroit in a $1400 22 year old car here: Beater Miata Road Trip
I'm an engineer by trade, and have done several Honda builds in the past (N/A and supercharged - this is my first turbo build).
As listed in the title - I am really cheap. If I can do something myself and save some buckskis, I will. Even if I have no idea what I am doing.
-Bought a 96 miata with bad rod bearings for $100
-Bought a good condition 95 Escort GT motor for $200
-Have a brand new Mitsubishi TD04L-14T turbo from Mexican 2.4L Stratus.
-Bought a Shitty Ebay exhaust Manifold $120
-Bought a '99 head on here but got fooked on that deal: 99 cracked head 80k miles $100
-Bought an '03 VVT head instead. Did some porting/polishing/matching on it myself, then sent to machine shop for valve job and head skim.
-Bought some shittty Ebay Rods.
-Bought a brand new OEM oil pump from someone on here.
-Bought some Chevy LS truck ignition coils
-Bought some RX-8 Yellow top injectors (420cc)
-Bought a Walbro 255 gph fuel pump
-Picked up a crappy ebay remote mount fuel pressure regulator. This thing looks really sketchy - does anyone have a better (yet still really cheap) suggestion?
-Picked up a 1.6L 6 puck clutch kit from Corksport for $80 on ebay.
-Picked up a front mount intercooler with 2" inlet/outlet from ERAT on here.
-Use 96 miata block as Escort block showed more bore wear at the top of piston stroke. Machine shop cleaned and honed the block for stock piston bore.
-Use Escort GT crank, as the Miata crank was boogered up from the bad rod bearings, and the crank keyway was also blown out - maybe the famous loose crank bolt caused the demise of the rod bearings??.
-Use Escort Pistons, as the Miata ones were slightly domed instead of dished. Lower compression.
-Slap in new King bearings.
-The plan is to get the engine in the car, and running with a standalone in N/A trim. I'll drive it for a while like that, then do the turbo swap. I will continue to scrounge more turbo parts in the meantime.
Well, I finally finished slapping the motor together last week, and a friend and I shoehorned it in the car this weekend.
Car is presenting itself and is randy for insertion:
Many, many hours of degreasing leads to a much cleaner (yet still really F-ing dirty) engine bay:
Pic of the engine prior to ramming it into it's hole:
Crap, running out of time. Will post more later.