01-13-2013, 07:32 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Nottingham, England
Total Cats: 2
sylva phoenix 1.8 eunos turbo conversion build thread
Thanks for all the advice I've received in the last few weeks. I have now put my money where my mouth is and bought about 80% of the parts required to convert my kit car to Mazda twin cam turbo power.
The project is a Sylva Phoenix kit car, currently powered by a ford 1600cc Xflow. It's fast, reliable, but the engine is too highly tuned and expensive to rebuild for my budget. I like the highly tuned bit, but I can't really enjoy the car as I'm too concerned about it blowing up again.
The solution is to fit an extremely well designed and manufactured Japanese engine which happens to have a superb sump (oil pan) arrangement and a sweet shifting transmission (gearbox).Then strap a turbo to it. Result: 200whp in a car that weighs 550kg, wet.
I have just driven half way across the country to buy a,'94 eunos v-spec for £440. Admittedly driving half way across England is roughly equivalent to the average commute in the US, but still, a good days driving. Volvo diesel tows well by the way. I have also bought an MS2 enhanced Ecu, innovate wideband lambda kit, intercooler (ford focus RS), oil cooler (generic 16 row mocal style), turbocharger td04 from a 2001 Wrx impreza, 380cc blue fuel injectors again from wrx, fuel pump also wrx impreza and ARP rod bolts, well that's it for now.
So I have a huge amount of work to do, lots of parts and, as I've found out, a reliable source of help on this forum. Total budget for the conversion is £1500. I've spent £1100. The exhaust manifold (header) and exhaust will be designed by myself and fabricated with help from my colleagues at Rolls-Royce (no, not the cars, they're German now, I mean the jet engines). The next step is to remove the current engine which I've sold, and prepare the donor car by servicing it and ensuring everything works perfectly before I remove the engine and gearbox, sorry, transmission. My only question is concerning the clutch and flywheel. My current engine runs a 2.9kg spoked flywheel with AP sintered clutch. I'd love to find something similar for the miata/eunos. If you can help let me know. Tight budget though.
So I'll try to update this thread whenever there's an interesting development.