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Old 07-08-2010, 09:26 AM   #41
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The problem I have with adapters is how do you get a clutch to work? space out the flywheel the same amount as the adapter plate? Do you use a flywheel from teh engine or from the trans?
He did use a flywheel spacer same thickness as the adapter. Personally I'd rather have a proper bell housing especially if one intended to really drive the car, one less mod to fail.
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Inferno is right. A spacer was used. I'm not too keen on that idea. It would seem to me that the farther away the flywheel is from the rear bearing journal, the more accuratly aligned and balanced it would need to be. Your 'extending the lever' by moving the flywheel away from it but I've seen worse thing ideas hold. Like the brake disc I'm about to use as a rear wheel adaptor.
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I finished another engine mount and started welding on the a-arm mounts. Once those are set in place I can finish the upper strut mounts, tie in the brakes, run exhaust, then it's test drive time. Once I'm satisfied it drives right I'll button things up like the ECU box and a new instrument cluster. The cluster in it now gets in the way of my leg. I'm going to mount a new one centered just below the windshield with the gauges in a horizontal row. It'll be about 4" tall and 14" wide. When I did the wiring harness I put in enough wires to cover things like the factory speed sensor for an electronic speedo, an alternator light, a check engine light (working and no CEL yet), and electronic oil pressure and temp gauges using the OEM Mazda sensors. As simple as this vehicle may seem, there's an aweful lot of wiring ran through the chassis but at least it's hidden away in the tubing.

I'm aiming to have this driving by thie end of this weekend.
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Here's some pics of what's been happening.

1st is the shifter. It was from a Mazda Protege. I cut off the bottom pivot and welded it to a plate to make it easy to bolt to anything I want.It was turned 45deg to clear existing holes. It will be corrected later.

2nd is the motor mount on the front of the engine. It bolts to the stock Mazda engine bracket and uses poly inserts.

3rd is one of the 2 lower control arm mounts. It wraps under the subframe and uses the 626 control arms.

4th is my favorite. I used the rear rotor from the 626 to make an adaptor for the VW 5-bolt rear wheels. It's pretty darn straight considering I don't have a lathe or mill. I used an old front spindle/hub and clamped in the vise. Then I found a spacer to center a bolt through the axle hole and spun it with a cordless drill with a socket attachment. I used a pick to scribe an 8" circle on the rusty disc. I eyeballed each lug stud in line with the center of the hub and put a dot on my circle. I did this 5 times then drilled the disc and pounded in the lug studs from the old hub. I mounted the wheel backwards because it stuck out too far due to the offset. I'll have proper spacers made before this sees highway speeds.

And finally, the wheel attached to the hub.

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The more I see of this the more I think 'Im-a git me one-a doze'. In other words great work, very...resourceful.

Now if you could only tell me how to get the crumbling to pieces (yet corroded in) vss out of my brother's protege you would be my second favourite person today.
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The more I see of this the more I think 'Im-a git me one-a doze'. In other words great work, very...resourceful.

Now if you could only tell me how to get the crumbling to pieces (yet corroded in) vss out of my brother's protege you would be my second favourite person today.
Is it the aluminum housing or plastic sensor? Is the trans still in the car?
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Lower control arm mounts are welded in and the arms are bolted on. No other updates.
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Here's the new air pedal. I'd call it a gas pedal but that's WRONG! lol It has a stopper so when your WOT it's not pulling against the stop on the throttle body and putting stress on the cable. It also has a back stop to make the range from closed to WOT adjustable. The pedal arm itself can be adjusted to change your foot position and the cable itself is adjustable to remove the slack both at the pedal assembly and at the throttle body. yeah custom \/

Can anyone guess what it's made from?

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Started the strut plates tonight. It's going to take alot of measuring to get them in the right place. My main concern is camber since there's no camber adjustment. I'll weld them in as close to zero as I can then put cam bolts in the lower strut mounts for camber adjustment. The height of the mount will leave 1" of chassis ground clearance when the strut hits the bump stop. I've trimmed the bump stops so the mount doesn't have to be as high as if I left them stock.
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Can anyone guess what it's made from?
Clutch slave cylinder?
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Looks like a slave cylinder.
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Clutch slave cylinder?
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Looks like a slave cylinder.
Nope. Here's a hint. It was designed to rotate back and forth.
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Wheel spindle?
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E-brake?
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Vids?
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Wheel spindle?
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E-brake?
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I don't have much to show yet. I could fire it up without an exhaust for you guys but it's in shambles at the moment so no dissin'
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Here's a hint. It was designed to rotate back and forth.
its not the arm that attaches to the motor for the windshield wipers is it?
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its not the arm that attaches to the motor for the windshield wipers is it?
We have a winner! It's the mount that the wiper arm bolts to.

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Here's a few more pics. My phone doesn't shoot video apperently so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

The Miata fuel pump fit down the filler neck of the gas tank so I used it temporarily. Also shot of the lower control arm mounts. For the front mount I welded in 2 solid round tubes in the subframe rail so it wasn't crushed when tightened. I did the same thing where the subframe attaches to the main chassis. Heim links are used to hold the toe straight since the spindles used to steer the 626. Then my brake and clutch pedals. The original owner ran the lines under the frame. I moved them above the frame so they won't get damaged. It only has rear brakes so failure is not an option. I'd like to see if the 626 rear calipers/brackets would fit the front spindles. If so, I'll be able to hook up an e-brake.

EDIT - I finished the brake lines tonight. As soon as I get gas for the mig I'll be able to take it for a test drive.

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