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NWHTanK's Eclipse GST (AWD swap)

fourgsixty3

15+ Year Contributor
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Sep 28, 2003
chicago, Illinois
So I'm in the same boat basically. FWD to AWD conversion. Dog box, transfer case and rear differential from Tim. Need a DSS driveshaft and rear axles. Will use an OEM rear subframe until Volk is ready to take my money. Have most of the suspension pieces from Bobby and Volk, just need the front upper arms. Front subframe ordered from Bobby. Build the motor, paint engine bay and body. Haltech, OHM Racing harnesses, etc etc.
Good times.
 

ec17pse

Freelancer
5,597
2,898
Nov 1, 2008
London, UK, Europe
Good thing to do a mock up and get things settled before final assembly. 2 issues. 1 this motor had the old school 7 bolt oil pump in a 6 bolt, so I need to track down a 6 bolt tensioner arm. 2 the bung on the remote filter housing is to close to the fluid damper, so going to change it out to 8orb banjo fitting and hopefully that should give me the clearance.

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Confusing this is so can you clear it up for me please. as 7 bolt pumps can only use a 7 bolt tensioners but your using a 6 bolt tensioner but say its a 7 bolt pump? How does that work out? I thought the bolt pattern was different so could not be done that way?
 

NWHTanK

10+ Year Contributor
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378
Apr 23, 2011
Odessa, Missouri
I seen a question about tubing benders and was like I didn't take a pick of mine finished. Wood fab bender with swag off road mounts for a harbor freight air operated ram. Then mounted on a harbor freight engine stand.

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fourgsixty3

15+ Year Contributor
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190
Sep 28, 2003
chicago, Illinois
Trust me 7 years of planing, buying and this hit me hard and no way was I going back FWD with a aluminum long rod motor.
I hear you Tank. I just got back into planning and buying parts after a long long break so this was a major gut punch. It wouldn't be as bad if sourcing parts wasn't so damn impossible. For the past few days I've been reaching out all over trying to find another EVO3 gearbox. I think I had the last factory new unit in the world but i can't even find a used one. I'm still going PPG so I'll have to settle for a 2g unit and go from there and once Tim is up to it I'll have him help me with the rest.
 

NWHTanK

10+ Year Contributor
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378
Apr 23, 2011
Odessa, Missouri
This is the end of the awd build. I bought a 04 mustang gt, blown motor, no trans or drive shaft. I will be infusing some structural componets from said mustang to help out with conversion to RWD. Like floor, firewall and tid bits. So for 250 bucks I cant complain.

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fourgsixty3

15+ Year Contributor
246
190
Sep 28, 2003
chicago, Illinois
I have to be honest, I was kinda bummed when you gave up on your AWD build as I was going to follow it closely because it was almost exactly what I wanted to do with mine. That being said, I'm glad you didn't give up on it entirely. Can't wait to see more updates.
 
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