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Thread: LankyKiwi's Rally-flavored SP20

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    Hell ya brother, I really miss my cheap beater of a truck. Having a daily to thrash around made me feel allot better than thrashing the wagon with no backup haha

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    Turbo it

    Nice that you have a secondary beater now. Sometimes, you don't want to haul parts for your project car in your project car. I scratched off a part of my rear window's aging tint on accident when trying to stuff WRX seats in my car last year :^(
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    I wanted to, but I had to sell it );

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    Heck yeah, having a daily means I can tear in to stuff and still get to work, plus the daily mileage was starting to take it's toll, there's a few extra rattles and leaks to deal with now!

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    Speaking of tearing in to stuff, here's some actual progress:



    Got the rear trailing arms out, painted and installed the Nolathane bushes, painted the control arms as well (can't seem to get replacement bushes for these)

    Getting the old bushes out of the trailing arms involved a whole bunch of drilling, cutting and swearing, but they put up less of a fight than I was expecting
    Also got another drivers side caliper on the way too




    Got the lower radiator hose out of the way to test fit the supercharger, I think this will be the best position for routing piping and keeping everything out of harms way.
    The flanges on the intake/exhaust are my temporary, mock up versions for setting up piping and mounts, the proper flanges will most likely be plate alloy



    From below, making a bracket is going to be fun, might have to do something a little weird and mount off the outlet flange but we'll see what happens



    This little guy might be a problem, ideally I'd grab a housing with a neck that points straight out or heads towards the exhaust rather than the factory one that points down at about 45 degrees, right in the way!

    Does anyone know if Mazda thermostat housings are fairly universal? Hopefully I grab a miata/bounty/demio/ neck that will work a bit better here.

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    Was up in Auckland on the weekend so I dropped by the massive (700 cars) pick-a-part yard to grab a CV shaft for the demio and to have a look for parts for the SP20

    There was a GH Mazda 6 sedan there, so I liberated all of the brake calipers and 2 disks for setup purposes, these things are massive compared to the stock brakes!





    Stainless brake lines are on order as well, now these just need a clean up and paint before they get bolted up, need to sort out the handbrake cable as well.

    On the supercharger front, we're waiting on a thermostat housing from a Cleaveland V8 a it has the same bolt pattern but the neck sticks straight out, hopefully it'll do the trick.

    Should I go whole-hog and pull this motor out? I need to replace the rear mount, and there's a leak at the gearbox end, plus a new clutch and flywheel would be nice... It's making more sense to pull the whole thing, tidy everything up on a stand, paint the bay and the block but it'll be a challenge stopping it from snowballing out of control lol

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    Pull the motor, I need some direction for when I do my parts car haha. In all honesty itll probably be easier to fab everything up with the drivetrain out, but you might run into clearance issues unless your really good with a tape measure. Plus I personally would love to see your build snowball into a full rally build haha keep it up man
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    Do tell how those SS brake lines feel once they're! After I got the SS clutch line put in, it got me thinking a lot about SS brake lines.

    Whole-hog it, man. If you can maybe clean up the head while you're at it, your car would really appreciate it! And yes, I would totally recommend new flywheel + clutch, preferably sport types if possible. As of tonight, I finished my 500 mile break-in period for my clutch and flywheel, and God does downshifting and rev-matching feel better than ever! So quick and fun...
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    Ha, looks like the motor will come out then!

    Not for a while at least, baby steps before I tackle something like that

    In other news, the rear subframe is out, because why not, it has to come out to replace the control arms anyways
    The bolts that hold the arms to the hubs took a fair amount of WD-40 and swearing to get out, but patience (and a BFH) won in the end




    Hmmmm, a little dirty



    A bit of scrubbing and a coat of paint later:



    Ready for reassembly! Need to get some replacement swaybar bushes from AWR, this is the second set and they're nearly worn through in the middle
    I'm thinking the brackets are a little tight and are causing extra wear so I might tweak them slightly and see what happens

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    Damn son, that looks nice! Best of luck with all repairs!

    You should ask CR3 if he sells his brackets worldwide. That'll put a stop to your bushings wearing excessively, and enable you to use stronger bushings and brackets.
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    Nice to see some american muscle going into a Mazda down under lol
    My dad has a galaxie with a 351 Cleveland in it. I've yet to see the car run but from what he told me its a beast.
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    @Riot, the CR3 shop is like a candy store lol, I need to make a list and email them, getting everything in one order saves shipping but it's a bit harder to plan

    @Gabe; It fits too! I wonder how many parts from other brands I can shoehorn in to this project....
    Galaxies are cool, got any photos?

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