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Looks well done. Lots of room behind the engine for turbos
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If I was going to do this, I would really be tempted to move the wheel wells back to avoid cabin intrusion.
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Mike, you sir are my hero of the day
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I am just dumbfounded

Talking about walking softly but carrying a big stick.
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i am beginning to think i will have more room in the MK2 for the 8 liter GM setup.

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Hi there Mike, congratulations, that is simply awesome.

I'd be very interested in some pictures of where the gearbox sits in realtion to the rear firewall, mods to the subframe aswell.

Utterly brilliant mate.
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Incredible swap! Presumably (there I go again..) you lost some chassis rigidity when you cut up the firewall. Are you going to restore it, or did you already?
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The firewall is made of such thin metal that I cannot believe people attach their harnesses to it. I doubt it did much.
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the MK2 firewall is two layers.
What concerns me on that is the fuel tank safety, but that all depends on where his tank is located.

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oh, and remember that those big alternators need lots of airflow to survive. Might be wise to get some blown air on it. there is not enough air flow through the engine bay to do it. I found this out the hard way.

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Incredible swap! Presumably (there I go again..) you lost some chassis rigidity when you cut up the firewall. Are you going to restore it, or did you already?
I think you are really talking about the cross member that is at the front of the engine bay and is part of the lower firewall. This is the part of the unibody of the Mk2 where the front engine mount would be on the stock car. Mike_H cut a large chunk of this piece out of his car.

I wonder how he reinforced this part of the car after cutting it.

I would also like to know how he did his shifter cables or shifter linkage rod.
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so lets see some video and sound already!
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The alternator is not in the front but behind the engine, if you look at the pictures the orange hose you can see is the cooling hose for the alternator. I would think that it would be pretty difficult to get very good flow to the alternator if it was up front. The fuel tank is separated from the engine compartment by a 3/16 sheet of 4130 steel welded all the way around. I did this for two reasons; first obviously I wanted to separate the engine from the tank. Secondly for rigidity, all the engine mount tubing and cross bracing are all tied in together and then bolted to this plate. By the way all of the tubing and plate are 4130 steel as well.

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Great work, looks like you really took your time and did things right.
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that is all killer!!!! i wonder now if a 2jz isnt all that imposible- keeping toyota in toyotas

awsome work though! if i dint see the pictures i would neverhave believed it! WAY TO GO!!!
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that is all killer!!!! i wonder now if a 2jz isnt all that imposible- keeping toyota in toyotas

awsome work though! if i dint see the pictures i would neverhave believed it! WAY TO GO!!!
A v8 isn't much longer than a 4 cylinder, and if I remember this one was chosen because its one of the shortest v8's you can get. A 2jz is going to be roughly 50% longer than your average 4 cylinder...
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Yes, you could do a 2JZ if you are about 4 ft 8inches tall.
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that is all killer!!!! i wonder now if a 2jz isnt all that imposible- keeping toyota in toyotas

awsome work though! if i dint see the pictures i would neverhave believed it! WAY TO GO!!!
You'll shoehorn a 1uz in there long before you'll get a 2jz in. A BMW I6 is a much better candidate than a 2jz.
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whoa! Incredible!
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I wonder if a setup like this is going to disrupted the balance of the car. Hopefully this still lets the car drive like a champ because that V8 is going to make for some good times! Btw like previously posted we need sound and video!!!
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