West Coast Rally is almost here!! Can't wait to drive this road with these cars. This is one of the roads we will be driving back from the coast on Saturday. This photo by @cliff_brunk was so amazing it was the inspiration for our shirts this year. If your not doing so already, check out and follow his work on his pages @cliff_brunk @thetwistyroad. Look out @zwart this mans got skill's 📸🏆🏆🏆👏👏👏👏
Been head down heat shrinking the harness. Kinda tedious. What's more tedious is crimping the tiny metri-pack connectors.
Matt's also adding boots to the connectors to give ir a d-jet kinda look.
Short day yesterday. Today will another short day. Taking Mom out to dinner.
Getting closer. Today is finalizing the wiring harness and connecting all of the components day. While Cary is working on that, I will be installing new fender liners in the wheel wells, installing the new high pressure stainless steel hard lines in the tunnel and then picking up the wheels with new sticky tires on them. Need to still get them polished up a bit before going back on.
Just another tidbit. These are not bolts.
And shouldn't be used to install your heat exchangers. 😞 Engine has maybe an hour on it.
Needless to say the other heat exchanger will be coming off and the studs and nuts checked.
Harness fit in the ECU nice and tidy.
Onto shrink wrapping the harness.
It's kind of like working backasswards.
Going back in car for a couple more break out measurements.
Must be 5 o'clock somewhere.
Come out of the clean room to grab some screws and what do I see. About a saucer size circle of oil on the floor back by the muffler. So off comes the left heat exchanger. Torque was about 10 lbs. 😞 Two studs came out with the nuts. Looks like #2 was leaking a bit. But no damage.
When I dropped the engine the valley in the heat exchanger was about 1/2 full of oil.
Engine is still a quart and half over filled.
Contrary to what you hear this MicroSquirt is not plug and play. Matt has also added an Innovate AFR gauge/controller to the system. Lots of tiny wire details. #914rubber hopes to offer this cable for sale sometime in the future.I think by the time I've done a third system we'llbe ready.
I guess I wasn't in a picture taking mood today. Just working on the tiny details.
But I did prep Matt's New In Box Porsche complete half shafts. Pulled a hub out of my stash so I could torque the outer bolts.
Going to safety wire in the am. Matt wants to document for 914 Rubber.
Starting the day with re-arranging the cars so we can put the engine back in Matt's car. A shot of my cars parked and ready for covers. Last shot is the removed pieces of a ROW 83 SC non sunroof tub headed to Rothsport.
One little FYI tidbit. Make sure you push your spark plug boots thru the tin. Once thru the tin snug them up tight with a fine pair of needle nose pliers. The air pressure makes a nice cooling and dust seal.
Decided to stick with the factory fuel pressure regulator mounting location. I shaved the head of a 10mm bolt and tacked to the new mounting bracket. Tidy and strong enough.
Next, time to change hat's. Time for my plumber hat. Need to build a bracket for the fuel pressure regulator. Larger and heavier than the stock unit. Then onto a sanitary and SAFE fuel hose layout.
I've been so laser focused on the Microsquirt project I' forgot to mention the great job Taylor did on removing his right rear suspension console. The long underneath will need a little TLC. But all in all its not in too bad of shape
New modern fuel injection going in to a 46 year old Porsche 914. Hiding some of this in the original factory ECU box with a few upgrades for heat and water protection. The goal is to make a very tidy engine bay that will look like Porsche may have done it for some things like the wiring. The things that obviously aren't original, well, just make those things look as cool as possible.
What do you think so far?
I soda blasted the fan while it was out. Needs to be tidy. Then Matt gave it a couple coats of clear.
Note to self. Don't forget highlighting the timing marks after cleaning. Both the factory and the ones I actually use. On the opposing side of the fan.
Back to work on Matt's MicroSquirt wiring harness. We're working on hiding the connections inside an empty D Jet ECU box. Old school jumpers on the new system fuse terminal block. The ones we found with a buss bar we're a very poor quailty, so old school it is.
Looking forward to continuing in the morning.