Already had the 1UZ-FE engine from another project Avenger that I never got around to.
Brand new R154 gearbox for it
Independent throttle bodies
And Hilux Limited Slip Diff
Brought the clutch, flywheel and pressure plate.
Got the hydraulic clutch release bearing
This is a specially modified bearing from Manon Racing Products (MRP)
The independent throttle bodies look so sexy on the V8!
They ever so slightly overlap
And they are a little bit staggered
Installed the clutch. The kit I brought didn't come with a ring gear so I had to use the one off the old auto flex plate.
Installed the clutch release bearing in to the gearbox
I also decided on the ECU. I am going all out and getting a Link G4+ Storm. I am buying it from NZEFI and they do bundled easy wire kits for the 1UZ
They also do a complete new set of connectors so I will be able to just crimp these on to the premade kit and it will be really tidy, I won't have to use any of the old Toyota loom, it will all be new and only the bits that I need.
I have also decided on the dash. I am going for a AIM MXS Strada Digital Dash Display. It is pretty awesome. It has tons of different layouts and I can load 6 different ones to the switch between while driving. They are all customisation also. They have ones like the photo below, but also ones with your classic analog gauges for speed and RPM. It also has shift lights.
It's not going to be cheap. It is about $6K just for all of the electronics but it will be worth it because it will all be new and all be top of the line stuff.
Looks good from below. It is a front sump so the sump clears the crossmember
Length looks okayish. I might push the firewall in because we want to move it a couple of inches back.
Width is good. We might even be able to fit the factory headers on. Height also looks good so I think we might be able to fit the trumpets and everything under the bonnet so it will be a real sleeper.
Bell housing fits inside the transmission tunnel.
Here is a better look at the Hydraulic clutch bearing
And how it bolts on to the gearbox.
So was officially the point of no return.
We marked out where we wanted to make the cut in the firewall.
And then made the big cut. It looks so strange being able to look up and see the roof of the car from below the car
Next up we made the chassis reinforcement rails
And the other side
Looks really tidy from above.
From the front you can see back seats What do you think of the little modification to the number plate? we changed from AVENGA to AV8NGA. It's a nice play on Avenger and V8 combined. I checked and it is available but it is about $1000 for a personalised plate so I don't know if it is worth it.
It looks like a Fred Flintstone car from the inside
Gearbox crossmember is finished. This thing looks like a piece of art, its a shame it's under the car and no one will ever see it. looks super strong.
It is attached to the new chassis rails.
The V8 looks great in position with the trumpets on
Clearance between the motor and radiator is going to be tight
On the front we are running two big electric fans
which are tucked away nicely behind the grill
I found a really nice narrowed Hilux diff on Trademe, so that saves be getting my one narrowed and it came with all the brake set up
It is narrowed from 1470 down to 1290mm from WBF (wheel bolt face) to WBF, with a 5 x 114.3 PCD. 4.1 LSD. Rekitted Rx7 s4 rear calipers, new vented rotors, new brake pads. Waterjet cut 8mm thick disc brake adapter plates. It is about 100mm narrower than the standard Avenger diff so I will be running more negative offset on the rear rims. Should look pretty sweet.
Got all of my electronics. The loom was built by NZEFI, custom made for the V8 Avenger wagon
There is a crap ton of wires.
I am going to have a go at wiring everything up myself. It is all really well labelled which will make it a lot easier.
And I brought all new connectors for everything on the engine, and all new sensors.
Also got the digital dash. It looks a little small outside of the car but it should look pretty good once it is installed
Finished the firewall and transmission tunnel.
Looks really clean from in front, you can hardly tell it was cut when the engine is in place
Looks really nice one the inside
It nicely sits under where the old heater used to be
amazing work! a perfect example of how to do things right from the start and never look back....(and out of my price range so I rely heavily on hindsight!)
should indeed be a real sleeper when done...except for the exhaust note, electric gauges, new wheels, racing seats and 5 point harness, wheelie bars, tinted windows, candy apple paint with ghost flames, hood scoop, ET numbers on the windows......