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Thread: 3.0L engine swap

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    AH! I see the source of the confusion -- I was still going by what's in the the quote I previously used...
    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    I decided to fire up the engine and tune the idle mixture: I set the screws out 1.75 turns as a cursory "enough to get started" position, then cranked.
    Now, if I wasn't worried about that hug..., I could keep up better!

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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    DMC Houston Radiator Duct

    So how much material do I have to remove from the "new and improved" radiator duct before it will fit? On the left side, the A/C hoses are in the way of getting it installed, and on the right side, the body of the car is in the way of getting it installed.

    I paid almost $200 for this posterboard-thin piece of ... er, piece of fiberglass (with casting flaws built-in, by the way) and every time I try to fit it into place, I can hear it cracking internally with each flex. If it is really so much easier to install than the original one-piece duct, then it's no wonder my car hasn't had one since before I bought it in 2007.
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    The OE plastic ones arenít much better.


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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    more radiator duct frustration

    Radiator duct is no go, at least for now.

    I started with the driver's side piece, since it looked like it would be the most difficult to install. Although I managed to grind and cut larger access for the A/C hoses, radiator lower bracket, and body, when I actually had it test-fitted, I could get it to line up with the radiator, but nothing else. The studs for the rock screen were at least two inches away.

    I could narrow the margin by pulling the front spoiler toward the front of the car (essentially bringing the rock screen completely perpendicular with the ground, or even pointing forward slightly), but it still wouldn't allow the duct to fit over the studs. Although I could get it to line up a little, the studs were still too far away.

    This may be yet another case of the Dreaded Previous Owner. This car's original engine had been badly overheated and I was not informed.
    Now it looks like there may have been a front-end collision, of which I was also not informed:
    (1) the fan shroud is damaged,
    (2) the lower radiator brackets are cracked (when my car was in Bill's possession for the engine swap, he welded one of them because it was about to snap),
    (3) the upper radiator brackets look bent, and
    (4) the fiberglass behind the front fascia is cracked.

    (The front fenders also seem to droop slightly - if you tried to draw a straight line across the rub strips, you wouldn't be able to, and underneath the rubber strips at the inner edges of the fenders there is dimpling toward the front.)

    I am wondering if it would be possible to get the radiator duct to fit by removing the current lower radiator brackets one at a time and installing new ones, with new bushings, to angle the radiator slightly up and rearward (when I push on it, it doesn't go straight up, but pivots) -- and then I could pull the front spoiler into alignment to make the radiator duct fit. What do y'all think?
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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    pics from today

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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    I drained two more gallons of dirty fluid from the cooling system today. The cylinder liners are still shedding rust, but at this point the particles are so fine that they remain suspended in the liquid rather than sinking to the bottom of the container I drain into. This is progress -- and so is the fact that rather than draining and filling every day, I can now go a week before the liquid in the expansion tank looks dirty, prompting me to drain and fill.

    It's warming up again here in south Florida. Soon I will need to re-charge the a/c.

    And the ATF cooler seems to have sprung a leak at one of the fittings. I have an aftermarket cooler installed at the front of the car, not the stock setup, so thankfully it makes this problem a little easier to address.

    One thing at a time.
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