Vk304

VK304’s sr20det 88 vanette

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Some more intake bits, arduous work but I've got the idle air control on, as well as various vacuum outlets and the throttle mount, using bits I had from the other motor it's now as good as it will be.

Tried to flare the aluminium vacuum pipe but it wasn't having it, so found running the tig around the top made for a nice edge for the hose to grip onto the smaller one when hot flared out nicely with a punch. Will do full weld when I get some more suitable tig rods , and now my goal is to finish the engine mounts this weekend....?

 

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Finished welding engine mounts and boxed them in for strength as well as welding tabs on rubber mounts to stop rotating, halfway done still want to drill a hole in both for sake of access and then paint when I have some black paint

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Sanded and painted the mounts and driveshaft spacer, also removed the single black tail gate piece off the middle around the handle...

 Replaced it with some chrooome, dont usually like chrome but seems fitting for the age of the van and it hided away some bad paint haha , and free off my 'luxury' donor van so why not 

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My Frankenstein plenum all welded up, still need to clean up and pressure test it but the main parts done, and I'll run a straight edge on it and see if I have to mill the mating surface 

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Made a quick pressure test rig (out of some wood and cork gaskets and screws to hold a seal) to test intake for leaks, which it has, and I will have to fix a couple of pinholes but there's one spot I can't get the tig into to weld so going to have to get creative to weld that as its leaking air maybe a bit of bad planning on my part.

Tested the water jacket/port too and one of my fittings needs a bit better seal also, all things that happen but easily fixed outside the car.

 

And engine mounts are in and final and driveshaft bolted with some slightly modified bolts to fit them in place 

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Fixed intake, had to cut the end off and weld the inside more thoroughly, added some vacuum outlets and made a better pressure testing rig with rubber and roofing screws haha, no leaks in intake or water outlet area now, hope to install tomorrow 

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