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My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:16 am

So I decided way back when that I wanted to swap an engine...
I know not too much about cars so I made it a point to learn, with the help of people on this site, youtube and several of my friends, it's coming along quite nicely.

By the way, this is my first engine swap, I'm going from a D series to a B16a1, doing a DPFI to MPFI conversion, Wire tuck, the whole thing.
I also decided to paint the engine bay, going with a Black and Blue theme.

As of right now I just spent all my rebuild money on college... So i'm at a standstill, but I thought I would post some pics of the progress so far. Enjoy.
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Before I knew what I was getting myself into... :P

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Got everything out.
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I hated sanding by the time i was done with this...
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Primed.
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I put down three coats.
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shiny...
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The Dash is gone, Im planning on working my fiberglass magic and creating a new one for my double dinn deck.



So there you have it, more pictures to come once i get the money for the engine.
;D ;D

UPDATE!!!!!!!

So I got the money for the engine, purchased it, but need to wait for the guys at Hmotorsonline to actual get some in. Then it's off to L.A. to pick it up.

In the time being, I kept myself busy with some other things. Take a look.

Got a new radiator. :D:D Thanks to a buddy at kragen. ;)
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Installed.


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And something else that I did was have a little fun with some industrial grade LED's. Had them laying around so I decided to put them to good use.
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I also started framing up the center console. It will now be extending all the way to the back of the car, meetin up with my system, which I will be incorporating into the seats im planning on building.

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That is the deck I am building this around.
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Let me know what you think.


I'm always open to ideas. :D
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby el_jelly » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:32 am

Really good for a first timer :thumbright: .
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:33 am

Thank You, My background in painting and electronics came into play, so most of it has been pretty basic.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby Dave » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:39 am

that would certainly be a learning experience, sink or swim style. welcome
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:43 am

It's my daily driver, so I'm hoping more swim than sink. :P :P :P
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby androctonus » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:48 pm

Looks really sweet!
Want to do something like this when i'm doing a swap sometime :D ¨¨

Are you going to do some wire tucking?
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:13 am

Yup. I have the drivers side done, relocating the battery to the back, fuse box inside the car.
Took out all of the AC components.
Having a blast. ;D ;D
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby mrcooper » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:19 pm

Wow, that turned out beautiful. Im going to have to keep an on this thread, it's starting off great.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:41 pm

Just as an update, just got the funds for the engine, just need the truck to pick it up. started framing the center consle ans finished the wire tuck. Added some high intensity white LEDs to the engine bay, pics to come.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby freydaddy » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:38 pm

Looking good. Keep us updated often.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:53 pm

The engine I purchased has about 40k mi on it, any recommendations as to what to do before I drop it in? (timing belt ect.)

In addition to this, I'm going to be purchasing about 36 sqft of Dynamat to cover the majority of the car. Make it sound good for once.

Hopefully I'll be able to actually work on it this spring break if my teachers don't load me up with a bunch of HW.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby el_jelly » Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:18 am

It is a good idea to change the belts, if the engine has high mileage also change the water pump and oil pump. Apart from that a full tune up like always.

Appart from dynamat you can check other brands like second skin: http://www.secondskinaudio.com/products ... erials.php , Fatmat and Accumat. They are great and may be less expensive than dynamat.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:23 pm

Thanks bud, it have anywhere between 30k to 40k mi in the engine and tranny I'm getting. Pretty sure I'm going to change it out anyway.


el_jelly wrote:
Appart from dynamat you can check other brands like second skin: http://www.secondskinaudio.com/products ... erials.php , Fatmat and Accumat. They are great and may be less expensive than dynamat.


As for the dynamat, thanks for lookin out. I actually work at a place that I get it for cost, so it works our better that way.
;D ;D ;D

Oh BTW to hook up a switch to the radiator fans (cause I removed all A/C components), can it be just a straight shot from the battery to the switch to the fan? They're 12V right?
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby freydaddy » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:33 pm

hook a wire to the hot inside the fuse panel under the hood,
run it to the drivers side where you install the toggle switch (i suggest a lighted one).
from there, run another wire to the plug of the cooling fan.
use a female connector and plug it in the plug.
the other connection on the plug can be grounded right there close on the chasis under the radiator.
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Re: My 88 DX sedan swap.

Postby dexterthedeviant » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:44 pm

Thanks man, I'll run the wiring tonight.
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