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#37582
3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 102
Going to have a craic at this guys. The car is a 92 Na t-bar. The car is clean as a whistle but after looking at Brian's conversion and several, actually loads of V6 mr2's on you tube I was hooked. I chatted with Slipeslider after buying the car and he said he said had a V6 and would I be interested. Couple of months past and more research was done I made the the trip to collect it.

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Big thanks to Slipeslider for the lend of the trolley, straps and the tea!

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Touch down

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The car for the beast!

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Most of the bits needed came with the engine so it almost ready for some tlc. I made up an engine stand out of a tool box trolley that was belonging to my dad.
First attempt was to high.

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So I spent the next evening modifying it again and it's sitting pretty now

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Next job is to clear a shelf or 2 to make room for strip down and labelling ( dear Santy can I have a bigger shed!)
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#37583
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 129
Cracking build keep us update with lots of pictures and step by step instructions
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#37586
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 154
Nice one man, I'll be looking forward to this, can't get enough of engine builds.
Keep us updated with plenty of pics!
Good luck with it.
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#37597
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 327
Good luck with the swap Smurfster, need anything just give me a shout. Hopefully see you out in Mondello with it next year chasing a Mrk I
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#37612
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 133
I don't know if it is the Smirnoff Black I have been drinking tonight, but when I saw this thread I kept on having visions of the old Frankenstein films.

So smurfster let us know when it is "alive"

OK drunk guy has finished, nothing to see here, please move along.
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#37623
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 102
Cheers lads.
Any visions of Frankenstein in the mirror this morning Marty
Sounds like a challenge Slipslider?!
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#37627
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 133
Just out of bed half an hour ago, looking a bit like the monster.

Good luck with the conversion, here's a KC for your build.
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#37673
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 312
Looks like fun smurfster!

What's the plan of attack then?
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#37674
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
Quandry wrote:
Looks like fun smurfster!

What's the plan of attack then?


Strip down and replace all gaskets and seals. Rebuild and pop it in
In two minds about steel or standard head gaskets? What do ye reckon?

In another note turbo has developed a power loss and what sounds like an exhaust blow this morning. Am I looking at a manifold leak?
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#37675
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 213
I remember listening to Grwinkles V6 as he drove past up in Carlingford last year - lovely sound

Keep an eye out for a Supercharger in the future
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#37678
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 312
smurfster wrote:
Quandry wrote:
Looks like fun smurfster!

What's the plan of attack then?


Strip down and replace all gaskets and seals. Rebuild and pop it in
In two minds about steel or standard head gaskets? What do ye reckon?

In another note turbo has developed a power loss and what sounds like an exhaust blow this morning. Am I looking at a manifold leak?


Possibly, also potentially a blocked Cat converter?
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#37681
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
I replaced the cat with a hi flow xs a year ago? Could do with a four legged cat inside though. I seemed to have picked a furry friend somewhere!
If supercharging the V6 I'd be as well to go with HG's now?
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#37684
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 312
Jeez, how can a mouse even find anywhere to live in there! MR2 cabin is pretty small...

Seems like metal head gaskets would be a good option if you're going forced induction in the future.

You might want to take a good look at your downpipe - maybe it's split?
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#37687
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 133
+1 on the metal head gasket.

Don't forget to do the valve seals while you have it stripped down.
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#37770
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
Quandry wrote:
smurfster wrote:
Quandry wrote:
Looks like fun smurfster!

What's the plan of attack then?


Strip down and replace all gaskets and seals. Rebuild and pop it in
In two minds about steel or standard head gaskets? What do ye reckon?

In another note turbo has developed a power loss and what sounds like an exhaust blow this morning. Am I looking at a manifold leak?


Possibly, also potentially a blocked Cat converter?


Found the culprit

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New nut put on and tightened up. All seems to be fine again ;)
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#37790
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Kewl!
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#37932
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
Just got an email back from a crowd making bi-metal gaskets for the 3VZ. Working out about €300 delivered. Plus heads and block have to machine to suit which will probably be the same again! So I'm skipping that one for a while

Passenger evicted!

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#37948
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Poor stuart little lol
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#37950
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classic i had 9 of them in the unit last year where im building the Lambo rep i killthem one by one and lay them outside the door never had another one
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#37988
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 6
hi smurfster that black mr2 looks like the one that was sold in duleek a few months ago by a bloke i no . it would be nice to see the conversion done i only seen that on the net didnt think anyone over here done it
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Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
sean wrote:
hi smurfster that black mr2 looks like the one that was sold in duleek a few months ago by a bloke i no . it would be nice to see the conversion done i only seen that on the net didnt think anyone over here done it
Yeah that's her! Bought it to break it but felt it was a shame to! Kc'd for spotting it
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#37991
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 6
taught so barry done a lot of work on it but when he tuck the motor out he got new seals of the net then when he put it back in it didnt run right i was talking to him two weeks later he had sold it . its a lovely motor to good to scrap alright
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sean wrote:
hi smurfster that black mr2 looks like the one that was sold in duleek a few months ago by a bloke i no . it would be nice to see the conversion done i only seen that on the net didnt think anyone over here done it

Just finished my V6 conversion and absolutely love it! I'm in Co Clare, here's a clip I made yesterday, just need to find a nice smooth winding road before I make a movie of it in action.

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#38283
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
The engine cover done in carbon fibre looks really well and as for the for the sound. What more motivation could a lad ask for! You may need help for the in action movie ( when are we calling down again!)
weight loss! Air con and power steering pump removed.

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Any good Ideas how I'm goin to open the 19mm crank pulley bolt? :woohoo:
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smurfster wrote:
The engine cover done in carbon fibre looks really well and as for the for the sound. What more motivation could a lad ask for! You may need help for the in action movie ( when are we calling down again!)
Any good Ideas how I'm goin to open the 19mm crank pulley bolt?


I tried my best to remove the crank pulley bolt on mine (long bars, pulley holder etc etc), but when I realised I just didn;t have the tools, I dropped the engine off at a my regular garage, they got it off in no time at all, for peanuts. Saved me having an accident.

That'd be cool you coming over again so we can get a few driving clips sorted for the next movie instalment Smurfster.
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Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 327
smurfster wrote:
Any good Ideas how I'm goin to open the 19mm crank pulley bolt?

Pneumatic or electric impact gun with six sided impact socket.
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#38307
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[quote]smurfster wrote:
Any good Ideas how I'm goin to open the 19mm crank pulley bolt?

Quandry said on Twobrutal for his swap "The crank pulley was a real pain in the ass. Finally 1,5 meter tubing on the breaker bar and a UNP profile bolted to the pulley was enough to crack that nut"
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#38310
Re: 3VZ-FE conversion. 5 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 102
I had the same grief on the turbo! Breaker bar on the ground and blip the starter wasn't enough to crack it! Lifted the car off the ground
It's next on the list now. Getting close to taking off the cams and heads now.

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Nasty looking in here.

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Old timing marks so she's had a belt at some stage

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