Since the Contour is back up and running reliably it's time to get back to bigger and better things.
I revised the way I'm going to do this (yet again) and will not be using a modular but instead dedicated fixture jig for the car (more expedient). The chassis will be supported at four points on levelling jacks. Once I have the roll cage in the chassis will be more than stiff enough so I can cut up the floor, etc... and then roll in the powertrain sub-assembly on a different jig/cart that can
I've since revised my approach yet again. The previous design I had (file too large to load) was proving to be cost prohibitive and too complex to manufacture in a reasonable amount of time. Despite being disassemblable, I have no good place to put the beams and several cross-members where they won't get damaged when not in use.
Since fixtures are only required for the front and rear subframes (powertrain location) I'm building a smaller 3'x5.5' table that when finished can be stowed in the
With the Contour out of the garage and awaiting a tune I can start moving forward on other projects. The first order of business is reorganizing the garage...again!! This last iteration was a big step up as far as organization and efficiency goes but some more problems have arisen that need to be resolved. The industrial shelving that is serving as the combo weld bench/steel rack at the moment is getting taken down and a new dedicated welding bench and material rack built.
With regards to th
I have the car running again now on the factory calibration and it drives quite well for a full 3L. Idle is nice but still needs some throttle on start up. No leaks from the oil filter bypass. The system required about 7 quarts which is not a surprise considering the size of the bypass filter and the length of the lines. I made a new fuse box tray that goes over top so that the feed tube I made clears. It turned out quite nice. It has no bend greater than 45*, requires no MAF screen, and draws c
An update of the oil filter relocation with additional bypass. I have everthing mocked up in these pictures and of note is that I've removed the oil cooler as well. I still need the appropriate clamps on the bypass lines for extra safety and powder coat the bypass filter's bracket but this is the arrangement.
A bit of history with my vehcile. It is a 1998 Black SVT that I purchases with a blown engine for the sum of $737 and became a canidate for A 3L swap. The first was a STOP engine which I have since pulled for an 05' Sable engine.
As you can see it is a Full 3L from oil pan to manifold. I've stil a few things to sort out re. fuel system, TB, oil filter bypass and remote location of the oil cooler and main filter, and the main air tube amongst a few other odds and ends. Anyway, I'll