It’s here we are at another quick update on Project Yankee, my 1975 Dodge Dart Sport that’s presently going through a 5.7-liter Gen III HEMI engine swap far more more.
Work continues to be hot and high once we attempt to achieve the vehicle in Vegas with this year’s SEMA Show, so let’s proceed and atone for a few of the progress that’s occurred during the last couple of weeks with the aid of Quality Customs.
Whenever we last ended, we’d done a effective test fit from the HEMI engine after which drawn it again to mate in the A833 gear box and fit some TTi lengthy-tube headers.
When the headers were fitted and also the transmission and clutch setup was all put together, the whole front subframe was elevated up with the bottom, which switched to be simpler than attempting to fit the headers that old fashioned way.
As the original factory-style transmission mount technically might have labored with this particular setup, Matt suggested we switch the worn-out, 40-plus-year-old components for something a bit more sturdy.
So when he stated sturdy, he wasn’t kidding. Matt fabricated up this heavy-duty, wraparound trans mount which should have the ability to withstand any type of abuse that’s tossed in internet marketing. Becoming an enthusiastic racer themself, I trust Matt knows a factor or two about creating parts which will endure.
Because we’re transforming from the column-moved automatic to some manual, the transmission tunnel would likewise need some work. If you’ll recall, I could cut this 4-speed trans hump in the Dart donor vehicle I purchased captured, and we’ve had the ability to utilize it, although with a few slight modification to obvious the brand new and enhanced trans mount.
Getting the motor and transmission effectively mounted within the vehicle would be a big step, but at this time there is still plenty of try to do before we’re able to turn on the HEMI.
To begin with, there is the fuel system. There are lots of methods for you to operate a late model, fuel injected engine within an old vehicle, but instead of doing an exterior fuel pump setup I opted to choose this Tanks Corporation. EFI gas tank sourced from Summit Racing Equipment. It’s an immediate secure-in tank designed for a b-Body Mopar and it is fitted having a matching in-tank fuel pump. It is also fitted together with sender models for stock or aftermarket instruments, so sturdy as straightforward because it will get.
We’d be also running this Tanks Corporation. fuel filter/pressure regulator that is technically designed for LS swap programs but additionally transpires with provide the same 58.5psi needed to give the HEMI.
Another item that must be addressed was the remote oil filter setup.
It had been nothing that the quick search the Summit Racing catalog couldn’t take proper care of, and shortly we’d the filter moved to just beneath the radiator.
Talking about the radiator, as pointed out within the last update I made contact with with this buddies at CSF to find out if they’d an aluminum radiator that will work with me. Using their extensive catalog we could locate an S14 240SX unit that became of fit perfectly.
Additionally, it matched up up perfectly using the Flex-a-Lite twin electric fan setup, and along with the CSF radiator there shouldn’t be any worries relating to this sucker heating up during spirited driving or while relaxing in traffic.
All plumbed up and able to go another big a part of engine swap process taken proper care of.
While about cooling, another neat bit that simply demonstrated up from CSF is among its new durable ‘BOSS’ oil coolers. It’s created using exterior mount programs in your mind, and I’ve been kicking around some awesome suggestions for its positioning. Stay updated for your.
Another area that will have to be sorted was the exhaust system. As radical as open headers would seem, I’m really intending to put some miles about this factor so some kind of exhaust could be needed.
Getting an excellent concept of things i wanted, I made contact with with Magnaflow to determine about sourcing some items that will let us come up with a awesome child-off system.
Soon after, an X-pipe muffler along with a box of all of the needed stainless piping and bends showed up at Quality, prepared to take part in the sounds of the lengthy-tubed Gen III HEMI.
I’ll possess some photos from the completed system within my next update, but I’m pleased with the way it all arrived on the scene.
Multiple people have requested me by what we’re doing to have an ECU and wiring for that swap. I am not permitted to show anything with that front quite yet, but you will probably read about it soon. Let me tell you it’s pretty damn awesome though.
Meanwhile, we wanted to mate our Racepak IQ3S dash unit using the new engine, as well as look for a appropriate method to mount it within the dash.
A business known as Fastlane West in LA offered us a blank gauge bezel made particularly for that ’70-’76 A-Body, after some simple cutting the Racepak went in. The IQ3S is definitely an impressive piece, and I’ll convey more particulars onto it after i enter into the inside area of the build.
Right now it had been nearly time to fire her up the very first time, before that we’d have to fill the HEMI with liquids. Fortunately, individuals at Red Line had us engrossed in a large situation of synthetic oil. The thrill was building.
As we’d been planning to begin the engine, parts for that relaxation from the build ongoing to reach. The most recent delivery is a few drool-inducing goodies from Baer Brakes.
They’ve became a member of an more and more large pile of suspension and drivetrain parts which are waiting to become installed. Obviously, I’ll be covering all this at length soon.
Before it had become time for you to have this bad boy thrilled. You are able to anticipate that within my next update, which is coming hot around the heels of the one. Maybe I’ll even start adding some video…
For the time being though, there’s a lot of work left to complete, and we’re back in it today. Stay updated.