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The Lounge / Re: New Project! Motorcycle powered car
« on: August 16, 2018, 12:01:30 AM »
Hey guys - going through some old pictures and I realized I haven't updated this thread in a while. It's kind of amazing how many hours I've spent on the car with progress as slow as it's going. Other than every little pic, I'll just give you guys the greatest hits version:

New rear subframe with weird suspension

From the literal truck load of parts I bought off an abandoned proj, I got a brand spankin new rear subframe! Check out the whacky suspension - they call it ball and trumpet, you can see one side still in. The little rubber half plunger thing actually has dunlop stamped on it. Yes, the same as the tennis ball company.

Coilovers in!

Some people decide to remove the ball and trumpet and go with something a little more modern. I'm not 100% happy with how these are mounted. Due to the way the wheel wells are, there's not much clearance for the whole coilover assembly. The manufacturer basically took the top hat, and put on a single offset mounting point to give the coil some clearance, but there's nothing really keeping the whole thing from pivoting back and forth. Maybe sometime way down the line after the car is running, I'll bring it to my fab guy and see if there's something he can do about that.


Kinda like with our LS transplants, this swap requires a baffle to try to fight starvation issues. Motorcycles don't really have a sloshing problem since as they corner, the oil is forced down to the bottom of the pan anyway.

Test fitting front subframe

Big problem taking over somebody's abandoned project - things don't fit right! My car is a Mk1, with 2 bolts per mount for each side. The later cars had 1 giant bolt. Unfortunately, the subframe came from a later car, so I had some fun times with a step drill. The actual drilling wasn't so bad, it was all the research trying to avoid any screw ups that took forever (and lack of info; apparently nobody really does this). It turns out each of those boxed areas already had some internal supports so I didn't really need to do much other than drill. On a related note, for a car that was raced and produced for 40 years, there's very very little info that I could find.

So after the holes were drilled, either from 60's tolerances, or 1 crash or another within the car's life, the holes didn't quite line up with the subframe. They were maybe 1-2mm off. So after all the work to ensure perfectly round, centered holes, I took a carbide bit with my dremel and went to town, enlarging the holes to make it fit.

New steering rack + front subframe disassembled for engine mounting

This brings us to last weekend. Brand spankin new steering rack's in and the subframe is disassembled to prep for getting the engine in there. You can see the little box with those 5-6 bolts sticking out along the side, that's actually the mechanical reverse box. The sprocket on the R1 engine actually fits directly into a female side in that box, which drives another sprocket & chain that goes to the LSD diff in the middle of that subframe. Chain driven car, fun times!

The Lounge / Re: New Project! Motorcycle powered car
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:54:07 PM »
This is gonna be cool, did you buy the engine amd subframe kit used as well? Or did it come with the shell? 

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it came from another abandoned project. It's actually 3 abandoned projects that sorta became my 1, the shell, the mess of parts, and the engine + mounting stuff

not sure where you are located; however I was going to put a Hayabusa 1340cc Gen2 engine into a car...... and it looks like I wont.  Complete bike running/driving $3200 2008 Suzuki B-King 21K miles up for sale. 
190hp 11K RPM

Location: San Ramon, CA 94583

the kit was designed to only take the R1 unfortunately due to dimension constraints =(. I guess it's also a specific year range of R1 motors as some of the later ones are too tall so they won't clear the hood.

The Lounge / New Project! Motorcycle powered car
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:38:50 PM »
hey guys,

I've been done (more or less, driveable and not spending anymore money on the LS FD) with the current proj and decided to pick up something new. This community has never steered me wrong, and probably has the highest concentration of technical expertise on the internet so even though it has nothing to do with Ls's or FD's, I'll be updating here once in a while and hopefully get some insight and input from you folks.

So, here it is! 1961 Mini that I picked up as a rolling shell.

Since so much stuff was missing, I'm planning on just making it functional and head off any potential rust. Here it is after the bay / interior had been cleaned up

The good thing about mini's is that they've been around so long that every once in a while, you can come across an abandoned project where somebody else had already collected all the parts over the course of the last decade. All up all in, I probably have 90-95% of the stuff I need to put together a running car.

Here's the important part that you guys would be interested in. Some crazy engineers out in the UK made a subframe kit with a reverse box to slap in a Yamaha R1 engine. It keeps the bike trans and chain drive - you have 6 forward gears, and 6 reverse. The car itself is somewhere around 1400 lbs from the factory so hopefully nothing breaks.

Thanks for looking!

Really interested in that fuel rail but no reply yet! Let me buy your stufff!! Haha

Sorry about that, I guess I no longer get email notifications for PM's. It's going out today, thanks!

updated! I checked greyhound shipping a day or so ago for the diff, and it seems like the prices increased by 2-3x. Does anybody know when this happened?

Any interest in shipping the fan?

Sorry, just sold today.

Updated and dropped prices, get this stuff out of here!

ok guys, just picked up a new project, need garage space. somebody come with a truck and take all this stuff off my hands and I'll give you a smokin deal.

Parts for Sale / Re: Socal: HKS exhaust, Taurus fan
« on: September 10, 2017, 05:01:47 PM »
Is the fan 2 speed or 1 speed. How much CFM?

this was the go to fan for people back in the day. It's 2 speeds, looks like 4000 cfm

Parts for Sale / Re: Socal: HKS exhaust, Taurus fan
« on: September 08, 2017, 02:51:52 PM »
still have exhaust  ????

yup, PMed! Also added in a fuel rail kit to the original post

Parts for Sale / Socal: HKS exhaust, Taurus fan, tons of other FD stuff
« on: August 29, 2017, 11:25:48 PM »
Cleaning out my garage, decided to finally list all my stuff up! Prices don't include shipping, bigger items I'd rather keep local

I'm in the LA area

Edit: Alright guys, its getting to fire sale time, I just picked up a new project and need the garage space. Don't really want to deal with shipping at the moment. If a local guy wants to come by with a truck and clear out a ton of stuff, we can definitely work something out.

Aftermarket FD parts
HKS Hi Power Exhaust cat back (dusty but in good condition!)- $170 $100

Swap Parts
Taurus Fan - NEW, came with old samberg radiator design - $60 $30
Professional Products 10612 Fuel Rail kit, returnless - NEW, never installed, just been sitting in my closet for years - $90 $50

Stock Parts
Multiple rear Diff's
Disassembled Manual 4.1 with t2 clutch type LSD (rebuilt with 0 miles) - $350 $300 $275
Assembled 1994 3.9 with stock torsen, 62k miles - $150 $125
Another assembled FD diff - need to check which one it is
Black trunk carpet for bose set up - $30
Black leather seats with rails, DS has stitching that's unraveling at a seam, but overall good condition - $300/pair $250/pair $225
OEM wheels + tires - $200 $150 $120 - tires good to roll your car around the garage, they're getting pretty old though.

Thanks for looking!

- Stu

Aftermarket FD Parts

Swap Parts

Samberg Performance / Re: dead?
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:37:04 AM »
hmm..looks like that link is broken now too

Drivetrain / Re: Rear End Pulsating Humming Noise
« on: February 26, 2016, 11:23:15 AM »
Since my post I've basically gotten a new / rebuilt drivetrain. T56 rebuilt by tick, driveshaft rebalanced at a local shop, new lsd installed in a 3.9 diff (got rid of the t2), switched from Hinson tq arm to Samberg diff mount. After all this the noise is still there at 75-80 but it's a lot quieter. I'm guessing it might have something to do with the axels but at this point, I've accepted the noise as part of the car. something else worth to note: pretty much none of my passengers have been able to hear it so it's quiet enough now that I'm probably just nitpicking.

General Tech / Cars by lbs/hp
« on: December 05, 2015, 09:29:39 PM »
Hey guys - just got my car dynoed today and just for fun, I wanted to see how it stacked up in terms of Power:Weight / lbs/hp.

Couldn't really find much as for a database or xls that I could use to slice and dice the info (lbs/hp doesn't seem to be a popular metric on car review sites) so I created a google spreadsheet using data from

Just so I wouldn't end up with a million rows, I narrowed it down to 1995+ vehicles with more than 240hp. Enjoy!

Any pictures of the injectors yet?

Any update to this? My project is starting to wrap up so I'm going back and taking care of the smaller items that have been put on the back burner.

Visually, the 90mm fills out so much better than the 60

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