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New Drivetrain


2002spaceodyssey

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My goal is to build a fun street car, and I recently had a completely new/upgraded drive train installed in my 2002. I set things in motion in August 2020, when I bought a used 1972 2002 motor from Kim in Herdon, VA.

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In September 2020 I dropped the motor off with Bruce Shelton (Automotive Enterprises in Winchester, VA) and asked him to rebuild it. I was in no hurry, and Bruce worked on the motor over the next year. He had the block machined, provided an E12 cylinder head, installed JE 9.5:1 pistons, a 292 cam, dual Weber 40 DCOEs, a Carter electric fuel pump, and a long-tube street and track step header from Rogers Tii. 

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In September 2021, Bruce called and said the motor was done. I decided to have him install the engine along with a 185K-mile Getrag 245 5-speed that I had bought from ClayW in Silver Spring, MD.

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I installed an E21 3.91 Limited Slip Differential I bought from Al Taylor in 2020, put my car on a trailer, and towed it Bruce's shop.

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Bruce sent me some pictures as he was installing the rebuilt motor.

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Outside Bruce's shop.

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Automotive Enterprises is something of a time capsule, as it was an imported car parts business many years ago. Bruce races a Pinto in SCCA and supports the racing community at Summit Point Raceway. In April 2022, Bruce was done installing the fresh engine and doing a 5-speed conversion. I bought a driveshaft from Steve at Blunt. I brought my "new" car home. (The front air dam had to be removed to go on the trailer.)

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Once I got my car home, it needed some sorting. The header was hitting a castle nut on the drag link. I had to file the corner off the castle nut until it cleared.

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Note my washers on my drag link (or whatever it's called) have come apart almost immediately as mentioned on this site.

I also had a sticking throttle, the result of rust in the tube that the gas pedal passes through. I cleaned out the gunk and installed new bushings and a new return spring...problem solved.

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I had to properly secure the console to the transmission tunnel as it was flopping around. The Blunt 5-speed conversion kit includes a BMW Z3 shifter.

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I had a list of little things that had been waiting. I installed a brand new pair of flag mirrors that I bought from W&N a couple of years ago.

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I made a template a drilled the door for the passenger-side mirror. I used riv-nuts to mount it, of course!

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I installed new door buffers and replaced some missing door handle gaskets.

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I put new webbing under my Recaro driver's seat. The old webbing was shot.

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I painted the supports behind the grille the current body color and replaced the grille "hooks" which were missing.

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I bought a set of underhood decals. All my original decals were painted over.

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My license plate light lenses and taillight lenses were old and cracked, so I installed new ones.

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I was doing all this work as the run-up to the Carlisle Import Show in May, but on the day of the show, the car wouldn't run right. It wouldn't idle and would eventually stall unless I kept my foot on the gas. When I tried to drive it, it stumbled and wouldn't accelerate. I guessed the problem was the old Crane XR700 ignition, so I order a new one (now FAST XR700.) Of course, once I installed it, it took a couple days of fiddling with the optical sensor before I could get it to run, but now it runs good, so the ignition was the problem. SAM_1898.thumb.JPG.6838d2f5ec9e60a66e402bfa752a9137.JPG

My SiennaBraun paint is showing where the old Crane unit was mounted.

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Well, I missed the Carlisle show, but I'll be at the Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee this summer!

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