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Body removed, Suspension removed, Diffs removed
Work in Process
Chassis scrubbed/cleaned, revealing a lot of unwanted rust
Chassis moved to the workshop, damage assessed, measurements taken.
Noted that both front shock towers had cracks, they were bent to the inside and the chassis on the left was bent upwards
Meanwhile, the body shell at home
Chassis and Shock Towers being pushed back to their genuine positions
Shock Towers reinforced yet again
While transplanting 2JZ, Farooq sahib in Rawalpindi had shaved the oil pan, yet, it was rubbing the front fixed diff, so moving the engine further back was a necessity.
New mounts for 2JZ engine, which will move it back by 5.7 inchs, were temporarily installed after cutting the portion of mounts of auxiliary shocks. Plan is to place the 2JZ on the new mounts once the front diff is installed, if the oil sump of 2JZ is clear of the diff, these new engine mounts will be properly welded otherwise we will move the mounts further back
5.7 inches back,,, firewall will surely be operated
Chassis/Shock Towers straightened and strengthened, time to rub the rust off for a new paint job
Can't see the pics but if the frame is open then why not reinforce it once and for all. Ideally the roll cage should also be bolted onto it to add more rigidity. We now know for sure that stiffer is better for racing, on or off road.
Chassis arrived from paint shop
Time to check and clean all bushes, arms, hubs, boots, disks, their rotors etc
All 3 bushes holding the front diff broken, two of the 8 axle boots need to be changed, front hubs have a little more play than normal, 1 of the 4 arms holding each of the rear wheels need to be changed, rest all in perfect condition.
To be on the safer side, decided to put all 4 caliper kits
Evo's pull type performance clutch and pressure plate was available but Rashid Abdullah, who is one of the technical advisers of this project, told to stay away from pull type clutches because they are always prone to malfunction. Have personally witnessed Muhammad Ashraf and Zafar Magsi out of rally/DNF on more than one occasion because of this clutch problem, so, pull type clutch is to be changed with a push type clutch.
Plan to go to Bilal Gunj tomorrow and see which housing of push type Pajero gear is similar to Evo's gear housing. Have been told that the gear housing of the manual gear of Gen-II with 4M40 is similar to Evo's gear housing and that gear is a push type, so,, fingers crossed. Otherwise will order the kit from Thailand.
Its been about a month or so and i saw the Evo sitting in the corner quietly. But gotta hand it to you, you've stripped it apart and have started to put it back in already in that period of time.
On the whole, even I am taken aback with the magnitude of mods you are outlining as it is a far cry from the minimal modification attitude with which you started off. Not that I am complaining or discouraging
Good to know that the roll cage will be redone properly, wonderful news actually. Would recommend that you should look into tying the base of A and C pillars to the frame as it would help the car take a lot more abuse by stopping frame flex. May also help the handling generally though difficult to say anything on that department as yet.
All the best. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.