Let the work begin!
After getting the car home last night I decided to get right to work.
The first order of business is to remove the existing turbo setup. Of course it's one of those deals where there's three basic parts and if you look at it at first it seems like, "well you can't get the manifold off if you don't take the wastegate off, and you can't take the wastegate off unless you take the turbo off, and you can't take the turbo off unless you take the manifold off." But eventually I was able to use the right combo of wobbly socket extenders under the manifold and get the back wastegate bolt off by using vice grips on the cap screw on the front of the wastegate (I need an actual metric hex key set rather than only sockets or the swiss army knife style I have now). That's as far as I got on the turbo setup. Need to get some more metric tools. I have a basic socket set or two and a wrench set but I'd like to get a set of long wrenches (for leverage) and ratcheting box-end wrenches in metric- things I already have in SAE.
I also spent a lot of time clipping zip-ties and getting reacquainted with the Talon wiring harness that I used to know by heart, and trying to figure out how the Arc-2 CDi was wired. Oh wait, it's not there, just an empty bracket above the cruise control, which I wouldn't even have recognized as an empty Arc-2 bracket if not for the internet. He must have had some issues with it and went back to the stock ignitor, which I simply do not trust with the Coil-on-Plug setup. I'm getting a box of parts today, hoping the stock coil pack is in there. They're good up to 500hp practically speaking, but have made more.
Anyone have any ideas what to do with a full tank of E85? At least this year has a drain plug in the fuel tank.
Last edited by jdub; 09-04-2019 at 04:25 PM.