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BUILD 1989 Dodge Daytona ES TBI to Turbo Conversion


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So what has been a big delay is getting the rear drum clearance correct. There once was a large amount of snap rings you could buy from Mopar to get the right clearence, but that was over 20 years ago. So... Cutting down a stock one!

Trans is almost all together now. Just checking thrust clearances! Then it's sticking the VPN in and testing everything with air!
 

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So what has been a big delay is getting the rear drum clearance correct. There once was a large amount of snap rings you could buy from Mopar to get the right clearence, but that was over 20 years ago. So... Cutting down a stock one!

Trans is almost all together now. Just checking thrust clearances! Then it's sticking the VPN in and testing everything with air!
Someone seems to have access to real tools. That's a nice grinder.

I didn't realize this was still a 3 speed, I thought you were cannibalizing 4 speed parts for your car. Holeeeee fuck they seemed to have used these in Neons until 2001?! It has to be one of the last 3 speed autos in production at least in the US. I'm shocked they held out that long since little econoboxes would likely have been a great way to up CAFE.
 
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Someone seems to have access to real tools. That's a nice grinder.

I didn't realize this was still a 3 speed, I thought you were cannibalizing 4 speed parts for your car. Holeeeee fuck they seemed to have used these in Neons until 2001?! It has to be one of the last 3 speed autos in production at least in the US. I'm shocked they held out that long since little econoboxes would likely have been a great way to up CAFE.
I think they even used them in the 2.4L vans even later. But yeah, 3 speed with almost all of the 3 speed Neon guts in it. The 3 speeds I'm guessing were effeciant enough to get away with it, my Daytona would regulary get 34mpg. That's with a blown head gasket and a transmission in that state you saw it in.
 

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That's pretty good truthfully. It's about where my 1.4T Cruze gets to in reality and it has a 6 speed manual.

What probably amazes me even more is that GM used 3 speeds in J-bodies until the same era and Toyota a year later into 2002.
 

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How long till you get to pull the pin on that 3 speed grenade you stuck in?
 
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I might be able to fire it up tomorrow or for sure on Saturday. Just a lot of little things to do now. Easy enough stuff, just a lot of them. :giggle:
 
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Sorry for not updating, I got it all running on Saturday but about 30 mins after I started the car and was diagnosing a few things I started to feel sick. My wife has had the flu (not Rona) for the past week and like clockwork, I got it a work after she did. So been resting. I did record a video before I took a break though.

 

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Damn. Well hope you feel better first off. And sucks about that valve body, but it sounds like you've got a pretty good handle on what the issue is. Just sucks to have to rip it back out
 

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