Begin AWIC Installation

818 Engine 16I got an AWIC (air to water intercooler) kit from Very Cool Parts a while back, and I have now started installing it. I mounted the heat exchanger in front of the radiator using Heat Exchanger Mounting Brackets from Zero Decibel Motorsports. The brackets made quick work of getting the heat exchanger mounted. Just a few holes drilled, rivnuts installed, and it was done.

I tried a few different locations before deciding to mount the coolant pump down on the battery tray. That seemed like the best place to keep the hoses under control and have the pump out of the way.

B: Bolts welded.Since the battery tray is part of the underside of the car, I did not want bolt heads protruding underneath. I decided to weld a pair of bolts to the topside of the tray to which I would mount the pump bracket. I also installed some Rattle Trap sound deadening as I have on many sheet surfaces.

I installed the pump and bracket to the mounts and ran the hose from pump to the heat exchanger. The hose AN -12 stainless braided and is attached to the pump with a hose clamp.

818 Engine 18The hose is plumbed to the heat exchanger with some 90 degrees AN fittings from Russell in the Endura finish.

I have to wait until the engine is assembled and installed before I can run the rest of the AWIC plumbing. More to come soon!

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New Rear Trailing Arms

Mike replaced the first set of rear trailing arms with a new-new set from Very Cool Parts. He did this because he decided to go with the 9.5″ rear wheels rather than the original stock wheels. These wider wheels will allow for wider tires, so there was a clearance problem with the original Subaru stock trailing arms…and now there’s not!

New Shifter Arrived

We got a lot of new deliveries this week, so Mike should have plenty to work on this weekend. To start off with, here’s the new shifter he got from Very Cool Parts. To quote Mike, “it’s just too pretty to cover up,” so I guess it will be installed exposed so that all may admire its beauty. Ahhh, men and their shifters…always wanting to show them off!