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EJ conversions - this is the best way to go with parts if you can’t get a donor

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For all of those out there contemplating an EJ conversion, this is one of the reasons why buying a donor vehicle can be easier - especially for the first timer.  But with that said, this is how I've gone about it twice now - building a conversion from parts of several cars - why? Mainly because I've been given parts from some good mates which only require me to get the main bits like the engine and some supporting pieces that are needed for all conversions.  

Space constraints of renting can be prohibitive to having a donor vehicle on the property too.

So this is how I "bench" test my engine and cutdown loom (plus it's good fun). Loom was cut down last week and the test done this weekend gone. Everything wiring wise checks out.  Engine wise I have a code 35 (purge control solenoid valve) and no knocking on start up :D Now it'll get some preventative maintenance such as head gaskets while it remains out of the vehicle.

https://youtu.be/vBXrmIzWiZY 

I reckon @sparkyboy will wet his pants at this :P  and I kind of hope a few more of you will too (and be inspired to do your own conversions!).

I've since fitted a radiator and run it for a longer period of time.  I'm hoping to do this again later in the week, not that I have to, but I would like to see the light for the fan trigger to come on...

This will end up in my Brumby once both engine and vehicle are ready.

Cheers

Bennie

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Bro I love that!

Homemade rack to support the maf? Wiring everywhere and the distinctive sound letting all the neighbors know that the world is flat

And just purring like yea brumby time fools hurry up and install me. Hauls azz what's the front posi situation? 

Boost for the brumby? 

The mullet chops are legit man, the hairstyle would suggest more than 2 ej swaps in 10 years!:P

I'll say this about my experience with the ej swap on my 86 gl three years ago, my Subaru and efi game were lightweight. I was glad to have a donor car, but the days of the cheap donor car running are coming to an end.

Good thing they built piles of these things, so in sube heavy areas here in the US finding a crashed one or junkyard engine is a piece of cake still.

The first gen legacys haven't bottomed out yet because of the large production,  and crappy grocery getter reputation, but they will be hot like the early integrals and 3rd gen f bodies. All it takes is a few gorgeous builds like some of these dudes ss and touring wagon builds, and the sema preview shows several mullet camaro.

For anyone with an L body just please buy an ej and put it somewhere if you are an ea purist. Then years later you can take your ea81 with Weber to buy another sube with a broken ea82 to slap the ej in.

If sube are scarce this swap involves little monkeying with the factory wiring, just the wiring for the gauges is needed, so putting the ea back in all polished like a jewel with turbo relocation kit for your attempt at best of show would be a bolt on affair.

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It's completely possible to piece together without a donor car. And if you know your way around the cars, it can be an excellent way to do it. I have several times.

BUT, I will still say that generally-speaking the best way (cheapest, lowest risk of failure, most complete) is a donor car.

 

 

I'm in the middle of a Lexus 1UZ 4.0l DOHC V8 swap for my 4Runner. I bought the engine out of a car, and could not hear it run. So I bench ran it before I bought almost any other parts for it. Those ECUs are notorious for having failing capacitors, so I replaced those, and bench ran it again to make sure it still worked. Then I coated an exhaust manifold and ran it again. All together, it's probably run about an hour on the stand.

 

Skip the first 10 minutes to hear it run.

 

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I'm not looking ...I have an EJ22 sealed in a box, an EJ20 in a Brumby, coupla ECUs and messy cut to bits looms all going nowhere while enjoy the 12 years of collecting and tinkering - my AWD ea82T Brumby :)

i may sneak back later to look

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On 6/11/2019 at 6:18 AM, Numbchux said:

It's completely possible to piece together without a donor car. And if you know your way around the cars, it can be an excellent way to do it. I have several times.

BUT, I will still say that generally-speaking the best way (cheapest, lowest risk of failure, most complete) is a donor car.

Title of the thread updated to reflect this. 

Cheers 

Bennie

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On 6/11/2019 at 10:24 PM, Steptoe said:

I'm not looking ...I have an EJ22 sealed in a box, an EJ20 in a Brumby, coupla ECUs and messy cut to bits looms all going nowhere

Get on it Jono! Now is the time to be collecting bits for the Gen1 Liberty in my opinion. They’re still available in the yards, can be had for cheap on gumtree too atm. But like the L series, this is the death-nell for these vehicles being common and real easy to get parts for! 

 

I ran the engine today to show my dad. It’s sat for a week - and started no worries AND without any lifter tick. I’m pretty happy with it. 

The oil is milky so there’s a head gasket to be sorted but I was going to do that as a matter of preventative maintenance anyway. It didn’t take a lot of water, the sort of amount you’d expect for a cooling system that’s just been filled and run for the first time. 

Cheers 

Bennie

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