Started at 4pm on Saturday, had it mostly back together last night around 930, and completed a quick test drive to the corner and back. Let me tell ya, when you're used to turning the wheel and hitting the gas only to plow straight ahead, it's SO NICE to blip it and have the ass immediately step out!
This morning I replaced the trans fluid and did some of the wiring, just enough to get it to drive to work. Main issue right now is that I forgot to swap the VSS to the new trans, which has a 2 wire sensor. Without the speed signal my ecu is in limp mode and won't rev past 4.5k.
Here's some random pics I snapped while I was scrambling, let's start with my favorite:
Nice to see that ugly auto shifter gone, never to darken my console again.
Here we have the reason for keeping spare parts. I'm surprised it actually came out.
Honestly thought I was going to lose it trying to get around those trans cooler lines to loosen the bell housing bolts. Slowest part of the job, two bolts and a nut took 2 hours to remove! Should chopped the lines at the start.
Finally the nightmare is over. Installing the manual was a freakin' breeze!
I need to tweak one exhaust hanger that intersects the new crossmember slightly, that's it.
Found the reason my radiator fans were randomly cycling while the car was off. Clearly a result of a tire battering the wheel well. Nothing was broken so I just taped em up individually then wrapped em up together and shoved em back up there.
I'm extremely pleased with the response and control my car now has, and the connection to the vehicle... Until now it felt like I was driving someone else's car.
Side note, anyone know if I can just add a stronger weaker spring to the clutch pedal? These hydraulic units are so light, after driving the 'HD stage 2' in my coupe I have trouble letting the clutch out.