Well, It has been a long time coming… I originally got the truck in 2013 with it’s little 5-Speed, 2.0 1 barrel carburetted G63B pushing an astounding 92HP, I was going places!!
Great truck, had a little issue and had to sort that out.. such as when you turned on the lights you’d smell burning plastic… lol, turned out to be wiring cooking in the column!!!
Needless to say while the truck was enjoyable for what it was, I definitely wanted a little change. I started to search and eventually found a site called HRCS (HotRodCoffeeShop) it was here I read about Jeremy Nutt’s 4G63t MM build. I was in awe!! I was very familiar with the 4G63 and thought that was an excellent idea, very easy and straight forward. I needed an engine and ended up getting one from a moderator (knuckshaft) on HRCS!
$400 and I had me a Second Generation (1995-1999) 4G63t, found a harness on Craigslist for $50 (bad thing, it was for an automatic), and an E-type ECU. I was well on my way… or so I thought. Seemed everyone was doing the First Generation and there was no wiring write-up or information as to what was really needed for the 95+. So after going through tons of the diagrams for the eclipse and the mightymax I threw together a schematic, and sent it to Jeremy, it now resides on his site for reference for future swappers.
To get to more pictures I’ll shorten the story abit! Time passes as I get other projects moving and I put the MM on the backburner… I eventually get back to the MM… The old heart had to come out as well as the trans!
I start thinking of Intake Manifold ideas and get to the Evo 8 Intake… needs to be modified so I cut the injector holes and fill them up.
Alright, while waiting for more misc pieces to arrive, I browse the internet looking for more ideas! I figure I might end up having to tube the front if I decide to go low, yeah you know what I’m saying low-low… lol. And i proceed to cut the front fenders out and try some things out.
then I go a little further after seeing a post on MightyRam50.net and thinking it looked good I try it out. I mainly got positive thoughts about it but a guy that claimed to be the originator thought otherwise and cried (he was a douchebag) People asked him how he done it and i just showed everyone its easy…
here is the now defunct instagram snapshot
“savage_static YUPP! So This is happening. Someone is literally in the process of ripping off, probably the most unique and awesome Part of my truck. Got a dm yesterday with this picture of mock up. Couldn’t find him or anything about it on ig. So if you know him or u see him Point em out.“
Yeah, other than that I took a Mitsubishi Starion instrument cluster apart and went to town with a custom set-up by Intellitronix Create-a-Dash and fit it together. MM dash and cluster bezel, Starion gauge plate, Intellitronix gauges.
Parts arrived and I set them aside as my RX7 was also undergoing some mods at the time and I had to put time and money into that. So then once again I put the MM on the backburner.
Some of the RX7 work
Anyways time passes… and in this time I acquire (1) HellRot Red 2000 BMW E46 Turbo after trading off my RX7. Then I buy (1) Carbon Black Pearl Mettalic BMW E46… I start becoming more and more intrigued by the drivetrain… I ship all of my 4G63t stuff to my buddy Josh, and decide to part out the HellRot BMW from this point on referred to as “E46HR“.
My new idea was to take all the drivetrain and powertrain components from the E46HR and put them into the MM. The MM wheelbase being 105.1 and the E46HR wheelbase being 107.1 it shouldn’t take much to work this out. So I get after it. I pull the rearend out of the MM and start taking the means to get the E46HR IRS fitted.
Next I have to do:
- front mounts on the rear subframe
- trailing arm mounts
- cut away/make uca clearance
more posts to come as I go further down this rabbit hole… stay tuned.