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Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:28 pm

Hey guys, I'm from Palm springs, CA, it's about 2 hours east of LA. I bought my ST165 back in July of 2013 from a member on here and I'm finally starting to put some work into it. The previous owner spent a lot of time on this car but now that it's in my hands I want to take it into another direction. It has an almost stock rebuilt 1st gen motor but it's time to go 4th gen. I ordered the motor Wednesday morning and arrives at my house yesterday, so I would say that's pretty fast shipping.

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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:04 am

Since the car has been sitting for almost 2 years the engine bay is pretty dirty.
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Interior is in pretty decent shape.
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The ct20b gave out like a month after owning the car and I never got around to changing or rebuilding it since I was already thinking of swapping the engine along with the turbo.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:17 am

And this is what will be replacing the old 1st gen.
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I will be removing the wiring harnesses from both motors so I can send them to Doug (wiregap) so he can do his thing and make my life easier.

One thing that concerns me is the ECU is for an automatic, and it wasn't plugged in to the new harness, instead dit came with 2 plugs connected and none of the plugs from my harness will fit the ecu. Will I HAVE to have the M/T ecu or can I make this one work?
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby celicast184 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:36 am

Nope.. Auto and manual ecu don't matter.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:37 am

Then why won't any of the connectors from the harness fit the ecu? Am I completely overlooking something here?
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby celicast184 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:04 am

The 2 white plugs plug into the ecu slots. All the other plugs are ignition coil, injectors, fuel pump relay, dash water temp, etc
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:14 am

I'll check again when I go home this weekend, but I don't think any of the plugs fit, including the 2 white ones.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby underscore » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:11 am

The two white plugs in the center of that pic, below the grey one, look like they should fit into the two empty slots of the ECU.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:40 am

I'll double check when I go home this weekend. Kind of sucks when I work out of state during the week.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby Awesome-Trac » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:30 am

I remember the previous owner who owned this car! Atleast it's went to a good home. What are you going to do with the old motor?
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 88st165 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:26 pm

Where did you source the motor? I've been shopping around but can't seem to pull the trigger on any of the ones on eBay.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:32 pm

Get rid of it. It over heated on me a few times, there were some major cooling issues with it so I'm not trying to keep it or the stock trans. I'm looking for an st205 transmission while the harness gets done.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby UtahSleeper » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:24 pm

Good luck. For me it was an easy swap, especially with wiregap doing the harness. The plugs should fit, assuming the motor came with the ecu.

I have had mine running with the auto ecu and it doesn't care. Doesn't even throw a CEL for no connected trans computer.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:31 am

88st165 wrote:Where did you source the motor? I've been shopping around but can't seem to pull the trigger on any of the ones on eBay.

On eBay. Check the seller's reputation, call the shop and take it from there. Utahsleeper got his off eBay too and it worked out just fine for him. I won't find out til I fire it up but the motor seems to be in real good shape.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:38 am

So I'm gonna have a friend of mine ship the harness out to Doug (mr220v) tomorrow since I'm not home. While the harness is getting done I'm gonna order a few things:
clutch
new bushings all around
new gauge cluster since my speedometer doesn't work
St205 transmission.
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