Hey guys. Even though this first leg of my project is almost complete, I figured I'd still post up a build thread for anyone who's interested in reading and looking at it... Since there are a few really good Tork Tech write up's out there, I opted to make this less of a write up and more of a show and tell sort of thing. Anyways, hope you guys like the car, any questions or feedback is more than welcome!
I started work on my Torch Red 2002 GT back in August 2014 after I decided I wanted boost. But also decided I really didn't want to go the more traditional route of sticking a Vortech on my car. So after much thought I decided to call Tork Tech and order their Terminator GT kit. Which allows the M112 Eaton from the 2003-04 cobra's to be bolted to the 99-04 GT's. There were some major manufacturing delays with my kit, which I ordered in July 2014, but didn't recieve until November 2014. I stuck with the kit through all the headaches though in my quest to be different.. But on to the important stuff.
- MAC LT's
- MAC H pipe
- MAC Cat-back
- Tri-Ax SS
- Mcleod Clutch
- BBK lowering springs
- Tork Tech terminator kit
- DivisionX Stryker 340
- 39lb Bosch Injectors
- LFP dual pass HE
- Canton Intercooler Resevoir
- Billetflow 3.1 upper
- JLT RAI
- 2003 V6 hood.
Here's the car before I started tearing it down, it had 36k miles and simple bolt-ons when I purchased it back in April 2013. Since then I added a full MAC exhaust from longtubes to tips, and a McLeod SS clutch, shortly after those mods I decided I needed boost...
So early in 2014 I bought this.. came off of a 2003 cobra with 3x,xxx miles on it. I ditched the rod melting 2.76 and replaced it with a new 3.1 pulley from Billetflow and gave it an all black makeover.
This is what it transformed into after much TLC (pretty dusty from sitting, but you get the idea).
Teardown begins, started with the hard stuff. Such as mounting the heat exchanger and intercooler pump. I opted to weld custom brackets onto my heat exchanger to hold it in place.
Heat exchanger mounted and painted black, also painted the valve covers wrinkle blue while I was in a productive mood.
Got a hood from a local junkyard off of a 2003 V6 as the stock GT hood won't clear the snout on the new supercharger. Cost me a whopping 40 dollars and still needs paint.
Tork Tech Terminator kit finally arrives!
I immediately got to work the next morning after work.. Everything went smoothly as I mocked the kit up on the car. Tork Tech's kit is very nicely made and all the hardware is all top notch, quality has been no issue with their kit for me, the only gripe I had at this point was the bare metal pulley bridge. I really felt like for the price and amount of time I had to wait, they could have powder coated the pulley bridge to match the intake.
Installed NGK TR6 plugs, gapped at .030, I've never changed plugs on a 2v before and always heard horror stories of how terrible it was, but I took my time and used a torque wrench and anti-seize and it was smooth sailing.
Made a custom crossover based on another guys tork tech build with some copper fittings to replace Tork Tech's design. Turned out really nicely and looks 10x better.
Where I was at by this point. It was all coming together smoothly by this point and I was really happy with my creation so-far...
By this point I only had a few loose ends to tie together, such as the vacuum system, PCV breathers, and wait for my thermostat housing.
Took some of this slow down time to install my new MAC catback to replace my weld-in Dronemaster 40's I had previously which sounded ok with cats, but terrible without.
And after some more wrenching. The engine work was finally completed! Took me way longer than it should have. But hey it looks good to me! Only thing left at this point was a tune...
Sitting at Blankenship tuning in Shelbyville, KY.
Now this is where the headache really begins, The first time the car started for the tuner so he could put it on the dyno, the steering rack with 40k miles on it fails and splits a boot, putting power steering fluid all over my tuners shop. Weird occurance but it happens. So I buy a new rack and he installs it for me since I don't feel like towing the car back. Now the rack is fixed and again he goes to put the car on the dyno a second time, while he's warming the car up this time. The coolant crossover I made blows off and covers his shop and my clean engine bay with anti-freeze. So after going back to the drawing board and tweaking the crossover a bit. I put it back on the next week and let the car warm up, no disasters. Cool. time for a tune now, right?
Wrong. Tuesday he calls me that now the Alternator isn't charging the battery at all, 100% dead. So this Wednesday I drop off a new Alternator and this is where I stand with this whole project. Hopefully the headache is over and I will get to drive the car home sometime next week. Fingers crossed!
I will update with numbers as soon as/if they ever become available. Thanks for reading if you made it this far! and feedback is welcome.