Looks great! You've got me motivated the start the turbo setup on my wife's cabriolet
MK2 is much easier. We cut the engine and gearbox mounts down to get more clearance on a mk2 VR conversion but that's a fairly well known adjustment to get the manifold and cover under the hood.
The gearbox bracket is easy enough. You can bolt on a couple of plates into it with extra holes drilled to lower. Not advised if you have very little ground clearance already though.
Engine side mount needs cut and rewelded because of where it mounts beside the belt.
Figuring out the radiator and heat exchanger setup, may be able to run stock rad, with chopped shroud and a slim fan.
Heat Exchanger is small for now, as i just want to get this running and fall and winter in the northeast should be cold enough for this little guy.
Down the road having Forge building a custom radiator / AWIC heat exchanger drop in combo...
So, is the entire weight of the intake manifold/AWIC supported by the runners/ intake flange? Or are you counting on the turbo to throttle pipe doing some support as well? The welds are beautiful and I'm sure very strong at the moment but aluminum does fatigue out with vibration. Especially with the added weight of the AWIC, it seems like there needs to be some more support for that part of it.
Silicone a 1/2 an inch from the turbo hot side = bad idea.. heat sheild might not be enough.
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