Now that the SR20 is sitting nicely at home in the engine bay, it's time to get some of the plumbing sorted for the little AE86.
First up, a custom oil catch tank utilizing AN fittings to keep everything where it should be.
We fitted it snug against the front of the drivers side strut tower. It not only looks good here but saves room and keeps it as far away from exhaust heat as possible.
Next up, was the cooling system, which we are pretty excited about.
As you can probably tell from these photos, we have taken a different route with the cooling layout for this build. More on that in the next update, but for now, lets just say that we needed to create a swirl pot as the radiator is mounted lower than the cooling passages in the engine. This coolent swirl pot insures that the fill point remains at the highest point and is great for getting rid of any air in the cooling system and avoiding those pesky SR20 air lock issues that can often occur.
Along with the custom swirl pot, we also fabricated up a radiator overflow to tie the cooling together nicely.
Keisuke tracked down a S14 rocker cover and we got busy merging the front of the existing S13 cover. The S13.4 cover conversion not only updates the look of the S13 engine and is good on the eyes, but also utilizes the improved baffling setup in the S14 cover.
We will leave you with this shot of the cooling system. Full details to come in the next update.