ICEngine Removal

A project log for Mitsubishi E-clipse

1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (4WD) conversion to pure electric power.

JarrodJarrod 08/24/2016 at 06:490 Comments

I had been putting off the old combustion engine removal since I sometimes need to drive this car, but being the nice summer bike-riding months of portland and all, it was time.

Also, the timing belt tore its self up.. oops

Engine removal is kinda fun when you don't care about being able to put it all back together! I started off by draining the fluids, then removing all the air and water tubing, exhaust and turbocharger.

Then the head and intakes as one piece.

I wanted to take the head off anyway to inspect the damage to the valves (they hit the pistons when the timing belt broke) it's wasn't catastrophic, valves were not visibly damaged/bent probably because it was idling at the time. Would want to replace the valves if it was going back into service.

Finally the gearbox and short-block engine came out as one piece. after removing the axles and engine mounting bolts.

1Ton HF shop crane was on special, this was able to do the job nicely.

Plenty of space to play with now!

I'm keeping the AC lines intact with the compressor. I'm thinking a small AC motor to drive that shouldn't take up too much space.

I won't have to touch the ABS hydraulics, I'll just add a 12V vacuum pump and pressure switch to drive the vacuum boosted brake cylinder.

I have also kept the power steering lines, but removed the belt-driven power steering pump. I have a volvo pump that I will adapt to the lines and control with my everywhere-electric project (it's driven by an internal 3-phase BLDC motor)

The wiring harness will be reused as much as possible, as it'l be a pain to run new wiring.

So that's the easy stuff. Next major task is fitting the motor to the gearbox and making the non-matching shaft splines fit together. another blog post coming soon on that one.