Garage Days

Words and pics by PVT Ian.

Sometimes, you just need to get shit done.

Been making some plans with Private Runner Mel(Baaambol) to bust out a clutch job on the EK. Since I was about to do all this work, I decided now is the time to switch out the LS trans for something with shorter gears. I struck a deal with Mel (homie hookup fasho) to take the trans off the B16A swap he recently picked up. He’s working on something for his EF and plans to use the funds on a cable trans while I make use out of the hydro one.

The time finally came to get down and do the work. I came up to Mel’s pad, he had cleared some space in his garage so we had some work room. This meant that his immaculate and freshly painted EF hatch had to come out and see the light of day. I brought all my tools that I thought we’d need and laid them all out. Mel’s homie Ozzy came by to join us. He’s rocking Mel’s old white EF on some Mugens. Pretty cool car, I remember admiring it the first time I saw it without even knowing who it belonged to.

The surgery finally begins on the EK. Immediately out the gate we run into issues with the axle nuts. Ended up making a tool run and buying an Impact gun. This impact gun proved to be very helpful through the rest of the process.

We worked til late, or til we were frozen over since it was a cold night. At one point, we lost all power! Circuit breaker decided to call it a night. No light, no heat, we decided to call it a night as well.

Ozzy left not long after everything went AWOL in the garage. He probably didn’t realize what he was in for when he came over. Mel told him to cruise by so he can hear his exhaust lol. One thing led to another and he was under the car hammering out the bitch pin, among other things. Guess you never know how a night can go when you kick it with some runners.

Oh and for the record, after 3 long nights of work, a few homies coming through to lend a hand and one really shitty tow situation, we got that shit done!

Side note, by PVT Runner:

I too put in some work today, which I feel very accomplished. Did an oil change on the PVT Support Vehicle and changed the suspension on the daily Yaris. No pics, I felt like that isn’t exciting nor interesting as Ian and Mel’s experience. But we share the same aftermath of feeling accomplished at the end. As PVT Ian said, sometimes you just need to get shit done.

Catch these hands bwoy

… I mean, catch can bwoyyyyyy

This install is long over due.

VTEC B Series engines have “OEM catch cans” known as the Breather Box on the back of the engine. That’s where the PCV valve is located as well. There’s nothing wrong with the “OEM catch can” but we all know an aftermarket one is much more effective. There are closed systems and open systems. For me, I went with an open system.

There are many ways to install a catch can. I went with the very basic setup; the PCV valve hose to catch can and valve cover nipple hose to the catch can. This Open Air system is also the same setup that a lot of N1 cars in Japan use, but depending on rules or preference, tuners utilize the washer reservoir as a “catch can” seen here:

When people use a vented-to-air catch can (Open Air) setup like this, some drill out the PCV valve to eliminate the one way valve inside or they pull out the PCV valve and insert a hose where the PCV valve went. I decided replaced the PCV valve with a 3/8 to 1/2 straight-through barbed fitting like this:

Then I inserted the fitting where the PCV valve went on the Breather Box. I attached a hose to the fitting then to the catch can.

Next is the valve cover nipple hose to the catch can. Note: I also used a clear braided hose so I can monitor whats’s going into the can. This clear braided hose has a high temp rating, but NOT made for vacuum.

Done. Pretty simple.

This setup works if you are NA. If you are FI, I would do some research to see which setup is best for your build.

Peace

It’s Alive!

Finally!

Took me long enough right? That’s what happens when you become a fath…

So the intake manifold gasket wasn’t just cracked, but also warped. The top circle shows a crack at the bolt hole and the bottom circle shows a crack at the coolant port. The middle circle shows the warpage along with a crack in the middle of it… That’s where it was leaking from!

Thank the car heavens it wasn’t anything super serious! It lasted 5 years of daily driving and hard running/redline hitting fun. Does anyone know how long that are supposed to last? 🤔

Now to the fun stuff:

PVT RUNR Ian bought my old bucket seat so he came by to install that with a PCI seat mount.

😎

Not bad for a beginner seat. I had to pass it down to the homie cuz I always wanna see my parts go into good hands. And plus, I picked up a new seat that’s big enough to fit Moltar 👺👹

Just need to get a few other shit done and King Run will be back on the streets…! 🌃👻

Peace.

[10:25PM]