I made the motor mounts out of steel although they are just prototypes and I plan to machine some aluminum ones. I feel that making a new flywheel is the better way to go so I started making the file for machining although it's not finished yet.
It's tough to find time to finish this build as I have a family and a complete custom ground up F100 build I'm immersed in and I'm doing the trooper build in any other spare time I can muster up.
Anyway I ran into a couple things I didn't foresee in the beginning.
A/C is not an option because there is no room for the compressor or the condenser. Sorry!!!
the other is there are two oil pan options on the 1UZFE engine ( front sump and mid sump ) the mid dump is not an option as there is no room and the front sump runs into the drag link although is doable by modifying the pan, windage tray and pick up tube.
calculated the oil loss and added a 7/8ths strip to compensate for the space I cut out then I mig welded it together and went over it with a tig welder to make sure there the metal was fused smoothly then tested for leaks and it passed. I then sand blasted the entire pan and painted it.
I cut the pick up tube and because it's on an angle, when I rotated it the 1/4" I needed it actually moved downward to the bottom of the pan so I didn't need to add any pipe (which was a relief) so tig welded it up and tested (passed) as for the windage tray I cut out the material that was hitting the pick up and added material to the hole that was left.
A guy I know wants me to do the swap to his trooper as well so I decided to make myself an aluminum pan from the measurements.
There is plenty of room below so I designed the drain plug to drain all the oil during oil changes with no possibility of tearing it off while having some fun lol. I made it a bit larger to hold more oil as well.
Looks great! Do you think you could have squeezed the AC compressor in there with some mods to the bay (edit: I see the steering gear is below it)? Were you able to make any more progress? Thanks!
edit: I was worried it was impossible to swap with AC but I went back and watched Johnny again and it looks like the compressor is there. I realize fitting/plumbing the condenser is a whole different issue...