Just added Scott Nelson’s build to the Dakota engine swap page, thanks Scott!
Not much to update, been slammed in the shop with customer cars and haven’t had any time to get anything done on the Dakota. Though I have decided while the front suspension, and passengers side header is off, I am going to replace the rubber transmission cooler lines to push-lok hoses and all AN fittings. I also need to replace the leaking transmission pan gasket, and while the pans off, I plan on installing a cast aluminum pan.
Got the bushings for the front suspension. Energy Suspension upper and lower control arm bushings, Energy Suspension poly/greaseable sway bar bushings, poly sway bar end link bushings and tie rod end boots. I am also getting new ball joints, upper and lower, new sway bar end links, new shocks, new coils. Should work pretty well versus the old worn out factory rubber bushings, not too mention look pretty good with all the newly powder coated pieces from Night Owl. Then I can focus on the brakes.
Heikkinen’s Ford Fiesta rally car had a head on impact with the ramp and then flipped upside down into the gap. As a finale the car’s fluids set on fire while the injured driver crawled out of the car. Heikkinen broke his left ankle and had complaints of abdominal pain as a result of this dramatic crash. Because of his injuries, Heikkinen will not compete in the X Games RallyCross finals on Sunday. Read more