Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 12

Part twelve of the rebuild of Daryl’s K-swapped Civic will be a long one. As the majority of the bodywork comes to an end, Daryl made a decision to bring the finish date closer than expected with hopes of being able to drive for the Valvoline Rally also known as the warm up rally. This would cut down significantly on the time the guys had to work with, as the initial goal they were working towards wasn’t until a month away from the warm up rally.

Putting things into perspective, the guys at MQI had just a matter of days to fully complete their work on the shell followed by the pit crew immediately starting the re-assembly in order to have everything up and running. There are still a ton of parts which need to be shipped but along with that there are some which hadn’t even been purchased as yet. And to think this rebuild was initially to be moving at moderate pace with no big rush in mind, and suddenly it has now been kicked into high gear. We’ll be taking a look at the progress this build made as the days ticked away before the rally…

 

Some of you may be viewing this post for the very first time, feel free to click the links provided below for a recap of the build so far.

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Introduction

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 1

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 2

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 3

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 4

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 5

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 6

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 7 

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 8

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 9

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build… Part 10

Daryl’s Rally K-EG Build…Part 11

With that out of the way, let’s move forward with our update…

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It was time to check in with the guys at Drag Cartel on the progress of the head…

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Daryl opted to get their basic head package which included CNC Cartel port design and additionally to have it rebuilt with a PSI valve springs and Supertech valves. So far the head has already been ported and the valve train is in the process of being assembled. So hopefully it can be shipped off soon…

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Meanwhile at MQI, the shell was on the rotisserie going through the final stages of bodywork…

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The rear left corner of the roof which suffered serious decay has now been fully repaired…

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A few more shots of the shell before it moved onto the next stage…

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A look at the suspension parts before they are sent to be cleaned up and powdercoated…

 

Moving forward a few days…

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Daryl received a call to collect the bulk of the parts he was waiting on…

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So far everything was going just as he hoped…

 

With the parts here, Daryl could move forward with assembling the motor…

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A shot of the bottom end just before it was disassembled…

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Within the boxes that arrived, that special package from Drag Cartel was included…

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Along with a few other necessities; Cometic head gasket…

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And Drag Cartel stage 4 camshafts…

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A close up of the head which was treated to Drag Cartel’s CNC port design…

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A couple more shots of the head now fully assembled with PSI springs and Supertech valves…

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Drag Cartel left their signature stamp of approval at the side of the head…

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With the selected head package, Daryl decided to swap out the previous pistons seeking more compression and went with Wiseco 15:1 compression pistons…

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The completed bottom end with Carrillo rods and ARP head studs…

The motor was fully assembled with just under a week left before the warm-up rally…

 

A report from the guys at MQI…

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The shell was currently in the sanding phase and should soon be primed for paint…

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Until then, Daryl had been in the process of laying out everything and preparing for the return of the shell…

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The subframe and various other pieces after they were cleaned and powdercoated for the reassembly…

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A shot of the motor with the necessities installed, included a new ITG filter adding protection to the 60mm Kinsler ITBs…

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One of the more time consuming things which still needed to be dealt with was the wire harness. The guys needed to build a custom harness for the RacePak Smartwire system they will be running.

This brought us to the end of the day, leaving only three days until the rally. At this point I was starting to become doubtful about if the guys would be able to make the deadline.

 

After talking with the guys from MQI, they were pushing hard to have the car finished by the end of Thursday which would give Daryl just under two and a half days to work with. However, as the day dwindled away this too was looking unlikely…

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Daryl took this time to do some cleaning along with installing the clutch and flywheel assembly and bolted up the Sadev gearbox to the motor…

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On the bright side however, Daryl received the new Rywire mil-spec harness earlier in the day…

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Making it possible for him and Russell to finish up what they could on the harness without the car being there…

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Additionally, Daryl spent some of the time cleaning up the brakes and a few other misc parts…

 

Finally the call came through from the guys at MQI who put in the extra effort needed to have the car finished…

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Upon arrival the car was still in the booth…

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The color choice was similar to the previous one, however the exterior is now done in a matte finish while the interior and engine bay are done in a gloss…

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The guys quickly rolled the shell out of the booth and straight onto the hoist. Paying close attention, you get a look at the matte finish on the rear fender…

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I was able to get some shots of the freshly painted underbody…

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Followed shortly by the mad rush to get the suspension installed as time was rapidly ticking away…

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In a matter of minutes the guys had the suspension almost complete and the wrecker was on its way…

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Moments after the shell touched the ground…

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As quickly as the shell made it onto the ground it was on the wrecker ready to head home to begin the next phase of wrenching…

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All hands on deck as the shell was offloaded…

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On location with the biggest set piece waiting to be installed…

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With everyone knowing their roles, the guys went to work…

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Quick view of the naked interior…

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Chris went to work on applying the heat reflective film…

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Chris finished up and the guys prepared to take on the next hurdle…

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Even though everyone was exhausted at this point, they put in one final effort to get the motor and gearbox installed. It was at this point when I started to believe it may actually be possible to make the event.

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Once the motor was bolted into the shell, Daryl and the guys ended work for the night, which in reality was wee hours of the morning. The guys had a light beverage with plans of hitting it hard once again after a few hours of sleep. Without a doubt it will be a strenuous two days ahead of them.

Thanks for taking a look, that’s all for today. Stay tuned for the next post where we will check back in on the guys and their progress.

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