Jin’s Charmant Build… Part 1

We’re back today with another installment of Jin’s Charmant build. Much has happened since we last left off. Jin got word that the car had finally been painted and was ready to be collected; around the same time a similar message was received from the engine builder regarding the collection of the motor. We’ll be going through the process between leaving the paint shop and collecting the motor, along with the beginning stages of the reassembly…

 

For those who would have missed the first post in this series, I’ve provided the link below:-

Jin’s Charmant Build… Introduction

 

Jin paid a visit to the paint shop to ensure things were running smoothly…

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Along with having the exterior resprayed, it was a must to have the engine bay done the same time partly because of the modifications to the firewall.

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The underside of the hood after it was sprayed…

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A view from the back…

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A few more shots…

 

Already in a good mood about the completed paint work after months of waiting, Jin received a call from the engine builder…

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This was one of the biggest turning points of this build to signal progression…

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Upon arrival he was greeted with the completed motor on an engine stand. It was hard for him to contain his excitement after being back and forth between the paint shop and collecting parts to complete the engine build. Now it was time to start wrenching on the reassembly.

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Home sweet home…

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The car back at home with the exterior fully assembled…

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A view with the lights and bumper fitted as good as they did fresh out of the showroom many years ago…

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Jin busy putting in some work…

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The standard Charmant rear end was removed…

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Along with the full exhaust system that came with the car approximately 30 years ago…

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The interior still hasn’t been assembled as yet, Jin still has a few things that need to be addressed before fitting everything back together…

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A look at the engine bay as it is being stripped in preparation for the motor to be removed…

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A few misc parts that were removed to either be replaced or discarded…

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Factory 4A motor finally removed and some serious wrenching can begin…

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With the motor already at home it was time to start the swap…

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Not being new to this conversion, within a short space of time the motor was mounted into its new home…

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After the underside of the fenders were degreased and power washed, it was amazing to see how clean this shell is after all these years…

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A look at the rear fender arches as they are power washed to be prepared for paint…

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Here you can see the arches have been painted and the Carina rear end has been installed…

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While it was out, Jin had made sure to have it cleaned up and painted…

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Another angle of the rear end now with the pan hard rod installed…

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Next to make its way onto the car was the exhaust Jin kept from his previous build…

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A look a the mudguards which are in pristine condition based on their age…

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Taking a few steps back you can really get a feel for this project as it comes to life piece by piece…

 

Finally we arrive at the front to take a closer look at the 4A-GE 20V motor…

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Some close ups of the T3 75mm velocity stacks…

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Well on that note I will wrap things up, stay tuned for much more on this build to come and thanks for taking a look.

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