Saturday – Final assembly, fluids and startup
Today I started with hooking up the gear shift linkage and mounted the exhaust. Then I mounted the drive shafts and put the suspension back together. I hooked up the remainder of the heater hoses and mounted the radiator and then filled it with antifreeze and water mix. I drained the old oil from the engine and transmission and then added 10W30 to both. I pulled the old P06 ECU out and then mounted the P28(VTEC) ECU in it’s place. Then the moment of truth came and it was time to start the engine, I turned the key to the start position 2 times shortly to prime the engine with gas and pump some oil into the top end of the engine. Then I turned the key to the full start position and BAAM! it started right away. Only problem was the ECU was throwing out some error codes. I read in the Haynes Manual that you have to put a jumper into the 2 wire plug that is just below the glove box on the passenger side of the car so I did that and got 2 error codes. Code 22 and Code 19. Code 22 is VTEC Pressure switch and Code 19 is Lockup Control Solenoid for auto tranny, now I don’t know why I got Code 19 since I don’t have an auto tranny so I will have to figure that out. The VTEC error code is ok since I didn’t hookup the VTEC Solenoid because the one that I have does not have a pressure switch with it. I took the car for a ride to see how it goes and the first feel of the Dual Friction clutch is nice, it’s really smooth but when it grabs it holds hard. I gave it gas and it started shaking, so I eased off and it was ok, tried it again and it did it again. It feels like i’m starving for fuel or my timing is of. I can’t drive the car home or even drive it for too long so I will look into it next week. Tuesday I am supposed to get my Megan Racing header so I’m not too woried about not driving it yet, but I will try to pickup a proper VTEC Solenoid with pressure switch from a D16Z6 on monday. Once I have the VTEC solenoid I can wire that up and get rid of those error codes. In the mean time I’m gonna try and find out why I get that Code 19. Overall the swap is done, I just need to do some final work on my VTEC, find out why the car stumbles at full throttle and find out why I get that Code 19 with a 5 Speed Tranny.
Shift linkage and upper suspension picture
Drive shaft nut is installed and adding oil to engine.
Adding oil to tranny and coolant to radiator
Left, top is P28 ECU bottom is P06 ECU which is mounted on the passenger side of the car
Picture of almost complete engine and me starting the engine
Picture of me mounted my Short Ram intake and filter
Complete engine swap picture and my VTEC valve cover
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