Paint and Assembly, working on the new motor

Last Week’s Progress with Dad and Today’s Motor Work

Oil Pan:

  • Cleaning and Painting: Cleaned and painted the oil pan from the L28ET motor, attached with a new gasket.
  • Oil Pickup: Switched from L28ET to L28E to fit the turbo pan properly.

Painted Oil Pan

Exhaust and Manifold:

  • Painting: Painted the exhaust manifold and turbo downpipe, though I’m aware the high temperatures might wear the paint off quickly.

Painted Turbo Down Pipe Painted Exhaust Manifold

Valve Cover:

  • Touch-up: Repainted the turbo valve cover to cover chips; considering powder coating in the future.

Painted Valve Cover

Motor Inspection:

  • Observations: Noted a different coloration inside the motor compared to another. Considering factors such as age or mileage differences. Thoughts?

Upright again

Additional Photos from Today:

  • Various shots showing the ongoing work and parts ready for reassembly.

Needs paint! IMG_5435 …more on Flickr.

Coming Weeks:

  • Out of town races and other commitments will pause the project temporarily. Excited to resume soon!

About the Author:

Chris Hammond
Chris Hammond has autocrossed for 24 years, racing in a variety of vehicles from a 1994 VW Golf to a 1999 Z-28, a 2003 350z, a 2004 ZO6 and a 2016 FRS. He is the founder of and created the ultimate autocross forum, SOLO2.ORG, years ago . Read more at


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