Beard or Bearding refers to
anything mechanical. Being a bit of a serial modifier I just can't
So here's where I get 'down and
When I bought my current car it
was basically always going to be used to re-shell the lurvely
Yummy. Having had a fair degree of mechanical and technical
experience plus a long-suffering boyfriend in the form of Mark
Nias who is also partial to the odd bit of 'Bearding' we
decided that it'd be more fun to do all the work ourselves!
Erm this is what we had to work
As you can see the work has begun! DJ can be seen lurking in the
This is Mark and what he looks like
now 'post bearding' in one of his saner moments!
After getting Yummy low-loaded
over to Mark's parents house in Macclesfield our first task was to
remove the complete engine and gearbox from Yummy. It was decided
to remove as few components as possible and try to get the engine
and gearbox out complete.
Yummy with engine lid and bootlid
removed for access. ECU and intercooling pipework can be clearly
Intercooler an pipework removed. AE92 type Distributorless
ignition components can be clearly seen.
What lovely wiring! Basically this is something of a mess due to
the original NA loom being spliced in between the GZE ECU and the
GZE engine. This was a hangover from the original turn-key
conversion. It worked faultlessly though!
As you can see for practically the whole time it rained
We managed to break a 2ft breaker bar trying to undo this hub nut!
So we elected to remove the entire rear suspension with the engine
and gearbox + driveshafts intact!
Finally here is the complete engine and gearbox with driveshafts,
hubs and lower suspension and track control arms out of the car.
To get all this out in one go it is necessary to lift the car to
quite a height! You also need to lift the front as well to get
those extra few inches of clearance. It doesn't feel particularly
safe in this position and is made even worse when you need to get
under the car to undo that last pipe/union/earthing strap!
Next job was to make a start on DJ. Basically the same again and
this time we were a fair bit quicker. It looks so clean and well,
empty in that engine bay. But not for much longer.
Mark in action.
Getting the engine crane in position to lift the rear of the car.
Keeping the crane away from your rear bumper is tricky once you
get the car up to height
And the 4A-GE engine and box is out!
Meanwhile in the garage, with the supercharger engine we elected
to change the cambelt and all the drive belts plus the water pump
as the bearing had gone. Trouble was we had no way of undoing the
crank pulley bolt! After temporarily developing Tourette's, Mark's
Dad, Peter came up with this lurvely device to enable us to stop
the crank turning while we undid the bolt.
We had to change the waterpump too as the bearing had gone. The
cambelt was not put back on until we had finished with the
waterpump. Oil and filter were of course renewed too.
As if by magic the 4A-GZE Supercharger engine and gearbox complete
with suspension is in. It took us nearly three hours to align
everything. Particularly problematic was the gearbox mount under
the battery tray and the the dreaded 'Three prongs" mount on
the cambelt cover side of the engine. They are a real PITA
basically. Still perserverance... :o/
All in complete with intercooler in place. At this point we had
actually had the engine running but it was missing pretty badly.
We subsequently found the spark plugs to be submerged in 3"
of water due to all the heavy rain we endured. The leads can be
seen drying out in the pic.
The engine started after around 40
seconds which was perfect as it allowed enough time for the oil
pressure to get up a bit (engine hadn't run for 6 months) before
the fuel got through whereupon the engine started and ran
The initial test drive was
basically okay apart from not being able to select 1st, 3rd or 5th
gear! This is due to the SC gearbox having a shorter selector
cable than on the NA gearbox. A good look at how Yummy's was
modified allowed us to shorten the linkage by around 10-15mm which
pretty much cured it. There is though still a problem with 3rd
gear selection particularly on medium throttle downchanges as it
tends to kick out. The may be a result of the accident as the car
was in 3rd gear when it hit the lampost.
The fan under the intercooler was
installed a week later and the car ran like this with no
reliability issues. The car ran at least as well as Yummy did and
with the weight saving of a coupe is around 40kgs lighter and
doesn't drip water all over you in heavy rain like Yummy
I ran the car at Cadwell Park on
my birthday 7 July 2003 and it ran well although i was getting
terrible heatsoak problems after a couple of laps, so I really
needed to address this problem.
In action going over the Mountain at
Cadwell on my Birthday!
Last but not least Yummy had to go
to the big scrap yard in the sky...
Absolutely nothing was left in the
shell apart from bits of wiring loom and some front lower
Seen clearly here is the absence of
engine, gearbox, petrol tank
Bye, bye Yummy
See Beard pt 2