Oh. My GOD.
12 hours later, we're done. Sort of.
3 of those hours were lost due to part incompatibility only discovered on the test drive - using the Perrin rear shift bushing instead of the one that came with the TRD kit causes the driveshaft to have relations with the bottom of the shifter. Of course, that's the most inaccessible part in the universe)
I think my driveshaft center bearing is too sloppy. Might be worn out.
The noise level has gone from "normal car" to "apocalyptic". The stereo now plays second fiddle to GEARS MESHING.
Acceleration is marginally better.
Neutral throttle response is about halfway between street and Goddamn Racecar.
Shift feel is Goddamn Racecar. There is virtually no rubber involved in the process anymore.
The STI logo on the starter button FUCKING LIGHTS UP!!!!!
There's a little bit of clutch chatter.
We actually test drove it without the interior reinstalled. The noise level isn't actually noticeably different.
Like, seriously. If I hadn't stuffed oil into the damn thing until it ran down the side of the transmission, I'd think it weren't filled properly.
We did not install the new clutch line.
We did not replace the clutch fluid.
We did not replace the brake fluid.
We did not replace the coolant.
We did not replace the fog bulbs.
We did not change the diff oil.
Edit: In fact, it's so apocalyptically noisy I'm going to leave it parked tomorrow, take the truck to work and try to stuff more oil in it when I get home.
Considering everything that needs to be done in the only functioning car you have, a rental sounds like a good idea anyway. The last thing you want is a pissed-off fiancé.Sitrep: "Taking care of the clutch" didn't go well.
The flywheel is badly scorched. Needs to be machined. Which ain't a weekend thing.
Given this is my last working car and I have an 8 day roadtrip vacation with my fiancee starting on Tuesday (we're doing the long distance thing for awhile because of work, so these things are a BIG DEAL) "Send it, we'll change it again in the fall"
8 hours of unsuccessfully trying to seat the input shaft in the pilot bearing later...
Complete failure to send.
My brother is coming by with his fresh set of eyes tomorrow afternoon. We'll either get it stabbed in or pull it all back apart and I'll drop the flywheel off at the machine shop on the way to get a rental car.