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Postby Solar » Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:08 pm

Whats up with these cold temps and white stuff on the ground ? :headscratch: Thats one massive project/puzzle you've taken on, from the looks at all the new parts, it seems Christmas has come early. :grin:
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Postby Tim_M » Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:38 am

Brian: tell me about it. Winter is tolerable with skis...but it looks like all runs will be closed this year! This project will be my lifeline until next year. I'd rather much be mountain bike at Alafia right now...but the little lady is learning and that is key.

We had an extensive discussion on slots/drilling, ventilation/air pump, weight, and heat capacity on this one part. But Dad it is just round metal! :smack:

Also agree...my Christmas is extended. Nothing brings better brings a smile to my face than a big box after 3 weeks of shipping.
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Postby Tim_M » Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:23 am

Few more parts showed up:

New main bolts (OEM):

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Test fitting:

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Front (oil) plate hardware...ours is missing:

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More cleaning:

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More test fitting (more entertainment than a Rubiks cube!):

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More test fitting (What does this do Dad?):

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Our 'replacement' camshafts arrived...these are one step over stock and hopefully give an extra 20 HP...GSC model S1:

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Cam card:

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And requisite valvetrain support - no tick lifters (no lash caps!!!):

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Latest beehive springs with Ti retainers (not the best experience with Ti on a street car - manufacturers have told me they are consumable parts):

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Full OEM gasket kit (for a later model...hopefully most apply):

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Mahle pistons are set to arrive at the beginning of the year along with new valves and locks...
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Postby CaptainSquirts » Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:09 pm

FYI if you removed the thing thats is marked in the red square, you might have to use thread sealant on one of the bolts. On the Evo 8/9 there is an oily galley behind one of the bolts and if you don't use thread sealant, it will leak oil. Not sure about that Evo but that would be something I would research. Wouldn't want to disassemble the whole timing because of it :thumbwink: .
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Also gotta make sure the oil pump sprocket is set correctly. Just because it's on the timing mark doesn't mean it's set right. I would check out this quick video on it.
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Postby Tim_M » Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:05 pm

Daniel: Appreciate the heads up. The block is bare and she is test fitting. Will look closer next time for the non-blind holes and the like. We don't know what we don't know! Reference the oil pump...our engine had the balance shafts deleted so hopefully that deletes that concern (might cause others though!)

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Postby Tim_M » Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:02 pm

Few more parts arrived...this time for UAE. Not sure why they have Evo V OEM parts in UAE...but we sure did get hit on import tax! That was not planned for...nearly $180 extra on 4 wheel bearings. Learned our lesson!

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Will put some time in on the Camaro so we can transfer the jackstands to this car and start disassembly! Someone is getting anxious...
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Postby Tim_M » Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:36 pm

Finally - class has begun!

Discussed how to jack stand a car...not unlike a Subaru STI! Someone amazed at 100 pounds could lift ~2500 pound car:

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Loves the impact tool (lefty loosey):

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Off with the caliper (the bolts were tight!):

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And axle - plan to install new boots and regrease...first for both of us!:

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Day 1 complete...

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Nah, this won't be loud!...Actually it is Japan and German certified so likely it will be reasonable in sound (Fijisubo RC1A SS 3 in system):

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Contacted Summit about our Manley exhaust valves (ours were burned)...Another 2 weeks awaiting shipping (been 6 already). They offered $25 concession - acceptable. The head shop is closed now anyway.
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Postby Tim_M » Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:52 pm

Success! Ready to ship for rebuilding/refinishing...

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Postby Tim_M » Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:56 am

Christmas came a day later...box from STM full of goodies.

New sensors (original crank position indicator was looking a bit crusty):

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More pieces to the puzzle - transfer case bolts - new OEM!:

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Dust covers and more correct hardware:

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And some small victories - new pedal pads for fresher interior and simple install for the lady:

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And to keep the femine side happy - a bit of arm twisting to add some color to the auto:

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I will try to keep it to a minimum! (we did need new ones versus the three varieties before)

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Postby Tim_M » Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:44 pm

Christmas came again...6 weeks to arrival...Mahle forged pistons...and a simple installer (bit of a splurge):

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Piston skirt coating and overall phosphate covering:

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Few specs:

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Nice improvement on the OEM injector flows - a good baseline to start from. We expect to require slightly larger eventually. Wonder if #1 may have contributed to the previous engine failure?:

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At least they look the part:

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And some progress...off with the old arm - can't believe it is aluminum under that filth:

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Postby Solar » Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:43 pm

Looking good Tim ! :thumbwink: I know the warm fuzzy feeling you get when new parts come in, I’ve been searching and ordering body trim pieces, emblems and rubber door trim and for the 240, probably have close to a grand in just those little pieces. It’s amazing how quick this stuff adds up, can’t imagine what your monthly cc bill looks like :-D
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Postby Tim_M » Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:21 pm

Brian: Thanks! This Germany gig has offered some change of pace compared to Florida. Used to have a 62 mile commute daily in a 22 mpg Subaru. Now I ride a bicycle or take the 38 mpg Honda 16 miles a day. And lately with the COVID craze hitting again - literally curfews 24 hours unless you are working, grocery, hospital. Snap checkpoints and all. Nothing is open (except McD's drive thru!) to include the ski slopes. Just extended this lockdown thru March...I'm crossing my fingers the schools will be allowed to reopen...

I don't mind spending the 'extra' with the little lady sponge! She can almost explain the workings of a turbo from start to finish! Making me proud...

I've always liked this generation of Japanese cars - be it a 240SX, Evo, RX7...worth cleaning up a bit - great cars!

Happy New Year!
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Postby Solar » Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:31 pm

Happy New Year to you and everyone ! Awesome you have the whole family involved. You are so right. Finding a 90s era performance car in decent shape, let alone, no rust, is a find. So......I’m having a issue finding a rear coupe window reveal here state side, would you mind running the part number over there and see if it’s available ? Of course you will compensated for your time :)

Nissan S13 Coupe Rear Window Upper Moulding 79752-35F10
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Postby Tim_M » Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:11 pm

Brian: I'll take a look - have an email out to a prospect. Of course, I'm in Germany vice Japan - were those cars ever sold here?

Nice comparison - new parts are so nice:

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Assistant learned about levers - 8 inch ratchet doesn't quite have the same torque as an 18 inch breaker bar. She pulled the bolts herself as we removed the seat for further cleaning:

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Another easy kill - polished the Mishimotor radiator - a bit of brightness to the dim engine bay:

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Fresh O2 sensor...boy was it tight!:

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Hmm...a rather quick de-mod from a previous owner:

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Following a good cleaning - tomorrow may allow us to install some new parts...
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Postby Solar » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:29 pm

O2 sensors can be a real pain to change out, luckily your was outside the car. What was the quick “de-mod” ? Looks like seat belts ?

Yes they sold s13 over there, at least in the UK anyways, they came with the CA engine with a turbo over there, why can’t we get nice things over here ? Thanks for checking that out for me, I really have run out of options over here.
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Postby Tim_M » Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:30 pm

All clean...hard to notice admittedly.

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First step...cleaning bolts the unpleasant way...manual style since unable to find the drill attachment - bummer:

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New suspension arm in and new OEM wheel bearing being secured:

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A nice improvement, she things after the fresh DBA rotor, Stop Tech brake line and of course the purple lug nuts:

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A few surprises...Hmm...what happened here?

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Don't mind the grass - the metal chunks are a bit of indicator on past engine failure:

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Suppose this could be patched up...the rest of the system doesn't look much better though after a closer inspection...

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Postby Solar » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:20 pm

Brakes look awesome :thumbwink: Purple studs too :cool:

I’d say that exhaust is done, as much time as your putting into it, might as well replace it and make it right. :)

Most don’t clean bolts and fasteners on projects. Cleaning bolts is very underrated.
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Postby Tim_M » Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:03 pm

Brian: thanks. She did a good job with the parts and install. Only 3 more corners to go.

Hardware: fortunately, these are high quality Japanese bolts so unless corroded, they are certainly usable.

Exhaust: we were hoping to use the exisiting. It is listed as a quiet system and the large tip is fun. We also found out it is not a full 3 inch, but 2.75 in places so inevitably we will be looking for a 3 inch system. Hopefully avoid excess noise...another expense not planned. Quite a selection out there though...even for a 22 year old car!

Progress...

Installation of new ARP 2000 rod bolts to the Oliver rods and test fitting set of King rod bearings:

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Also pulled the driver seat for some cleaning...quite good condition. Some 'fur' from abrasion...interestingly a fabric shaver/saver worked like a champ in removing the wear:

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And several applications of carpet cleaner to pull the soiling up...3 times and still giving off brown stuff:

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Tomorrow we will work on the other front corner...
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Postby Tim_M » Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:20 am

Temps are in the 20's now...chilly in the garage even with the heaters!

Received more hardware to attempt to piece things back together. Found enough bolts for the water pump and the oil filter adapter installs..timing cover fasteners appear to be accounted for:

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Pre-tear down of the left front:

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Inwork! All fell apart nicely especially since we know how to do it now:

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Still contemplating the exhaust - likley update the turbo 'elbow' to 3 inch size, similar 'down-pipe' and cat back. HKS Silent Power seems to be the winner - even though we will have to cut the 2.75 flange off to remove that restriction. Unfortunate the existing system won't at least get us started...
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Postby Solar » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:36 am

Wow. Its coming together nicely. Seats look good, I like those seat extensions, had them in my Mustang, found them you be nice on long drives.

20's ? :o I guess i shouldn't tell you its going to be in the low 70s today, so don't read this sentence.
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