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Postby Tim_M » Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:16 pm

Right you are guys... But, I've always been an easy braker and now hope to never turn these vibrant red Brembo a dull color by maxing them (road course style). The finish cost too much!

We have so much to the four winds on this car...getting any of the parts back is a win and reduces my stress a touch. Statistically, something will get missed in the overwater shipping... Today I paid the $90 import tax on a shipment from the UK...been in customs for 6 weeks. The Brexit turned the UK parts path from 4 days to 60... Hopefully this week we will have the vast majority delivered.
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Postby Jamie » Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:57 pm

Solar wrote:Its kind of disturbing how much a supplier will charge for a part under one model, but then find the same part under a different model for much less. :roll:
[Cough]Audi[cough]VW.... And to make it worse, even the "Audi" parts are usually stamped "VW".... :smack:
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Postby Tim_M » Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:44 pm

Couldn't wait to see how they look...

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Lots of pop!

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Quite happy with the quality rework. We will see how the finish holds up to some heat:

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Some discussion on stretching bolts and how we don't drop the most expensive tool in the tool box...

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Also talked about cooling systems and the need for a thermostat...even tested the new 176 degree stat in the kitchen...it worked!

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And into the Evo 6 thermostat assembly:

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Wrapped up the turbo elbow install...

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And an easy one...replacing those 22 year old wipers...

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Postby Native » Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:56 pm

Tim_M wrote:.even tested the new 176 degree stat in the kitchen..
OMG I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who cooks a thermostat before installation. :thumbwink:

And I dig the colors in the wheel well!
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Postby Tim_M » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:00 pm

Steve: we even had a bit of interest from the kitchen owner...glad it wasn't negative!

Today we did a bit of interior work:

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Next is to pull the carpet for a car wash clean with Simple Green:

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Another minor surprise...:

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Popped some pads in place (basic street Stoptechs):

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We also nearly completed the rear suspension...she tried her hand at torquing the axle nut...bit difficult with her sub 100 pound frame (min torque is 144!):

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Cylinder head news...shop is open and possibly complete end of next week! Nothing fancy, just a skim and assembly with all new components.
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Postby Solar » Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:16 am

Not only dropping a torque wrench is bad, but a Snap On wrench, yikes ! Brakes and suspension look nice, I'm sure that powder coat will hold up fine. What was the minor surprise ? I couldn't make out what I was looking at in your pic, is that a T-tap connector ?
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Postby Tim_M » Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:29 pm

Affirm...otherwise known as a scotch lock or fire starter? I despise wiring, but this is no issue. Wonder what was it providing power to...
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Postby Solar » Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:48 pm

I have one on my 240 jumped off the ashtray light so I have switched power to the lights on my auto meter gauges, probably barely pulling a amp, hopefully yours isn’t much more than that. Though it looks disconnected, are you going to remove it ?
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Postby Tim_M » Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:33 am

Brian: I'm not a fan of them, but easily removed with some tape covering the 'penetration.'

Wrapping up the other side:

Front caliper - fun watching her figure out which way to 'tighten' it:

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Complete:

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And the rear:

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Out with the old spray painted/holed inner fender:

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Good shot of the factory brake duct - some effort back in 1998:

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And located waterpump hardware:

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And finally installing a new power steering pulley - quite a bit of heft to this pulley for some reason...:

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Cylinder head will take another week...
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Postby Solar » Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:34 pm

Not to high jack your thread, but it kinda cool seeing someone else cleaning up their fender liners too, mine looked pretty bad, I used almost half a bottle of Armor All on mine, just let them soak for a few weeks, they came out pretty nice, hope to have them in by next weekend.

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Postby Tim_M » Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:13 pm

Brian - those look new! Surprised you don't have any damage from decades of use...Florida helps. Ours had rub thru in several places from tire contact - car was lowered previously with a larger than OEM tire. We hope to go wider than taller so hope to avoid the same fate. Fortunately, they are available and not that expensive...

A turning point for us today...carpet has been removed!

Assistant learning again what leverage is - "Try turning the wrench perpendicular to the bolt" (it was an aftermarket eyelet for the 5 point harness):

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Popping the scuff plates:

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Believe the keyless locking box:

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And finally success! Rewarding her with more cleaning - vacuum! Very impressed at the lack of any changes/damage from the previous owners!:

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Love working on this generation of Japanese cars...all the interior panels popped of with minimal fuss and not a single clip/joint was broken!

We will do a good scrub of the carpet (auto wash?) and reinstall along with the rest of the interior...possibly in a week or two - progress!
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Postby CaptainSquirts » Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:22 pm

Jesus that Evo 5 is fresher than my 9 now :snicker:
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Postby Solar » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:22 pm

Damn Tim, you two are really making a lot of progress, looks really good and solid. I actually have replaced both fender liners a few years ago, they got pretty trashed from Autocrossing, in fact Steve left one out on the Brooksville course during one event. :-D
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Postby aw614 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:37 pm

Hey your EVO is in this month's GRM under "Your projects". Thought it looked familiar when I saw the photo and caption
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Postby Tim_M » Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:52 pm

Daniel: the pics make it look a bit better than real - but thanks. We know we will have our hands full getting it roadworthy with the German rules so spending a bit up front seems like a logical approach. Our clock is ticking with only 8 months left. As an example, they check braking force total, split, and the parking brake. First aid kit, warning triangles (expiration dates too!), headlight adjustment (our nearly new Highlander nearly failed for the headlights...it is has never been touched and nearly failed). After sitting for 6 years, we plan for the worst with ABS and CE lights galore...all will fail the car.

Brian: makes more sense. I've consumed more than my fair share on the Subaru - fortunately they were very inexpensive. It is a bit trying at times to compete with school currently so only get her on task for ~2 hours a weekend probably. It will become real as the engine comes together.

Andrew: She thought that was pretty neat...I think that came out back in January. Thanks for mentioning...

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/news/ ... ning-tool/

Another fun package arrived - individual coil on plug system.

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The shop mentioned a ignition coil/spark problem caused the engine failure...(or it could have just been a bad tune). Nonetheless, seems like the cost for new OEM coils equals this reasonably priced plug and play system. Again seems like a good idea to elminate a variable. Interestingly the OEM setup only has 2 coils for 4 plugs. One coil supports two cylinders...
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Postby Solar » Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:50 pm

Tim, very cool you get some love on more mainstream sites :thumbwink: What does the 8 month deadline mean ?
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Postby aw614 » Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:00 pm

Tim_M wrote:
Andrew: She thought that was pretty neat...I think that came out back in January. Thanks for mentioning...

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/news/ ... ning-tool/
It was on April's issue with the RX7 on the cover.
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Postby Tim_M » Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:05 pm

Andrew: Ok...we weren't aware of that. Cool. May have to go buy a copy! Thanks!

Brian: If at 8 months the car is not roadworthy...disposal! US frowns on Americans and their non-running car collections many of us like. Rare to see an older car here... Seriously, we can apply for another extension, but I got the hint that more than 90 days is a win and we got 14 months currently. Good incentive, eh? :-D
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Postby Solar » Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:46 pm

Tim_M wrote: If at 8 months the car is not roadworthy...disposal! US frowns on Americans and their non-running car collections many of us like. Rare to see an older car here... Seriously, we can apply for another extension, but I got the hint that more than 90 days is a win and we got 14 months currently. Good incentive, eh? :-D
Wow. That’s seems kind of extreme, now I understand why you’re moving on it pretty quickly, nothing like a ticking clock to keep you motivated.
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Postby Tim_M » Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:36 pm

Success - complete cylinder arrival. Complete with GSC (beehive springs/locks/Ti retainers), Manley (std size valves), and OEM seals. We hope for 8000 rpm capability:

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Even received a good sport gift of family wurst!:

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I almost felt honored to part ways with near 400 euro for the cleaning, valve/seat grind, and assembly along with .1 mm decking.
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