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Old 01-21-2015, 05:36 PM   #701
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Do Work!!! Getting this mofo DONE!!
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that heater is pretty cute! gata do what you gata do!
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Lol, thanks guys. No big update, Took a break on the sheetmetal stuff and fabbed up the 2 mounts for the passenger seat that I was missing. Should have some time on Sunday to work on it.


Those 2 little heaters keep the cab nice and toasty. I gotta work with the doors closed, but I can still feel my fingers so I'm happy.
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Got the last 2 pieces for the tranny tunnel on the firewall done.


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gonna have to section the hell out of the pedal assembly
Old 01-26-2015, 08:26 AM   #706
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v cut and bend it. reweld.
Old 01-26-2015, 04:34 PM   #707
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Awesome build dude. Definitely inspired me! Read from page 1-71. Looking forward to see the finished product. As I'm sure you are lol. Keep up the great work!
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looking good! sounds like this mite be the end of progress for a bit. good luck with the storm.
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thanks for the feedback guys.

I've got a couple of options with the gas pedal. i could probably bend it straight out, then back down. Or just section out 2" and see where that puts me.

retro, luckily the storm wasn't as bad as they thought. i'm at work now and we've got maybe 5" on the ground where there should be 10". I think my wife said we've got about a foot, which isn't bad. it's the 20-30 temps for the rest of the week that i dont like.

But i can always get a head start on breaking down the motor in the warm-ish garage.
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Since it's anywhere between 10 and 30 degrees out, all work has moved inside the garage. i spent some time moving things around in the garage to free up some space so i can start disassembling the motor. I ordered a gasket kit and new head bolts from RockAuto. And since i felt like putting myself further in debt, i ordered new pushrods for my motor and rocker arm studs for a 89 Celebrity. Why you ask? Because i put an order in for 1:6 roller rockers for the 2.2. seems like a no brainer to do while i have the motor apart. And at $150 for all the parts it's a cheap and easy way to gain anywhere between 5-15hp. i'm contemplating ordering a lighter crank pulley and alternator pulley also.

I'll probably start breaking the motor down next week since this weekend is my nephews 1st bday and my sons 4th.

also, i should be getting my SD upper and lower arms after this weekend when my buddies come back from ECBN with them!!!!
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could start the disc swap in the garage too. just sayin haha.
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HA, Retro!!!!!!!
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We'll see how the motor goes. If all the bearings are still good and I can just change the gaskets and move on, the disc brakes will be next on the list. This is the first time I'm taking apart a motor so I'm going to take it nice and slow.
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So I started tearing the motor down. Things look pretty good inside. I'd say normal wear and tear. I was expecting ALOT more sludge, there's barely any. Hopefully it'll look brand new when I clean it all out. So here's progress from today.











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Looks pretty good!! I'm so jelly of this build I want a crew so bad!!!
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thanks. It's gonna be so nice being able to put the fam in the truck going to shows.


1.6 rocker arms ordered!!! $100 for an easy 5-10 hp.....sign me up!!!
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I got the motor torn down. More of the same, usual wear and tear, very little sludge, but the one burnt valve has me alittle nervous. i'll post pics and let me know what you guys think.

I took the rocker arms, studs, and push rods out and kept everything seperated how you should, but it was kind of futile since it's all getting replaced. but it's good practice.










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its good to keep track of how everything came out, just so when you get the new parts you will have a reference. That is what I am doing on my build. Got everything grouped together and laid out the exact way it came out of the block
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So i dropped the head off this morning and i got a call just a bit ago. And there's some good, some bad, and some ugly.

Good) The head pressure tested fine, no cracks. They found out that the burnt valves are just from the seals wearing out and it's an easy fix.

Bad) They also found out that there's a vaccum leak in the head, they need to shave down alittle to level it out, and if they fix the 2 bad valves, they might as well fix them all so the compression is equal accross all 4.

Ugly) All that work is $400. But i'll have a brand new head when it's done that i know wont have an issue when i put boost to it.


And to top things off, it's 20 frickin degrees out. When i degrease the motor, i can't even paint the block!!!! I'm so tired of living in the north east.
Old 02-18-2015, 09:20 AM   #721
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I'd love to have 20F.
we're at -5,0 for the last 3-4week :grrr! :P
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That's every engine shop. Hopefully that fixes all of your issues.
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$400 for basically a new head that will take boost doesn't sound bad.
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So i got a call from the engine shop. Head will be done tomorrow. He was able to resurface two of the valves and save me $40. It'll be a brand new head when i get it back. Might even have alittle more pep to it....doubt it. To bad i can't pick it up till saturday, i have to work tomorrow and fri.

But while i've been figuring out what to do with the head, i've been cleaning parts. Today i cleaned the oil pan and the bolts. It should be in the mid 30's this weekend so i'd like to get a few more parts cleaned and possibly the block.
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Quote: Originally Posted by retro ten
$400 for basically a new head that will take boost doesn't sound bad.

exactly
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im hearing 40s on sunday!!! lol
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I'll just leave this here.

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Damn that looks awesome! I like the roof rack and the stock bumper too
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LOVE.... LOve!!! Love!!!!
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Engine degreased and ready for paint. What brand of paint do you guys recommend? The color will be silver.





Got the head back. And it looks brand new.





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Looking good bro
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Nice rendering, looks sick!

For engine paint I always use VHT by duplicolor. Holds up good for a rattle can
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Dammit man. I wish I had the balls to door. Going to be amazing
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Super clean. Move to Tx. Ice maybe once a year. Snow every five years.
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Quote: Originally Posted by nfamus10
Super clean. Move to Tx. Ice maybe once a year. Snow every five years.

That's the plan bro. maybe not as far as Tx. but me and the wife are packing up the family and heading south for sure. It unfortunately has to wait a few years, but we're 100% moving. We'd move tomorrow if our daughter wasn't halfway through elementary school, and our son is in pre-k at a special-needs school for his speech delay and borderline autism. they both love the schools they're in and our son has shown incredible improvements, so we don't want to move him until we know we can find an equally great school. The final destination will be charleston, Sc if all goes according to plan.
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Where I am we seldomly get winter weather this year has been the worst in a while for Ice/snow ect
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rendering is badass with the doors!
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rendering is badass with the doors!
Thank You!!!

I should have a couple hours to work on the motor Sunday. but i spent some time yesterday getting the head taped off and ready to be painted.





I'm probably going to mount the head on the block and paint them both at the same time. I have to look at my new head bolts and see if i'll paint them on the block or leave them alone. If they're black, i'll paint them. If they're silver, i'll leave them so i know they won't chip when i put a socket on them.
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now that i look at the 1st picture more, i just realized the old head bolts are sitting there and they're silver. so i won't have to paint them.
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