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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:29 am 
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Nope, but I like your thinking jv&s. You’re in the correct part of the engine.

Hint, its not about any parts missing nor re-assembly.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:26 pm 
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ok, I'll give a hint....what happens when you cut too much into the valve seat?

oops, may have given it away there. :huh:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Put some new valve seats in...jeez.How much did they cut into them so that you have your valve all the time?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:14 pm 
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I have no idea, but it was messed up. I did the faster thing...I had the underside of the lifters machined. 13 lifters in all had to be machined to get proper clearance/seating.

So now I have to look for a cylinder head locally, as I don't know how long the current head is gonna hold out.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:40 am 
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The engine turns over and idles properly but my alternator has died on me.....the auto-electrical guy said don't even bother to re-build....I've heard from the local guys that some nissan alternators work, so I'm gonna check those out tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Ya i just went through that on my 94 GT.....
you missed the group buy "coby" had here on teamswift
55amp 4 ribb alternator for $65 shipped
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http://teamswift.net/viewtopic.php?p=332773#p332773
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.....jv&s
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:04 pm 
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I saw that but shipping and duties would have come up to twice what I could get a local used one for. Yeah, I’m that cheap. :(

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:32 pm 
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Did some work on the interior this weekend, new floor material replaces the carpet, and now much easier to clean. Some upholstery work to the panels and some fiberglassing to get door pods done for the speakers.

Oh and I removed the troublesome head and started putting up the cultus head.....going for arp headstuds this time though. Gonna use the cutus cams for a while since they haven't sold as yet.

I've heard that the 210/340 cams can get the lifters a bit noisy and don't want that right now.

I also need to drop the fuel tank and give it a clean and have a look at the fuel pump while in there.

My aim is to have the engine running again by the end of this weekend coming.

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:13 pm 
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Hey PBC, I delighted to see that you're up and running ;)


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 1:32 am 
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Well, technically I'm not on the road yet but I' crossing my fingers that I can by this weekend.

It took me well over two hours this evening to get the replacement alternator in...i got one from a Nissan QG series engine to fit, but the slot for the tension adjustment needs to be elongated a bit. Other than that it seems to fit ok. Its a monster of an alternator compared to the OEM one.....100 amps!

How's your monster going though?

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:36 pm 
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New alternator is driving around 14volts at the battery terminals...very happy with that.

Got my oem ecu out of the stock location...man that was a bizznatch! Even with the driver's seat out, working upside down in broad daylight it still took me over an hour to get it out. Last night I removed the stock chip and put in a socket for the TOMS II chip from Alessandro. Tonight I will solder the socket in and see if I can get the ecu back in...not gonna bolt it back with all 3 bolts though....maybe just 1 so for ease of removal in the future.

I think I'd also like to drop my fuel tank to make sure the inside and fuel pump are in ok condition.

The interior is going back in....got this last week. Lets play the "guess what's in the box" game!

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:38 pm 
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hmm... pod air filter?


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 9:59 am 
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nope...good guess though. Ok hint....it has something to do with a part of the car that is shown in the pic.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:28 am 
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smoked light lids/covers :D


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 3:18 pm 
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Yippers!...they don't fit exact though..the clips that is. So I'll have to do a bit of modding this weekend. Will add some pics to the gallery.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:18 pm 
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oh yeah, the headlight covers are made for the north american market swift composites and don't really fit the glass type headlights. :roll:

i have a set for the geo type composite headlights and they don't fit the glass composites i have on my blue vert. they do fit my stocker lsi vert, though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:50 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 7:18 pm 
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yup....they look real bad-@ss on a dark colored gti.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:06 pm 
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Thread update.... happy and thankful to announce that after these many months I finally got the car on the road....all is well in the jungle.

I was actually on the road since last weekend when I did a short test drive, because my two aftermarket gauges took a crap on me. This month end I bit the bullet and from my salary I bought two new Autometer Phantom series gauges (cheapest thing they had)...spent yesterday evening installing and took a 6km drive today with the car. The car runs fine, steering is good, suspension okay apart from the occasional rear tyre rub (fenders will be soon rolled). Power wise, I think I need to adjust my TPS, as the car doesn’t feel as powerful as it did before, but then again, my mind could be playing tricks on me.

Gonna put some miles on it this week and do an oil change to a thinner oil....10W40 and see how it performs thereafter.

The never-ending things-to-do list now stands as follows:

Install genie extractor manifold and wideband O2;
Install suspension poly-bushings (whiteline);
Install underbody brace (turbine tech);
Install oil catch can;
Paint.

And I know how you guys like pics, so enjoy a couple...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:29 pm 
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Nice build. Are you going to dyno test it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:37 am 
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Thanks b. Yeah I guess I could once the engine is properly broken in but I'm not really in a rush to, since I have so much still to do on the car. A dyno chart to me is just braggin rights, just like 1/4 mile timeslip.... for a street car, I"d rather talk about performance from the "seat of the pants" perspective, if you know what I mean. 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:53 am 
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Update: Noticed some lower-than-normal oil pressure....around 60psi on startup, so I dropped the engine to investigate. On looking at the oil pickup, I noticed that in addition to the small tear in the mesh, it looked like some idiot who worked on the car prior to me owning it pulled off the sump and then somehow started to lower the bottom end without first removing the pickup. Got a pickup in much, much better shape from a buddy locally (thanks Aaron if you’re reading this...hope you get your monster back up and running soon), but something told me to check my bearings and tolerances.

Put it on and the next week I spun a rod bearing....at around 4500rpm.

So I tore apart the engine - #2 rod bearing failure. Took the crank to a machine shop who told me that the crank is straight but the main journals had between 0.002”-0.003” of wear and that may be the cause based on the lower oil pressure to the rod bearings...that and probably me breaking in the engine wrongly (after some research).

So I had the crank cut by 0.010” main journals and 0.040” on the rod journals and put in new bearings (Enginetech mains and ACL rod). Also decided to put on the 210 340 cams and ARP head studs (after a head bolt snapped) with a genuine Suzuki MLS head gasket.

Some pics of the installation of the last two items:
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And this is where I am at now:
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Anyone want to take a guess as to what’s in the boxes?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:09 pm 
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lifters. :wink:

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