: Major rework finally finished!

the recluse
08-08-12, 08:48 PM
Posted all the parts a few weeks ago, now it's finally done....

Pardon the pics, my cell phone cam is mediocre at best, but is worse when you smudge grease across the lens...

Dropped out the bottom, and filthy....


Once removed and separated, I had to flip it over and split the block to re-seal it. There is a bunch of crap to do to get to that point...


I redid the timing setup on the block, all chains, tensioners, guides, and rails. The only set I could find complete was on RockAuto and made by DNJ. The biggest problem I had was the rails wouldn't allow the stop bolt to, well, stop. I wound up milling out the difference on the mill machine in the shop.

Here's the difference...


I also took the trans apart, replaced the TCC solenoid and changed the filter. I found the filter change was THE biggest improvement in trans operating worlds better...

Ready to reassemble....


Ready to go back in...


Once in, attached all the new goodies. Among which were the drilled and slotted rotors with the Lucerne dual piston calipers...this thing stops on a dime...


This is the abbreviated timeline and I will post everything done to the car (EXTENSIVE list). In the end, however, with a new paint job it looks like this....


08-08-12, 09:07 PM
OK, Chris - We're on for a brew when K and I drive to Gainesville this fall. Nice work - be careful: I still have your phone #.

08-08-12, 11:01 PM
I am truly impressed! Looks like a great job!

08-08-12, 11:08 PM

08-08-12, 11:21 PM
I love the beauty cover wow, that is a cool approach to that. Can't wait to see all the pictures!

08-09-12, 01:22 AM
Nice job dude! If the rest of the car is going to look like the beautay cover, well you need to take that bad boy to some shows so you can win some awards :D

08-09-12, 03:23 AM
Congrats! Nice work.

ted tcb
08-09-12, 04:11 PM
Very nice ... you can drive the finished product anywhere, with complete confidence.

I must have missed it ... did you stud the block or use Norm's inserts?

08-09-12, 04:41 PM
great job! :thumbsup:
but please go get yourself a new P/S reservoir cap
that old one with the ISO image all worn off sticks out like sore thumb

the recluse
08-09-12, 07:00 PM
Thanks guys...and Rippy...will do...lol

Ted, never took the heads off, just resealed the bottom end...

Here is the complete list of what was replaced/fixed on the car:

Spark Plugs
A/C compressor
A/C Orifice Tube
Water Pump
Water Pump Belt
Water Pump Manifold Gaskets
Oil Pan Gasket
Valve Cover Gaskets
Timing Chains, Tensioners, Rails, Guides (Had to mill down rails to make work)
Timing Cover Gasket and Seal
A/C Valve Core and Cap Kit
Oil Pump
Oil Change
Oil Filter
Motor Mounts
Heater Coupler (Made a hardware store fix)
Reseal Block
Rear Main Seal
Map Sensor
Serpentine Belt

New Rack n Pinion
Tie Rod Ends

Sway Bar Bushings (Poly Front and Rear) Had to fabricate plates to make work with stock system both front and rear
End Links (Poly Front and Rear)
Shocks (Rear)
Control Arms W/ Ball Joints and Bushings

CV Joints
Wheel Hubs

Oil Seal Replacement, Input Shaft
Oil Seal Replacement, Output Shafts
Tranmission Filter (Internal)
Transmission Scavenger Filters
Transmission Gasket
TCC Solenoid

Calipers(Dual Piston)

Removed Resonator and Welded New Pipe (Hit a turtle and ripped a hole in the old one)

the recluse
08-09-12, 07:13 PM
After I had put the entire motor back together and filled the surge tank, water started leaking out of the infamous heater coupler. Wound up making a hardware store fix so I won't have to deal with it again.

Used 1/2" to 3/8" reducer with a 3/8" x 2" pipe nipple, cut off the thread and used the lathe to cut in a groove so the heater hose wouldn't slip off.


Cut a piece of 5/8" heater hose and voila:


And one more shot of the cover from the front....:cool2: