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#1 tsi_tom

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

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I purchased this yellow 1988 Chrysler Conquest SHP in July 2003.

This was the condition of the car in Missouri:

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#2 tsi_tom

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Arrival in Allentown

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

Heyyyyy Your in PA to. Looks good man.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

I'm excited to finally follow your build thread Tom .... it only took you 10 years to get it started. :lol:

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

Bring on the yellow resurrection!!.... saved one of those myself last year out of PA.... still a work in progress but runs like new (thanks to DAD and Coldscrip's help).

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Let me know if you need anymore parts besides the gas tank I sent ya.... happy to help!!!
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#6 tsi_tom

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

Motocam360,

I remember following that journey on your way home.  Randy and ColdScrip did save the day!

I still might need a thing or two.  I know I need the rear bolts and nuts that hold the strut onto the a-arm.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

I picked up this engine from a guy named John in Scranton Pennsylvania around the 2003-2004 year.  More on the engine later.


Dirty Engine

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Looks like the number 4 cylinder was burning oil

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

I've got great black leather backseats if you're interested?
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#9 tsi_tom

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

View PostMotoCam360, on 22 January 2013 - 10:55 PM, said:

I've got great black leather backseats if you're interested?

I got seats from Jimbotsi back in 2004
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#10 tsi_tom

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

2012 -Starting work on the car finally....

Engine bay.  Someone wired up some fan toggle switch.  You can still see the red wire on the cross member.  Exhaust manifold is cracked.  Must have severely overheated. A compression test showed low values.  I put compressed air into the cylinders.  Air can be heard between cylinders two and three and also in the radiator.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

Radiator

Since the car had a cracked exhaust manifold and a toggle switch for the AC fan I removed the radiator.  After all this time there was still something in it.

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Contents of the radiator.  No wonder it overheated.

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I then took the radiator to Reiter's Radiator in Emmaus Pennsylvania.

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The very nice owner said the radiator was very dirty and needed to be rodded.  All better.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

Since the replacement motor sat for eight years I decided to take of the head and see what the cylinders looked like.  In 2004 I sprayed a lot of WD-40 in the spark plug hole.


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I rubbed one cylinder with scotch brite.  The result seemed promising.


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After talking to Dad he stated that the rings might be frozen and that I should just rebuild it since it was already on the engine stand.

Removed the pistons...

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Wow look at the rust in the water jacket!

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Dirty block dissassembled


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In the car for a ride to the machine shop in Souderton.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:08 AM

It's kinda cool to put images with a lot of the stuff we've talked about Tom.  Great thread.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:34 AM

Very cool watching for updates.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Removal of the old engine.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

Block is back from the machine shop.  I also took the crankshaft to be checked but I don't have pics of the crank.  I am going to take a risk with the rust in the cylinders.  The machine shop said that "...you'll probably be ok..."

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I learned that before going to the machine shop you should run a tap throught all the bolt holes. There was quite a bit a junk in the holes even after the machine shop cleaning.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

Dad was right when he said that the rings could be frozen in an engine that sat for eight years.

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I was wondering how to clean the carbon build up on the pistons.  Metric-Man said that Simple Green works good.  I bought a gallon of Simple Green at Lowes and soaked the pistons overnight.  I was amazed at the results.  There still was work to be done because not all of the carbon comes off inside the ring grooves.  I used Berryman's carb cleaner to soak the piston and then used the old ring to clean the ring grooves.  Also I used a bunch of CRC 2+2 to clean the oil passage to the wrist pin.

Before cleaning in Simple Green at full strength


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

Nice work there.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

I knew simple green was good stuff, but thats pretty amazing for just soaking overnight!
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

Painted the engine block

Masked off the areas not to be painted

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Primered the block

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And painted

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