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#1 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:09 PM

Hello again everyone! Since joining the forums and talking with some of you, I have decided to restore my car with a G54B powertrain for the time being! So I'll introduce the car by sharing how it looked when I bought it. I picked up my Atlantic Blue 87 Conquest from a guy in Atlanta on Craigslist. He did tell me it had a minor accident in 1988 which was repaired, and then was a victim of flooding in Austell, Georgia about 10 years ago. I am definitely wary of the fact that this is a flood car, but the bodywork is overall in good shape save for a few rust spots. Since the images in the first gallery, I have started to disassemble the car, and I will show my progress as I continue working. I look forward to learning more about these cars and to getting this one back on the road! If you have any advice or questions for me, please let me know. I look forward to the blood, sweat, and tears it will take to bring this car back to life!

The car in my garage featuring my freshly painted interior doors I did the day before buying the car! I also got the spare block shown in this picture with the car!
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The car as it sat when I first saw it.
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The body lines seem straight with minimal rust.
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I love the louvers, even though some don't care for them I think they add lots of characters to the car!
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Some minor water damage to the leather on the driver's side door panel
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Gotta love the turbo market seat belts!
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The car had sat for a while after taking water damage, so there were plenty of leaves and acorns in the engine bay!
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I've never owned a car that required a R-134a conversion before (This car is older than I am!)
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Manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi for Chrysler!
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Edited by AtlanticBlue87, 06 January 2020 - 06:18 PM.

1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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#2 tsi_tom

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:24 PM

Take a look at the restoration threads.  And Professor Quest's advice: https://sosmanuals.minagera.org/
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20 over forged pistons
Stock injection system

My restoration project: The Missouri Project

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:25 PM

Saweet! Atlantic is my favorite Starquest color.
the dude in the honda said, i thought you said your car was slow, my response was.. well you said yours was fast so i guess we both lied.. haha

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:51 PM

I love the B71 Atlantic Blue cars. Looking forward to your build thread progress.
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View PostJohnnyWadd, on 04 March 2010 - 10:01 PM, said:

my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

<SOS> http://sosmanuals.minagera.org/
<SQ Garage> http://www.starquestgarage.com/

#5 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 03:47 PM

Progress update! Over the past few days I've been working on the teardown and assessing the car's current condition. I know that I'll need to spend some time and attention on getting a good wiring harness in the car, I've looked online but can't seem to find anyone making replacement harnesses for this car unfortunately! The interior of the engine bay's waterproof connectors actually do look okay, though so maybe I can get away with reworking my current harness! Beyond that, everything has come out pretty easily so far and I haven't seen too much rust beyond surface rust. There is one spot under the brake booster which is in the pictures. Check out the progress pictures below!

First thing out: The radiator!
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I started working from left to right, Here have loosened the cruise control unit and the power steering pump.
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Next out: The turbocharger!
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Unfortunately this guy is rusted and seized inside.
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More accessories out, Getting emptier!
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Valve cover off, not too bad for a car with supposed water damage!
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Front coolers out, there's much more room to work! Never mind the pile of parts in the background!
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Some rust was found under the brake booster where a leak was left unfixed and allowed brake fluid to eat away at the paint.
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Goodbye to the front bumper!
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And goodbye headlights!
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Starting to label the wiring harness for removal. I am not marking everything, but I do need a basic idea of where everything came from. Some connectors will definitely need repair but the wires overall should be okay.
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Edited by AtlanticBlue87, 06 January 2020 - 06:28 PM.

1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 04:33 PM

All of your rebuild kits/gaskets can be found from Randy in OHIO...He runs a machine shop and he is a SQ enthusiast...

http://www.enginemac...ms/conquest.php

"DAD" is his name here on the forums....

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 05:53 PM

It would be nice if you get those photos/comments on here.  How did that engine on the stand get so rusty?
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#8 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 11:32 PM

View Posttsi_tom, on 23 November 2019 - 05:53 PM, said:

It would be nice if you get those photos/comments on here.  How did that engine on the stand get so rusty?

I would, but photobucket blurs everything out now and I can't upload my pictures directly because they are too large! Is there another way I'm not aware of? The engine on the stand was given to me when I bought the car, I have no idea, but I think the bores are workable, so I'll take it to a machine shop to have it cleaned up!

Edited by AtlanticBlue87, 23 November 2019 - 11:33 PM.

1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 12:02 AM

I used to use photobucket.  I use imgur now.  I might get my photobucket back now that their rates are more reasonable.
Engine
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Stock injection system

My restoration project: The Missouri Project

#10 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 04:38 PM

I picked up a parts car the other day, the plan is to get it running and see what I can use from it! Pictures will be incoming later!

It's an '87 flatty with an automatic, but most of the underhood parts and interior parts may be usable for me. I will likely be parting the rest of the car out as it can't get a title in my state, so if you need anything let me know!
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Posted 15 December 2019 - 11:11 PM

Waiting patiently on an engine crane to get the powertrain out of ol' Blue, hopefully Santa will hook me up! In the meantime, I am looking to get quotes for the engine work I need done before I can rebuild it. In the meantime, here are some more pictures of the parts car that I'm working with. I was able to put a battery to the leads and it looks like the engine is free and most of the interior electronics work, so I'll be harvesting a lot form this car.

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Edited by AtlanticBlue87, 06 January 2020 - 06:10 PM.

1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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I'm a Mechanical Engineer, wiring scares me! :D

#12 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:43 AM

Engine and transmission coming out Saturday, more pics to follow!
1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
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Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
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#13 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:52 PM

The engine is out! I didn't get a chance to take many pictures, but here's what I have:

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It was a tight fit but I was able to get the engine out without destroying anything in the engine bay or my garage door!

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She's pretty dirty, so a deep cleaning will be in order soon!

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Finally free!

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Unfortunately it looks like I won't be using the engine that came out of this car, but that's why I have another block to work with! I haven't had a chance to dig into the transmission yet, but the oil that came out of it seems pretty clean, so hopefully it'll be okay in there!

Edited by AtlanticBlue87, 06 January 2020 - 06:29 PM.

1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:35 PM

Definitely a good thing you have a spare block. I also bought a parts car when I restored my car. They are always helpful to have on hand.

I use Imageshack to host images. I dont know what their rates are compared to Photobucket, but I've never had an issue with it, pic sizes, or anything. Might be worth a look.
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Posted 09 January 2020 - 08:26 AM

As it turns out, the previous owner seems to have installed a non jet valve head already, the valves and cam aren't in particularly good shape, but I'll ask my machine shop if this head could maybe be cleaned up. It looks rough for now but I will already be taking a block in for cleaning so it may be worth it to ask!

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1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
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Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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I'm a Mechanical Engineer, wiring scares me! :D

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 12:59 PM

Love the pics!
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My restoration project: The Missouri Project

#17 AtlanticBlue87

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:38 PM

With the engine out, time to start on the interior! Looks like the previous owner did some "custom" wiring, so we will have to sort that out! I also started cleaning the crud off of the glass, hopefully it will come off the paint just as easily as it did the glass! Sorry for the poor lighting, it was storming all day in Ga so the garage door was closed. I'll have more pictures when the whole dash comes out!

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1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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I'm a Mechanical Engineer, wiring scares me! :D

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 11:41 AM

Took the oil pan off the engine that came out of the car yesterday and it's not looking good. It looks like there is potentially some pitting on the cylinder wall of cylinder 2 and there was significant sludge stuck to the oil pickup with some sort of solid chunks in it. I can't see any broken metal parts in there, but it appears shot. I'll try to get some pics later today. For now, the engine is still seized so I've got some PB blaster soaking in to see if I can get it disassembled.
1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
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Posted 16 January 2020 - 10:08 PM

you will likely need to pull the crank and use the wood handle of a heavy hammer to loosen them up by tapping on them.  then put a hone down each cylinder for clean up and see what your really working with.

the chunks are likely hardened carbon in the oil system that came loose as the car sat, which is why you didn't see anything missing from metal components and if that is the case, it means it likely had an oil leak and the previous owner just kept adding oil, or he ran it hard and put it away hot without letting it idle for a while.

another reason to remove crank and manually tap out pistons is to verify the rods aren't rust siezed on the crank.

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:26 AM

Here are some pretty poorly lit pictures of how the engine is sitting now. It looks like the PB blaster is not really penetrating the rust between the piston rings and the cylinder wall, so I will be following the advice of Ressurect1on and seeing if I can get the crank out.

Some pretty gross looking rust holding everything in place for the time being. Here the pistons are soaking in PB blaster, but it doesn't look like that will be able to get through to the underside after soaking for 2 days.
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The cylinder walls under the pistons look okay, but this block did hold water for some amount of time. The previous owner had drained the engine oil, and didn't even replace the drain plug, so it had a chance for all the water to dry out, but this thing is 100% seized.
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A closer view of one of the worse cylinders I'm looking at, #2.
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The oil pan had quite a bit of sludge in it, but I had cleaned it off the pickup before taking this picture. Almost all of that pickup screen was coated in a pretty thick amount of sludge in addition to what's still hanging out in this pan.
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1987 Atlantic Blue Conquest - Restomod in Progress!
1987 Black Flatty Automatic - Organ Donor
Daily: 2013 Accord Sport 6MT
Other Fun Car: 1988 Corvette Convertible
POS Parts Getter: 1989 Ford F-150 5.0

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