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#21 tg118

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:09 PM

progress Nice... i cnt wait to see how the powder-coating comes out.... i did my build a few years back, and painted most parts, dont last too long...
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Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:52 PM

Dropped off the block this morning at a local machine shop to be tanked, magnafluxed, decked and have some rods pressed on and off.  Here's some pictures of the hone that I did last weekend.  New bearings and freeze plugs are on their way from DAD.

EVERYTHING REMOVED; CYLINDER WALLS PREPPED FOR HONE:

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BLOCK THIS MORNING READY TO BE DROPPED OFF:
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:52 AM

Be sure he has the front cover when he decks it,  Hope the cylinder scores clean up  with just a hone,  As for rods, I have not found any difference with them by the casting numbers, I have found weight differences between sets, so if you replace one rod I highly suggest you balance them or at least have them checked to be sure weights are very close to each other.  Any questions feel free to call Me.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

I was confused as to these pictures of the block.  I had to look back and read but at first I thought you were sending this off to be worked on then you said you already did that and they are just putting it in their washing machine.  Those honing cross hatch marks are really POOR that's going to burn lots of oil.  Looks like you used a hone but forgot to move it up and down as it was turning to put in the cross hatch pattern.  That deck must be cut flat too.  That will barely hold stock boost without blowing a gasket and it won't do it for long.  Have that other shop hone it again and deck it.  What was the part # on those chewed up main bearings?

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:24 PM

I knew someone was going to comment on the hone pics as soon as I posted them.  The cylinders actually have a real nice crosshatch in them, but for whatever reason it didn't really show up in the pics well at all.  The machine shop I dropped it off at yesterday commented that it looked like a real nice hone.  Maybe I'll try to take some more pics in different light or something when I get it back.

I didn't think about the fact that there might be difference in the weights of the rods.  I might need to call the shop and have them compare weights b/c I'm having two pressed off and two different ones pressed on due to the fact that the caps are damaged from someone beating on them with a hammer or something of the like.

I'll post up the part number on the chewed up bearings if I still have them.  I threw most of them out right away.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:59 PM

Be carefull with having those parts powdercoated,  they usualy glass bead the parts before coating, the baffles in the cover can trap the beads- that will destroy your engine. Be double sure it's clean before install.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:23 PM

Your talking about the front cover I assume?  My powdercoated definitely beads everything, I've been using him for years.  Thanks for the heads up, I will make sure it's clean.  I assume I can probably run it under some soap and water to get anything out of the baffles.
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:04 PM

I finally got the powdercoating back.  I had to leave the black chrome valve cover w/ the raised Mitsu lettering at the powdercoater, he wasn't quite done with it, but the wrinkle red one is done.  I will post a pic of it when I get it, it's a real thing of beauty.  The head is still at the machine shop, and the block is still at the other machine shop, and I just dropped the front cover off yesterday so it can be bolted on when they deck the top like DAD and Indiana suggested.  Here's some quick pics I took on my dining room table:

VALVE COVER:
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FRONT COVER:
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INTAKE MANIFOLD:
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ALTERNATOR COVERS / PULLEY:
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COOLANT RETURN&FEED LINES / DIPSTICK / BREATHER:
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P/S BRACKET / ALT BRACKET / MOTOR MOUNT BRACKETS / OIL FILTER HOUSING / BREATHER CAN:
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:11 PM

That valve cover is gorgeous.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:38 PM

agree  Valve cover is nice...All looks good... did it take a big dent out of the wallet ?
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:40 PM

That valve cover is OK, you guys gotta see the other one ...

This whole project is putting a big dent in the wallet  :D ... between the bottom end work being done, the head work, the powdercoating, and new parts .... I'd rather do it all once though and be done.  I'll PM you numbers if you're interested.

Edited by techboy, 17 February 2012 - 04:41 PM.

1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - Motor rebuild thread
1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - repaired 4/13 - Save thread
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

Is your powdercoater reasonable in his prices i know you get what u pay for?
But in any event the pieces look good.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:47 PM

In the 12 years or so that I've been into building "motors" so to speak I've used 3 different powdercoaters.  This is guy is by far the best, but he's the slowest, so you need to plan accordingly.  He takes his time and often has multiple other jobs before he can get to yours.  I personally think his prices are cheaper than most other places and he does better work, but that is just my opinion.  If I can find some pics, I'll post pictures of other work he's done for me.

Here's his info:  Business is Liquid Powdercoats (LPC), owner is Martin.  http://www.liquidpowdercoats.com/
If you go to his gallery and click to enter, click on Valve Covers, go to the 4th page, my valve cover for my Eclipse is on that page.

Edited by techboy, 17 February 2012 - 10:48 PM.

1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - Motor rebuild thread
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:57 AM

The baffles in the valve cover is what he meant.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:07 PM

View PostIndiana, on 18 February 2012 - 12:57 AM, said:

The baffles in the valve cover is what he meant.

Thanks.  I was confused when I got the front cover back and flipped it over I didn't see any baffles.  That makes more sense.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:47 PM

Can't wait to see everything all together, engines going to look intense. Just curious, how easy is it to clean and what's the maintenance like with the wrinkle finish?
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:23 AM

Don't know, I've never had wrinkle red before.  I have doubles of all the parts I had done in wrinkle red, so I'm thinking if I don't like the way it holds up over time I can have everything re-powdercoated in a smooth finish.  I don't think it'll be a problem for me b/c I won't be daily driving the car, probably just to shows and whenever the wife wants to go for a Sunday drive.

Good people to direct that question too would be the Subaru clubs.  The STi intake manifolds come in wrinkle red from the factory ... and now that I think about it I think EVO VC's came in wrinkle red too.  One of closest friends drives an STi, I should ask him.

BTW ^^^^ nice car ... is that black or a dark blue repaint?

Edited by techboy, 20 February 2012 - 11:26 AM.

1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - Motor rebuild thread
1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - repaired 4/13 - Save thread
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:23 AM

Wrinkle red looks great!
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:28 PM

View Posttechboy, on 20 February 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

Don't know, I've never had wrinkle red before.  I have doubles of all the parts I had done in wrinkle red, so I'm thinking if I don't like the way it holds up over time I can have everything re-powdercoated in a smooth finish.  I don't think it'll be a problem for me b/c I won't be daily driving the car, probably just to shows and whenever the wife wants to go for a Sunday drive.

Good people to direct that question too would be the Subaru clubs.  The STi intake manifolds come in wrinkle red from the factory ... and now that I think about it I think EVO VC's came in wrinkle red too.  One of closest friends drives an STi, I should ask him.

BTW ^^^^ nice car ... is that black or a dark blue repaint?
Thanks, more medium than dark blue was probably the light or lack of but will soon change to Ford Kona blue to match the engine. bay.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:51 PM

While I've been waiting for the head and block to finish up at their respective machine shops I've taken on some mini side-projects.  Last weekend I spent my Sat de-greasing and cleaning up the oil pan.  Real happy with how that came out.  Today, I've been working on doing some tapping.  I want to convert most of the British taper thread stuff over to standard NPT just to make life easier.  I started with the oil filter housing today.  I know I'm not the first to do this, b/c I got the idea by reading about it on here.  I do have 2 bits of advice for anyone who wants to try it:  1) Use plenty of thread cutting oil, it really helps the filings "clump" together.  2) Go slow, take your time, and when you think you've gone deep enough, go 1 or 2 more turns :)   I actually had a spare oil filter housing laying around, so I did both of them at the same time, once I finish cleaning it up I'm going to list it in the F/S section for someone else.  The pics are of the powdercoated one I'm using on my motor.


THE TOOLS:
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GETTING STARTED:
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FINISHED:
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EARLS 1/4" NPT to -4 AN SITTIN' PRETTY:
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1988 Conquest TSi ... current driver - Motor rebuild thread
1988 Starion ESi-R ... crushed by a tree 10/31/11 - repaired 4/13 - Save thread
1987 Conquest Flatty ... F/S thread - sold 8/2014
1987 Conquest TSi ... parts car - sold to Coldscrip 12/2011
1999 Eclipse 4G63 ... heavily modified.

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