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  1. Cool! Best of luck with the project. Will probably have to use an older 302 front sump style oil pan setup for it to fit in a CQ.
  2. I did. I first weighed the rods to understand what I'm dealing with. Then weighed/balanced the large end. Once the large end was within .1g, I weighed them again and then got the weights within .1g by removing material on the pin end. Then weighed the pin ends..spot on...well within .1-.2g. Then double checked the large ends..same as they were from the earlier step. I could have fine tuned them slightly more but didn't want to remove too much material just to chase a tenth of a gram. I figured there is much more deviation than that brought on from my crude home-made balancing tool. The pictures above show weighing both ends and the rod as a whole. I'm pretty comfortable with the work, for I double-triple-quadruple checked them over and over.
  3. Figure I'd post an update on this. I'm still working on the car. Had to travel for business for a few weeks and spent this past Saturday at Carlisle Import Nationals with the blue car, but I'm still picking away at the black one. Those of you who know me, know that I love making tools! I use to do it for a living, well still kind of do but more on a managerial front now. Love making simple contraptions with stuff I have laying around the garage. Anywyas, I made this wrist pin press out of some old scrap bar stock and a 4T bottle jack. It worked slick! Next, I made a homemade connecting rod balancer jig. Nothing but some wood, a few L brackets, spare hardware, and a skateboard wheel. Bought the scale from amazon for $13. Surprisingly, it was very repeatable! The skateboard wheel was the trick. I tried a few things prior that didn't work too well. It's just a bushing on the other side. Would have been better if it was a ball bearing but I didn't have any small enough. I went down this rabbit hole because I was experiencing vibration on this car with the BSE. Found out the stock rods differed by up to 5 grams! And that wasn't just this particular engine, for I weighed the ones out of the donor engine is well. The pistons also differed by up to 4 grams! In the end, I balanced both the rods and pistons to within .1-.2g. Last, I made up a jig to hold the piston to install the wrist pins. Just factory style piston (.020 over) and pressed pin. Heated up the rod with a MAP torch and slid the pin in. The red bolt was used as a stop so I could slide the pin in quickly before the rod cooled down without having to try to visually center it. I didn't have any flat plate, so I used an old flywheel from a Jeep. It also worked slick. Painted and cleaned block. I didn't snap anymore photos yet but the engine is currently pretty much assembled. Bottom end is together. All the measurements were spot on, plastigage good, etc. Head/manifolds are on and torqued. Did a leak-down test to verify no leaks into the coolant or pass the valves. Then installed the cam and rockers but called it quits last night because it was late. Just need to install the timing stuff and cover/oil pan/etc. It should be ready to go back in the car in under 2 more hours of work. In parallel, got in the pedals for the 5 speed swap, master cylinder, and clutch line. Still need to do the access port for the 5 speed shifter. I'll do the trans mount last with the engine and trans in the car.
  4. A few photos...Sorry, I didn't take many. Three cars but several SQC members were there Was a great day! Forgot to get a photo of the third car. I ended up taking 2nd in the Chrysler Compact class.
  5. I snapped a picture today. I’ll upload it tomorrow when I’m behind a pc. If I forget, just shoot me a pm.
  6. Ended up coming out anyways. Weather has been good so far. only three sqs though but it’s been a good show
  7. The weather forecast isn't looking too great for tomorrow. I know there are several members in route but, unfortunately, I think I will be bowing out. I'm not too keen on taking my car that hasn't seen rain more than a light mist in 23 years out there to sit in the showers all day. Plus, I'm having an issue with my door poppers..as in they stopped working...which is a problem because I have shaved door handles making it difficult to get in the car when the windows are up! If my black car was running, I'd be there but instead I think I'll spend the day building the engine for said car. I'll be keeping an eye on the weather though and may change my mind at the last minute.
  8. Thanks! The blue car has undergone a 20 year restoration. And I'm not joking, it took 20 freaking years! Use to have a full thread on here of it's journey but most of it dissolved with the database issue. Fully restored body (quarters, rockers, portions of the floor, frame-rails, cowl, etc.). Learned how to weld, paint, etc. with this car. Most of my How To threads on this site were from restoring components on this particular car. Magna MPI, SDS engine management, Marnal Head, stainless valves, HD valve springs, Magna cam with Magna roller rockers, O-ringed block, balanced/bushed/shot peened rods, JE forged pistons 8:1 CR, balanced crank, lightened and balanced 240mm flywheel, custom equal length T4 header, precision turbo external wategate, BW S257-SXE turbo, fuelab pump/regulator/fliters..... Ground control coilovers, poly bushings, Addco sway bars, KYB struts, Cusco front camber plates, Stedebani rear camber plates, Funklock engine mount, Stedebani trans and rear mounts, stainless fuel and brake lines,..... The list goes on and on. Spent way too much time and money on it....so I drive it like a grandpa, haha
  9. Yes, a nut on the back of it. I never tried to remove one with the dash in the car. I think techboy recently swapped his out for a USB plug. May want to shoot him a PM.
  10. It was $450 out the door for boiling, crack checking, decking, and boring. I thought it was pretty reasonable.
  11. Black on black is more desireable, I was just curious if it was burgundy. I've seen a few 86s with that color combo but I believe they were all starions. I like the 86 model year. I liked the available color combinations in both the conquest and starion variants and love the non-automatic seatbelts.
  12. Welcome and congrats on the car! It looks good. Even appears to have the original spoiler. Is the interior black or burgundy? With an 86, you could get a black car with the burgundy interior. I love the 86s but the electrical system can be a bit quirky.
  13. They just pop out. I use a prybar up near the lip against the differential. It doesn't take much force.
  14. The local machine shop kept bumping my job to the back of the list but they were finally able to knock it out last week! Got the block back on Friday. Boiled, magnafluxed, bored, and decked. Thankfully all of the rust cleared out with only a .020 overbore. So, theoretically, I should be well into this engine build....BUT, it was the first really nice spring weekend here. So, why work on this old hunk of junk: .....when I have this sitting next to it! Changed the oil, pumped up the tires, charged the battery, and installed a check valve in my fuel system (which I was meaning to do last year) and I was driving it within an hour. I'll start on the black car's engine build next weekend, haha.
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