2002 ACR: Project Log - Engine Build Started - pg. 9

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Thu May 08, 2008 2:35 am

I ordered my FIRST engine upgrade for the rebuild...

1gn DOHC pistons/rods... I will be buying replacement rings for them.

I will post pics of them upon arrival....

On a side note I got my Prothane Front Swayar endlinks finally. Goes in tomorrow.

I will be putting the caraway this summer and using my dad's car... basically my dad is getting surgery and will not be driving so he is lending me his car for the meanwhile... I will be pulling the head, timing belt, water pump, tensioner, oil pump, pistons, rods, crank, oil pan, and tranny... I will be replacing the pistons, rods, crank seals, rear main, water pump, oil pump, all gaskets, cleaning up the intake manifold, installing a crank scraper, adjustable cam gear, new belts, Adam K. ODP, balancing crank (maybe knife-edging), maybe even taking in the block and having a shop work it over...

Basically a complete engine rebuild on the bottom, cleaning up the intake, maybe porting...? :D

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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Thu May 08, 2008 11:26 am

Awesome! So when is this all going to happen? We can have a, "Work on Andrew's Car Day Because He Always Helps on Ours" :D Then we can watch those ricer movies. :lol: (See meet section.)

I have 2 weeks paid vacation coming up! 26th of May to June 8th And would love to come by and help out. I still have to work at the auto place though on random days, mostly Saturdays, and Fridays and a couple other days. So let me know.

How many miles are currently on your car by the way?

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Thu May 08, 2008 4:01 pm

92000 miles....

I am gonna have to get a lot of down time, so I am collecting parts over the next few months, then in July I will be pulling it all apart. :lol: Gonna be fun, srsly.

I hope to be able to get the bottom end out of the car completely and get the crank out to get it into the shop. I will be buying some more parts this weekend. Possibly the crankscraper, head gaskets, oil pan gasket, and maybe the timing belt, oil/water pump.
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Thu May 08, 2008 4:36 pm

Ahh oh well. Should be fun!

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Post by yellowpatrol » Thu May 08, 2008 8:54 pm

Nice man! Just don't go to Burlington Performance. Check out my engine swap log for details why. I'm so pissed right now.
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Tue May 13, 2008 3:30 am

Well, I have bought more stuff, slowly but surely, I will have it all... right now, I have bought:

rear main seal
DOHC Pistons/Rods
Water Pump/Gasket
Oil Pan Gasket

Next to buy:

Crank Scraper
Head Gasket
Oil Pump/Gasket
Timing Belt
Intake/Exhaust Gaskets
Adjustable Timing Gear
DOHC Piston Rings
Crank Balanced
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Post by tommigun » Tue May 13, 2008 7:06 am

Just out of curiosity, did you get your waterpump from the dealership or did you get an aftermarket one?

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Tue May 13, 2008 12:22 pm

I bought an aftermarket one... I hope it holds up. :lol:
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Fri May 16, 2008 3:31 pm

Woohoo!!! Pistons in the mail today, here are some pics, actually a lot of pics!!!

I spent about 2 hours cleaning them up, and am satisfied with them, now I will take them to the machine shop and have the guys look em over and give me some advise as what to do next. On with pics:

how they arrived, packed good and tight...
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One piston before:
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One piston after, note the buildup, yuck:
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Side shot:
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Another piston:
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Another before:
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And another before:
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Rings I removed from one (all are now off):
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Pistons after some work:
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And all of them:
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Post by yellowpatrol » Fri May 16, 2008 3:43 pm

Damn dude, you are a good cleaner!
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Sun May 18, 2008 7:23 pm

They look good, hopefully they were packed separetly and werent banging against each other in the box.

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Tue May 20, 2008 5:21 pm

yeah, they were packed well, and did not bash into each othe rin the box :D Thank God, I was also concerned about that. I will show em too you all when you get over here on Sunday.
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Wed May 21, 2008 12:40 am

Looking forward to Sunday! :headbang:

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Post by yellowpatrol » Wed May 21, 2008 10:52 am

After we look at your stuff we should stop by my place and knock out the engine swap in one day.
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Wed May 21, 2008 11:23 am

:rofl:
:shock:
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Fri May 23, 2008 3:22 pm

Well, update:

I got pulled over today for the first time in like 4 years, and I ended up getting a warning. I got pulled over in this little suburb of Gladstone called Oak View. Quick story, the Police Chief of Oak View is an old friend of the families, and I just talked to him a few weeks ago...

so anyway, the officer said he pulled me over because I failed to signal...

I calmly explained to him that I did signal.

He says, well you need to turn it on WAY before you signal.

I asked him when it was that I failed to signal.

He said back on the street.

I said well, I use my signal religiously, but what I was wondering was which time, because I changed lanes twice, once when I was getting ahead of a KCPD car with number 199, the second time was when I changed back to get around the Ford F150 which was making a left hand turn.

He said... nothing. :shock: Then asked me what the % tint is on my car.

I said 35% in front, 5% in back.

He asked for my license and went back to his car, came back with a tint tester thing and put it on the window. It showed 16% :shock:

I was aghast, and explained to him I have had it on there since 2005, and asked him if I could show him my receipt for it.

He says sure, but the facts were that it was 15%. He asks me to make a choice then, to take a ticket for failing to signal or the tint.

I said tint. He goes back to the car, and comes back 3-4 minutes later and says, I am letting you off with two warnings. :shock:

I said thank you Officer George (his name) and he said I need to remove the tint off the window - get it fixed or else.

So I went to the tint shop, asked them how much, they said $20... I asked how to DIY... He told me and I went to my parents house and - BOOM. It's off now, looks good, but I miss the tint. PIcs to follow.
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri May 23, 2008 3:27 pm

sounds like you got kind of lucky and pwned that cop a little. Sucks though that you took off your tint. I would of asked to look at the tint test myself, because he could of just been lying if he didn't really know what was going on with you and signaling.
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Fri May 23, 2008 3:36 pm

I saw the tint test... but I was shocked at first because it was even lower than I thought :lol:

Either way, the tint is off, and I am safe for now.

I think I did pwn'd the officer because I explained my entire situation about switching lanes... I even was able to name the cars that were all around me, and I told him I saw him sitting there at the stop sign... I asked him why I would NOT signal, knowing that there was 2 cop cars around me :shock: Ah well, I know what I did, and he let me go... but I think he let me go because of the Police Chief who is a good friend of the families. He still goes out to eat with my dad no and again, and I have delivered him pizzas at night where he moonlights (Liberty Hospital). now to get legal tint on it. :roll: :lol:
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri May 23, 2008 3:43 pm

legal tint? WTF is that? :lol:


i've never had legal tint on any of my cars... thankfully I've never been pulled over for it either. *knocks on wood*
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Post by yellowpatrol » Fri May 23, 2008 7:39 pm

What a douche. I hate cops like that. I'm scared to see your car naked with no tint!
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Fri May 23, 2008 11:14 pm

Yeah, you did have dark tint. I thought it was 5% all around? Thats nice you got off with a warning.

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Sat May 24, 2008 10:56 pm

I think it was %20 :rofl: I told him 35%, it came up 16% :D It will get replaced with 35% now. Sometime this year or next. I did a great job of removing it, it looks awesome.

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Post by yellowpatrol » Sat May 24, 2008 11:20 pm

WHAT NO PICTORS?!?!
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Sun May 25, 2008 9:50 am

yellowpatrol wrote:WHAT NO PICTORS?!?!
srsly.

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:06 am

yeah, no pictors yet... sorry.

oops, here's one, from our FnF day..
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And now, an update, again...

I got a complete Felpro head gasket set - $140
I also got a Gates timing belt - $55
And some Rol Gaskets head bolts - $34

Next, tensioner and piston rings... then comes the tear down, well... not until July 22nd or so.

Once I have all the parts I may post a few pics of it. :lol:
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Post by hybrid-Srt2001 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:31 pm

dont forget to file down the edhes of the piston domes, so they dont hit the combustion chamber.

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Post by INVUJerry » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:07 pm

Found out our cars come with 76% tint from the factory. So when you add on 35%, it's usually 20% or lower.
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Post by yellowpatrol » Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:35 pm

Can you tell, is that what I have, or did the previous owner darken it more? I've always wanted to know what % mine is.
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:17 am

^^^Ask a cop to do it :lol:


Honestly, yours looked lighter than mine use to... I would say it is at legal tint, 35% at least.
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Post by kc2005ptgt » Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:49 pm

Some pics of the new products...

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This is the head gasket set... look at all the gaskets it comes with for $140!!!

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