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post #31 of 135 (permalink) Old 02-06-2011, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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well here I am a few months later, decided to drop my motor/trans out to see what all the noise and vibration was, found 4 scuffed pistons. when i started this motor up for cam break in i didnt put coolant in it, late night, excited, **** happens. here's the result. anyway i grabbed a 289 block with 302 bottom end that was just remaned, after i get the block decked and pistons notched i'll get it all end, hopefully by the end of next week. cam and heads etc looked good and cleaned up.

went through the trans and swapped in a v8 direct drum that i squeezed 5 frictions into. the 3 clutch i6 drum was already down to the metal in some spots, fwd clutches looked good though. ill throw a pump gasket on it monday and air check, probably have time to clean it up a little too. i may take some easy off to the exhaust and try to get some of the gunk from my leaking intake off of it. i dont think our toyota sealer does really well with the domestic stuff for some reason so i'll use some rtv black. im going with straight sealer on the tailshaft housing this time too, no matter what i do with this particular tailshaft it freaking leaks!




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Sent the short block to the machine shop to get things straightened out. Probably getting new pistons and the deck machined, may balance it depending on the cost. Had a few minutes after work so i matched the intake up a little better, and welded some bungs into the exhaust for o2 sensors
pics are some burned clutches from the i6 direct clutch, a pic of the difference in the snap ring groove between i6 and v8 direct clutches, my heads after a little use, intake runners on my chinese air gap, and o2 sensor bung installation (dont laugh at my poor welding)
















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Machine shop still says the motor will be ready tomorrow morning, meanwhile I took a mystique fan and fitted it and a controller to my radiator. It's a tight fit and unfortunately I don't have the engine in to judge, but I may be willing to do a little core support work to get this installed.



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I like the Ivory on white interior. nice.
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thanks man, i was hoping to cruise with my girldfriend this weekend but i cant find the passenger seat track. she refuses to ride on a milk crate for some reason...
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thanks man, i was hoping to cruise with my girldfriend this weekend but i cant find the passenger seat track. she refuses to ride on a milk crate for some reason...
Women.........anymore my wife just shakes her head.......

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Oh hell, if she's cute just tell her to come cruise with me
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thanks man, i was hoping to cruise with my girldfriend this weekend but i cant find the passenger seat track. she refuses to ride on a milk crate for some reason...
Cant say I blame her, I did see a picture where you backed into a car....lol!

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Hey, I wasn't behind the wheel when that happened...actually I was laying on the pavement. Anyway I got the longblock built but forgot to email pics home...what can i say though its a longblock. Hopeful for good results tomorrow. I went from 6.400 pushrods to 6.821 due to some retainer clearance issues, but the rollers aren't centered on the valves now, so I may go to something like a 6.550 here soon.





my trainee and a newer tech putting their first pistons in!

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Took a full day but I got it running today. CHT is about 215F on the front, Radiator inlet is 195 and out is 175 with infared after a full warmup and drive. The fan comes on right after the thermostat and seems to keep everything cool but we will have to see in the 105F summer, and with a/c. Shifted in all three gears firmly and normally. Has a small leak at one of the trans cooler lines I will work on monday. I will have to get a new set of pushrods ordered before i put too many miles on it, rocker tips are way too far off center for my liking. At the moment the temp guage works and the fuel guage doesnt but i'll take the coolant temp FTW! right in the middle. Set the base timing at 12 but i dont like the way it hot starts, I'll keep tinkering.

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Still have many bugs to work out, BUT trans seems good, motor is in the car and car is at home again. Will have to park it for a couple weeks while I wait on some valvetrain parts, then hope to be using my night automotive classes to work on small things like brakes etc.

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kind of boring vids, but important. Installed a 30A circuit breaker in place of my 30A fuse for the electric fan. I blew the fuse when i dropped my choke wires from my old carb on the motor, and it made me decide to dummy proof the fan. The main logic was supposedly these fans will draw pretty high amperage for a short burst at startup, and over the motor it's hard to tell if the fan is running or not. I added a vid of the motor and fan running just to show, nothing mind blowing.

I rebuilt a 600cfm holley I had laying around and put it in place of the 450 I was using. I put a new choke cap on the 450 and hope to make some money back on ebay, we'll see. I thought about using the choke parts but the choke blade rod is too thin, I could make some bushings for it, but nobody here (Texas) uses them anyway and I can live without. I wish I had cut off the choke horn while had things apart though. The vacuum smoothed out alot with this carb, but probably because I set the idle a little higher. Linked to the before and after.





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redid the voltage regulator thats been giving me problems. got a swadj from dimension engineering. i learned my lesson about making sure my guages operate properly. the rockers come in today, daylight permitting i hope to install them after work.








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The voltage regulator works correctly, but 6.3V is too high. I broke a bulb that I need to replace so I'll adjust it then. I got the rocker arms installed and the geometry looks alot better now. The valve covers wouldn't clear the locks so I cut the baffles off, when I check for wear at the next oil change I'll raise the baffles to clear.









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Upgrade to a 3g alternator tonight. I grabbed a 98 v6 mustang alternator from pick n pull for about $30, along with a 2 speed taurus fan to be used later. The install was pretty easy as far as conversions go. It tested about 135 amps max. I left all the old wiring in just in case I want to change back for some reason. I plugged in where the old regulator was and doubled the wires back under the core support then up to the alternator. It got a little late so I'll have to loom everything another day. I guess the headlights are brighter, but I am definitely sure it runs smoother at idle and while driving, and especially when the fans kick on. When I switched to duraspark, back when I had the I6, I've always had a pulsing surge while cruising. Fixed.

Two alternators side by side, both 7" 12 o clock. The new mustang alternator isnt threaded so I need to tap it to make adjustment easier. I ground the flange off the old bolt so I could reverse it and get enough thread engagement, with some loctite, and I put a washer on the back that only hits the inner bearing race, a little over 1/16" thick.


Two wires going into the 3g harness, one is for alt light, other is ign


The other end of these two wires at the old regulator


New terminal ring for ground, metric bolt to the back of the alternator for ground.


wired up ready to install, except the power and ground come from the bottom instead of this.


Operational, need to tidy up wiring.
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