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First chance I've had to play about with the car in a LONG time! 

Cleared all the bits out (mainly broken parts) and removed some unnecessary parts like the rear speakers, rear seatbelts and 3rd brake light. 

Refitted my rear arch liners that have been sitting in the garage for a couple of years. 

Also unpackaged my new final drive of 3.58 ready for the diff rebuild. 

Couple of weeks before she goes back to Carson Performance for the engine transplant, need to gather a few more bits before then. 

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4 hours ago, slickrick said:

Ive never seen a halfords tool kit either complete or with the two sides still intact lol

Yeah mine fell apart years ago now 😂 need to invest in a proper chest but haven't got the room to put it anywhere 

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Lack of progress recently whilst I build up the collection of parts needs to give this 3rd engine an overhaul. 

I've decided to spend a bit of money on new seals, gaskets, pulleys, belts, pumps, bearings and bolts to make sure that this engine has the best chance possible. 

Currently researching who's best to rebuild the bottom end using ACL race bearings and ARP rod bolts, but sticking with the OEM rods and pistons as its not worthing spending £2k to upgrade those for my setup. 

The heads will be getting new valve springs, along with a port and skim to allow for thicker head gaskets and better air flow. 

This process will take a few months yet, but at least the collection of parts looks pretty! 

Also had my Bullet intercooler turn up which sandwiches between the supercharger and the inlet manifold, to help those pesky high inlet temps! Lovely engineered bit of kit. 

In the meantime, I've been stripping down the engine to the bare block and heads. Over 30kg worth of wiring and acilliaries removed! 

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11 minutes ago, maurice said:

Is it really necessary to rebuild the 3rd engine? Seems like it would be safer to leave it unopened.

Not necessary, but worthwhile for peace of mind that everything has been checked and replaced where possible. 

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How come you can't run a front mount intercooler? Wouldn't that give more stable intake temperatures? 

If you're getting the engine rebuild with reinforced internals but not forged rods then are you considering new oem rods just incase the factory ones have any stress from the donor car use. I'd just be very concerned of the engine failing from the weakest part especially as you're running boost. 

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5 minutes ago, Luke said:

How come you can't run a front mount intercooler? Wouldn't that give more stable intake temperatures? 

If you're getting the engine rebuild with reinforced internals but not forged rods then are you considering new oem rods just incase the factory ones have any stress from the donor car use. I'd just be very concerned of the engine failing from the weakest part especially as you're running boost. 

It's an air to water intercooler, so I'll also be getting a front mount which cools the water going through the cooler before the inlet manifold. 

The rods are THICK in this engine. The extra expense and time needed to install forged rods isn't worth it with OEM pistons. Plus you need to be north of 600bhp before you really have to consider forged components which I'll be well below. 

In an ideal world I'd forge everything, but budget doesn't allow for that I'm afraid. 

We're doing the best work on a realistic budget to make this engine more bulletproof than when it came from the factory. The ARP rod bolts and ACL bearings will be the biggest upgrade in terms of reliability. 

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Last few days have been spent stripping down the engine completely, ready for inspection, measuring and ensuring everything is good before doing anything major. Was good fun getting my hands dirty for the 1st time in a while, and good to see the ins and outs of the engine too. 

Rogue Motorsport measured all the bores, crank and pistons today. Happy to report that everything is as good as it can be, meaning I'll go ahead and get everything professionally cleaned and painted up before we start the build itself. 

Just waiting on the new oil pump to arrive and need to order some new OEM rings now we know the gap measurements are good. 

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Amongst more personal and financial issues for the last few months, I've been very quiet on the car front. Until NOW! 

Heads have been dropped off to a specialist place up in Rotherham to have an overhaul. Skimmed, new valves, uprated springs, porting/gas flowing and a general rebuild of all the internals. 

The 1UZ heads are known for being quite restrictive so this should free up a few more horsepower. 

Once I have those back, the engine will be given back to Rogue Motorsport to rebuild from the sump upwards. 

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Still lots happening behind the scenes, with the car going back to Carson Performance on Monday for a bit of prep work whilst the engine is being worked on elsewhere. 

The heads are still undergoing a porting and rebuild procedure, but unfortunately it's come to a stop whilst we wait on some new, stronger, bronze valve guides from New Zealand.

And I'm now anxiously waiting on parts from all over the globe! My most favourite being a very neat bit of kit called an interchiller, which essentially works the same as a Water-to-air intercooler for the supercharger, but the fluid is further cooled using the A/C system to get FREEZING inlet temps which of course means more power. 

Not a cheap bit of kit and looks quite fiddly to install, but very exciting nevertheless. 

Stay tuned for big updates over the next few weeks... 

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New bronze valve guides arrived from Kelford in NZ today. Means the workshop doing my heads can now remove the OEM ones to get the most of the porting process before installing these new, stronger guides 

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Couple of deliveries containing vital parts to the build have arrived this week. 

First off from the USA, we have a 7 gallon (American gallons, so around 23.5litres) water tank with an inbuilt pump, capable of pushing 2000litres of fluid every hour! This will be a vital part of my cooling setup for the supercharger to keep inlet temps as low as possible. 

Semi circle shaped to fit nicely into the spare wheel well of the 86.

Next up from Australia is a funky bit of kit called an interchiller. This is the same principal as a water to air intercooler, with the added benefit of tapping into the A/C system to chill the coolant to FREEZING temperatures. This ensures that the inlet temps should even reach ambient, giving us more consistent power on the track. 

This will sit on the sidelines for a few weeks until I get time to install them. Got to work out all the different size fittings and hoses I need next, as they're all different of course 🙄

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