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  1. smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    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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    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    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.
  3. smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

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

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    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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    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

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

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    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.
  7. Shame they're not 18s! Been wanting a set for a long time
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    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Car is home again, getting some TLC over the next few weeks whilst we gather some parts before Carson Performance work their magic on engine #3
  9. You've taken the time and effort to sign up to a forum (with a ridiculous username) to bitch about a rear view mirror in a car that no longer exists?! 😂 You must be real fun at parties... Compensation was offered for a genuine mistake, which you refused. I don't really see what your rant on here was meant to achieve?
  10. smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Has to be! Otherwise it's getting thrown off a cliff
  11. smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    After much deliberation, listening to the kind words from friends, fellow 86 owners and other general car enthusiasts, coupled with an extremely generous offer from Carson Performance - I finally picked up a 3rd 1UZ engine today from a reliable source in an attempt to finally get this thing on the road once and for all. I'd like to thank everyone again that's helped me over the past few weeks. Your enthusiasm and motivation to want an end result to this nightmare for me has spurred me on and I don't think I would've made this positive step without your input. Tom at Fensport has been an absolute trooper despite the car wanting to kill him twice now, I can't thank him enough for his endless patience and advice over the past couple of months. I'll be collecting the car from there in the next week or so and arranging a weekend with Simon at Carson Performance to do the switch.
  12. smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    Thanks for all the kind words. I have some options in front of me it ponder over for the next few days, and I'll make a final decision from there. Stay tuned!
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    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    I can't say for sure, but I assume the worst of people.
  14. smudge

    Smudge's supercharged V8 build

    As @vanko25 said, it turned out to be a thin rod engine rather than the thick rod version which is what it was sold to me as. They even swapped the fuel rails over to the earlier version which is how you tell the difference, so a full deception plan to lie to me. Another lesson learned I guess.
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