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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #100 on: April 16, 2015, 10:05:22 AM »
Gave the car a shakedown drive from Colonie to BSpa and back on Tuesday.  Car ran perfectly, even in traffic.  Thermostat-controlled fan is kicking on.  The Mishimoto unit wired as my main fan is substantially quieter than the fan it replaced.  I also got the loose negative battery connection figured out, so the car is starting faster than ever.

My GF was bored and volunteered to make fabric covers for the flip-down sunvisors in my car.  Going to throw those in tonight or tomorrow, and there will only be 4 jobs left for the summer:  Fuel Filter, Coilovers, Front fender liners, and stickers.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #101 on: April 16, 2015, 11:19:12 PM »
Awesome man, glad the new radiator worked out
That list almost seems too short for the fun project car  :-D
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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #102 on: April 17, 2015, 09:33:48 AM »
Awesome man, glad the new radiator worked out
That list almost seems too short for the fun project car  :-D

That list is just for this summer.  Winter is going to be substantially more work.  :angel:

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #103 on: May 06, 2015, 08:21:31 AM »
I got the new coilovers in and loaded the car with weight to help settle it before alignment day.  I'll be doing the final height adjustment this afternoon, and locking the collars.  It's going to gain a little altitude versus the Tiens, because the spring rates are lower, but the tradeoff is better ride quality and more consistent grip.  Now that I have them off the car, I'm not actually sure the Tiens are blown.  I'd be willing to let them go to another 1st gen owner to screw around with for cheap.  I also have a set of GroupN front tophats I can bundle.  I'll be shooting for a more conservative alignment, as the Wagon will just be a street car for this summer/fall. 

I also threw in a new battery....went from a size 35 to a 26R, so it's about 5 lbs lighter.  Didn't spring for the Deka or anything exotic, since both of my cars and my stupid dog are getting a lot of money already this month.  I went to start the car leaving a lacrosse game and it died, so I had to mooch a jump.  I went to move the car out of the garage for the coils the next day and it didn't start again.  Autocraft Gold lasted between 4 and 5 years of getting the everloving shit beaten out of it, so I'm not really crying about it.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #104 on: May 11, 2015, 11:53:53 AM »
Got the car back from the alignment shop and everything was OK except for the rear camber, which was still in the positive.  Going from legacy rear coilovers that were rather low to a more conservative height on a set of GD WRX units completely nuked my rear camber.  Stock lower suspension links out back meant the shop really couldn't fix it.  I had an extra pair of camber bolts, which I slapped out back, and by eyeball the alignment is now at 0* camber. 

Got the Analysis back from BlackStone Labs.  A couple of values seem a little high, but they can't determine how bad/good it is until they get a 2nd sample from my next oil change.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #105 on: January 13, 2017, 07:46:27 AM »
I started the engine removal last weekend.  Just getting the crap disconnected wherever I can from the top of the engine bay, before I get the front lifted up and on jackstands to work from underneath.  The replacement is sitting here waiting to go in. 

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #106 on: May 31, 2017, 08:32:13 AM »
Old Engine's out.  Now, to transfer some parts to the new one.


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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #107 on: May 31, 2017, 10:47:24 AM »
January 13th - May 30th, longest engine removal in history  :2funny:

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #108 on: May 31, 2017, 11:07:40 AM »
January 13th - May 30th, longest engine removal in history  :2funny:

I kid, looking good Dave!

It suuuuucked.  I forgot to take out the clutch fork pin, so idipskoalmint and I tried to force it for like 2 hours to no avail...ended up undoing the flywheel/pressure plate bolts and it popped loose.   :|  I can already tell that getting the VF39 and/or uppipe off of this is gonna suck.  If i'm lucky, tonight i can clean up and wipe down the engine bay.  Something brainless, as lacrosse season is STILL going and keeping me busy.  I wantto have the car running and driving by end of June, do some brake tweaks and maybe rear diff in July.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #109 on: June 04, 2017, 12:59:37 PM »
Turbo is off.  2/3 up pipe nuts had to get sawed and smashed off.  Also drilled and tapped the clutch fork pin...broke off a bolt in it while trying to pull it out before.  Slow progress, but still progress.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #110 on: June 06, 2017, 07:57:18 PM »
2 out of three? Yeah, that sounds about right  :2funny:
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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #111 on: June 08, 2017, 11:42:11 AM »
Fuel rails have been loosened and injectors removed.  Hopefully I can get the intake manifold and TGV's removed tonight.  :angel:

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #112 on: June 09, 2017, 07:48:02 AM »
Injector seals replaced and injectors re-installed.  Pulled the Intake manifold. 

Time to start getting the new engine ready  :evil:

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #113 on: June 13, 2017, 01:02:09 PM »
Look forward to seeing the progress!  Sidenote:  do you have a roof rack on the 2?  Might have seen you drive by the other day.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #114 on: June 19, 2017, 08:20:42 AM »
Look forward to seeing the progress!  Sidenote:  do you have a roof rack on the 2?  Might have seen you drive by the other day.

Alas, My 2 has no roof-rack.  There are a fair number in the US running the same suspension as me (closer to slammed in look, but performs well and is dirt cheap), but not a lot of folks with the classy-as-hell white 5-spokes on a white car.  I was in Vegas for the 13th through the 18th, my fiancee was driving the Mazda around on occasion.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #115 on: June 28, 2017, 08:15:34 AM »
The USDM Manifold and TGV's wouldn't fit to the engine with the nice pretty JDM power steering pump, A/C, and Alternator.  Event some of the braketry was different.  Got the USDM parts all bolted to the engine and wires clipped on. I only have the timing belt job and Clutch/Flywheel/Pressure Plate to install. 

Since I'm waiting for a couple of gaskets to ship, I'll clean up and paint the intercooler plumbing.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #116 on: June 29, 2017, 08:52:39 AM »
Yanked the old Timing Belt.  Did the waterpump and Timing pulleys last night.  Big thanks to 'dip for letting me borrow his Company23 Cam Lock tool.  Should finish up and button up tonight, I just ran out of light yesterday.  This stuff is so much easier with the engine not in the car.  :mrgreen:

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #117 on: July 01, 2017, 09:52:36 PM »
Yanked the old Timing Belt.  Did the waterpump and Timing pulleys last night.  Big thanks to 'dip for letting me borrow his Company23 Cam Lock tool.  Should finish up and button up tonight, I just ran out of light yesterday.  This stuff is so much easier with the engine not in the car.  :mrgreen:

I'm glad the tool worked out well. Wish I could've been there to help / see the difference, but during the week is tough for me, and I don't want you waiting until a weekend to appease my curiosity.
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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #118 on: July 03, 2017, 07:53:25 AM »
I'm glad the tool worked out well. Wish I could've been there to help / see the difference, but during the week is tough for me, and I don't want you waiting until a weekend to appease my curiosity.

When Jay and I did his Saabaru, we used c-clamps and scrap wood to hold the cam pulleys in place, a giant pain in the ass, since we had to remove them to pull off the old belt and put the new belt on.

Had a productive weekend.  I got the front of the engine all buttoned up, just need an A/C belt.  Cleaned out the bellhousing and tossed the clutch fork, pin, and throwout bearing in the transmission.   Sanded, painted, and heatwrapped various intercooler pipes and the turbo heat shield.  I had a few feet of header wrap left, so I wrapped part of the downpipe too.  Soaked and cleaned up all the silicone couplers too.

The only thing that sucked was pulling the flywheel/engine bolts off.  Accidentally threw my not-great 14mm socket on the impact and rounded off one of the bolts. Got off 7 out of 8, but they're all a little beat up, i'm just going to grab a new set from the dealer today.

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #119 on: July 14, 2017, 09:55:33 AM »
Got the damned engine back in.  Time to Attach the million and one hoses and wires.   :mrgreen:

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #120 on: July 14, 2017, 10:03:54 AM »
Home stretch!  :mrgreen:
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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #121 on: July 16, 2017, 10:33:47 PM »
Great job.  If you have any questions putting it back Together shoot me a message or a call. 
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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #122 on: July 17, 2017, 12:07:44 PM »
Great job.  If you have any questions putting it back Together shoot me a message or a call.

Gotcha boss.  You got the ball rolling for me on this project.   :mrgreen:  let me know if there's any parts you want from the random accessory stuff that came on the JDM engine.  I'm turning the USDM block itself into a coffee table once the car's 100%

Tonight is Intercooler pipes, Downpipe, Battery, and fluids, then testing.   

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #123 on: July 17, 2017, 11:20:35 PM »
Coming along nicely?

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Re: deadlydave's wagonzilla
« Reply #124 on: July 18, 2017, 08:28:55 AM »
Coming along nicely?

"Nicely", dunno about that, but definitely coming along.  Feels like the car fought against me for about a third of the job.

I cashed in on Fred's generosity last night by hitting him with a "where the hell does this wire go?" Question.  He dropped the knowledge on me, and while I was in that area found a few other things I had to tidy up.  The car needs the last piece of intercooler pipe thrown in tonight, then fluids, and maybe a battery. 
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