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Old 03-22-2012, 07:53 PM   #104
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Time for an update. I bought an Explorer for the woman and had to swap the transmission and transfer case in it. Good thing I had a spare t-case, and my buddy had a transmission. I think it was a good deal for $650.

Anywho, back to the build. Had low compression after assembling it. Finally had time to pull the head back off and this is what I found.

Its from the rivet in the head gasket. Here is the same area on my stock head.

And my studs came in.

Got my OEM SVT rings from Tousley and honed the cylinders a lot more. Also picked up a cheapy Ebay header, silicone radiator hoses, stainless brake lines, and some Z3 fenders for a steal. Header came with a 2.5" flex so it was worth it IMO.

EGR tube had to go. Cut and welded shut.

But it wouldn't clear my 4 point brace, so I had to mod it. I'll be making a new one in the future.

Ready for the head

As she sits.
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