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Old 04-13-2014, 07:28 PM   #11
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progress is looking good to me!
^^^It would be better if the junkyard hadn't sold me a blown up engine! I could have had the whole block cleaned up and ready to buy parts and assemble. But now I have to overbore the engine and sleeve it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:43 PM   #12
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I just looked into the price of cylinder sleeves, and they're outrageous! I'd be better off going out and picking up a different engine. The really upsetting thing is that I paid a pretty good amount of money for this engine understanding that it was in "A grade" condition. I think I'm going to give the owner of the junkyard a call.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:45 AM   #13
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Okay, so here's the deal. I called the yard I got the motor from, and they said to bring in the short block and all my disassembled pieces and they would look it over. If they decide it really is junk (and if they don't I'll know they're full of crap and will never use them again) they'll replace the motor at no cost to me (they have another one out of an 06) So it looks like the motor build is still on. I'll be going to the yard on Friday to exchange it.

As for the turbo build, almost all of my parts have been ordered and are on their way! I'll post pictures when I get all of the parts. Some things are coming from as far away as Canada, so they'll take a while to get to Texas.
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Hopefully they will swap it for ya
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Intercooler arrived in the mail the other day! I also got some O2 bungs for the custom 2.5 inch downpipe I'll be making, and a few silicon couplers. Still waiting on the cold side piping and my 2.5 stainless piping for the downpipe, plus a few miscellaneous things. Anyway, I figured I'd post some pictures of the intercooler.

I just got something cheap that would work for now. Maybe it will end up working nicely and I won't have to replace it!



The core looks pretty crappy, but hey it was a $63 intercooler what can you expect?



A friend of mine who is a real turbo Miata fan, and works for Bell Engineering (as in Corky Bell) asked why I didn't get a nice shiny intercooler. The answer? You can hardly tell there is an intercooler in there when it's black!



Yes, I know the intercooler isn't centered. I was just checking to see what it would look like in there. I still have to remove the fairing on the passenger side so it will fit right. Maybe you can see what I'm talking about. I removed the other one to get better air flow to my intake. The horns will have to be relocated in order to run charge piping through there.
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You can go a small overbore, like .020 over and not have to sleeve it. That's the route that's probably the cheapest and best route.

You should be machining the block, heads, and crank before assembly anyway.

Assembling a motor with no machine work is suicide.
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You can go a small overbore, like .020 over and not have to sleeve it. That's the route that's probably the cheapest and best route.

You should be machining the block, heads, and crank before assembly anyway.

Assembling a motor with no machine work is suicide.
I'm pretty sure it is going to take more than .020 overbore to take that gouge out of there. I finally found a reputable machine shop to do some work for me. I'm going to the junk yard tomorrow, and they should exchange my engine. If they don't I'll probably just keep the torn down engine I have, and do Darton sleeves down the road. Those are going to offset my budget by $700 plus the machining to get them in. I'll be machining everything else too before I assemble everything, but I was holding off until I found a good place, and got the motor all apart to inspect it.

My turbo stuff should all be here by the end of next week, so that should still be on my to do list. The cold side piping came in the mail earlier today.
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scrap that block and move on. do not even fool with it. good luck

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Yeah, that engine's toast. "Broke when parked"

Teardown experience only - get the exchange engine & move on.
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scrap that block and move on. do not even fool with it. good luck

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Yeah, that engine's toast. "Broke when parked"

Teardown experience only - get the exchange engine & move on.
I was going to go get my exchange engine today, but I didn't have access to the truck today. I COULD have put the engine in the back of the Focus I suppose, but it would have been a real pain to get it back out. I'll be headed out there tomorrow afternoon hopefully.

I've been tossing around the idea lately of getting myself an MG. I've always wanted one, they're kinda like the old school Miata. I read the thread on the Zetec powered MG on here, and I found a really nice MG close by with a seized engine. It would make a cool swap! Any thoughts?

I still am working on the Turbo Kit, but I'm waiting on some more parts. It should be together pretty soon. Once I get it together, I may just put it up for sale to fund my next project (still to be determined) or fund the engine build
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