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Wow, 2 months since I've posted...that's depressing.

Sadly, still no updates. :(
I was able to work on it a little bit a couple weeks ago but not really any progress was made.

I did manage to get the fusion tinted tho. Turned out pretty good for kinda a rush job. I have some tiny bubbles on almost all the windows. But it's done and for now I'm happy.
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I did get a custom plate for it lol.
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Another 2 months have gone by. Geez.

Well last weekend we had a really nice day here in Michigan. I was hoping for an earlier spring so I can get back to working on the car. But today it's been snowing non-stop with no signs of stopping till maybe this time tomorrow. So that shoots that's idea lol.
 

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Hey guys, it's been way to long since I've posted.

Well, I still own the car and I'm finally able to start working on it in the coming weeks. I haven't given up on this thing and I just really really miss the car. I've been very busy lately and haven't had the time to devote to the car. Last night I went with my buddy to take the car from the barn it's been sitting in and bring it back to his house. It's closer to home and work which will make it much easier to find the time to get it running again.




So that's what I have now, it's not much but it's something.
 

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Well, last weekend I drained the gas tank and that's about as far as I got. When we were trying to siphon it out all of the fumes gave me a major migraine so I had to call it quits.

But that's where I'm at. Just need to cycle the key a few times to clear the line a bit and and re-assembly starts.
 

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So, I've been working on it every evening since Saturday. This is from Monday night

Starting to look like a motor again!
We drained the tank last week which was a PAIN but that's done.

Last night we re-installed the cams, timed the engine and a few other misc items. The header needs to be installed as well as the intake and some misc body stuff. Might be able to fire it up tonight and see if it runs lol.
 

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So update from last night:
Header is installed
Fan is installed
Wire harness 85% installed
EVAP module installed
Upper Rad Support installed
Re-routed a few hoses so they weren't criss-crossed

So the darn bolt for the alternator took OVER AN HOUR to get completed. The bolt was slightly cross threaded and trying to get it back in there without making it worse took WAY to long. ☹


Stuff remaining:
Spark plugs
Intake
Bumper
Headlights
Grill
15% left of wire harness

Took a break tonight from the car since that stupid bolt was so frustrating yesterday lol. I'll be out there tomorrow to hopefully wrap it up and see if it will run!

Side note, once my car is done Saturday if there is time I'll be helping a friend install a COBB cat-back into his 14' FoST. I can't wait to hear the sound of that system. If it sounds even half as great as it looks I'm sure it will be awesome. The welds are incredible looking! Really makes me want a Borla for my car lol
 

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Miss her.... ;)


If it stops being stupid and actually wants to run right I'll have it at Woodward this year. I know that didn't happen last year like I was hoping for. But if it's running alright I'd love for you to be able to see it if your down there!
 

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UPDATE from Saturday:

The car is currently in one piece now so yay! We got everything all hooked back up and it looks like a car now lol.


We tried starting it and it turns over alright but it doesn't want to fire. So we messed around with it for a while still with no luck. We pulled one of the plugs and we discovered that the engine was flooded at that point. Whoops. We tested spark for one of the plugs and it was fine. Still have to check the other 3. So it's either bad plugs/wires maybe, or possibly low compression? All of us are rather confused about this. Any ideas from you guys?

That's where the car sits tho. I'm so happy that it's finally back together! Saturday left me a bit frustrated but mostly confused as to why it won't fire. So I'll be diagnosing that some more this week. With any luck it will be running right once we figure this out!

More pictures of it assembled because why not?



Look it already has an ST buddy! Lol
 

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Hey, so I worked on the car yesterday for most of the day. I re-adjusted the timing since it was slightly off. I'm hoping that was my non starting issue.

When I put the tensioner back on I over torqued the bolt for it. Does anyone know the specs on that bolt? I'd like to replace it just to be sure it doesn't break while running.
 

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I drove about 1.5hrs away to a dealership that had the correct bolt for the tensioner. They had 4 so I bought them all lol

But anyway onto the update.

Last night I put the new bolt in and then re-times the car. I checked it 3 times with the tools and it was still good. So I put it all back together. I fired it up around 9 last night. Turned over maybe 2 times and fired right up! Felt really good to have that finally happen. So I let it idle for a few minutes and then the top end rattle I had last year came back. ☹ I am clueless at this point and rather annoyed that it's making the same noise. I was smart this time around and took a quick video lol. Anyone know what it could be? It's not throwing any codes. Is the VCT not getting enough oil? I was thinking late last night that maybe the metal shield on the underside of the valve cover is loose? I'm at a complete loss of what else to check or do.

https://youtu.be/XPGN5KrToVs
 

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Okay have you checked the vct solenoid? It could be gunked up you can clean it with brake parts cleaner. Or $40 new



Just found this video might help a little bit

https://youtu.be/FZFfi44tNA0


Hey sorry to get back to you so late. Been busy and haven't payed attention to the forums.

I am positive that the motor is timed correctly. I messed with that for a few hrs and checked 3 times before trying to crank it. The car doesn't throw any codes but the rattle is loud. I'm thinkin I may have a lifter "bucket" that's not in spec anymore causing the rattle. But thanks for the video!

As for the VCT, not sure if that's part of the issue. When I pull it out will I be able to tell easily if it's all gunked up?

The rattle seems like it's coming from the right side of the motor, specifically cylinders 3, 4. I drove it around for 5min or so and the rattle is there but seems to disappear when under load which points more to a rod knock but the sound is definitely upper end this time. The car seems to "pull" normal(don't worry I only went to 3k, nothing crazy) and doesn't bog down at all. It's weird and I'm still baffled.


I may check on it tonight before I put the car in storage for the winter. But if not, then it will happen when it comes back out in the springtime.

Thanks for the tip man!
 

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Oh, and I washed it for the first time in years. Still cleans up nice but it needs a clay bar and some polish lol
 

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Dumb question and probably gonna get flack for asking lol. But, can I take a standard zetec and bolt it into my SVT? If it's possible I'm pretty close to doing that at this point so I can drive and enjoy the darn thing.
 
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