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Old 08-04-2004, 04:54   #1 (permalink)
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G'day all,

Just thought some of you guys might be interested that I've just confirmed with Joe (gm dstroya) that I'll be buying his engine, and not just the bottom. Pics are on their way very shortly. The basic specs of the EF-based, O-ringed bottom end (copied from ad on Performance Forums) are:

Acid bathed, bored 20 thou, honed 3 thou, for a total of 23 thou over size. o-ringed, all gasket faces decked and ground square, crank bearing tunnel has been tested for trueness

pistons are ea series acl race series pistons, 40 thou over size.
rods have been shot peened, closed and honed.
crank has been computer balanced.
arp rod bolts fitted
acl race series bearings, and gaskets. compression is set for 8.3 to one.
jp. high volume oil pump
crow dual roller, vernier cam gear and chain.

The head is a heavily worked AU head, complete with billet-grind cam etc. I'll grab some more detailed specs, but the bottom line is that it is on par with the block (capable of up to 750 HP). Should go OK, although my goal is 'only' 650 HP @ 30 psi, and I'll be happy knowing that the engine will not be pushed to its limits in the process. My dream is running 11s in street trim, though I may have my head in the clouds.

The engine is estimated to arrive in about 5 weeks, giving Joe time to assemble it and freight it from Qld. The next priority will be getting my EL BT-R transmission fully rebuilt, but I've already maxed out the credit card so I'm hoping I'll be able to get a loan. The fuel system, exhaust/piping stuff etc will not be cheap. Worst case scenario is the car taking longer to get back on the road.

That also means I have to get rid of my beloved 3.9 MPI and T5 manual. :sad: I can't afford to hang onto them or else I would. A shame, because it was a great package even as a stock car. One of the faster affordable cars for its time, and an enjoyable challenge to get the best out of. Unfortunately I'm aiming for a bit more outright power than that. Hoping for about $250 for the engine and $550 for the manual conversion kit, including a bonus bottle of Transmax Z valued at over $60.

Anyway, I'll keep everyone posted on this thread. There's a bit of suspense in the air because I have no idea if I can get this loan or if I'll be forced to take longer to complete the project. Wish me luck.
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Old 08-04-2004, 05:05   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a few pics just in, thanks to Joe!
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Sounds great jack :)
atlast we'll see some of Joe's work in action!

i doubt u'll have problems selling the 5 speed kit
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when does the 5 speed come out ? rob i thought you had a box lined up..

oh, yeah, congrats on the purchase Jack. Keep us up-to date with things This is gunna be one hell of a sleeper..
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Who said I was buying it? I have bigger issues right now :S
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The tranny and engine come out soonish, well in time for the new engine's arrival.

Not to make this a for sale thread, but a couple of things about the T5 transmission. It has a new AP Racing heavy duty clutch and the only thing it really needs is a fluid change. Comes with 2.77 and 3.08 speedo gears too.

Cheers all, I'll keep you posted.
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Jack you have got to be excited mate. Its gunna be a killer setup

please keep us informed of all the work done to the tranny, so I can do the same :)
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Cheers Garth, it's certain an exciting development. Turns out after considering all the options (new cars etc) I decided I am after something a bit more unique than a factory-spec car, and a bit faster. I'll be taking the transmission to a guy who has done 2 transmissions for a couple of friends. No details at all yet, I'd better wait until I have some credit before I look into it. But I'll keep this thread updated.
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Cheers JT

ok so all things being perfect (which it never is) when is the expected finish time? Later this year?
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