Peon_Slayers 1993 Evo 1 GSR Build

Posted by peon_slayer, Dec 10, 2016

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  1. peon_slayer

    peon_slayer Proven Member

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    Well I figured I may as well start a bit of a build thread here, It will be slow going and no real big progress will happen for about a month or two but hey I got some stuff done already that I want to keep track of haha so here it is!





    this is the day we first picked up the car, we were told all it needed was the transmission redone but that's not the case.



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    once I got it home I started taking out the motor and trans,



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    since the motor had been pulled I decided to check the timing and I was surprised no valves were bent or piston contact was made as the timing was extremely off. I then cleaned the surface of the block and the head as well. I have also since cleaned the turbo up, and removed the dash so I could replace a few things under there and hopeful get rid of an awful smell in the car.

    I did a bit of restoring to some old rusty parts, While putting my dash back inside the car. I couldn't get past how ugly my shifter assembly was and I am a sucker for detail so this had to be fixed.



    here is a before shot of the rusty unit.



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    And here she is looking all fresh and new, I also re lubricated all the joints with grease and I can tell it has made a difference in the way the shifter moves. It is now a lot less notchy and more smooth.



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    I found a great price on a 6 bolt ported head out of a talon that was fully built with GSC Zero Tick Lifters, brand new rockers, AEM cam gears, 272 Brian Crower cams, Brian Crower springs and retainers, AEM fuel rail, ID1000cc injectors, Weldon E85 fuel -8an fuel line kit, Aeromotive FPR kit, Real HKS cam gears ( verified by HKS themselves ) , and a clear timing cover. Got all of this for a little over 1500$ Canadian and all of this is Brand new or has less then 1000 km on it. Now I know that the head wont fit the car but the parts inside the head will and I can reuse the head on my actual 6 bolt car. Now to decide weather I should run the HKS cam gears on the Evo or on my Talon haha . All the other goodies are going straight onto the Evo!



    here are the pics!



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    upon further inspection of the Evo's rear diff, transfer case, and transmission I was able to safely say none of these were damaged at all like the owner had claimed. That should be good news but its not, this meant the car dying out any time power was applied following a metal on metal sound was not related to the drive line. So what all does that leave? Well I found the problem, about half an inch of crank walk! Block, crank, rods.... All toast!!!



    So with the bad news out of the way I found myself a 99 GSX block with the revised thrust bearings so no more pesky crank walk. This motor I found has a brand eagle new crank, eagle rods, wiseco pistons, ARP main studs, and ACL race bearings. It also came with a complete gasket kit, timing belt kit, tensioner, cometic HG, oil pump cover with a full balance shaft delete kit. got everything for $1500! now all thats left is to send out my head to get re surfaced and re assembled with the cams, springs, retainers, and valves. I Disassembled the motor to re lube the bearings, upon doing this I noticed some scoring on one of the cylinder walls and managed to track it down to a cracked piston ring from poor installation. After seeing that I ordered a new ring set and re did all the end gaps.With that out of the way I then continued to Re assemble the motor but soon realized I had a bit of an issue. The previous owner had installed ARP main bolts which is great and all but I did not know what torque spec they used when they had it line honed. A bit on the fence I decided to torque it down to what ARP recommends Hoping that any reputable shop would do the same.Motor finally nearly completed with all accessories awaiting the head to come back from the machine shop I discover that a new gash had appeared on the heads mating surface on the block, still unsure how this could have happened as it has been very well stored and out of the way from anything ( so I had thought ) . Realizing that now it is the best time to kill two birds with one stone I re disassemble the entire motor for a 2nd time to have the head surface decked, and get the mains line bore honed. So as of right now I am currently waiting on the following, Ordered valve stem seals, waiting on the head from the machine shop but they cant finish until the valve seals show up, Ordered Authentic HKS SSQV to match the HKS intercooler pipes, Ordered brass heater core pipes to replace my cracked plastic ones, Waiting on the block to be re machined and for me to re assemble it again, finish debating if I should order the Cusco motor mounts or not.



    here is the motor I had picked up, its out of a 99 GSX so its the 7 bolt you want to have with the revised thrust bearings.



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    Here I am just putting on the front case / oil pump gasket, you can also notice that it is re lubed with nice red bearing assembly lube.



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    new case and front main seal good to go.



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    different view.



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    Water pump on.



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  2. peon_slayer

    peon_slayer Proven Member

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    We got a bit of a time warp here but you can see that the girdle splash guard, oil pickup tube, hydraulic tensioner, oil filter housing, and motor mount bracket/ tension arm is now installed.



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    another view.



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    And I had also had the oil pan on as well and it was at that point I noticed the gash in the mating surface for the head.



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    so as of right now the motor is once again completely stripped and sitting in a machine shop, hope to have it back on on the 15th of December.



    I also managed to retrofit a 1999 Mitsubishi GSX radiator into my car, all that needs to be changed is I needed the GSX rad hoses, upper water neck, and had to make a set of upper radiator brackets but she fits pretty nicely!



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    I am still waiting for my valve seals to show up but those should be here in between now to Thursday so I should have my head back fairly shortly. I also Picked up my copper heater matrix pipes and those should be in before my block is back. All that will be left after that is I need is my block and I can start re assembly! I am getting excited to get the car all buttoned up I have always wanted an evo and now that its almost finished I am starting to realize that dream actually came true.

    Well time for some pics guys!

    but first a story as usual, got my block back on the 2nd and was supposed to also have my head back but we decided while its out we may as well properly grind and seat the valves so I wont have the head back until start of January because I am taking a holiday for Christmas. Also got my Viamoto heater matrix hoses, these things are wicked and have perfect fitment and easy to install. All I did was remove the old sealing ring and cleaned the surface and used some RIGHT STUFF silicone. once I got the block back I began to reinstall the bottom end but decided to wait until I have the head but here is how its sitting.




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    In this pic I had not lubed the bearings just yet, but I assure you I did lube them before installing the crank.




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    And this is where I stopped after deciding to wait for the head to come back.




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    Here are the Viamoto Heater matrix hoses.




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    slowly making progress but I hope to have it running end of January, hope you enjoy the pics!



    Thanks to all those who read through the whole thing this is actually about 3 months worth of pics and information I copied over from another Evo site I am on so if stuff seemed scattered thats why. as of now everything will be posted up to date!
     
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  3. peon_slayer

    peon_slayer Proven Member

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    Well got a very small update, managed to get some christmas car parts and was gifted a new HKS SSQV 3 that is not a fake.



    asides from that I just got back from my christmas break so progress should get rolling again shortly.



    I also managed to pick up a new daily driver, I p[icked up a 2016 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost so I am very excited about that as I will save hundreds of dollars a month on fuel costs alone. Although it wasnt the best time to buy a mustang as its mid winter right now haha.
     
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  4. Operate

    Operate Proven Member

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    My favorite car right there! Super jelly.
     
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  5. Black95TSIawd

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    Great build.
     
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  6. 96Formula6spd

    96Formula6spd Proven Member

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    Looking good. I always liked the original evos. Granted I have always wanted an evo 6. Might make a fun project as you can now bring the evo 1 to the USA.
     
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  7. peon_slayer

    peon_slayer Proven Member

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    Wow thanks guys I thought this thread was going to die cause no one had commented yet haha!

    @96Formula6spd My favorite evo is actually an evo 6 as well, my cousin that I live with actually has a blue one too haha. Sadly I dobt many evo 1s will make it to the states as most are selling for new 20K now because they are getting very hard to find. evo 2 and 3s maybe but a 1 is getting very pricey unless you look at the 1800 GSR those may be a bit cheaper but I doubt it.
     
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  8. peon_slayer

    peon_slayer Proven Member

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    Wow I forgot about this thread, Cars finished and has been running strong up until a few nights ago when the diff may have locked up. Currently got it up on stands diagnosing the issue.
     
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  9. 95eclipser

    95eclipser Proven Member

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    You need to keep this thread updated for us. The EVO 1-6 are awesome cars and Id like to see more of the work people are doing to them.

    Evo 1s just started rolling into the states.
     
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