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Galant VR-4 Restoration #129/1458

techboy

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Another quick motor update. There's some good and bad news ...

We ran a hone through cylinder #1 today just to see what that score would look like after.
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As you can see in this picture, its still there and your finger nail definitely catches it. So, once I laid eyes on this last week I figured we were gonna need an overbore, now it's just a matter of the machine shop figuring out what size.
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So the good news is I think the block is still usable, the bad news is it's gonna cost us some cash for some different pistons which is an expense I was not counting on.

My favorite picture of the day is my father-in law teaching my son how to read a micrometer while taking measurements on the crank. We just wanted to make sure it was within spec. Journals should be 2.24 and rods should be 1.77. Everything was spot on, and surfaces look great, so the crank is good. :thumb:
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I want to remove the freeze plugs before we drop at the machine shop, so we'll do that next and I hope to drop the block by end of this week.
 

techboy

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Feb 3, 2018
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Did another quick thing today to get this block one step closer to drop off at the machine shop. Knocked out the freeze plugs.

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If you never done this before, it's really not that hard. Just grab a punch and tap on either the far right or left. NOT the center. You essentially want to "spin" the plug so you can pull it out with pliers. You don't want to knock it into the block.
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Bought some brass plugs to go back in on the flip side.
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techboy

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Feb 3, 2018
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Picked up the 2nd round of powder - just a few pulleys. Gloss black this time.

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Also got the block back from the machine shop. Hard to believe its the same block. Time to start assembling this thing.
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Fresh deck.
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Picked up some brushes today, next thing we'll do is get the block painted a fresh coat of gloss black.
 

techboy

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Feb 3, 2018
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Well we've had the block back from the machine shop about a month now so we took some time over the winter break here to get it mounted on a stand and started painting it.

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Here it is on the stand.
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Started taping it up.
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Time for some primer.
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And now for some real paint.
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Much better.

Rings have arrived already. ACL, King, and Clevite mains are all on backorder with no ETA at this time, so we wait to begin the assembly process.
 

techboy

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Feb 3, 2018
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
I have 2 1G oil pans, both of them have a slightly crushed bottom near the sump. So I came up with a method to gently bang them back out. Worked pretty good.
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I screwed it to some scrap 2x8's I had.
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Then I used a combination of some long bolts and a block of wood to bang it back out.
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Came out pretty decent. I'm happy.
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Dropped it off to be sand blasted and epoxy coated. Can't wait to get it back.
 
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punk3rz

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Jun 1, 2012
Surgoinsville, Tennessee
I have 2 1G oil pans, both of them have a slightly crushed bottom near the sump. So I came up with a method to gently bang them back out. Worked pretty good.
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I screwed it to some scrap 2x8's I had.
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Then I used a combination of some long bolts and a block of wood to bang it back out.
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Came out pretty decent. I'm happy.
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Dropped it off to be sand blasted and epoxy coated. Can't wait to get it back.
I would’ve bought an aftermarket pan for $65. Probably would’ve been a lot cheaper but can’t wait to see the results! Check out NexxRacing on Facebook for a guy that makes a new style gasket that doesn’t leak- see attached. Glad to see the car coming along!

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techboy

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Feb 3, 2018
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Thanks for the great info on that gasket. I will definitely pick those up. Does he make 2G ones as well.

Also ... I'm very curious where can you find an aftermarket pan for $65 bucks. I'm usually only scoping out OEM parts on Extreme, STM, or JNZ ... and pans are way more than that if available.
 

punk3rz

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Jun 1, 2012
Surgoinsville, Tennessee
Thanks for the great info on that gasket. I will definitely pick those up. Does he make 2G ones as well.

Also ... I'm very curious where can you find an aftermarket pan for $65 bucks. I'm usually only scoping out OEM parts on Extreme, STM, or JNZ ... and pans are way more than that if available.
RockAuto has them in stock right now
 
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