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1988 Conquest
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  1. 4g64Starion

    4g64Starion Proven Member

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    Well it's winter! But progress is being made. Slowly.

    I pulled the engine, and after fighting with it for a day, got the trans attached! Dang friction plate wasn't aligned...took a while to figure it out.

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    Welded up some of the intercooler pipes, less couplings this way.

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    Went ahead and made up some Radiator brackets, as well as overflow tank mounting brackets. So many brackets...

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    See the catch can hanging there? There's two, and they're going to plumb into the intake going right above them.

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    So the radiator block I built on the back of the head, hits the firewall. I pulled the motor back out, and cut out the cancerous lump on the firewall. It's going to get a little aluminum plate to cover it. Probably going to remove the heater core system as I don't have the computer functional to run it.

    I made these brackets, because I don't have the factory lift hooks. I'm pretty proud of how these came out.

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    Tomorrow I'm going to work on the patch for the firewall, and hopefully the whole thing will slide in. Finally!
     

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  2. 4g64Starion

    4g64Starion Proven Member

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    Now that the engine and trans are in I had to do some firewall surgery, it's not the greatest, but it will work. I've only got 1/2 inch or so between the back of my water block and the firewall. Plan B will be to get some Montero Mounts that will me move the engine forward 2.5 inches. Of course this would require a new driveshaft.

    I made a heat shield for the Alt. And here's what is looks like in place.

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    But this is all getting moved. As you can see, there's almost no clearance between the Alt and the exhaust! So I got the Jayracing kit on order, and the alt will be moving to the other side. Which means relocating my remote oil filter too of course! The catch cans are now mounted int he nose area, not where you see them now. When more line shows up I'll put up some finished pics of those. Oh and the turbo precludes using the traditional Power steering locations, so it's going roughly where the alt is now.

    Just a shot of the interior. there's stuff everywhere!
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  3. 4g64Starion

    4g64Starion Proven Member

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    So I totally forgot about this thread. Sorry guys. I still own the car, and for the first time today I had spark and fuel form the MS2 I finished.

    Heard a strange noise, while cranking the engine. Put a wrench on the cranks and noticed a ton of resistance. Pulled the cam cover, found out 2 roller followers had left the camshaft and all the others were loose! I have good oil pressure (spun the pump with a drill to find all the awesome leaks, yay). But when the cam is on it's heel I can easily pull the followers off their lifters! I assume this is incorrect. I'll see if I can get some better info from a 'Help' type post.

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    Thought you guys might find this cool, it's a 2-g power steering pump, 2.4 1g block and the Kiggly relocation kit with GM alternator. It took a while to figure out the correct belts! Also the water pump needed little spacers to set behind the pulley to line it up with the alt, but it all works now. May try to find a much larger pulley for the water pump though, and work from there. Early 4-rib stuff is really hard to find in the JY these days.

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    Now that I've finally gotten spark, and fuel, and fixed all the leaks, this thing should be running soon! In the meanwhile I picked up a whole non-running Quest and got it running. Also grabbed a really nice shell, with all the interior bits that may get this motor and trans. Or it may get a special engine/trans idea I've been working on. Hint: 4g Eclipse and Kia Sorento.

    This one is the shell

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    This one is the runner! Clean title too! A little rusty, but built motor and suspension and brakes. Got it really cheap due to not running at purchase, but it ran by the end of the day! Sounds really cool too.

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    Did I mention I have an addiction to cheap unloved import sports cars? Halp...
     

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  4. Jerzm3

    Jerzm3 Supporting VIP

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    That timing belt looks awfully loose. Did it loosen up, or was that a "in progress" pic? I too love these cars, it was my first car over 20 years ago. I am currently on the fence as to which motor I want to put in, 4G63, 2JZ, LS..
     
  5. 4g64Starion

    4g64Starion Proven Member

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    That was an in-progress! Didn't even notice that until you mentioned it. I removed the idler pulley so it was easier to mess with the components with the belt slack. Yeah these cars are awesome. I also happen to really like the 3rd gen Celicas, which have a similar shape. And FC's...

    Oddly carbed American V8's fit in the Starion easily. But there's a lot of fab from what I read for the LS's.

    I'm thinking the 3.8 Mivec motor, plus the Kia rwd trans and rwd water housings (Grabbed these at the JY this weekend) will fit in the Starion. Not 100% on the Mivec intake, but the preliminary measurements from the Kia say it'll be about 2 inches too high. Oil pan clearance and maybe front crossmember clearance will be needed. I won't be sure until I get a 3.8 in the junkyard to measure, as the Kia's use the 6g74 and a unique intake manifold. I plan to use the entire factory Mivec computer and immobilizer, and cluster. it'll be tricky, but damn awesome if I can make it work. Now thta I'm more familiar with MS, that's a backup plan.

    Did some reading this afternoon, apparently my lifters are shot/the wrong ones. Ordered a new set of 3rd generation lifters. I tried to cheap out, and it bit me I think. I'll be inspecting the cams tomorrow to see if anything was damaged. The preliminary looked good, but with so many of the lifters practically falling out, I was afraid to turn the cams a full 360. I took the head to a reputable shop, familiar with the 4g63 even, and can't believe they didn't notice the followers falling off the lifters! Luckily I was just cranking the engine by hand, not actually running it, when I noticed the issue.
     

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  6. 4g64Starion

    4g64Starion Proven Member

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    Inspected the exhaust camshaft today. No obvious damage. But every single rocker fell out! There's something like 3mm clearance between the rocker and the camshaft. I had the shop install the GSC Beehive Valvesprings Retainers Eclipse DSM Evo1-8 4G63T. So I assume that's correct for a 1g dsm head. But obviously this is messed up. Are the intake and exhaust maybe backwards? Wrong springs, right valves? I'm totally lost.
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    The Intake side looks fine

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    1988 Conquest
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