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Old 01-02-2019, 06:58 PM
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Thats the plan. Reading/ learning as much as I can now so I csn waste as little cash as possible. I really want to bag the car how much do you think I would have to reinforce the chassis
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:49 PM
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idk man you would have to find a fabricator first and talk to them
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:22 PM
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Stripped the engine down to the block today. Everything went smooth. If I was an actual mechanic I couldve replaced the head gasket and reassembled in 6 hours or less.
The head is off to the shop to be pressure tested and resurfaced tomorrow.
There is a lot of “rusty” colored gunk in the long slottted ports on my block I believe are water ports. How do I clean this out without pulling the engine?
I have 2 sensors Im unsure of their identity. Ill try to post pics for help.
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:26 PM
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:32 PM
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Top pic came out of the old carb
Bottom pic I have no clue. Found it floating around the carb base hooked to nothing
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:56 PM
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not reused with the weber carb, you are making kickass progress man keep it up
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Honderachinaldo View Post
Yeah, a properly sorted D would exceed most realistic power requirements in that chassis for the price of a bucket of lard, at least after minor swap issues are resolved.
What sort of issues other than clearance and mounts?
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by dilbeckskate View Post
not reused with the weber carb, you are making kickass progress man keep it up
Thanks. I dont need either sensor?
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:53 PM
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getting the crap out of the flush just entails doing a good coolant flush with some additive after its running again... and IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLYYYY ones got to do with the electric choke and the other is like a intake temp sensor for cold starts , id figure out which one is 12v switched (prob the one thats single wire) and run it to your choke and ditch the other
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:35 AM
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Dropped of the head to my machine shop today. My coolant ports are rusted to hell from sitting over the years and require welding 😑
Bad news: I need at least 8 welds
Good news: machinist is from Puerto Rico and owned a similar old honda back home. He has attached himself to the rebuild and quoted me $8 per weld.
$321 with tax for welds + complete rebuild and adjustment. 👍🙂
5 star local engine specialty shop with great reviews. I see why.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:43 AM
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D16y8 vtec for sale local for $600 I feel like that’s a lot since he selling two cars; one titled, that motor, and a blown motor for 900
I feel like 6 is a bit much. Should I get it?
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:02 PM
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dont even think about starting the swap until you are ready to drop 5-10k to do it all right and where you would pass tech at events
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:07 PM
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Its not a good idea to accumulate parts? What if the guy will take 450 for it. Its actually an obd1 vtec d16z6. What do you mean pass tech at events?

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Old 01-08-2019, 01:49 PM
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most the parts you wouldnt end up using other than motor/trans shift linkage. it would be easiest to be like me and use a obd1 stand alone harness to run everything and you use your stock 80 axles soo at that point you bought a whole donor car that you arent going to use alot and id run the z6 it would be great but you would want to go with a 88-91 cable transmission for ease
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:52 PM
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and tech inspection is what you do where they inspect your car pre track/strip day to say its safe , example you have to have approved seats and harnesses and harness bar and correct fuel cell etc theres lots of info out there on whats needed to pass tech inspection
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:29 PM
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I dont want both of the cars. I just want the engine and I wanna know if 500 or less is a deal. I offered him $450 and I think hes interested. If I had 900 I could buy both cars and engines and scrap everything but the z6 to recoup most my funds. My car piggy is getting a little skinny after all the expenses in the last month: $1500 for the car, $650 in parts, $321 head job $50 miscellaneous. Did I mention christmas money and that I only worked 6 days in 2 weeks over the holidays. What have I done?! Lol
If Im using a newer cable transmission can I upgrade my axles to newer or are my old ones better?
No immediate plans to track the car. More along the lines of a sweet “modern” grocery go kart capable of taking me anywhere. I drive my work truck 80% of the time.
More bad news today. I think I need my block welded 🤬
Gonna try to upload a pic
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:57 PM
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Do I need welds? Is it weldable?
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:58 PM
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dont need no stinking welds. prob fine with fresh head gasket
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:33 PM
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The head is supposed to have those notches on the coolant ports? Why are they only like that on one side of the block?
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:18 AM
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yes thats how its supposed to be , ones intake side ones exhaust side
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:48 AM
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What is this sleeve? After I took my head off of the car when I was cleaning it, I flipped it over, that fell off the top from somewhere.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:14 AM
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its a pin to align the head and block
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:10 AM
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Dilbeck for the win. ..Again �� you're proving to be very helpful. I appreciate it. Do I only have 1 pin?
*WARNING: Dumbass ahead*
I may have used a cheap wire cup wheel to clean my iron block. I didnt put pressure and used a battery drill, not pneumatics. On the web it seems around 2011 everyone started saying how bad that is. Is that just because blocks are aluminum now? I imagine ALL 60hp I have is easier to contain than the high hp compression on the newer motors, so I have minutely more room for error? Im just theorizing.
That pic of my block is after I cleaned it with the wheel. How badly did I screw up?
Should I get a sanding block and fine sandpaper to retouch it. If ABSOLUTELY necessary, I will pull the engine and take it to my machinist. Dumbass tax I guess.
if you look at the top left side of the block you can see a raised “bump” this is the only place I tried to use pressure to take off. The block isn’t noticeably scratched and you cant feel scratches with your nail.

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Closeup of "bumps
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