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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby 801Alltrac » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:00 am

A 3sge intake looks better and i think get some more hp, me i plan doin what your doin
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby UtahSleeper » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:22 am

3sge manifold is the best option for cheap and it fixes a lean issue on one of the cylinders. I will be doing that mani on my car when I sort out my cars engine.
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby jspeedrifter » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:42 pm

Hey guys! Here's a quick update on the progress:

I pushed the car into my shop on Saturday and started cleaning out the leaves and cobwebs that were in it everywhere. I didn't really even look at it before I bought them, so I was a bit surprised to find that nothing was done to it at all. The motor and trans were just sitting on the east/west motor mounts and that's it. The PO couldn't get the axles to snap into place and just quit. Here's a "before" photo from under the hood:

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So my brother and I got started on it and I think we made some pretty good progress. We got the axles snapped in place and then moved onto the actual motor. We hooked up the shift linkage, the fuel lines, and started sorting out the wiring harness. The harness is completely unmolested, which is really nice. The motor/trans are JDM, and there are definitely some minor differences in the wiring and in the sensors. We had to switch some around and swap some from the parts cars, but it wasn't anything too bad. We got the throttle body in place and put the fuel rail together. We bolted the wiring harness under the throttle body and kept hooking stuff up.

I'm sure we'll have some vacuum hoses that aren't hooked up, but so far we didn't see any that we missed. I'm not using the water-to-air intercooler, so there will be a couple of wires that don't go to anything.

Here's a photo of the lift and small part of the shop:

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I have a ton of little stuff to do and a TON of cleaning, but I think it's a good start. We have the driveshaft, the subframe, the alternator, and the radiator to put together still. I'm not worried about the cruise control yet, but I'll sort that out later. I'm going to fab a little downpipe and exhaust If I have time next time I'm there, but I think that's it.

I'm going to use the bumper and passenger door from the red one because they're nicer. Also, the interior of the red one seems nicer too. The door panels have the leather inserts and so do the rear panels by the seats. I like the look of those a lot better than the cloth. Does anyone know how difficult it is to remove the dash from these? The red one has a really nice dash and the grey one has a little crack in it.

Here are some random shots of both cars:

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Extra parts:
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Grey Interior:
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Clearly I'm having some trouble resizing these photos, but my photobucket account isn't cooperating at the moment :)
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby UtahSleeper » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:05 pm

Damn!!! Both tracs seems to be in good shape. Atleast from those pics.
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby jspeedrifter » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:50 am

Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any photos of ST165's with a roof rack for bikes? I think it would look really cool and it would help me drag my bike around :).

If anyone out there has anything, let me know. Thanks for looking at this little build thread!
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby Curry » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:45 pm

jspeedrifter wrote:Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any photos of ST165's with a roof rack for bikes? I think it would look really cool and it would help me drag my bike around :).

If anyone out there has anything, let me know. Thanks for looking at this little build thread!


I was trying to put the one from my WRX on but the feet were not correct. My friend has one for me that may fit so when I go pick it up ill post pics if it fits.
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby Curry » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:47 pm

Do you have the metal coolant overflow tank in either one of the cars?
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby ZeroDrift » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:30 am

jspeedrifter wrote:Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any photos of ST165's with a roof rack for bikes? I think it would look really cool and it would help me drag my bike around :).

If anyone out there has anything, let me know. Thanks for looking at this little build thread!



Found this today:

http://www.185performance.com/gallery2/ ... temId=4396
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby jspeedrifter » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:26 am

I actually have three of the metal coolant overflow tanks. I'm putting together a list of parts that I'll have for sale once the grey one is running. I'm hoping there are some parts that people want!

Thanks for the link ZeroDrift!
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby jspeedrifter » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:31 pm

Hey guys! I went up and put in a little time on the car this past Saturday. It's now at my brother's house and he's been working on it a little bit. The vacuum hoses are all sorted out, the throttle body is all put back together, I threw the stock downpipe on for now, and go the coolant overflow, radiator and alternator on there. It's getting close!

Here's and engine shot as it gets closer (don't mind my brother's arm):

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I have a few extra parts too:
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I'm going to throw the stock intercooler on it to drive it the 120 miles home, and the JDM one has some fun little stickers on it:
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I also went shopping in the PO's garage and scored some goodies for really cheap! He's a good friend of mine and has had more than a few projects, so he has a lot of spare parts laying around:

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They're barely used and in perfect shape. All of the parts are there too :). I also found an old Pivot RHU-M Lazy Eye kit from my old 240sx, so I might throw that on there too.

We have to throw the driveshaft, the battery, and power steering on there before it's ready to fire up. There are a few sensors that are questionable, but I just want to fire it up and work from there. The sooner I can get it home, the sooner I can fab up my front mount and downpipe.

Any suggestions you guys might have for me are greatly appreciated! I have some parts from Toyota coming tomorrow ( a friend works there and gives me cost on all my parts) so hopefully it will be moving on its own within a week or two.

Thanks for looking!
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby Rick89GTS » Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:28 pm

Nice project, good work. Love that pewter colour on the 165 :D
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby jspeedrifter » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:22 pm

Hey guys! I need a little guidance here if anyone has an insight on the ignition. I'm not getting any spark. I've tried two sets of plug wires, distributer caps, and coils, but still nothing. Everything else in the car works and turns on, but no spark.

Any suggestions?

On the other hand, the motor turns over nicely and appears to have good compression. I'm just hoping I can figure out what's up with the spark and hear it run. Any advice you guys have is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby phattyduck » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:21 pm

Check engine light turn on with the key in the 'ON' position?

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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby jspeedrifter » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:15 pm

The check engine light doesn't come on. What does that mean?
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Re: ST165 Daily Beater Project

Postby UtahSleeper » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:09 pm

The ECU may be toast. You can pull the ECU from the other trac and test. Normally the CEL will come on when the key first is turned to ON.
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