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Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:20 pm
by pintoBC_3sgte
Wow, great looking car, great shots!!

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:15 am
by FC Zach
pintoBC_3sgte wrote:Wow, great looking car, great shots!!


Thank you! My friend finished them and sent me the link to download, here are the rest :)

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Funny. . I had a trailer hitch when this picture was taken. . oh the powers of photoshop.
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Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:59 pm
by underscore
Those turned out great!

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:51 am
by FC Zach
underscore wrote:Those turned out great!


Thank you!

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:11 pm
by CMS-GT4
Looking sharp.

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:16 am
by FC Zach
Although I love Toyotas/Celicas, I'm a big rotor head! Last weekend was the Deals Gap Rotary Rally, an event that I look forward to every year and have been attending since '06 or '07. This year I was unable to drive my 7 due to a harness issue but I still had fun in the AllTrac :) I found this picture on KillBoy's site.

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I wasn't without a rotory though, I trailered my rotary golf cart to the event. This thing was a blast! I won an award with it so I'm pretty proud of it to say the least :)

https://www.facebook.com/198449143613369/videos/718000108324934/
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Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:34 pm
by CSAlltrac
Those shots look awesome dude, that rotary event sounds like a blast. Are you on Instagram at all?

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:05 pm
by FC Zach
CSAlltrac wrote:Those shots look awesome dude, that rotary event sounds like a blast. Are you on Instagram at all?


It really is a fun event, and one of the largest rotary gatherings in the states. I'm not on Instagram, maybe one day.

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:08 am
by FC Zach
End of last month, just before a two week vacation from work, a tubular manifold that came on the car had failed me and started leaking. I figured this would happen since it was a cheapo fleaBay piece so a few years ago I purchased an OE cast manifold from someone here on the forum. I didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broke so I left it alone, a part of me was glad this happened because I prefer a cast manifold and it's a plus that the OE part is much stronger. .

Here's an older picture with the tubular manifold. . It had a hole through it at the turbo flange.
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I removed everything and started placing orders for gaskets. I didn't care for the corroded hardware so I ordered titanium and SS hardware to replace all the rusted stuff. At the time I thought it would be a great idea to get titanium studs for the head but it wasn't until I tried to remove the rusted studs that I realized I should have left well enough alone! Many curse words yelled, a broken stud, and a Time-Sert later. . I finally got 5 of the 7 studs out, the remaining two I said Fv*k it! !
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(They're not all shiny and new looking because I applied very high temp anti-seize heavily)
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While I had the radiator out, I replaced the e-fan with a better quality and slightly slimmer Spal. I also had some mounts fabricated to secure it as opposed to those plastic zip-tie thingies I had been using that royally fubar the rad. After that was completed I straightened damaged fins from past accidents.
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(A few hours/beers later. . .)
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One last thing I wanted to address was the wastegate. Years ago I had an adapter made that wrapped around the compressor housing and used the original mounting holes but required I cut a portion of the actuator bracket off. It put the angle of the actuator in an awkward position and had the rod in a bind which eventually damaged the actuator diaphragm. I ordered one of those adjustable actuators from eBay and showed the fabricator my issue. . His idea was to remove the mounting points from the housing and weld them in place where the actuator was needed. I gave him an extra CT26 in stock form to get an idea of how it was originally.
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The mounting points were almost perfect. . I had to tweak the actuator rod slightly and open the top hole of the bracket to position the actuator body away from the hard cooling lines that run across the engine.
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(After tweaking rod and bracket)
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(Opened top hole slightly to pull actuator away from hard lines)
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(Perfect)
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(Very close, there's a mm of clearance)
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I also had the fabricator notch one of my intercooler pipes because it was rubbing against the downpipe, it isn't pretty but it'll do.
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Radiator in, there's a little more room than before.
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And finally got her all buttoned up. Something I always wanted was a heat shield. When this one was delivered I sanded and repainted it to make it look new again.
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Took her for a test drive. . . and just when I thought I was all done, I heard my turbo cooling inlet/outlet hissing water :bangshead: I must have broke one of the brazed connections from the flange when I was bending the pipes to clear the heat shield :(

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:48 am
by underscore
Nice work! The new mounting to work with the clocked turbo looks great.

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:51 am
by FC Zach
Thank you! Yeah, I wanted it to be as close to factory as possible, I'm happy with the results.

Re: My First AllTrac

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:21 am
by FC Zach
FC Zach wrote:SAD Day! I found some bubbling under the paint a few days ago and this morning I tapped on that area to clear away the loose paint. . . this is what I found :cry:
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After clearing the cancer away I noticed a lot of material inside the panel and started pulling out as much as I could with a pair of hemostats then had the idea to vacuum the rest out. Minus the dirt and debris that was already in the cleaner, this is what I pulled out. . a lot of foam and other insulation.
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My guess is that with one of the previous owners, a mouse had made a nest in that panel. All that material combined with water was obviously a bad combination. It sucks because I had no way of knowing this to prevent it. Anyways, I need to repair this section, is there anything I should do as far as preventative maintenance to help prevent this from happening again?


Almost a year later and I still haven't repaired this issue however I did peel away the tape (I covered the hole with duct tape to help keep water out till I could repair) to see if it was any worse. While there I saw another spot! Like the last spot, I tapped that area and sure enough it was rusted through too. :( There was material still in there that I obviously didn't get out. I think it's all out now (I hope!), I'll run a scope through the rocker panel tomorrow to be sure.

Even more nest that I missed :x Damn devil mice! :evil:
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I ordered some Eastwood Internal Frame Coating to convert and prevent rust, especially till I can get these spots repaired. This is some cool stuff that I never knew existed untill Google searching a vague description of my problem. . Here's what I found, it will do exactly what I need it to do (I hope!).
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Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:12 am
by FC Zach
I used the above product in my rocker panel yesterday and I must say, this stuff i stuff is awesome. . minus the strong chemical smell that is lingering in the cabin. I had to drive to work with the windows down even after leaving the sunroof tilted all day and will probably have to do the same on the way home.

Anyways, I recommend this product if you suspect any moisture damage. I shined a light through the hole afterwards and the coverage looked great, just like in the pic above.

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:23 am
by mx6er2587
neat I will definitely have to give that stuff a try.

Re: FC Zach's AllTrac

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:18 am
by FC Zach
Since I've had the car, it's had a damaged fender that I've wanted to fix or replaced and repaint. A couple years ago I picked up a spare fender because I thought mine was a little too banged up, then I got some paint. All this was put to the side on the back-burner until I was ready (as well as my painter friend) until last weekend.
Here's the before:
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To my surprise he repaired the original fender instead of using the replacement (which wasn't perfect either but still probably in better in condition). While at it, I also had him redo my front and rear bumper.
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Last weekend, while removing the hatch plastics to remove the rear bumper, I found that I had standing water in the left wheel well area. I pulled the body plug and brown water started pouring :bangshead: I immediately grabbed a plastic cup as fast as I could and almost filled it even after a lot spilled on the garage floor! After letting the area dry and cleaning it the best I could (very difficult area to reach), I sprayed rust converter through a hole from the hatch area.

Prior to yesterday morning, I had been thinking about possible places for water to enter that area. Assuming that it was plugged, I hadn't considered the antenna hole at first but I can never be to sure, especially with all the other PO issues I've addressed. . so I planned to check it the next day.
Out of curiosity, I pulled the spoiler end piece and this is what I found. Seriously?! :nono: :
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I guess the PO lived up to the saying: "If you can't duct it, then f**k it." But hey, at least they put tape on both top and bottom LOL. . Anyways, I searched around and found a plug in my tool box that was the perfect fit!
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