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Re: Project desert storm

Postby Awesome-Trac » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:07 pm

Are you willing to get rid of a few parts off the 1st gen? I actually need a bunch of stuff for my 1st gen motor
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:11 pm

What do you need?
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue May 05, 2015 10:47 am

So this past weekend I finished the bracket to hold the actuator in place since I clocked the turbo, installed the newly resurfaced flywheel along with an exedy clutch. Bolting the transmission to the motor was a major pain in the ass but it got done. Now I'm just waiting for the harness to arrive as well as the downpipe and a few other gaskets and it should be ready to be dropped in. I only work on the car on weekends so there won't be too many updates during the week.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Sun May 17, 2015 1:42 am

I've been pretty busy lately with work and other stuff so I haven't gotten a chance to work much on the car. Last weekend I was able to put the downpipe one and clean up other parts since they were gunked up with oil. I got my harness back from mr220v so now I have everything I need to get this thing running. I'm gonna be off work for at least a week so first thing Monday I will start working on the car and hopefully everything works out to my favor and it's up and running.

Here it is just about ready to go in.

And the harness
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Tue May 19, 2015 11:20 pm

I installed the motor yesterday and today I put gear oil, engine oil, and coolant and connected all the other small stuff that needed to be taken care of. I also clocked the turbo back to fit the tmic since I won't be able to get my intercooler piping til about Tuesday next week. So I went to start the car and there is no power going to the dash. Everything seems to be hooked up aside from a few connectors of which I don't know where they're supposed to be plugged at, but I dont think that's the issue. So tomorrow I'll work on it some more and see if I can find out what's causing me to not get any power on the dash or anywhere as a matter of fact.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Wed May 20, 2015 11:50 pm

I got the power issue taken car of, I had a couple cables hooked up wrong but now it's good and the car cranks and cranks and cranks. I pulled a coil and plug and I could see that there is spark and then realized the fuel pump was not turning on when the ignition was on the "on" position. I could not find a fuel pump fuse on any of the boxes, the only thing I see is the fuel pump relay, but even when being cranked the relay will not click. I took the relay off and tested it and it seems to be working fine, and when I checked the female side of the harness I could not get any power signal when cranking the motor. So now I need to figure out what's keeping the harness from sending the signal to the relay. All other fuses are good, I didn't see any that were blown so I'm not quite sure what it could be. Anyone might have an idea?
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Thu May 28, 2015 7:22 pm

Time for another update. I put countless hours last week fixing small things here and there. I bridged fp to +b and got the car running but now I'm having issues with it not cranking at all. I put in a new starter since the old one looked older than me. I get power to the solenoid connector every time the ignition is turned all the way but all I get is a single click. I tried moving some ground wires around but I'm not having any luck. There were times when I would try and start the motor but all I would hear was a single click, turned the key back to the off position and tried to crank it again and it starts but now it's to the point where it won't turn on at all unless I manually power the solenoid connector with the battery lead. Aside from that, my MSD tach adapter burnt out. It was working fine and out of nowhere started jumping like crazy and then I got a nasty ass burning smell coming from the adapter. I will be sorting out those issues soon.

Clocked turbo and the bracket I made. Had to cut the bracket for the coolant lines and for the wastegate to make it work.
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Brackets I made to hold the intercooler in place.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Thu May 28, 2015 7:26 pm

I just dropped off the car at the shop so I can have the intercooler pipes made. I should be receiving the car by Monday. I changed out the ignition switch last night and that seemed to fix the starting problem but it started doing the same thing this morning so I'll be fixing that as soon as I get the car back.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby UtahSleeper » Fri May 29, 2015 3:50 am

Maybe there is some grounding issues? I know I was seeing weird things and I threw extra grounds on.......doubt it fixed it as I also had a dent in my ecu case, which appeared to ground it out. But worth a shot.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Fri May 29, 2015 3:52 am

I'll add a couple more grounds to it when I get the car back. My ecu does have one small dent on it so it will be wise for me to open it up and see if there is any damage there.
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Re: Project desert storm

Postby 760gt4 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:32 pm

Intercooler piping done and I'm real happy with how it turned out. I also fixed my ignition problem, it was a defective starter from AutoZone. I returned it and bought one from Oriley's and now it starts up every time. I'm still having issues wig the car though, overheating issues to be exact.

I installed a new thermostat before the motor was installed but I chose to not replace the water pump since it appeared to be in good condition. Im using Toyota pink coolant, pretty new aluminum radiator (over a year old but the car wasn't ran that much) and the car was still overheating. I live in the desert where it gets pretty hot (been about 100℉ all week) so I said screw it and removed the thermostat, made sure the cooling system was bled, I have 2 12" fans constantly on and it still over heats. I did a combustion leak test and there were no combustion gases getting into the cooling system. I've noticed that if I leave the car idling it doesn't really get hot, it's mainly when I start driving and go into boost. Not sure what to do next, but will probably ave someone with a temperature gun check my radiator to see if there are odd spots.

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Re: Project desert storm

Postby celicast184 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:25 am

I haven't had luck with those slim fans on my 56mm aluminum radiator. I went back to a stock shrouded fan and modded it to run with my turbo clocked as well. It does great! Also, wen u bleed the coolant system, make sure the care is at a uphill incline where the nose of the car is higher. Turn heater to full blast and squeeze all rad hoses to bleed most air pockets out. I hope that helps
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