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Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:19 pm
mickeyfinn wrote:Pulled the Valve Cover to see if I could figure out what was making all the racket inside.
I discovered that the Camshaft Journals were so worn, and opened up, that the camshafts were hopping around and egg-beatering all around inside!
My guess at this point is that the 1st owner possibly put in a boost controller and over-boosted, or damaged the engine (lean conditions somehow) probably ran it out of oil too. Maybe he realized it and let it set for 15 years while he figured he'd get to it someday...
I took the car to a friend of mine who has a shop and used to sell JDM engines.
Pulled the oil pan and a couple caps. Main bearings are gone, and shavings in the oil.
This Engine will have to be rebuilt.
He has a cylinder head sitting on the shelf.
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:10 pm
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:37 pm
underscore wrote:At least you're starting with what looks like a very tidy chassis and interior. I'll go get some snacks and await the rest of the story to date.
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:18 pm
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:33 pm
mickeyfinn wrote:Since I need a new engine, it appears now that I am at the crossroads. I could either:
A. Rebuild the engine and restore the car. Keeping it all original.
(I never plan to sell it, but it may retain more resale value as all original).
B. Swap the engine out for a different one, like an ST205.
In my heart, at the time, I wanted to restore the car back to factory.
The friend with the shop I mentioned earlier also owns an automotive machine shop company that rebuilds engines.
He works mostly on Japanese cars; Subaru and Toyota. He strongly recommends that I rebuild the existing engine.
I left the car with him.
I kept coming across our good friend here "Zaluss" and his many posts online in various places, here, instagram, and the "wheelwell" site on his way nice ST165.
I followed his "Project ST165-ST205 Swap thread: https://www.alltrac.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=50558
A swap is totally doable, he's had great success with his, but doing an engine swap is not something I feel like I can do by myself. I was also terrified that it would be never ending engine electrical problems, hassles and headaches... I've heard the horror stories.
My friend kept saying: it's basically the same 3SGTE engine in the ST205, just has a CT20b turbo. Rebuild yours, and later, you can put a better turbo on it if you want.
I've always admired Zaluss' car, and kept going over it.
I got a hold of ATS racing down in Texas and asked about having them do the ST205 swap. They have done it many times, and they assure me that "EVERYTHING will work when it's done." Cruise, A/C, ABS, all of it, and no electrical problem either. But, it could cost around $6,000 plus any extras like changing the water pump, timing belt, P/S etc. Stuff that you would want to do while you are at it. I also would have to ship, the car down there. That could run an additional ~$800 - $1,100 each way from Utah.
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:50 pm
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Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:37 pm
mickeyfinn wrote:Yeah, I saw that. You are the man!
I saw that you didn't have much room there to work with.
You are to this day running an ST205 ECU?
The wiring harness goes from the ECU to the components in the engine bay, and that's it??
I always wondered how you got so interested in the ST165?
Did you have a ST165 project car before that?
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:07 pm
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