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Smaay
03-02-2010, 06:04 AM
Well i rebuilt Eryn's ST last weekend. I took as many pictures as I could

Here is the block, all pretty and blue
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The underside of the block and where the main bearings are installed
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These are the main bearings, old on the left and new on the right. make sure you use the same size and plastigauge to double check clearances
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Main bearing installed
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Plastigauge on the main journals, do this on every journal
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Install Main caps in order, look at the number and arrow is pointing to #1 Torque to 44lbs
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remove caps and check clearances. .0015" clearance is good!
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Remove crank and clean off plastigauge, apply assembly lube generously
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Lay crank back on bearings and apply more lube
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More lube on main cap bearing, my daddy always says, you can never have too much lube :)
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rod cap, make sure you line them up and install the correct cap on the rod
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This is the wrong match you want an M not a goofy looking triangle like this
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More lube on the rod bearing
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Using a spring compressor, install the piston and rod assembly
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make sure you install the correct piston according to the mark on the block. This is actually wrong. #1 piston in a #2 spot. you can see the marks on the block in the circle
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Piston installed (wrong one...oops)
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Take one of the old rings and break it, use this piece to clean the gunk out of the ring lands
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Top of dirty piston, i didnt get a pic of it after i cleaned it
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Marks on the block to identify piston size
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Another shot of the wrong cap and rod together Do not do this!
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Crap collected in ring lands, look at the oil ring, this is why you burn oil, the ring is too gunked up to expand
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Cleaned out piston
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Damaged bearings
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Amazingly the crank was fine, look at the bearing!!!!!
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New piston installed, the old one had some damage on it. Something bad happened in this engine
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Head all cleaned up
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Removing the keepers and retainers, I use a socket and smack it with a dead blow hammer.
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Look at these exhaust valves, nastyness!
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After a good cleaning on the wire wheel
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These are the valve guide seals, most of them fell apart like this when removed. another reason for burnign oil and smoking
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Intake valve, look at the awesomeness collected on there, think flow imporved after a good cleaning?
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These are the marks on the crank to identify what main bearing to install
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This is the new oil pump gasket
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Oil pump installed
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#1 oil pan after a good sand blasing
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These numbers on the bottom of the block also identify what piston to install
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These numbers match up with the numbers on the crank to identify what main bearing to install
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Cleaned up rear main seal housing
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Seal before pressed into housing
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On an engine stand this area is a little tight, but you can get in there
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New gasket for rear main seal
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Rear main seal installed
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Install #1 oil pan, originally these 2 bolts were hex bolts, PITA to get out so i replaced with regular bolts
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Here you can see the hex bolts and regular bolts that are used to secure the oil pan
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New oil pickup gasket
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Install oil pickup
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Install windage tray
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Install #2 oil pan
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Top view, pistons installed. Make sure assembly rotates
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Install new head gasket
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Install head on block, torque head bolts to 22 lbs in specific order, then turn each bolt 90 degrees, then turn each bolt another 90 degrees
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Insert shimm and bucket assembly, I oopsed in this pic also, got them backwards
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Right shimms installed, exhaust cam in position
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Install new cam seal
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Check timing marks, make sure the dots line up during the cam rotations
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New water pump seal
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New water pump
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Install crank timing gear
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You can barely see the indent on the gear that lines up with that small dot on the oil pump, these are timing marks
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New idler pully
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Tighten pully out of the way like so
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Here you can see the timing marks
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Once belt is installed, release tensioner and then re-tighten it
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I lose my scribe so pics will be less detailed :( here are the timing covers installed and water pump pully
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installed AC bracket and alternator bracket
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Intake manifold is installed back on, clean surface of water sensor pipe
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Apply FIPG on sensor pipe
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Installed on head
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this is the power steering pump bracket
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Install wiring harness back on the engine
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Install cover plate, sorry i dont have pics for flywheel and clutch install, then bolt tranny to block
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Lowering assembly into engine bay.
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Sorry i dont have any more pics. i lost my scribe and i was install mode. I didnt have time to take pics and write down details. Engine is running smoothly and has quite a bit of pep for a 7A-FE. Turbo install will be coming next in the near future.

phew, ill add detailed comments tomorrow

Colossus20v
03-02-2010, 10:44 PM
great work Smaay. Looks really good. I do have to say though, that as I'm looking at the pictures I can't help but imaging a 20v head on there. Great job. I look forward to the comments when you post them.

KM
03-02-2010, 10:59 PM
No turbo?!

808joey
03-03-2010, 08:11 AM
if you wanna image a 20v hop over to 6gc.net and search for my island braddah "Netrata"

IIRC he had his velocity stacks installed.

Nice rebuild thread btw. If i had time and money i'd do the same.

only one question though, why did you decide to stick with the 7a????

Smaay
03-04-2010, 09:01 PM
did you read the very first line. this wasnt my car