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DScottM

Project '98 T5M 2.0

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So this post has been dead. Ill bring it up to speed. Car is alive again. Just got it running last Friday around 2:30 AM lol . It runs good. Seems to be running a bit lean. I have been just babying it around below boost until that gets resolved. So nice driving it again.. Such handling compared to my beater wagon. Also have an oil leak from my turbo feed line. Kinda annoying. Have a spare line and new crush washers on the way... Heres a few pictures detailing the last couple months....

 

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Hauling it home to the shop after one or more on the rod bearings failed.

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Start of tear down.

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Out of the car.

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Twins!!

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Before and after glass blasting here at the shop...

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Going back together!

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95% in...

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Bringing us to this... Alive and on the road. Finally! I have missed it... 

Current plans: Finish cleaning it up and fix the little stuff that needs addressed, finish the 93 tune and move to a full e85 map, full body vinyl wrap in a shall we say "unique" color, and then run in till the cold sets in..

Winter plans: Build broken engine (Rods, bearings, maybe pistons, head ported and polished with a valve job, RN oil pan, all new seals and gaskets etc, normal wear items), LSD (much needed), D2 Coilovers, and maybe a few other things if the budget permits...

Long term plans: Large frame BB turbo (shooting for 400-450whp), a set or 2 of more interesting and appropriate wheels, UR chassis bracing all around, and whatever else meets my fancy...

Well Im going to call that thread updated for the moment. Ill try to keep it more current next time it goes off the road hah

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Oil leak is fixed and shes running strong! Just need to finish tuning and cleaning it up yet...

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Glad to see this running! What did you do to fix the leak? I have the same leak on my Coral AWD at the turbo drain.

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Crush washers block side were incorrect I believe. That and the line was bent, so I replaced that as well... Drain could simply be the gasket on the bottom of the turbo.. Have had that before...

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Are you on koni's now? Saw a guy on d2's with his wagon 850 and it looked incredible. I was under the impression that coilovers couldn't work in the rear.

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Yep currently on Koni Yellows. I will be going to D2s this winter... Looking forward to it. 

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Car is still running. Has a stuck lifter or something and is making lots of top end noise. Don't care. It runs, drives, and boosts great. A month or less till she goes under the knife once more... Currently putting together parts lists for the build. Should be a fun project..

Edit: If i'm at all honest I seriously considered parting the car out. Im sick of little stuff being broken. Or major stuff. Im sick of pouring money into it... BUT. When it comes down to it. I still love this car and would hurt myself in 8 months to year if i parted it. I cant think of what else i would drive accept an Audi B5 S4.. So with the current project I remain. 

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Car is down for the season. Engine build has started.

Current end game is as follows: '02 T5 block with 147mm forged dods and Wisecos, RN pan/cooler setup, port/polish/gasket match/valve job on my '98 N head, also a set of Autotech valve springs and retainers.

I have the new block torn down. A "few" pictures follow. But before I start on that. Some will remember I killed the factory engine in the car this spring due to the unfortunate oil pressure loss. Well I tore it down as well simply for fun to see what actually happened. Well metal shavings everywhere. Rod bearing 1 was gone (and by gone i mean just that) and rod bearing 3 was spun. The rest all showed signs of being less than healthy. So thats that. On to more fun things.

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Yes... Like gone....

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 Block on the stand ready for tear down. Nick from Re-Volv hooked me up with the short block. He was great as always and worked with me on the shipping and all that. Thanks a bunch!

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Extra stuff stripped off.

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Pan off...

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Old stock pistons and rods out. All seem to be ok. Bores look nice still..

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Intermediate section/crank tray/whatever its call off.. What a pain in the ass that was.

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She's empty...

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Family photo of the engine parts that are now all over the place :lol:

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Ill update this as I move forward. Going to be dropping the block off at the machine shop shortly along with the rods I am about to order to get checked out and ready to go... Really looking forward to completing this project.

 

 

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Try and source rods with 21mm small end bore - if no choice but 23mm - get new bushings made for 21mm. You don't want to get Wisecos like mine with the 23mm bore& compromised ring land. Extra wrist pin weight is substantial. 

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48 minutes ago, lookforjoe said:

Try and source rods with 21mm small end bore - if no choice but 23mm - get new bushings made for 21mm. You don't want to get Wisecos like mine with the 23mm bore& compromised ring land. Extra wrist pin weight is substantial. 

The rods I ordered are indeed for 21mm wrist pins. After talking with you earlier of Facebook i felt more comfortable that way... 

Also on another note. All of you who are running CX rods. What should I have the machine shop check for when I let them go over them? Is it mostly just checking to make sure the bores are in spec or is there other things that should be gone over?

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Just have them check that they're within spec for size and out of round. If you just give them to them they'll know what to do. You can find the spec for bore diameter and out of round in VIDA. 

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Quick update: Project is taking way longer than anticipated or desired :laugh: BUT! I finally have all my main bearings. Head is back from the machine shop and everything should be going together in the next few months. Been over a year since I last drove it and I really miss it. Shooting for next spring for final assembly, tune, and full vinyl wrap. I will throw together a little build list for those who haven'y kept track and care to know. 

Block: '02 2.3 (Bored and Honed) Rods: CXRacing H-Beams 21mm Wrist pin (Checked for round and weight) Pistons: Custom Weiscos (Wish me luck) Bearings: OEM Rod and Mains Head: N Head (Full port and polish w/ Autotech valve springs and retainers) Oil Pan: RN Transmission: M56 w/ Quaife Turbo/Manifold: Ported R manifold paired with a TD05-20G with ported hotside (yeah yeah it is what it is. If im not happy with it I will be going to a Precision 5858BB) 

That's the important stuff. Obviously doing all fresh oil pump, timing, seals, etc. Engine will be run on E85. Looking for the 400-425whp number on this setup. Not tons but a fun reliable daily. Ill see if I can round up some pictures of the head (its really pretty) and other fun stuff. I will be documenting the build so I'm sure pictures of that will pop up here as well. 

Think that about covers it. Questions about anything or tips for a first time white block assembler are welcome. 

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pretty much same motor I would build/go with someday soon (next few years lol)

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16 hours ago, bob82pigdog said:

This is serious stuff. Love it. Can't wait to see this come together in the Spring.

Semi-Serious :laugh: Still trying to decide if I want to put a tubular manifold and a real turbo on or not. Time will tell...

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