Picked up some dual port ej22 heads on Saturday and removed the timing belt and water pump today. Time to order ARP head studs and new gaskets for the head, cam shaft, valve cover and spark plugs. Once the new heads are painted and on I'll be moving onto the water pump and timing belt.
Weird part is the front of the motor has been spray painted silver and it appears when the PO did it he had the timing belt off. No idea why he would do this because it appears the old belt was put back on and he didn't replace the water pump while he was in there.
Heads are painted and replaced the valve cover gasket, cam shaft seals and those gold washers on top.
Block is all painted. Tomorrow I'll be putting the heads back on with new head gaskets and head bolts. Replacing the oil plate separator from the original plastic to the new steel one, rear main seal, and new water pump and thermostat. Then it's on to the intake manifold which will be painted the same color black as the heads.
Also got the manual pedal box in which was a total PIA
Made some more progress yesterday. Cleaned the Pistons and installed the heads with new OEM head gaskets/bolts, new style OEM timing belt tensioner bracket/bolts, new OEM water pump/bolts/gaskets, new steel OEM oil plate separate/bolts, and figured out the pedal box is for a GD so I'll have to do some dremel work to get it to fit right. Also decided I'm going to do the 10mm oil pump/gaskets and the O-rings in the rear of the heads.
This is an interesting build-I boosted my 97 n/a 2.2e with a td04, check out my build page if you're curious to see some of the nuances I had to overcome.
Weird coincidence, I just picked up a 97 Brighton coupe with the 1.8. It has no tach, no rh mirror, crank windows, a TAPE player, and probably no abs (cool). I've always wanted a Brighton; it's like the base, of the base, of ace of base stripper model.
Replaced all the gaskets on the intake manifold, painted it and replaced the dry rotted vacuum lines. Ordered all new timing belt covers and it turns out since I'm running a wrx manifold I need the turbo water pump so I got that as well. If anyone needs a brand new OEM NA water pump I have one for sale lol. She's starting to look like a motor again!