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Thank you. Although it may be harder to find I'm sure it's easier to find all the nice parts we don't have here.

- Noticed a few things in my edits. What I see in app changes once the file is sent out. I guess in the future I'll go lighter on my edits so they appear as I'd like them too. I may rework some of these when I have more time.













 

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Well gents... Friday was a sad day. We were just cruising around town when on the way home the car died out.

Easy check so far: No spark, No fuel. No injector Pulse. Crank & Cam sensors tested passed and swapped JIC. Timing is fine. I'll dig a bit deeper during the week but for now I suspect wiring/ecu.
 

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Trouble shooting has begun. I'll take the manual and break it down day by day. I'm doing it in such fashion to avoid any frustrations or traveling down the rabbit hole with one thought. Each day I do some testing (in my mind) it will be approached with a fresh set of eyes. It will take longer of course, but no rush.

DIAGNOSTICS FOR ENGINE STARTING FAILURE

CHECK MAIN RELAY
1)Turn the ignition switch to OFF.
2)Remove the main relay.
3)Connect the battery to main relay terminals No. 1 and No. 2.
wired up a lead from the battery and split it once inside cabin to ensure T1 & T2 would see batt. 12v.
4)Measure the resistance between main relay terminals
NO. 3 - NO. 5 Less Than 10? Yes
NO. 4 - NO. 6 Less Than 10? Yes

Conclusion: at this point main relay can be ruled out.
 

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06/06/20
Looky here, still have popped the crank pulley or center timing cover off but It seems the timing may have jumped.

let's hope I'm really lucky







- Present Time
I have decided to build engine B for this car as well. I'm being driven insane. :( It will be a freshly assembled EJ20. The crank pulley won't come off and I've tried my darnedest. Logic, my free time is not so free right now, making my window of opportunity tight. If the motor has to come out, may as well drop another in. As for the engine coming out, it will be leak tested and if everything is alright a new belt and OEM tensioner will be installed and the engine included with the sale.

....which leads to these updates. Used USDM EJ20 I received in a trade for JDM fenders.


teardown


nooice.....owner claimed the engine had bad head gaskets. Didn't bother me one bit as the engine will be bored .020 over.


Cut wire shot processed factory rods, AKA shot peened. Come Monday I plan to let Bob at GE handle the machining.
  • Bore Hone
  • Line bore & hone
  • Re-seizing Rods
  • Balance rotating assembly




lastly, some fresh hardware.
 

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Did you try the ol' 'Wedge the breaker bar under the frame rail and bump the starter'? I've used that many times on stuck crank and cam pulleys, works a treat. I'll
Make sure the fuel pump is disco or something so it doesn't manage to fire while bumping the starter. If your luck is anything like mine, that'll be the one time it fires right up.

Also impressed that you got the crank position sensor out without gouging the housing while digging out the twisted, broken remains of what was once a sensor. I don't think I've ever managed to salvage one from a used engine.
 

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Man i tried everything, even the baddest milwaukee impact and nothing. Frozen solid.

Long and short of the story, I'm positive the tensioner allowed the car to jump timing.
 

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Crank for the EJ hot tank and polished, but I fear I may have put the cart before the horse as I plan to balance the bottom end.



I've also been working on the cylinder heads, focusing on radiuses as much as I can. I started with the most challenging cylinders first. Far from complete, just sharing where I'm at.





07/010
short block is officially at GE.
 

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nothing fancy just some porting updates. I do not know why I'm obsessed with porting cylinder heads, it just is what it is.

Exhaust sides are almost done, but I'll need to get some more finishing bits. then I'll look into some chamber coatings.



and because I was missing the finishing bits, I started the intake side today.


 

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Made some progress on the heads this week, I'd like to haver them finished up and off to the machine shop by monday.



random snap of the seats as I start the bowls. This set of heads were horrible from the factory compared to the others I did for myself.




almost done.
 

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Did you ever figure out the loss of electrical on your car?

I'm scrapping my RSTi for a phantom wiring issue that cut all ecu power, it's far too much work to check every single wire in the entire car to see where a short is.
 

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- Rob: That is a ton of work. Since I've found a broken tensioner I've decided to do a new engine and go from there. Once the new engine is in, if I still have a no start issue, I'll get back to the wiring portion.

Bottom end back from GE.







 

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Heads & Block are back from cleaning. I find myself struggling with the thoughts of upgrading the valve train. The previous engine did have STI cams, springs, and valves, but the port work may be good enough this time around for new larger vales (.5mm), valve springs, and cams.....



 

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Looks like you're going all out, I say do it. I'm itching to upgrade my ej25d heads, I've never messed with the valvetrain before though.

Love the pics by the way!
 

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Looks like you're going all out, I say do it. I'm itching to upgrade my ej25d heads, I've never messed with the valvetrain before though.

Love the pics by the way!
They best way to learn is by breaking your own parts right? so why not! LOL. I for one would never try any parts swap in car, I don't trust myself. Since the engine is out and apart, I'm ready to give out all I can.

TY

That looks like automotive porn! Amazing
HAHA. Just getting older and picky. When I see "rebuilt" and dirt, I call BS. Glad we can all enjoy such toys.

Amazing build thread. Loving the whitebox photography.
TY!! Trying to help myself keep it clean or uniform.

TODAYS SHENANIGANS
Came home trying to tackle some rod clearances and failed, my old trusty 1/4" Tq. wrench made its last click at 20 ft lbs before croaking. I'll spend my lunch break tomorrow at HF...:D

After it failed to click, I gave it what I thought was 30-35 anyway, I was curious to see what the plastigauge would read. Looks promising. Anyway, while I'm out grabbing a new tq. wrench, I'll grab some new calipers for home use as well.

 

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tools yeah


some POV footage, I suspected the calipers to be off minutely as there was play in the mic. I was able to confirm the specs with a 3rd set of mics and some plasti-gauge. I used the spare sti crank as a co-witness.

crank journal 52.18-52.20mm, w/ bearings 52.05mm. Plastigauge Tq. 35ft lbs, left me with a .0015 squish. Im not sure what the Tq. spec should be using sti rods on a wrx crank should be, but I've decided to follow the spec designed for the rod.
 

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......she's alive, again!


My boy Albert over at Tarmac Garage w/ the save (This will give me time to assemble the new heart, and prep for 6spd - slow journey from here on out.)!

Replaced Timing belt w/ gates, Tensioner w/ an OEM, replaced Tensioner bracket, new oem battery and the car fired right up.


 
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