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It’s finally done
May 5, 2010, 4:51 am
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

i got it started up today, runs smooth, and started up on first crank over 🙂
I’m stoked!!! 🙂

Now enjoy the engine until it’s time for engine build 2,3,4 and 5


wiring the new engine
May 3, 2010, 12:59 pm
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

rewiring for the new engine is taking much longer than i expected 😦

At least it’s finally in
May 1, 2010, 5:41 am
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

i finally got the engine in, just have to do the wiring now, and top up the fluids 🙂
it's finally in

axles in, and you can see the new bushings, and the now rusty Spoon ball joints 😦
new bushings

still preping the motor
April 30, 2010, 4:54 pm
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

i decided to use a breather filter on the back for venting postive crank case ventilation. Looking at the inside of some of the intake manifolds i see so much gunk that has been recycled back into intake stream.
this setup will just vent into atmosphere. Another way is to just use a oil catch can

Do a valve adjustment before loading the engine into the car.
Then do the valve adjustment again after 500kms to make sure nothing has gone out of spec, then again every 50k km’s. I like to go to lapping events and play around on the track so it’s best to do it more than the suggested every 96k km’s
valve adjustment

flywheel/clutch and tranny mounted on, we almost ready to put that sucker in there.
ready for installation

engine bay preped and ready to go
preped and ready to go

Preperation for breakin
April 27, 2010, 2:43 pm
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

I decided to you some Mfactory magnetic drain plugs to pull any metal filings during the breakin period. I will be using both the tranny and engine oil drain plugs. These things are quite strong and effective as you can see in the picture below holding up my 1/2″ extention, and standing up sideways on the oil pan.

Thanks to Pat at Mfactory for hookin me up with these guys 🙂
Awesome products :)….more Mfactory stuff to come
stuck on you
hangin out

Getting closer
April 26, 2010, 3:55 pm
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

did i bit more on the weekend but not much.
Intake manifold, and blox intake manifold gasket, timing belt and timing covers all one, coolant lines pretty much all in,
blox intake manifold gasket
engine getting close

need to clean up the stock throttlebody, finish up the fuel system

I also finished up the prep for the steering rack, new Hardrace inner and outter tie rods and steering rack bushings. Preped and ready to go. Thanks again Freeman at Velocityshop.com for overnighting the bushings to me from Florida.

Assembling the head
April 23, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: engine build 1 jdm b18c gsr

the head was preped by a machine shop, valve seats redone, cleaned, magnafluxed for cracks, resurfaced the face/decked…all good
nice head
nice head
nice cam journals

This head was made/cast in 1996
96 year casting

Put on the headgasket, or ham gasket as my wife calls it (where the head and block would be the top and bottom buns of the “engine sandwich”)
oh for those doing LSvtec’s that think there is no difference between b16a and b18c head bolts there is a difference.
B18C on the top, B16A on the bottom
head bolts

Clean intake ports
intake ports
Clean exhaust ports
clean exhaust ports

Lets start off with assembling the rocker arms, and oil shafts.
Lubricate them a bit with oil as you are assembling, then put the strawberry jam on the rocker pads for prelube before the cams go in. Oh…i meant assembly lube, i used some clevite77 that i had lieing around.
assembly lube
cam caps on almost done 🙂
lubed cams

We are getting close 🙂
getting close to completion