Bought this car in 1997, rebuilt the engine in 2003 (BHG), now I'm doing a turbo conversion na/t using the n/a block and pistons, hope it all works out being a high compression engine.
60 thousandths taken off head and block combined, could be scary!
Here are some pics of the 2003 n/a rebuild. Pics of the turbo conversion will be added as time goes on. I'm hoping to have the conversion finished by Feb/March 2005
The 17" Yokohamas and rims really added to the over all look of the car as does with any but the original 16" rims seem to have a nicer ride and also seemed to handle better on rougher road surfaces, an all over smoother ride.
Thinking about going back in that direction just for the sake of comfort. I don't care for the way the 17's follow the ruts. Well maybe I'll wait until I upgrade the sway bars... then decide.
This is what it looked like a little over a year ago, just after I installed the eibachs. What a difference in the way it handled! That along with the Koni adjustable shocks made for a great combination in the corners!
Checking Piston to Valve clearance using Silly Putty.
.0665 inches = 1.68910 mm
Of course I went to an HKS 1.2mm metal head gasket torqued to 75 lbs. ARP Head Bolts, 2 weeks later dropped a valve seat, needless to say I decided to go to an HKS 2mm metal head gasket, spent hours lapping the deck and front cover using a carpet laying tool with thick glass glued to it, worked great!
Below: Hand lapped every valve and exchanged shims numerous times in order to get the clearances as close as possible to spec. Spent days to get it just right.
A collection shims and tools... you can almost make out the calculations on the sheet of paper. I was in the thick of it at this point, almost half done.
Used Methal Hydrate to check for leaks, sat for hours had a nice seal.
Had it port matched and polished by my good friend Brian Morris who I'd especially like to thank for offering the use of his shop, tools and for all the help and time he put into this project. Couldn't have done it without him.
Ceramic Coated Pacesetter header