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By Scott at Team Harco
#44669
I started this build in 2016. Was to be my 'winter project'. Things got in the way. That's another story for another time.

But now - I have the shop I have dreamed of, for years. A 911 that needed a lot of freshening, and ultimately an engine rebuild.

Now I find my list of priorities has fallen to getting back to work on Stu's engine.

Pulled the cover off of it tonight. Will move to number 1 on the runway.... :beerchug:

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By Scott at Team Harco
#44935
Spent my Christmas getting reacquainted with this engine. Pulled the engine off the crappy Harbor Freight stand and moved it to my good one. Then I started rounding up parts and tried to organize them, in some fashion.

One rack with mostly new parts.

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One with parts that need cleaning. There's still a ton of parts that need to come from the other storage shed (where the car is) and brought to the new shop. It's about 25' away - so it could take a while...

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Head was bought when the project began, it has been checked over by my machine shop. It should be good to go.

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By Scott at Team Harco
#45099
Expected to be on the road most of today. My son and I were going to start laying out a rally course. Plans changed. I stayed home instead.

Gave me a chance to transfer most of the parts I'll need for the near-term. Cams will be important.

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The headgasket failed due to a few too many overheating events. The new one had a larger diameter fire ring. I hope to never test it.

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The old head: At some point in its life, the chain tensioner mount must have fractured. The repair was less than idea. The 'new' head seems solid.

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Lots of parts to clean. I prefer not to use the ultrasonic cleaner when temperatures are sub-zero outside. The shop usually stays above freezing, but cold cleaning solution doesn't work as well.

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By NSXguy
#45101
All right, another Scott BUILD thread :beerchug:
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By Scott at Team Harco
#45706
Spent yesterday cleaning parts and planning next steps.

Before:

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Not easy to see the after results. Parts are in cans. I'm looking at the idea of replacing the rear belt cover. I've patched it enough. Time to open the checkbook for a moderately priced piece. I get sticker shock on some parts. I'll probably reuse the chain tensioner, it's over $500 for a new one. I have a new upper pad, though. So I've that going for me... which is nice...

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Is it soup, yet?

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I saw the sun shining while I was listening to the buzzing of the ultrasonic cleaner. It pulled me outside for a few minutes. I think I took more shots out there than I did of the parts. I'll make up for it in later posts. :beerchug:

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By Scott at Team Harco
#46028
Found some time to clean and check things. The tensioner pad got swapped. I'd like to find a lower pad, for cheap, before installing the cams.

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The head needs to get cleaned. I'd like to pop the lifters out. Need to see if there's a tool for the job. I don't think channel locks are that tool.

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Looks as though the head gasket is a match. I did a good cleaning of the mating surface of the block. Cleaned and then lubed each cylinder bore. Maybe I can load the head on, in a few days.

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By Scott at Team Harco
#46676
Discovered an alarming condition. The studs for the head are too short! I sent the block to a place in Wisconsin a few years ago. I didn't pull the studs out before sending it to them. They pulled them, and then they clearly installed the wrong ones. Nice.

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By fpena944
#47031
Looking forward to seeing the job!

Wish I would have kept my S2 :bigcry:
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By Scott at Team Harco
#47064
Yeah - my wife is urging me to get this car running again. I think she has visions of it becoming hers. It just might come to pass.

I did get one stud out today. Put enough effort into it, to make it happen. There's hope for the remainder... :beerchug:
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By Scott at Team Harco
#47386
amdavid wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:25 pm Do you have the correct size head studs in the house now...??
No. I ordered them a few days ago. Unknown when they will be delivered. It usually takes a couple of weeks from this source.

Why do you ask?
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By Scott at Team Harco
#47391
fpena944 wrote: Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:31 pm Looking forward to seeing the job!

Wish I would have kept my S2 :bigcry:
Yeah - the S2 is a really good car. The 944, in general, is a solid and versatile platform. The complaint was always about how underpowered the 2.5 NA was. The Turbo answers that, and the S2 provided a good mid-point between the slow base-model and the boosted money-pit.

While it's kind of slow by today's standards. It is at least not as easily embarrassed, by every soccer-mom minivan, as the original 944.
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By amdavid
#47453
I’m curious, want to see you moving the build forward...good stuff!...pulling for a successful rebuild.
Scott at Team Harco wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:36 pm
amdavid wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:25 pm Do you have the correct size head studs in the house now...??
No. I ordered them a few days ago. Unknown when they will be delivered. It usually takes a couple of weeks from this source.

Why do you ask?
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By Scott at Team Harco
#47506
amdavid wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:57 pm I’m curious, want to see you moving the build forward...good stuff!...pulling for a successful rebuild.
Scott at Team Harco wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:36 pm
amdavid wrote: Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:25 pm Do you have the correct size head studs in the house now...??
No. I ordered them a few days ago. Unknown when they will be delivered. It usually takes a couple of weeks from this source.

Why do you ask?
All in due time. Just with all of my builds, I want to check and double-check everything. It's been more than four years. A few extra weeks mean little. As anxious as I am, this will not be rushed. A successful build is much more important than hurrying it along.

Not to mention: I am back to work after the holiday break (though working from home). I'm also doing all of the work to put together a Road Rally that runs on 1/16/21. That takes a ton of time and work.

Patience grasshopper. :cool:
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By Scott at Team Harco
#47645
amdavid wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:56 am Oh no rushing here, I'm a semi experienced grasshopper. All good, just want you to know I'm paying attention. :beerchug:
Small update: I got the rest of the studs out. I'll need to clean the internal threads in the block and make sure I can run studs in with no issue.

I ordered 5 stud nuts and some solvents today (alcohol and carb clean). I'm on my last can of carb clean and last quart of al-kee-hall. The nuts were actually from Amazon. Free shipping is often the deciding factor.

Not engine related, but this is a small piece of what we had for a few hours; before it warmed-up a bit.

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By amdavid
#47874
Very nice Scott, I enjoy the "nature" shots just as much as the other.
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