Project AE86: New Heart Transplant

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Finally, the 4age Big Port motor is all freshen up. Now its time to put the new heart in.

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First step in anything, is alway prepping. I double checked all the bolts where tight, no missing hoses or bolts. This is the best time to check because once its in the engine bay, space can be tight in certain areas.

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Unfortunately none of my friends was available at the time, and put the motor in all by myself. How hard can it be?

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With prior experience in pulling the motor out, I had a general idea on how to put it back.

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The weather was sunny and fall like temperatures. Perfect for putting a motor in.

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This was probably the hardest part, because the transmission had to be moved downward, while pushing the motor forward. Hard to do myself, but I was able to get it done. Pushing the car out the garage really allowed plenty of space for me to move around.

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Almost there.

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I always stopped every few inches, just to make sure the motor and tranny wasn’t snagging on wires or resting on something it wasn’t supposed to rest on.

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I don’t know if it was luck, but the motor mount slid right in. Like a glove!!

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Thankfully no issues! Toyota knew what they where doing when they built this car.

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Next was just plug all the connectors in, fill up the fluids, and prime the oil pump!

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The 4AGE and the AE86 is a combo thats a match made in heaven. Even looks better with ITBS.

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For the initial first start up, I you want to use conventional oil because synthetic is too good at lubrication for the piston rings to set properly in. This is rebuild so it has a new bearings and rings. If this was a used, unrefreshed motor, then I would have done synthetic. Once the piston rings are properly set in, then I will switch to synthetic.

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Last piece to the puzzle, a brand new OEM overflow tank.

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Again I made sure no loose parts, all the bolts are in the correct place. I double check to make the timing is aligned right, and made sure no oil leaks in the motor.

She started right up!!!! Im really glad of this moment. I just want to thank my friends for helping me out and motivating me to finish this car. Im almost there, next is to break in the rebuilt motor.

Stay tuned.