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.

Project AE86: Finding Motivation

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Recently, I have been losing some motivation to put the AE86 back together. One reason was it just taking soo long to complete. With work, doing house mods, or spending time with my wife, I didn’t have a lot of free time to work on the AE86. Eventually I put the car for sale as is, either as part out, or a complete package. I’ve gotten some interest but nothing really materialized.

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After my camping trip, and recently putting deposit on a new car I felt a need to finish my car. I had to make space in the garage my new car, and the 86 was just a sitting paperweight at this point.

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My new car wont arrive in another 4 weeks from my deposit, and that gave me a dedicated timeline. I have the get the AE86 up and running one month from now.

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The tranny and motor are sealed up and just have to join them together.

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I had my AE86 manual as my guide, and it wasn’t hard to reassemble the flywheel and clutch. I didn’t replace them to save some money, and they still have plenty of life left.

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Pecx let me borrow the clutch alignment tool. Without it, the install would have have proven to be very difficult. A tool you don’t use often but glad you have it when you need it.

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Next is to make sure all the parts are clean and lube is in the correct places.

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The hard part was aligning the tranny to the motor by yourself. But I did get it, and thankfully the tranny was light enough for me to muscle it into the alignment dowels.

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Next step is head to the bolt store, replace my missing bolts, and then put it all back into 86! I hope she will be running and at the track by end of this year!

Stay tuned.

 

Ozark Road Trip: The End

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The next morning, was another beautiful sunrise. Today we head back home to Texas.

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I really like how the Land Cruiser looks after a road/camping trip. Toyota produced the Land Cruiser for a purpose and its a waste for it not be used.

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Looking back on this trip will always have great memories like all trips. Yeah there are times you’ll run into problems but you don’t let it ruin your experience.

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We packed up, aired up our tires, and said good byes to our friends. I didn’t take a lot of pictures in the trip but I will have memories of these experiences.

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9 hours later we made it back to Texas and got ready for the work week. Much needed mini vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Everyone needs to just get away and reset. We can’t always constantly workin and not enjoy the things life has to offer.

Special thanks to Ryan and Allan for letting me use their photos!

 

Ozark Road Trip part 3

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Sunday morning,  we woke up to the smell of breakfast and sound of the flowing river.

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Knowing yesterday spent the whole day on paved roads, we had a choice to make. The route tail we are on takes 3 days to complete. Today was Sunday and that means Tuesday we would be out of the trail, at the latest. That was all good, but some of us have to go to work that day. We all decide to continue into the trail as far as we could and take the next bailout point in the afternoon.

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That left us to cook the lunch food now and pack it for the trail. Time was very important so we would just eat while driving on trail, and gain as much coverage as possible.

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Nadine was pretty good making containers out of paper plates. Food to go on the trails.

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Better to have too much food, then no food.

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The family camping trip photo.  Lambo really has the easy life.

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Going in a group is really fun. You kinda get more adventurous in a group because you don’t to have that worry of mechanical issues in the trail since you do have people that has your back. I brought my tools and spare parts just in case. Thankfully no issues.

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All packed up. We are ready to hit the trails.

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Allan was the lead and had the trail route on his Gaia Maps app. Something to look into, especially when you are out in area with no cell reception. I have google maps and I can download areas for offline mode but you have to do it when you have cell reception. It’s good to have back up just in case google maps doesn’t download, or you run into some other issues.

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The cool features of Gaia Maps is members can share their route and this was how we were able to do this trail. Members willing to share their experiences so other people have a chance to enjoy the journey too.

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The trails was big enough for Mike’s trailer and putting in its paces. You will get some pinstripes for sure though.

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The water crossings looked clean and pristine. Not the bayou water in Houston. There was one water crossing that looked shallow but I wasnt able to see the rock bottom on the exit. I figured it wasnt too deep, but it was actually deeper then I thought!

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I was the first to brave the deepest water crossing on the trail.

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Ryans 4Runner made it without a snorkel. If I was by myself, I would have double checked the depth and even willing to get my pants wet. Honestly you should always double the check the water depth before any water crossings.

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Later in the afternoon we found a bypass trail that was near a local highway and aired up. Thankfully Allan and his Gaia Maps showed a trail that lead to the highway. I really wished we completed the whole trail but you got to be a responsible adult. Work pays the bills. We all decide to head to Birds Adventure Park for our next campsite.

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Time to hit the paved roads again. The camp site was roughly 1hr away from the trail exit.

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The road got more twisty, and higher elevation.

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We made it just in time before they closed. The campsite was fairly empty as they recent had a festival couple days ago. Booking a campsite was still a lot cheaper then booking a motel.

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Everyone went to set up camp but Ryan and I wanted to hit more dirt trails. Thankfully the campsite offered such routes.

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We aired down and with the route map it time to explore.

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Always leave the trails cleaner, then what it was.

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After couple hours on the trail, it was time to head back to the campsite.

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Stay tuned.

Thank you Allan and Ryan for letting borrow your photos!

Ozark Road Trip part 2

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The very next day, a tiny bit hung over, everyone made it to camp. Nads was the last to arrive in his blue Taco, almost at midnight haha.

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Breakfast tacos… can’t go wrong with that. Allan’s kitchen setup is pretty nice. He always cooks some really tasty food.

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The rest of the week called for cool temperatures but no rain in the forecast!

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Nadine and I slept inside our Land Cruiser. We have plenty of room to sleep, and I prefer this over ground tent sleeping.

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The downside is you have to unload all the gear to make bed. Eventually I’ll get a roof top tent for the Land Cruiser.

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Lambo always supervising, making sure we didn’t forget anything.

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Mike was one the first guys I met, when I got into camping and off roading. He recently built a off road trailer with a roof top tent for his family. If you want your friends or family get into this, you might as well try to make living outdoors very comfortable.

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Everyone had breakfast and all packed up, it was time to head into the Ozarks!

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What was supposed to be a 4hr drive, ended up becoming a 6 hour drive. The gas stops seemed to take the longest. Mike and I was getting roughly 10mpg and had to stop 3 times. Plus with a bigger group, everyone taking breaks adds to the time.

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Eventually we made it into the trailhead!

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I love dirt roads. You’ll go to places where most people haven’t been.

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Eventually the deeper you go, the trail becomes tighter, and more bush growth.

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First water crossing of the trail. The Ozark National Forest is known for water crossings, and Im glad I had my snorkel installed in time for this.

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Eventually we made it into the campsite.

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Always have get that campfire going. This is heart of any camping.

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The campsite was decently big enough for 5 rigs. There was a tire swing too, but a bit too cold for that today.

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My portable avocado tent. A good privacy tent that allows a lot of light in, but you can still do your business without people seeing you.

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The humble home away from home.

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Getting more fuel for the campfire.  As the temps continued to get into the low 40F, this was a good way to warm up.

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We always eat good when camping. No hot dogs on a stick here, or cold sandwiches.

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Pork belly with vinegar is the best combo. Especially if you are drinking.

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Bellini with fruits to offset the fatty pork belly.

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Roasted corn. Very cool how heat is used to cook something typically bland, and produces a chemical reaction that is very tasty and juicy.

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As the night went on, we all hanged out till the campfire slowly died off.

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More to come…..

Thank you Ryan Magahis for letting use your photos!

Ozark Road Trip Part 1

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Living and working in the city is nice and I do like how lively the night can be. But there are times when you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just escape. Some of my my other off road buddies was thinking the same thing.

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The original plan was to head into the trail head on Friday late Friday afternoon. Unfortunately some of my friends have kids, and with the school schedule it would bad hard to make the 8hr drive into the Ozarks.

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We decided, on Friday, to all meet up at Caddo Lake State Park. This was halfway point from Houston to the Ozark National Forest. The really nice thing about camping is how relatively cheap it is to reserve a camping spot. Plus the money goes towards the park maintenance. This this state park has paved roads into the campsite and very RV friendly. Very clean and organized, but I still prefer the ones with dirt.

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The people with no kids were the first to arrive. The weather called for a cold front which brought rain the whole day. When we arrived the rain had just stopped thankfully.  Started to get the campfire going because damp wood does take a lot longer to warm up.

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Daylight was getting low, and I had to start prepping the food. I offered to cook on the first day, but the only issue was the meats I had in the cooler was still frozen. The current 40F temperate wasnt making it easier to defrost the meats. I placed the meats on top of Ryan’s 4 runner. The engine was still decently warm to thaw the meats out.

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It got dark pretty quick, but my headlight made it easy to see what I was cooking. I’ve learned in past camping trips to cook simple, one pot type of meals. Pre cutting the food is also important. Food and cleaning is messy if you do all the chopping at home before the camp site.

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I cooked up some spaghetti tacos. It’s a spaghetti with taco seasoning hahaha. Not the best combo maybe, but its all one pot and not requiring a lot of work. You got the protein, carbs and veggies. Pretty simple.

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No camping is complete without a camp fire. Patiently waiting for the others to arrive…

More to come.

Special thanks to Ryan Magahis for some the pro photos!

 

 

Project AE86: Learning on Mistakes

As I’m continuing to work on my motor, you learn new things as you go. Sometimes you make newbie mistakes, and some of those mistakes are frustrating and cost a lot of time. One mistake I did was redoing my oil pan.

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About a month ago, I finished assembling the engine block, and the last step was to install the oil pain. Unfortunately, I was rushing things and one of the bolts that goes into the oil pain didn’t tread exactly right. I didn’t want to keep on going and risk stripping the bolt or ruining the block. I decided to call it and work on other things on the motor. Recently, I was talking to my friend Kwon, and he recommended to tread chase the block and bolts.

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I went to Harbor Fright and bought tap die kit for $14! Not bad at all. Mainly tap die kits are used to make new treads or bolts, but they can also be used to tread chase too.

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This was able to clean up the dirt that was in the treads and bolts. Made is alot easer to hang tread the bolts into the pan. A little bit of dirt inside the treads can risk for stripping the treads or bolts.

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I had to clean and remove the old sealant from the block and pan. That was a pain. The initial install of my silicone was a bit too much and too thick. Some parts of the silicone was still wet even after a month of setting in. Learning from this, I was able to reseal the oil pan properly and feels good knowing I did it right.

Stay tuned.