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Old 03-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #181
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This makes me sad inside. I also hope that is not your issue, it seems like you would stretch or break the bolts before actually fubaring the head - but what do i know.

Keep us updated. We're rooting for you. srsly.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #182
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For real: your speedo vid through the gears is still one of my favorite miata vids to date
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:50 PM   #183
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Damn it. Why don't you take your time and just make sure you are ready for a NASA trackday on May 12-13 at Homestead? They will be running the Grand Am configuration which includes the high banks! I guess you want to slap another HG in it before the All Florida Meet, though. I hope you are done with it by then.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #184
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I went ahead and ordered 2 headgaskets from Rosenthal, so when something else screws up I'll have a spare. The plan for now is to pull the head, get it checked/resurfaced and throw it back on with a new gasket. At least that won't involve too much work and should be pretty quick.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:32 AM   #185
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When getting the head resurfaced I went ahead and had the machine shop do a valve job. The last of my valve shims are supposed to be here any day now so I can finish adjusting the valves. Hopefully it'll be back on the road in a week or so.

A friend came over this weekend to put in a new clutch so I rolled my car out of the garage. Took the opportunity to remove the stupid pinstripes and give it a good wash. And took a couple pictures.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:43 AM   #186
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Lookin good. But why did you switch from the rpf's to the flat outs? I love flat outs but would still prefer real rpf's over them
I see the civic rockin em which makes me sad lol
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:07 AM   #187
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I swapped them for the extra inch of width (8" vs 7"). After I burn these tires off I'm going with 225's and the wider wheels will fit them better. Don't hate on the civic, the vtak fury needs lovin too.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:09 PM   #188
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I really like the flatouts on your car. Nice! Might pick up a set for my miata.
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Dude you live like 15 minutes away from me and I have still yet to see your car. I want to come check it out one of these days and learn some stuff from you as I still have much to learn. Looks good from the pics but I wanna see it IRL!
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It ran today! I finally finished adjusting the valves and got it running long enough to set the timing before I realized it was pissing oil everywhere. First glance looks like I just forgot to make sure the cam seals were in good so hopefully it's an easy fix.

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Dude you live like 15 minutes away from me and I have still yet to see your car. I want to come check it out one of these days and learn some stuff from you as I still have much to learn. Looks good from the pics but I wanna see it IRL!
Sounds good man, I'll be happy to show it to you. Probably be more interesting if it's actually running though. A ride in a decently quick miata will be some good motivation for sure. Have you made any progress on your mess?
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:57 PM   #191
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Got the cam seals in place today and no more oil. The car was still running crappy like before I pulled the head and still had the same idle dip issue. I downloaded a basemap, made a few tweaks to it and it's running much better now. Apparently I screwed up something in the tune so that's a relief. Can't wait to finish the tune and get more more miles on it.
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VIDEOS!!!!
glad you got it sorted man, can't wait for vids of glory
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So I got one last valve shim in the mail today, one valve had slightly too much gap that I needed to swap out. I went ahead and pulled the valve cover, timing belt, exhaust cam, swapped the shim, reinstalled everything and timed the motor. I jump in the car, crank it up and hear a loud, "BANG BANG BANG". Turn it off pop the hood and I'd left a ratchet on the crank pulley when I was turning the motor over to time it. FML.

Cranking the car backed the crank bolt all the way out and stripped the **** out of the bolt. I pulled a crank bolt out of my spare motor to see if it would go in the crank, but the crank is destroyed too. Just trying to decide if I should go ahead and kill myself or if I should bother to buy a tap and see if I can clean the threads up. Fae would be proud.
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dude

WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its like reading Faefloras thread.

*edit: you live and you learn. Some lessons are more expensive than others. Don't kill yourself lol
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wat

are you absolutely positive the crank is fucked?
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^ The other crank bolt won't go in at all and started to screw up the last couple threads when I tried it. I'm going to try to clean the crank up with a tap tomorrow. Hopefully it's not too bad but I'm not sure I could handle looking at it again tonight.
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Dude, bro. I feel you man, try not to take it too hard and see if you can fix it.

I would give you a hug if I could.
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Yer killin' me, man.


I feel for you.
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Hang in there man. Learning hurts sometimes, but it will be worth it in the end.
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If it's fucked, it's fucked -- tap it, JBweld the next bolt in, and run it as is one last go!

Edit - sorry man, I feel for you. That is one of the worst feelings. But you will make it through. You have nothing to lose really with a jbwelded crank bolt if it comes to that.
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