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Old 01-06-2019, 01:21 AM   #676
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The front seats are back in and feel excellent.

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Old 01-06-2019, 01:30 AM   #677
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:19 PM   #678
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:39 PM   #679
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Long story short, I was wrong about having solved the oil consumption issue (at least in part). I pulled the engine and found one melted piston (infamous cylinder #4) along with all other pistons having broken ring lands. I won't get deep into the why, but effectively, the cause is believed to be oil induced detonation over a long period of time, compounded on top of the fact that these pistons already had 240k on them.

Time to rebuild it better than before. Thanks largely to the generosity of Alex and Doug, I will be piecing together a refreshed block built with h-beams and Wiseco pistons.














Might as well repaint the engine bay while things are apart.

Disassemble


Sand


Prime


Basecoat (Volvo 477 electric silver metallic to match the exterior)


Clearcoat







I wish it was as easy as this short series of photos makes it look.

Next step: block machine work.

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Old 06-06-2019, 06:26 PM   #680
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Sorry to hear about the engine, the replacement will be sure to bring smiles. Fresh painted bay looks fantastic, eager to do the same soon. What gun are you using?
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:50 PM   #681
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:28 PM   #682
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That engine bay is looking fresh! Nice job. It only took about 30 seconds as far as I'm concerned

Your new block looks super clean too; I had a sneaky peek at it. I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:15 PM   #683
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Sorry to hear about the engine, the replacement will be sure to bring smiles. Fresh painted bay looks fantastic, eager to do the same soon. What gun are you using?
I bought this kit last year when I ceramic coated the exhaust manifold and turbine housing.

PowRyte 4-Piece HVLP Gravity Feed Air Spray Gun Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0762M9LCK..._wDC-CbGGWPFZ3

Ended up using the detail/touch up gun for both that and spraying the engine bay this time. I donít really know what Iím doing with these, but it worked just fine in both cases.

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That engine bay is looking fresh! Nice job. It only took about 30 seconds as far as I'm concerned

Your new block looks super clean too; I had a sneaky peek at it. I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
I canít wait to check it out when it arrives! Looked practically new in the photos. Itís about time I get to give this GTX a workoutónot long now.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:53 AM   #684
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Long story short, I was wrong about having solved the oil consumption issue (at least in part). I pulled the engine and found one melted piston (infamous cylinder #4) along with all other pistons having broken ring lands.....

Next step: block machine work.
Will the next 5 cyl. block be the small bore type? What is your engine management system?
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:10 PM   #685
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Will the next 5 cyl. block be the small bore type? What is your engine management system?
Next block is a 81mm bore 2.3l from a 1999 T5. I'm using MS3x
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:11 PM   #686
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Next block is a 81mm bore 2.3l from a 1999 T5. I'm using MS3x
I understand the 81mm is the bore of choice; I hope to follow your lead with MS3x.
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