Just trying to make the Trek

So it’s been awhile and I’ve been trying to put together a worthy post in a sense the way that Damon (camryonbronze) does. His posts always had like a shit ton of content in one writeup, and I think its more appealing vs multiple small posts. 

Basically my list goes as follows:

1. Paint Valve covers

2. Paint water pump pulley and crank pulley and cam gears

3. Install tensioner & Timing belt (more on that later)

4. Install cam & front main crank seal and all valve cover gaskets

5. Strip and paint advans

6. Polish A3A/Starshark combo

7. Get tires for A3A/Starshark combo

8. Install Jubiride panhard bar

9. Purchase wheel spacers
10. Extend and relocate harness to run exposed cam gears.

Problem 1 all Started when I was coming home a few weeks ago, and my timing belt snapped mid turn in 2nd gear and I caught it slammed the car into to neutral jumped out and kept the momentum going enough to push it about 100ft into the Brunswick parking lot. I called AAA and got a tow home probably about 500ft from my house which in hindsight I could’ve pushed it home but after 12 hours at work i was lazy as fuck.

Yesterday I stripped these valve covers and painted them with VHT wrinkle black which didnt come out as wrinkly as I imagined, I still have to file the letters down but I think it’ll work out.

I painted the camgears and pulleys the same color I had laying around which is a VHT high temp silver with some sparkly shit in it that dulls out after a matte clear goes on top. My mentality was intensive prep and basic paint that would make the engine bay a little more presentable. Along with running exposed cam gears and in the future relocating the battery it should be a little easier to look at.

I had a buddy glass bead blast my advans because when I got them from Kei @YenPitimports they had a really bad black on them and they were chipped and had 1 hair line crack in each wheel which Jason had outsourced to be welded up for me. Which is why Kei hooked it up for me. But anyway my buddy Sinoeun, his gun died after the first wheel so only the pulleys and one advan ended up being blasted, I ended up aircraft stripping the second one which I think came out really good aswell. I scuffed em some more then masked and laid some duplicolor which came out to a super nice red, but it looked too new for the starsharks which I didnt mind. Until I masked off the faces 2 days later after assuming the paint had cured which left hard tape lines in the paint. I wet sanded those to a duller red which matches the period (or age of the wheel) quite well in my eyes atleast maybe I’m just making excuses so I dont have to fuck with them anymore lol. Either way I’m satisfied and my hands hurt after sand and polishing them shits by hand. I decided to run westlake rp18’s 185/60/14 which I found some other 86 and NA miatas running in hopes that they wouldnt delaminate when put to work later. I also remember Adam from C’s garage running the brand but I figured, try out a few different tires for rears, and direzzas in front or s-drives in the end because 185/55 is really the only size I can get lol slim pickins for 14’s huh.

This Jubiride adjustable panhard bar came in after about 5 days from RHDJapan. Which is beautiful, wish it wouldve came with stickers but whatever, it came with TRD bushings so I’ll be pretty happy with the results.
The Timing belt is aftermarket, the Tensioner is OEM Toyota, and that came in 3 weeks later because Torparts didnt get back to me about shipping it until I hit them up 2 weeks after the initial order because they found Out the belt was discontinued at Toyota. I guess they drop ship and their site probably doesnt have a live inventory, but this wont deter me with future purchases because I’ve ordered all my other shit from them because of their oem goods and great pricing. I also went through like 3 sets of cam seals before I decided to pop the cam caps off they just kept driving in crooked and tearing. And advanced auto wasnt any help when I ordered the wrong crank seal 3 times so I was delayed for like a week in total but it wasnt that bad because its on my way to work it’s just frustrating as fuck.

In conclusion I still have to scrape my letters on my cover check timing one more time, torque down my pulleys and cam gears and hopefully the car will start. The 6mm spacers i slipped on didnt put the wheels exactly where I wanted them but I’ll also be lowering the car another inch in the rear so we’ll see. I probably wont be satisfied with the fit but whatever I’m trying to get to special stage east because I havent been to an event since my accident, and not because I didnt want to. My work schedule just didnt match the event schedules and I had family duties so I never got the chance to go. So this is really important to me because I get to geek out at all the visitors coming in from out of state and be star struck and probably anti-socially shy so if I see you at Final Bout aka Special Stage come help me out and say whaatup! Because I’m just trying to make it there lol

works sucks

I think that somewhere around my 20’s I realized that giving fucks wasn’t for me, and I wouldn’t say I developed an attitude, but more of a better understanding of myself. Where that hasn’t paid off is my interview ability. I just had feedback given back to me about a position that I applied for. For the most part it was good. I think dude has a thing against me from what another supervisor perceived of me because of my opinions. But either way I just think that my goals and perceptions of a “good job” don’t match up with what companies want these days.  My ability to analyze data and mechanical aptitude require me to be proud of the things I accomplish. I mean if I had a choice, I’d chase happiness and excitement to go to work, vs amazing pay. But sadly I have to chase money because I’m unhappy with my job and I have to do these things to provide for my family. oh the woes. So from today on what I’m going to work on is speaking in a more positive manner, and trying to keep my face either smiling or monotone because I probably do wear my emotions on my face, especially in regards to things that people say. So either suspicious, laughing, or questioning facial expressions should probably be shunned out of my professional interviewing facial options. But fuck man I can’t fuckin fix my face, this place doesn’t pay me enough.

p.s. I bought an AE86

  

Busy Busy

   

 So lately we’ve been pretty busy, me and the misses just closed a deal on our first house. We plan to be in there the week before Thanksgiving. You know what that means? This car better start fuckin movin lol. 

My engine harness was a mess, luckily a forum member had one laying around, so I picked up that and a correct EJ20G manifold vs the EJ25D manifold that the car came with.  

 
I also scored a deal on a V6 grill since I’m sadly going with a facelift from the headlights up.  

 
Which brings me to tonight  

 
I have a EJ22T wiring harness. Which essentially is the same as an EJ20G harness, it shares the same plugs, sensors etc. give or take adding a few wires for the ignition. Now the problem I ran into tonight which put me in a standstill since it was Ronin’s bedtime anyway. You basically re-pin each ECU plug for the most part, BUT of course theres a but. The plug contains two types of pins one bigger than the other, which also means on the plug theres two types of holes. Now a small pin in a big hole will still clip in, but vice versa? No chance in hell. Didnt see that one coming at all. 

I had a pretty straight forward game plan for the harness. Strip down the EJ22T harness to the essentials, whatever plugs into the ecu directly (done). Re-pin the EJ22T to match the EJ20g (current struggle). Then remove the ecu/engine harness from the 96 bulkhead then Merge. 

At this point I have to start stripping down the 96 harness because I need 4 pins (potentially more because this is the first of 4 plugs) from the 96 harness and I would like to retain color co-ordination on the harness if and where possible.

Oh yeah and Kphan tagged me in this today  

 
Since my house won’t have a garage for a few years, I decided to shack up with the homies at our new spot. I’d say things are moving along quite nicely.