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2 1/2 year engine rebuild finally over
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Posted by Shaun [Email] (#683) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Shaun) on Sat, 25 May 2002 07:42:07 Share Post by Email
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Start date: Dec. 1999. End date: May 2002. Reason: PAECO extreme incompentence. Lesson(s) learned: I hope a whole bunch.

I had a local shop where I work in Alabama pull my engine after a brand new valve spring let go and rebuild the engine after it was discovered on head removal that the cylinders had never been honed by PAECO. Basically, the shop gave me a good used block and we rebored it and honed as it should have been. It was also discovered that PAECO never balanced one moving part. Fortunately, there is a former drag racer in town and he balanced everything.

So, the engine sits like this:

0.040" over bore with Arias pistons
Gapless rings from LESCO
ARP head studs
LESCO worked head: dual springs, port/polish/port match
Copper head gasket
O-ringed block
Aluminum flywheel
CenterForce dual friction clutch
Swedish Dynamics cams
Extrude Honed intake manifold
Big Bore TB
SPEARCO liquid I/C, with ram air set up
Turbo Specialities T4/T3 hybrid
3" exhaust
MSD-BTM ignition/coil
Short throw shifter
Bunch of gauges (all relevant)
Corbeau seat
Momo wheel
Shelby rims
SPG sway bars
poly bushes everywhere
JAMEX springs
KYB shocks
1991 rebuilt tranny

There might be more, but I can't remember

I've got about 800 miles on breakin so I've haven't thrashed it, not that I would anyway. However, it did run up to 20 psi without coming unglued....so that's a good thing.

I'd like to thank Dave at SPG 9 for all his help; also, Stephan, his son, over at LESCO for all his help in getting my head built correctly. Gary at Swedish Dynamics for cam input and guidance as well. GM here on the board for getting me that shifter and MOMO and trusting a lawyer's check!!DAnny Peek at Southern Star Motor Co. in Anniston, Alabama. A former SPG owner who has a shop that services high end european imports (yes, they are driven even in BamaLama), who did a great job on my car, gave a S__T about it, and didn't hose me on the cost. Besides, he's become a great friend.

BTW, the car is a 1985 900T. It was sort of like finding a lost friend when I started driving it again. There are some minor things to take care of here and there, but its running. Damn, I forgot how loud that 3 inch system can be....it can howl.

After break in and some mileage, it's going to a dyno. I'd have to say I'm just a bit curious about power output.

Anyway, I know there are a bunch of you out there that have been watching from the sidelines during this unfortunate experience, i.e., Kevin K, Dave N, GM, Justin Van Abrams, Monster, and I know there are others out there that have followed my postings and replied with comments and I apologize for not thinking of your names at this very moment, but thanks anyway.

Hopefully I won't get activated for this thing going on in Afghanistan and I can make it the convention...


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