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Old 06-16-2009, 06:45 AM   #1
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Just thought I'd start a progress thread since this might take me a while. I officially started last night and worked on it for about an hour. I'll post more as I move along. I've got some AFR 205's, custom cam, Halltech CAI, and UD pulley going in.




Some easy stuff out of the way


Fans and radiator out
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Remember, you don't have to take the rack out, just move it out of the way...The whole swap is fairly easy, just take your time and you'll have no issues. If you get stuck let us know..
Make sure that little fridge has some beer in it...

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Looks good! Should make for some nice gains when finished.
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Not much to show tonight: waterpump and alternator are out plus it's jacked up ready to pull the steering rack. And yes the giant dark spot is from letting coolant dump out everywhere.

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Remember, you don't have to take the rack out, just move it out of the way...The whole swap is fairly easy, just take your time and you'll have no issues. If you get stuck let us know..
Make sure that little fridge has some beer in it...

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I was thinking I had to pull it out completely but I'll look into just moving it, and yes there's plenty of beer stocked up
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makes me miss my 02 EB coupe SOOO much, if you need a hand with anything I'd be happy to help, especially since we both live in manhattan, just shoot me a p.m.
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lookin good...what size cam did you go with? I changed out my VRX5 for a custom PatG grind also 235 243 620 623 111+3 but im using TFS 215 heads...your combo should make good power...you doin a fast also? Lets see some pics of all the shiny new parts
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Cam is a Patrick G grind - spec'd at 231 235 .617"/.624" 113+4 but cam doctor shows more like 232 237 .615" .619". After today I think I would rather do a cam swap on an F-bod...that steering rack sucks a fat one but at least it's out now along with the power steering stuff and swaybar.


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I think I would rather do a cam swap on an F-bod...that steering rack sucks a fat one but at least it's out now along with the power steering stuff and swaybar.
If you think you might do the swap again, now it the time to install a 2-piece timing cover
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lookin good...i remember my first cam swap in my Z...thought the rack sucked big time...second time is way faster...still though...i couldn knock out a Fbody cam swap in 1/3 the time as i had that down to 4hours for cam and springs start to finish!
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looking forward for progress pics
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makes me miss my 02 EB coupe SOOO much, if you need a hand with anything I'd be happy to help, especially since we both live in manhattan, just shoot me a p.m.
Thanks for the offer. My little brother is in town painting our house so he gets voluntold to help me every now and then There won't be any progress tonight as Thursday night is when I play in a softball league each week. Will update Fri evening!
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looks to be a nice setup.
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Thanks guys, not much to show tonight. Got the headers off the heads and pulley too along with a nice set of bloody knuckles!
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I'll be interested in the updates, too. Sounds like a good set-up.
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Tonight's progress:
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After 3 more sliced fingers (I've officially learned my lesson to keep my gloves on) - here's today's progress. Cam and heads are out. Still need to pull the oil pump to port it and then all the new stuff can go in.




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Make sure you get all of the coolant and dirt out of the head bolt holes, when yorur sure you did, do it once more to be sure...
Looks like all is going as planned
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Making some real progress! Want to come do mine next? LOL! Guess I'll keep mine stock.

In addition to what Dave mentioned be sure each cylinder is clean too before strapping on those heads.
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Looking good man. Be extra sure to get all the water out of the head bolt holes as mentioned above. Triple check it. I would install ARP head bolts for the hell of it.
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