Couple weeks later - At a standstill
So here is what has happened. We went at it. Picture heavy, due to the nature of the build and me probably needing help somewhere down the line.
The vehicle ran when I first got it. Sounded like:
After this I had someone whom has fixed many-a-car before. And he started to rev it. I was like what the hell are you doing man?!?!??? Then it died. He said he was diagnosing it, but I'm still angered about this, as it most likely made the problem worse. And it did. Here is the video of right before we started taking it apart for realzies:
So we started digging in. Unbolting, moving, storing..
We noticed the serpentine belt was new, but the timing belt was factory. This was strange as the lady who had it before me said she got the timing belt replaced. Maybe she was confused between the two?
End of day one:
So this was about the point after my above post. Now to progress forward..
We start here and move along
Strange now, crossthreading.. Someone has been here before..
It's weird because the thermostat (which looks new by the way) seems to not need this piece off.. So that means someone has accessed this area before.. My heart starts dropping right around this point..
Valve cover seals looked alright. Newer oil which is nice. The cam lobes have little markings on the edges which I learned later are supposed to be there. Had a minor heart attack. This whole area looked quite alright, but then again I've never done this before. That's why I'm here after all.
Tear it down a bit more to get those cams out
Spacers have no wear on them, ****ty picture, I apologize
A few hours, and a lot of unplugging/reaching for stupidly placed bolts and some pulling to get the heads off, we find:
Holy piss. Let me stroll you through all of them up close.
All the bent valves are on the intake side, the exhaust valves are fine. In fact, leak testing the exhaust valves, they leaked none. How are the pistons you ask?
Well pulling off the heads resulted in me getting coolant everywhere (drained it all, but some stayed in the engine)
Soaking this up, revealed:
So you can see, the timing was obviously off. A lot of this can be smoothed out with an emery cloth, or so I'm told. However Dan (Js594 - toptierimports.com) and Aaron (darkstar - toptierimports.com) advised that using this engine is no longer an option if I want a reliable DD.
So after coating the cylinders with oil, this is where I'm at:
I'm either going to have to buy a new motor, or find out what's required for an ecotec swap, the engine from the L100 and L200. Sourcing an engine is pretty hard for this car, none at Bucks and the one that's available right now, I can't obtain yet. Rebuilding this is an option, but probably will cost as much as the new engine. I just feel bad because this block has such low km. An ecotec swap, I feel would be a longer process. Although the engine itself is way more reliable, I feel I wouldn't get it done by the time I need to.
I just want to get this thing on the road asap before it gets cold out.. Ca va mal..
That's my progress report thus far.
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