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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    i just got to watch it again this time with sound and she sounds great! i cant wait until i rebuild a engine and get to hear her start up for the first time!

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Messy: Will do - I did run it a bit hard at first to get the rings seated right as several people have recommended (of course it was warmed up and had coolant bled and all that) but I won't be beating on it too much... =)

    CAH: Thanks for the compliments on the sound too. I gotta say, I was quite pleased with that myself. Compared to the clattering and knocking of the engine pre-rebuild, it's quite a breath of fresh air.

    So, onward to the pics!

    The intake manifold was filled with this nasty oily scum. I really don't know how it got there.





    Some carburetor cleaner and wire brushes took care of that nicely. I did clean the larger part of the intake as well, though for some reason I didn't take pics of that.





    Once I was done cleaning a buddy of mine helped me get the engine on my Harbor Freight special engine stand, and get the timing belt, tensioner, and alternator bolted on.





    A few days later, we finally got the clutch installed, bolted on the trans, and dropped it all into the car!








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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    At this point I figured having access to service manuals, parts diagrams, and of course 3Geez would be nice to have while working on the car, so I took some time and set up an old computer in the garage. I did have to get a new monitor. It's already been really useful.



    Axels in:



    Distributor and thermostat housing:



    Re-wrapped the engine harness because the 20+ year old electrical tape was rapidly decaying.



    Got the intake in as well as all the tiny coolant hoses.



    And all the rest of the vacuum hoses, intake piping, and everything!


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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Clean! This is a great install your doing red! Things are going together well for you, make sure to keep a close eye on everything.
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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    this thread reminds me of the pico speed shop...cuz he also did a rebuild in his garage...same color car and has computer so he could be on 3geez

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    the reason the intake manifold was full of old oil was due to your old rings causing blow by and leaking valve seals , My accords is pretty nasty as well!

    Computer in garage FTW!!

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    I kept meaning to post an update this week, but I got distracted...

    Anyway the car is running great! I finally drove it to work on Tuesday. On the drive to work, the engine started bucking, the CEL came on, and I smelled some gasoline. When I pulled over, the ECU was flashing code 2 (O2 sensor error). I'd been wondering if I'd plugged the O2 sensors into the right plugs, since the aftermarket ones in the car don't have the color code like OEM. So, I switched them and everything's been fine since! I've now put about 150 miles on the rebuild.

    At this point, it's almost done (if a project can ever be almost done). I still need to fix the cabin heater thermostat, install the A/C, and grease a creaky upper control arm bushing, but at least it's usable now!

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Replaced the upper control arm bushings again - the shop I hired to install the suspension (big mistake on my part) installed the bushings wrong, and they already went bad. At least I fixed it right this time.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    I realized I hadn't updated this in ages. Not a lot has changed, but I began noticing the symptoms of a vacuum leak, and found this:



    On cylinders 1 and 4 the intake manifold gasket was torn. I assume somehow I must have done that when I installed it though I don't know how I managed that. It also got a lot worse over the course of a few months which also seems odd. Any input on how that may have happened would be welcome. Anyway I installed a new gasket and it is running better than ever.

    Also, the junkyard exhaust I installed a few years back rusted out again, so I've ordered a new one. Will be nice for the noise, but also necessary to pass emissions, which is what really convinced me to get around to fixing it.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Once again ages since an update. The 3G is still running great, but the paint has been looking pretty shabby. I recently started learning how to correct paint so I decided to try to clean it up as much as I can. After a thorough claying I've begun the polishing. I'm learning as I go but so far I am pretty happy with how well things are coming back.
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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    I have the same problem with those intake gaskets. I think it's simply an inferior design. The gasket is too thin.
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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Thanks, that does make sense to me. That gasket was OEM Honda, and it did seem the aftermarket gasket I installed might be a little bit stronger. No problems so far, and it's been on there well over a year.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    More than 13 years since I started the thread, and the car's still running like a champ! Needs AC repair and some minor electrical work, but it's been a great car all these years. Probably deserves another set of tires too.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    This thread needs more pics.....
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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    I agree! Let's start...

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    Yes, those are crap tire-shop wheels. They couldn't get anything factory-size when I urgently needed them some years back.

    But of course I kept the factory wheels for the next set of tires...

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    One more thing this car needs - new shift bushings. Has anyone modeled those yet in CAD, or is that going to be my job? I imagine that new bushings made of TPU would improve the shift feel immensely.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Car's looking pretty tidy. At least the part I can see. I don't have any ideas on the shifter bushings, but keep me posted on what you learn. I could use a set myself.
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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    Cheddas has shifter bushings, theyre just a delrin bushing, something you could do yourself with only the old bushings to go off, provided you have access to a lathe. I had to sand the inside of the birdcage bushing replacement to get it to fit. The mounts for the trans and body mounts are the same as any old Civic, I just got some poly energy suspension ones.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    I'll have to check that out. But I haven't got a lathe. I do, on the other hand, have an awfully nice 3D printer and some CAD skills. I had to spend my day working on other cars today, but hopefully I can get back to the 3G soon.

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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    https://www.3geez.com/forum/efi-tech...hings-oem.html

    I made another one but I dont think I ever wrote down the dimensions. It be a good 3d part I think. makes a big difference with the shifter feel and operation.
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    Re: RedAztec's Update Thread

    I dont think I would use a plastic that lacks shear strength... delrin is strong and a very good bushing material

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