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Old 09-06-2017, 07:27 PM   #41
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Prepping of the Euro-R manifold for some proper air:




Success. I intentionally left some meat by the IACV port for comfort.






Fully assembled with thermal intake gasket:
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:34 PM   #42
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The replacement motor, in all of its glory:


During disassembly, I had to stay hydrated:


Intake manifold off and stuffed:


Exhaust manifold off and stuffed:


Fresh cam seals


Clutch, stage 2, 4 puck exedy:




For the clutch and flywheel assembly:
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:40 PM   #43
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Fast forward...I forgot to take pics...You all know how engine builds go anyway





Several more things to do...nowhere near done.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:50 PM   #44
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Bonus, engine carnage!!!
(These actually had legit type-s pistons in them too...3/4 are in decent condition)
This is what one of the spare engines looked like:


Beautiful!




Out to lunch:


Engine gravy:


Bang!!! Rattle, rattle, rattle....


Well there's one part of the conn rod:


Describe this using a 4 letter word:


Found the other side!
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:25 PM   #45
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out to lunch and pick up something on the way to snack on...
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:08 PM   #46
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Trump beer? Ha!

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Old 10-12-2017, 04:53 PM   #47
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Worked a bit on the Lude today. Just buttoning up stuff mostly.
Installed heater hoses, intermediate shaft and axles, fixed my wiring harness where I broke the power steering switch connector and oil pressure ring off lol.

Oh, and it looks like I'll have to cut the nut off the driver's side UCA. I tried to get it off with my impact and now the nut, just the nut and not the balljoint, spins freely. I might be collecting some Rockauto magnets soon so I can post in that thread.

I'm trying to get it started if not running this weekend so I can get it out my parent's yard. That will speed stuff up a lot!

Only a few things left to do:
Connect the engine harness and fusebox up.
Install the alternator, fuel lines, dizzy, VTEC pressure switch from the USDM motor, tighten the tstat housing back up, radiator and fluids,
valve adjustment and new valve cover gaskets
Connect the downpipe
Prelube the motor with a Harbor Freight drill pump
Then first start!
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:58 PM   #48
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Try using a big pair of pliers or vise grip on the knuckle and control arm to pinch the taper. That's what I do when balljoints just spin.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:03 PM   #49
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Try using a big pair of pliers or vise grip on the knuckle and control arm to pinch the taper. That's what I do when balljoints just spin.
There's only one issue with that method, the balljoint isn't spinning. I can literally spin the nut with my fingers, but the joint is stationary. I would bet money that this hardware store nut that's on here is the wrong thread or is stripped out.
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Old 10-15-2017, 08:52 AM   #50
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I tried to install the wiring harness yesterday and more wires started ripping out of the connector such as the ECT connector and the VTEC solenoid connector. I took a closer look at the engine harness and noticed that quite a few wires were abraded or not in a shape that I would want to install back into the car. Ugh...hurdles

I went to Rywire's site and almost shit a brick. I, personally, don't think wiring is that difficult as long as you are organized and methodical and can source the oem sensor connections. I'm going to try to make my own "Mil-Spec" "Tucked" harness with the help of this website:
https://www.rbracing-rsr.com/wiring_ecu.html

New OEM connectors are expensive and hard to find, so I will be reusing the connectors I have, or getting some from the JY. The current harness is removed from its loom. Measurements and schematics are next on the list.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:14 PM   #51
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People are just intimidated by the process. I would think the most frustrating part would be de-pinning the old connections without breaking them. Looking forward to the process
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Just read through everything. And I'm pretty sure all preludes for sale online are the same story. Great cars but without the proper owner they get beat and abused. I had a friend who treated his prelude the same way. And wow.. they are naturally low, so you must literally be able to touch the ground with the door open.

Some of these parts are getting hard to come by, like the lower engine girdle.
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Old Yesterday, 09:59 PM   #53
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I'm debating on whether or not I should source new pins and boots. I absolutely hate de-pinning connectors, but I know it would be for the best.

Raf, I'm pretty sure I almost scraped the bottom of the door on a curb before. The expensive Ludes are the stock, unmolested ones. I've seen a handful of stock ones rolling around, but they are beaters. The cheap ones either have auto transmissions, (99% failure rate on Ludes) or have been trashed/riced/wrecked.

And the funny part is I need that engine stiffner/flywheel cover. It's one on eBay that's been in my watch list for a minute.

I ordered some Amphenol circular connectors. 2 sets of male and female, 52-pin, solder type connectors. I have a total of 104 pins that can hold up to a 16 awg wire, each. I decided to pull the trigger on these because:

A) They were cheap $15.00 a set, used of course.

B) The solder terminations allow multiple uses and no special crimping or insertion tools compared to the crimp style pins. I can change my mind and re wire everything on a whim. If I mess up some connections, say I put them in the wrong order, I can switch wires around without consequence. I can still use most of the wiring techniques for strain relief, concentric twisting and environment proofing. I think this is the best choice for the DIYer making this kind of harness on a budget.

Now I need an objective, or I'll be tweaking this thing into eternity.
Goal number 1: Create a custom and working harness to get the vehicle mobile, while retaining all stock functionality. This will literally be a replacement harness, with no added features. Something to get the feet wet and still be safe as I will not be cutting into my stock harness just in case I need a back-up plan.

This is going to be a long process as I have to make the engine bay side harness AND the interior side harness WHILE keeping all the critical systems working like the gauge cluster and cooling fans. I'm thinking the best way to do this is to map out the connections that go directly to the ECU and hook them up to the inside circular connector, then just tap into the existing harness for the few remaining signals. Well, whatever I come up with, it needs to be in writing/typing or it's not getting connected.
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