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Shiiiiit, been a long time since I posted.

White RSR550 has been off the road for almost a month for engine swap;

The original F5B has had bad compression for a while now, as well as going through coolant and leaking oil. I also started noticing rubber burning – which I eventually decided was probably timing belt, so it had to be changed.

I’d been prepping the spare F6A from Wally for a while to go in and finally decided to swap the cars over to Mikes and start the swap.

Lazy

Haven’t updated in a while due to laziness;

Have bought many more tools, sold a few old Lancer parts.. gotten old.

Since mentioned toolbox I have:

Cleco Fastener Kit w/ tool
Rivnut/Nutsert Kit w/ gun
230mm Makita Angle Grinder
550 x 850 x 570 mm (Working area) Blasting Cabinet
Mini (6″ Main Wheel) English Wheel Set w/ 7 Wheels
18″ Sheet Metal Bead Roller
12pc Geared Spanner Set (‘Ratchet Ringies’)

Today I picked up a 14″ Drop Saw, ordered a Engine Leveller bizzo for Engine Crane and a Digital Thermometer

Don’t think I’ve mentioned my mad stereo setup is ‘finished’

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Tools

Decided to spend on some tools last fortnight with a sale or two around the place.

Grabbed a 7 draw Sidchrome roll cabinet from Gasweld / Adelaide Tools, since they are moving to the new design I got a 7 draw instead of the 5. Measured up the Alto and grabbed it myself – tight fit!

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Also got a rivnut kit off ebay for a great price. And a cleco kit also from eBay – just in case I need to do panel work.

PPPParts

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Latest bunch of parts have arrived! Naturally via Jesse Streeter

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2x Double DIN Mounting Kits to suit the centre console

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Timing Belt suit F6A

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2x Water Pump

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Enough Oil Seals for 2x Timing services

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Timing Belt for F5B – Pretty damn certain this is the same as the other one

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2x Timing Belt Tensioners

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2x Complete Engine Gasket Kits – yes, same part number for both F5B and F6A

Wheels

After 6 weeks on a leaky boat, my wheels have been delivered :D

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Seems they are ‘Potenza TR-1 ST-4′
Not sure when I’ll fit them up – or if I’ll use them on RSR550 at all
Will probably get the centres painted, thinking black or gold (For purple car)

Radiators arrived from China, pretty decent – a few details are off; but they’re usable.
Will send off Bennys soon.

Ordered a couple engine gasket kits, and a couple timing service kits.
When they arrive I’ll have 3 engines worth inc timing belt, gaskets, tensioners and water pumps.

Got Steve at Jazmac to compression check RSR550 – poor results as I expected, likely rings.
90 / 75 / 50 PSI :S
Still driving it though.

Tailgate container is on its way, should be unpacked in early May.

Yen is at parity with our dollar again, so I’m itching to get more stuff while I can.

Waiting, Debating and Procrastinating

Thermo fan stopped cutting in again :\

So a couple days before All Japan Day I finally wired in a relay and switch to control the thermo fan manually – and it again seemed to work well.

Couple weeks later I drove to Mikes to discuss Alu radiator, and on the way home didn’t turn the fan on as it was sitting at normal temp – when I turned car off at home it sound like bubbling in the rocker cover :(
I’m thinking the head gasket is probably leaking, which isn’t so bad that I have a spare – but is a hassle to do and I should probably check the rings as well, which are very expensive and unique to the F5B

My wheels are on their way, but its sooo slow, 4wks and no tracking update, damn boats!

Bought a tailgate since a couple guys were bringing a container over, will probably use on RSR660, then hand me down the rest. Might be on its way now??

I bought a aluminium radiator off eBay for RSR660 during this ordeal, it was too big for my    purpose – but through the same company I’m now getting a couple (one for another Works’ owner) designed, made and sent from China

Dat Wheely Good Yen

Since the Yen has been high lately, I’ve been wanting to buy.. anything from JP to take advantage.

I’ve been looking at rims a lot since I was sure I’d save more than buying locally, and obviously the range and goodness is much better.

I bid (via Streeter of course) on some Work Equip, 13x6J +10,

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I was outbid on these, which was kinda alright since It went a bit higher then I wanted anyway.

Looked around a bit more and found some 13×5.5J +15 with less days left, lower start bid, and no bids yet.
Put a bid in a start and eventually won with no other bidders :D

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They should be leaving Streeter sometime next week for their long journey here.
Thinking I might get the centres powder coated before they go on.

Things heating up

Still summer, still too hot to do much.

The car started getting hot more often than not, unless I was going over 40kmh it was at the 2nd top line on the gauge.

Swapped thermostat over with a spare, didnt fix.

Eventually checked with Steve and he thought the rad may be blocked – was over 100c at the top of rad just from idling.

Week or so later I went to Mikes and changed the fan switch + radiator to the ones from the Black car.

All is good, in fact it’s probably running too cool now. The thermo comes on in decent time, not sure if it ever turns off though

Summer nothing, had me a blasttt?

Me no likey summer, hot sweat grrrr.

Nothing done on the cars at all.

Did get some air tools for christmas,

  • Air Sand Blast Gun – Spot
  • 3/8″ Ratchet Wrench
  • 150mm Air Hammer
  • 1/4″ Die Grinder
  • 3/8″ Reversible Air Drill
  • 100mm Angle Grinder
  • 1/2″ Impact Wrench
  • 20m Auto Loaded Air Hose Reel

Also ordered a Engine Crane on christmas day – because of decent price and free delivery, on a 95Kg item!

Today I went out and bought a Sidchrome 8 Drawer Tool Chest for all my stuff, will hopefully get a roller cabinet for my birthday in August.