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Thread: Carina GTTR Sedan

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    Carina GTTR Sedan

    After a year of persistence, I am finally the owner of a Carina.

    The body is in absolutely incredible condition, save for a large surface rust spot on the RH rear 1/4 panel. There is no rust in the rocker panels suspension etc.

    The interior is also in very good condition, except for a huge crack in the instrument panel. If anyone has any suggestions on repairing it, I am all ears.

    I am also happy if anyone can pass on any resources such as wiring diagrams/engine manuals, as I'm not terribly familiar with this car/engine.
    The car is all original, it even has an original exhaust system on it.
    The only non-genuine parts on it are a set of ignition wires and a turbo timer.




    Of course there is a catch.
    Right now it is a 3 cylinder and hasn't run in about 4 years.

    What was the attraction?
    For me it was the blend of simplicity, 80's in-your-face insanity, and that the car had not been modified.

    Oh, the other factor would be the genes shared with the Group B cars of the 80's.

    It is my goal to keep the car as original as possible.

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    I know someone with a similar Carina. Has the same wheels on it as well.
    While i'm not sure if his is a turbo or not yours is in much better shape.

    They do look mean with those wheels on it.

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    Piston!

    Well,

    I have found the root of the engine problem.
    #4 piston gave up the ghost.



    On the other hand, it looks like the car had a decent bit of work done to it before I bought it.

    The turbo, alternator and A/C compressor all appear to be recent replacements.

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    Slowly...

    Progress is happening.

    The engine is out and stripped.
    Sent the block to the machine shop.
    Got a set of Arias pistons (arrived), various gaskets and seals from Toyota (1/2 of those still available have arrived), working on the rest via aftermarket. It looks like I am out of luck on the valve cover gasket, as it is not available anywhere.

    It is looking like I'll have to get bushes put in the small ends of the rods.



    I pulled the gas tank to clean it, as the gas inside was way old.
    I first tried pumping it out using the in-tank pump, but it was no-go, as the pump wouldn't run.

    I got the tank down and discovered that it was a monument to rust. I have ordered a used pump and fuel gauge sender from Yahoo auction (cheap!) that looks like it should fit. I'll just have to check volume@pressure once I get it.

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    Fuel Tank

    Ok, I mentioned rust in the fuel tank. It was nastier than anything I have ever seen.

    When I got the car, I tried starting it.
    It cranked, and you could hear the cranking speed changing due to low compression in one cylinder. It wouldn't fire though.
    I was told that it was running when it was parked. I tend to believe this.

    The reason it wouldn't start was a lack of fuel.
    I managed to verify spark in a rather shocking manner.
    The nasty stink from the tank made it pretty easy to guess the reason for the lack of fuel.

    The pump came out covered in rust. The fuel that came out of the fuel rail when pulling the engine also had a rusty tinge to it.

    This is the interior of the tank before cleaning:



    Here is after the first round of cleaning:




    and here is after the third round of cleaning and an acid treatment:


    The fuel tank gets put aside tomorrow.

    Tomorrow I pull the head apart and hope that the valve seals I got for it are the right ones. I'll also be hoping that the valves and seats haven't been killed by the debris that was floating around in cylinder #4.

    The next step for the tank is the coating. More pictures after that.

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    Nice job! What products did you use on that tank?
    Hidden Content Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    No Kev, you are eating a duck fetus.

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    nice carina

    Hi you got pm let me know . thanks

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    I used the stuff in the POR 15 fuel tank sealer kit and ample amounts of elbow grease.

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    Making head way

    I had a chance to strip the head down today.
    I was most worried about the exhaust valve seat in #4, as that is the cylinder that had the damaged piston (with attendant debris). It turned out that was no problem.

    Here is a shot before cleaning:


    Here is a shot after cleaning:


    Bottom after cleaning:
    (note that I am planning on having the head resurfaced, so I didn't go crazy on cleaning off the old gasket. #1 is cleaner because I cc'd that chamber.)


    Ironically, the exhaust valve seats and 3 of 4 of the intake seats cleaned up well. #4 intake wasn't happy though.
    Here is the collateral damage:
    (sorry the pic is a bit washed out)


    In other news, the mailman was nice to me today:

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    Head Gasket

    Well, the parts availability gods are not completely crushing me.
    I do have more to wait for though. :cry:

    Today Mr Postman delivered my headgasket.



    Cometic 2TG "87 mm" bore (0.059 in = 1.4986 mm).
    My stock HG measured at 1.2 mm thickness upon removal.

    My caliper says otherwise on the bore:


    This is actually ok by me, as my pistons are 87 mm.
    I wanted a metal HG, but the only one I could find was the Kameari with a 90 mm bore, far larger than I wanted. (If anyone does know of a 2TG 87 mm bore metal gasket, please let me know.)
    (Note: Cometic had a misprint in its catalog, and they used to list a metal headgasket at 87 mm (There was (or no longer is) no such an animal). This error is still present in the online catalogs of dozens of websites)

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