Long time no update.
Dude with the Starion decided to be a shitc*nt and not sell the car to me, apparently not having immediate plans to restore it made me a dreamer
G54 is on the stand in the shed, ripped it apart to discover shagged balance shaft bearings and a couple broken rings. No bore damage though, thankfully. Bores are bloody brilliant, no wear lip and there's still a faint crosshatching from the last time it was re-ringed. Standard size, too. Gonna be able to get away with just a re-ring and a hone, which is always nice.
Balance shaft eliminator kit, new rings and a hone, come at me. Should be running soon.
Oh, attempted to weld up the front half of the exhaust as well. It's basically a set of 4-2-1 extractors with a 2" in/out 18" hotdog (stole it from an N13 Pulsar with a ghey cannon, lol) welded to the end, and a slip joint welded to the end of that to attach it to the rear half of the exhaust, which will be stock for now.
Didn't *quite* work. Birdshit welds aside it's held together fine, no holes or anything, but there's a bit of cut/weld required so it lines up right. As it stands, the aforementioned slip joint is about 30mm below where the stock flange would be. Will get onto that this weekend.
Gonna stick to this plan, it's a good one. Somebody deliver a resounding e-slap if I deviate from it.
-Rebuilt Astron I, deleted balance shafts, matchported intake, 34ADM, dodge up an airbox setup using a carby hat, a few silicone bends and whatever airbox I can get to fit where the overflow is, extractors, my dodgy exhaust.
-Give the gearbox a birthday. New shifter bushes, oil, seals etc.
-Cut EF Falcon front springs, Monroe GT-Gas shocks (front), '78-'80 Lovells lowered springs, Magna wagon shocks (rear)
-Inside, stock seats, nice, dishy 340mm Momo tiller, HKB boss kit.
-Outside, fix the rust, GK GSR boot spoiler (matte black), Mk1 Golf lip.
-14x6 +17 Fortrans, 185/65 tyres (front), 14x7 +0 Centrelines, 185/65 tyres (rear)
Was REALLY hoping to have this done in time for WTAC, but that didn't happen so I'm going to aim for Wakefield matsuri instead. Also wanna have a go at Huntley in November.