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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:10 am 
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How did the water jackets beside the cylinders look on the head? Mine had corroded and caused a blown head gasket because it had eaten away some of the surface that the head gasket sits on. Im getting it tigged and resurfaced at the moment so even if yours was, its fixable. My machinist told me that this was a common issue on these engines so I figured I would bring it to your attention before you finish the engine. No one wants to have a head gasket blow after a fresh rebuild :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:36 pm 
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"Pretty cactus" ?

Didn't know there were any cactai in Austraila.

Great looking car man. Can't wait to see photos of it all back together and on the road


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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:13 am 
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travmac79: There was corrosion in the water jackets, but thankfully not too much around the bores where the head gasket seals, so I think it's all good. I'd be pretty bummed if i had to take it all apart again, but at least the head is doable in-car. :)

Matches: We've got cacti still. Probably not as many as what you guys have on that side of the ditch, haha.

Thanks guys!

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:48 am 
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Slowly putting everything back together. The steering rack bushes should be in early next week.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:53 am 
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Thanks, man! :)

Got the rack bushes off Superpro and installed them, then proceeded to finish up all the little bits and pieces yesterday. I got it to fire and run for ~15 seconds before noticing that it was leaking water from the radiator drain bung. I also needed to adjust the TPS as it was just rough as guts without holding the throttle cracked. I got it to warm up today, but it started leaking water out of the coolant bypass pipe that bolts to the rear facing side of the timing case just underneath the front of the intake manifold. So far there hasn't been any oil leaks though, so that's a bonus. Probably one of the few 22Rs that doesn't leak like a sieve, haha.

In case anyone is wondering, the factory injection seems to run fine without any of the EGR, air injection system or the cold idle valve connected, so good news to anyone else who has all the old hoses and piping crumbling away. It also frees up a hell of a lot of space around the oil filter.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:09 am 
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Well, it's complete and running well again. I ended up fixing the water leaks and fixed one of the oil leaks it had developed as a result of me not routing the breather ports on the valve cover correctly. I had initially thought my cam timing may have been out slightly, but as it turns out I just needed to set the base timing correctly and everything was peachy again.

I had some continued issues with my alternator not charging, which was showing symptoms before I pulled the car apart, so I finally got around to pulling it out to inspect and diagnose what the go was. After switching out the regulator and diode assembly from an old 5E-FE alternator my housemate had sitting in the driveway, I had normal voltages back, which was nice. Turns out most Denso alternators have pretty similar internal parts. :tu:

The only small niggly issue that remains is adjusting my TPS (on-off-on switch type), which is a little tricky as the internal plastics are quite degraded and the switch doesn't always reset to the same position when come off the throttle. I'll continue to have a fiddle with it though as it's not too bad, but just a little annoying.

Other small things I've done in the meantime include changing the wheel nuts over with a fresh set of lock nuts after I lost the key socket for the first set and replacing the number plate bolts with some fresh socket cap screws.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:54 pm 

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That is one nice looking car :)
Maybe we will see it at Nudgee in February ?

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:44 am 
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That's the plan! Bummed that I couldn't bring it out to the last Banyo show, but I guess it'll make it cooler when I finally get to take it to a show.

I have to say though, the pictures hide a lot of the imperfections, haha. A lot of the exterior trim pieces look quite haggard in person, thanks to 25+ years of North Queensland sun and weather. That aside, I still love it. :)

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:53 am 
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So cool. 8)
I really like the slightly quirky styling of the RA65 (especially around the rear), and it's just perfectly balanced by the two-tone paint, the stance and not least those awesome alloys on yours.
Well done on the engine too! Now just make sure to get out there and drive her as deserves... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:01 am 
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Thanks, dude!

To be honest, the shape grew on me over the years. The car has been in the family for quite some time, so at first I wasn't overly fond of it, but the oddball 80's coupé shape just had so much character. I've only put about 150km on the motor so far as I've been keeping trips fairly close to home in case any little issues arise, so I don't have to pay an exorbitant towing fee to get it back home, haha. I'll start venturing further out and rack up some more on the clock after my Christmas/New year holiday to Japan.

In other news, I did some work on fixing and upgrading the audio setup in this. I originally had an older Clarion head unit powering some 4" JVC speakers in the original dashboard mounts and 6" Clarion speakers mounted in the rear passenger side trims. The Clarion speakers gave out since the foam cone mount things disintegrated, so I replaced them with a cheap pair of Kenwood 6", mainly just to fill the open cavity in the trim. I scored a secondhand Alpine 12" Type S sub in a ported box for peanuts from a mate of mine and mated that with a 2-channel Fusion amp I had lying around. Nothing fancy or even remotely audiophile by any means, but it's a bit of an upgrade and it's nice to have a bit of low range now.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:02 pm 
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Went out to the Xmas bash at QR (Queensland Raceway) on Wednesday morning. Caught up with a mate and another mate lined us up for some pics.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:59 pm 
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Fab looking couple...!! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:50 am 
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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:49 pm 
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Got some 175/65R14 fitted to the 9J Mk IIs I have. The fit is pretty neat, but just needs the inner lip rolled/beaten up and to be an inch lower. Not really daily material though, with our laws.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:56 pm 
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Looking great! Happy to see your out on the road enjoying the car


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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:02 am 
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Looks way better on gold mesh imho...

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:00 am 
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Don't fret. This car will usually sit on either of my sets of Volks. I wouldn't be able to drive around on the Mk IIs with the way cops are in this neck of the woods. They're mainly for shows and odd occasions.

Speaking of Volks though, I'll have my other set fitted tomorrow. :)

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:44 am 
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Now I have three sets of wheels I can use. :)

I do have a full set of four aero covers, but I like just running them on the front for that race car appeal, haha. They're 14×6.5J +6 with 195/65R14 all around.

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 Post subject: Re: RA65 Coupé
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:39 pm 
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Well like I already said in your thread just about these Volks, it's an absolutely wickedly awesome look!! 8)
Congrats mate - well done... :tu:

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