Quick update time.
After months of no activity, things are getting back on track. As we left it, we had a blown head gasket, crap wiring, a free spinning distributor and all sorts of other madness going on.
My builder was kindly able to clear some time and driveway space for me, and she's been under the knife for a few weeks now.
Here she is hitched and ready to roll out.
As expected, compression was ass.
The underside of the distributor cap showed signs of the extreme temperatures under the hood.
What followed was a complete tear down of the motor, which is where we are now. I'll be detailing the state of the engine and rebuild thanks to my builder's near-obsessive level of documentation.
Here it is liberated from the shell.
The clutch housing was from South Africa and showed some wear.
The head gasket was a mere shadow of it's former self.
It is in fact a JDM largeport 3-rib, as expected.
Luckily, the head, cams, block, crank, and pistons are all in pretty good shape and can all be reused.
Some random parts.
Rebuild will entail new Exedy clutch/housing, PPC flywheel, all new seals, rings and gaskets, ARP head studs, Cometic head gasket, some casting material removal, timing belt, water pump, oil pump, a little combustion chamber work, new digital gauges, re-flowed injectors, new injector plugs, fixed wiring, heat shields, etc. It's a lot of work to be sure, but the goal now is to get the engine to a reliable state of tune so I can enjoy the car now without worry int he back of my head and to establish a solid basis for future modifications.
So far, so good. Can't wait to get it all back together and on the road. Then I can start budgeting to fix the rear end, and chassis damage, and suspension, and interior issues...