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Finally rebuilding the block. 50 trim content... stock block for the past 40k miles

Alright ladies and gentlemen, Now that I have finally came accross the funds for all the parts I decided to take my first plunge into rebuilding my block. The motor has 134k on it which 40k+ of it were running on the CTS BT kit and the previous 50k miles being chipped. 19mm rods were ordered from IE as well as all the rings bearing gasket kit and their manual timing belt tensioner. First off ordering evering thing from IE went as good as it could have been. Cassidy made sure to get all my misc. random requests in and still get it all shipped out fast as hell. Parts should be here tomorrow I am hoping. I have started tearing everything else while waiting tho. Most of the rebuild will also give me time to clean up most of my bay, track down and oil leak and small vaccum leaks and get it all back to one piece.

Started yesterday by pulling the intake mini, valve cover, turbo and oil lines. For the most part valves and top end seem to be looking fairly good, alot better than I was expecting. Intake mani was coated on the inside however with a nice slime that shouldnt be a big issue. I was able to find my oil leak and I am amazed and very thankful that there wasn't a bigger problem, lilke a fire from it. You guys will see in the pictures, the old oil line from being so close to the Downpipe had melted a hole through it. I also notice when I went to pull the turbo out that where the line was connected to the turbo was all heat rotted away wo when I gave it a good yank it just pulled apart. A braided stainless steel line will be going in as its replacement and hopefully will not have this issue again.

On to the pictures. More to come. I should finish the tear down this Thursday and then bolt everyything back together and break in on Sunday. Thurs and Sun are my two days off a week, so keep checking back.








 

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Good stuff. 40k on a BT stock block :D:thumbup:
 

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Good call on the stainless oil lines I can't believe the Kinetic kit used to come with silicone for them. You doing the timing belt/tensioner etc. too? Make sure to mark everything timing related as they come off. Makes it much easier upon reassembly to just line marks up on the belt rather than line up all of the factory TDC marks.
 

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Good stuff. 40k on a BT stock block :D:thumbup:
It has def seen better days and it wasn't pushed lightly. 18psi daily, I also have about 5 snapped off studs that hold the turbo mani to the head so she is going to get some TLC.

Good call on the stainless oil lines I can't believe the Kinetic kit used to come with silicone for them. You doing the timing belt/tensioner etc. too? Make sure to mark everything timing related as they come off. Makes it much easier upon reassembly to just line marks up on the belt rather than line up all of the factory TDC marks.
Yea way back in the day they did. Its something that I had wanted to do for some time but just kept putting it off until now when I have it all apart, timing couldn't have been any better or sooner. as for the timing belt and tensioner yea it is all getting done with the manual tensioner kit from IE, I don't mind ling it all up, which probably would be doing anyhow.
 

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Yea way back in the day they did. Its something that I had wanted to do for some time but just kept putting it off until now when I have it all apart,
Yeah, I've got one of the older kits too. After about 20k miles or so I pulled the heat shielding off of the drain line and it had cooked into something with more of a PVC hardness :(
 

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Also does anyone know the size of the studs or where to get them to replace the ones that hold the turbo to manifold and also the downpipe to turbo? they need replacing and I cant remember the sizing for them
 

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You'll have so much fun once you crank it to 25psi!
 

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wish i knew you were doing this i could have saved you some mulla... im a CTS Dealer...let me know if you need anything else bud :thumbup:
 

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You'll have so much fun once you crank it to 25psi!
This I cannot wait for. :laugh::laugh::laugh:

wish i knew you were doing this i could have saved you some mulla... im a CTS Dealer...let me know if you need anything else bud :thumbup:
The only other thing that I need is the fuel pump. after everything this week I have exhausted all my funds for a couple more weeks tho. You still have the same number mines changed?
 

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Time for more pictures. Got a lot done today, pulled the head oil pan rods, honed the cylinders, pieced together the new rods n pistons. Removed almost all the exhaust mani studs. Pistons didn't look bad at all eexcept where you could see where they kissed the valves, no surprise there. Lemme know what you guys think or see anything out of ordinary.










 

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one morfe pic for you guys. all the pistons got a little cleaning. all four of them had the lil kiss marks from the exhaust valves, my guess its from when my timing belt tensioner blew last year. no damage to the head, or bottom end, from what I could tell the stock rods looked straight but no pictures of them yet.

 

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Good stuff. 40k on a BT stock block :D:thumbup:
this. i have almost 50k on mine. 22-23 psi daily :) i went BT @ 130k miles :D

Good call on the stainless oil lines I can't believe the Kinetic kit used to come with silicone for them. You doing the timing belt/tensioner etc. too? Make sure to mark everything timing related as they come off. Makes it much easier upon reassembly to just line marks up on the belt rather than line up all of the factory TDC marks.
my line dint take long to go either. i still dont have a stainless linem but i have taken other measures to keep the heat out/off it

OP, when i pulled my intake mani recently my intake valves were clean like urs. big boost keeps those intake valves clean :laugh:
 

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Also does anyone know the size of the studs or where to get them to replace the ones that hold the turbo to manifold and also the downpipe to turbo? they need replacing and I cant remember the sizing for them
ECS like $0.60/ea for mani studs (8x30)
and like $15 for new downpipe hardware - studs(10x35), spacers, nuts and gasket
 

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this. i have almost 50k on mine. 22-23 psi daily :) i went BT @ 130k miles :D



my line dint take long to go either. i still dont have a stainless linem but i have taken other measures to keep the heat out/off it

OP, when i pulled my intake mani recently my intake valves were clean like urs. big boost keeps those intake valves clean :laugh:
My first hoses went in months, this one I got from a supply store that specialized in doses and fittings and was way over rated for its use, prob why it lasted so long. As for the boost, yup that only premium gas, I've been having studdering problems but I am thinking that night have had to do with so many of the exhaust studs being blown and that gasket being in 13 pieces.

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Well got the hardware for the manifold to head, had ordered the new turbo to mani studs and the ones for the downpipe to hot side of the turbo, which were to have arrived today the latest and they are not Herr. Does any one know the sizes of them I can source those easy in the morning.

On a better not the stainless hose for the oil drain line showed up which means minus the studs it will be getting put back together.
 
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