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  1. So after almost 3yrs sitting outisde uncovered I finally decided to crack into the old 4g52 that I fucked all those yrs ago to see what actually happened. I only decided to do so as even though I have a different engine in the car now I was contemplating rebuilding it down the line so I can restore the car to its original form. The motor is seized, and apon taking the head off things looked grim.. Metal in the sup didnt show signs of promise either. And the nail in the coffin was the lack number3 rod bearing which explains the material found in the sump. The other bearings and the crankshaft looked below average aswell.. So from this point I have abit of thinking to do, along with new bearings allround, pistons, rings, possible re-sleeving, a valve job, crankshaft re-ground, a cam and all associated machining costs I'm not sure if it's going to be a worth while venture.. so if anyone has suggestions or knows where I can find another 4g52 please dont hesitate to let me know. (I didnt take any photos after I took the sump off because my hands were covered in shit but i did get one of the rust and water in the cylinders, will get more later maybe. ) Cheers.
  2. Greenie

    Greenies 88 GN

    So I thought i better get this a wof so gave the bike a once over and found something a little sketchy, turns out I've been missing an engine mount so thought that might have been important to the wof guy. Opted out of paying $40 for kit and just made it. Cut template, made two of them out of scrap steel, painted it black got some bolts and job was done. Only other thing I found for was that the number plate light stopped working so have to sort that and will hopefully book wof some time this week. Cheers. (Yes my tank is still red underneath, couldnt be bothered going that hard when painting it.)
  3. Greenie

    Greenies 88 GN

    Right so literally nothing has happened in terms of working on this and it still doesnt have a wof or reg, but seeing as my daily's wof and reg both ran out the other day I thought I my as well start riding the bike coz if it's the same fine I may as well be having fun on the bike if (when) I get caught... so for now I'm gonna risk it. And seeing as I can see my house from work I'm not hella concerned about getting caught so will enjoy it while it lasts
  4. Being trying to make a dent in this before our baby arrives, pretty much finished stripping the car and have started sanding and cutting out the rust. Doesnt look too bad at this point. Have only found a couple larger areas of rust that I've since cut out, but some spots seem to just be surface rust and a small hole or two so should just be able to clean and weld those ones up. Need to pick up some sheet metal to patch the larger holes. Also dug through the box of parts I still had at my parents and found the tin of paint that came with car so stoked on that, I'm hoping its enough once mixed with thinners that I dont have to buy any more colour and only have to get primer and clear. Been too lazy to take many photos photos but heres one some rust in the right rear wheel arch, good times cheers
  5. So I've decided to go full send.. as the car isnt running I have a had good look aroundand the orange peal and bubbles of rust are more annoying and more present than first thought. Since having it back in the garage I changed the drive shaft yoke over that was kindly gifted (months ago) by @MaxPower(GC) . Was harder to do than first thought but with a little brute force and ignorance I got it done. This was the major thing holding me back after first swapping the engine and now thats done technically it should drive.. BUT not going to bother until later (as bad as that sounds). I want to sort paint and rust out before I do as I'm toying with the idea of rebuilding the OG 2L engine anyway.. was going to price up some one to do it for me but dad thinks between him and me we would be about to do it ourselves cheaper than getting a shop to do it. In any case I'm confident I can fix about 98% of the rust myself so I stole a welder and grinder off my old man today and made a start on the tedious process of sanding the car back. I'm hoping it's better than it looks but not holding my breath. Not going to got full bare metal but from what I have done so far it's gonna be a lot of shading to get to the bottom of the orange peal. Also I'm planning on painting it myself, I've been told prep is key and was already in no rush to get this done so I think I should be alright. Anyway will update with progress when more is made. Cheers
  6. Today was massive, after a over a yr (just..) and finally having moved into a place with my own garage. I roped in a mate and his car trailer to move my galant from its sorry state (as pictured above) to its new resting place. Gave the girl a good bath and put the interior back together before pushing it inside for the day. The motivation is strong. So will hopefully get my ass into gear and put some work into her. Keen af to see it back on the road.
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    Greenies 88 GN

    License arrived in the mail today, so that's sorted, holding off on wof until I can afford rego. Found out back in the day I didnt put reg on hold until it was almost a yr out of date so have to back pay a yrs worth as well as put some on when I get around to do it. So I'm trying to resist getting a wof until funds allow me to pay for reg. In any case yesterday I did as was suggested aaages ago and painted the tank mount and seat mount the same colour in order to "blend it in"... looks decent. Now we wait... (might go for some sneaky rides just to calm my itch for it)
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    Greenies 88 GN

    Indicators finally arrived last week so fucked around with the mess under the seat and got them all working. Also brought some lame ass reflectors so as far as I'm aware I should be ready for a wof! Also went through my old phone and found a photo of the bike when I first go it, and am pretty happy with what I've done Hopefully sort warrant and license by next weekend and I'll be hitting the road. Before After
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    Greenies 88 GN

    Madden voyage went well, sorted out the ideal and now revs out in all gears wish I could take it for a longer ride than just around the block but with no reg, no wof, no indicators and no motorbike license I'm not keen on taking it on main roads just yet.. will sort the above as soon as possible so I can take it for a real ride! Sounds beautiful too!
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    Greenies 88 GN

    Repainted the other side cover today ( no orange peel this time "woo" ) Muffler turned up this week so rewrapped the exhaust and fitted it, had to shoot out to repco and buy and overpriced exhaust clamp to get it done. Finished it and i am stoked, going to fire it up tomorrow and see how it sounds, amped! Will hopefully do some "fine tuning" and take it for a blat aswell. (Still waiting for indicators, funny how exhaust turned up first even tho it was ordered more than a week after)
  11. Greenie

    Greenies 88 GN

    I couldn't help myself.. One of the side covers ended up with some shity orange peel finish so will have to buy more paint and repaint it, but fuck am I happy with the tank!
  12. Greenie

    Greenies 88 GN

    Managed to get some colour down this weekend, pretty stoked with it. it's pretty much the exact colour I had in mind but the photos dont really do it justice. Had just enough paint to do the side covers too so should look mint once its dry and back on the bike Edit: also ordered an exhaust so hopefully that will be here during the week so I can mock that up.
  13. Greenie

    Greenies 88 GN

    I agree I never wanted a black tank and the side covers I'm going to decide on once I've painted the tank and either do the same colour or in gloss black instead of flat.
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    Greenies 88 GN

    Tank progress for today, will choose a colour and hopefully finish prep and paint by end of the week.