Truenotch

Truenotch's BEAMS AE86 racecar

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Pulled the head off and will send the bottom end to the rebuilders this week. 

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And I noticed this very strange bit of damage while inspecting the head: 

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I have no idea how this would have happened, but there's a substantial piece missing from the face of the bucket. There's no signs of damage on any other buckets either. The cam appears to be fine aside from a small wear pattern visible in the above picture. I'll get a DTI onto it to make sure the cam is straight and will replace the bucket.

Has anyone else ever seen this? 

 

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A bit of further investigation shows no signs of stress on the underside or the valvetrain. 

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This chunk obviously decided it'd had enough... But it's hard to know why. 

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Also had this massive box arrive from Amazon: 

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Which contained my new muffler. It's no wonder their shipping was so expensive! 

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I chose this because it's 3". But also because my neighbour has the same on his K24A DC5 Integra and it sounds great. I've also got the matching 3" resonator that I'll probably make removable so it can be added if the car's too loud at Pukekohe etc. 

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Picked up a front panel last time I was in Palmerston North. I like it more than the one I'd made out of rectangle tube and alloy sheet. The standard gap is the perfect width for my radiator and air filter together. 

The plan is to install this panel with rivnuts and keep it as a removable piece. I'll need to add some steel to a few places and fill in a few holes. 

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It’s getting very close to paint time! Please remind me to visit the sandblasters if I ever decide to paint an engine bay again... 

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I have some more cleaning and sanding to do before we lay down some epoxy primer on Monday. Hopefully we’ll see colour in the next week or so! 

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