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Thread: Update on my VX Project

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    Update on my VX Project

    Over a year ago i purchased my VX from a guy in Cleveland. I believe he got it from member mbeach (http://www.vehicross.info/member.php/1374-mbeach)

    Had a massive knock

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTAyxJjyc4s

    took the engine out and tore it apart. It was completely missing the rod bearing on piston #1
    AND a head bolt broke off in the block.

    Took it to a machine shop. They said it would need to be bored out at least 20 over. And they might have to drill out that bolt. Valves were bent on cylinder 1. Piston showed marks from being knocked around. It was a mess.

    So i decided to find a new engine instead of rebuilding this one. Thought about doing an engine swap with an Aurora v8 but i just dont want to have it in the garage for ANOTHER year. Id like to drive this thing finally!

    While it is in the shop i might do some other modifications/maintenance. I already threw a 3in body lift on it - and i believe it already had lift springs and a torsion crank. Im going to get under it with a lot of rust converter and paint.
    Any suggestions on what else i should do?

    fingers crossed there was nothing bad with the transmission or transfer case...

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    Do ya still need an engine ?
    Dan/2001 Proton/MD

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    not any more - looked for a long time. You have one for sale?

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    Yes

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    Here are some pictures from this weekend.

    Painted the valve covers and the intake to make it look a little nicer.

    Put 4 new O2 sensors in it while the engine was out so i could actually get to them.

    http://i.imgur.com/HH3zUb2.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/mUFitDi.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/evxglF8.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/AqKYb90.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/jo3xlym.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/hfTJULO.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/O2EOAMz.jpg


    Still to do:
    Finish bolting up the transmission
    Attach the power steering pump
    Accessory belt
    Radiator
    Probably some other stuff that im forgetting

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    That fresh motor looks good

    keep the pics coming!!

    Quote Originally Posted by rtormet View Post
    Here are some pictures from this weekend.

    Painted the valve covers and the intake to make it look a little nicer.

    Put 4 new O2 sensors in it while the engine was out so i could actually get to them.

    http://i.imgur.com/HH3zUb2.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/mUFitDi.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/evxglF8.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/AqKYb90.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/jo3xlym.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/hfTJULO.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/O2EOAMz.jpg


    Still to do:
    Finish bolting up the transmission
    Attach the power steering pump
    Accessory belt
    Radiator
    Probably some other stuff that im forgetting

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    Ok - im an idiot and forgot to put in a couple of the sensors (cam and knock) before putting the intake stuff on the top of the engine. Well now the engine is in the car and everything was bolted up - blocking my way to those sensors. Time to dismantle.

    feeling like a big idiot right now

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    Doh !
    Any Kiwis here?

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    Got everything hooked up, plugged in, and ready to start. Put in all the fluids. Put in a battery. Hooked up my electric fan. Hooked up the transmission to the shifter. All looks good!

    http://imgur.com/a/ySdf3

    Turn the key - NOTHING.
    We hear the starter relay in the engine bay click on. All fuses look good. Brand new starter. But nothing happens. Starter doesn't engage. Engine doesn't turn over. Nothing.

    All dash lights came on the first time. The second time the only lights that showed up were ABS, and airbag light.

    When I turn the key to off I hear five beeps coming from the center of the inside of the car. I think it's coming from the hump below the cd changer. Ecu in there? I'm not sure.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    I'm thinking a ground problem somewhere but from what I can tell I have all my grounds plugged in.

    We checked the battery and made sure it was fully charged.

    Everything worked before taking the old engine out.


    Thanks
    Last edited by rtormet : 11/15/2015 at 02:16 PM Reason: More info

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    Believe the Ecu is under pass seat

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    I was using a new starter (of which i didnt confirm functionality) so i thought maybe it was a bad solenoid or starter. Replaced it with the stock starter that i know started the engine when it was bad. Same exact issue.

    is there a ground strap i might be missing - from the engine block to the frame or battery or something like that?

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    No straps just the ground from battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizardmen3477 View Post
    No straps just the ground from battery
    Damn! I was hoping it was something simple I was missing

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    SHES RUNNING!!

    yay - crazy excited! After having the car for a year and a half its finally running again.
    Broke in the engine for about an hour. Will continue tomorrow.
    No warning lights except for TOD - ill have to investigate!

    The problem was a bad ground running to the engine block. Put on a nice beefy ground wire and it started right up.

    putting the hood on tomorrow - all 4 bolts broke off in the hood itself so im going to have to drill some holes.

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    Was it the ground from the battery to the block i mentioned?

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