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Digging the top rad mount idea.

 

Thanks Reed, wanted a way to be able to adjust the rad to be as close as possible to the front panel without hitting, as well as keep it clean. Real test will be once it's driving I guess

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Got the jack last week, used it installing new discs and pads in my uncle's forester, bloody loved it. So glad I have one now.

Also got my rotors last week too, pretty happy with them and should look nice on the coilovers. Need to tidy up the rear drums and sort out if anything needs replacing there too.

 

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Started to clean a few things up on the 4age, primed engine mounts and dizzy heat shield to be painted, also need to clean up the alternator and mount, dizzy body, itb's and manifold, and give the head and block as much of a clean as I can.

 

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Still haven't gotten around to my brake or fuel lines yet, not too sure what I'm doing there. Braided stainless for the brakes hopefully from Hel Performance, maybe custom braided for fuel but will probably use one of the stock metal fuel lines to keep it simple. And upgrade the rest to efi.. We'll see what happens.

 

Just waiting on some decent weather to rub back the bay and get the colour on too.

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I'm also in need of a torque wrench, does anyone have any recommendations..?

Got vouchers for bunnings and they have a couple of kincrome ones, unsure of the torque range and quality though..

Also learning to buy right the first time, so after something semi decent that will last a while

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So not too much has happened lately, weather has been pretty terrible so there's still been no progress with the bay.

Just been cleaning things up and painting them ready to install. Painted the block in dupli-color high temp gloss black too, was bugging me being a bit scrappy. I've now got a tub full of parts incl engine mounts, lca's, alt mount etc that have been painted in high temp and wrapped in glad wrap, seems to never end. Got a few more little bits and pieces to go too, just keep finding more and more.

 

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Also got a set of these and matching injector retaining and blanking plates. Going for a grey/black/red theme, hopefully It'll all turn out. Thinking a thin red pin on the tyres too, we'll see.

 

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Ollie.

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Cleaned a few more things and started bolting things together. Installed the trumpets/ram tubes/air horns/whatever, starter and the alternator. Thinking about getting the alt mount from sam-q as its an all around nicer, cleaner unit. $168 so might have to wait a little but you never know. Also got some nicer new allen bolts to replace the mismatched and dirty standard ones for the timing cover and installed that too, trying to pay attention to the details.

 

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One thing that was bugging me was how to secure the air temp sensor in place, previous owner had tigged a metal plate and tapped a thread, but I wasn't so much a fan of that.

 

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Original plan was to clamp it either side of the trumpet with two slim nuts, but had no luck tracing any down. Decided to try just bore a hole and let it tap itself a thread in one of the old purple ones, and worked a charm. Was solid enough, especially once I sealed it all up. So I went ahead and just eyeballed where I wanted it to go and marked it on the new red trumpet, punched, drilled a pilot hole then used a step drill to take it out to 12mm.

 

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So the plan is to have the engine bay sprayed tomorrow, hopefully the weather holds out and can finally get it done. Also bought two 10" thermofans the other day, and I'm getting a shroud for those made up by a mate at the moment. Could and maybe should have gotten a shroud + two fans to suit my rad for $168 off ebay, but it is nice to support local. Won't end up being too much more anyway.

Struggling to make up my mind how I want the interior too, originally wanted a contrasting colour to the grey, but now I'm leaning towards something darker.

Anyone have any input on a torque wrench? are supercheap/bunnings/kingchrome ones fine or is it worth spending more? I do want something that'll last, but don't need to go overboard with it.

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Finally got the engine bay sprayed yesterday...buut theres still a bit of over spray in the tight spots, and some parts were missed on the rear of the radiator panel with primer still showing. Bit of a setback but I'll give those spots a wet sand with 1500, then have another crack painting it myself.

Debating whether or not to clear the engine bay, it is just a gloss grey, no metallics or pearls, does anyone have any suggestions? More just going for a deeper look to the paint I guess

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Damn 4AGEs can be an awesome looking motor.

 

I went with a Kingchrome torque wrench, been going strong for a couple of years now and is still quite accurate. It's lasting well but doesn't get a crazy amount of use.

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I have a no name cheapie. It doesnt quite line up properly but I just go a few past and try and be consistent.

 

I heard the ALDI ones are actually really good for a cheap one. Only like $25.

 

All the gear is looking great. I really wanna go carbs but am unsure of the noise vs performance. Maybe 20V

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Been doing some more reading and it seems half say kinchrome is good, half say don't even bother, go warren & brown. Parents have asked me to do the head gasket on my sisters lancer, I need a torque wrench to do it, so they've agreed to buy me one as payment in a way. So I guess I'll see what they're prepared to pay and go from there. Shame we don't have aldi down here, for $25 I'd give that a go for sure, probably test it against a known good one first though.

 

Yeah I quite like the look of the 4age, bit on the small side but you can make them look pretty nice and tidy. One of my main goals is to have a clean engine bay, we'll see how it looks once all the wiring, fuel hoses,etc, etc are in.

 

After changing away from the 4k with the webers, I always wanted either a carb'd or quad throttled 4age. At least a bit different to the norm. People will say carbs are a downgrade, but I think it'd be cool as fck.

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Got this update on the radiator shroud, turns out I forgot to tell my mate I wanted aluminium or stainless, got mild steal instead. So won't be exactly what I want, I'll probably paint it black or something. Little disappointed as I wanted it to match the rad, and as I could have gotten one delivered for cheaper including two fans, but ahh well. I'll probably end up getting an aluminium one at some point anyway.

 

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Picked up the radiator shroud, and its wrong. Looks as though the drawing was right, but it has all been bent the opposite way, as the top tabs don't line up..

 

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But flip it around and they're all sweet..

 

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So I was rather annoyed as it ended up costing more, and didn't even fit. But I've got an idea.. going to cut the tabs off, and just drill and bolt through the corners of the shroud and and the lip on the edge of the rad. Can fit a 5 or 6mm bolt so should be plenty. Hoping it will all turn out clean and simple.

 

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Getting real tempted to change the paint colour after the latest spraying set back.. I keep following newer cars, especially Toyotas, with a slightly darker grey, and can't help but think that's what I want instead. No point regretting it after it's all back together.. Still worried it looks too close to primer at the moment.

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