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Old 01-31-2018, 04:43 PM
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Looks great. So will it be easier or harder to spot future oil leaks? Ha
 
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Old 02-01-2018, 04:09 PM
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Hopefully it doesnít make it harder! But oil leaks might blend right in lol
Today I finished assembling the block I installed pistons, oil pump, and oil pan. I still need to install 7 exhaust valves into the head and that will be done. I just ordered the turbo oil supply line and oil cooler gaskets once those arrive it should be ready to drop back in the vehicle.







 
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:55 PM
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I finally got the cylinder head put back together and installed on the block. I need to torque the head bolts and install timing components then it will be assembled and I can start transferring all other parts




 
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:20 AM
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So I havenít been able to post updates lately but Iíve gotten a few more things done.
The head is torqued down, I got the timing all set up, and Iím transferring everything else now. I also received my new clutch. I should be done and ready to drop it in soon












 
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:30 PM
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Today I got the drivetrain assembled and dropped in. Hopefully I should have the vehicle assembled soon






 
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:36 PM
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So I finished everything up this last Friday and have been driving it all weekend Iíve put about 250 miles on it and everything has been great! My girlfriend and my dog both love it. Now it does need a few other things like struts, brakes, and tires but theyíre good enough for now all that will come soon
 
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:59 PM
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Nice. Good job. Doggo looks happy.
 
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I would love to do an engine rebuild on mine, but I would end up with much stronger components and spend way too much

Howís the new straight through exhaust sound?
 
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:52 PM
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Nicely done
 
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:49 AM
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Thank you! Yea heís definitely loving it n his old puppy bed fit back there perfect
yea its real easy to start getting up there in prices with these things
Its loud but not as loud as I had expected Iím pretty happy with the sound so I think Iíll be leaving it the way it is
 
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:48 PM
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Hey Chris, just wanted to let you know that your thread with all its pictures has helped me tremendously on my project r55: https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...sket-case.html

I'm going to give those total seal rings a try on my next build so any follow up thoughts would be very helpful.
 
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:53 AM
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No problem Iím glad they helped I personally love build threads filled with pictures so I try to make mine the same
That piston from your vehicle was definitely toast wow. Was it overheated at all is the head warped? How are all the other cylinders? You may want to look into replacement cylinder sleeves I believe sealed power makes them for these blocks but I canít even imagine how much installing those would cost
I am personally loving the rings I havenít had any issues with them. I definitely feel a considerable increase in overall performance. Itís been about 800 miles since my last oil change and itís consumed just under half a quart which I wouldnít consider bad and Iím heavy on the pedal. Itís completely stock except for the straight pipe exhaust with the original valve cover (I believe there is an updated version) and I did not install a reduced orifice in the pcv tube like total seal recommended so all that may account for the oil consumption but I donít consider it excessive. I have yet to do a compression test on it to compare it to stock specs but I will do that soon.
 
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:37 PM
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No problem Iím glad they helped I personally love build threads filled with pictures so I try to make mine the same
That piston from your vehicle was definitely toast wow. Was it overheated at all is the head warped? How are all the other cylinders? You may want to look into replacement cylinder sleeves I believe sealed power makes them for these blocks but I canít even imagine how much installing those would cost
I am personally loving the rings I havenít had any issues with them. I definitely feel a considerable increase in overall performance. Itís been about 800 miles since my last oil change and itís consumed just under half a quart which I wouldnít consider bad and Iím heavy on the pedal. Itís completely stock except for the straight pipe exhaust with the original valve cover (I believe there is an updated version) and I did not install a reduced orifice in the pcv tube like total seal recommended so all that may account for the oil consumption but I donít consider it excessive. I have yet to do a compression test on it to compare it to stock specs but I will do that soon.
All the other cylinders are fine and the head looks fine but my machinist will deck the head. The previous owner did not say anything about over heating just running rough and then shutting down.

Hopefully Total Seal will have the specs to your order when it comes time for me to buy rings. I know they have several different kinds of rings, which one did you get? If you don't mind me asking, how much did it set you back? You can PM me the answer if it makes you more comfortable. Thanks.
 
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:50 PM
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I really enjoyed this thread and the right-up and pictures were fantastic!
Just one comment is that I've been using Total Seal both off the shelf and custom rings for long than a lot of you young guys have been out of diapers. I had one race motor that lasted 6 drag seasons without a tear down and it could have gone more except the bearings were starting to disappear. Really a great product! One other thing is that I believe your oil consumption would have been a lot less with the reduced orifice in the PCV tube.
 
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:20 PM
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Thank you!
I have heard great things about total seal for a while now and have always wanted to try them. I am definitely pleased with these rings and I donít even consider that amount of consumption excessive. Itís below what bmwís consumption standards are and honestly the more Iíve been driving the less oil consumption I have been seeing so I might leave it like it is for now.
 
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With our Nickasil lined cylinders you have beat on it for about 30 minutes to seat properly. Don't baby it, but don't hold it at redline either. Get a good strong heat cycle on it under varying loads. But you have to do it then. Later on is not nearly as effective. Once TS rings have a good heat cycle on them it's very hard to get them to change their mind. Apparently TS now has a dry powder assembly lube to aid the seating process. Think I'll have to give that a shot on my next build.
 
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Old 03-28-2018, 11:26 PM
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BMW switched from Nikasil to Alusil a while back and that is only for aluminum blocks with unlined cylinders. The Prince engines are aluminum blocks with cast iron cylinder liners. I know the n20 uses Alusil and the b48 has some sort of plasma liner I believe so you may be thinking of those engines.
Yea they tried selling me on that when I picked up my rings but Iím cheap it definitely sounds like a neat product. Iíve never had an issue seating rings from cheap sets so I didnít think Iíd have an issue with total seal. I did beat on it quite a bit since I first started it (and continue to everyday) since total seal recommended a bit of spirited driving to seat the rings well. All my previous builds Iíve eased into driving hard but have done the complete opposite with this one. Since the first drive Iíve done nothing but beat on it and itís loving every minute
 
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:12 AM
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Thanks. Good to know on the Nickasil. When I was discussing their MID sleeves with Darton they mentioned something about it so I assumed that's what we had. Total-seal said the same to me for break-in and a couple of other builders concurred. I haven't found anyone that's used the powder yet but I plan on giving it a go.
 
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:18 AM
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Yea no problem Iím no expert I just started learning about those as of lately since Iíve recently cracked open an n63b44 (that had low compression) so Iíve had to do some reading on these types of cylinders since they require some extra steps and tools when honing. Iím getting parts priced out for that build which Iím doing for a customer. Im thinking of using total seal for the n63 since stock replacement ring sets are about $90 per hole from bmw. Maybe then I could give that powder stuff a shot.
But anyways, when you spoke with darton did you by chance ask how much some custom sleeves would be for these Prince engines? Iím interested in doing a big bore 1.8 maybe even 2.0 if bore size could be accommodated.
 
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The Darton sleeve kit is P/N 800-800. Cost is about $1,200. Then the cost to machine and install. Mazworx in Orlando quoted me $1,200 to hot-tank, machine, install the sleeves, deck, stress relieve the block. and bore to total seal specs. A little pricey but I trust the quality of their work. There are certainly cheaper options such as closing the deck but by sleeving you basically create a block with an unlimited life.

Spacing between cylinders is about .280 so really not much room for bore increase. Luckily still plenty of room to o-ring the block and head.
 
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:35 AM
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Quick update!
still running great no leaks or issues so far
I put r85 wheels on it with bf goodrich 215/45/17s
i also got the f56 style headlights which I think look amazing. I still need to get the windows tinted and the hood stripes replaced


 
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Outstanding! Thanks for sharing!
 
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Wasn't sure how the F series lights would look on the second gens but they look good on there!
 
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This is awesome! I liked reading through your rebuild.
 
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Great thread, brings back memories

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