Curtis' 87 Resto Modded BEAMS

Grappletech

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Whats going HR-AU I'm Curtis, currently stationed in Colorado Springs USA. I've been around 86's and the forum since 2010 just lurking here. I bought an AE86 while in Iraq, joined the forum, and read and researched until my eyes bled.

Just before this build started i deployed again to Afghanistan and I want to thank everyone who really helped me sourcing parts and giving me a heads up on certain things. Between my family and the 86 community the support and motivation meant a lot. Thanks everyone!

If you want to know the basis of the car here is my old thread: http://forums.club4ag.com/zerothread?id=97019


Now I've moved on researched and figured out that I would go BEAMS instead of rebuilding the 16V ( still have a 16V for a future build, or a coffee table)
Inspiration for the beams, favorite builds and set ups:
Jeonsah: http://forums.club4ag.com/zerothread?id=46485&page=1
23PSI4age: http://forums.club4ag.com/zerothread?id=105671
Ae86Kai: http://forums.club4ag.com/zerothread?id=82717
Rue: http://forums.club4ag.com/zerothread?id=83210


Plan for the car is to daily drive auto-x about One to two events per month. will happen? as much as possible as long as everything is healthy and working.

Beams 3sge Blacktop rated using the stock 6speed trans.

I deployed to Afghanistan and the car sat for about 9 months before this vid...
yes, dont mind my babbling in the beginning i was pretty excited


alright on to the fun stuff,



Removed the Engine harness
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got a nicely packaged box of parts, and gaskets from Sam-Q http://s-86.com/ thanks a ton!



Started dis-assembly




head was pretty clean but I took everything to the machine shop to get seals replaced and valve job done

with every car, this is about the same, nasty and dirty!!!

new bottom end bearings


KEN GUSHI! he was a beast at the pikes peak hill climb!! yes thats me holding my daughter to high five during the downhill parade



The Machine shop didnt do too great of a job on the Block... they barely even got the paint off during the hot tank. Disgruntled pics:





I trust that they did well with the actual work, but it makes me wonder when they cant clean a simple mess. so I had them get me new rings, dis-assemble and tank and deck the block as little as possible. upset, but they did perfect the second time around

7/19 I pulled the motor after about 234098753 days of pulling wires, power steering and A/C lines




sold the motor about an hour later. so it is all going towards the other Beams parts and pieces.
got the block masked/painted



cleaned(tap) the block and installed the ARP bolts.( the head was installed and i had to take the cams out to lube and install the studs)



when reinstalling the head ensure you use sealant. when i took it apart (prior to taking it to the machine shop) I noticed that the grey FIPG was used. what was weird is that the FSM says to use black. So I went off of what the FSM said.


used this on the head gasket! its just a sealant to help with head gaskets. (the above HG photo had a similar sealant)


Everything torqued down and installed



Parts that im sending to a buddy of mine to have blasted and powder coated



my Cam gears were a little rusty, so I had to clean and find new set screws and the gasket. ( dont worry about ordering the gasket separately the screw will have it in the packaged)


Not perfect, but a lot better

cleaned the water routing parts.

installed water pump, broke three bolts and ordered them from the dealer. nothing like fresh bolts

cleaned and painted my oil pan.


Will continue to post pics of any progress.


Things left to do is:
**wiring
**Supra rear(MA60) bracckets by Xcessive manufaturing
82-86 LSD being rebuilt by a local shop
** Weir performance MaxxGrip kit, with solid pinion spacer
** Driveshaft
** Mishimoto Radiator
**BEAMS to AE86 brackets KE Conversions. (will be modified to fi how i want it.)

Of course all of the small things will add up, but that's all of the major parts and pieces as of now. Suspension/interior/exterior comes later as I'm focused on the powertrain before anything else.
 

Pat

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awesome work man!!!! i love the detail you are going to.

im doing a povo spec version of the install in the next few weeks :)
 

Grappletech

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Thanks Gents,

Pete: pikes peak is one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my life. It's an Experience that many others fall short of.

Pat: I'm just going things as I see fit. Nothing too crazy...

Young: yea I warned a few people about the shopin particular, and another friend SSaud they didn't do the best on his lump either. But when he threatened them they got it right. The trick is to threaten initially! CROCS ensues that your feet are well ventilated while painting lol.

Thanks evil! I need to do body and paint, but I'm going to wait until the powertrain is completed. I'm in the military so I have to wait until I know I have the time before moving somewhere else
 

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i guess the states has the same sort of work ethic from a lot of places we do in aus..... #close enough is good enough#

it would be nice if shops and people simply did the best they could because, well, thats the right thing to do...
 

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i guess the states has the same sort of work ethic from a lot of places we do in aus..... #close enough is good enough#
No I don't think so - of course the US still have some dodgy people doing crap work (West Coast Customs - yep) . But I think Australia's close enough mentality comes from the UK.

As far as I can tell you have to find a one man shop for what you need done. One guy who cares! If there is someone else there you might as well leave the shop......
 

Pat

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yeah youngy, it really busts my nuts :(

i had a shit week at work because i bust my nuts to make things right. i know im slow at what i do, but i dont have to do things twice and i dont have to cover fuckups, and i get quicker once i know what im doing.

but boss dragged me aside the other day and gave me a dressing down for being too slow. fair enough. waiting to hear how he plans to speed me up. nothing. all i get is "fix it or you are out..."

fuck.

sorry for offtopic rant lol
 

Grappletech

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No problem guys. So I've decided against ordering the Ke conversion kit, it was $500 USD and it still needs some cutting to the back of the sump (webbing). I figure I can have it customized exactly how I want for the same price. Plus there's nothing better than completely custom parts.
 

Pat

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the conversion is all about compromise. the best possible fit for dynamics will require cutting of the body or drysumping of the engine.

anything else is going to be a compromise. this is not to say bad, just need to have a fair idea of what you want and what you need.

for mine, im def willing to sacrifice some tunnel bashing to have the engine back a bit further and up a bit higher so the sump is not 35mm of the deck.

others prefer to drop the crossmember 50mm... to me that compromises dynamics too much and im not interested...
 

Pat

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hehehehehehe do you know the amount of times ive read bills "cheap" drysump setup???? i can ALMOST justify it, but need to have the diff sorted before doing silly things like quads and ecu and drysump...
 

Grappletech

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I'm going to keep it a stock engine for now. I don't want anything to do with quads for the time being...

Compromise is a funny thing. The best way to get things done is to find two of the best available. And then weigh the pros and cons.
 

Grappletech

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Quick update

Alright guys so I was sitting back thinking about how I would source a new starter (hopefully one of you rescue me!). Since the Beams alternator has many of the same insides as other USDM Toyotas, I was thinking I could buy another alternator and swap the insides. Any thoughts?

Anywho I put the rest of the front half parts on. I got everything lined up perfectly and pulled the pin. It was rather simple all of the lines initially lined up and then I spun the motor. All the dots lined up with the alignment marks on the block.
The lines on the belt won't line up afterwards correct? Or did I mess up somewhere.






Nothing is permanent right now since I plan on painting the plastic covers, what color do you think I should paint it?
 

Pat

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i BELIEVE it takes a few revolutions for the marks to realign, and then the cycle should continue.

also id stick with fresh black and clean new markings....:)
 

Grappletech

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Yea. I read that those lines are for the initial setup. And you don't have to worry otherwise.

As far as the paint, there is another surprise I have for the motor, so once I get those parts on I'll post the question again