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GT_FE3 last won the day on November 18 2013

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    1989 MTX FE Dohc GD Sporthatch, 1997 GF Wagon FS Dohc ATX

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  1. GT_FE3

    Didn't know this car had a following...

    A/C out? Belt loose? Can the pulley turn? If you can hear the pump but it still feels hot its probably low on refrigerant. Can't hear the pump? Its likely faulty and/or the electronics around it. Depending where you are you can get a recharge kit from some auto parts stores. Likely though being a 1992 the seals inside could be breaking down, and compressor oil is mixing in, diluting everything preventing it from cooling. That is best sent in to the experts. Or if you know of a good functioning pump, swap it in. Be sure to safely drain the refrigerant though.
  2. GT_FE3

    Wheel sizing - deathtrap?

    Death trap? Not really. It'll make some noises and rub. Fwd Mazda offset is generally around +40 to +50. Its +45 on 14" wheels for the GE 626. Possibly a combination of too wide tyres with slightly different offset - max I'd go for is 225 myself. Jack it up and take a wheel off to see where its rubbing.
  3. So I got the injectors back - I sent them to be tested, cleaned and rebuilt. Put them in. I got new spark plugs because its been years since I'd done them and they were nearing the end of their service interval. Still had the miss. Started playing with the plugs to check if they were connected properly. And suddenly the car ran as it should! Traced the injector loom down the firewall. Found a plug. Pushed on it and it slid in a fraction and clicked. I laughed. I don't think it was a bad investment having my injectors rebuilt. Car seems a bit happier anyway. I got a new temp sensor. Idle has dropped a bit. Spent the previous weekend repainting the side skirts, front bumper (top) and rear spoiler. Sanded the rust off the rear wheel. I used a clay bar, went with Ultimate Compound and my machine polisher over the whole car and finished it with Carnauba wax so it looked its best come the special day. And then on the day of the wedding an o-ring on injector 1 split. I wondered why the car seemed a bit difficult to start that morning (way too rich). When I stopped I smelled fuel. I saw fuel all over the intake manifold I knew it had a broken seal. That day of all the days! Fortunately I wasn't in my suit yet and it was early morning so I took my injector, got on my CBR and rode to the closest auto store - Repco. Asked if they had any o-rings. They did. Just none in the size I needed. So I got oil resistant RTV and prayed. This was THE car team groom were going to arrive in. And like I would let something as trivial as an o-ring ruin that on the big day - no way. It held. Not the proper fix, I know I didn't have the luxury of time to find the proper part. The car was great and has done another few hundred kms since. Pics to come.
  4. GT_FE3

    1997 Capella S/W with Mazdaspeed goodness

    So I don't lose this, although I have already changed a few clutches and replaced my TX5's gearbox I've never done an auto to manual swap before. As well as a rebuild. I've taken a junk motor out and put another in. Done a couple of head gaskets. But this will be the biggest mechanical project I've ever undertaken. Exciting. And nervous. But will be fun.
  5. GT_FE3

    1997 Capella S/W with Mazdaspeed goodness

    Stoked its mine! Now its in my folks car port - dark blurry pics. I'll be tearing it down soon. The crankshaft is a concern - if no good I'll use the current FS-DE one machined back to spec. Also since its sat there is some water in the plug holes (plugs are there). Not bothered, 2 other heads I can use. Should be able to these camshafts. Will check valves and springs. Hoping pistons and rods are good.
  6. GT_FE3

    1997 Capella S/W with Mazdaspeed goodness

    Sometimes you just find a deal that you just have to get. $50 for a FS-ZE longblock with 180,000 kms! Catch is its not been running. It will need tearing down and machining which I'll have done. New bearings and rings, hoping I can get away on pistons and rods. Pick a part will have all the MTX stuff I need to convert to 5 speed, as well as the ZE intake manifold and ECU, getting both engine and transaxle. One and only poor picture of the actual 'engine' until I can get it. I might sell the other $50 head, recoup my cost on that. Or I might keep it and practise porting and polishing. Some of the valves are questionable. Not worried - over 2 and a half engines I have a total of 48 valves and 8 pistons! Lol. Will use all my accessories from the current engine including the sub 1000 km spark plugs I'd just put in. Drop in high flow filter for some Vroom. Last time at the junk yard I got a red factory strut bar from a SP20 Familia (Protege). $42 which isn't bad. So I'm making a lightly tuned J-spec FS-ZE. Stage 1 port and polish - just smooth everything and remove castings inside, done myself. Basic blueprint - balance the bottom end - pistons, rods, pins and circlips. I plan to keep standard spec if I can, re-use crankshaft, rods and pistons if I can. Replace all bearings, rings and gaskets, frost plugs, cambelt, water pump. Honing and surfacing to be done at a machine shop. Found a set of headers; if they are still for sale when I get started on this I'll get them too. High flow cat converter, a small resonator to replace a muffler, a high flow muffler and a smaller tip for the rear; it scrapes on everything. Exciting!
  7. So almost 2 months later and it was ok. No mixing oil and coolant. Then a few days ago it developed a miss, slight hiccup, nothing at first. I spilled some oil the day before and figured it had gone down the plug hole. Which it had. Cleaned the plug, which is due for replacement. Thought I'd check the PCV valve. Which broke apart in 5 pieces. Dammit. Made sure everything was out before starting. Rigged something up for the night because I had to use the car. It ran on all 4 just rough low idle because of the lack of PCV. Got the PCV from the C(r)apella and got another bit of hose as the original was brittle and cracked. Fixed! *I wish* Drove good for a couple of days but then went down a cylinder. Pulled leads to isolate the faulty cylinder - #1. Had to go to my parents today, weather was hell so I didn't use the bike I used my crap running car. Only 8 km away so not far, figured I'd sort it there since there is cover and not exposed like this hell hole. Did a more thorough clean of the plug, wire brush, gaped it etc and swapped it with plug #2 but it was still missing on cylinder #1. I stole a spark plug from the C(r)apella to test the TX5's ones. #1 yellow spark. #2 was whitish, same as the others. Yeah, I need plugs. Leads are good, nice blue spark from them. Onto fuel. Injector not firing. Multi meter showed it working but no pulse. Loose wire from the ECU. Push it in and it started and ran on all 4! Drove home, then half way the bloody thing starts missing again. I'm wondering about the injection though. Hoping not it'll be impossible to get injectors for this should I have to replace them. Can't even get a temp sensor. Oh yeah I forgot - I went to the junkyard. And the sensor is as bad as my one, which is now in my car. Can't use the old one its broken and I can see the wires and it doesn't read anything. So I need the coolant sensor as well, car still runs rich because it thinks its cold all the time. It was a $5 gamble which didn't pay out lol, so I'll get a new one.
  8. GT_FE3

    1997 Capella S/W with Mazdaspeed goodness

    2 weeks ago one night I started to hear a faint random high pitch whine. The next day the trans slipped far more than usual into second when cold. It also flared - revved and randomly shifted between third and fourth on the highway. Torque converter makes noise at anything more than half throttle. So this trans is no good. I know it because it means solenoids. Fluid is full and acceptable and does not smell burned so there is some internal issue. I want to get this going again. FS-ZE would be cool, having a hard time finding a SP20 Protege/Familia for cheap. I found an auto one one with 165,000 km which had leaking struts, rust and some panel damage. I was thinking $500 but someone decided to pay almost double. So I'm still looking for them and if I find one I will but not for $950. I'll probably get a 5 speed 626/Capella, found a $450 1998 626 which was very smokey with 280,000 kms, waiting to hear back on - hoping its a go. Cheaper this way than the junk yard and I have every single bit to make it a 100% factory manual conversion which means no red tape rubbish and money wasted. $500 also gets a guaranteed used auto trans, I would rather a 5 speed any day and I will at least get my money back selling off what I don't want so for me its the way to go. I kind of have to fix this car, 7 seat ones are hard to get and if i was to try and transfer seats over I'd get caught in red tape because its a structural and restraint modification which means $600. My wife doesn't like driving it that much since its so low. I've driven lower cars, but this one is probably the lowest.
  9. Weird it bubbled and frothed yesterday. It is still clean, not mixing, no bubbles, fans work. Ran it up to temp and driven it around a little. It seems ok. Idle is very high though, probably because of temp sensor, reads just over 1/4 on the gauge. So I swapped cars again because the Capella which now makes a torque converter noise on hills if you go 1/2 throttle. Slips into 3rd. The trans oil is clean and full though and does not smell burned. Converter fault? I like the car. Hate the gearbox more than I did initially. Like the car enough to not junk it. Best bet is a crashed 5 speed 626 with good running gear to swap in I think.
  10. Well, it did drive great. A stupid hose failed. Lost coolant. noticed steam, turned it off, let if cool for 2 hours prayed it was ok. Nope, bubbles and froths. Insert language and stuff. I am really pissed off and I don't like cars right now. I'm putting it back into the garage. Will use it for my wedding. I think it is a good time to do a full rebuild on the engine. Everything.
  11. GT_FE3

    transmission problems

    Likely its dead. How was the oil and filter before it died? Could be the pump, valve body. Auto's don't like getting hot especially with contaminated/old fluid and filters in them. Best to use the one from the spare car if it is good.
  12. Axle is good, some minor play. Clunking was likely the exhaust which I don't think I had put in the hanger 100% and had worked itself loose and it clunked as it bumped the driveway. Slight leak from a seal but nothing monumental, fixing that soon as I can. I did spill some oil topping the gearbox up which made it look worse. Double check everything! Which I didn't do after I was distracted. Car is good again and drives great.
  13. Some memories better than others. Stuck in crappy traffic yesterday because the stupid Honda (CBR) wont start, this randomly decided to run on 3 cylinders. Let it cool, checked everything - water good, oil good. Thought likely culprit is the afm cable as it has come loose on occasion. Seemed to be in though. Intake boot was kinda loose which was the only notable thing. Possibly some electrical connection worked loose. It was good again afterwards so I drove home. Did see a bit of fluid under the car, not much, weird. Then an hour later had to get the mrs. Reverse out drive way. CLUNK. Mother******. Oil on driveway. left axle feels loose. Grrrrrrrrrr. It went in and it was tight when I put it all back together. I've driven 150 km. Think the snap ring is no good and possibly come off inside the box. Can't use the Capella since trans is slipping (crap auto) it needs a filter and flush.
  14. Sure is! Quiet week so I took my car in on Friday. I took my time, since I'd never done anything this big alone before. I had it finished the end of Monday and poured in 75-90 semi synthetic gear oil just before closing. Tuesday morning I went to a U pull it yard - my shifter bushing was non-existent. I found a close to new bush on a 626 wagon. It also had a brand new radiator. Pity its $70 for a radiator, which I didn't have on me. I also took rear seat tabs so the GV seats are fixed properly. Also a battery clamp for the TX5 as well. And I found 2 spotlights from a white 1998 GW Capella which will go onto my Capella. There was a Familia/Protege SP20 which I want the front strut brace from for the Capella. It also had 140,000 km's and if i had the time and money I'd have got that engine too (FS-ZE). I spent an hour there and enjoyed it. $19 per spotlight, $5 each for the bushing and seat tabs. I just made I had $60 on me lol. TX5 - still needs 2x park light bulb holders - current ones broken/melted, a bolt for the passenger seat. I don't know where it went, lost it when I did my interior dying. Have not forgotten about Turbo. I have a friend who has an Evo 8, met when doing the automotive engineering course last year. He is going to be building an Evo coupe - currently 4G93 N/A Lancer GSR. He's getting an Evo 7 half cut or damaged vehicle. We agreed I can buy the turbo, manifold, injectors, rail from the engine for cheap as he plans to upgrade all that as it will be his targa car. It's a year away - he's doing a motorsport course and wants to finish that first before he undertake this project. He is currently rebuilding his Evo 8 so it can make crazy power. I'm happy with whatever I can get power wise 280 hp which is stock Evo is pretty much what I'd like. 12 psi max 9 or 10 normally. For me its more the surge of power and the sound - that turbo experience rather than full raw power. I'm getting married in November, so funds are heading towards a wedding instead of the car right now so its why I haven't started getting turbo stuff. Wife to be LOVES the TX5, I drove it when I first met her on the 27th of December 2014. Funny - she saw me often driving - yes in this very car! Because for a time we lived a few streets away. And used to see me on the Yamaha riding about. She said she wondered if the owners were related - riding and driving style seemed similar lol. Not just in Auckland but also a small coastal town called Whitianga which had an annual motorbike rally called Thunder Beach. We literally walked/drove/rode past each other numerous times with no idea. We saw each other the year before in November 2013 at Thunder Beach. First time face to face. And I knew. But it wasn't time yet for us to talk. I was with my friends doing something. I remembered her face as we passed. Haunted me in a good way. Yeah. I remembered how she looked. Then on Facebook I saw her randomly one day. Sent a cheeky message, 22 December 2014. She replied. One thing leads to another.... Anyway the evening we first met, once she was back in Auckland on 28 December 2014 she heard me coming 2 blocks away! I tried to be quiet, damn my exhaust! I granny and short shifted to try and be quiet! She loves being shotgun next to me with our fave music on, she never drives it. "Its your baby, I'm worried I'll break it". Never mind the fact I was far from gentle in my younger years with the poor old beast. And I broke it myself. And resurrected it once again. Anyway I'll be using it as my wedding car. I can see that white ribbon reflecting off the bonnet. I'll have a picture of that on here for sure! This was part of the motivation to get it fixed. And also the fact that I miss having my car. I need to finish a few small things - crx short throw shifter - I hope to do it soon so I can say drive line done! (Until the turbo stuff happens then I need an LSD) I want to finish the sound mat the boot and roof and one of the A pillars, repaint the front bumper since its a bit beaten up paint wise. I'd love to tint the windows (keep saying it, hasn't happened).