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  1. I rang in the morning gave them the money and in the afternoon this arrived for my car! In a Mazda E2000 van. While was repairing a silver GW - cooling system failure - leaking radiator stuck thermostat and leaking coolant pipes, those pain in the bum ones under the exhaust manifold. I got a replacement pipe today from the junkyard and also picked up the mounts for the strut brace from the blue MS SP20. They wanted $40 - the cost of the brace, so I didn't bother with that, rip off for just 2 mounts and no brace! Going to get it from the Mazda wrecker instead.
  2. By chance I happened to go to the Mazda wrecker today for a customer's car (Starter motor). Asked about the SP20 tiptronic - none in stock and they weren't sure when any would arrive. $495, so my guess of $450 wasn't far off. Extra $240 to swap it to tiptronic, I'd rather pay that to go manual. They did have a dual sump GW box, the same year with 128,000 km tested with 3 months warranty at $300. Not bad and it's plug and play. New fluid and filter for sure once its in. I said I'd get it once I confirmed how many sumps my current box has. Looked under the car - 2 sumps. Think I found my gearbox! FN4A-EL is in a variety of different flavors. Single sump and double sump, regular auto and tiptronic and all seem to be labeled on the tag as "4EC-AT". Which can be traced back to the GD. I love GD's. I have love for this too. I took the (junk) Spark plugs off the $50 engine. It is surprisingly clean - no sludge in the head or pistons, just some minor carbon as expected with use which I'll clean. Phone flat so no pics of the fun engine stuff. There's average ones of the gearbox though. I dropped some oil down the plug holes to turn the engine. Turns nicely with good compression kick! I'm still going to go over it all I'm not just chucking it in and hoping it works. Half the battle won. I need to save up for the seal kit. And I realized I forgot to ask about a torque converter since this one is junk.
  3. Ford 4F27E/Mazda FN4A-EL is the tiptronic gearbox the Sport20 uses. Tag inside the driver door on my car says "4EC-AT" for the transmission, single sump in the front, there's a sticker but its faded and can't read whats printed. I've checked tags on a few Sport 20 Familia's in the junkyard they say the same thing inside the door - 4EC-AT. So essentially the same gearbox. Only if I want the tiptronic stuff I'll need the ECU, gearbox loom and cluster. Research shows the body/interior loom is the same between 5 speed and auto cars, which I read as close to plug and play. A few minor things I'll need to iron out generally though I'm thinking of going with it. I won't be getting a pick a part transmission as likely the car is there for that reason. I'll spend a bit more for a working one with warranty. ECU clutser and loom I'll likely get. $350 trade price for a full engine gasket kit. I'll need front and rear main seals too ($60-80 there). $45 for bearings. Waiting on figures for rings. Next up is cost up a trans. $45 for a cluster $30 for the loom. Gearbox $350 for the exact one I have. Or $450 for the tiptronic. $175 more approx..... it's tempting.
  4. The $40 genuine MS headers. Excited to put these on. I'll get a high flow cat converter and a sport mid muffler later down the road once its actually drive able without smoke/ imminent transmission failure. Sounds good as it is just quiet like its 100% stock with one muffler cut out. Too quiet. I want it a bit louder just not TX5 loud (hear it blocks away).
  5. So I am getting figures together. Around $350 trade gets me a full gasket set - rocker cover, sparkplug, intake, exhaust, cam, head gasket, sump and valve stem seals and a few others I've forgotten to mention. Perma seal; aftermarket I have one of their headgaskets in my TX5 and its still good 10 years on. I'm waiting to hear back for the cost of standard NPR rings. Same deal with the bearings. I figure another $350 or so here. I'll have to get front and rear main seals. Around $45 each. I'm going to replace accessory belts - they have cracks. $55 both. I'm re-using cambelt and waterpump from the smokey lump that will save me a little money they both only have 30,000 km on them - 1/3 of their lifespan. Replacement slushbox is $350. I don't know about the converter; it will be extra which I'll need - I don't trust this one (noisy). $900 for a diy engine build and replacement gearbox. It could be possible! So far I've spent $40 on the exhaust manifold. $50 for the long block.
  6. That would be awesome I'd like to see that
  7. This is what gave up the FS-ZE long block - a white SP20 wagon
  8. A pity looked to be a nice car overall.
  9. Lol I go forwards and backwards on this. I really need to have it going. So I'm replacing the auto - yuck - (used tested unit with 6 months warranty - $350 trade price). When my wife is done with it I'll probably go 5 speed then. I am hunting for a full gasket kit, rings and bearings, I can see it being around $800, so I try and get small cheap bits first. I plan on stripping the $50 engine at home, cleaning it at work in spare time and then assembling when I have all the parts together, then bring the car to work - hopefully the gearbox will hold for 40 kms, swap over the bits from the smokey engine onto the freshed up one. Someone took this engine in the pic - not that it bothered me as I already have a FS-ZE long block. I wanted the intake manifold but it was gone. I did get the exhaust manifold from this exact car - genuine FS-ZE Mazdaspeed Protege/Familia ex japan, which suffered a big front end hit. Wouldn't have minded the yellow brace, only on the MS cars but it was gone. I already have the common red one which will do anyway lol. Its happening! Just slowly as I save and get parts together. If my wallet was full of money and everything was on the shelf I'd take the car tomorrow and get right into it.
  10. Thanks man. Red is a bit faded since I did it, may redo it in vinyl. Car still going. Replaced a tire and changed the oil late December. Due for a timing belt and water pump soon ($50 pump, $90 belt), right engine mount needs changing (trying to find one for less than $100) I also need to machine the rotors (hopefully less than $100 for all 4) And change the brake pads ($50) and also brake fluid (Got some). The axle seals are average so it drips a bit of oil, I topped up the gearbox last night and it shifts nicer and seems happier/less noise. This is while getting bits for the Capella slowly, still need the internal bits on that - rings bearings etc. And my CBR badly needs a CCT and a fuel tap $27 tap, $180 CCT. Thankfully I can get the car parts at cost - perk of being a mechanic. Also there is finding the time to do it all. CBR is first because its easy and wont take long plus I commute on it 40 miles a day.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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).
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