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Thankfully was not my lesson. But some other poor soul.

I probably would have quit life had it been mine.
Yeah that's a pretty shitty way to go through life, knowing my luck that will be me :lol:

I probably have a stock 1.6 header laying around if you want it.
I will take it! Thanks love bug :hello kitty:
 

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Got the hvac stuff back up and running finally on a day I just wasn't doing anything. I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to put it back together again but I took photos and figured it out.

Grabbed it all and just put it in a pile.


I pretty much just did the reverse of the pictures. Could have taken better photos the first pass which would have made it easier but oh well.

Got the lovely yoga mat back out and cut it up and scrapped the remaining 25 year old funk off the old flaps. Then got the yoga mat pieces attached. Definitely not the first to do it but loved it when Jeffis did it.



Then I realized i don't think I allowed the spray to set in too much.


Sprayed a bit more and clamped down and let it sit in the garage for a while. Solid now.



Then I put it back together again, I hope to never do that again cause putting it back together was a pain in the ass I'm just glad I have big hands to hold all the pieces from moving.

Put it together wrong and had to take it apart, again


Then got it right and put some weatherstripping on it so it seals up. I think I may get wider stripping to fill it more but we'll see.


Refreshed vs old


So once this is in in goes the dash and then I need the head gasket, a cam seal, probably new timing belt, etc just miscellaneous stuff now.(hopefully)
 

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are you converting to R134a? If so, I can help you vacuum the system down and fill it up when the time comes, I bought a vacuum pump and gauges when I did mine.
 

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are you converting to R134a? If so, I can help you vacuum the system down and fill it up when the time comes, I bought a vacuum pump and gauges when I did mine.
Perfect!, thanks man. It's ready for R134a, already empty cause I got all new pieces other than the condenser since I smashed mine haha Paul was nice enough to help me out!

I love that you are literally down the street hahaha
 

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Curse you Dedin! No step by step video on the hvac?! ;) J/k, great work and i DEFINITELY plan on doing the same when i do a na6 dash swap. Keep it up! :icon_cheers:
 

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Curse you Dedin! No step by step video on the hvac?! ;) J/k, great work and i DEFINITELY plan on doing the same when i do a na6 dash swap. Keep it up! :icon_cheers:
Would be the worst video ever haha but if you struggle let me know though I can help out if you need it. Makes me wonder if you can even just buy the pieces brand new and just put it together again but probably expensive.
 

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So it's been a while since I've updated anything. With this wedding coming up, the DJ, booze, food tasting, photographer, etc everything gets crazy expensive so Brutus has been on the back burner for a while.

I kind of go out in the garage and look at him from time to time and think what have I started, have I bitten off more than I can chew, I hope this isn't a huge fail.

First motor build,
First huge investment into such a crucial component
Huge gap since I've put it back together
So many changes all at once

If I could do it over, I would have just left it with the turbo on without the build just to drive it. Probably would have enjoyed it with a proper tune and such. Then I remember this is what I signed up for! No one forced me to do it, so I have to make it work!!!

Anywhoo, since the last post a lot has gone on. Never put pictures of the head in here yet.




I had a bachelor party! 'Twas epic time in vegas! Would love to do it again for sure.



Had a huge ass house! Like 7 bedroom house with 2 masters and an adult play room with pool, ping pong, etc

Came back to Az, fast forward a month or so later helped my son the be father in law his first Miata. NC PRHT


He enjoys it, just need to tighten the latch for the HT, in typical Miata fashion it rattles.

Then I've been working a ton of over time for the past month so I got myself a good job present for Shelby the speed3
A spoiler extension




Probably going to get some different pieces to hold it on I just think it could look better.

Anyways, fast forward to recent, I started assembling the motor after I got my headgasket and remaining important gaskets for now.





Ignore the paint on the motor, I had to redo a couple of places apparently.

Then this is where we are now.

The bottom end is done!
New oil pump
Gaskets all around
Lightly used water pump 4K miles
Same timing belt(not gates yet), 4K miles
New pistons
New rods
New bearings

Will probably leave the normal valve cover on there with stock plugs before cops just to get running and broken in NA instead of Turbo to minimize issues.

Just need some caps for An fittings and we'll be good for that stuff. Got some other stuff hopefully in the works soon, so we will see what happens with all that, but a much needed update!
 

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You havent bit off more than you can chew.

Buy a big ass whiteboard.

Write down all the tasks to do. The next day, write down all the tasks you forgot the previous.

Take a pic, post here. Add all the tasks you forgot that other people say.

Go down the list. Check off when done.

Easy.
 

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I missed the update.. :( ....gad to see progress but there are definitely more important things in life than.....geez thus isn't easy to say.....cars. Definitely want to keep the soon to be Mrs. Dedin happy if you want to keep Brutus happy. ;)
 

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You havent bit off more than you can chew.

Buy a big ass whiteboard.

Write down all the tasks to do. The next day, write down all the tasks you forgot the previous.

Take a pic, post here. Add all the tasks you forgot that other people say.

Go down the list. Check off when done.

Easy.
Yeah I could use me a white board in the garage for sure! I knew you weren't all talk haha, oh if you're free I can swing by and get that stock 1.6 header if you're free.

I missed the update.. :( ....gad to see progress but there are definitely more important things in life than.....geez thus isn't easy to say.....cars. Definitely want to keep the soon to be Mrs. Dedin happy if you want to keep Brutus happy. ;)
Always gotta keep her happy, happy life happy wife is what they say, no? haha :icon_cheers:
 

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SO CLOSE.

This thing is gonna be bad when its done.
Hey thanks bud! I have stuff on their I just don't have it all on there, however the I.M. is on there with the alternator, I can probably put the timing belt on there and accessory belt with the magically no power steering pulley so I can still have AC

Probably need to check the connection with the steering rack and the steering wheel, seems to be a rough to turn but then fluids and I think that's about it.

I will hopefully get some work done on Saturday!
 

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Got some pieces in the other day, I am planning on putting the motor in the car here soon I swear.

-16 AN fittings for the radiator, I have always wanted to do this so I can get rid of all that rubber. Unnecessarily Necessary



Need to get it all welded up. Need to get a couple more things welded for my water feed too.

I do need the plugs for the head too.



If anyone knows the size let me know. Called Mazda and said it was just a hex plug but I guess it didn't show size.

I can put the tranny back on and drop it back in there. Just need to center the rack before I can get there.

Then I can put everything back in with some fluids and start it up. Oh and Paul's stock header!
 

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Got some little plugs that stop me from putting the timing on before. I found 7 ports that needed plugs in the head. Hopefully I didn't miss any.


And some random action shots we've all seen before...

I am glad though I don't need to replace the clutch, I didn't make enough power to harm it in my mind anyways


Switches are still working and not destroyed either.

Almost ready to go in!
 

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Nothing to really add just yet finally married though! So that's cool!

Glad for that stress to be done let me tell ya, not for me but for her since she did everything.

Happy wife, happy life so they say.

Anywhoooo, I got a buddy of mine to weld my AN fittings on the radiator

-16 for the radiator and -4 for the turbo line.




Just ordered oil. The normal Amsoil 5W-30 for after break in, and #Shelby the Mazdaspeed 3 needs an oil change too.

I got Amsoil break in oil too.
It says not to run that oil past 1000miles if anything so as long as everything starts up okay I won't have to buy more.


Need to get my custom reroute Kia waterneck done with a -4 AN fitting instead of -6
and the -16 AN fitting on the front of it.

I need the lines to run both of those and we will be good to put it all in!
 

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Well ****, it's been a while huh. Welp still not done but moving forward still. Just dumping photos

Got my -16 AN line


I was messing around with ride height


The end result without spacers on 15x9 0 Offset with 225/45/15's on, not bad and I think I can deal with that for a little while.


Got me a little alignment to get me to the alignment shop.


Started to put the motor back in while I wait for a few pieces.

Typical pictures of a motor going into a car



Got the motor mounts connected, and the PPF brace installed too, always takes longer than expected.



That brings us to today, hopefully things keep moving at this pace!
 
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