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Thread: Slow NA Pro5 build

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    Sorry about the lack of updates, it's been a busy week. I ended up getting a 89 b2200 for work and pulled yeller off the insurance. This here is Tina, she needs a bit of love mostly lifters(tick like crazy) but that's where most of my cash will be going for the next month or two until she's running real good. Until then the pro5 is gunna have to sit on the back burner. Fortunately this gives me time to really dig into yeller and start finding rust and worn out parts, ima get some tall jack stands and pull the wheels off and start crawling around looking for broken shit. For now say hi to Tina the tiny ticking truck

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    Sweet little truck!
    Looking forward to see what you end up doing with the pro5 too

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    You should try posting up some progress on that truck in here too, always loved those trucks and wanted to get one..
    People here just jack up the prices like crazy bc they're quite common to modify here.

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    Yea they're pretty sweet I need a new bed mine's rusted through but it has a good cover and still holds 700+ pounds. But I want to throw on a weber 32/36 dgev carb and a set of pace setter 4-2-1 headers. That along with a general top end overhaul, various gaskets and new lifters and rocker arms. Then delete the egr and emissions crap, refresh the suspension and daily it till she blows. The pro5 is gunna turn into a long slow build but I hope to keep making progress on it, I need a storage unit to start tearing into it. It's takes up my entire garage rn so there's no room to have any fun with it, I still have an engine and various suspension parts and intake manifolds lying around everywhere. It's almost time for a spring cleaning.

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    Well got the door off yeller today and Damn what a pain in the ass that was, there were waay more wire clips than I thought. Other than that I cleaned out tina and I put in a pioneer head unit and 6 1/2in rear speakers and 4in dash speakers as the stock stuff had been ripped apart, I had to completely rewire everything and then hide all the wires. Poor yeller is just a box for parts right now

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    hey i have my white p5 that needs to go so if you need anything let me kno. im the original owner. glad to see this p5 is going to be a monster. i would personally buy a used engine from japan with 50k miles just for good measure. found one for 650 last time i checked

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coker View Post
    hey i have my white p5 that needs to go so if you need anything let me kno. im the original owner. glad to see this p5 is going to be a monster. i would personally buy a used engine from japan with 50k miles just for good measure. found one for 650 last time i checked
    Hey sorry about they late update but I would love to get a passenger door off you if you still have one, where exactly does one go to buy a jdm engine? I've always been really wary of buying one online and I don't know enough to really look at one and know if it's good. All I know is a compression check and looking for scoring in the cylinders. Thanks for the feedback man

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    Kind of an update, I tried moving yeller to clean up the garage and found out the battery is dead. Shouldn't have been a surprise since I left the door ajar cab light on and with no door on that just drained the battery for a week lol. So I to a couple more swings at the rear, cleaned up a couple bigger areas. I can't get at three areas and it's really bugging me, I'm on the fence thinking about cutting the inside paneling to get to them. I honestly don't think it's a very good idea as I know very little about unibody body work and don't want to destroy this chassis (yet, or at least in the garage). Also small Tina update, she's on her second seafoam flush to get everything as clean as can be. Changed tranny gear oil next up is the rear differential and then drive it for 5000 and do another change. Currently using Lucas 75-90w I might change depending on how the shifting feels, it's still notchy but no worse than before.

    Well all in all the garage is still a mess, 626 engine still halfway torn apart, yeller still needs a bunch of tune up work, Tina still misses and runs like crap....... It's gunna be a fun broke summer

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    Quote Originally Posted by STudMUffin1177 View Post
    ... I've always been really wary of buying one online and I don't know enough to really look at one and know if it's good. All I know is a compression check and looking for scoring in the cylinders. Thanks for the feedback man
    I found this on eBay.
    It's sounds good. Comes with a warranty and it's delivered right to your door. But I've never bought something like that online either.



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    That didn't look bad, but I'm pretty set on building the engine from the block up. I already have about 70% of the parts I want priced out I just need to find misc. hardware and other odds and ends. I didn't want to bring this up and jinx it, but I've always wanted to do a rotary rwd swap on the p5. I know how monumental of a task this would be and I've slowly been gathering info since I got the car almost 6 years ago. But I believe it might be possible with minimal cutting in the floor pans only in the back for the rear diff and the front tunnel under the dash for a transmission. Both the front and rear wheel base are within 2inches on s5 NA fc rx7. The driveline would need to be extended 7. (9?)inches based of the yoke to yoke measurement and the track length, but also depends on where the engine is mounted. Still gotta figure out how I would run suspension, chassis bracing, would need a standalone and completely custom wiring harness, blah blah blah maybe after winning the lottery. Heck yeller barely fits in my garage, I would need a 20x20 storage unit with 15g worth of tools an equipment for this to be plausible. Anyway back on track I'm just gunna build an NA FS and have some fun while gaining more experience

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    thatd be so nasty. all i can think about is that weight distribution cuttin corners haha

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    Still here lurking around but sadly no updates on yeller, Tina the truck got the engine oil flushed, trans oil changed, new air a oil filters and a pcv valve but still runs like crap. Pretty sure I'm hearing rod knock now yay but I got 2 rims painted and I was gunna do the other 2 today till the rain came. Lugnuts are gunna be changed out for some new ones wednesday so I got lazy and just painted over em. Right now I'm trying to figure out how I can squeeze a shop unit into my budget so I can use my tiny garage again and have room to work on the p5. Here's some pics of the rims, I'm a dunce and taped off everything except the brakes so now my rotor has a spot of primer but they already sound terrible, fingers crossed it just burns off without a fire

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