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Well I thought it was about time I did a project thread on here.

So I've had my midnight blue 330s about 3years now . I came from a 350z 313 because I needed a more practical car, it's a lovley car plenty of power and all the goodies

Couple pics from when I got it

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So every think was fine and I kept the car standard for almost 3 years. In that time I covered about 30k miles , plenty of long journeys upto santapod and silverstone. But it never missed a beat, didn't drink oil or anything.

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I kept reading about the ej257 engine being made of chocolate. but I thought oh It can't be that bad won't happen to me .. Haha well I was wrong my car last Spring started to drink a considerable amount of coolant :( not good

To be continued

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more hatchback builds :smile: i'll be keeping eyes on this,is it coolant or oil its drinking now,i was after the sti till i heread they drink oil,something to do with number 3 cylinder they said dont no if thats right or weather just what was wrong with theirs,i have a problem with my wrx at mine,may have blown head gasket this morning :sad: all collant from radiator has vanished but it not overheating,so hope its just a leak,have to see tommorow.

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more hatchback builds :smile: i'll be keeping eyes on this,is it coolant or oil its drinking now,i was after the sti till i heread they drink oil,something to do with number 3 cylinder they said dont no if thats right or weather just what was wrong with theirs,i have a problem with my wrx at mine,may have blown head gasket this morning :sad: all collant from radiator has vanished but it not overheating,so hope its just a leak,have to see tommorow.

Haha well I'm a lot further along with the project than where I finished will get the rest up tomorrow, you will have to keep your eyes peeled

how do you find the wrx? a guy I knew used to have a wrxs and that was a lovely car not much slower than the 330s do they have an ej series engine or isit an fa direct fuel injection? , I just love the wide arches on the sti shame they didn't do the wrx with the arches over here. Savage about your water leak man I feel your pain .. it's prob just you rad these cars at getting to that sort of age now

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So here it is part 2

So after noticing my coolant started disappearing I kept an eye on it for a couple of weeks I didn't think it was the head gasket as no smoke ,and no oil water mix going on, so just kept topping it up every couple of weeks was all fine no over heating issues .. But my friend said that my car smelt like matches when he was behind me and he's a qualified technician and we both couldn't figure out what the smell was.. Until one day I was driving and it seamed to just loose all boost the car would pic up fine and then have nothing around 3k .. Not good so now knowing the problems with the ej257 motor. I was prepared for the worst I began ringing a few guys about taking on the build and a few guys I rang ( very reputable company's within the scene ) either didn't seam interested or couldn't start for along time they just didn't seam interested one guy (not naming names) but it was so difficult getting anything out of him it was a joke he seamed almost a burden for him to be on the phone to me lol .. So after some good covos with some good guys I finally decided to get Alan Jeffries "engine tuner" to undertake the work and we began discussing specs and we finally agreed on a spec which was

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Mahle forged pistons

K1 H beam rods

ACL Race bearings

Balanced assembly

Fully overhauled cylinder heads including guides

Genuine Subaru seals and gaskets

RCM stopper head gaskets

RCM head stud kit

RCM uprated oil pump

RCM timing belt kit

RCM water pump

EGR and air pump delete

Engine parts painted and all external bolts and brackets plated

Engine bay washed

The first 50 miles of running in, followed by full check over and first oil and filter change

To be continued

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So I decided to get Alan Jeffries "engine tuner" to undertake the work .

when the car was picked up

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One of the other nice things Alan could provide a courtesy car for when the work was being done

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A classic shape 2ltr sport surprisingly pleasant car to drive, but defiantly dated on the inside

So over the next few weeks the engine was removed and stripped down

Engine out

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So the strip down begins and just like suspected a broken ringland .. Which we believe was the reason for the matches like smell

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Also the bearings were badly worn and the bore was quite badly scratched, so looks like it was well over due a build

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Luckily the crank was ok

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I've heard nothing but good feedback with Alan Jeffrey ,so good choice .

Is it going back together standard or are you upgrading anything? Sorry just read your previous post rather than looking at the pics lol

If it's not broke .....upgrade it 😊

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How many miles were on the clock when it failed? very surprised at those bearings

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bummer, sorry to hear its gone, pretty normal failure for a 2.5 though. While your having it done i would seriously consider closed deck converting as well as the usual, forged pistons, rod, headstud upgrades :D

 

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Very few places i would use to work on my car, ET being one of them so they will look after you :)

 

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How many miles were on the clock when it failed? very surprised at those bearings

When the engine failed I was on 64k

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ouch. :(

how many miles you done?

 

dare i ask what it costs to put right... are we looking £5k or near £10k?

 

 

It all depends on spec I know for a full 2.5 build because they do upgrade the oil pick up and a few other things that are not on the sheet the standard rate to start with the spec above was over 5k looking at just over 6 if you want a closed Dec insert

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So anyway time for another instalment

Unfortunately for me when the engine was out and the turbo was inspected it had a crack forming by the waste gate ffs so any budget I did have was at this point is out the window

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So after another convo with Alan I came to the conclusion that although the turbo could go back on and probably work fine I was planning on getting a down pipe and a tune at the same time and would be pointless bolting a damaged turbo back on .. So we decided on a new spec of

A Enginetuner gtx2871 hybrid

Deatschwerks 750 injectors

RCM headers

RCM decat down pipe

Perrin intake hose

Cosworth panel filter

In the plan to reach 400+ bhp on a oe looking set up

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Wow that really does take the mick - bearings on turbos needing a refresh at 60k fair enough but cracked housing is not good enough

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Wow that really does take the mick - bearings on turbos needing a refresh at 60k fair enough but cracked housing is not good enough

Apparently the turbo cracking is another common fault on these Scoobys

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Certainly will be looking for work completed when I go STI hatch route again :blink:

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I do like shiney bits.what header is that is it equal lengh Or un equal.

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I do like shiney bits.what header is that is it equal lengh Or un equal.

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Soz about the late respite it's Weird I didn't get a notification .. It's the RCM unequal length headers keep the burble

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This thing will be a brute when completed!! I do like to see shiny bits... will be following this now :wub:

Also lol to your sig... sent using a Nokia 3310? :bangin:

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This thing will be a brute when completed!! I do like to see shiny bits... will be following this now :wub:

Also lol to your sig... sent using a Nokia 3310? :bangin:

Cheers man I hope so

.. Yes I'm the same do love shiny new parts. The headers will be wrapped after install with RCM magma heat wrap.. Which is apparently made from volcanic rock .. So unfortunately they won't be visible but the heat soak from the headers is quite an issue when going after market headers

Haha yes my sig wondered how long till someone mentioned it just couldn't help myself haha

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Yeh the headers look stunning, shame they are somewhere that no one will see them!

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So time for another update lots of pics all the engine work done now

From these you will see one of the main reasons I picked "engine tuner" to take on the work.

Here's the heads look like new

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So clean you could eat of them

Some pics of the trial fitment of the bottom end

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Then it was apart again off for any corrective machining if needed ..

Now it's time for final fitment ..

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You can see the RCM super stopper gaskets

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Fresh looking oil pan

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Ready for timing

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Timing done look how clean

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Now ready for ancillaries

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