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Old 03-07-2012, 09:21 AM   #1251
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I did as you guys said and it appears that I have a new rad on its way. I just wish it wouldn't have cost me all this $$$ in 100% new coolant and water wetter.
Did it all leak out into a pile of dirt?

Drain it into a clean pan and put it back in!
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:05 PM   #1252
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I did as you guys said and it appears that I have a new rad on its way. I just wish it wouldn't have cost me all this $$$ in 100% new coolant and water wetter.
Good to hear your getting another one. Now I wont feel so bad if mine starts leaking.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:15 PM   #1253
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Did it all leak out into a pile of dirt?

Drain it into a clean pan and put it back in!
Most of it went into the garage floor. I will be replacing it with Moore Cool (it was regular coolant) now that I have a case.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:29 AM   #1254
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dex how old was that rad?
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:31 AM   #1255
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I decided to swap out my Mishimoto Rad for a Koyo unit because of this. I will be running the Mishimoto the 02 RWD wagon instead.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:52 AM   #1256
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Been running a Ron Davis cored Rad for over 7 years and not a single problem. Little more expensive but cheap insurance.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:40 PM   #1257
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dex how old was that rad?
It was new when the car was started last april. Maybe 1500 miles, no track days, no high HP. I am pretty sure it was a side effect of the massive pressure burst when the motor blew. Now that I have it out of the car you can clearly see that it looks "blown up" from the inside out.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:41 PM   #1258
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Speaking of blowing up, I am having a really hard time getting back into this. I haven't worked on the car since Christmas and I am really struggling. I am honestly still pretty upset about what happened and I just cant shake the feeling. This makes working on the car feel like work not fun. What a bummer!

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #1259
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Speaking of blowing up, I am having a really hard time getting back into this. I haven't worked on the car since Christmas and I am really struggling. I am honestly still pretty upset about what happened and I just cant shake the feeling. This makes working on the car feel like work not fun. What a bummer!

I completely understand how you feel. I had some nasty creaks in my rear suspension that I was chasing for months. I got depressed every time that I went to work on the car. On the plus side, once I finally solved the problem, the care became great fun. Keep your head down and keep grinding.....you'll get through it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:44 PM   #1260
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so i am not the only afraid of flushing 10 grand on start up?
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:45 PM   #1261
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so i am not the only afraid of flushing 10 grand on start up?
Nope! I really wish my motor had better rods in it. I'm overly worried about snapping a rod and trashing my heads and I'm kind of concerned that I had the long block sitting in the garage for a year and it wasn't vacuum sealed or packaged as well as some say you need to.

Even if this one blew I wouldn't quit now though. I'm in way to deep now.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #1262
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If I lived close by I'd help you out! Bring some friends over and go to town on it. I've got stuff done that way
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #1263
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Keep Ur head up I'm already at what I bought the car for and have run into snags that have baffled me and discourage me. But I can't give up. I have a commetment to it and won't give up. Follow Ur dreams with it
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #1264
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Yeah Tom it's a hard journey but keep your chin up!
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:20 PM   #1265
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I have been building a crazy v-mount twin scroll 35r sti for 18 months everything from the intercooler, tubing, fuel system, paint and body, leather interior was all built by me the only thing I did not build was the motor I installed the long block...
After a successful first startup on hydra and spending about thirty minutes tuning it for idle my 10k engine fails
At idle I got a horrible sound the drivers side intake cam gear was not tight (not me.... but if I had just checked )
I understand how you feel, the almost instant loss of care or desire to go on
At this point the head is at the machine shop but the excitement of a crazy sti left with intake valves
I am ready to have my dom3 mild tune 360 whp sti back
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #1266
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I have been building a crazy v-mount twin scroll 35r sti for 18 months everything from the intercooler, tubing, fuel system, paint and body, leather interior was all built by me the only thing I did not build was the motor I installed the long block...
After a successful first startup on hydra and spending about thirty minutes tuning it for idle my 10k engine fails
At idle I got a horrible sound the drivers side intake cam gear was not tight (not me.... but if I had just checked )
I understand how you feel, the almost instant loss of care or desire to go on
At this point the head is at the machine shop but the excitement of a crazy sti left with intake valves
I am ready to have my dom3 mild tune 360 whp sti back
This is why i bit the bullet and paid twice as much to have a good shop do it, ive been through 2 motors already
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:40 PM   #1267
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This is why i bit the bullet and paid twice as much to have a good shop do it, ive been through 2 motors already
I traded work for the build fortunately the builder is standing behind his work just as I would and it was not even his fault it was a third party that we both trusted
But there is allways enough blame to go around I have no reason to point fingers
I don't really care I just want it over with
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #1268
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I don't really care I just want it over with
All i can say is +100
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:02 AM   #1269
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100% agree with all of what has been said. I don't have a crazy built motor, but I had my stock Turbo fail... so I figured I would upgrade... while tuning the new set up and got a rod knock. Replaced the short block, went back for tune and now I have a dead cylinder due to bent valves. So now saving up the cash to rebuild the heads. Seems like a never ending battle... I just can't wait to have my car back especially since its my daily.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:32 AM   #1270
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most of us are trying to make $30k cars perform like $75+k cars. It's a hard road, best left traversed for those with unflappable fortitude.

The last few stories are nothing compared to some horror stories i've heard; all involving ridiculous amounts of money spent...and nothing to show for it.

You have that aforementioned fortitude, Tom. You'll get through this, and the hard work put in will pay off sooner than later.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:07 AM   #1271
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I decided to swap out my Mishimoto Rad for a Koyo unit because of this.
Good luck with that. If your Koyo ever leaks you are SOL. Zero warranty on them. Just because it costs more does not mean it is less likely to leak, I get calls all the time from pissed off people. I tell anyone before they buy a Koyo the chance they are taking.

The Mishimoto X line is a nice piece and carries a no questions asked lifetime warranty. Even if you get into an accident they will replace it no problem. Its the best warranty in the business.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:22 AM   #1272
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Yeah, I hear ya guys and I really really appreciate the kind words. I just cant help thinking that this year isn't going to be any better than last year. Here I am, $16k deep in motors alone and thats not to mention a single bolt on or consumable. By this point I could have purchased an used Ferrari. O well...

With a little luck I will finish it up in the next two weeks. I fully know that I am only hours away from startup but that also means the beginning of trouble again.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:44 AM   #1273
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Just remember anyone can buy something that goes fast. Take pride in the fact that you built it. Built not bought FTW
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:11 PM   #1274
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Yeah, I hear ya guys and I really really appreciate the kind words. I just cant help thinking that this year isn't going to be any better than last year. Here I am, $16k deep in motors alone and thats not to mention a single bolt on or consumable. By this point I could have purchased an used Ferrari. O well...

With a little luck I will finish it up in the next two weeks. I fully know that I am only hours away from startup but that also means the beginning of trouble again.
I'm on my 3rd motor, This being a Cossie long block and I have taken it to one of the best shops in the U.S.
Every build is going to have some step backs. Education is the only way to limit them as much as you can.
I have been burned out and my car sat for 2 years. But I gave it that last shot and went all out. I built the car to my liking and the love came back. Even with a few bumps along the way I still like to sit and stare at it. And the mechanical sounds it makes when running are even better.

Dont give up. Your almost there. That 1st drive is going to be the best feeling ever.

And while I also share the could have bought feeling. I have already owned those cars. You will spend more on service for them, then what you have in your motor. And I can park my Subaru next to my lp640 at a car show and I will get more looks at the Subaru hands down. Oh and the Subaru is faster.

Make sure to check your heater core out if the radiator popped. I had that problem in my Subaru. Blown motor/head gasket pressurized the coolant system , Heater core went 1st, Then radiator.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:17 PM   #1275
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LOL, if the heater core is blown I will just disconnect it.
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