Me too. I've seriously wanted a simple ass aba swapped mk1 for like 5 years.
TIGninja made this, and is shipping next week. Pumped.
I finished all the porting I'm getting into for now. I ran out of sanding rolls, but i think this is a good stopping point for now. ABA stock valves are really terrible. I'll do something with them someday, but for this weekend, they're getting lapped back in. There's a couple pics at the top of a stock obd2 head just for some kind of comparison.
Got a compressor? Get a straight grinder, and a porting kit with all the sanding rolls from eastwood. People like to make porting this mysterious, magical process. I've had good luck just going at it and using my best judgement. It's just doing a little reading, doing a little visualizing, take your time, and don't go crazy on the first one you do. It's even cooler on 8v's because these heads go for scrap pricing.
Haha, the pic was good. Sorry, house sitting at my parents house, all ****ed up watching The Killing with my 12 year old labrador.
There are some different ways to bust a head down. I use a press, combinations of sockets, then a deep ~19mm socket with a slot cut in it. Secure the head, secure the bottom of the valve, press the retainer down off the keepers, knock them to the side off the valve, and let the press off.
Alright. I've been rolling on this a bit. I finished cleaning the valves, polished lifter bores, and cam journals. and assembled the head, torqued with ARP's. Spent alot of time on a ported stock lower manifold. We'll see how dumb i am when i get it on the rollers stock manifold/268 for a baseline. The shape of my ports is just kinda silly now...had to trim up my gasket to match, haha.
Coolant hoses are getting mocked up, wiring's getting plugged in. Still waiting on my header and exhaust.
I ditched my big stock dumb heavy fan shroud and fan. Picked up a brand new oem 08 civic plastic shroud and fan for $10.01 shipped from ebay. Score....should fit nice, cool more efficiently, and drop some much needed weight from the front of this car. The back is toooootally stripped, the front will always have a motor in it, so yea...
Underdrive crank pulley-$40
Beefy ass x brace
The back of the car right now
Also, spent ALOT of time organizing my parts shed. My god. I've got way too much **** right now. Just one shelf...anybody need a vr head?
or you could just get the eastwood grinders grease when you get your porting kit. it keeps the rollers from getting clogged up and helps them last longer. plus on the finer stuff it makes for a smoother finish (not that you really want all that smooth in the ports, but for polishing its pretty awesome)
the burs tend to be a bit aggressive, especially for people who are just starting. the sanding scrolls are more time consuming but are far less prone to accidentally removing too much material.
Don't care, still want a Maserati biturbo at some point.
A sloth gets robbed by three turtles. The sloth calls the cops and they ask him "so can you tell us about the robbery?" and the sloth say's "I'm not sure.............It all happened so fast......."
My dad also did some cool stuff with the Firestone Firehawk series. He built all the race motors. He modded wastegate vac lines with a T and carburetor jets(interchangable inside the car) to make more boost.(pre boost controllers) Added an extra pickup in their gas tanks. This was a 'factory stock' style class.
Anytime anybody's in Maryland, shoot me a pm and we'll do down in my parents basement and nerd out on 80's pictures.