My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:08 pm

Thanks for the compliments. :)

The axle confusion was mainly about the tapering that people claimed was the difference between zenki and kouki axles. I measured the axles and they match up with zenki LSD axle measurements.
As for the LSD, actually it's a Cusco 1.5way LSD. The previous owner told me he put it in after the original died. I have verified it locks up very well. :lol: :lol:

At the moment I'm waiting on getting my front suspension parts back from sandblasting/powercoating. Pretty excited! 8-)

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:49 pm

Finally another update on the front suspension parts:

Got some of my parts back from sandblasting.
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Again I'm using POR-15 for coating. My rear axle that I also coated with POR-15 still looks like the day I painted it, so hopefully it stays that way. :)
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I had the springs powder coated because they are a pain to paint. I'm curious which coating will fail first?
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Finally done with all the painting for these parts. 8-)
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Now the only parts left to paint are the struts. Those are on my to-do list for next weekend.
I am choosing to leave the cross member for later since I don't have access to an engine hoist for supporting the engine (I know I could put wood under the oil pan, but I don't like that idea).

That's it for now! I'll have more updates as I start putting the car back together. :D

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby trigun402 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:45 pm

All nice and clean

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby notnilc20 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:31 am

Loving your build cleanup restoration. great job so far. Did you measure your rear axles? From what I understand the zenki axle is 24 millimeters diameter, and the kouki axle is 25 millimeters diameter. I am currently in the never ending search for a complete rear end right now and would love to know how your rear end turned out. sounds funny. 8-)

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:10 am

notnilc20 wrote:Loving your build cleanup restoration. great job so far. Did you measure your rear axles? From what I understand the zenki axle is 24 millimeters diameter, and the kouki axle is 25 millimeters diameter. I am currently in the never ending search for a complete rear end right now and would love to know how your rear end turned out. sounds funny. 8-)

Thanks for the comments!
Yes I did measure them. Both are zenki LSD axles and with a 24mm spline diameter. Basically the main point I discovered is the tapering on the axle does not tell you if it is zenki or kouki. You must measure them. :)

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:06 pm

Another quick update. I've been pretty productive with the car since I am moving and I need to get the car driveable.

Putting everything back together, bushings are all in and greased.
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I cleaned up and painted the front calipers and brackets so they match the other shiny parts. I didn't even disconnect the brake lines, it just took some clever work with the painters tape. :P
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Almost time to put the wheels on! 8-) 8-)
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I'll get another picture of the finished job tomorrow.
I am pretty pleased with the results after taking a quick drive. Handling feels much nicer and there isn't really a noticeable increase in noise or vibration.

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:22 pm

Here is a bit better shot of it all reassembled.
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I have a question for anyone who has experience with long trips with their AE86. Do I need to worry about sustained RPMs around 3500-4000? For example highway cruising at 65mph. I am about to make a 550 mile trip with the car which is mostly highway. I know the car loves to rev, but how long is safe to sustain that kind of engine speed?

If anyone wants to share their experience with long trips let me know. ;)

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:03 pm

Well it has been a while since my last post. Moving is quite a lot of work, but I'm pretty much settled now and I wanted to give a quick update.

My car made the long trip without any problems! The only thing I had to do on the way was tighten the A/C belt a little since it was brand new and stretched during the trip.
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In May of 2016 my car officially turned 30 years old (according to the metal placard on the driver side door), so I like to think it's doing pretty well for its age. ;)

At this point since the car is 100% functional, and most of the wear items have been replaced I will be focusing more on the cosmetic restoration (basically dumping money on paint and bodywork :lol:).

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Mon May 27, 2019 6:19 pm

Hello again, I've been off these forums for a while now, but I figured it was time to give an update again since I'm starting more work on my car, with more updates to come later this year probably.

A lot has changed since I posted last, including moving again, this time several thousand miles so I decided to not drive the car. :lol:
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My latest project has been on my checklist since I got the car, replacing the old crusty exhaust. I finally decided on an HKS Hi-Power.
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I had to cut the old pipe off because I couldn't jack the car up high enough, but HKS exhaust fit over the axle a lot easier and didn't require jacking it up that high.
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Besides the fact that I am missing an exhaust hanger (hence the jack holding up that part) the exhaust fit perfectly as you would expect from HKS.
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The catback also fit together great with a Magnaflow catalytic converter for the AE86 in case anyone wants to know.
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Once I have everything bolted back together I'll post up a video comparing the old stock exhaust to the HKS, because you can never have enough exhaust comparison videos. 8-)

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby scalpel » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:22 am

Always one of my fav build

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Re: My red hatch (fix-up and restoration)

Postby Grant » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:04 am

Sorry this took forever, but I finally uploaded a clip of the exhaust comparison. The phone has some trouble picking up the lower sound of the HKS, but the improved note is obvious. I was going to record a drive-by too, but didn't get to it yet. The sound is amazing and I am glad I picked the Hi-Power over the HKS Sport exhaust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIgOMizhdF0

I'm working on patching some rust spots and other body work now, so I'll have more updates later.

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