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post #16 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-16-2016, 08:33 PM
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What kind of mileage on the "New" engine? About the same as what you have now? Lower/Higher?
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I haven't found it yet, but I hope to get one with lower mileage. Pull a Part in Augusta GA is showing 18 Saturns in there inventory 10 of which are in the year range I need, and there the cheapest. I would hope they got a good one in there some where. There is a P A P in Columbia but they don't have as large of a selection. I'm gonna try to do a compression test and if I can hear it run before I pull it.
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Augusta? Isn't that near where Keith used to live? Haven't heard from him in awhile.

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Well got the engine out and stripped of the intake, exhaust, A/C compressor, and various sensors. If all goes well with the rental pick up im gona get the new engine tomorrow


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Holy shit -that engine or opening in the bay isn't bigger than a toilet!
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Hope if Dave shows up at the next Danbo meet with the Saturn you don't try to open the hood and take a dump in the engine bay Chris! LOL!
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Well I took a gamble on a junk yard engine and lost.....sort of. Got the "new" engine in and it has really low compression 50-60 PSI across the board. I put some oil in the cylinders and the #2 and #4 jumped up to over 120 but #1 and #3 were only getting to 70. Then I did a leak down test and it is leaking out of the exhaust valves. It has a 30 day warranty, but it will be more a hassle to pull it back out, rent another truck, haul it back to Columbia and get my money back or hope they got a better one. So i'm just gonna pull the head and rebuild it.

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Wait a sec....if cylinders #2/#4 come up in compression after putting oil in doesn't that point to ring/piston problems? And not valve problems? So rebuilding the head would take care of the other two cylinders but not 2/4?

What did you find with the original engine to be the problem? Wouldn't it be better to rebuild the original engine than the junkyard one?
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Wait a sec....if cylinders #2/#4 come up in compression after putting oil in doesn't that point to ring/piston problems? And not valve problems? So rebuilding the head would take care of the other two cylinders but not 2/4?

What did you find with the original engine to be the problem? Wouldn't it be better to rebuild the original engine than the junkyard one?
Yes the oil sealed the rings of the 2 and 4 but i think that is cause 1 it sat for who knows how long and I soaked the pistons with carb cleaner to try and clean some of the carbon off. Ii think that may have taken some of the seal from the rings on those cylinders. The original engine had a bad rod bearing in the number 2 cylinder. It is at the junk yard now I turned it in for a core, so rthis junk yard engine is the only one I have right now.
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Here's a little project i just started today. I got one headlight apart and just stuck the projector in there. I'm gonna have to get a different shrouds, and I want to paint the housing.
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The budget build has gone off the rails. I finally pulled the head and the valves are extremely carboned up. But I did discover this

Since I was planning on pulling the pistons anyways. I've decided to pull the rest out and put it on an stand and do a full rebuild. I just ordered a dial bore gauge so I can get everything perfect and maybe get 100,000+ miles from this engine.
Meanwhile I'm working on other small mods. I added factory fog lights


and retrofitting projectors in the headlights

I mounted them to make sure the cut off line was level. Here is the finished product

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So i got the engine rebuilt. got all new pistons cause on top of #3 being broken it had another crack and I found out it is a fairly common problem after Saturn redesigned them and made the top ring land smaller. plus the new ones already have the oil drain back holes the OE ones were lacking. Got a rebuild head it was cheaper to do that than to rebuild the one I had. Gonna drop it in today and finally get this thing on the road.



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it looks great, and a heck of a sweet job on the lights,,,
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Thanks Tom.


SHE LIVES! It turned over 3 times and then fired right up. I am ecstatic right now. I drove it around the block and let it run through a couple heat cycles let the cooling fan come one and off twice. I got to pick up a couple qts of trans fluid it wasn't even on the dip stick.
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That engine block is so clean...did you send it out to get dipped or something?
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