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Postby JamesT » Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:41 pm

Last time I drove it, I noticed steam coming from the engine bay. I took a look and it appeared to be coming from, I assume, something dripping onto the rear headers.

Also, I'm getting a lot of tapping noises from the front valve cover and a lot of blow-by in the plenum.

Right now, I'm considering whether to repair it or swap in a new motor. Anybody have any suggestions?
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Postby ASG14 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:58 pm

Rear leak is likely a bad valver cover gasket.

Tapping noise, get it checked. As for blow by, unless you've cleaned your plenum before, it's goign to look like an oil slick from hell.
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Postby JamesT » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:13 pm

I've cleaned it quite often. I'm assuming its blowby because it's fresh oil that has coated it.

I just redid the rear valve cover but I am going to do it again.
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Postby JamesT » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:50 pm

Well, I figured out why it smelled like coolant...

Hooray for having no coolant in my engine :roll:
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Postby Eye8Pussies » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:00 pm

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Postby Ilovemylara » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:46 pm

No coolant? For how long?
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Postby JamesT » Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:13 pm

Ilovemylara wrote:No coolant? For how long?


Luckily, not that long. I ran the engine today to further figure out where the smoke was coming from and it quickly dissipated. That's when I knew to stop (luckily). So maybe ten seconds.
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Postby trd4life » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:57 pm

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Postby JamesT » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:38 pm

That's how it's looking right now...
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Postby JamesT » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:53 pm

So, while waiting for money for parts, I decided to go ahead and do a full wire tuck. I (for some stupid reason) thought it would be cool if the battery and the fuse boxes were moved from the engine bay into the trunk. I have no idea how much wire I've had to go through so far because of that damn idea.

I'll post some photos of the project in a bit.
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Postby akora12 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:45 pm

Rear valve cover is a fun one. Then again, that's nothing compared to a wire tuck. Good luck, James!
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Postby aenties » Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:48 pm

JamesT wrote:So, while waiting for money for parts, I decided to go ahead and do a full wire tuck. I (for some stupid reason) thought it would be cool if the battery and the fuse boxes were moved from the engine bay into the trunk. I have no idea how much wire I've had to go through so far because of that damn idea.

I'll post some photos of the project in a bit.


haha looking forward to the pics :up: :sweet:
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Postby Ilovemylara » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:39 pm

same here man!
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Postby JamesT » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:53 pm

Alright, I took some photos today:

I decided to move the fuse boxes into the back. I'm running everything that went to the boxes in the driver's side fender.

Yeah, I know it's a faux pa to have vinyls on the car but I have to represent my business! (not that anyone is going to see the vinyl anyway).
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Following the path of the other cables on the drivers side, here is where the new wires route into the trunk (I'm so glad this part is done!)
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Also, since Gibson posted his SAFC mount, I thought I would show mine even though it isn't finished yet.
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I decided to suede wrap all the upper pillars as well.
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The bottom portions were re-wrapped in black vinyl.

Rewrapped my steering wheel (again). This time is black leather
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A closeup:
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And now, the scary photo:
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It really doesn't look as jumbled over by the ECU as this photo makes it out to be.
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Postby JamesT » Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:10 pm

Some more photos:

The passenger side fender. Some of these sensors I need to re-feed into the engine bay through a hole I made behind the engine. I'm really glad I labeled all the sensors!
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Custom fitting the fuse boxes into the little pocket area on the driver's side of the trunk.
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Also, I don't know if anyone else has done this but here is the TRD muffler on my Camry. I think it fits in there pretty well.
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