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post #1 of 38 Old 11-24-2016, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

Hey guys i figured i'd start a build thread on my project car which is a 1981 Dodge Omni 024 with a NA 2.2 carbed and a auto trans it has 70k original miles and the car is in pretty good shape for the year and being a east coast car.
I got it for $400 starts up but has its issues leaky water pump and fuel pump gasket. The breaks are wore badly and carb is crap!

A week after i got it i noticed a 91 dodge daytona shelby at the local junkyard that's been sitting on top of a bus. I asked to look at it and seen it was a 2.5 spfi turbo with a 5 speed and looked all complete and unmolested. He said its been sitting for 9 years and when i asked if they'd sell the whole car he said yes. I asked if it ran and they said it was running when it came in but that was 9 years ago.
I asked the guy if i could try and getting it running ( i wasn't going to buy a non running motor) he said go for it. Well it had no keys rotted fuel lines and lots of snake skins mice crap and etc lol. After he took it down from the bus i had come back with a battery/tools/gas.

I first cut the A/C belt and the water pump belts good thing as alternator was seized tight. I did't wanna take a chance of timing belt snapping/jumping.
While i poped the ign cyl i had my dad pull the plugs and spray through the holes with wd-40 and added some new oil to the motor. With switch out and battery hooked i got it to turn over and it had spark so with plugs back in and gas in the throttle body it fired up! while my dad sprayed gas in i listened for any noises. None it sounded decent for not being run in the 9 yrs. So we started the dealing he started at $1000 i ended up getting it for $400 so i put air in the dry rotted tires and car dollied it home!

I now got it stripped mostly of the parts i need engine/trans/80% of the cars wiring except for seats/rear lights. Dash is out and i pulled the center console and shifter for mine. Also will probly take the front k frame off to later pull suspension parts from.

Engine is now on stand and getting somewhat pulled apart except for rotating assy. Plan on putting all new gaskets/seals and painting it. Along with fixing any broken parts.
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post #2 of 38 Old 11-24-2016, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

Here is some pics as a thread is useless without them lol . Also these cars and turbo engines are all new to me i'm used to older vehicles and chevy v8's lol.
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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

OH sweet! You got the black interior. You lucky son of a gun! I love these!
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post #4 of 38 Old 11-24-2016, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah i like the black interior with the wood grain lol it's pretty good shape other than the headliner sagging
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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

7 strands around 2 wrapped by 1 !!!!

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post #6 of 38 Old 11-25-2016, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

Didn't do much today but got the engine deck clean and the pistons cleaned up pretty good.
Next will be pulling the Balance shafts out!
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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

Much awesome.

Subscribed, looking forward to see the progress on this, not enough people saving the 024/TC3's. Kind of reminds me of my k-car project. Car looks pretty good for sitting for 9 years, i've seen 024/tc3's sitting for ~10 years in Atlantic Canada and not much is left under the door handles, sigh
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Much awesome.

Subscribed, looking forward to see the progress on this, not enough people saving the 024/TC3's. Kind of reminds me of my k-car project. Car looks pretty good for sitting for 9 years, i've seen 024/tc3's sitting for ~10 years in Atlantic Canada and not much is left under the door handles, sigh


Yeah my 024 was bought new here on the east coast and sat in the owners basement since 2001 until 2015 so thats mostly the only thing that saved it from the death here known or Rust!
The doner car the 91 daytona unfortunately is rotted beyond repair and when jacking the front end up i could here and see that metal in the front end twisting.
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Stupid exhaust housing bolts didn't want to comply with me last night 2 out of 4 came out at least even after drilling and trying an easy out still nothing. Finally just drilled the 2 out completely and i will tap and put one of those step up studs and get 2 original size studs for the other 2.

And stated getting into the turbo the seal between the center section and exhaust housing where the clamp goes was crap/shot. Another thing is the fuel lines are weathered and i see the fuel in is part of the fuel rail so i don't know if fuel injection hose and good clamps will work as a replacement or not.?



Anyone know of a reliable source to get a rebuild kit for the TE04h? Will be upgrading to a t03 but for this year would like to have the car together and driving lol
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Stupid exhaust housing bolts didn't want to comply with me last night 2 out of 4 came out at least even after drilling and trying an easy out still nothing. Finally just drilled the 2 out completely and i will tap and put one of those step up studs and get 2 original size studs for the other 2.

And stated getting into the turbo the seal between the center section and exhaust housing where the clamp goes was crap/shot. Another thing is the fuel lines are weathered and i see the fuel in is part of the fuel rail so i don't know if fuel injection hose and good clamps will work as a replacement or not.?



Anyone know of a reliable source to get a rebuild kit for the TE04h? Will be upgrading to a t03 but for this year would like to have the car together and driving lol
Fuel injection line and hose clamp is fine, I think that's what the newer years used, but you will need to flare the existing lines where you cut them.
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I just found they make a fitting with a compressed fitting on one end and a hose barb on the other.
http://www.autozone.com/fittings-and...?checkfit=true
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gonna wanna beef up the lower rad support. The GLH Turbos and the 5spd intercooled cars had extra bracing there to keep it from bending and twisting off. You might not see it on the 91 Tona as in 90 they redesigned the lower rad support and went to bigger softer mounts.
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gonna wanna beef up the lower rad support. The GLH Turbos and the 5spd intercooled cars had extra bracing there to keep it from bending and twisting off. You might not see it on the 91 Tona as in 90 they redesigned the lower rad support and went to bigger softer mounts.
Thanks didn't know that and yeah ill beef it up with some braces and that.
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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

You might want to look into getting a 1988 or 89 fuel rail.

Yours looks pretty rusty and the older ones accept a fuel line directly without the push lock coupler.


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Re: 1981 Dodge Omni 024 Build 2.2 To 2.5T

the lower rad cradle cracks at each lower corner

turbo L bodies had a bracket that bolted to the rad crossmember down in the corner in front of the alternator - it simply bolts into the car to reinforce the passenger front corner
there was nothing added to the driver's side
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