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post #76 of 80 Old 05-06-2019, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Wiseco and JE are now basically the same company. I was chatting with Mike from FM last week. He told me that the JEs are only available with TIII style rings(late 2.2 turbo), or SRT4 style rings now.
Sounds about right. I just ordered some proper sized rings from Mike. Should hopefully have them by mid week. Its amazing the size difference between stock and what these things run!
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post #77 of 80 Old 05-06-2019, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1990 Dodge Dakota Turbo Build

I got the block back from the machine shop today. Night and day difference in the bore. Hopefully I can keep it this way and not mess it all up again!



One thing that has always bothered my since last building the engine was the darn oil hole to the head. From everything I have read about it, most block came with the restrictor, but some didn't. Same goes for the posts about whether it is necessary at all.... All I know is that I never had one so I decided to play it safe and put one in. Unfortunately my local dodge dealer had no idea what I was talking about and finding the darn thing online is nearly impossible. That being said, I did come across a forum where someone made one from a 40 cal bullet. Now that is something I can do!

It took about 15 minutes with a 1/8" drill bit and a dremel but it fit in pretty darn well



I have the correct sized piston rings in the mail which will hopefully be here mid week. At that point its everyday after work in the garage until she is back up and going.
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post #78 of 80 Old 05-07-2019, 03:36 PM
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Re: 1990 Dodge Dakota Turbo Build

That's awesome! Just a press fit?
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post #79 of 80 Old 05-10-2019, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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That's awesome! Just a press fit?
Only kind of. I took a dremel with a sanding wheel and had to go around the outside of the case a few times to decrease the diameter. Also cut it in half and only kept the top portion. Put a light layer of Indian head on the outside and tapped it in with a hammer. Looks like it will work well but only one way to find out!
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post #80 of 80 Old 05-30-2019, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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So, It's been pretty busy the past few weeks. My lease ended 10 days ago, so I had to both move out and also attempt to get the engine back into the truck in about two days. How I pulled it off I do not know. I do owe a good amount to user: detobias as I lost the key for the crankshaft and he was able to send me one just in time to get the engine reassembled!
Unfortunately I had ordered a new Cometic head gasket about a month and a half ago but it did not arrive in time. Luckily I had a newer Felpro sitting around so I gave it a copper spray coating and threw it in. It's not what I wanted but it should work until I get bored enough to pull the head again.



I was able to get the engine back in on a Friday, and then spent the entirety of Saturday trying to get the darn thing to start. She would crank for about 5-7 seconds and then slowly catch and run with a terrible vacuum of 10 hg. I checked and rechecked the timing and was unsuccessful until about 10:30 at night when I gave in and posted on the Shelby Dodge Facebook group. Luckily my "Picture for attention" was actually useful and someone caught that I had my distributor mounted 180 degrees off..... Its been a while since I have felt that dumb but at the same time I'm glad I didn't assemble the internals incorrectly.



Engine in, engine runs, filled the bed and moved the heck out the next day! I ran 30 weight oil for about 10 miles and then went to the O'Reillys special which Ill have in for about another 100 or so. Oil pressure is about 5-7psi greater than it was in the past now that the oil restrictor has been installed. Hopefully I will not need to pull this engine again for some time... or ever again!!!

Will probably break her in for another 500-1000 miles and then try my luck at tuning for E85. Hopefully I will also be able to make it to SDAC this year for at least a day
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