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Also! I almost forgot! I ordered the monster trans from Ed Papp this morning. Settled on a large spline 568 with a 3.50 final drive swap and an OBX. I cant say that i entered the week with plans of dropping $$ like that... but screw it, ima need a proper trans if this is going to be the fastest factory configuration omni in the world...
 

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So im slipping on my schedule. Im supposed to get the head finished so i could drop it off at the machine shop... Hopefully i get it done today/tomorrow.

But i have made other progress.
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I got MS3 talking over the serial port, so i can finally continue assembly. This step has stopped me in my tracks for 6 months because i never ordered the usb>serial dongle.
 

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It has been a really cool experience building and tuning. Its incredible how MS is intended to by applicable to all scenarios so you need to know what you want and build towards that specifically.
 

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So im super excited for me Ed Papp tranny, i asked him to shoot me pics of the build.
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Oddly, today turned into a body/appearance kinda day.

I pulled the bumped and refinished that to the best of my will.
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I also decided to hit the rear door with the polisher juuuuust to see how it responded
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Im surprised by the outcome! This motivated me to wet sand some of the black overspray, and start planning to polish all of the intact paint.
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Lastly, i pulled to sound system and buggered carpet out of the spare tire well.
I cant spare the pounds for a subwoofer!
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Im thrilled with the lack of rust.
I sold the sound stuff on offer up for $60. Took less than 2 hours!
 

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Hey, thank you for the support guys, its nice to know that there are a few folks that are tuning in!

So i have finished the head work.
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I just dropped it off at the machine shop for a comp valve job, back cut valves, and skim it. I dropped off a flywheel as well to get surfaced. I was surprised to see that the shop was super busy so itll take a couple of weeks before they get to my stuff. This means that i will strongly consider drilling for 11mm headstuds on my own, and definitely home honing the cylinders.

I am planning to pull the motor tomorrow. Stay tuned!
 

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I can fully appreciate your work space. I'm doing the rear brakes on my 86GLHS and when I need room, I'm moving cars and other things to get access.
 

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Oh ya man! The struggle is real! Constant jigsaw puzzle to get anything done!

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The time has come to pull the motor to refresh the short block in prep for getting the head back from the machine shop. Its a mild 122* with 173% humidity Florida day. So i should be 10 pounds lighter by the end of the day.

Stay tuned!
~Mark

PS - ive been habing conversations with Todd about picking up a head for the next motor, a monster 8v. Exciting!
 

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What a day.

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The whole process went really well until i got to the motor mounts. The only parts that didnt easily come apart were the downpipe bolts. The side grinder made fast work of them. Also, i now see why many people choose to leave the P/S pump in the engine bay... That bastard just leaks and leaks and leaks until its finally out of the car. I should have left the line on it til after it was unbolted...

As for actually dropping the motor... This was the first time i dropped it out the bottom. Why does anyone do it like this?? What a nightmare! I think it would only make sense to drop it out if u have a lift to lift the car up and off of it. Unfortunately to powder coated valve cover that came with the car took some damage. Sad face.
 

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Jigsaw puzzle, I like that analogy. Humidity that night I'd certainly melt. And still drink 5 gallons of water.
 

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What's up Fellas!

So ive decided to jump back into TDs. I want to make some quality youtube content and really show the world what we are all about.

Now introducing... My new 1985 Omni GLHT! Gold dust with a red interior swap. Mostly stock. 109k miles. Little rust. Shitty paint. And a lot of charm. Hasnt run in 4+ years, but thatll be solved soon.

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I always liked that gold color
 
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