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This makes me scared. been planning to buy a 1j by the end of this year :O

Hope they make it right although im not blaming them, importers go through alot of motors. its probably hard to catch everything.
 

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good catch... kind of o_O
Yup, wish I would have checked it about a month ago but it is what it is.

Eek! How’d that happen? Hydro locked? Sucks either way, hope the importer makes it right man.
With all the water that was in the turbo when I received it, the milky water in the oil pan, and the rust on everything, I have to believe it was Hydro locked.

That is shitty, sorry to see the bad news.
Thanks man.

This makes me scared. been planning to buy a 1j by the end of this year :O

Hope they make it right although im not blaming them, importers go through alot of motors. its probably hard to catch everything.
I would just say, make ABSOLUTELY sure you can go see the engine in person. Or FORCE them to send you compression videos with proof that it's the engine you are buying. I took their word on everything and here we are.

Importers do go through a lot of engines for sure, but I have zero reason to believe they actually performed a compression test on this engine. I was provided no proof, and then within the last few weeks they sent me videos of "my engine" being tested, and it was out of a JZX100 not a JZS171. They basically said "well sorry, that's what we have on file".


I'm been in contact with the importer, and they don't see very helpful. Basically they are saying that if I wasn't happy with the condition of the engine when I received it I should have sent it back within the 30 day warranty period. But, within that period, I messaged them multiple times with evidence of the poor condition and my concerns and never once did they suggest I return it.

Also, they are saying that once I removed the head it voided the warranty, but I have a message from them AFTER I removed the head to put it back together and if it doesn't run they would warranty it.

So, as of right now, they have offered to cover the cost of one replacement rod. That's it. I tried to tell them they needed to cover the cost of having the block checked by a machine shop, cleaned, and honed, but they didn't agree with that. I don't even think they are willing to cover the cost of new rings.

For now, I'm going to leave it at that. Once everything is figured out with them I'll be able to provide more info






I am planning on taking the block, crank, head, and cams to a machine shop on Saturday to see how much everything will cost. It doesn't look like I have many options besides Tomei rods and CP pistons though.
 

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It doesn't look like I have many options besides Tomei rods and CP pistons though.
Sounds like a plan to me, man! Sucks that you did all that prep work to the engine and then had this happen. Hopefully the block and valve train are fine. Good excuse to get set up with a Panic Link stand-alone too.
 

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Yup, wish I would have checked it about a month ago but it is what it is.



With all the water that was in the turbo when I received it, the milky water in the oil pan, and the rust on everything, I have to believe it was Hydro locked.



Thanks man.



I would just say, make ABSOLUTELY sure you can go see the engine in person. Or FORCE them to send you compression videos with proof that it's the engine you are buying. I took their word on everything and here we are.

Importers do go through a lot of engines for sure, but I have zero reason to believe they actually performed a compression test on this engine. I was provided no proof, and then within the last few weeks they sent me videos of "my engine" being tested, and it was out of a JZX100 not a JZS171. They basically said "well sorry, that's what we have on file".


I'm been in contact with the importer, and they don't see very helpful. Basically they are saying that if I wasn't happy with the condition of the engine when I received it I should have sent it back within the 30 day warranty period. But, within that period, I messaged them multiple times with evidence of the poor condition and my concerns and never once did they suggest I return it.

Also, they are saying that once I removed the head it voided the warranty, but I have a message from them AFTER I removed the head to put it back together and if it doesn't run they would warranty it.

So, as of right now, they have offered to cover the cost of one replacement rod. That's it. I tried to tell them they needed to cover the cost of having the block checked by a machine shop, cleaned, and honed, but they didn't agree with that. I don't even think they are willing to cover the cost of new rings.

For now, I'm going to leave it at that. Once everything is figured out with them I'll be able to provide more info






I am planning on taking the block, crank, head, and cams to a machine shop on Saturday to see how much everything will cost. It doesn't look like I have many options besides Tomei rods and CP pistons though.

If they don't help more than that I would threaten them with going to the Better Business Bureau. That's some BS man.
 

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okay so slight change of plan with the bottom end. I really didn't want to go aftermarket pistons and rods if I didn't have to. It was at least an additional $1500 in parts plus I would have felt forced to switch to Link ecu so another $2000. My power goals really don't require upgraded internals. I don't care for big numbers any time soon. I was looking forward to having 300-ish hp to the wheels enjoying the added power with factory reliability.

So after talking things over with friends and the machine shop, I decided to stick with OEM 1jzgte vvti pistons and rods. I found a guy selling a set of 4 pistons and rods out of his 1j for $125 so I took a chance on them. Turns out the pistons were no good, but the rods were fine. Luckily, my pistons were all good and in better condition so the machine shop just ended up using one of the rods.

Used internals I picked up

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While talking with the machine shop about everything, their actual concerns were with the valve train. I didn't go all out, but they convinced me to go ahead and replace valve springs, retainers, and cams. So I picked up Brian Crower valve springs and titanium retainers, and Brian Crower 264 cams.

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Also picked up a new set of OEM Piston rings

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And another OEM 1j head gasket

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I don't have many pictures of the parts themselves right now. The machine shop is back in Joplin, MO (4.5 hours from me, but my good friend has been using them for 10+ years) so I had everything shipped to my parents house and they delivered to my friend.

As of Friday, everything was finished and picked up by my friend. I've got to meet up with him to do final assembly in the next week or two. Was planning on making the trip to assemble and bring everything back with me this coming weekend but realized it's Mother's Day weekend so he may not be available.

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Block was cleaned up and honed, crank was cleaned up and journals polished, pistons and rods were all cleaned up, head was cleaned up, decked, valves had to be ground, re-lapped the valves, and installed the new springs and retainers.

I have King Rod and Thurst bearings plus ACL Main bearings being delivered on Tuesday to my parents. Wanted to go King on everything but couldn't find standard size main bearings anywhere and are on back order for at least a month.

Found a sale on a case of 10 OEM Toyota oil filters so I went ahead and ordered those. Should be here Monday.

Hoping my harness ships to me next week.

Still trying to decide on oil cooler, ABS relocation, and battery relocation.
 

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lol unboxing in the kitchen, cam sandwich anyone? 😄 Pretty sure my wife wouldnt be impressed if i tried that . . . mostly because she would see how much money i was spending on the car...

IMHO i think you went the right route, new rings and bearings, refreshed block and head, at least you know its starting on a good footing. Love the look of the cleaned up block, crank and head! Looks like those 2nd hand pistons have picked up on the top lip?

What were they worried about with the cams? Worn lobes and excessive clearances? Unless you were chasing big HP i would have thought the turbo would overcome most differences in cams.
 

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lol unboxing in the kitchen, cam sandwich anyone? 😄 Pretty sure my wife wouldnt be impressed if i tried that . . . mostly because she would see how much money i was spending on the car...

IMHO i think you went the right route, new rings and bearings, refreshed block and head, at least you know its starting on a good footing. Love the look of the cleaned up block, crank and head! Looks like those 2nd hand pistons have picked up on the top lip?

What were they worried about with the cams? Worn lobes and excessive clearances? Unless you were chasing big HP i would have thought the turbo would overcome most differences in cams.
lol funny enough, it was my mom unboxing them at her house. The machine shop is back in Joplin, MO where my parents live so I had parts shipped to them and they delivered the parts to my friend.

Yeah, looked like the pistons were damaged/scratched pretty bad.

They were mainly worried about the valves really. And valve seats. Since they had to regrind the valves and lap the valves they were worried about valve lash being to wide. So they were just thinking if they have to reshim the valves I may as well replace the cams. At least, that's what I told my wife :LOL:
 

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King Rod and Thrust bearings
ACL Main bearings
All standard size

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Here's my turbo

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Picked up a case of 10 Toyota oil filters with washers lol

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My friend taped up and painted the block for me

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I decided to clean up and paint my trans mount bracket, turbo compressor housing, and heat shield

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Cleaned up the oil pans, baffle and pickup. Touched up the lower pan with a little paint.

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Are you going to clean up the compressor? All that rust and grime on and around the the wheels is not good, considering the speeds that thing is supposed to spin at. Not much point putting a filter in front of it otherwise, it will just push it all into the engine and damage the wheel in the process.

Makes me wonder how well and free it is spinning, or how much crap is behind the wheel where you cant see. Shows that water must have sat in there for a while to rust up like that. Any more word from the importer? :confused:
 

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Are you going to clean up the compressor? All that rust and grime on and around the the wheels is not good, considering the speeds that thing is supposed to spin at. Not much point putting a filter in front of it otherwise, it will just push it all into the engine and damage the wheel in the process.

Makes me wonder how well and free it is spinning, or how much crap is behind the wheel where you cant see. Shows that water must have sat in there for a while to rust up like that. Any more word from the importer? :confused:
Still nothing from the importer.

I was going to clean up the turbo and see how it looked, but decided to buy a new center cartridge instead.
 

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Catching things up.

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Started fitting the intercooler. Have brackets/mounting figured out so it's just a matter of getting piping and trimming the bumper to fit.

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Pistons and Rods refreshed, new rings, ready for install

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New main bearings, thrust bearings, rod bearings, piston rings

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My buddy tested his blasting cabinet on my manifold and exhaust housing

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Measuring shims so I can check valve lash

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Picked up Tanabe Revel VLS Gauges
AFR, Boost, and Oil Temp
Since the Digital cluster has oil pressure I should be okay with these, but I can add more down the road as needed.

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New turbo center cartridge

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Brian Crower 264's installed and measuring valve lash

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Decided to spray the manifold and exhaust housing with some high temp paint

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Turbo partially back together

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Picked up a MAF, some ARP assembly lube for head studs, and a Chase Bays power steering reservoir

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Coolant port on the head was drilled and tapped for 1/2" NPT. Test fitting the fittings.Have sealant ready to get it installed.

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Rear main installed (again)

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Putting the block back together

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Currently waiting on my wiring harness. Purchased an "all4swaps" module to run some accessories like factory and that's been delayed because of COVID.

Currently working on getting valve shims to get valve lash in spec. Hoping to have some in hand this week.

Remaining items on my list to buy:

Coolant
Power steering fluid
Intercooler piping
Trans fluid
o2 sensor
Downpipe



I think I'm going to pull the cams out and get the head bolted to the block this week. Then I can work on some other accessories on the block/head.
Need to clean up my engine bay

And I think while I'm waiting on the harness I'm going to pull my dash and replace with a non-sticky dash. I still have a spare that I had started to clean up, just need to get the rest of the sticky gone and paint it.
 
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