"To MM members and viewers,
I just want to say sorry about scattering the pics in this thread. I know this helped a lot of people and answered many questions. If at anytime someone goes through this thread and needs to see the picutres, please feel free to post, or PM me concerning the issue. I still have all of the pictures, though I have adjusted a few things on my photobucket.
If you would like to see a picture, please when you post or PM give me a page number and post number. Ill get back to you asap!
I hope everyone finds this very educational, and can help influence your decision on modding a V6. Id just like to inform anyone who reads this that, when this started, I only have had basic home mechanic experience. Helped my dad occasionaly on vehicles, but never had I been into an engine before. Though my dad had been through plenty over the years. I started this project a year ago, my dad was working away for awhile so I rarely had help from him. The only resource I really had was this thread, researching what I could on google, and a Chilton's manual. A little common sense goes a long way as well!!!! Now I have access to many tools and had to rent a few as well. But for the most part, I used a craftsman tool set, about a 230 pc kit I believe. I will say this is a somewhat difficult procedure, and not something to cheap out on. You need to take your time and deal with the detailed work. I had to many issues from cheap ways out.
For those of you interested in a Cam or N/A build, I will give you my dead honest opinion being that I have just done this. Dont... Simple as that.
Now its hard for me to explain this and add up costs, simply because I had to buy entirely to many parts twice. But if I bought it all up front and had no issues, its still scary. Had I spent the same amount to get it dyno'd turn key, I could have done a basic turbo kit on a stock engine and put 300-350rwhp and probably would have been easier to do. I know FI sounds scary, but if done right and a good dyno tune used, it can be very safe so please dont let that be a factor. So if your looking for power and track times, N/A is not the way to go at all !!!!
I will say I really really like my car, I get many compliments on it, and many people have said its the best sounding cammed 6er they've heard. 14.37 and 9.23 track times on a stock auto aren't bad but aren't good either !!! If your interested on a FULL mod list, please view my garage. Im only 20 years old, Ive been good about saving most of my life and spent a shit load on this project. I was not working full time during this but was going to school full time and work prn (20 or so hours a week I guess). Paramedic shool is no joke either! Also know that the day I started this project, their was Ice/Snow on the ground, ice sickles dripping off the roof. I did this in an open car port, and thankfully it was on the south side of my house, so it helped block the north wind. Most of my work was done In th evening as well, some nights I was up till 2am working. 20* weather. It was cold. It sucked. Life story huh?
If you have any tech questions, or pic requests, I would perfer you post on this thread so others may learn as well.
For a teaser:
Hope people have enjoyed this thread, I know its long and lots of bs included. Im sorry all the pics are gone. But Ill be more then happy to give whatever I can to anyone. I still have all my pictures !!!!
And just for an update, This friday or maybe next monday, I have a 3200 9.5'' stall from revmax on the way. Engine is out and getting peiced back together after my head gasket leaking ordeal ...
Cant wait to see new 60' and ETs !!!