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cracked piston or broken skirt as well.

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Nice Scott you de man K P for that one

Trev If you want my guess rist pin slop no easy fix

it's definately moving at crank speed from the sounds of it .. so something in the bottom end, good chance it's a wrist pin, a bit louder I'd guess connecting rod, either way it's 'bad' ...
maybe you can start a collection of gernaded bottom ends ...


Grenaded bottom ends :lol: Yeah, I'd guess it's getting louder; then again, I've progressively deleted other noises which makes this one stand out even more. She still runs like a champ, though moody at times; but I guess that's what the extra friction will do. The poor car was definitely neglected sometime during its first 16 years of life and I can go on and on about that, but none-the-less, she never ceases to amaze me.

JV&S, I do oil changes regularly and have never spotted filings or debris. The oil can get a bit dark quickly, but it doesn't seem to burn any noticeble amounts. It could be a very different story when I drop the pan, but that won't be for another month yet.

Thank you for having a listen everyone, that just verifies my suspicions. Time to prepare for engine rebuild #2 :wink:


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Thank you for having a listen everyone, that just verifies my suspicions. Time to prepare for engine rebuild #2 :wink:

from the sounds of this one and the looks of that 'other' engine, you'll probably want to source another bottom end, even if just to rebuild it rather then counting on re-using this one.

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I know what you're thinking; pull the engine out and put a T3 in there :wink: Just kidding.

I'm using the '86 Sprint engine as my guinea pig. I'll see how well the rebuild of that engine goes, and if all goes according to plan, I will tackle the Firefly's engine.

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If anybody here is interested in the shell of this little guy

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I could use the engine and tranny for the Firefly :givebeer:

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before you scrap that little dude
don't forget to snag the ped'Al assmbly
clutch cable,trans cross member, shifter rod assmbly,short shaft's,
If your going to convert the 4dr to stck
save the little pastic arms on the heater box
in 9 out of 10 cars there broken
you could make a good trailer out of the rear axle
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talk to mike/suprf1y .. that mk1 would make a perfect base for his truck project :D maybe he can help you out with your engine needs in exchange ;)

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I'll PM him as soon as I get off of work. Hells yeah! This would make a sweet little truck :D I was looking at it in my driveway and imagining the hatch cut from the front seats back and with a little truck box, and with the leaf spring suspension and solid axle, you could probably haul some stuff :D I really don't want to "scrap" this car. I'd rather see it put to good use :)


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jaguar,vettes&sprints wrote:
before you scrap that little dude
don't forget to snag the ped'Al assmbly
clutch cable,trans cross member, shifter rod assmbly,short shaft's,
If your going to convert the 4dr to stck
save the little pastic arms on the heater box
in 9 out of 10 cars there broken
you could make a good trailer out of the rear axle
"Man I'd give my left nut for a good clean spare windshield"


Thanks for all that advice JV&S :) I've decided to go with what you have suggested and strip it as a parts car. I inquired to see if Mike was interested in it for his truck project but he has too many projects on the go.

I was finally able to do something with it today. Still on the recovery from a recent work injury, I was actually able to drop 2 trannies :D The auto is out from the Firefly and the donor 5 speed is ready to be fitted in. I didn't realize at first the many differences between the auto and standard models. It's seems it is a little more than just tacking on a clutch pedal and changing the shifter :-P

With the advice JV&S provided on this thread, I should be able to get'er done! I've hit a few obstacles so far; I had no idea that I would have to remove the steering column to get the pedals assembly out, so I'm glad that I picked up an entire donor car.

I also made what may be an incredible discovery! One of my suspicions for the horrible noise that my car makes was that maybe it was caused by the torque converter. Low and behold, when I got the converter out, I gave it a shake. I'm not sure if it is supposed to do this, but it rattled like a SOB; kinda sounded like a mild version of the continuous "knock" that the Firefly makes. *crosses fingers* anybody know if the torque converter can create a knocking noise if it is worn out?


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Sorry About your busted Wing Trev
your good people
take it E Z till your mended
Sorry about the steering colum thing
I totaly forgot

Don't forget to keep the nutral safty switch
I just removed it from the trans pug it back in
put it in the nutral position & secured it to
the wiring loom with ty raps

while you have the shifter out shorten it up/add some to bottom
I just did that it makes a world of diffrents (see my post w pic's)


let me know if I can help

Hay how your loyal crime fighting sidekick/buddy Nick
Does he still like to hurt himself
or did he find a girlfriend ??? (Danm I wish i could post that picture)

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About the Torq converter theres only one way to find out
Got a saws-all ??? lol
open that bad boy up take some pictures I often wondered
(not out loud)what was inside

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Guess what guys!? I did it! The Firefly is a 5 speed now and that horibble noise seems to have left with the old automatic :D

I took her for a rip tonight :shock: It actually worked. It shifted well through all the gears and she's A LOT faster.

That neutral safety switch piece of advice that jaguars,vettes&sprints gave me was priceless. I would have thought that the safety switch was on the shifter, not the tranny :-P Extra karma for that one!!!

Time to tune her up!

By the way, JV&S, Nick is still avidly fighting crime, and yes he has a girlfriend. I on the other hand am a lonely driver.

Would anyone be interested in the engineless and trannyless '86 Sprint?


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Danm trev wish you would do a step by step post of how to ??
on your conversion


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I wouldn't have a problem with that. Damn, I just wish I would have taken some pictures along the way :x I could probably still put together a pretty decent parts list along with some basic instructions when I get some time 8)

-Trev.


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I am currently putting together a tutorial/guideline on the transmission swap (MK1 only) It is 6 1/2 pages long so far and still in the works :lol: Having this '86 will have totally been worth it if it can help out some other Team Swift members.

What would be a good area to post a "How to do a MK1 automatic to manual transaxle swap"?

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I would put it here

MK1 '86-'88 Specifics
6 pages "wow"
you'll have to dumb it down a little cause if
I have to read 6 pages I'll end up fall'n a sleep
unless you have some link's in there to some nudy picture's :lol:
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