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    My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    I finally gathered the strength to roll my car outside to wash the Engine bay.

    It's still a chore to walk to my shop that's only about 100 ft. from the house.

    The darn stroke a few years back has robbed me of all strength and energy.

    But the bellyaching is over, for now, I'm proudly finished the washing!!

    Next up is to complete a few small details on the replacement Engine.

    And then to begin the install, hopefully with some help!

    Thanks
    Randy
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    There is no logical reason to call an Engine a motor.

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    After weeks of work, I have my 2.5 Engine just about ready to drop in place.

    One handed progress is painfully slow but also very rewarding.

    I'm going to need a lot of assistance dropping it into place.

    My friend Brian, SPEEDFREEK500 will be orchestrating.

    Thanks
    Randy

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    There is no logical reason to call an Engine a motor.

    Randy Hicks
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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    Fantastic News
    Regards,
    Miles

    DD '87 Sundance T1, 12PSI, SLH with rear disks
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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    sweet!

    Quote Originally Posted by turbovanman
    This one is easy, I have myself to blame, I rush things, don't pay attention to gauges when I should, change to much stuff at once then expect miracles, the list is endless.

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    keep sluggin' Randy .. it's good to hear you're getting at it

    laughter is good medicine .. but the feeling of accomplishment is far better

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    I appreciate the kind encouragement guys and pray my stamina holds up !!

    My custom built 3" down pipe doesn't fit the 2 1/4" swing valve.

    Somehow I lost the 2 1/2" swing valve that matched my D.P

    One more unexpected item to deal with.

    Nothing too bad, I will keep at it!!

    Thanks
    Randy


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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHS60 View Post
    I appreciate the kind encouragement guys and pray my stamina holds up !!

    My custom built 3" down pipe doesn't fit the 2 1/4" swing valve.

    Somehow I lost the 2 1/2" swing valve that matched my D.P

    One more unexpected item to deal with.

    Nothing too bad, I will keep at it!!

    Thanks
    Randy
    Great to hear the progress Randy! I know I can't be easy but stay confident in your tasks and just plan some extra time. Hopefully nearby friends can help you along when you need it.
    It wouldn't be timely with shipping but I can look to see if I have a 2.5" swingvalve housing.
    I'm not sure what I took off of Slug and Mini, as they both have ATP ones now. I can dig around tomorrow after work if you need/want it!

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    Great news Wayne, let me know if one turns up please!!

    Thanks
    Randy


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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    I'll look tonight Randy!
    I don't even remember if they were 2.25 or 2.5 but I'll see what I have.

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    Emailed you Randy, if you see it here first.

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    Hey Wayne:

    I got your email and sure appreciate your finding it for me!!

    Thanks
    Randy


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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    I ran into an issue with my P/S mounting bracket.

    Trying to use my original 1986 L body P/S on the C/B Engine.

    Anyone know if there are different Saginaw P/S mounting brackets??

    As the old chinaman once declared some-ting-wong with me and car!!

    Could I be missing a spacer between the block face and bracket??

    I don't have any parts left over but have a considerable gap.

    Still struggling with diminished brain capacity and one hand.

    Any kind input is appreciated!!

    Thanks
    Randy


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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    I believe my 2.5 shelby z still had it's original ps pump and bracket mounted to it

    do you have the big passenger side motor mount bracket on the end of the block..?

    forgetting that while test fitting the pump bracket would give you a bit of a gap at the end of the block

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    Yes, I have the big pass. side Engine bracket on.

    But it doesn't go under the PS bracket??

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    Randy


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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    yes the mount bracket goes on first then the power steering bracket

    how much gap do you seem to have?

    I've had an issue in the past where the steering bracket doesn't want to line up to the thread hole in the back of the block when tight against the mount bracket

    usually seemed to wide for the space between the bolt hole and the studs - so I slipped the bracket on the studs and started the bolt in the back - then tighten the nuts on the studs.

    it seemed to squeeze down to size when I did it that way (maybe 1/4-3/8 inch ?)

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    DING DING, DING We have a winner !!!

    Dr Johnny Dodge !!

    I had the Engine mount on but couldn't get the bracket bolted up.

    I removed the front stud, bolted the lower and slipped the bracket on.

    After that, the block face stud and bolt went in and all is good, no gap.

    The bracket must have been slightly sprung to cause me this grief.

    Everything else is going good but I'm very slow these days.

    Thanks
    Randy


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Johny Dodge View Post
    yes the mount bracket goes on first then the power steering bracket

    how much gap do you seem to have?

    I've had an issue in the past where the steering bracket doesn't want to line up to the thread hole in the back of the block when tight against the mount bracket

    usually seemed to wide for the space between the bolt hole and the studs - so I slipped the bracket on the studs and started the bolt in the back - then tighten the nuts on the studs.

    it seemed to squeeze down to size when I did it that way (maybe 1/4-3/8 inch ?)


    There is no logical reason to call an Engine a motor.

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    Re: My short 1986 Omni Turbo project log

    good news Randy !! glad you got it worked out..

    I'm thinking maybe this is an issue when installing a bare / empty bracket without the pump bolted into it already .. so , maybe fitting the pump into the bracket might get tight now..?
    if so simply loosen those two nuts on the studs holding both the pump and mount bracket to allow the bracket to expand again.. install pump & tighten everything..

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