Finally got pictures to go with this update.
WARNING this will be a BIG photo post.
First off, going back a bit before the motor work stuff, had a few little updates.
before and after I did some clean up under the hood;
Also picked up a set of wheels.
18x7.5" ADR Victory, need some center caps and I plan on painting the center spokes gunmetal while leaving the lip polished.
How I got them vs some cleaning
On the Sunfire. YES lowering it is on my to-do list.
Since I needed something to seal the EGR after doing the 2.3 manifold swap till I cut off the flange on the EGR bracket and used it to seal the hole.
Once the motor goes back together I'll run a 00+ exhaust manifold gasket, but this worked great as a temporary fix.
But now onto the tear down stuff.
After getting everything torn down for the timing chain and water pump replacement, I decided itd be a waste of time if I didn't go ahead and replace the head gasket while I was this far into the motor.
So new HG and bolts are being ordered with the rest of the parts off of RockAuto.com.
Even better the Fel-Pro HG is on blowout sale, so it was a mere $6.
Condition of the timing chain.
Got the cam towers town down.
Not shown yet, today I got the housing removed.
Scrubbed the cam towers(since at the time it was the only parts I had off to clean).
Top half is after scrubbing, bottom is before.
This week I am going to scrub down the timing housing and intake manifold and prep them for paint.
Decided I am going to paint the Head/Towers/Housing aluminum, wanting a "factory" look.
While the Intake manifold will be gun metal, IDI cover will be both aluminum and gun metal.
Fuel rail will be 'polished' and motor mounts, brackets, etc will be just black.
And finally, had a small change in the 'secret cams' I was gonna run.
Was sent the wrong exhaust cam, but after talking to the guy I bought it from and some people on the Quad 4 Facebook page I think this cam will work even better.
First of all, if you don't know what the cam swap is, well here's a brief run down.
Intake 198* duration 50" .354 lift
Exhaust 198* duration 50" .345 lift
95' Intake 200* duration 50" .360 lift
pre-94 LO exhaust 200* duration 50" .375 lift
Well the exhaust cam I got is a older LO cam and is as follows;
212* Duration 50" .350 lift
a stock and new exhaust cam.
Unlike the stock and 95' intake cams, the difference in duration is obvious just by eye sight.
Only way I can tell the intake cams apart(since I dont have a caliper) is to measure the distance between the lobe and cam tower wall.
It doesn't have as much lift as the LO, but has much more duration which on the exhaust side should see some nice improvements.
We shall see.
Well thats all for now...
Ordering parts Monday, and Tuesday I will hopefully get the header off(having a hell of a time with the down pipe bolts, need a breaker bar and more spray haha), water pump removed and head taken off.
Building it one piece at a time