1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

My First Rebuild Y7/Z6 mini-me

Discussion in 'Engine Building' started by Zen Chameleon, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    Sup Guys and Gals,
    I'm pretty pumped up about this build and wanted to document it to the best of my abilities. If it wasn't for the net and all the info left behind by others I wouldn't have been able to do anything like this. So Thankz !

    When I got this car (1995 VX) 3 years ago the only toolz I owned were made up of the bare home basics; a Hammer, couple screw drivers, vice grips, pliers, and 4 of those $5-$10 socket sets that everyone gets you for Christmas. I'm not a complete stranger to having to work on a car (poor folk do what that gotta do) but I never thought I'd attempt to rebuild an engine.

    The reason for the build is mostly to get the engine(D15Z1) thats in my car now out. I want to rebuild the Z1 later. So why didn't I just do a quick swap with a used motor do ya ask, cause I can't stand the idea of putting someone else's POS motor in my car and just cross my fingers. Another thing is I was fed up and got sick of mechanics saying "Naw, I don't know nuttin bout dem dere Jap motors". So fine, SCREW THAT I say, I'll learn to do it myself!

    The Goal is simple:
    Build a reliable All Motor D-series with a lil bump in hp. This engine will be for a fun DD only and if it ever sees auto-x then cool. I just want to know I built it and it worked.

    [​IMG]

    EDIT 7/26/2011: ^^^It's a nice story so I'll leave it unchanged (but things do change). A week ago today I bought a 1997 Del Sol S, D16Y7 w/ 138k miles, everything stock with A/C. Needing the extra cash I decided to sell the hatch, it was almost a hard decision. But the engine build goes on and will become apart of the new DD. The build continues.....


    :::WARNING!!!::: User name Zen Chameleon is building his first ever engine, this said engine is not running yet. Asking user name Zen Chameleon for help could cause any or all, but not limited to:
    headaches, frustration, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion, loss of sleep, constipation, diarrhea, projectile vomiting, bloody knuckels, unnecessary work and research, catastrophic engine failure, crying in front of your girlfriend, cronic masterbation, spontaneous combustion, suicidal thoughts, in some but rare cases could even lead you to achieving your goal or solving your issue.
    If you have asked Zen Chameleon for technical advice and experienced any or all of these symptoms please seek professional help from somebody that has real world engine building knowledge and wisdom :::WARNING!!!:::


    The "Accomplishment" List:

    Head D16Z6:
    Work done from Performance Porting:
    Mild Port and Polish
    3 angle valve job
    SuperTech springs, new oem retainers
    New oem cam and valve seals
    Milled .003 for flatness
    Hondata intake gasket
    New extended intake studs
    Freshly cleaned Z6 injectors

    AEM cam gear
    AEM fuel rail
    B&M fuel pressure regulator
    Marshal fuel pressure gauge
    AEM CAI
    NGK plug wires

    D16Y7 block:
    D16Z6 Crankshaft
    Y/Z6, ARP head studs
    ARP rod bolts
    PG6 Pistons

    P28 ECU socketed w/ Neptune RTP

    98' EX Tranny



    What's left:

    Cam
    Bearings
    Gaskets&Seals
    Oil pump
    Water pump
    Timing Belt
    Machine work on Block= in progress
    Wideband O2
    Header
    and most important Tuning




    I think that's everything....if I missed something let me know please
    Thankz for all the support


    A sneak peek of the '97 Del Sol, New DD/Project:
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
    1 person likes this.
  2. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    I snagged this D16Y7 from some random dude I ran into. He had yanked this motor out of a junkyard but it just sat around in his garage. I got the head still on the block and he tossed in some used axles, shift linkage, and some other junk. For the price of a pull it yourself short block I think I did alright.
    This is the bottom end after pulling the head, crank pully and timing belt.[​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Sorry for the cell phone pix. I wish I would have waited to pull this apart so I could have done a full breakdown writeup but oh well.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  3. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    After getting the engine mostly apart I knew I'd need a better work area so I built this bench:
    [​IMG]

    I still have to add the shelf and light and bolt that vise down.
    I used this site as a template to make it easy My link[/url]
    I then added the peg board/shelf and you can see my lil power supply on the side there. Most of the materials I had laying around, I had to pick up a few things.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
    1 person likes this.
  4. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    My favorite new tool takes some pretty decent pix I think.
    I got the block stripped down and everything "looks" to be in ok shape.
    For some reason this camera makes things look cleaner than they really are, with that said I still have to clean up most everything seen here:[​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  5. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    I picked this D16Z6 head up from the local Pick'N'Pull (3hours away) during their summer blow out 1/2 price sale. I couldn't pass it up knowing I plan to rebuild it anyway.[​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    The valve cover had at least 3 coats of rattle can paint over top of it, Blue, Orange, and Black.
    [​IMG]



    After hours of work it's almost clean. You can see the paint left on the "inside" of the plug holes.
    [​IMG]

    It was obvious the PO had literally lifted the hood and covered everything in black spray paint.

    Here is the Z6 intake manifold after lots of airplane stripper, degreaser, and brake cleaner.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  6. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    98' EX Tranny[​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  7. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    Not much of an update.
    I picked up a Z6 dizzy and a Z6 crank. The dizzy I'll be able to test on my
    D15Z1 which is a good thing. I'm saving up to get this block sent off next month...hitting that slow time in the build for awhile.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  8. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    Instead of sending the block off this month I ran across a Great group buy with
    Performance Porting over on OCO,
    So when those slots get filled I'll be sending the head off to get it worked over real good :D
     
  9. hondafreak513

    hondafreak513 New Member

    Messages:
    2,053
    Likes Received:
    46
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2010
    Location:
    O hi O
    Nice write up so far. keep the build going..
     
    1 person likes this.
  10. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

    Messages:
    30,036
    Likes Received:
    3,965
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2002
    Location:
    CT
    :concur:
     
    1 person likes this.
  11. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    I just got started :rimshot:
    Thankz Guyz, I'm a long time lurker here ;)

    Sadly the build is in that faze that I can't rush so you will just have to tune in :D
     
  12. Fernpatch

    Fernpatch Member

    Messages:
    572
    Likes Received:
    19
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Location:
    Bellingham,WA
    Looks good. Keep on going and this will be a sweet little motor.
     
    1 person likes this.
  13. Matts96HB

    Matts96HB . Moderator VIP

    Messages:
    6,482
    Likes Received:
    390
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    youre off to a great start. repped
     
    1 person likes this.
  14. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    I agree Fernpatch, for a newb on a budget I think this fits the bill.

    Matts it's funny you say "start" as it's been a long road to get this far. But I finally got to that good "great starting point" ;)

    Thankz Guys, Glad to be apart of HondaSwap!
    It will be alittle bit before things get moving again, soooo I've toss in some noob helpfull hints.

    Zen's Broke A$$ Tip of the Day:
    Saving money is hard when it's in your pocket even more so when it's not much to begin with, so when I have that extra $20 and I know it will just become fast food money, I find a good home for it. There is plenty of little things that you know that you will need at some point in your build and often you don't think about it till your elbow deap into a project (YAY, lets go to the store...again).
    I dedicated an area to store "extra" crap. All of it has a very long shelf life as long as its stored properly. All of these things will get use at one time or another but it will also keep me from having to run back and forth to the store during a project.
    [​IMG]


    Of course this isn't everything I have stored and not counting anything being used, just one small shelf with extra crap I'll need later. This is prolly a few months worth of gathering. The cigar box is holding importaint receipts just in case and it's also a good place for the ECU for now.
    I understand this should be common sense but thought I'd share anyway :D
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  15. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    So Friday is the Big day to send the head off to Performance Porting, so I did a little work. I pulled the cam because it's going to be heading to Delta for a regrind.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  16. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    I also thought it would be a good idea to get that damn black spray paint off the head and clean it up just a little before it's sent off.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    I found that my sister having 2 kids came in handy :p
    [​IMG]
    I had put the rocker assembly back on before wrapping it up.
    Now It's All Ready To Go! B)
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  17. Matts96HB

    Matts96HB . Moderator VIP

    Messages:
    6,482
    Likes Received:
    390
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    aircraft remover :thumbsup: good stuff

    looks great, what all is being done to the head?
     
  18. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    Thankz! Yeah that stuff works ;)

    Mild port and polish, supertech springs, new retainers, all new seals, 3 angle valve job, hondata intake gasket. I think that's eveything :D
     
  19. hondafreak513

    hondafreak513 New Member

    Messages:
    2,053
    Likes Received:
    46
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2010
    Location:
    O hi O
    Don't forget to get longer studs for the intake when using that gasket..
     
  20. Zen Chameleon

    Zen Chameleon New Member

    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Location:
    Blahville, Arkansas
    Good call, I'll look into that ;)
     
Verification:
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page