Engine as it was when I bought it in 2007, might look stock as a rock but had majority of bolt-on engine mod?s for NA Engine -TTZ headers -X-Force High Flow Cat -X-Force titanium 2.5" Muffler (w optional silencer) -3A Racing Pod Filter -ECU chipped -Heavy Duty valve spring set -aftermarket camshafts -NGK Iridium spark plugs -Go Fast Bit crank pulley -UAS racing, lightweight flywheel It remained like this as I was complete Noob when I first bought it, and probably couldn?t tell what most things in the engine bay were until about mid 08 a guy on the forum who lived nearby and just wanted to meet up and have a chat and turns out he knew A LOT which was perfect for me. Turns out he ran a TV repair business but was happy for me to come in and use his shed to do mechanics on the Zed, instead of charging me for his time or labor he just showed me what to do and I?d figure it out eventually or be asking him ?what do I do here?? and now I can name pretty much everything in the engine bay. And have rebuilt my entire engine, not bad for a noob Towards the end of 08 we decided I should do the famous plenum pull aswell as make the engine bay look a bit more modern by the magic of engine enamel. Then on 24th of May 2010 (after an originally suspected lifter tick which was later found out to be my main bearings were stuffed) my engine killed a piston ring and therefore was dead. So 1 tow truck trip later the zed was at Brytech ?Zed Shed? workshop and as you could imagine all I was worried about is how much $$$$ this will cost? But to my relief we had a look at it and figured it was only gonna be relatively cheap and easy to do about a week or two and the zed be all running again so I was happy and I also got my 200,000k service done as it was around 200k mark anyway. 200,000km service + fix ticking and crunching of the ring 24th may - 1st rebuild - New ?Ryco? Oil filter - ?Nulon? oil - Coolant system emptied -filled - ?Gates? timing Belt - New Timing Belt Tensioner - Rebuilt fan clutch (Rebuilt by Dave, Twin Terror) - Water pump inspected and cleaned - block inspected and sanded with 2000G sand paper - new piston Rings for cylinder 1 - New cleaned pulley - tightened alternator belt - new sump gasket - new plenum Gasket - New rocker cover gaskets - Swapped dual intake back to single (to stop shitty neutral area when cruising) - remapped ECU to suit - Labour costs BUT once we had completed all this (keeping in mind at this point we weren?t sure if the main bearing had gone or if it was just a lifter noise as originally my description of the noise to Bryan had him convinced it was just a lifter noise) but we started her up with the new piston ring in and all the other new bits and the exact same noise was there and straight away Bryan knew that was a main bearing knock not a lifter tick like I had thought!! SO this meant engine out and entire bottom end out!! But I had already spent what little money I did have!! And I was at the time only working 1 shift a week at my part time job. So I figured would be helping with most of it and doing any extra work to pay for the parts. So as I saved we did what we could labour wise and over a period of about 2-3 months I helped out doing whatever I could do get my zed back on the road. Finally by mid august I had it all back together and running smooth as got all the parts back from engine rebuilders and fitted them while trying to not be cheap with any vital components and even non vital components I was not going to let this engine die again this was the total list of parts replaced. 2nd rebuild as broken piston ring wasn?t cause of crunching - 10th May - New OEM oil pump + gaskets - New GATES timing belt crank pulley - New OEM crank pulley spacer - Crankshaft shaved , rebalanced, new ?KING? race main bearings, and rod bearings - Install new/used air-con compressor - AIV system deleted - PVCR system deleted - Belt covers removed (better air flow) - Exhaust refitted with flanges - Braided fuel line - Engine stand - Nulon Oil for run in - Engine enamel (make engine actually look rebuilt ) - Labour costs So FINALLY IT WAS DONE. had a few minor oil leaks which we figured out were from the paint on the cam gear seals and so after 2 weeks of running perfectly and driving like a granny to break in the engine I figure it was time to go on a cruise I figured I may give it a bit on the cruise so I?d just check the engine could take a bit of higher RPM so on the way to the meeting point for the cruise I decided to go to around 4-5k figuring if it could get to max 3k the last few days, then 4-5k wouldn?t do any harm and it would prove to me it is safe to take on a cruise, not that I even planned to drive her hard only 1500km after rebuild. So came around the corner 1 minute away from the meeting point for the cruise, and then at 5K?.. CRUNCH! CHRUNCH! CHRUCH! In a blinded rage I immediately turned off the engine and pulled and then proceeded to kick the shit out of my door?.after a few minutes I managed to contain myself and called Bryan who was meeting me at Brytech ?Zed shed? literally 500m down the road, luckily we had a mates pajero and used it to tow it there. Got back and instantly saw the problem the timing belt had fallen off and obviously killed the heads but why did the timing belt fall off? We had a closer look to discover one of the idler pulleys had sheared off at the stud!!...like it was completely gone After all that I wasn?t going to miss out on the cruise so I figured the only thing that might cheer me up was to riding passenger in a few guys TT?s over the day, but little did I know going on the cruise would top my day with an even worse event than killing your rebuilt engine. It just so happened throughout the day of riding passenger in about 3 TT zeds over the first half of the day I then proceeded to jump in martins (Martini?s) car to go through the Black spur? this may ring a few bells to some people if you remember back in August 2010 there was a cruise in VIC where martin (Martini) rolled his TT zed and I just happened to be passenger at the time. So that was pretty much the worst day of my life ?event?s wise? but I was still fine no injuries at all apart from a tiny scratch on my hand from the glass and shaken up. The parents were not in any way happy when I rocked up home without my zed and had to explain why my car wasn?t there. I really shouldn?t have opened with the line? ?Well firstly don?t get angry but I was in a car crash? as that was the only thing on my mind at the time. SO now we were up to the last part on the engine literally everything else had been replaced or at least checked. Instead of trying to fix the current heads we decided to buy another set and recondition them was easily cheaper. So within a week Bryan found a cheap set of heads for me and they we sent off to the rebuilders that did the crank to be resurfaced as well as shaved 40 thou, mildly ported all valves reseated with new valve stem seals and we rebuilt all the lifters at Brytech while all that was happening I got all the essentials from coz Full NA gasket kit, OEM head bolts, New Ramey Z high tensile pulley studs (OF COARSE), New GMB idler pulleys and a new 56mm radiator to protect my now pricey engine. 3rd Rebuild idler Pulley Snapped and crunched all valves - August 30th - Aftermarket 52mm Radiator $240 - New Full OEM engine Gasket kit $300 - New OEM Head bolts $125 - New GMB Pulleys $125 - New Ramey Z High tensile Idler pulley Studs $50 - OEM Heads $170 - Head work ? Shaved + resurfaced, Ported, all valves re-seated with brand new valve stem seals $450 - Extra stuff - $150 - Re-gas Air Conditioning - Make custom radiator brackets [ IMG]http://i51.tinypic.com/jr65av.jpg[/IMG] SO FINALLY FOR THE 3RD TIME IT WAS DONE... 3RD TIME LUCKY. So after a total of 6 months and all of the little money I had in that time, it was done and NO it did NOT break again and it has proven to be a strong and very reliable engine so far, it has been daily driven since mid November 2010 as well as just recently racing at the drags for an entire day at Heathcote on a 40 degree day and no problems with the engine at all, even with red-lining burnouts and gear pulls to at close to 8k for each run. So Gigantic thanks again Bryan (Brytech) without you and your business I would?ve most likely just parted out the Zed and be rolling in some shit box laser til I could afford something else. A few Other pics taken throughout the process NEXT THING So now that the engine is done I have also been working on my interior. it is about a week away from completion and I will post some Pics of it's progress over the time when i Get my re-trimmed seats back from the upholsterer.