98 Gt project

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  1. austinw88

    austinw88 New Member

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    I just got this car 3 days ago in a trade and was hoping for the best with it and got the worst, anyways its a 98 gt 5 speed pretty much stock for now. The previous owner plasti dipped it a horrible color and did a crap job on both the car and rims. I have a set of cobra r wheels on the way for it and I'm starting the the reassembly of the motor soon, due to a blown head gasket.

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    ...oh.
     
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    Holy shit!! What did you trade? Anyway.. You've come to the right place for support and advice. Can't wait to see what happens!
     
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    Found the easiest and probably messiest way to get thin Plastidip off is to use Xylene. It practically melts the plastidip off the car but it makes a huge mess and you'll need a pressure washer and to really scrub what's left off. But if it's too thin to just pull off like my buddies car, it's about the only option. It took us 2 gallons to get it all off and it still had some small bits left but we were prepping the car for paint so just zipped it off with a DA.
     
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    goof off is what i'm going to use, works really well but does the same thing leaves some left over and makes a mess but works good. hopefully i'll have all the plasti dip off by the end of the weekend.
     
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    Why is the headgasket blown? I ask cause you dont want to rework this engine to discover blown rings. Welcone to the forums, you came to the right place. Where is your location?
     
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    building too much pressure in the cooling system, plus I did a compression test and was down to 80 psi on 5-6 and 3-4 cylinders. I already have the heads off and I did find the bad spots on the gasket. I'm waiting to have the heads redone, in the mean time I did make some progress on getting the plasti dip off today.

    Thanks I live in south carolina
     
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    Hopefully coolant didnt wash the rings out. I would be leery replacing them heads on that short block.
     
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    so it would be a better idea to just do a rebuild? The car didn't get overheated too much from what I know of but cant be sure.
     
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    I highly suggest a rebuild. If your on a budget, just disassemble, rebearing and rering with a good hone,...youll be fine, but if you want some extra power, its really not much more to aquire it.
     
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    A little paint work done, I haven't had much time to work on it. still waiting to put the motor bad together.

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    Looks like you got your work cut out for you. Looking forward to seeing progression.
     
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    Good luck brother. Just remember, whatever you do will make that car better.
     
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    Working on em outside....I've been there when I first bought my car so I feel your pain. My car actually stayed outside for nearly a year before I finally got it put in my shop and started rebuilding it.