'87 Shelby CSX
#321 of 750


Buildup Progress

Cylinder Head

Wastegate Actuator

Motor Mounts




davidr at shelbycsx.com


Engine Buildup Progress
(archived 07-23-02)

Well, it's done. I worked hard to get it ready for the Lone Star SDAC's poker run on September 29, 2001. The poker run was, as expected, a lot of fun. My older daughter, Leah, went with me as navigator. We only got lost twice, and, hey, we caught back up with everybody before the finish!

Below are some notes and pictures of the buildup process and all the details of my current configuration. My goal was a 250-270 h.p. 13-second car running at 17 p.s.i. on pump gas day-to-day and 20 p.s.i. for racing. I think I pretty much hit it. I haven't raced yet, but I look forward to giving it a try and seeing what kind of numbers it produces.

I owe many, many thanks to my dad, Dave Reynolds, Sr., for obtaining, disassembling, and transporting much of my Shadow ES parts car from Illinois to Texas. And for buying a V8 Dakota to do it. And for loaning me his engine hoist. And for pulling most of my old engine while he and my mom watched the kids when my wife and I went to Mexico. And for sending me lots of other little pieces I forgot the first time. And for generally being great, even though he's mainly a Ford guy. ;-)

UPDATE 11-27-01 -- Gradually bumped the boost up to 20 p.s.i. It still runs great, even on 93 octane, showing green on the A/F meter and EGTs steady at 1450 degrees. I lost a little water and had to top off the radiator. I think it may have just been some air in the system, because I've had the heater on for the first time lately. Have to keep an eye on it and make sure it's not the head gasket. There haven't been any other signs of head gasket failure so far. A few days ago the engine started making a nasty rattling noise at the #1 cylinder end. I hoped it wasn't a rod bearing. At first I thought it was the alternator bearings, so I put in another alternator I had and some new bushings. (Thanks, SuperDave!) Then I thought it must be the water pump. Turns out the water pump pulley bolts were just loose!

UPDATE 11-05-01 -- I've determined that the misfire is only at part-throttle, and who needs part-throttle? ;-) (I eventually solved the misfire  problem by gapping the plugs at 0.028".) Other than that, it seems to be running pretty well. I added a couple of new pictures below.

UPDATE 10-29-01 -- Got the fuel pump installed, but the misfire is still there. I've gapped the plugs down to 0.030" to see what that does. I reinstalled the G-valve and BOV, as well as a "D-valve." This is an idea of Dan Culkin's in which a check valve is teed into the upper intercooler hose to allow air to be drawn in more easily when the system is in vacuum, bypassing the turbo and intercooler. This results in much quicker throttle response and spool-up. Once any boost is produced, the valve immediately closes.

UPDATE 10-12-01 -- Well, the idle problem is pretty much solved: fuel pressure was too high. Some bad noises one day, followed by the clutch feeling wrong, informed me that I've become another Dealers Equipment clutch victim. When I can afford it and have time, I'll be putting in a McLeod setup. (This turned out to be wrong. When I pulled the engine out again in June 2002, the clutch was fine. I never found out what the real problem was) The jerk problem is still there, but I'm beginning to believe it's the fuel pump. I need to get the Walbro 255 unit in there and see if that gets rid of it.

UPDATE 9-18-01 -- Still have the idle problem, although it's a little better. I was wrong about the clutch; it's holding fine. The jerk I'm sometimes getting under boost is some kind of cut-out, probably an electrical problem that I haven't tracked down yet. I was having a problem with the radio resetting, but that turned out to be a bad ground. I installed my Dawes Devices A/F meter between the EGT gauge and boost gauge. I'm safely rich, running pretty much between the two green lights on the meter. There should be  plenty of fuel for 20 p.s.i. if I want it.

UPDATE 9-14-01 -- The idle problem is still there, and I still don't have a clue. On the plus side, this thing pulls hard with a  w-i-d-e  power band. It starts low and doesn't quit. The T3 pressure plate and Valeo clutch are slipping a little sometimes. I think they'll be fine for me, since I drive this every day, but they wouldn't be suitable for race use. I added a picture of my Auto Meter EGT and boost gauges below....

UPDATE 9-12-01 -- The CSX is running pretty well. About the only outstanding problem I have is with idle; it's still too high and unstable. I haven't found any leaks yet, but I feel that there must be one or more. The solid polyurethane motor mount inserts didn't work out. There was way too much vibration for my taste, so I put in some stock ones last night, and it's much better. According to the Auto Meter gauges, I'm seeing about 17 p.s.i. and 1,400 degrees F at WOT.

UPDATE 9-11-01
-- Today America changed forever, shocking us, shaking us, putting our petty daily concerns into a larger perspective. We pray for, and our thoughts are with, the survivors, the families and friends of the victims, and for those who are affected by the disaster: all of us.

UPDATE 9-10-01 -- On the road again! I fired it up on Saturday, 9-8-01, got it aligned and inspected this morning, and drove it on to work. Pictures below....

UPDATE 9-4-01 -- My thanks to Dave "SuperDave" Knochenmus for helping me set the engine in on Saturday, 9-1-01. A few more days, and it should be ready to roll.

Buildup Pictures

(Click to enlarge--these are big pictures, about 300K-400K each.)

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EGT probe
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main wiring harness
repaired and
engine compartment
waiting to be cleaned
and painted
engine compartment
cleaned and painted
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a milestone--
"It's in there!"
many hours of work
later (but you can
barely tell!)
almost there...
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Back on the road!
more of a close-up
Jonathan was excited
about riding in Daddy's
car this morning.
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EGT and boost
gauges installed
stickers, BOV,
and D-valve
another close-up
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Is this guy a cool
dude, or what?

Current Configuration

'87 2.2L T1 block
bored 0.020" over and torque-plate-honed
Venolia forged pistons
T2 connecting rods
cast crank turned 0.010"/0.010"
ARP rod bolts and main studs
Melling oil pump matched to block
Mobil1 oil filter
Auto Meter oil pressure gauge (2634)
new Mopar water pump
new Hall-effect pickup (timing at 12 degrees BTDC)

FWD Performance

FWD Performance
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Huffines Chrysler
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'87 turbo swirl head
exhaust ports gasket-matched
'89 turbo roller cam
adjustable square-tooth cam sprocket (cam timing
   retarded 2 degrees)
new  roller followers and lash adjusters
MP valve springs dry film lubricant coated by
    High Performance Coatings
MP back-cut valves ceramic coated by
   High Performance Coatings
new valve seats
new bronze valve guides
MP chro-moly retainers
MP hardened keepers
MP Viton valve stem seals
ARP head studs
MP 005 head gasket
new coolant temp sensor
Champion RN9YC plugs (gapped to 0.028")
Magnecor KV85 wires

Relentless Performance
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FWD Performance

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Cyberspace Automotive
'87 2-piece intake manifold
stock CSX 46 mm throttle body
stock CSX intercooler (AC condenser not currently
1G Talon BOV (not currently installed)
Dan Culkin anti-lag valve ("D-valve") (not currently
K&N drop-in filter
new air charge temp sensor
new knock sensor
new throttle position sensor
Auto Meter 0-35 p.s.i. boost gauge (2616)

FFWD Connection
Home Depot

FWD Performance

FWD Performance
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exhaust manifold gasket-matched, mildly ported, and
   ceramic coated by High  Performance  Coatings
full 2.5" mandrel-bent stainless exhaust
MagnaFlow cat and straight-through muffler
Auto Meter EGT gauge (2646)

Jessie Buhr

FWD Performance
   Super 60 compressor wheel
   clipped stock turbine wheel
   0.48 A/R turbine housing
turbine housing and exhaust outlet ceramic coated
   by High Performance Coatings
braided stainless oil and coolant lines
'87 T1 wastegate can modified for T2 use
"G-valve" manual boost controller set to 22 p.s.i.
Turbos Unleashed


+40% injectors
adjustable FPR (static pressure at about 53 p.s.i.)
Walbro 255 fuel pump
16 p.s.i. LM calibration
new 3-bar MAP sensor
new 4-wire O2 sensor and conversion harness
A/F ratio meter
FWD Performance
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Dawes Devices
A555 5-speed (New Process Gears)
T3 pressure plate and Valeo clutch
valve spring-cushioned bobble strut
205/60 Firestone Firehawk SH30 tires and correct
   speedometer pinion gear (these are terrible tires for
   drag racing)

Dealers Equipment

custom solid polyurethane motor mount inserts
   (The solid inserts didn't work out; too much

silicone vacuum hose
brass barbs and fittings
heavy-duty stainless T-bolt clamps
new hood liner

Hose Techniques
Tim Totaro