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    2002 Deville
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    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)

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  1. Thanks Mike, i'm looking forward to posting that all is under control I hope i will soon! The shop is actually in a greenhouse so yeah, lightwise it's amazing, but the downside is when it's a hot summer like we had this year, than one really understands the greenhouse-effect haha.. It absolutely is haha..
  2. Wake up y'all!! One year and some along the road, santa came early this year with a fine Canadian gift! Just to savour the taste, I didnt open the crate yet, letting it come to age till the weekend.. But it's heavy, i expect it to contain the actual engine
  3. It seems DHL has come to their senses and engine is scheduled for pickup next tuesday.. Fingers crossed!! My mechanic also thought he could do it with the engine in, so that's where he started off.. eventually he told me he just took it out, rather than doing snake moves trying to take the heads off.. Once the engine is out, even I could fix the HG's, I suppose.. Earlier I saw him wrestling with the egr sensor even that can basically only be done with the proper tools.. If anybody doubts doing a HG job I can only agree with the above: take the engine out!
  4. ;) no that's my shipper, in miami, there's gonna be other stuff there as well and than shipped as one, it's going to cost me about 400,- to get here, the 1500,- was just for sending it to miami, it's supposed to be about a 10th of that..
  5. Not just quite yet.. Jake told me it was ready to be picked up by dhl for transport to Miami, but it seems he got a shipping price of 1500,- usd.. But... awaiting the good news :)
  6. To you guys maybe it's crazy $$'s, but for here it's not so bad really, i think by the time the new engine is in, the car will cost me roughly $ 12.000,- but than it's next to new and in fact i'll be driving a car that is next to unique in my country with a showroom price of roughly $ 150.000,- I know it's hard for you guys to imagine but that's what the newprice was her, including our crazy tax system... For the same money I could buy here a crappy any imigrant driven beat up mercedes or something of the sort with parts that actually kill you when you have to buy them (a merc headlamp kit (one!) will easilly set you back about $ 700,- I bought a brand new light for the DTS @ rockauto and it was sitting here including transport and tax for just under $150,-... Friend of mine has a 2006 Merc ML had problem with his air suspension, set him back almost $ 4000,- for a pump, computer and shocks.. I'm very sure Norm's gear basically does the same as Jake's, but i'm waaaaaaaay past that station, the block is done for, period, they probably exchanged the block sometime before I bought it and I think it's done probably 300k miles plus, no headbolt is going to fix that and there is simply no junkyard engine available here or anywhere near... Well i'm lying, i did get an offer for a 130k miles block with a blown hg with the wrong vin number for 'only' $ 3000,- but the guy would than fix it for it me, didnt even ask how he would do that, since he stated he had done 10 northstars already 'and only 2 of them blew up after he worked on them'.. So really I dont mind waiting a bit more for brand new engine for $ 3500,- doesnt sound to crazy does it?
  7. I have no doubt it's going to happen I've promised myself, even before I placed the order, that if it wouldn't happen I'd take on the excuse for a trip to canada, never been there haha.. Just hope Jake's going to beat the stress around him, i've seen to many good guys leave the battlefield after drowning in their own success.. I think he's got a good thing going there, but to stay on top of things, ís a challenge..
  8. Yes, if you look at it this way, indeed it has been 7 months and that's actually quite long Hopefully i'll be recieving the good news shortly, i'll keep you posted!
  9. Hi @BodybyFisher, I'm sorry I didnt post any updates, nice of you to check in. thing is, not all that much has happend since What happened thusfar is this, I decided to ditch the heads and buy new ones from @NorthstarPerformance Jake made me a very good price and there was no way I could have had the old heads fixed for even that money. But we also took @OldCadTech's measures and found the underblock was also way beyond tolerances, so somewhere november I decided to go for a new eninge and I wanted it to be studded newly built crate engine. Now getting money into the US, let alone canada is a task by itself, all the details including banking branche numbers all sort of crap need to be exactly put as desired by the recieving bank, unfortunately our bank cannot produce this information but eventually Jake passed on the information from his bank and I decided to fully pay for the engine. Jake at that time started to be very busy with moving his company to a new building, I've joined his facebook groups #northstar performance and #northstar powered cars and we kept in contact on the progress of building the engine. Last month it seemed my engine was ready to rock! Unfortunaly there was/is an issue with transporting the engine to Miami, the port of sail where the engine will be shipped to europe, I dont really understand the reason, it seems it's some custom renewal issue, I dont know. Jake is very open on his fb page and never ignores my msgs, I think he's a very passionate technician and loves his work but I feel at times he seems to be drowning in things coming at him, i'm not sure what is going on in 'the wonderful world of the Northstar Engine', but browsing thru postings and reading new topics it seems there's a lot of absolutely crazy people running around trying to cut heads (not particulary the engine type of heads), Jake did a lengthy topic on some absolute weirdo who sued him for leaving his 199x aurora in the parking lot for some time and blaming him for his car now beeing unsafe to drive because the thing is corroded to the bone.. I actually have friends who for some reason are like a magnet to people like that getting into all sorts of crazy sh@t that have absolutely no touch with reality at all... And Jake seems to be a guy just like that, as if it's never enough the weird in this world seem to look him up and toss him around.. Actually quite sad, but as I said, some people are like a magnet, drawing such idiots towards them. Anyway, I still have all the faith in the world in Jake, he's even made a 'work in progress' page on his website and my engine is there with my name and all and ready to ship.. the 7th of June.. I'm sure he made this page as a motivator for himself but I guess he's just a too busy guy I'm not in a hurry not by far and I am absolutely not afraid of any ill intentions but by now it's about time that I want to drive my poor dusty black dame again, I attach a picture of already a few months old, she's in desperate need of a hand wash, she's starting to look old and gray So jah, that's what it is at this point in time, awaiting shipment, my shipper is ready to rumble as it's called, my mechanic is ready to finalize the list of things we need to get her on the road, I'm awaiting Jake's happy news!
  10. So I was looking for pictures and all that and found the distributor of this tool and figured what the heck, it's a crazy expensive tool, let them explaint it to me. We worked out the values for the top pictures only and I kid you not, that took 30 minutes after i emailed them the pictures hahahaha we came tot he conclusion: top reads 93.040mm bottom reads 92.925mm which brings taper to 0.115mm to reverse engine this value we concluded that from the top ring of the tool, each click (big-to-small stripe) is 0.005mm, We 14.5 stripes to get to 0 and we did 8 stripes to get to 4, a total of 22.5 stripes x 0.005mm = 0.1125mm and that's a match! unfortunately 0.1mm tolerance and 0.1125 are NOT within specs.. the other cylinder is only 4.5 stripes difference, x0.005 = 0.0225mm taper and that's WELL within specs and indeed not as far as bad as the other one.. LONG time ago i made this little movie with the head-movement: If you would find these measures and look at the movie, what would your suggestion be about the underside of the block? The feeling creeps up at me that i'm in need of a new block.. how's your thoughts on that? I think I cant do just the 'bad' cylinder(s) (didnt measure all 8 but i'm assuming things wont look brighter after) and didn do the other measures, but i'd say it's very likely this block is just past it's lifespan.. and I'm thinking they already replaced the engine with a far worse one than the original 275.000km block that is supposed to be in there.. looking at the contamination on the valves we're thinking the block has ran either double the amount of km's, or or perhaps even AND on propane which would make sense in our part of the world... Feeling a bit sad, I ask: what's your thoughts on this?
  11. So... new news today after holiday breaks and all... @OldCadTech we measured the folowing bore taper, as in the picture and to me it looks like: cyl1: lower measure - 92.927, upper measure - 93.004, means taper is 0,077mm cyl2: lower measure - 93.0007, upper measure - 93.003, means taper is 0,0023mm Neither me nor my mechanic ever worked with this tool! Rationalizing, it says 1 div. 0.005mm, so we asume one click is 0.005mm, there are 50 clicks in one twist. Cylinder a: We come from (something)click 42.7 and go to (something+1)click 4, so we turned the wheel 7.3 clicks to go to 0, than another 4 clicks, a total of 11.3 clicks that means the taper is 11.3x0.005mm= 0.0565mm Cylinder b: We come from (something) click 0.7 and go to (something) click 4, so we turned the wheel 3.3 clicks. that means the taper is 3.3x0.005mm=.0.0165mm I'm going crazy over this, how come these calculations are not equal, what am I doing wrong? It looks like it's within the 0.1mm tolerance.. but is it? Anybody?
  12. Unreal.. I would think most internet based services are abondoning the idea they're God's gift to the internet, photobucket reinvented the wheel so it seems...
  13. You serious man!? four hundred bucks a year... omg, i am renting a virtual private server with unlimited data and next to unlimited storage for 40,- a year.. i didnt even read that mail to be frank, I was actually done reading after the header that said 'some features will be disabled'.. bizar... I already was very anoyed cuz i had to dig thru a ton of commercials before i'd reach my pictures, but i figured well, since it serves a purpose, why not... but this is seriously messed up haha.. thanks for the info...
  14. What the heck... WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING What is 3rd Party Hosting? Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting. well, guess that's it for photobucket than hahaha.. sorry for the blank gaps that will inevitably come to my former postings