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Thought i had updated my threads but apparently i havent yet..

 

So a couple days after the last update i pulled sump off, took the pistons out and removed the Oil pump and Crankshaft and this is what i was left with

 

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The bores were a bit iffy and seeing as i'm replacing the rings and bearings i figured id hone it myself to save me extra money..

 

While i had it fully apart i degreased the crap out of the block with heavy duty degreaser just to clean it up a bit

 

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I'm sure most people have seen an s13 without an engine before but this is what mine looks like now

 

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Degrease and gurney blast all the crap out of that next on the list of things to do

 

The other day i bought a Stanley branded hone from supercheap.. learned today that ill never do that again.. the stones aren't changeable from what i can tell and i ended up wearing 1 stone out faster then the other 2 so it became useless pretty quick..

 

But anyway.. Today my stepdad showed me how to hone out the bores so they are better then what they were

 

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And he went over the top of it with a wire wheel on a grinder just to clean all the shit off it.. and he recommended painting it aswell so i did that when i got it back to my place and back on the stand..

 

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Now im just waiting on a new oil pump from the US, replacement harmonic balancer and a heater hose kit and i can put it all back together and hope like hell it runs better..

Well if it doesnt it'l be for sale very bloody soon.. or on fire... havent decided yet

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All my parts are here now just waiting to go in but iv been slack and i havent cleaned everything like i should have..

 

But i have been up to something..

 

Decided to clean the crap off my rocker covers and give em a spray.. and i quite like the end result

 

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Engine should look maaaad now once its back together..

 

I was reading through a forum the other night and i noticed that GKTECH was having a clearance sale on their no holes intercooler.. for $400 down to $100! i couldnt pass that deal up so i went and bought one for when i put the whole thing back together

 

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probably going to get ring compressors tomorrow so i can put the engine back together then back in the car and take her for a drive (fingers crossed not in limp home mode)

 

Rocker covers look good with a coat of paint. They look even better when you sit it on the head

 

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Hoping to clean out the engine bay with some heavy duty degreaser and a gurney today..

 

I managed to snap an oil jet in the block after i got the pistons and crank back in with new bearings and rings.. much rage was had followed by bursts of depression before back to normal after i contacted Taarks and hes going to get me one from japan hopefully in a month or so for $70 express post!

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Last week the oil jet turned up and i chucked it in and put the sump back on..

 

I went to torque down the head with brand new Permaseal headbolts and one snapped one the 2nd stage of torqueing..

It was about 10-15 mm down in the block and i've never had to removed a bolt before so i took the block down to the place where i bought the bolts from and got them to remove it

Which they did for free and they ordered replacement headbolts and a new headgasket for me (also free of charge) i had to wait til the next day for that but that was alright cause it was free so i couldnt really complain..

 

This is the peice they removed:

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So the next day i went and picked up the new stuff and brought it home and got stuck into it.. I managed to get to the second last bolt (which is the one above the waterpump for those who don't know) and disaster struck again..

Yup i managed to snap another one.. Queue alot of rage, swearing and throwing of tools.. Went for a drive and came back after i had calmed down i attempted to remove it by hand.. which i could do quite easily..

 

This is the second broken one:

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The next day when the store was open again i took the broken bolt and its peices down to the store.. Which shocked them that i managed to break 2 separate sets of bolts.. they ordered another headgasket which this time i unfortunately had to pay for..

 

After some measurements i can to the realisation that the one hole above the water pump was actually 7mm shallower then the rest.. so i decided id get one of the old bolts and cut 7mm off the end.. today i went to use said bolt and when i went to torque it down it slipped on a thread i think cause it was too short..

Grabbed one of the other bolts and chucked it in and suddenly its fine.. no idea why the other bolt snapped in the same hole 2 days earlier but anyway..

 

I got the head on and done right.. Put in the cams got them in right then my mate and i did the timing and im pretty sure iv got it dead on where it needs to be or pretty bloody close to it anyway.. put on the rocker covers and sat the coilpack cover ontop for the sake of wanting to know what its all going to look like in the end..

 

This was the end result:

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I remarked a couple of times how strange it looks now its mostly back together minus the manifolds but thats tomorrows job.. hoping to take the engine loom to someone to get it checked over by a professional and make sure its all good..

 

Also i figured seeing as everyone i know is pretty much assuming that it was previously overheated i decided to replace a temperature sensor (also bought from taarks)..

 

 

Expect another update tomorrow night..

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not much to say.. chucked on the manifolds and started doing the various brackets and whatnot

 

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I plan on going over the engine loom over the next couple of days before i go to brisbane for a couple of days then when i get back i hope to get stuck into putting the engine in

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Engine is back in and everything else is back in and on tight..

 

Unfortunately iv gotta move a few things in the front to fit the GKtech no holes intercooler in with the pipes that i havent gotten made up yet.. but ive gotta figure out if i can take it to someone to get it done or if i can figure it out myself without wasting money on pvc pipes and joiners.. trying to minimise the amount of silicone joiners i use so theres less to break and what not

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I also painted the engine bay today.. by no means a fantastic job but it does look alot better then it did..

 

That masking job though:

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Before:

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After:

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Oh and to give an idea of what id like the car to look like:

With TE37s

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With VS-XX's (i think thats them)

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So the weekend just gone was the big weekend for the sil..

 

One of my mates from brisbane who i met through someone else who has a silvia came down with his falcon packed full of goodies for me.. I didnt take as many photos as i would have liked but ill do my best to update everything..

 

Friday - My mate turns up at a mutual friend's house with all my goodies in the back of his falcon wagon seeing as i moved the sil to his house the weekend before.. As soon as i get there we set into unloading the car..

 

Once we got the Sr20Det out of the car we put the 3" dump pipe on, Reconstructed the gearbox (guy that bought my old CA pulled it apart trying to get the bellhousing off removed alot of shit that didn't need to be, but anyway).. my mates were abit concerned about the gearbox being f**ked after being pulled apart and what not but once it was back together with the new bellhousing but it selected gears fine.. We finished bolting it all together and that was it for the night..

 

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^This was the first time i had seen it in person and it hit me that it was finally happening after months and months.^

 

Saturday - We started earlyish and finished prepping the Bay and jacking up the car and what not.. by lunchtime the engine was in and the harness was partially run before a quickish Supercheap run for a new battery, new clamp, and fluids..

A bit later on we hooked up the Apexi hybrid Return-Flow front mount, primed the engine and started it.. and my god.. i SWEAR i came at the sound of it just out of the dump.. my mate put the whole thing on stands and decided to check the gearbox the best way.. 4th gear power runs and holy christ it was loud.. but they both remarked at how responsive the engine was for how little work has been done (And that coming from a pair of guys that both have sr20det Silvias that push 220kw and 300+Kw respectively has got to be saying something)..

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^How she sat that night before we left^

After the big success i decided id shout dinner at the local pub my family goes to a fair bit..

 

Sunday - We spent the first part of sunday ironing out the few little kinks in the engine and putting the 3" Kakimoto exhaust on.. new SR20DET Silvia brakes on the front.. which was painful due to the flood we had ages ago where the brakes went under and made everything hard to undo.. once we finished that we moved to bleeding the brakes.. When i pumped the pedal the master cylinder was blowing bubbles and nothing else, not good, after further investigation we found that the booster was full of brake fluid and had rusted away the bottom section.. which really put a bad spin on everyones mood.. And cause i live where there are no import wreckers nearby the chances of finding anything were very very slim... Or so we thought..

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^The tip of the exhaust.. im waiting on a video of it idling to upload when it finishes ill post it in a reply^

 

Monday - We decided to try our luck around the local wreckers we spent 2 hours just walking around one of the 4 hectare yards looking at what they had, and we found some mint cars that didnt deserve to be there at all (a Cressida with a 7M-GTE and a early model supra to name a couple).

Then after a quick lunch break we moved onto another wrecker whom we had been informed had a couple of skylines.. We got out there and he let us have a look around at what he had to see if there was anything that would suit..

And as luck would have it he had a R33 and a R34 GT.. The 34 had nothing of use on it to me but the 33 had a BM44 Brake master and intact booster in good condition.. So we removed those and took them home and installed them in the silvia and bled the brakes.. SUCCESS!! Now i have a good working brake pedal with the added perk of it being an upgrade from stock..

Then we went to put my new Sparco wheels on and noticed that one had a egg (sidewall lump) in it this made me a saaaaaad panda but i still got to put 2 of them on the front and didnt change the rears..

And then it got the all important test drive.. Up the road and back twice swapping drivers between my more experienced mates and with me in the passenger seat before parking it back in the shed for the night and calling it quits after they noticed i need to replace my castor rod bushes and get a wheel alignment..

 

Tuesday - Spent most of tuesday helping my mate remove an engine out of the 33 we found at the wreckers (he wanted it for a side project hes doing for someone).. when we finished that we went home and cleaned up the shed.. and then i got my turn driving it.. and thats when i fell completely and utterly inlove with the car..

 

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And this is how she looks now.. needs a good clean but will look awesome when ive got the matching set of rims.. So happy with it now its finished :D

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So the new stats of the sil are:

 

Engine: SR20DET, T28BB, Apexi hybrid return flow intercooler, 3" Kakimoto exhaust

Brakes: Stock Sr20det calipers/ discs, BM44 Brake master cylinder and booster out of a R33 skyline..

Wheels: Genuine 17" Sparco somethings

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Very nice. The car has really come a long way man; you must be totally stoked with your new SR.

 

Definitely a lot more fun than a Falcadore :D

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Very nice. The car has really come a long way man; you must be totally stoked with your new SR.

 

Definitely a lot more fun than a Falcadore :D

 

Thanks man.. it really has come a long way.. im totally inlove with the engine and the way the rest of the car is

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what did u do with the CA?

 

Sold it.. ive got a stack of spare parts in my shed ive got to get rid of now

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there is a fairbit of swearing so youve been warned

 

This is it idling with the whole exhaust on..

 

 

And my first drive ^.^

 

 

very happy with it now its done.. ill get another driving video once i get rego done

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A better quality vid i took the other day after the castor arms were changed..

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still got that gktech no hole intercooler hanging around?

 

Nah sold that awhile ago

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bloody blue turd taking over my shed -_-:lol:

 

It came together pretty well besides the unforeseen things.. but when you let a car sit for 2 years or even more depending on how much the previous owner neglected it there is no surprise that things came up that we didnt anticipate.

 

It'll be a fun car for you to start in and then develop as you learn more about the car and learn how to drive better.

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bloody blue turd taking over my shed -_-:lol:

 

It came together pretty well besides the unforeseen things.. but when you let a car sit for 2 years or even more depending on how much the previous owner neglected it there is no surprise that things came up that we didnt anticipate.

 

It'll be a fun car for you to start in and then develop as you learn more about the car and learn how to drive better.

 

You forgot to mention in those 2 years there was a slight flood.. which didn't help anything lol.. and i told you you could use my car cover for silvie so she didnt get too wet and attacked by cats..

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It's been a couple of months since my last update mainly due to me being far to lazy to update anything other then facebook..

 

Since my last post the sil failed Blueslip due to rust and a tierod end only to be passed the day after (Happened to have a spare tierod end in the car from when i bought it)..

 

The day i registered it i had planned to drive to Ipswich for some happy laps with the MCM qld group.. about 15 minutes away from my house i decided to pull into my parents house just to double check everything was right.. But unfortunately the front main had died and was leaking enough that i couldnt go to QLD.. and the clutch master was leaking on my foot as a drove inside the car.. so i didnt end up going and i lost $400 or so on a hotel room i never got to use.. Needless to say i was completely devastated..

 

Couple of days after that i bought a new front main and with the help of my stepdad i replaced it and no more leaks.. very happy with that.. Also went and took some photos to attempt to cheer myself up.. cause atleast i got to drive it finally..

 

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After that my GF's little girl had appointments in brisbane so we had to go up there.. i of course insisted we take the silvia and despite many people thinking i was going to break down whilst i was up there for a good 4 days (driving around to meets and whatnot) she drove up there fine.. didnt lose ANY fluids at all even with the master being buggered.. and she drove back home fine too (even though the clutch system got air in it leaving me with very little clutch pedal)..

 

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^Just stopped at woodburn on the way to check everything and noticed the sunset was hitting the car perfectly^

 

I've been back from brisbane for awhile now and driving the Sil every chance i get (Which is basically when im not working)

and ive changed the old CA type clutch master with a new SR type from Taarks, needed to get a new clutch line made up to go to the balancer block though luckily enough there is a hydraulic hose place near by that didnt mind making me up one to suit.

 

Other then the drivers door lock not locking the door theres nothing else really wrong with her..

 

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^ I've fallen in love with the car ever since i first got to drive it.. it blew all my expectations away and everytime i get to drive her it puts a smile on my face and i suddenly dont have any problems.. ^

 

Now im saving up so i can buy a new fuel pump and a good Adjustable Fuel PRessure Regulator so i can turn the boost up abit once im fully used to the factory boost (even though i barely notice it anymore) Then coilovers and getting the body sorted out and looking good again..

 

 

*~* Just wanted to add some thanks to people in here at the end *~*

 

- Nathan from Nkautoworx, Met him through a mate of mine (SilvieSon) and even though ive undoubtedly pissed him off on more then one occasion with stupid questions and general impatience regarding the silvia I seriously couldnt have asked for a better guy to help me out with everything and to put up with my shit..

 

- @Silvieson, I know for sure he's wanted to strangle me or more then one occasion since we met and he made the silly mistake of getting involved with my cars.. There is not a single peice of advice he's given me in relation to the silvia or other stuff that hasn't been helpful.. although we do need to work on those damn ceiling fans man they come out of nowhere then BAM! dick gets stuck in them

 

- Houstyn, Mainly for his knowledge and muscles haha.. He's always more then happy to help out when he can even if hes flat out with his own stuff and its late at night..

 

- My Gf, For being silly enough to buy me the damn car then spend another few thousand trying to fix it before i gave up and bought a whole new engine setup

 

- My Mum for telling me about the SkylineSilvia that was sitting at the wreckers and then proceeding to complain about me buying it for the next year and a half

 

- My Stepdad Steve for coming and helping me move the silvia on a car trailer from one place to another before the conversion and helping me fix other things when he had the chance

 

 

 

And most importantly

 

- The internet, purely for proving im not the only idiot who has no f**king clue what they're doing and providing me with alot of info, wether or not it was accurate is another thing..

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So last month i went to my first matsuri in the sil with my mate Anthony.. $250 for saturday/ sunday + camping and a passenger/ Pit crew band..

 

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Stopped for dinner and Fuel before we got to the track.. The silvia in front is my mate anthonys (seriously awesome car)

 

First day i was pretty average but that was to be expected from someone who has done nothing more then chirpies in a commodore (and yes im serious.. not even the slightest burnout, donut or anything similar).. Everyone i spoke to was saying i was really improving and i only killed one pair of tyres (Stock 15" pumped up well above what they should have been really *cough60+psiCough*)

 

On the second day i tossed the 16's that came on the sil on and pumped them up to about 38psi and hit the track.. i didn't think the tyres would change the feel of the car as much as they did but my god the car felt amazing once i got used to the tyres..

 

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The person in the passenger seat is my stepdad.. i dragged him to a drift comp day for fathers day one year and since then hes been super interested in jumping in a car on the track so i gave him the chance.. He loved it, infact hes looking for his own driftcar now haha

 

Then of course something happened.. I was drifting the one big corner in the course and i kept dirt dropping but i had done that plenty of times earlier in the day/ weekend and managed to recover enough to keep going.. but this time i didnt.. the inside tyre was still on the track and gripped up and spat me off the track up and into a wall..

 

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*people rushed to make sure i was ok but i was more concerned about the car.. much swearing very intense*

 

That photo also had the bonnet flattened down abit so it doesnt look too bad..

 

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So yeah.. i crashed it on its first track day.. the main reason its as bad as it is because the previous owner decided to mangle the factory intercooler piping hole on that side of the car.. thus all the strength was gone completely.. going to try and pull it out and see how it goes.. at this stage looks like itl be retired to track duties only.. oh well shit happens when you having fun

 

Heres a quick list of shit that needs to be replaced/ fixed:

- Guards

- Bonnet

- Front bar

- Left headlight

- Front Left Quarter

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That'll straighten no issues at all - No one will be the wiser when fixed. Don't loose heart. I've been building mine for years - Got it working and running and drive it once every 4 months due to work... It's depressing - But when you are driving - You forget all the bad times.

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Dude, you can fix that really easily. No need to retire the car from street duties at all.

 

I wouldn't personally bother going down the straightening path, as it won't be 100% and will be fairly expensive. Instead, I'd go on the hunt for a shell with rear-end damage, a cheap rolling-shell or an empty (completely gutted) nose cut from some guy that used the engine, panels, etc. What you're looking for is some kind of S13/180sx with a radiator support and nice rails.

 

Buy a couple of spot weld cutters (http://www.ebay.com....=item51c317ca47) to drill out all the spot weld circles on the radiator support on your car and the shell; only cut through the outer metal and leave the inner metal untouched. Talk to a local panel beater for their opinions on replacing the bent section of rail with a piece cut from your shell, or straightening just your rail. I'm not aware of the legalities of that, so you would have to talk to someone in the business.

 

Once you have your rail straightened or replaced, either weld the radiator support in yourself, pay the shop to do it or flip me a hundred bucks and I'll weld it for you. I'm far from being a pro but the welds hold, and I've welded a few radiator supports now, although if you're not in the Sydney area you would have to come to me.

 

Of course, if you see a mint rolling shell with rego going for a nice price, then reshelling is the easiest thing.

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This has come a long way!

Dont loose hope that should be an easy fix parts are everywhere and relatively cheap too.

 

Judging by a few of the photos your from Coffs harbour/ Grafton area?

if you need headlights im pretty sure Wangan Autotek in Coffs Harbour have a set of Brick headlights in stock along with heaps of other sr20 gear if it helps.

 

https://www.facebook.com/wanganautotek

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Love this thread man! I just had a proper read through it all! Yeah don't set it on fire haha thats not cool lol, keep at it man, we've all had ups and downs. At the end of the day when its back together you will be able to say you built this car, not bought it.

Watch that Eric Banner movie "the beast" that will inspire you lol.

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That'll straighten no issues at all - No one will be the wiser when fixed. Don't loose heart. I've been building mine for years - Got it working and running and drive it once every 4 months due to work... It's depressing - But when you are driving - You forget all the bad times.

 

I've pulled the Rego off it already cause i needed the money for another car, shitty VX i miss having boost :(.. That was the highlight of my week actually when i got to drive her home to/ from my boss's place for work.. boost is a magical cure for any mood..

 

But yeah i think itd be easier to retire it to track duties.. purely cause i wont have to worry about engineering anything i decide to do..

 

Dude, you can fix that really easily. No need to retire the car from street duties at all.

 

Of course, if you see a mint rolling shell with rego going for a nice price, then reshelling is the easiest thing.

 

I've had silvieson over for a bit of today and we got alot of it out but its not 100%.. Im keeping my mind open to the potential of a reshell (thinking a Sil80 in the same color would be sweet)

 

This has come a long way!

Dont loose hope that should be an easy fix parts are everywhere and relatively cheap too.

 

Judging by a few of the photos your from Coffs harbour/ Grafton area?

if you need headlights im pretty sure Wangan Autotek in Coffs Harbour have a set of Brick headlights in stock along with heaps of other sr20 gear if it helps.

 

https://www.facebook.com/wanganautotek

 

Got it spot on mate.. Yeah i think they do judging by their facebook page.. ill see how i go fixing this before i go buying anything..

 

Love this thread man! I just had a proper read through it all! Yeah don't set it on fire haha thats not cool lol, keep at it man, we've all had ups and downs. At the end of the day when its back together you will be able to say you built this car, not bought it.

Watch that Eric Banner movie "the beast" that will inspire you lol.

 

Thanks man.. i was starting to think i read everyone elses threads but no-one reads mine lol.. I'm in the process of getting that movie off someone i know so i can watch it tonight.. I've already heard alot about what he did to that car but i think he might have more funds then i do haha

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haha yeah he definitely has more money, but the love and hate relationship is the same!

keep it going man even though a few people comment heaps will read this.

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