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Old 10-27-2017, 07:47 AM   #1
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Side work

Trying to come up with car fund and it's kicking my azz. Opened up the garage doors for some side work and it's been "fun".

First off was replacing the u-joints on a 98 4 runner with a double cardan joint and weird sized joints that no one listed correctly (3 part store runs later), checked power steering lines on a 200x something highlander and chased down rattles, and just did a tune up, replaced optispark(distributor) and water pump on a 94 z28 with 46k miles. I thought working on an LT1 in an s-series was hard!

Had to do 98% of the tuneup from under the car because of the exhaust manifolds, had to remove the starter, alternator, and power steering pump to reach plugs / route plug wires. Water pump didn't seal on pass side first go round. I'd like to find the engineer and pump shot a haymaker straight in the reproduction portion of his soul.

Car has sat for quite a while, still has all the factory hoses on it, had a bird's nest in the driver's side wheel well. How squirrels and field mice haven't eaten it up is beyond me. It's rusted all to hell, such a shame for a low mile car like that, it's been parked under an open car port since it was purchased. Driving the T56 has really fired me up to get the chevelle done though, man it's nice rowing the gears!









Next up is bringing wife's old Tahoe home to replace the front yoke seal. yay.
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Old 10-27-2017, 09:08 AM   #2
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Plugs in wagon take me in the 3 hr range if I keep a decent pace, which I usually don't.

And I still would rather pull both headers on my car, than do plugs on a stock Camaro.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:11 AM   #3
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Not looking forward to the optispark replacement on the Vette when it finally goes.
Fortunately the plugs and wires were done not all that long ago.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:02 AM   #4
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I did the plugs on a '98 Firebird with the 3.8 V6 years ago. I swear the exhaust manifolds went over the top of the plugs and then back down and out the back. Took us 6hrs or something stupid to change all 6 plugs, and we had to go in from the bottom to get to them. What a giant PIA. I don't envy you at all sir.
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I did the plugs on a '98 Firebird with the 3.8 V6 years ago. I swear the exhaust manifolds went over the top of the plugs and then back down and out the back. Took us 6hrs or something stupid to change all 6 plugs, and we had to go in from the bottom to get to them. What a giant PIA. I don't envy you at all sir.
just brought back a memory of college!

bought, to flip, a 99 firebird with the same motor. did basic maintenance and went to change the plugs... well, the rear plugs were NOT changed when it left me.

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Old 11-13-2017, 08:50 AM   #6
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I don't want to admit how long it took me to get the plugs done.. This just fortified my mindset of owning camaro/corvette drivetrains vs the whole vehicle..

Replaced the front axle pinion seal on the wife's old burgundy tahoe. First time around I couldn't get the yoke off for the life of me, had to order a yoke puller, thing worked like a charm.

Then ventured into a dark corner of my field that I never messed with before and helped a neighbor get an old 70's Ford 4000 3 cyl diesel tractor running. First time I really messed with diesel besides changing oil. Learned a lot and there's really not much to them..
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