Archive for June, 2013

Sadie at Ptown Pier

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Reliability Kit

Had a weird stalling and no-start situation with my 92 240. No spark AND no fuel. After a bit of research I decided to do both the crank position sensor and the FI relay. Dave Barton has some great writeups and sells quality versions of these parts. Shipping was really fast too! Put them in today and from the looks of what came out I think Hedwig should be reliable again.

Pretty sad looking

Pretty sad looking

Strange that it would be corroded, living where it does so high up on the passenger's side dash. The connector got a thorough cleaning with QD.

Strange that it would be corroded, living where it does so high up on the passenger’s side dash. The connector got a thorough cleaning with QD.

Thanks to Mr Buday as well for relating his experience with these issues.

Look what I found!

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Just what the doctor ordered.

Painting Stuff

This post is bound to be exciting, right?

Seems like I’m spending most of my life these days cleaning and painting things. These motor mounts for instance:

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The pieces are very roughly stamped so I can only get them to look just ok, but hopefully the paint will hold out.

This pan was in better shape than the original (and had the oil temp sensor bung) so through the ringer it went:

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The distributor was pretty rewarding:

Handsome

Handsome

Now on to the engine compartment.

A Sadie Cake

I recently left my job after twelve years to pursue other possibilities and they threw a great going away party. There were many fabulous gifts (including some nifty Volvo items) and some touching speeches (including our Mayor) but the biggest hit was the cake:

This is actually left over- the whole cake included a stretch of road

This is actually left over- the whole cake included a stretch of road

Side view, a tad foreshortened

Side view, a tad foreshortened

In back of Sadie

In back of Sadie

 

 

Memorial Day Fun

A handful of us got together on Memorial Day to do some wrenching and it was quite a nice time. And in spite of ourselves we actually got some things done.

The polishing crew- Jesse's ES gets a shine

The polishing crew- Jesse’s ES gets a shine

We got Jesse’s chalky baint to look a lot better. You can see the engine is still in my 1800. Not for long.
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Zack and Jesse pulling plugs on the tight side of a Subaru flat six. The least fun task of the day.

Zack and Jesse pulling plugs on the tight side of a Subaru flat six. The least fun task of the day.

Since when did all motors have to wear such fancy hats?

Since when did all motors have to wear such fancy hats?

After a few odd jobs the engine removal began in earnest.

Attached and ready

Attached and ready

I decided to leave the gearbox attached. Either way it was going to be really tight. My 25-yr old cherry picker still serves me well.

wiggle pull wiggle lift pull

wiggle pull wiggle lift pull

The thing came out almost vertically. Thank goodness for the leveler

The thing came out almost vertically. Thank goodness for the leveler.

Out it comes

Out it comes

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That all went pretty smoothly. Next was to have a look at the clutch. It had never been great since I owned the car. No slipping but lots of chatter.

What the heck?

What the heck?

Well the pressure plate was a strange sight. I’d never seen one with a receiver plate for the release bearing before. Made by Borg & Beck if I remember correctly (I scrapped it the next day).

Yuck

Yuck

There wasn’t a whole lot of leakage under the car…because it was all in the bell housing. And soaked into the clutch disc. And regularly burnt off by¬†chattery engagement.

Nasty

Nasty

It had been a while since I’d seen a disc this bad. Right down to the rivets and beyond.

Score!

Score!

The flywheel had a nice, deep depression from the rivet area. Off to my friends at Motor Tech for a re-surface. They are also going to machine the sleeve for the front crank seal. Both the B20 and B18 ones were severely pitted where the felt seal contacts.

The pressure plate was no better

The pressure plate was no better

Now the work begins on restoring the engine compartment. Lots of cleaning and painting ahead.

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Taking my engine for a drag

Taking my engine for a drag