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Jun 222012

Replacing 1 very failed, 4 worrisome prone-to-catastrophic-failure Autolite glow plugs with 5 new Bosch glow plugs.  They come in to NAPA tomorrow morning.

Adjusted the 10 valves.  Only 4 of them required adjustment, the front three and then the last one if I recall correctly.

Reamed glow plug holes.

Drilling out oil return fitting in valve cover presently.  Good times.


To turn the shaft easily, use both the nut on the oil pump and the nut on the shaft with the glow plugs out.  Smooth as can be.



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Jun 172012

Today I rebuilt the aux water pump which was entirely locked up, following this guide.  I have removed all the biodiesel crap including the extra coolant hose plumbing.  Bypass oil filter will be mounted tomorrow after I pick up a right angle to eliminate some hose strain and a couple of bolts.  I also installed a 1amp fuse on the water pump that should do quite nicely to keep the climate control from catching fire in case of pump failure.  There was also a thing that was broken.  I fixed it.  While I presume it to possibly be the temperature sensor, I am not sure.  It is fixed now.

The plan is:

Monday: Finish bypass oil filter installation.  Drain oil entirely from pan and block.  Replace oil filter.  Fill with new oil.  Replace under-car shifter bushing.  Mount bumper, cleaned reverse lights.  Adjust valves, clean prechamber, purge injectors.

Tuesday: Complete any Monday holdovers.  Replace turn signals, reinstall headlights.  Drain coolant.  Vacuum test for leaks.  Shoot leaks in the face.  Flush coolant lines.  Citric flush coolant lines.

Wednesday:  Seal leak caused by previous owner’s idiocy in the back.  Remove battery, hunt down and fix leak in front.  Drive in to get windshield replaced.  Replace shifter bushings, install 12v plugs.

Thursday: Drain power steering fluid fully, replace filter, refill with power steering fluid.  Drain transmission and torque converter fluid, replace transmission filter, replace transmission seal, refill with transmission fluid.  Complete citric flush.  Flush coolant lines with hose, drain.  Flush coolant lines with distilled water, test for leaks, drain.  Fill with coolant/distilled water mix.

Friday: Finish Thursday holdovers, prepare for brother’s engagement party.

Saturday: Engagement party.

Sunday: Pack the things.  Pack all the things.

Monday: Sleep late.  Probably evening departure.

That is the general idea of the plan, at least.

And back on the ground.

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Jun 132012

Getting the emergency brakes balanced properly was a pain in the butt.  Rear end is done save for putting on the rear bumper.  Now it is all front end.


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Jun 122012

I got the differential remounted, tightened, and filled with fancy Amsoil gear oil.  The passenger emergency brake replacement is now installed, but I need to readjust them.

Door Check

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Jun 092012

Rear passenger side door check was replaced with part purchased from a guy parting out a wagon.  Same guy I got the bumper from.  I failed to get pictures.  Meh.

The Work Area

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Jun 092012

Just some pictures of where I’ve parked and setup the work area.  Works out FAR better than the driveway, all that shade and breeze and such.


The rebooted half axle.

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Jun 092012

Here are pictures of the reboots.  The doorman boots are a bit small for it.  My installation leaks.  I regret not having bought new ones from the start. 😛

The New Bumper

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Jun 092012

A common thing with these bumpers seems to be galvanic corrosion on the rear of the bumpers where the shock mounts.  As the paint and leftovers from chrome plating were beginning to fail, I went ahead and pressure washed it well, scraped off what loose bits were still on, and put two coats of Rust-Oleum Professional on.  The paint took very well and should insure the bumper lasts a lot longer.  Where the shocks mount will also be coated in some grease just to make sure.  I still need to paint the light wells, but I intend to do that after it is mounted.

On one of the backup lamp wells is damaged, though I have cut and bent it back in to a lot better than it was.  It is not visible once fully installed.  …And only now have I noticed I failed to take pictures of the unpainted bumper.  Huh.

Broken Bumper

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Jun 092012

Went ahead and took a couple shots of why I felt the need to replace the bumper.

Shaft tube thingamahbobbers.

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Jun 092012

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is too damn long.  Replacement shafts include one that is too long for reasons I do not know.  The previous owner used one of these so now I have to cut one down and clean it up so the shaft is properly fit.