slave went in without too many hitches.
bled and bled, still wasn't working,
turns out the replacement master i put in was bad, too.
original master is back in, everything works!
went to the carwash to make the bay less disgusting to work in,
as i pulled up, it smelled really rich, but i didn't think much of it, since the head needs so much work
sprayed the bay down, cleaned up the hood, all of that nonsense
started it up, idled rough, noticed a strong gas smell,
turns out the fuel line was split at the fuel rail. greaaaaatttt
a buddy came and brought some cutters and stuff to help me out (thanks cody!)
the cap and rotor got a bit wet, so i let that dry out.
i don't reccomend hanging out at the carwash late at night.
killed the battery, too.
my other buddy came out to get me running again,
and finally got to drive back home.
i forgot how much fun this car can be
i can't wait to have a suspension worth a damn.
but now the power steering is groaning like crazy.
because of course.
don't know if it's the rack, or a split hose, or a wobbly pulley, or what.
maybe i'll loop it and make a manual rack out of it.
c'est la vie!
new rotor cap came today, and is on the car.
was it supposed to come with one of those "seals" that fits between the orange of the cap and the rotor on the motor? the old one on there looks kinda beat...
also, new control arm bushings came,
those will get stomped in on saturday, most likely.
thinking of a color for the mad dtm wheels,
either bright blue, pale gold, or regular ol' silver...
yeah, that's probably for the best...
here's a minor update:
for my birthday weekend, my buddy jesse took me up to his work to refinish some control arms dan sent me for the cash i sent him.
as it turns out, the bushings in them that looked like they were good were actually torn a significant amount, so i replaced the rears with the r32/tt variants and just good ol' stock front bushings.
i got to use the big sandblaster (just behind the arms there):
which turned the cruddy junkyard parts to this:
jesse pressed in the new bushings:
threw it in the paint booth and primered them up:
and ended up with this!
they'll go on when the suspension comes back through, hopefully soon. the old diesel i had is about to let go of it's bottom end (gross), so maybe while it's down the suspension can get swapped around...
meanwhile, i sent the head to the machine shop, where it was immediately obvious that all of my exhaust valves were bent. guh. so i'm adding 100 bucks or so to the tab on that.
i really enjoy refinishing parts, i'll probably redo some brakes and do s/s lines when that comes along, and the intake manifolds and valve cover will get some love later on down the line, too.
anyone have some spares they are willing to let go of real cheap? like ten bucks cheap? i'll send you my old ones when i swap on the refinished ones! brakes too!
i can't thank jesse enough for the help, he also dropped the head off for me as it's right around the corner from his work. they built up his vr head somethin' fierce, too, so i know they do good work. wooooo!
head is back from the shop!
needed all exhaust valves and seals.
cleaned, inspected, milled ever so slightly
reviewing a video i took of underneath to see what all looks crappy, as i'm not near a lift nor have my ramps with me anymore.
now onto seals and bolts and all that other malarkey.
swaybar endlinks ordered!
maybe, just maybe,
i'll have this thing all buttoned up control arm wise next week. woooo
selling my refreshed head to make way for a friends recently rebuilt but no longer needed motor.
tell your friends!
hey mc tight pants!
got my jackstands back this weekend,
wednesday should be go time with the control arms
sold my front spacers off the car,
and the head i just refinished,
putting a deposit on a motor this weekend, hopefully.
a locally rebuilt nice one with all the wrong fueling on it.
got one out of two control arms in yesterday,
thought i had a wrong part...
turns out i'm just not very good at control arms.
other one will go in when i have some time,
perhaps tomorrow evening
or afternoon, if work is slow.
while i was under there, i saw that basically the whole suspension is toast.
so tie rods, tie rod ends, ball joints, and at least one axle,
in addition to the suspension i hope to replace with my old coilovers one day.
my poor sad car