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the long awaited return of the hatch, new exhaust, ect.
Posted 07 December 2003 - 12:16 AM
About two months ago, it began with my EA82 manifold and carb swap.
problem: manifold doesn't fit correctly. alternator bracket is in the way, the water pipe on the back of the manifold has to be cut, and some tweaking with the distributor has to occur. too much work for the weekend I started it all in.
problem: the carb was from an EA82 FWD car... it has all the emissions stuff and all the feedback stuff, whereas I hear the 4WD version doesn't rely on stupid switches and the 02 sensor to work it's A/F metering system. WAY TOO RICH.
problem: crossthreaded a bolt.
solution: replace head.
problem: water in oil.
problem: oil in coolant system.
problem: need to pull engine.
solution: Pulled engine, want to replace heads.
problem: heads I want to put on need to be cleaned. extra delay.
solution: let a friend clean them.
solution: rebuild engine, put in new clutch assembly.
problem: needs new exhaust studs.
problem: exhaust doesn't really match up, needs that extra spacer because the AIS was takin out.
solution: flanges as spacers, and a gasket between the head/flange/pipe.
problem: car dies
problem: carb is bad
problem: fuel pump dead
solution: replace pump, replace carb, rebuild replaced carb, rebuild vacuum line system for the rebuilt hitachi. (not as scary as one would think!)
problem: exhaust sucks
solution: build custom exhaust. straight pipe 2" to Cherry Bombs. $110.
That was last night. Drove her around some, adjusted some stuff, drove her home. This morning, adjusted throttle cable and mount, and idle and everything. Runs good, but I need new gaskets and need to retighten the exhaust down for a tighter fit.
problem: axle blows itself apart and makes loud noise, right after passing by two cops in a cop car, and my exhaust is not really "cop friendly", neither are the stripes on the hood... and you can see little red glasspacks under the car about mid way... hehe.
solution: I'm at a chinese place, order some food, spend time with the girlfriend, call Andrew and ask for some help. Tomorrow, I go and replace the dead axle.
it's been a fun last two months without my car, what's *one* more day?
PS: this is my only car and I rely on my girlfriend for drives to work.
Posted 07 December 2003 - 12:31 AM
That should be interesting.
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