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Posted May 11, 2015 - 08:03 AM

Looking forward to it:-)
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Posted May 11, 2015 - 10:51 AM

Got a new fan motor in Dad's AC & all is up & running.  After lunch it's on to finish Kaylin's car.  Sure hope I have her Grand Am repaired right!


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 11:17 AM

It's funny how when we { sort of retire LOL } we think we'll have lots of free time. Somehow we end up busier then what we were before. Or at least this is how it seems to have gotten for me. Never a shortage of stuff to do. Guess we just have to try and pace ourselves and try to do less. { as if that's going to happen}


My buddy was kind of taken aback when I burst out laughing when he asked me what I planned to do when I retire.... Till I explained that at 4 - 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, I reckoned it would take me 18 months to catch up on all the maintenance and finish all the half done projects I have laying around. Not counting the two tractor restoration candidates, any any of the new projects I'd like to try..... Reminds me, I should try to get finished painting the barn this summer, ran out of paint last time it made it to the top of the list.....
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Posted May 11, 2015 - 11:19 AM

If that's got the 3.1 or 3.4, make sure you get the upgraded intake gasket (s)....and flush all that Dexclog out and put the universal stuff in it. That orange junk has ruined a many engines.
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Posted May 11, 2015 - 11:25 AM

This is a 3.1 and the intake gasket had already been upgraded to a Felpro set, but it was the rear head gasket that let go, and they appeared to be the original gaskets.  I pulled both heads, lapped the valves & replaced the stem seals.  Heads checked out level with flatedge.   All Felpro gaskets went back in.  I'm using universal coolant.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:28 PM

FINALLY got her fired up!  Had one steel coolant line leaking, but it's not now.  It's one of those that kind of snap in & held with a plastic clip.  I may have to replace the clip.  The exhaust is leaking at the manifold, but the car wasn't high enough off the ground to really see what I was doing and I knew it wasn't right, but that it wasn't going to drop out.  So I drove her home to my shop where I can easier do what I need to.   I might work on the exhaust tonight, or maybe the smart move would be to wait till morning.  I am wasted, plus my wits are about fried for the day.  If she ever buys another car with a V6 (4 cylinder is fine with me!), then she better have the money to pay a shop, cause these things are a nightmare to get at ANYTHING!


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:46 PM

That fitting is a pain. My ex wife's blew the plastic seal/clip out
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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:53 PM

Glad you got it running, Daniel. Let it sit til tomorrow!


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:54 PM

Called it a day on it, but in the morning, if something else doesn't go wrong here, I'm gonna look at possibly putting a barb fitting into the housing, then a simple hose with clamps on the steel tube.

  I did get the exhaust all bolted up correct.  She's quiet as a mouse now.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 09:31 PM

Nice :thumbs: , I hope it is finished spitting problems for now. Suxs paying on a broken car.


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 08:45 AM

Yep, I pulled out those slip fittings, replaced with barb, cut fitting off hose then clamped it, no leaks
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Posted May 12, 2015 - 11:02 AM

Josh went to town this morning, so I had him pick up a new OE fitting for Kaylin's Grand Am.  Looks too tight to get to to put barb fitting in without pulling the intake, so hoping the new fitting does the trick.  Got the fitting in, but the line seems to be in a kink, so looking at that close first.  I charge both Massey 2745's AC's this morning, then my buddies at Nolin RECC came & hooked up my shop power lines for me free of charge!  :thumbs: They are simply awesome guys!  Just cut the old 10 gauge feeder wire and threw on the new power.


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 11:14 AM

WooHoo! You got Power! Let the fun begin, once your neck gets fixed! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 04:24 PM

Wow, Cool, POWER!! great guys!
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Posted May 12, 2015 - 05:47 PM

Bad news on the car.  I was told by the shop that did the pressure test it was a head gasket leak.  I was never satisfied that was it once I pulled the head.  It still leaks from the same area.  In defense of Pat at the shop, it still appears to be a head leak, but only because you can't see a direct line of sight for all the parts bolted in front of it.  It looks like the timing chain cover, which has a water crossover port is leaking right at the head/block juncture.  Tomorrow I will know hopefully.  I think I will see an obvious leak source once I pull the cover off.  Just the crank pulley to pull off in the morning, then unbolt the cover, then we'll see.  At least the valves got new seals, which it needed, so not all I have done was in vain if it turns out it was this cover leaking.


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