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Old 11-23-2018, 09:29 PM   #226
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Well, my old lady said I was selfish to even consider buying turbo upgrade stuff at this time of year. We have our second daughter due on January 3rd and of course, Christmas coming up among other priorities. She is right of course, but I did squeeze out some maintenance money. These will hopefully seal everything up again.



I am definitely realizing more boost, more power, more problems. I think I need to start looking into a better ccv system.
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:08 PM   #227
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It's been raining the past two days straight, but spent a little time this afternoon tinkering with it. My brother and I got the all the front end seals replaced. The front metal crank seal holder thingy has the thinnest gasket. Getting the old gasket off the front of the block was painstaking. But it went back together smoothly enough.





I advanced my cam gear 5 degrees this time for a little more low rpm umph. I retimed the engine but left the timing covers off. I'm really trying to ensure and verify I am without leaks.

To get the car running, I need to see where/what is leaking on the turbo side of things. No fittings on the turbo itself are leaking. Oil pressure sender is dry. But oil was leaving puddles dripping off the filter. Just gotta investigate more.

Also, this seems to be a recurring theme in this "build" thread... Luckily, this time, I had a spare. The dowel nub thing was cracked but still connected when I pulled it off. Came off with my finger nail.



And my two year old couldn't help but give me this Christmas gift she made me early.


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Old 01-04-2019, 11:19 PM   #228
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Today, I reinstalled my 16t and made a new oil return as my cheap "braided stainless AN line" had hardened from baking repeatedly. It was brittle and cracked inside the stainless cover. Also, I realized my fittings were loose in general. Car fired up for the first time in several months. Little Odyssey battery held a charge well enough to crank it. Hoping for leak free cruising for a while.

Gotta recheck things in the morning and get my accessory belts installed. I'm ready to see how the cold weather helps the car, although it's been topping 70 lately. We just had our second daughter so time and money will be scarcer than ever. I had to get this thing back on the road while the baby is still sleeping throughout the day. I don't know how folks with kids do it, at least babies and toddlers.



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Old 01-09-2019, 09:45 PM   #229
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Well, I began putting the accessory belts back on and realized the tensioner bracket had broken the same way for the second or third time.



This car has had these blue poly bushes installed since I bought it. They're quite hard and I wondered if they were to blame but it seems the consensus was that they break regardless of what bushings are used.

https://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=346913



I was able to get another bracket at the junkayrd from the only 7/9 car they had. Surprisingly, there were 5-6 240's including a nice white wagon I saw driving around recently. Saddens me the few around here seem to be dropping like flies.

I put everything else back together and grabbed the keys. After sitting for several months, the Odyssey pc680 battery managed to fire the car up, albeit sluggishly. I took it for a spin. I'm super happy I advanced the cam gear to 5°. I've owned an adjustable cam gear for many years and never run anything other than 2.5° advanced. The adjustment made a noticeable difference. It was fun driving the car again after so long.

I got home and popped the hood. I believe I fixed my major oil leak but still was greeted with this. I've now replaced the water pump gaskets and the cam seal trying to solve this. The cam seal didn't appear to be leaking before and doesn't now. I think the water pump is still leaking but there is definitely oil.





Can the head gasket leak oil? What is the round plug thing behind the tensioner? Any ideas what's leaking oil? There is a small pool on top of that hump.

Besides that, I blew/vacuumed a season's worth of leaves off the car and discovered a small lizard that has taken refuge. Tomorrow should see a good hardy car wash and some more miles for LH to learn.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:03 PM   #230
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Beautiful baby girl! I’m a grandpa now, and there is nothing finer than baby girls.

In 10 years of fooling with these red blocks I have never seen one of those tensioners fail. Please describe in detail how you tension belts.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:16 PM   #231
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In 10 years of fooling with these red blocks I have never seen one of those tensioners fail. Please describe in detail how you tension belts.
I'm wondering too. Never had one do that in my 25 years of driving these cars. The skinny tensioner bolt, yes... but snapping that arm, no.

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Old 01-11-2019, 02:23 PM   #232
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yeah, you're going to want to go ahead and throw those junk seals you installed in the trash and then go to the dealer and buy some OEM ones. The elring seals fail with the quickness.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:32 PM   #233
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Alternator bracket breaking is common but maybe not discussed as you just need to grab another one from the junkyard.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:27 PM   #234
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Beautiful baby girl! I’m a grandpa now, and there is nothing finer than baby girls.

In 10 years of fooling with these red blocks I have never seen one of those tensioners fail. Please describe in detail how you tension belts.
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I'm wondering too. Never had one do that in my 25 years of driving these cars. The skinny tensioner bolt, yes... but snapping that arm, no.

Oh and yeah, daughters rock.
Thanks. Her and her sister are great.

I'm not sure how detailed I can be but I'll try. On that particular tensioner, I would loosen the tensioning lock nut and the nut and bolt that articulates against the bracket. I've never looked up a spec for belt tightness if there is one, but I would add tension with the 10mm long bolt until the belt can be pulled (maybe?) a half inch or so. Not scientific measurement at all, but just a reasonable tightness. I would then tighten the lock nut and the one against the bracket.

I learned in the thread I linked to earlier, that after everything is tight, you're supposed to back off the long 10mm bolt a bit. I gave that a try on reassembly.

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yeah, you're going to want to go ahead and throw those junk seals you installed in the trash and then go to the dealer and buy some OEM ones. The elring seals fail with the quickness.
That's unfortunate to hear. I thought elring were among the better aftermarket stuff. If they start leaking, I'll have to spring for the good stuff.

Any idea what could be causing oil to pool up like I showed if not from the cam seal? It starts from that piece on the head and is oily down to the water pump.

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Alternator bracket breaking is common but maybe not discussed as you just need to grab another one from the junkyard.
My question was answered in my thread for the most part. I was just curious if I should be worried about my bushings causing it, which apparently isn't the case since folks were breaking them with rubber bushings.

And yeah, there was a single 7/9 car at the junkyard I was able to grab one from. I've been rolling for a few days now. All is well.

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Old 01-14-2019, 07:56 PM   #235
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A quick spritz of purple power and a borrowed electric pressure washer...









Came out pretty well for the little effort involved. I wish my hood insulator thing looked a bit better but it went back on also.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:25 AM   #236
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So, I leaned on the nipple at the top of my radiator and broke it while washing the engine bay. I did the most turbobricks-esque of fixes including jb weld and plastic epoxy. It's been holding a week or so without issue, but this morning when I got to work, I noticed a green puddle on the ground. My radiator is leaking from the seam where plastic meets metal, not even from where I broke it. How ironic. I guess it's really time for a new one. I don't want to waste $140 on a new radiator when what I really want is the do88 version, but I don't have $400+ for that... Oh, what to do..

And I just quit my job, starting a business, had my second daughter, etc, etc. So, no extra money laying arond.
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So, I leaned on the nipple at the top of my radiator and broke it while washing the engine bay. I did the most turbobricks-esque of fixes including jb weld and plastic epoxy. It's been holding a week or so without issue, but this morning when I got to work, I noticed a green puddle on the ground. My radiator is leaking from the seam where plastic meets metal, not even from where I broke it. How ironic. I guess it's really time for a new one. I don't want to waste $140 on a new radiator when what I really want is the do88 version, but I don't have $400+ for that... Oh, what to do..

And I just quit my job, starting a business, had my second daughter, etc, etc. So, no extra money laying arond.
Yeah, I ran into that with my old na 944. The radiator plastic gets really brittle and they just start falling apart.

I *think* this would work, at least for now. Obviously would need a run through the radiator shop. Relatively cheap replacement.
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