When I removed the old water pump the
two side bolts snapped. I couldn't easily remove them so I tried
placing the new pump on with the five remaining bolts. After
installing the new water pump, it didn't leak there but did leak
between the timing chain cover and the block.
So we removed the
radiator, all the pumps and hoses and spent hours trying to fineness
the timing cover off with no luck. Those two snapped bolts were
holding it tight. I finally decided to get tough and using a dremel
with a cutoff wheel and a grinder with a cutoff wheel I cut out
about half the bolt leaving enough of the housing to be able to
eventually get a new nut on there to hold it tight.
Looking at what
appears to be a core sample you can see why the cover didn't want to
budge. 15 years of rust had welded the things in place. there isn't
even threads there.
With only 1
1/4" left we were able to pry the timing chain cover off.
(#$@% Penzoil!) It looks like it's time to change the timing chain
since I have it broken down this far. Too be continued...
The next weekend we
started by placing the new timing chain set in. It's not only
cleaner but the new chain made it a nice tight fit. We spent the
next few hours muscling the timing cover back on. It was getting
dark so we will continue putting the Beater back together in the
Saturday late start
but we got the water pump back on then all the pulleys, serpentine
belt and hoses connected.
Before we put the
radiator back in I decided it wasn't Beater enough. It needs a hole
in the fender.
With the size of
the new radiator and fans I couldn't replace the fresh air intake so
I flipped the filter box and made a new one.
The hamsters in my
head are spinning on ideas for a scoop or snorkel or some
other way of pumping air into the box. Sometime I will get a K&N
or similar filter.
By the time it got
dark we had the radiator back in and all the hoses and stuff back
in. Tomorrow we will fill the fluids, change the oil and oil
filter then wire up the fans.
It was 100 degrees
outside on Sunday so not a lot got done. We changed the oil and
filter added water and started her up. It seems to be doing OK so
far. I have the fans wired to the relay. I will need a second one
for high speed. I'll do that next week.
Here's my solution
for the cold air intake, for now anyway.