anyone got a car project just now going

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    Apr 06, 2015 4:29 AM GMT
    any of you guys got a project going just now?

    if you dont do it for a living its kinda scary.

    got done working on the pickup starter. Limited access and the fasteners had the death grip. sprayed them with the PB stuff over night. Rewarding to hear a snap when it broke free and was all good. A more reliable starter will change my life.

    next; doing the up front to change out a clutch on the hatchy. I could like the car, nice to get it running again.
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    Apr 06, 2015 5:00 AM GMT
    My newest car is 18 years old. They're all continuous projects.

    I once spent about a day and a half getting the starter out of the 4-runner. Once you figure out the trick, it doesn't take that long. (There are actually little hatches in the wheel well, just for inserting a wrench...) But in that case, it was only the brass contacts inside the solenoid that were worn out. 65 cents in parts, two days labor. icon_rolleyes.gif

    While it wasn't difficult, this was how far I had to disassemble the Bimmer to change the AC condenser last summer. Looked kind of scary.
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    There is only a couple of mm clearance between each of those three radiators. Once they start rubbing against each other, they're toast.

    Now the driver's window is frozen and the thermostat is stuck open. I've just been driving the Jeep instead, until I get around to it.

    Maybe the most difficult was changing the clutch in the 4-runner. The transmission was unreasonably large and heavy, and must have been assembled before the body was put on. I had to tape about four extensions onto the wrench to get the forward bell housing bolts. By the time I got the damned thing out, it felt like I'd been wrestling a bear.

    Suburbasaurus is just a rolling collection of projects. Before I can sell it, I'll probably have to weld the starboard shock absorber mount back on, replace the front starboard window motor, and track down the ground fault that causes the stereo to smoke when you turn on the high beams. icon_rolleyes.gificon_confused.gif
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    Apr 06, 2015 5:44 AM GMT
    I need to my house projects first. But I'd love to rebuild an EK Civic into a sleeper car.
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    Apr 06, 2015 6:49 AM GMT
    I'm lucky if I can put a nut on a bolt without cross threading or stripping it. That's why I like software development; you've got a backspace key.
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    Apr 06, 2015 5:40 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidMy newest... I had to tape about four extensions onto the wrench to get the forward bell housing bolts...


    unless you have a solid extension and or a swivel type socket difficult to connect the torque needed to break free a stuck fastener. The extra multiple joints really dissipate the torque. using tape might just make the difference. also, its un nerving to know you doing like 200 ft-lbs on a 12-14mm bolt



    some of the honda civics are nice in that they share a wide range of parts... engine, transmissions even interior parts. their body style has clean lines prone to not showing its age.

    Im working on a 5th gen civic with a D15Z1 engine.
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    Apr 07, 2015 3:22 AM GMT
    I have changed 2 front differentials on my 1999 Land-Cruiser serie 105 , and both while in the bush , those Toyota differentials for sure aren't made for towing ..
    I had the front , center and rear differentials replaced with ARB's and installed an air-locker in the front and rear one ,
    was going to do it myself , but decided to have a ARB dealer doing it for warranty purposes .
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    Apr 10, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
    I'm slowly rebuilding a 1946 Jeep! just spent days getting the steering wheel off - almost 70 years of rust works better than Epoxy. Finding New Old Parts is hard but makes a great treasure hunt: I just bagged a roughly 1944 read seat, but have had to install modern repro brackets.