Took both doors off. Took rear window and one rear quarter window out. The rubber seal for the back window had almost completely disintegrated so the glass just lifted out. One quarter window was seperated from its tracks (a plastic roller has fallen off) so this was also simple – the other side is still connected to the guide tracks, so I’ll leave it for now.


Don’t do this to the rear window, have stored it somewhere with less chance of it breaking:

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Not much done.

6 April 2008

It decided to snow so not much done. Took trunk lid off and cleaned the trunk area out. Some pictures of the rust near the shock towers are below. Took tail lights out. Tried to take the bumper off but a mounting bolt in the trunk just spins, and I sheared the two mounting bolts for the towbar which connects to the bumper… too damned cold to sort it out today.

 

The left hand shock has completely fallen through the mounting panel.

 

Tail lights out:

Took front left fender off, much easier than the other one. Will also need replacing; not only the rust but a cross section of the panel showed that the filler on it was at least 4 times that of the metal itself. Also took the wheelhouses off. Off as well came a lot of the front end; valance and a load of support panels and the doors.

 

Fender, valance and bumper taken off:

The two wheelhouses left to go:

The amount of body filler on the fender (this was not just in a small area):

Doors are unbolted:

End of the day:

Took front left fender off, much easier than the other one. Will also need replacing; not only the rust but a cross section of the panel showed that the filler on it was at least 4 times that of the metal itself. Also took the wheelhouses off. Off as well came a lot of the front end; valance and a load of support panels and the doors.

 

Fender, valance and bumper taken off:

The two wheelhouses left to go:

The amount of body filler on the fender (this was not just in a small area):

Doors are unbolted:

End of the day:

Front right fender taken off with difficulty, unsure of how it all fitted together and to help a few of the bolts were rusted to the nut or the body, so there was a lot of cutting to the sheet metal. This sides lower fender panel was also taken off. Found a fair amount of rust about the place, the fender and lower panel will need to be replaced. The wheelhouse looks like it’ll need replacing as the mounting location for the fender has rotted, also a mounting plate that sits on top of the wheelhouse. Well, hopefully the left side removal should be straight forward now.

 

Fender off:

Other side of the fender:

Minus the cuts made by me, there is fair bit of rust damage:

Rust damage to bottom corner of fender:

The wheelhouse is left on the car (the towel over the engine is because I had to use the angle grinder to remove a few bolts):

Rust damage to the wheelhouse:

Intake manifold test.

3 April 2008

Engine started nicely again. Performed intake manifold vacuum test. Results are good, maybe a little high though. Results below (in inches of Mercury):

  • Fully depress throttle, needle jumps between the two throttle blip indicators.
  • At idle the needle flickers with a range of ~0.7 sits at about 22.5.
  • As throttle is gradually depressed the needle drops steadily.

Also proven the transmission by jacking the rear up via the differential unit and engaging the gears, the wheels spin freely and brakes work. Obviously this test wasn’t under load but it’d be illegal to drive this on any roads.

 

Car started straight away today. Thought I’d do the cylinder compression test again before moving on to test the intake and fuel fump vacuum pressures. But, battery run out after the compression test, so intake vacuum will have to be tomorrow. The difference in results from yesterday, although minor, are probably due to the engine being hotter as the test was conducted quicker this time round. Curious why number 4 is all fine today…

 

Results are below:

 

Cylinder:
1
2

3
4
5
6
7
8
Compression (bar):
07.8
11.9
12.1
12.4
12.5
11.7
12.0
11.8
Compression repeat (bar):
07.4
11.7
12.0
12.0
11.9
11.8
12.2
10.7
Wet test compression (bar):
07.9
12.4
11.9
11.9