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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 31 - Slack Time . . . (9/8/2014)

Today, my project just hit slack time!!

The good, it runs . . . the bad, don't know if it drives . . . LOL!!

I took the chance today to redo the fan setup. I didn't particularly like the Volvo pusher setup, nor did I want to cut up the core support to move the radiator forward to make room for it to be a puller.

Headed down to the local part store and strung lower radiator hose and universal fans across the parts desk. The store mgr and parts dudes enjoyed watching me measure things with a set of digital calipers and writing dimensions down.

Made a purchase of a SN95 lower radiator hose and a 12" universal fan. Went over to the DMV to get plates for the beast (yes, it will be street driven!!).

The garage is a WARZONE!! Tools and parts are scattered everywhere. It is almost like someone is trying to build a car or something!! I took a minute to clean up. Seriously, I took a whole minute.

I removed the Volvo fan and installed the slim universal fan as a puller and put the ole girls face back on.

Installed the catch bottle and filled the radiator with coolant. Fire the beast up and something strange happened . . . The Check Engine light went out briefly and came back on . . . . hmmm. I think my best best is to get another Main Harness after all of this dies down and wire it in.

I turned my attention to the throttle cable. I drew up this Rube Goldberg actuator in my head and proceeded to make the brackets for it. After getting it all made up, I tossed it because it appeared to look more like a hack job than a throttle mechanism. I'll head to the bicycle shop and get some cable nuts and do it a different way.

I fired the car back up to test the throttle for, you know, science. Holy hell is this thing running rich!! Being the car guy I am, I goosed the throttle and proceed to shoot a 2 foot fireball from the exhaust!! I should've had a video of that one . . . Mrs. Zero just asked "What the hell? What the hell!!??"

I don't a have a timing light, but I did retard the timing a bit to get rid of the fireball. Maybe this MAF isn't calibrated for the 24lb injectors like I was told when I bought it. . . . no surprise if it isn't.

Burped the cooling system an checked for leaks:
  1. High pressure PS hose from the pump
  2. Hose at the water pump that leads to one of the heater pipes
Not to bad!!!

Shut the car down and threw some jack stands under the rear.

Mounted the rear suspension and tires. Moved up to the driveshaft and transmission. I removed the driveshaft and output seal on the T5. I didn't have a seal installer that was big enough to install the seal, so I made one!!

Look ma!! I'm making tools!!

Installed the seal and driveshaft then turned my attention to the clutch hydraulics. The E36 sorta self bleeds the air with a workout of the clutch pedal. Everything has been plumbed and ready. I topped off the brake reservoir (it is shared on BMWs) and pumped the pedal . . . . Nothing . . .

I removed the hose from the line coming from the master . . . Nothing. WTH?? I know the car has sat for years, but it can have THAT much air in such a small circuit.

Got down and looked under the dash . . . DAMMIT . . . brake fluid everywhere. Looks like I have a bad master cylinder . . . . FUUUUUUU  . . . .crap.

Not being put off by things like this (yeah I was perturbed), I contorted myself upside down in the car to the master out. After removing it, I took it to the bench and disassembled it. My gosh . . . look at all of that crud and crap in there . . . That would stop fluid from flowing.

I cleaned the bore with a bore brush and ran a 12 ga wire through the opening to clear it out. Inspected the seals and they still looked ok. Oiled the bore and seals with some brake fluid and reassembled it. Proceeded with my contortion act again and reinstalled it. Success!! We now have a moving clutch arm!! And a leaky hose fitting at the slave cylinder . . . . Looks like I have three leaks to contend with now . . . . Still not too bad!!

I shut the garage down @ 4 am for some needed shut eye.

Tomorrow will be wiring relays (I know . . . I know . . . I've been saying that for days), installing the front suspension, correcting the throttle cable, and getting a timing light on it.

The final push is going on . . .

Here's the count down list:
  1. Main harness
    1. IAC
    2. Temp gauge
    3. IAT
    4. Reverse lights
    5. Alternator
    6. Starter
    7. Fan switch
    8. Neutral switch wiring
    9. EGR jedi mind trickery
  2. Make some brackets and block off plates
    1. PS reservoir
    2. ABS pump
    3. Overflow tank
    4. EGR port block off plate
  3. Run some hoses and lines
    1. Fuel lines
    2. Coolant hoses
      1. Heater core bypass for now
    3. Vacuum lines
      1. Brake Booster
      2. Fuel pressure regulator
  4. Wrap the driver side header
  5. Paint the engine mounts
  6. Install engine and transmission
  7. Install driveshaft
  8. Run the exhaust
  9. Mount the radiator
  10. Install suspension (striked out the rear half since only the rear is done)
  11. Fill the engine and trans with fluids
  12. Prime the engine
  13. Add Gas
  14. Add Battery
  15. Turn the key!!!
See you cats later!!