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post #1 of 13 Old 11-18-2012, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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#78712's long awaited facial

Hi All,
Been a bit of a busy time over the last coupla weeks getting prepped for the belt change on the car. This is a first time for me and it has been way overdue for the car, as it is debatable when the belts were last done.

Getting the motor out was pretty straight forward....thanks to Carguy's terrific coverage on this procedure from way back (cheers Jeff) a true inspiration.

The plan is to get the drivetrain/carriage looking a lot fresher, change the belts, check the valve clearances and attend to any issues that become apparent during the process.

I have had it out of the car for a week now, and fabricated a bogey to move it around easier as the suspending on trolley jacks is fraught with all manner of opportunities for the 'pear shape' fairy to visit! I am taking a pictorial register of every step and procedure for my own synapse jogger when it comes to getting it all back together again.

Naturally, I am open to constructive suggestions and queries as this thread progresses

Have waited 30 mins to upload pics and error occurred so will reduce .jpg file size and resubmit again later.

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-18-2012, 09:17 AM
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Hi Pete I think that pear shaped fairy visited my garage a few times
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The attached pics are as the day progressed and got hotter
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Hi Pete I think that pear shaped fairy visited my garage a few times
Yeah Ron, can relate to that...especially so when the sylph-like creature empties yr garage fridge of beer!
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Hello Pete! It's been too long since we've written. Wow....you removed the decklid too! I just love watching a good engine-out thread. Let me know if I can help in any way.
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Hello Pete! It's been too long since we've written. Wow....you removed the decklid too! I just love watching a good engine-out thread. Let me know if I can help in any way.
Jeff! a rather timely reply if I do say so! I will be taking you up on that as the cleaning of the block and hanging off the subframe bits draws to a close. Been so busy with peripheral stuff, last weekend was the first full day of bead blasting with a larger capacity compressor. I have quite a few shots to upload as it has progressed and will be doing that in the next day or so.

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Cleaning the block

The block was showing a large amount of what appeared to be atmospheric corrosion with the aluminium reacting with the atmosphere,damp etc. a 'crusty' buildup was evident and after 3 attempts to remove it with different procedures I bit the bullet and set screens up, masked every orifice off and attacked it with glass beads. Effective but messy! Having a small capacity compressor did not help progress as it was running short of pressure like an asthmatic playing the didge'!!

A larger compressor made a large difference and it is proceeding well at this point. The top of the motor is now very clean, only a few small patches missed attention and will be dealt with this week. The rear hubs have been removed as well as the spings/shocks for cleaning, one hub has come up well, and a caliper has been cleaned enough to paint.

Prior to the motor coming out,the chin spoiler came off for repair as it had suffered more than a few 'track day' scrapes over the years. Pics of the damage and repair will follow. the amount of paint and bondo used to repair/conceal the damage was pretty amazing! like peeling an onion to reveal another layer of paint(poorly prepped and too thick) on top of another the same! The repairs took over 2 weeks, concentrating on one are of damage at a time and reinforcing the shattered layers of glass. After a time, the flimsiness of the spoiler became more rigid and started to exhibit a bit more torsional rigidity....perhaps the catalyst for the resin has a touch of the Viagra's about it.
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pics 1-3 are before a pressure wash, 4-5 are after the wash and 5 is about as good as elbow greas could get the finish. Will take mores tonight of the finish on the block which will show a stark 'before/after' comparison.
I was looking at a product which seals bare aluminium and want to seal it off before I progress into the cam covers refinishing. As an aside, the small amount of beading that will have got onto the external reciprocating parts will be flushed off with water and air dried with warm air before any movement of the rotating occurs. This stuff is microscopic and where I work is part of the refurbishing of air breathing valves on Navy Subs. Wet blasting gives an amazing lustre to the surface corrosion on the stripped valves that we refurbish as OEM suppliers.
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Was that car bought in the U.S. east coast?

Nice write-up, good-luck with the car.
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I really like all of the covers you made for the intakes, etc....nice. But when it comes to media blasting you CANNOT be too careful. Just for reference....the "factory finish" on the engine block and bell housing were actually painted I believe, but the cylinder heads were bare aluminum. Can someone please verify this....?
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Was that car bought in the U.S. east coast?

Nice write-up, good-luck with the car.
Was located in Illinois for the 1st 12yrs and then located to Canada until I purchased it.

The upcoming pics will confirm yr E Coast suspicions 360!
Jeff, I can confirm that the secondary aluminium components were finished in a flat grey coating un-primed.The rear hub carriers fared the worst with the exposure to all weathers, with a consequence of the paint peeling due to surface oxidisation of the aluminium beneath the paint coat. The decision the clean loose paint off and recoat, or blast all off to get a uniform finish to start with.I have decided to go with the latter, the finish on the coated engine block is what the hub carriers will be like. It is a clear spray on rubberised coating, which bonds to the clean metal and seals it. The product is used mainly to protect exposed metal from corrosion, electrical components in the weather etc. One coat on the engine block will be sufficient to protect it.
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Chin Spoiler Rebuild

Due to a very minor driveway-crossover altercation, the chin spoiler literally shattered in two places. After removal and inspection, the evidence of patch-ups over the years became apparent with the integrity of the spoiler being somewhat flaccid!
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Just noticed these posts.
Ordered May, 1988; arrived weekend after Thanksgiving, November, 1988. Used as daily driver in spring/summer/fall, weather permitting. Driven at Gingerman, Road America, Watkins Glen, and Moroso (now Palm Beach Int. Raceway).
Lot of good memories.
Good luck restoring an old friend.

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