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Old 04-17-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Anyone near woodbridge, VA?

Headed there right now to pick up a 97M I bought(literally, courtesy of free wireless from Verizon). Gotta do a head swap on it first before I can drive it home.

ETA 1pm or eariler
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:52 AM   #2
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Newbsauce and I are fairly close (Alexandria, Va) but alas we both work....
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:04 PM   #3
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slackers. till when?
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:09 PM   #4
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i was down. until i saw how far south it was. there's going to be 46000 pope-watchers driving that way this afternoon.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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**** **** ****!! Is that ------ supposed to be in DC or something today? I know he's supposed to be in NYC this weekend. I shoulda brought a giant crusifix and some spikes from the railway.
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strap it to your roll bar and drive around
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no chance in hell im driving into woodbridge at 5. even though it's about 15 miles away, I wouldnt get there until 7.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:38 PM   #8
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I did a miata head the other day. Took about 4 hours or so. It was my first time doing a bp head.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:33 PM   #9
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yeah. i've done several myself. not very difficult. i'm expecting 2-3 hours
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i was there with ya on monday. i aint spending another 8 hour round trip to help ya. i supplied you with parts to fix it so i can still say i helped.
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What a nightmare.

Get down there at 1pm.

Pull the head off.

Pull the head I brought down with me out of the packaging it's been in for over a year. It looks like I pulled it out of a car sitting in a lake. Don't want to spend the time cleaning it up and installing on the car (especially since we are baking in the sun and don't know where anything is in the area). So I check out the head I just removed. It looks perfect. The head gasket isn't blown through in any places. The bottom end is clean, the head is clean. There is no oil in the coolant and no coolant in the oil. I don't have a straight edge but I eyeball the plane of the head as best I can and it looks true and flat. So I decide to throw the head back on the block with a new headgasket. 530pm, sunburned to hell it's all reassembled. Try to start the car. Battery dead. Waste 20 mins trying to get jumper cables. Jump it. Engine turning over but sounds as if there is no compression. Pull the valve cover to double check the timing. All lined up. Pull the bolts out of timing gears to make sure nobody had taken those off and reassembled wrong. Those are correct. Pull plug #1 to see if it's getting spark. Yes, and plug is wet with fuel. Pull plug #2, that is getting spark. Happen to look down into the well and see cylinder is filled with fluid. Look back in #1, dry. Pull #3, also filled with fluid. #4, dry. Wrap a napkin around a screw driver(that happens to have that pain in the *** black sticky **** from the doors all over it thanks to JJ). Can't reach down far enough to soak any up to see if it's gas. Pull a vacuum hose off and shove it down the hole to suck some up. It's hard to see the level inside a black opaque hose so I ended up with a mouth full of the ****. Tastes sweet like antifreeze with a hint of gas. ****! Now it's 6 o'clock. Time to bite the bullet. Call u-haul to rent a truck and trailer to get the thing home the 300 miles. $350 for rental. $250 in fuel and tolls later I get the car home at 2am.

Go this morning before work to a friends shop to buy a head he just pulled off his car. Had it refreshed a few months ago. I give him $200. Head, intake, exhaust mani, valve cover.

Go to leave the shop in my turbo car and my oil pump explodes. God this is my week. Still got the u-haul truck and trailer so I get the guy to flat bed my car back to shop. Then get a ride home to get truck and trailer and return 3 hours later with it. Oh, called out of work too. Get home with the car. Push it into the driveway.

Start disassembly of the 97M(once again). Pull the head off. Check it with a straight edge. Sure enough it's warped. About 3/32" higher in the middle. Relieved that's what it is and not a crack in the water jacket. Remove exhaust mani and valve cover from the newly purchased head. WTF! The cam/valve area is coated with that copper radiator stop leak ****! Yeah, the one with the small metal filings! No way am I using that so I can ruin 2 oil pumps in 1 day. Kinda makes sense to me since the guy just pulled it off his car after blowing his oil pump! How did he not notice that **** in there and why the **** was it in there to begin with?

So now I am back to square one with only that ratty head from the lake but I am determined to get this ******* car running today. I check the lake head for flatness. It's perfect. I get 5 cans of brakekleen and clean it up as best I can. reassemble the motor. Try to start the bitch up.

It starts! A lil noisy at first but after letting it run for 15 mins and then taking for a short test drive it quieted right down. So tomorrow I will drain the radiator flush, and flush again. Change the oil. Put back the power steering/ac belt. Then I start ripping off some of the mods on the car that mom doesn't need. Yeah, not sure if I mentioned that earlier but this car was a gift for my mother since she wrecked her Miata a few weeks ago and has been borrowing my daily driver 94 ever since. I was kinda ok with spending the $2250 on it for her because after all she did give me life but $3000+ is a lot over my budget. So I will be removing: FM springs with KYB-AGX's, JR CAI, FM Shock tower brace, Billet aluminum slat grill. Then I'll take the one she wrecked and part it out for whatever I can get.

Maybe I'll even be able to afford to fix my own damn car now.

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Old 04-20-2008, 10:14 AM   #12
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So I figured out why the girl warped the head.


Radiator has a huge gash in it about 1/2 way up. Leaking like a sieve.

Guess I'll be selling the full tonneau cover and top boot and window protector(when it's down) and matching rear deck pouch.
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im near woodbridge. how much you want for the tonneau?
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:36 PM   #14
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Email me an offer. I'll have to ship it as I live in NJ. I only picked the car up in VA.

Note: I have the 4 dash mounted tenex bolts and a brand new set of manual mirror snaps. the power window snaps are on the car and I am afraif if i remove then the paint won't match underneath. oh, and just in case you aren't aware, the tonneau is tan as it's from a 97M

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What a nightmare.

God this is my week.
Well you did call the Pope a ------.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:48 PM   #16
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hahahaha, true. if i was a god fearing man i might think they are related.
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