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Indy-Barely Functional-Guy
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy UltraDork
7/28/18 7:57 p.m.

Thinking about making this shot my new Avatar....

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
7/29/18 8:32 p.m.

Didn't get the car wrapped up yet, so it's sleeping in the garage over night.

I did get the blower motor resistor replaced as seen below with the help of IndyKid #3 (microman)

He's smaller than I am, so we used that to our advantage.

Old versus new.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
7/29/18 8:39 p.m.

Unfortunately, this didn't fix the problem: blower motor is still inoperable.sad

Also, I broke the throttle pedal bushings in the process.  Well, I broke a decrepit one, the other was missing, so now the throttle is also inoperable until I buy yet more parts.  crying

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 9:08 a.m.

FedEx guy dropped this off yesterday, so you can guess what my project today is going to be..... (Trying out a new vendor)

Because I needed to wait on these other parts to show up, I went ahead and ordered a new (aluminum) water pump pulley.

Dirtydog
Dirtydog Dork
8/4/18 9:54 a.m.

Ah, to be young and flexible.   Look at the bright side, you are making progress.  And finding the little things now, can save on headaches later.

gumby
gumby Reader
8/4/18 11:02 a.m.
Indy-Barely Functional-Guy said:

Thinking about making this shot my new Avatar....

 

No disassemble!!

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 11:39 a.m.

In reply to gumby :

Ha. I hadn't associated the two until you pointed it out.

 

So, I decided to go with the leave it in route, instead of the take it out and re-lube route with the crossover tubes.

If they leak, I'll pull the intake and regasket at that time.

 

Lubed the new o-rings as you guys suggested.

I put a thin film of gasket sealer on to hold the gasket in place.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 1:12 p.m.

The internet webs suggested drilling a 1/16" hole in the thermostat to aid bleeding air out of the system. A 5/64" hole was the best I could do.

Lubed the thermostat housing o-ring too.

Aluminum housing more better. wink

Installed a new lower radiator hose while I was in there.

Let's get that new coolant level sensor in too.

And always remember distilled water with the antifreeze.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 1:17 p.m.

Despite what the title of the car says, you never really own a car until you bleed on it....

 

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So today, it officially became mine.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 1:19 p.m.

Remember that broken fuel door hinge?

Let's try and get this fixed today too.

 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 1:37 p.m.

Hinge just snaps out. And slides off metal door.

 

Install metal spring onto new hinge, and snap back onto car.

And fixed.

Now let's move on to repairing the throttle pedal......

 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 2:17 p.m.

Last week when IndyKid #3 and I were under the dash we broke the throttle pedal bushing. That's the real reason the car has been inoperable this whole time. Waiting on these bushings.

You can see what was left of the one.  These are made of rubber. Should I lubricate them? If so what will be safe for the rubber?

 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/4/18 3:47 p.m.

In reply to Indy-Guy :

I'd use Sil-glyde inside and out on that bushing.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/4/18 4:09 p.m.

In reply to Indy-Guy :

Also, I know you're not my long-list twin because I could never leave all that filth on the front of the engine.

 

 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/4/18 6:43 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

Wow, you did a good job getting yours clean. I didn't have a very good way of cleaning it.  I took it to a coin operated car wash and blasted the front pretty good ( at least i thought it was good). Couldn't degrease it so well in the garage. It really needs valve cover gaskets. Oil is pooling in the spark plug wells. See pic. After I get those changed, hopefully it won't weep so much.

 

I got the pedal bushings lubed with silicone based lube. And then installed.

Also the bushing where the cable attaches to the lever mechanism was missing....

So that's gotta be fixed.

There. That's better.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/4/18 7:24 p.m.

I put a couple layers of cardboard under the car, then soaked everything with Gunk degreaser.  Let it sit for a couple hours and scraped with putty knife and other flat tools.  Soaked what was left and got after it with stiff bristled brushes.  Final rinse with Brakleen.  I was high as berkeley by the end of the day.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
8/23/18 6:06 p.m.

The "Grocery Life" sticker thread reminded me that I had one of these squirreled away, so once I found it, had to put it on:

Thanks again Mazdeuce.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
9/7/18 6:53 p.m.

An update is in order.

Got the car all buttoned up and filled with 50/50 mix: No leaks! But I chased a rough running miss for several days. Ordered and installed a new coil and spark plug.

Still had the lack of power/hesitation/misfire thing. sad

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
9/7/18 6:58 p.m.

Dug around some more to find this vacuum leak....

Back side of the intake manifold.

A previous owner must have tried a silicone repair.

Once replaced, this still didn't fix the problem.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 MegaDork
9/7/18 7:08 p.m.

I know your pain. 

 

 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
9/7/18 7:46 p.m.
Dusterbd13 said:

I know your pain. 

 

 

Following along with your learning to speak German thread, yes. Yes you do, and then some.

 

The car ran like crap ever since the water pump replacement/service...... So..... I retraced my steps through, triple checking EVERYTHING.  Finally stumbled onto the thought that I was learning on the plastic wire covers a lot during the work.  Supporting my weight on my elbow on them. So I took the covers off both sides.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
9/7/18 7:53 p.m.

Moved, and inspected all the wires and connections.

Then remembered that I fiddled with this plug a bit (trying, but failing to disconnect it) when I was in here last.

 

I tightened the plug, and that cured the problem. Runs great again.  That was two weeks ago.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
9/7/18 8:25 p.m.

I've been daily driving this for the past two weeks. Cool right!? So, seriously, I'm driving home thinking about upgrading this thread, stop by the bank drive through, while waiting with the engine idling I hear a "pop". That's followed quickly with steam bellowing out from under the hood. frown sigh.

Park it, pop hood to find this:

Yep, the plastic pipe nipple broke off the heater mixing valve.

I hate it when my cars leave me stranded, so I went all McGyver on it....

What do I have that'll limp me home?(about 5 miles)

This old spark plug is about the right size.....

Leave the expansion tank cap off so it can't build pressure, top off with the antifreeze I had in the car, and limped her home. wink

I've got more parts to buy.

Stampie
Stampie UberDork
9/7/18 8:46 p.m.
Indy-Guy said:

 

Leave the expansion tank cap off so it can't build pressure, top off with the antifreeze I had in the car, and limped her home. 

An old Volvo tech taught me that back when I was 18. It's saved me many times since.  Brad if you're still out there I owe you one.

Yep I just decided that I'm not going to own any BMW new enough to have that many wires.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UltraDork
9/22/18 3:35 p.m.

I whacked my thumb with a hammer REAL hard today building the Pie in the Sky tree house.  Frustrated and in serious pain, I needed to step away from it a bit so I decided to give the Einhorn some love today.  As usual I'm a dollar short and a day late on things, so I'm finally getting around to doing something about the inoperable A/C and Heater Blower Motor.  You may recall, I replaced the resistor earlier in a feeble (and lazy) attempt to get it to work.  Today I finally manned up and tackled it right.  Off to the world wide web I found  this excellent write up on getting to the blower motor.

 

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