engine bolted to transmision slideshow
Only took two tries to get everything aligned - ~11:00 pm
ES engine getting closer
26oz of 134a, 2oz oil = good cold AC
Today I get a later start, go shopping after breakfast, find and remember most of what I need, only get a few things I didn't plan to buy. I pickup a sub and plan to eat it on the water after I recharge the AC in the truck.
I add the oil and leak stop, 4 OZ can - it takes it in a few minutes. Next 12oz of 134a - 3-5 minutes and it is blowing cold again. Still taking both the 2oz of oil/leakstop, 2oz of 134a and another 12 that fast I figure it needs another can. So this time it take a good 10-12 minutes to pull the can empty and now the AC is blowing COLD.
Next to the backyard to fill last nights escape route and then to the garage for the kayak. I get the kayak out from over the busted ES and I go to gather Maggie up - she is no where to be found, not inside, not in the fenced yard. I check and find one gate loose - I had opened them last night when looking for her and must not have closed it, she checks gates.
So another ride around to look for her - but there are lots of people around and she isn't mugging for attention. Then I remember I had the shed open for the shovel...
I head back home and give a call when I come into the yard - barking from the shed. Easy enough I thought - oh no - she had pulled a Bouncer and cornered a opossum under the shed. At that time all I knew she had something cornered - lots of barking from time to time and some growling. I first figured it was going to be one very upset cat.
I call and call and stamp on the floor but she would not come out. So I try to dig near the barking - no luck, frame sunk into the earth. Finally after I consider cutting the floor open I go for my trusty 2 ton bottle jack.
Once I get the front of the shed 8-12 or so inches off the ground I see something grayish with an eye but no Maggie - I was getting worried. When I get the front of the shed 16-18 inches off the ground I can plainly see it is a medium sized opossum but no Maggie - I was worried - did she go into the far corner of the shed to die? I head into the house for a flashlight and who do I find at the door - Maggie. Damn dog did an end run on me to get some water but never came by to let me know she climbed out the other end.
If I didn't live in town I would had got the 22 an shot the ugly thing, if I had a stockade fence I might have used a subsonic round even in town but with a sheriff deputy next door shooting it wasn't an option. I tried to chase it out of the yard using Maggie on a rope and a shovel to poke and prod. All I can say is Maggie had it cornered, she was somewhat tenacious but not really ready to grapple with a opossum to the death - not that I wanted her to get injured in the fight anyways My other option was to beat it to death with a shovel - didn't quite feel up to that today. Yet if I could have used the 22 she had it cornered and set for a shot - ok it is not like opossums are the most cunning animals to hunt, in fact playing possum is their M.O. but she had it set waiting for me to do something.
Now there is thunderstorm is off in the distance and just won't move through, I finally get everything loaded up but it is still there. We head up to the park and sat a picnic table watching the lightning strike to our west but the clouds are not moving much at all. So no evening paddle tonight and just when I get home it finally opens up - of course the boat is face up in the bed of the truck, the engine is still outside..
At least the AC is cold in the truck again.
Engine out of 1800ES
First - document transmission wiring - as much as possible - hard to take pictures of switches on top.
Next disconnect driveshaft and remove mount
Remove clutch cable, and remaining wiring.
It wasn't too bad pulling the engine, not that much to disconnect. One important note - how strong do you think an oil filter is? Well strong enough to lift the front end of a car off the ground minus the weight of the engine when it jams between the exhaust and the body. I suppose the fact that the engine wasn't able to tilt meant that the transmission was carrying allot of the load but it was no fun getting the filter off - nor removing the socket with 6" extension that jammed between the engine mount and under the exhaust flange supporting the weight of the exhaust system 1/2 back under the car.
|Clutch cable connection to yoke|
|thermal timer wiring, oil pressure hose|
|engine coming out|
|engine out but crane about to hit door|
|when complementing the purchase of your own engine hoist ||make sure to purchase a load leveler |
Once free of the oil filter and raised off the crossmember and forward of heater blower the engine can be tilted up for removal of engine and transmission
Of course the last time I did this I had 16 feet of clearance - this time I had to set the unit down and move the chains to hold the unit closer to the crane connection as it was about to hit the raised garage door. Since the lift was 1/2 way out the door I couldn't close the door either - won't be a problem on the '67 - the car is nose in.
|engine clear but transmission and OD to go|
So I finally get the engine out and clear - it is about 10 till 8. I go to give Maggie a little attention when I find she released herself on her own recognizance. Fortunately a neighbor down the street saw her walking on her own and invited her in to stay awhile. I looked all over town to no avail -then I got a message at home. They initially called my cell phone but miss dialed.
|the hole left by Hilts, too impatient for her evening walk|
Danny's Fried Chicken Franklyn LA
While driving down around the west side of Atchafalaya basin thru Lake Fausse Pointe park to Franklin LA then thru N.O. Got some good Satsuma's from a farm stand. Between Franklin and N.O.
I had lunch at Danny's Fried Chicken in Franklyn LA. Good chicken, had a side of fried okra with it. Figured out they are a chain but must not be a large one and likely dependant of the local operator but if you happen to be in Franklyn LA bypass the FKC on the north side and head for Danny's.
Q branch style control panel
|I messed up the spacing and didn't leave room for another cigarette lighter sized hold for the optional ejection seat button.|
Missed my fifth run by 1/4 of an inch
Took the ES back for a second day of autocrossing. After my forth run I pulled back into the grid, took off my loaner helmet and returned it to the front of the line. Upon walking back I noticed a pool of coolant under the front of the engine. It was not a blown hose - not good. It was a good thing I brought a trailer.
I got the car home and since it has cooled off I start looking for the leak. I note that when I squeeze the lower hose coolant leaks down the timing gear cover from the front of the engine. Ok, I might get lucky, maybe a blown water pump seal. I pull the fan and pulley bell - no leaking out the weep-hole. The leak isn't from the seals between the pump and the head, nor the heater return pipe or the lower hose pipe seals. So it is either a blown head gasket, cracked head/block or blown water pump gasket.
I have a spare new pump and gasket/seal kit. So I pull the pump. The gasket tears upon removal of the pump - not diagnostic but a promising development. Also some of the gasket looks to be missing, since I am working on the trailer it isn't in the gravel. The other thing I not is that two of the bolts are very rusty, especially on of the short ones from the left side. I clean everything up and look for my gasket varnish - I found the little bottle - I amaze myself sometimes.
I cross my fingers and decide to replace the pump with the rebuilt one. If I still have a leak then something else blew. Before replacing the bolts I take them to the wire brush wheel on the grinder. I clean up four bolts - three long and one short. When I go back for the fourth bolt it is very rusty with it's threads full of gunk and rust. Only about a thread and 1/2 looks used. I check the marking and make sure I have the right bolt - again I dropped it but since I am on the trailer there is just the one bolt and washer. I check the markings, grade 5 bolt but it has different markings than the other three. Then I note that it is shorter than the other short one.
I almost go over to the B18 engine sitting on the stand an remove the bolts from it's water pump - same water pump.
So now I have five bolts for four holes and only two match. One 2 inch, two 1 3/4", one 1 1/4" and on 1". Ok the 2 inch bolt holds the lower radiator hose pipe, the two long bolts are for the top of the pump and the 1 1/4" bolt holds the heater pipe to the pump and the 1" for the left side. No that cannot be right the heater pipe mount is no thicker than a washer - 16 guauge steel, not 1/4 inch difference in length. Now all the bolts but the 1 inch bolts have the same grade markings, then I note that the 1 inch bolt just barely has 2 threads sticking out of the pump housing.
So I do a quick RCI in my head.. Leaking coolant caused by blown water pump gasket -> excessive reving over presurizes the cooling system -> caused by 1st gear out of the Chicago box to the finish where the engine is likely at or a bit over redline (ok not good but if an engine cannot take a moment at redline then something is wrong). The car was not running hot - right on the first line - normal operating temp so it is not an overheating issue. What caused the gasket to leak? Lack of torque caused by only two threads of a short bolt into the block? I didn't measure the torque of the bolts as I removed them but that is my assumption, especally juding from the rusty gunky condition of two bolts - the long one and the 1 inch one from the same side of the engine.
Historical note - I have been fighting a coolant leak from the left side of the engine - right around where the head meets the block - leak down test a few weeks ago ok, not the head gasket. I have replaced fixed radiator cap seals, overflow tank relef cap and check all the hoses - it is either the pump seal but it doesn't leak at idle. Small leak but enough that I must keep an eye on the level to be safe every few hundred miles.
So I cannot prove without reinstalling the short bolt that it caused the problem but I assume it is the root cause of the leak. Now I have some grade five 5/16 bolts in my supply but only 1 inch (grade 2) 1.5 inch, 2 inch and 2.5 inch. I thread two nuts on to lock the length at 1.75 and cut a 2 inch bolt down to size.
Once I coat the gasket in gasket sealer I put the seals in the pump and install. I fit the heater pipe seal and the seal on the lower pipe as well. Ok everything torques down quite well (no I didn't pull the spects and I should have or use a torque wrench - the sun is down and light is fading fast.
The moment of truth - By now it is full dark and I have a stand light when I fill the radiator and tank. Without installing the fan clutch or fan I start the engine to see if it still leaks. After a minute no leaking so I shut the engine down so it doesn't get too hot yet.
It takes a while to swap out the fan clutch and move the fan to a used one but finally everything is back together. I didn't drain the block as this car has a coolant sensor where the petcock is on the B18 and B230 engines but I did drain the radiator and most of the head by pulling the heater core hose (also drained the heater core too).
I start the car up and open the heater valve to full heat - after 15-20 minutes things start to warm up and NO LEAKING!
So my goal to learn how the car handles when pushed was more or less achieved and I identified a weak spot that I had been chasing down for the last 9 months. So I guess I will take her out to another autocross to get some more experience.
So I missed my last run today because someone was too lazy and did find or make the correct size bolt for one they lost when replacing the water pump. I will note that a 1.5 inch bolt would bottom out before tightening the pump to the block. Good news was it happened in a controlled environment where I was able to get the car on the trailer without running it again. This could have been bad had it happened on the open road and I lost coolant with a hot engine - sure it was leaking but the block and head remained full.
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