Well like I said I'd do I attempted to tackle another job I had no clue how to do.
To boldly go where I shouldn't have. To be on another emotional roller coaster ride that had me happy and damn near in frustrated tears of dissapointment and anger.
I decided to change out the notorious fail sack plastic intake manifold gasket. I also replaced many other gaskets. I should have taken more pictures but I was busy working and forgot.
This is my garage and I'm an AMERICAN! I DRINK BEER AND BREAK STUFF! LOL
Before pic, coolant all over top of motor.
This is how far I got on night 1. I did almost this whole job by myself. My brother in law came by to give me a hand and I had a LOT of spectators watching me like a total of 7. Some people were like "EFFF THAT MIKE!" Others made fun of the fact the car is american and had I gotten a jap car I wouldn't have these problems. I just ignored them.
Others played on there Iphones and drank beer. I was on 2 hours of sleep and 12 hours of no food. I was a PMS crabby bitch and I started getting snippy with my friends. I should have played nicer. I didn't want to get this done professionally because I am saving up for a house and this would have cost me a lot of money.
Had to call it a night.
Next day after about 8 hours in the job
I also cleaned up the motor. Throttle body. Upper plenum before new gasket went in that. Thermostat gaskets X2. I had drawing of all the sensors and stuff. I don't know the technical names for the parts. Some things were labled "OJ SENSOR" or "Blue Sensor" or "Springy Thingy" true story. LOL
Was going to Type R red this like people did back in high school. I chose to skip that step.
I also installed new Valve cover gaskets. Nothing was wrong with them but I believe they were 30 dollars so why not while I'm there.
They leaked on my truck once. This car they were fine but around this many years in my truck did. A little preventative headache work we can call this.
Digging in with my brother in law taking out the rear bracket that supports the cross beam for the alternator support thing. He was playing with the EGR brace. Taking off the heat shield. It was nice to be able to have people there even though most of them did not a damn thing. It broke the garage silence. That's my ass for the record. LOL
Cleaned up the throttle body pretty good.
Day 3 I had to put it back together I got stuck and need to sleep. It's amazing how dumb you get when you work to much simple tasks become frustration. When I have a clear head I can think and get things done.
Found this cute piece of hardware. I think it is a ground because it was on a bolt coming off the harness. Bought a little kit with like 8 loopy zip things. I cut the old wire. Stripped it, and crimped it on.
Job is finished and all put back together. It leaked pretty good. I had to tighten up the drain plug but the car is so smooth now during acceleration and it doesn't loose compression and have what I called flat spots in the power band. I know it isn't a performance car but that's how I describe it and I'm not a mechanic.
Like I said I felt good then I felt like crying. I listened to Dean Martin radio on pandora. One song that hit the heart really hard was "That's Life" By Frank Sinatra.
Oil and filter changed along with brand new coolant. I did a lot of other things oh like fuel injector gaskets. EGR gasket. Lots of things I probably didn't mention. Took me about 20 hours to complete this job. It was very difficult for me. Car really works like new. It didn't want to start the first time I cranked it. That's because I suspect there was hardly any fuel in the lines. I purged it out. Now it starts easy.