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Old 12-23-2011, 04:26 AM
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I have been down for a week or so but here are some progress pictures on the 78. I just got the parts from Roger for the engine so hopefully if I have more energy I will start to reassemble it. Still some polishing and clear coating on the polished parts.

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Default Back at it Day 6 progress

Back off Disney World Vacation and time to get to work. Lots of good parts showed up today via Fed Ex.

Got the tank in, new in-tank pump kit installed and the 044 pump it. Put a new in tank gas gauge and everything is now ready for gas to go back in... I will hold off adding any gas until I get the mounts, oil pan gasket and the WP/TB plus tuneup parts in.

I had forgotten how big of a PITA it was to get all the tank and pumps in.. glad I am done with both of my S4s.

Almost wished I would have waited on the TB plus goodies to see if it will run right, but I know it is better to do those before I put it back on the road. It is going to be one hell of a busy weekend.... goal is to have her up and running.
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New tools... have to have new tools right ... needed the 25-28mm wrenches. Nice short wrenches metric and standard and I always wanted ratcheting wrenches, so I got those too in metric and standard

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044 and in take filter and tank all done
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Parts parts parts
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more parts parts parts
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Default Day 7

Well, tonight was limited by that Day Job I have, but I got those 8 nasty cross member bolts free. I have left the through bolts to the body in until tomorrow when I can put support other than the floor jack under the motor. I have had to many floor jacks go out to trust one completely.

Tomorrow, if I can do it, will be the bolts and then the pan. I would love to get that pan out and over to my buddies for cleaning tomorrow evening.

A nice note, the rack looks bran new. Looks like it should for only having a bout 2K miles on it. I cannot imagine why it would have any issues after sitting.

A sad note is there is a tranny fluid leak somewhere near the reservoir on the right side of the tranny. Not sure what yet, but I will work that after it is running ...
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Dan, Nice progress. I love the cleanness of the motor. For now I have decided to go with leaving it in to get her up and running first. Since this is my back up, backup car, I will be able to tear it back down later if needed to make the motor shine. I am about $4K into parts and tools at this point, so I want to ensure she runs first before I add more $$$ to beauty.

Once she runs strong, I will start with the beauty. I still have the interior to work and some electrical issues like the dimmer, I think, to get the instrument panel to light up right. At some point the had a larger stereo in the car because I found amp lines and other items on the tear down work. I need to fix what those clowns butched up.

I also found the third tail light hidden behind the rear seats where they did that sort of half *** and the antenna hidden as well. Good news is I have a perfect 89 antenna which are hard as hell to find (I was looking until I found mine in the car), but I need to add about 18-24" of length to mount it right on the rear lid and the rear tail light as well.

As a side note, I will be in the bay area the first weekend of Feb. I would love to meet up with you and buy you a drink look over your babies...

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Default Day 8

Well, cross member is out and pan is out and will be cleaned tomorrow in a dip. I forgot what a PITA that pan is. The cross member and mounts came out easier on this one that my other 89.

I can tell you that ratcheting 10mm wrench rocks. That did make it much faster. Almost all of the bolts were finger tight. Forgot to take a before picture of the pan before I put it in a bag and gave it to my neighbor... but you can imagine a filthy pan that really needs a clean job.

Here are a couple shots and the bottom of the engine. Looks real nice. Anyone think of anything I should do before I put the pan back on? No gunk in the bottom of the pan to speak of, which is what I was hoping.

and I snapped a shot of the old mounts. The new Volvo ones are in place and ready to go in. Tomorrow I hope to put the bottom back together, swap out the O2 sensor and get the pipes back in.

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Default Day 9

Good progress today. While I waited for the pan I put the O2 Sensor in, the exhaust back in, got to use my 3/4" drives and brake free with a 4 foot square pipe the font engine balancer bolt and strip the TB/WP job all the way down.

Take a look at what happens to a brand new water pump when it sits for 10 yrs.

Stated the reinstall and got the first two bolts in PorKens goodies until the pan showed.

I may have said it below a couple times, but I had R&R on that damn oil pan. But she is in and torqued down to a hefty 20-25 in/lbs... I will be happy if she does not seep or leak.

I wanted to get the cross member back in and finish the bottom, but it will wait until tomorrow. I got the TB/WP job much further along than planned while I waited, so it is a fair stopping point.

Now time for some beer or bourbon... or both!

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I like the two pipe look so much I had to put it in on this one as well
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You're rockin' like Dokken. Keep the updates comin'
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Originally Posted by Jadz928 View Post
You're rockin' like Dokken. Keep the updates comin'
Thanks... that is saying something coming from "Mr. 1 & 6"

I also picked up a set of 968 Aero mirrors from eBay and bases with gaskets from our friend Roger. A little ahead of myself, but I have been looking for a while for those Aero mirrors.

Without any major hick-ups, I will have it all back together by Sunday and try it out on the road... .lots of work left with the plugs, wires, etc after/as I finish the WP/TB.

I am dying to know if I have this problem licked with one of the many things I did (fuel pumps, electrical components, etc).
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Very little varnish inside that motor. Do you know what kind of oil it has been getting?
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No, but I know what it will be. But I know what it will be (Mobile 1 15-50W) from now on.

10yrs of hibernation that was not prepped is not good for any car. May be worse for a 928 than most, but I have seen from the gas tank goo to the water pump rusting out the evidence of it.

Injectors are my next concern, but I am going to roll the dice on those for the next firing since I did drive it about 1000 miles and at low fuel demands it ran great. Everything points to fuel starvation that I did not even conciser since"the fuel pumps had been replace" per the prior owners statement... I know know for a fact it was just the exterior pump and filter. The were new, but now that are on the floor in my garage and a nice 044 is in

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Whats your concern? thoughts? etc? Should I be thinking anything else before I try to get her up and driving Sunday? I am on an aggressive plan to have her running this weekend.
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Default Day 10, so far....

well, bottom is all back together. I had some threading issues on a couple bolts I worked out. Need to put the oil filter and add oil, but I will wait until the front is done.

I would like to think I will never do another Oil pan, but I am sure that I will end up working TheLauries 88 and a buddy of mine that bought my 79's pan and motor mounts as well. If you want to be like BillBall, you have to follow the bouncing Ball's foots steps

Hands and arms are tired, sore and not a willing participate any longer in this effort

I do have a masochistic buddy coming over to play mechanic with me for the rest of the day. If all works out, she will be bolted all back up tonight less the interior.... we will see how much longer my body plays somewhat nice. Is it too early for a beer if you've been up since 5 on a Sat?

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So are you reusing that water pump?

Your engine looks very clean inside BTW.

Are the volvo mounts solid or hydraulic?
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So are you reusing that water pump?
No, I thought I would sell it on eBay as :like new with less that 2000 miles on it"

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Are the volvo mounts solid or hydraulic?
Got them from Roger and 928Rus. I think they are the hydraulic that is recommended. I assume they are, but I guess I need to ask Roger to be sure.
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Default Day 10 continued - Its Alive!!!!

Finished the water pump, tb. plugs, wires, caps, rotors, coils, belts, etc and putting it all back together.

Fired her up and sounds just great .. had a couple minor title issues like a small fuel drip easily fixed and a belt needed to be tightened a little more for the C pump.

I spilled some antifreeze so it was a little hard to see if there was any issues at all, but I ran her for a few min and all looks food. Washed the motor off a little and I will start putting all the front end pieces back together tomorrow (spoiler, inner fender wells and everything I have pulled off getting the spoiler off).

I should be able to take it for a short drive tomorrow - long enough to see if the power issues is there or not.

If I have that problem fixed, I will start on the inside with some of the electrical issues I know of.

Anyone know why the clock would stay on all the time? I think that is the cause of the batter draining I have seen.

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Important project here, very cool, would like to see more overall shots too when you feel the time is right. Congrats on this find and your diligence to liberate it. Its another great save, for sure.
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