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Old 02-06-2013, 10:39 AM   #111 (permalink)
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #112 (permalink)
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Whats wrong with the bolt, can you show us a picture?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #113 (permalink)
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The bolt is stuck inside the alternator. It's the bolt the alt pivots on. I don't feel like dripping PB Blaster on my DSLR so here's a stock photo.

The bolt goes through the side of a bracket, through the bottom hole in the photo, then through the other side of the bracket. The pulley is on the driver's side.

The passenger (transmission) side of the bolt has a 24mm square head which is very close to the bracket, making it impossible to get a wrench on from below. The drivers (v-belt) side has dat nut*. Well, my nut is off but I was hammering on the end of bolt and now the bolt end is mucked up.

The main problem is that the bolt seems to be rusted to the inside of that hole. When I pivot the alternator, the bolt moves with it and vice versa.



Going to get my dad out there tomorrow and we'll put a torch on it. If that doesn't work it looks like I won't have a core to take back (sawzall time).

Here is a D16 block. The bracket and through-bolt on the bottom left are of interest here. Of course, the pulleys are on the driver's side so when I scoot underneath the car this is roughly the orientation I see.


*Tried to in-line link Eazy-E's Gimme Dat Nut, but it didn't work. So just imagine it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:29 AM   #114 (permalink)
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The torch should work. What are you going to be doing for GM?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:16 PM   #115 (permalink)
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The torch should work. What are you going to be doing for GM?
We shall see. I'll be doing 3D computer modelling in Alias.
Probably building door handles. Good money though.

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if you end up in the area again we should have a meet up!
Totally! I would like to do that.

You guys will like what I'm planning to do for the trip out there... CAD prototypes, if you will
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:05 PM   #117 (permalink)
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Torch did it alright New alt in. What's the proper belt tension? It squeals sometimes.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:07 PM   #118 (permalink)
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I don't know any actual specs for how tight, but whenever I'm tightening a belt I make it snug, and then a hair more, lol.
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I'll have to go in and tighten it a little then.

Filled up a couple days ago. 30mpg including a week of sub-zero temps.

Should have bought a VX.

Got some a tire Slime repair kit and a high-vis vest today and put them in the spare tire compartment with my survival kit and wool blanket. Getting ready for the drive to Detroit.

If anyone has aero images for this car they would be very much appreciated.

All I can find is this. A 3/4 view would be better.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:21 AM   #120 (permalink)
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Something's not right. Depends what kind of trips you are doing too. Last year when I wasnt hypermiling with my stock lx I was still getting 38 in the winter and that car weighs 300 lbs heavier. Dfco is fantastic with Hondas so try and use that as much as possible. And a block heater would certainly help too

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