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Old 06-02-2021, 04:31 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Comical update: the shop I took the knuckles to broke their 5 ton SnapOn hydraulic press trying to press the bearings out.
I've used both a 12-ton hydraulic press and a hammer on rust belt Honda wheel bearings. Never broke anything!

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Old 06-05-2021, 10:49 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Got the axle seals in today. They really fought me, coming out.






New boots on the tie rods:




Found all of the spark plugs had backed out and could be spun by hand. Got these replaced.




New air filter.




Adjusted the valve lash. All but one of the intake valves were dead-on spec, but all of the exhaust valves were loose.






Monday I'll pick up the knuckles with their new bearings and joints, and put the front back together (with Insight brakes), then give the same treatment to the rear.
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Old 06-05-2021, 11:56 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Nice! It should drive a lot better now
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Old 06-06-2021, 08:41 PM   #64 (permalink)
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New distributor cap today. I went Bosch, but might rethink that and put an OEM on if it doesn't run right. Replaced the PCV valve - but kept the one in it as it felt fine. Also pulled off the intake manifold to inspect the EGR passage - looked clear, surprisingly. Doing so I also dumped a bunch of coolant on the ground under the car.
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Holy crap that sparkplug! All four were like that and you still got good fuel economy? Hondas rule. I use an aftermarket dizzy. It is fine. My car is a road warrior, not a museum piece. An eco rat rot, not a cars n coffee toy.

I am shocked by the airfilter. Seriously, that machine has a spirit guide.
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Old 06-07-2021, 09:01 AM   #66 (permalink)
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Eh, I'm not so worried about that air filter. As long as it's still filtering it's ok. Not great but ok. It's not like we're running full throttle high rpm in these machines. As long as it flows a quarter of the air it's designed for, that's enough for our usage.

Great work refreshing all the stuff! Glad to see it's in good hands!
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Old 06-07-2021, 02:21 PM   #67 (permalink)
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How long ago should someone have used compressed air to blow out the filter?
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How long ago should someone have used compressed air to blow out the filter?
Not looking to find out!

The backside of the filler looked new. And, if anything, a dirty filter might actually improve economy. It might chop off the top couple of percent of engine load, which tend to be less efficient.

On a related note, the air intake, runner and plenum sizes are pretty comical to me. Anyone know if a smaller volume plenum like Honda used leads to higher efficiency? I could see some possible gains from a lower volume to create vacuum in.
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Clean "new" steering wheel and airbag module arrived. I didn't think I was going to be able to clean the old one up to my satisfaction. I can probably still fetch something for them on eBay though, as blue is pretty rare.

Also snagged a cluster with a tach and approximately appropriate redline. It's from an automatic, but maybe I can use those lights for something else. E.g. maybe the radiator fan light.
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Also snagged a cluster with a tach and approximately appropriate redline. It's from an automatic, but maybe I can use those lights for something else. E.g. maybe the radiator fan light.
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