I wanted to thank everyone here
and especially here
for helping me get my UIM/LIM fixed this weekend. It took me a while (9 hours) since this is the first time I have done this and I was being as clean as possible. The step by step instructions here http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...e=article&k=38
and especially the photos on the thread http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...86&highlight=A
were indispensible. I knew that I was progressing along the right path by looking at Willwrens photos.
Here'* what my LIM gaskets looked like:
Having not done this before I don't know how bad these look, but they didn't look good to me. UIM was fine, but I replaced it anyway. There was a ton of carbon built up by the EGR port, almost completely blocked.
I was so happy when I got to this point.
Just seeing the aluminum and green made me feel like I'd be keeping my Bonnie for alot longer now. I did go with the 180 thermostat. No flame war, please.
Hardest part: Getting all the crap out of the way, e.g. fuel rail, alternator, throttle body.
Also my draincock was cocked up so I had to drain the coolant from the bottom of the radiator at the return hose. The valve cover gaskets were both leaking so got them done too. The back was fun to get to.
Most annoying part: My local auto parts store. They told me on the phone they had everything and would hold it. Went in and they didn't have to right parts. Gave me the valve cover kit for an L67 instead of L36 and didn't have the Help coolant elbow. Had to drive to next town south to get other parts. I learned that lesson. Get everything the day before starting work!
Started up and everything was fine. My tensioner is squealing and has been going bad for a while so it'll need replaced, but the top of the engine is dry, dry, dry. Ran it outside for 45 minutes. drove it a while, no liquid anywhere...wooo hoooo!
I'm a noob and definetly NOT a gearhead, so if I can do this a blind dog with broken legs and no fur could do it. But I would read everything about it on this site first.
I really want to thank everyone here. I would NOT have attempted this without all the knowledge I gained from this site.