Just a follow-up to Ben'* thoughts. The project took twice as long as any of us thought, but the car started on the first try, and the only hint of a leak anywhere, was a few drops of ATF from a tranny line connection underneath. A couple of turns and we realized that all of our attention to detail and careful inspection, cleaning, and prepping of all surfaces and fasteners payed off. Considering how deep we had things torn down, it was great to see everything buttoned up tight, as well as knowing that many, many things are now as good (if not better) than when Ben'* car rolled off the assembly line.
Ben deserves as much credit as anyone else, if not more. He dove right in and tackled everything that needed to be done and seldom rested. He had wrenches flying and screwdrivers spinning the entire time. Many things were new to him (so he said) but still performed every task needed regardless of whether he had experience on that task or not. Some of the extra time occured because I wanted Ben to actually see and work on things that he hadn't had a chance to work on before. His understanding of his Bonne, from the smallest plastic retainer clip to the largest chunk of metal on the car has grown immensly.
Again, I can't thank Thomas enough for the use of his garage, most of his tools, and all of his knowledge.
All of our families deserve a huge thanks, as well. None of them had seen much of us for a couple of days, yet still understood we had a project to complete.
I have to tell, you....finally watching Ben back out of the garage provided me with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. This was a BIG project and the satisfaction level matched it.
I have learned so much more this weekend and am going to jot down some notes and tips to hopefully, help those in the future that will be worknig on areas, that I now have a greater appreciation for. I feel like I attended a three+ day crash course at "Bonneville Tech"