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Old 04-05-2005, 09:01 PM   #11
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Yeah those Torx bit sockets, Hex sockets( not on this car ), 1/4 drive ratchet, 3/8 drive ratchet and 1/2 drive ratchets, a handfull of wrenches, extentions, long and short extentions, both 6 point and 12 point along with swivles all sizes, and if you ever have to do the rear wheel cylinders, 8 point sockets... Oh man the list just goes on...

I know how you feel tho... Thats how I end up with more tools...

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I was doing good today, and gm throw a curve ball with the torx
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:09 PM   #13
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I was doing good today, and gm throw a curve ball with the torx
Yeah you can get a set at Wally World, Autozone, Advance/Discount... They sure do come in handy and are worth every penny...

I forget what size that bolt is... Looks like a T45 or T50....

I was assembling my 95'* interior today and swore that I needed a T47<--- Yes that exists... I managed to use a T50, just barely...lol

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That bolt on the head is a T-50. I ran into the same problem.. except you figured out it was a bolt, unlike me who thought the head was just stuck to the block .

Torx are good to have around, however I haven't used mine a whole lot. Actually I had the set for several months before I used it on my mom'* car first! I only bought a cheapie T-50 to hold me over until I bought the torx set. Amazing, I spend $40 on something and use it on my mom'* car first.

WD-40 is nowhere near as good as PB Blaster. Trust me on this one. Randy turned me onto it [randman1].. never turned back.

Nice pics.. I like the cig butts in the airbox [that'* the airbox, right?]. That'* a lot of sludge on the engine. Guess I see how good I got it. Somebody has a lot of cleaning to do, just like me.

And only five bloody fingers? That'* nothing. I had all 10 of my fingers bleeding everytime I worked on her. Hands too. Once I had everything off in the front [heads and front header] I started standing in the area where the exhaust routes and I started getting bloody legs. You've got it easy, IMO


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That bolt on the head is a T-50. I ran into the same problem.. except you figured out it was a bolt, unlike me who thought the head was just stuck to the block .

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Nothing damange...at lease i don't think so. We have to wait and see Also the car is 20miles away for my house, and 15miles away from a parts house. I had to use what i had in the back seat of my car.

here is my first post on GAOC, I should have posted this earlier


As most of you don't know I was given a car. Doesn't run to well. It has a reallyreally bad knock. So after the car has been sitting by my friend dad'* house for over a year. I ask him if i can work on it to learn about cars. He said i could have the piece of ****.
Here is the car. Has only 61k on the clock. Might be more, but the inside is very clean. Little dusty but clean.

I did a little once over of the engine to see what was wrong with it. The alternator is new The water pump barrings are shot. The main cooling fan was smash into it'* frame so it can't spin. Most if not all the vacuum lines are shot.
I pull the dipstick and the oil looked good but was smelling burnt. Here is the fun . The engine was cover in random bugs, leaves, and other weird crap. Their was also 3 hornet'* nest under there too. So armed with my mustang tool kit from autozone they was only 20somthing dallors, and a can of wd40 for bolts. The wd40 works well in killing yellow jackets and hornets.
I took off the intake manifold and was greeted with oil that was sludge. I took off the front vale cover and more sludge. I would like to add I don't know too much about taking an engine apart but I'm doing good so far. I will have to pick a fix-it-book so i can know how to put it back together. I took out the lifters and rods because they need a cleaning. I not going to replace them. The most I'm spending on this car is $100. When i took off the back vale cover i was greeted with the smell of burn oil, and rods that were burnt brown. The front rods were still silver. My friend came out and took out the air filter and there was about 10 cigarettes butts in their. That is kind of dangers with the paper air filter and all. I took out the water pump and the coolant that ran out was a weird color green. Sure enough the old owner mixed the two. (dexcool and green) Next weekend if i can I'm back down their and get pics, and work alittle more it till i get the the head gaskets.
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Your making me wonder if that engine was run incredibly hot... And at the same time the oil was never once changed... Judging from what you are describing about the oil, the bottom end is gone... Chances are that you will need a crank kit, and the rod that was knocking will have to be resized before you can reassemble the motor... For $30 or $40 more bucks we could have found you another 3800...

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Your making me wonder if that engine was run incredibly hot... And at the same time the oil was never once changed... Judging from what you are describing about the oil, the bottom end is gone... Chances are that you will need a crank kit, and the rod that was knocking will have to be resized before you can reassemble the motor... For $30 or $40 more bucks we could have found you another 3800...
oh look, i have another motor <sorry, i need to get rid of this car!>
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Your making me wonder if that engine was run incredibly hot... And at the same time the oil was never once changed... Judging from what you are describing about the oil, the bottom end is gone... Chances are that you will need a crank kit, and the rod that was knocking will have to be resized before you can reassemble the motor... For $30 or $40 more bucks we could have found you another 3800...
I'm tring to keep high hopes and not think about that. I know i can get another engine but that will cost money it self. I have to tow the car somewhere, buy the engine, give the enigne a tune up, and then pay some body to put it in. Not really tring to turn it into a daily driver just bring it to life. If it only runs for 5mins then locks up or somthing alone thoese lines, I can say i give it 5 more minitues of life. Then out comes the can of gas and a match.
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No need to do that. You can make a pretty penny on some of those parts. Then you can have your way.


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WD-40 is nowhere near as good as PB Blaster. Trust me on this one. Randy turned me onto it [randman1].. never turned back.
Yer, WD-40 isn't much more useful than basic household applications.




I personally heart the Krown T-40 (may be a Canada-item), if not, some Solvall or Reduce4 does nice - better than WD-40, that'* for sure.
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