If it ain't one thing...

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GuysMonteSS

GuysMonteSS

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May 21, 2011
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It's always something else....
I just got the new coil from Daytona Sensors that I've been waiting for and got that bolted onto the firewall and hooked up,fired the Monte up and went for a drive.I stopped and popped the hood open for a look and found a coolant leak.I thought it was just the hose clamps a bit loose,but turns out it was the water pump leaking from one of the bolt holes.
I wasn't really surprised as when I put the engine together 4 years ago I somehow had the wrong water pump gaskets but I needed to get it all together and out of my buddy's shop and to the dyno,so I made gaskets out of a piece of cereal box cardboard and ,hey,they lasted four years LOL.
Now I have the proper ones,but what a bugger it is to get the water pump off because the power steering pump bracket is right in the way of the one hard to get at bolt.
But I got the water pump off and glued the new gaskets to the pump with the black aviation gasket sealant,which I hope will hold the gaskets to the pump after sitting all night so I can put it all back together tomorrow
Guy
 
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85442/86buick

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cereal box gaskets and a dyno..........................I am starting to feel better about some of my fix's now.

But as you state , hey they lasted 4 years
 
GuysMonteSS

GuysMonteSS

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May 21, 2011
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Kentville,Nova Scotia,Canada
cereal box gaskets and a dyno..........................I am starting to feel better about some of my fix's now.

But as you state , hey they lasted 4 years
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do LOL.
Guy
 
GuysMonteSS

GuysMonteSS

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May 21, 2011
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Anyhow,I got the water pump,power steering pump bracket and alternator back on relatively easy.
Then when I went to put the battery cable back on the alternator the battery post on the alternator stripped the threads.
I managed to do a temporary fix on that but I had to take the wire off of the battery cable terminal,where I have a couple of different power wires attached.
As I went to retighten the clamp bolts one of them pulled the nut out,so off to NAPA I go for a new one.
Old cars sure can be frustrating at times LOL
Later on today I will take the alternator off and hopefully get it repaired next week.
When it goes back on,I am going to put a connector on the wire to the battery so that I don't have to take that wire off at the alternator next time,it sure is in an awkward place to get at,in between the alternator and the valve cover.
Guy
 
GuysMonteSS

GuysMonteSS

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May 21, 2011
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Kentville,Nova Scotia,Canada
Reading your posts make me think I am almost normal....:)
My buddy Mark at the shop tells me much the same thing LOL
"Stop touching it" is what I hear most often from him.
Theres gotta be something wrong with me,I just cant leave things alone :blam:
Guy
 
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And when things go wrong they sometimes come in bunches.
 
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May 21, 2011
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Kentville,Nova Scotia,Canada
GuysMonteSS

GuysMonteSS

Royal Smart Person
May 21, 2011
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113
Kentville,Nova Scotia,Canada
Anyhow,I asked my buddy Mark at the shop about putting a connector on the wire from the alternator to the battery , but he said that it’s not a good idea.He said that because of the amount of amps that it would likely burn out the connector,and I certainly don’t want that.
Does anybody have any suggestions as to how I can have a quick release connector of some kind to accomplish my goal ??
Guy
 
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