Well, the engine rebuilds done and boy does it sound and drive better. So far the only outliers of the experience are a broken mirror and the AC is broken (great for early summer in Vegas). Working with the shop on those as they were not broken when it was dropped off. Of course, this wouldn't be the Whale unless many other things broke after something else was fixed. So, it now has a new radiator and hoses as a small dent in the original one cracked under full pressure after the cap was replaced... weee coolant bath.I'm also planning brake line replacements and I need to take apart the driver seat as the tracks have bound up. It sure does keep you on your toes
The Cruiser is off to the shop for an engine rebuild.The 4.5L has run like a tractor since I got it (plus some really good valve and piston rattle) and the only way I could keep oil in it was to run 20W-40. Despite this and my ham-fisted wrenching, nothing seemed to affect it or it's reliability. However, we are wanting to go farther out into the wilds so i'm going to fix what ain't broken and have the engine torn down and rebuilt for piece of mine. Here's hoping it doesn't ruin it :)
Ah fall in the desert. Great temps and clear dark skies. A quick getaway from the city to see some real stars and have no one around for miles. Only marred by a flat tire on the way home... Looks like the 8-year-old mismatched random tires arn't going to work... oh well an excuse for nicer rubber. Pro-tip, always make sure your used car has a lugnut wrench when inventoring before leaving.
12+ hours for tear down and rebuild of the leaking front knuckle (that's right, just 1) thanks to some innovative previous solutions to a leaking hub. I don't think its recommended to use bathroom sealant in place of gaskets, but it's all better now and nothing my new 20lb shorty sledge couldn't overcome. Sounds & drives so much better with no high pitched whines from the front end.