Still a few things that have held me back from driving the car. That list is getting very short now. I just rebuilt the torque tube with a new carrier bearing and rubbers. Along with a new pinion seal and trans output seal. I still want to get the u-joints replaced, they feel stiff. That will be a $250 job as Opel used nylon injection to retain the ujoints and very few driveline shops are equipped do that. I was referred to a shop in Fife, WA so I'll be mailing the shaft up there.
The engine was getting too hot when I was doing my idle tuning. Turns out my radiator was horribly clogged. I have used a Prestone radiator flush chemical, then flushed the system with fresh tap water from the garden hose. I pulled the rad to back-flush it too, which seemed to do some good. It's sitting with a second prestone flush in clear water now. One more clear water flush and I'll call it good. I have a spare radiator that looks decent just in case.
I'm weeping oil from the valve cover gasket, and unfortunately Fel Pro has recently discontinued the Opel CIH valve cover gasket. Opel GT Source will start producing their own soon, but they don't have them yet. I have an aluminum valve that I'm going to rework for better PCV fittings. The OEM solution is to just jam the hoses in slightly undersized holes. I tapped the smaller hole to 1/4 NPT and the larger one is getting a 3/8 NPT bung welded in.
So today I just need to reinstall the torque tube and change the diff and trans fluids. I should be able to drive the car tomorrow when the weather is a little nicer. I can't drive it in the rain because the cowl vents drain right into the firewall holes, and right onto my exposed Megasquirt board.
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