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mr_maxime
10-21-2017, 12:08 PM
Well my old thread is ruined thanks to Photobucket, so here is the new one. I've had several alternator belts break this year and I got sick of all the damn belt dust everywhere. Unfortunately, it also looks like my crankshaft seal is leaking again despite being replaced at the beginning of the year.

Before
https://i.imgur.com/T82VHkH.jpg?1

Progress so far
https://i.imgur.com/5ZEzaJp.jpg?1

I also noticed wear on the coolant hose. I'll have to find some way to protect this before I can swap the hose.
https://i.imgur.com/W7Gmicw.jpg?1

mr_maxime
10-21-2017, 12:27 PM
After a quick search, I'll be getting some permatex silicon tape to wrap around the hoses where melted belt material had been hitting.

Ron
10-21-2017, 02:18 PM
FWIW, I'd change out that hose in the last pic over what looks like a nick/gash on the bottom side.

mr_maxime
10-21-2017, 04:27 PM
I'll be changing both hoses going to the water pump. I daily drive the car so I need something temporary until I can get the parts and change them out. I also want to fix the problem that cause the nick before changing it out so I dont have to replace it again.

SS Spoiler
10-21-2017, 06:53 PM
I just put a hose clamp for the belt to rub against.....

mr_maxime
10-21-2017, 09:04 PM
I just put a hose clamp for the belt to rub against.....

Wouldn't that damage the belt then?

Stopping point for tonight, my headlamp battery was low. My fingertips are also sore lol

https://i.imgur.com/PyGpUl6.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/Wogddf8.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/h8D0vOz.jpg?1

Without the asbestos heat shield, is there a point to keeping that metal piece there?

mr_maxime
10-22-2017, 05:43 PM
Stopping point for this weekend. Left the AC belt off cause idler pulleys are misaligned. Still not sure how to check alignment for alternator pulley. If the water pump pulley was flat on the front then i'd get it easy. Still got plenty left to clean on the engine, but the rear is as good as I could reasonably get it.

https://i.imgur.com/UHWaZDb.jpg

mr_maxime
10-25-2017, 06:59 PM
I forgot I worked at a manufacturing plant. I scored a lot of 100 grit silicon carbide sandpaper from our board sander. Hopefully it does the job for getting the grain and scratches out for the mirror polishing.

https://i.imgur.com/jI1aomJ.jpg?2

mr_maxime
01-23-2018, 06:28 PM
Got these done as freebies from the local powdercoater

https://i.imgur.com/uI2xZjJ.jpg?2

mr_maxime
10-10-2018, 05:57 PM
It's been a while since I posted, but my car is now paid off and I just got the title in the mail!

powerline84
10-10-2018, 07:15 PM
That's the best mod ever ! Congrats

mr_maxime
02-06-2019, 05:22 PM
I struck stainless gold! $1100 shipped!!!!
https://i.imgur.com/gLKyP2h.jpg

This is the only minor ding
https://i.imgur.com/XnsblU7.jpg

mr_maxime
02-16-2019, 04:23 PM
The car is finally back together but won't start. I jumped the rpm relay and the pump runs. I hooked up another battery and that's not working.

mr_maxime
02-16-2019, 06:26 PM
Got a new battery, Type 78ext from O'Reillys. Now car is turning, with some sputtering but it's not fully cranking up.

It's been sitting a while so I'm jumping the rpm relay to try to build up some fuel pressure.

mr_maxime
03-18-2019, 10:59 PM
I've been talking about doing an engine swap since before I even bought the car and that day has finally come. Instead of the v8 monster I initially wanted I'm doing an ev conversion. I bought a nissan leaf motor on Saturday for a really good price. It will be running on the stock inverter for now until I become more familiar with the process, then upgrading the inverter for more power.

I've started draining the tank and removing some components.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvKxAH4hppA/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1gc0txudb1wx8

mr_maxime
03-20-2019, 10:43 PM
Picked up some lexan and started making replacements for the grilles in the engine cover. It's awful to cut with the scribe but I think it'll look neater.

http://i.imgur.com/G9PGjmK.jpg

mr_maxime
03-21-2019, 08:48 PM
Finished cutting them tonight

https://i.imgur.com/9DXiv3W.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/rZ1Ta41.jpg

JETS 81 DMC
03-22-2019, 01:28 AM
What are you doing to replace the loss of heat ventilation ?

mr_maxime
03-22-2019, 12:53 PM
The electric motor and inverter should be running a lot cooler than the prv and both are liquid cooled as far as I know.

Battery temp will be monitored so I'll have to check for those since they are air cooled. If it's an issue I'll put the grilles back in.

mr_maxime
03-22-2019, 10:27 PM
Fuel tank is now mostly empty but I couldn't get it out

I kept tearing down other parts though
http://i.imgur.com/8Px43Y6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/62VUGOb.jpg

mr_maxime
03-24-2019, 05:56 PM
While doing disassembly, I found that the inertia switch jump looked melted. That may have been why my engine wasn't running.
https://i.imgur.com/CFLyCtx.jpg?1

I put the lexan screens in and I love it. It'll look amazing with the electric motor and batteries
https://i.imgur.com/xxZqCg3.jpg?1

I tried taking out the shifter, but I think i may need to pull the body off the frame to get enough clearance
https://i.imgur.com/bjZqMbl.jpg?1

mr_maxime
03-28-2019, 09:12 PM
Starting to make progress on dissassembly. I had to leave cause the disconnected gas lines gave off a lot of fumes. Anyone know how to take the air intake out of the pontoon?

https://i.imgur.com/8TUAnKh.jpg?1

mr_maxime
03-30-2019, 05:34 PM
I got rid of the last containers of gas today. Absolute nightmare to dispose of legally. I got the fuel tank out. Found it easier to use my jack lever as a pry bar from the top. A partial battery pack will eventually occupy this space.

https://i.imgur.com/PuMHafX.jpg?1
https://i.imgur.com/mXa24eT.jpg?1

mr_maxime
04-01-2019, 10:53 PM
Got back into the VOD today and it looks like I didn't reinstall something properly. Seeing how there's more coolant near the front of the car, I'm assuming maybe the Y pipe.
https://i.imgur.com/0PeFksT.jpg?1

Aside from that, I got a ton of wiring disconnected. I had a vacuum tube from the interior pulled out, but thatll be going back in. The block has been drained of coolant for the final time.
https://i.imgur.com/aJ0G4BO.jpg?1

I just got these rubber pads in today. Bought the last pair for the stands. The one for the lift is definitely looks too thick for when the car is on the ground though. Also visible is the cleaning i started on the frame where the fuel tank was.
https://i.imgur.com/mdRSNZf.jpg?1

mr_maxime
04-02-2019, 09:55 PM
Wiring harness is out. I'm just about ready to pull the engine.
https://i.imgur.com/CYOKORZ.jpg?1

Apparently I got a cool orange sticker I havent seen on any other cars so far
https://i.imgur.com/Cl1AcVw.jpg?1

AugustneverEnds
04-03-2019, 12:23 AM
Fascinating project, thank you for posting.

mr_maxime
04-03-2019, 10:01 PM
Thanks it's going to be a long process of selling old parts to buy new parts with lots of "while I'm there" jobs

Cleaned the garage a little and took the axles off today. Not hard at all. They broke loose easy and it was pretty much just time consuming.
http://i.imgur.com/tKAVVx3.jpg

mr_maxime
04-06-2019, 03:54 PM
Disconnecting the clutch line was WAY more of a PITA than the axles

https://i.imgur.com/hLO57xk.jpg?1

mr_maxime
04-06-2019, 08:20 PM
Progess looks meh up top. I got the clutch lines removed. Clutch slave, starter and exhaust are now all off. I also picked up a transmission jack and engine hoist from harbor freight. I got PB blaster all over the car. Catalytic converter was also a pain to remove. Hopefully I got enough PB on the fuel filter to break that loose.

https://i.imgur.com/RJNNxJ0.jpg?1
https://i.imgur.com/U18SUpD.jpg?1
https://i.imgur.com/y8QgrRy.jpg?1
https://i.imgur.com/zoO5FiG.jpg?1

mr_maxime
04-12-2019, 11:37 PM
Got the transmission "out". Didn't realize it acted as a counterbalance to the engine. I put some jack stands under it for tonight and hopefully taking it out tomorrow. I did it this way because i dont have enough clearance to pull the transmission out with the engine. I didnt get a picture but one of the transmission mounts broke. Looks like there was an existing crack and the transmission jack or breaker bar was enough to break it off. Theres a good chance I'll need to take off the bellhousing so that the transmission can clear the frame.

https://i.imgur.com/I3i3CAb.jpg?1
https://i.imgur.com/0Nrc2NR.jpg?1

mr_maxime
04-13-2019, 01:19 PM
I took the transmission off the jack and on some shop rags. I had to raise the car up about another 1/4", but I was able to slide it under the frame. I had no issues pulling the engine out. Miraculously had enough clearance with the louvres on and enough behind the car to lower it onto a furniture dolly.

https://i.imgur.com/l6htNgK.jpg?1