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  1. [Transmission 5-Speed] Don't use Redline fluid. You won't like how it...

    Don't use Redline fluid. You won't like how it shifts. (I tried it). The recommended Redline fluid is called 75W90NS, but I found that it was too slick for proper operations of the synchros. Stick...
  2. [Transmission 5-Speed] 10 mm square on the manual. Avoid using pliers or...

    10 mm square on the manual. Avoid using pliers or a crescent wrench if it's tight, you'll just round off the corners. Snap-On actually has the correct socket. PMP410.

    The automatic uses the same...
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    [Suspension] The OEM bushings are notoriously fragile. Common...

    The OEM bushings are notoriously fragile. Common for the rubber to tear off the metal center.
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    [Suspension] I wonder if that's the wrong bearing. The "metal"...

    I wonder if that's the wrong bearing. The "metal" side does not appeared to be weather-sealed. If it is, I agree with Ron.
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    [Suspension] If it's really bad, another trick is to press out...

    If it's really bad, another trick is to press out the rubber part leaving the outer shell in place. Then you can cut the shell from the inside to weaken it (without cutting the arm!!) and collapse...
  6. [Suspension] That's pretty impressive and I'm not surprised...

    That's pretty impressive and I'm not surprised that they are showing wear. Other than Hollers' that probably one of the highest mile cars I've heard of. You should feel pretty safe buying a couple of...
  7. [Suspension] I wouldn't say "tight" but there should be...

    I wouldn't say "tight" but there should be absolutely no slop in that fit at all. It should slide onto the axle effortlessly.
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    [General] Nominally every 30K miles. In reality - depends...

    Nominally every 30K miles. In reality - depends on things like oil used, type of driving, etc. Mine had been done (by me) a few thousand miles/10+ years ago and it always seemed to me that there was...
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    [General] Time for the valve adjustment on my own car that...

    Time for the valve adjustment on my own car that I've been putting off for ***waytoolong***

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  10. [Frame & Body] Actually I think your passenger side is correct....

    Actually I think your passenger side is correct. I could be wrong . . it's been a while. Once the back panel is in place it's holding that trim piece up.

    The slots are meaningless. Just there....
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    [Engine] Yeah: "I don't know whether to swap the engine or...

    Yeah: "I don't know whether to swap the engine or replace the headliners first. What should I do?" says the guy who bought a car - with no brakes.
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    I've had the one I consider "mine" since early...

    I've had the one I consider "mine" since early 1997 so going on 23 years.

    Of course I've bought and sold a few others. By my count, at least 26 of them.

    A hobby gone seriously out of control,...
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    [Engine] Very strange failure, IIRC that was a pretty...

    Very strange failure, IIRC that was a pretty clean and original car, although I haven't personally seen it in a very long time.
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    [Engine] Unfortunately it's cracked where the bolt threads...

    Unfortunately it's cracked where the bolt threads grab. If welded it would be unlikely to hold the torque of the head bolt without cracking again. To get it welded you'll probably be pulling it out...
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    [Engine] This 100%. The DMC setup is notoriously...

    This 100%. The DMC setup is notoriously inaccurate. Extra resistance in bulkhead connectors and dashboard connectors/ground will throw the reading all over the place.
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    [Engine] I've seen that once. In that case, it was ZERO...

    I've seen that once. In that case, it was ZERO oil pressure. Really scary.
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    I always find it amusing that someone goes to...

    I always find it amusing that someone goes to this much trouble, and doesn't straighten out the front fascia above the headlights (eyebrows).
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    You must be an engineer.

    You must be an engineer.
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    [Suspension] I'm guessing they went thru the powder coating...

    I'm guessing they went thru the powder coating oven with the bushings in. The bushings are (as you have noticed) somewhat difficult to remove, and would never tolerate being removed and reinstalled...
  20. [Fuel] Verify that the Lambda system is really working....

    Verify that the Lambda system is really working. You can set AFR with a CO meter and get it to read correctly, but if you are overcompensating for a dead Lambda system (O2 sensor/computer/frequency...
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    [Electrical] Where is the thumbs-up button on this thing!

    Where is the thumbs-up button on this thing!
  22. [Transmission 5-Speed] Easiest way to get the old line out is to...

    Easiest way to get the old line out is to disconnect both ends, cut the connector off the front, and pull it out. Allow it to drain before you cut it so that it's just less messy. The replacement can...
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    [Suspension] Id have to agree. If you take them apart for...

    Id have to agree. If you take them apart for inspection you may as well replace them.

    The bushings, even if you buy them as whole arms, are not particularly expensive and if you have a high mile...
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    [Suspension] Is there any chance your car is missing the metal...

    Is there any chance your car is missing the metal brace that goes behind the engine? That's attached to the frame AND body and if missing would explain a lot. Hard to see how the frame could be way...
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    [Suspension] That's an insane difference. BTW with all the...

    That's an insane difference.

    BTW with all the same settings, with the car settled, I'm at 5-1/2" frame to floor.

    Strange things are afoot here. . . . .This is about where I'd start making...
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