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The List


Once I went through the entire car and figured out everything that needed to be done,  I realized it was far too long of a list to keep in my head.  So, I made a list a running task list that's been added to as I've found new and exciting issues to address.  The following represents what is needed to bring the car back to "perfect", so obviously some of them are things I'll address in the longer term. 

1) Change Oil

2) Change Transmission Fluid

3) Replace Coolant/Heater hoses/Fresh Coolant

4) Replace Brake Hoses / Fresh Brake Fluid

5) Replace Serpentine Belts

6) Replace Spark Plugs

7) Replace Spark Plug Wires

8) Replace Distributor Caps and Rotors

9) Replace Air Filters

10) Replace Fuel Filters

11) Replace Wiper Blades


Holy fluids Batman!

As part of my rehabiliation of the car, I'm changing all the fluids.  I don't have good (any) service records from before I inherited the car and the records I do have from the year or two before it was parked are, let say sketchy at best.  I'm pretty sure most of the fluids in the car are original, save for Engine Oil and at possibly the transmission fluid. 

It came as a bit of a surprise to me the obscene quantities of *everything* this car takes.  I"ll just list it below:

Coolant: 16 quarts (yes, 3 gallons)

Engine Oil: 8 quats (yes, 2 gallons of oil)

Transmission: 4 quarts ATF (that what you can get in a change, the trans hold 13 quarts)

Rear Differential: 2 quarts 90w oil

Breaks: Dunno, just bought a fresh quart.

Pentosin*: 3 Litres.


And the collection of it all:


My Grandpa's Car



I'm not certain where to start with the story of this, I guess I'll start at the beginningish.


The Epic 323 project.

As I've been fighting with "The Best Car in the World" over the last couple of weeks, I've reached a level of frustration that has tested even my happy-go-lucky demeanor.   This is sort of an epic saga which..well, perhaps I should just start at the beginning.


2 years ago after an unfortunate overheating incident, I purchased a new cylinder head and installed it.  The car was never quite right afterwards.  The bottom end knock that appears a couple thousand miles later was the end of it.

I hit up Harry's U-Pull it in Hazelton PA during one of their specials.  I found an '89 323 that looked well cared for, but had been rear-ended pretty hard....cost $60.


The Garage

The current list of stuff to be done at MechanicJay's garage is:
Complete the restoration of the 750.
Clean out a bay for the Rx-7 to live in.
Rebuild the block on the 323.
SID repair on the Saab.
Completed Todos:
1989 323 - Rebuild and swap the old head backon.  I'm just not happy with the new head.
 2002 Saab 9-3.  New Rear Shocks, Swap Snow tires on, Install Baby seat, Swap Radio, repair, replace Driver's seat trim.
2006 Jeep.  New front PCV grommet.
1989 BMW 750iL. Tow it to the garage to start rehab.
1994 Toyota Camry -- Complete tuneup, wash, wax, vacuum, SELL! -- Done and Sold.
1989 323 -- Finish the epic project.  -- Done and driving.
2001 Miata -- Timing Belt service -- Done and sold