Re: [DML] Major preventative maintenance GOING GREAT!
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Re: [DML] Major preventative maintenance GOING GREAT!

The y-pipe bolts are 7mm and you will not find 7mm stainless bolts


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Todd Nelson" <tan5732@...> wrote:
> Nathan:
> Glad to hear you're growing a pair  :-)  When I went through the
trouble of 
> taking the intake manifold off I replaced and clean/painted almost 
> everything.  I would definitely take the time to thoroughly clean
and paint 
> the valley.  I think I spent 2-3 days just cleaning down there so
the paint 
> would stick.  I then decided to use POR-15 black to paint.  I
followed it's 
> instructions about using their Marine Clean product as well as the
> Ready surface preparer.  I would at very least use the Metal Ready
as it 
> will etch the surface to prepare it for the actual paint.  POR-15 is
> stuff, but preparation is 95% of the job.  I've got a few pictures
on my 
> little website that I took while doing it...
> or
> Also, be sure to use A LOT of anti-seize on any bolts you put back in, 
> especially if you decide to replace those Y-Pipe bolts with stainless 
> equivalents.  The aluminum and stainless will fuse over time if you
> You might also decide to get really ambitious and paint the intake
> valve covers, etc. while you're in there.  I did that too, at a
later time, 
> still haven't had a chance to put them back on the car, though.
> or
> I can't give you a definite answer as to the vacuum switch.  I can
tell you 
> that mine does not spin, so I would be weary of reusing it in your
> They are not that expensive and considering what you would have to go 
> through to replace it in the future, you might as well do it now.
> When's the last time the water pump was replaced?  That's another
one of 
> those while you're in there jobs.  Murphy's Law seems to hover
around our 
> cars.
> Have fun!
> Todd Nelson
> 1561, Vermont
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Nathan Sobieralski" <valleyrat12@...>
> To: <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2006 2:25 PM
> Subject: [DML] Major preventative maintenance GOING GREAT!
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> >
> >
> > I decided to grow some balls and take off my manifold in preparation
> > for replacing the slave cylinder. To my complete delight all four of
> > the bolts that hold the Y pipe came out without breaking! I was scared
> > at first because they would not budge. I just applied increasing
> > torque in between rests so that the bolts could cool down. Eventually
> > they all popped loose! I am going to replace the hoses under the
> > intake, replace the Y pipe bolts with stainless ones, clean the unholy
> > dirty mess, and possibly paint (?) the valley before bolting the whole
> > thing back together. I am also replacing my accumulator and related
> > hoses at the same time. My car is nearing mechanical godliness. :)
> > Here are my questions:
> >
> > Should I pain the valley, or just clean it out?
> >
> > Is the plastic part of the vacuum switch supposed to spin (move)
> > freely against its base?
> >
> > I noticed carbon deposits on my intake valves. Could this be from the
> > previous owner who drove the car on premium for three years or from
> > some other issue?
> >
> > Nathan
> > 2277

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