Monthly Archives: October 2015

Core plugs

The car was running ok until it began to lose coolant. Started to investigate, discovered that the back of the engine had sprung a leak. Sure enough, the core plugs had begun to weep and adding the new coolant tank meant that the system held pressure and then pushed through the plugs.

tbi off

Started taking the engine to bits. Stripped the TBI off.

manifold off

After a battle with it, managed to get the manifold off. Note to self: remove the EGR valve first.

rusty

First inspection, they don’t look too great.

bash

After bashing with a screwdriver, there wasn’t much left of the back of this one.

on ramps

Gave up, hot, tired and being eaten alive by bugs.

measure

Came back to it the following afternoon and measured the hole. The plugs I bought were 45mm, upon checking that was the size they were supposed to be. These are 38mm.

hole

Finally liberated the first one. It was just held in by rust.

old, new

New plug that I bought at AutoZone (1.512″) against the remnants of the middle one.

popped

Decided to see if I could get another one to shift. Gave it a bash in the center with the hammer. All that happened was the back popped out.

plugged

Grabbed an impact socket of the right size and began hitting the thing in with the hammer. It drove home nicely, with just a small amount of RTV sealant to seal and lubricate.

more plugs

Called it a night and came back to it after having found 2 more 1.5″ core plugs at two local branches of Napa Auto Parts.

drive it home

Judicious application of hammer was successful again, this time round the other 2 plugs came out relatively easily.

tada

All in. Much shiny.

not much good

This is all that’s left of the old ones.

steamy

Started up after checking everything wasn’t leaking. Steamy, cool day (for a change).

bled radiator

Once the thermostat opened, the radiator bled itself.

tank

Cycled itself round nicely, tank up to MAX, this one you can actually see the level.

temp

Run up to temperature, checked. All good. Doing well!

Speaker cloth

Speaker cloth that I ordered arrived in. Won’t take a regular dye because it’s polyester.

old vs new

The old stuff, same weave but different color. New stuff is a bit darker, had to adjust the lighting to show the pattern.

Laid it out on the floor and took a looksee at what it’ll look like. Broken grille also looking better now.

tan

I do rather like the effect.