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It’s Wrenching Wednesday! Tell Me About The Projects And Vehicles That You’ve Been Ignoring For Far Too Long

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JC Miller
JC Miller
10 months ago

I am working on a v12 aston for a few years now, it had a little bit of a problem (you know conrod poking out of the engine block).
So far I had to take the engine out twice
https://www.tiktok.com/@v12.lol/video/7257922401210764590?lang=en

Phil Ventura
Phil Ventura
1 year ago

i’m 75 and fighting a bad bout of stenosis, so i can’t bend, walk or twist w/o lots of pain. my poor 78 toyota chinook is sitting out there waiting for me to yank the fuel pump and heli-coil my exhaust manifold studs. i so want to get her back on the road….

Dwight
Dwight
1 year ago

I have a 1959 BMW 600 that’s been sitting in pieces since 2009. Rebuilt the engine and trans, assembled some of the chassis and have almost all necessary needed parts. I retired about a year ago, but still haven’t been able to put it at the top of my list. Thinking of selling it off as I’ve no idea when I’ll get to it.

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
1 year ago

Mercedes, you really need to get an ultrasonic cleaner. That two-day carb cleaning would have taken about two hours total. They’re fairly affordable as well.

I’m deep into the spring cleaning cycle and trying to get my garage in shape so I can move out cleanly (unfortunately all my projects are going to be shoved into a garage when I move out, but such is life.)

Got back into re-welding my LS4.9 head and burnt the shit out of my arm cause I wasn’t wearing sleeves.
Wear your PPE folks. Don’t be a dummy.

Edit: oh yeah, and I found out that my Miata has a cracked AC line (common TSB on the ND Miatas) so I get to fix that before Florida’s heat wave gets too intense.

Last edited 1 year ago by Mr. Asa
Dodsworth
Dodsworth
1 year ago

This coffee is terrible and I can’t find my toothbrush!

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
1 year ago

Pulled my XJ out of the garage this morning. Its raining and my TLX is getting a wheel I curbed repaired, so I needed to give them some space to work where its dry. The new yellow top in the XJ fired right up, forgot how nice it is to not have to worry about the battery. Tonight when it goes back in the garage I’ll finish the passenger side rock slider. Might try to get it to the shop for a brake fluid flush in the next couple days as well.

Matthew Phillips
Matthew Phillips
1 year ago

I need to find axles and preferably new front calipers for my 86 Saab 900 and wire up the Ignition and power on my 53 Buick. Both require time and travel I don’t have the luxury for right now.

Trying to sort out my Lincoln mark VII currently.

Scott Wangler
Scott Wangler
1 year ago

Removed my base engine 8v 2.5 from my 84′ 944 race car. Attempting to swap in a 16v 3.0 S2 engine and run it with megasquirt engine management

Max Headbolts
Max Headbolts
1 year ago

Finally got the Civic started and out of the garage, good news it’s running as well as it did last year; bad news is that exhaust leak that I though was just the crappy cheap exhaust I got off eBay, IS that; but it is also the cheap exhaust manifold I got off of eBay, so the whole exhaust system is a problem…

I should also put air in the tires…….

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
1 year ago

Need to fix the AC on the z28. A new condenser was put in a few years ago. After sitting it lost the charge. I believe I have a leak somewhere, going to have it tested and see what it takes to fix it.

I figure if it needs a charge, there is leak so throwing cans and cans of AC coolant at it is a losing propastion.

Rock Burner
Rock Burner
1 year ago

Late as ever…

Currently my BMW Rockster is awaiting a new clutch slave cylinder before I can take it for the MOT and start riding again. Should be on it’s way. Half the bike has to come off just to get to the slave-cylinder, but it’s a relatively simple job which I’ve done before on my previous bike.

My JAPton cafe-racer has a leaky float bowl on the Monobloc carb, and I’ve just received some Viton material to make a new gasket. There’s a nick in the float-bowl face that is just too large for the regular paper gasket to seal, so I’m going to try the Viton first, then if that doesn’t seal, I need to try to grind out that nick in the mating surface.

The Puch Magnum X is still loitering awaiting some time to work on it (it hasn’t run in about 35 years, but it was my first bike so I’m going to give it a go).

The roof on the VW Eos has started throwing errors – but that’s beyond my interest to look into myself (it’s a tool), but hopefully will get that figured out soon enough.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 year ago
Reply to  Rock Burner

Ooh, good luck with that one. My friend had enough issues repairing his girlfriend’s Eos roof that one of our mutuals made “VERDECK SYSTEMFEHLER” shirts of that car throwing the error.

Doug Kingham
Doug Kingham
1 year ago

It’s no longer Wednesday, but I thought I’d jump in as today is my wrenching day. I’ve taken the day off to extend the long weekend and have a To Do list awaiting me. First up is fixing up my son’s new free (from a neighbour) mountain bike. He will be using this to cycle to school every day, so I will be adding mug guards and a rack. The derailleurs need some adjusting, but otherwise it’s in good shape. After that, I need to clean the mud off his old 24″ bike and post it (the bike, not the mud) for sale online.

I then need to fix the throttle cable on my white Vespa. I was riding home from work on Monday when I felt the throttle sticking. I pulled over and checked out the throttle itself and it seemed fine, but something was up with the twist grip. While testing it, it came free completely, so I had no way to ride home. I called the RAC for a recovery service (I’ve been paying for the extra service through my insurance) and they said it would be up to midnight before they reached me, and this was in London! I know exactly how to fix it, but I didn’t have any tools on me at the time. I waited around for an hour, then decided to push the Vespa the 5 miles home. It only took an hour and a half, and luckily there weren’t any major hills.

By the time I finish the Vespa, I should have received a new cabin air filter and normal air filter for my Saab. That should be a 15 minute job, including vacuuming out the inevitable collection of leaves, etc.

Finally, if I have time, I need to remove the rear wheel of my black Vespa so I can take it down to my local garage for a new tyre. After that, it will be ready to be sold to a colleague of mine (thus creating space for a new project).

Ideally, I need to accomplish all of the above while my 2 year old is at day care, so time to stop typing and get wrenching.

Leighzbohns
Leighzbohns
1 year ago

You are insane for driving a transit connect but I salute you and admire your commitment to sparkle motion.

NDPilot
NDPilot
1 year ago

If mother nature would quit dumping snow on us I might consider letting the Charger or Barracuda see the light of day. But the big thing I need to accomplish is getting my trailer out of storage and put a new winch on it so I can go pick up my new project car next weekend! Made a deal on by far the oldest car I’ll have ever owned, and it’s certainly going to be a challenge. I’ll spill the beans on it once the deal is closed and it’s safely home, don’t want to jinx things now.

Leighzbohns
Leighzbohns
1 year ago

I’ve been trying to get my e-bike setup for family hauler duty because if I have to drive 2 miles to the kids school all the time I’ll be grumpy. I’ve got the front rack setup with a waterproof bag, a comfy seat, and the kid seat in the back finally. Think I’m about ready but I really want to dither it from 26″ wheels to 27.5s, get some mudflaps on the fenders, move the headlight off the bars and down to the front fender, and maybe put a basket on the rack to improve front bag retention.

My commuter is getting a drivetrain swap after I destroyed the previous one through a combination of cheap parts and abuse. Might sell it might not.

The road bike needs some work with a tire swap and an attempt to mount fenders, and I’d like to get the berthoud saddle on it so I can start breaking the saddle in.

As soon as I finish one of these bikes I’ll probably sell it and move on to something else.

My car needs a wash

Squirreljihad
Squirreljihad
1 year ago

Howdy – I’m new here. I live and work (fire) in Yosemite National Park. My fleet:

2000 BMW 528i wagon: more or less daily driver, needs headlight love – the auto-level function doesn’t do its thang anymore. Also chasing a phantom water leak somewhere that doesn’t show up anywhere, but the inside of the car is always HUMID.

1990 BMW 325is: I need to find a good auto upholstery shop near here (maybe central CA) to fix a torn driver’s seat. Also need to replace speaker wiring. After that, the car’s mostly sorted and ready for track days this summer.

1994 Chevy K1500: Beater truck, much love. Needs lots, but not a priority.

1997 Chevy S10: Need to sort out a bunch of bent suspension bits in the right front. Also not a priority.

2005 BMW R1200GS: Needs wheel bearings and a driveshaft seal. I don’t feel like doing either job myself, so this will get done at a shop – once I find one.

2018 Yamaha WR250R: Ready to rip the trails outside the park. Love this little bike.

Last edited 1 year ago by Squirreljihad
Squirreljihad
Squirreljihad
1 year ago
Reply to  Squirreljihad

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Last edited 1 year ago by Squirreljihad
Marcos Bello
Marcos Bello
1 year ago

I have ’72 Honda CL450 that I recieved disassemble and without a tittle about 4 years ago. I need to at least assemble it into a roller so I can take it to the DMV so I can get a request for the CHP to verify it is not stolen.
If anyone knows an easiler way to tittle it, I am all ears. I live in CA.

Squirreljihad
Squirreljihad
1 year ago
Reply to  Marcos Bello

I don’t have a lot to help you with, but I do know that the smaller-town CA DMVs are usually more helpful and forgiving about things like this. I fought with the Santa Monica DMV about a vehicle title once, but when I moved here and went to the Mariposa DMV, they processed it with no problem.

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