Monday, June 29, 2020

Gallivanting Gelandewagen - The Adventures of Rosie, the G Wagen p.1

We'll call this an introduction to Rosie the G - a 2001 Mercedes G500 that was imported by Europa. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Porsche 996 Clean/Reseal/Trans

What do you do when your 996 Carrera has a screaming transmission and is crying tears of oil? Pull the engine out and take it all apart, you just may find something very broken. 

No pictures of the car handy, but I did have this pathetically filthy flat 6 sitting on some stands getting ready for cleaning and restoring it's oil holding capability. 

This particular engine was losing coolant at an alarming rate, diagnosed a cracked and leaking oil separator on the rear of the engine. Considerably easier to replace this piece when the engine is on the ground. First step in it's replacement is degreasing the area so no chemicals enter the engine. 

Normally 996 valve covers are silver in their raw state, this one has a nice coating of decades old oil to give it the satin black look. 

AOS failure, she was spitting oil coolant at a steady rate from this area - would only happen with the system pressurized and it would evaporate long before it reached the ground. Fairly difficult to spot if one isn't 100% familiar with how this system is set up. 

Area degreased and new AOS installed. 

Next on the list for this car was the transmission pinion shaft bearing. This one actually had a cracked race! 

Pressing the nightmare apart to get to the bearing

All together - the replacement bearing has a step, this step aims down

Didn't take pictures of it, but this car had a wonky 2nd gear as well - the 2nd gear syncro was chewed up. Looks like someone was really struggling with 2nd gear on this car for quite some time. 


Nicely degreased and reassembled

Shift fork install on these is annoying, takes a few tries when reinstalling the case

Can see how bad the old pinion bearing was here

Case reinstalled and sealed

Ready to go back into the car

After running the car, confirming AOS repair was successful. No coolant loss

A benefit to the molygen oil from liqui moly, even though the camshaft solenoid received a new seal it still managed to leak. Replacement seal and she's on her way - Liqui Moly makes a great product for finding oil leaks! 

That's all for this one

Friday, June 19, 2020

Raunchy Rauchsilber Rockets

Lately it seems everything's been coming in three's. 3 rauchsilber SL's, each SL has 3 problems, and each SL had 3 more problems show up repairing those 3 problems. 

Luckily smoke silver is such a good color to look at, I almost don't mind having them here. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Another Audi 2.7T Timing/Tensioner Service

This 2001 Audi A6 with the 2.7T engine came in for a misfire and "maybe a timing belt" with 65k miles on it. After inspecting the vehicle prior to doing any work, sending the customer a few pictures, we decided to go ahead and repair the initial misfire (coil driver failure) as well as do an upper engine reseal, chain tensioner pad replacement, and timing service. 

Shown here is how the front of this engine looked from a combination tensioner half moon seal leak and front main seal leak. 

1988 Mercedes 560SL - 146K - Meticulous Records - For Sale

Have this gorgeous, meticulously maintained 1988 Mercedes 560SL for sale. Finished in 702 Smoke Silver Metallic paint with 274 Palomino Leather interior
146k loved and very well maintained miles, this is a driver quality car. It's not flawless by any means, but it's a perfectly rust free, accident free, gorgeous example that'll show well anywhere you take it. 

ASKING $19,500

Just in the past 6k miles alone, the car received a complete timing chain and guide service, new water pump, VC gaskets, belts, AC system vacuumed down, drier replaced, and recharged. All fluids serviced from front to rear. In 2006 the car received a replacement soft top. It has brand new tires on it's meticulous gullideckel 15" wheels.

The car is driven with regularity, as of 6/16/2020 the mileage reads a touch under 147,000. I'll personally take it over 147k miles as it's a VERY nice driving car.  AC is operational and blows cold. Center vents are non operational, which is a common occurrence on these models. Heat works great. Power windows are working great. 

The car just received a major service for this sale, including belts, oil change, transmission service, differential service to ensure the next buyer has nothing to worry about with this car! 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Taking the sea-nic route with a 1966 Deville Convertible,

If there's one thing I'd like to do in my lifetime, is to create an unrivaled lega-sea of vehicles to drive cross country. Most of which, have absolutely no business making a journey at the most inopportune time of year.  Enough of the yacht puns...So this time around, a 1966 Cadillac Deville Convertible in ULTRA rare mist blue. I was to drive it from Chicago, pick up a rogue Canadian, a hot rodding mullet from Las Vegas, and a meat eating vegetarian from Kansas City, MO and proceed to drive to Las Vegas. Mind you, through the Rockies in the dead of winter.... this was all to take place over the course of 3 days. 

So here's what I'm starting with, a flying car. 

First order of business, replace the shocks. While the car rode like a Cadillac should, there's no replacement for a proper functioning shock. Removed the OG Pleasurizer shocks in favor of some new OEM shocks. The pleasurizer's will definitely be a display piece in the shop though. 

Precarious positioning

One of my first orders of business was sorting out a non operating alternator. The system has a brand new alternator on it, which I've installed as pre-trip preemptive maintenance, but the system runs on an external voltage regulator. 

As we see here, the field coil had absolutely disintegrated with age. The system has a solid state regulator installed and operates wonderfully. 

While this next picture is seemingly of a stack of tires, what it isn't showing is the logistical nightmare that happened with (insert name here)  tires. I had a set of tires arrive DELAMINATED after a 3 week wait for a 4" whitewall. I refused the delivery and had to immediately find a set of whitewalls to install on the Caddy's wheels. I had to settle for and overnight a set of 3" Cooper's to go not the car. Ultimately it proved to be a good move, for some reason these are the greatest snow tires humanity has ever created. 

With tires sorted, attention moved to the trunk area. While there was no rust and the original metal was in great shape, we elected to bedline it for durability. 

Some neatly cut matting glued in place to leave the trunk in nice presentable shape 

The whitewalls installed 

The whitewalls installed the afternoon before leaving. Looks like we'll make it just in time

Classic sound radio to go in 

but first, 

The entire dash had to be removed as the car tried to light itself on fire THE EVE OF LEAVING FOR THE TRIP. I spent the entire night, rewiring the entire under dash area in the car. The harness melted from rubbing through it's insulation onto the metal frame of the dash. Mind you, this is an unmolested original vehicle that's never had it's dash touched. Just unfortunate timing and I'm glad it happened in the shop, not 3000 miles from home. 

I had an alarm set for the next morning at 7am as I was planning on leaving at that time regardless. At 7am my alarm rang and the final screw was placed in the dash. Time to go. 

Heading back home to take a shower after 24 hours of work. Little would I know, I'd be awake for another 16 while making my journey south. 

Later that day: finally crossing the a 1966 Caddy Deville. 

While entering into Iowa, I noticed the alternator light glowing very dimly. Great, I thought, I either blew out a regulator, a belt, or the alternator took a dive. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it was none of the above. A bolt holding the alternator to the engine block had sheared clean off and left my alternator dangling in the engine bay. I managed to limp it to the World's Largest Truck Stop and made an attempt to jerry rig the alternator back in place. Unfortunately the bolt was broken off in the block and there was no way for me to get it. 

After looking around for about 45 minutes, I noticed the semi truck service station was I drove the caddy in there, hoping for a miracle. 

BOY did I get it. Had a tech come out who had a Caddy himself, they fixed the problem and sent me on my way for the cost of the bolt they put in..... small town America baby, gotta love it! 

After the debacle in Iowa, finally made it into Missouri. What should've taken 7 hours from Chicago to KC, took the better part of 12. 

Made for some good rest area pictures though!

After picking up the crew, I hauled ass to try and make it into Colorado. We made it to Burlington CO before my body couldn't handle it any longer. 

Got up bright and early the next morning and made a point to head into Montrose Colorado. 

Ended up taking route 50 over the Monarch pass, a usual for me when I'm passing through this area of the United States. 

The route snakes along along a river, passes the Gunnison River and the Blue Mesa reservoir. 

None of which we could see because another bolt broke off the alternator. This time around, we ended up fixing it by removing bolts from the AC compressor and threading them into the block to hold the compressor in place. 

Drove through a snow storm over Monarch pass. The Cooper classic whitewalls are the ultimate snow tire. Absolutely no slipping whatsoever, was incredible to pass a F150 on snow chains. 

Common occurrence on this trip, could only drive 180-200 miles per tank before having to stop to refuel. I don't even want to know how many times I've had to stop to refill. 

Waking up early to make it to a cafe in Montrose CO and get moving down to Vegas. Taking the million dollar highway and cutting over through NM into NV. 

Had to visit the black canyon before leaving 

An old fisherman's tale for bad luck involved having a banana on the boat. I've had so much bad luck on this trip with the alternator falling off and heat being sporadic, I decided to mount a banana to the dash to fend off the bad vibes. 

Car worked flawlessly the rest of the trip, so well in fact that we were able to do some stops for sights. 

met some good pups along the way in Navajoland.

This was somewhere after visiting the 4 corners monument, DOUBLE RAINBOW

She made it to her new home, safe and sound. 

She's right at home