[MR2] I'm back (and working on cars) :) MKII
te51levin at fastmail.fm
Sun Nov 4 11:49:55 EST 2007
Welcome back! By the way, Kevin isn't kidding about jumping into his
reintegration therapy. The day after he got back he was on the phone
with me ordering up a bunch of parts to get the new turbo car into shape
(speaking of which, as thrifty as I am, I'd run a good thick synthetic
oil and leave that turbocharger alone until it popped outright, and then
spring for a nice upgrade). Kevin and I had a nice long chat about his
current car and his older ones, and the enthusiasm is obvious. I hadn't
spoken with him before so I can't tell if that's a product of being away
for so long, or just the fact that he's an MR2 owner, and we tend to get
a litle enthusiastic anyway!
The distributor pin shouldn't be as tough as all that, really, if you
have a drill press - if you have a punch to make a divot in the end of
the pin, the hard part is keeping the drill bit aligned as you drill
that pin out. Everything after that is pretty much a cakewalk. If you
don't have a drill press, this is a good excuse to buy one!
On Sun, 4 Nov 2007 09:31:30 -0600, "Kevin Parker"
<cavscoutmr2 at gmail.com> said:
> So, no kidding, there I was. Downtown Iraq, rockets and mortars flying
> everywhere..... Okay, maybe not. :)
> It WAS, however, around lunch time on November 2nd when a Boeing 757
> down at Robert Gray Army Airfield at Fort Hood Texas with just over 100
> happy soldiers who had spent 15 months in Iraq. In just about 30 minutes,
> had turned in our weapons and other sensitive items and were bussed to
> gym where the families of those soldiers were anxiously awaiting their
> arrival. The Fort Hood garrison commander spoke for about 45 seconds and
> were released. We were finally home!! Good stuff.
> So, yesterday, my first full day home, I engaged in some re-integration
> therapy. I worked on my MR2s. :) I had noticed this box of parts in the
> garage when I got home, so I was ready to dig in. I "Kreen"ed the turbo
> process I go through with every new car/engine I have obtained since I
> learned about the stuff in ~ 1997) and while it was soaking, for lack of
> better term, I started to change the plugs in the NA. I couldn't complete
> that due to a mix-up with the plugs, so I pulled the distributor to
> out all that stuff in the rebuild kit from KBox. Well, I don't have the
> necessary tools to get that stupid pin out, so I changed the o-rings and
> it back in until I get a bead on how to finish it. It drips a
> spot every couple of days, so I'm not freaking out about it. I also
> the dizzy and cap on both cars. NOW, I'm about to go purchase the oil to
> change in both. I'm going to Austin to buy some Redline stuff to change
> the oil in both trannies and that will complete the initial service.
> A question about the turbo, I took the intake plumbing off and tried to
> the compressor wheel. The book describes radial and axial play. While
> is no axial play at all, there is some radial play. I don't have the
> to measure it, but based on my understanding that there should be none, I
> was a bit surprised at how much there actually was. It boosts fine and
> is no "death whine," so should I be worried? Should I start looking
> to a rebuild in the future?? Thanks for the input.
> Sorry I ran long with words. I'm just excited to be home and getting
> with my cars again. Understand that, except for two weeks in May, my
> exposure to vehicles has been M1114 HMMWVs. Of course, there are many
> non-tactical vehicles over there, but they are either full-sized
> SUVs/pick-ups or the BMW's and MB's that the Iraq Air Force guys that
> next to us drove. I called it re-integration therapy. That's not 100%
> Kevin Parker
> "Look, these people, they have no jobs, no food, no
> education, no future. I just figure that we have two things we can do.
> or we can sit back and watch a country destroy itself on CNN. "
> -SSG Eversmann, Task Force Ranger
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