Day 2 (yesterday) Got my son into the mix cause if the car don't run he cant get a flight to see his mom and family, semi motivated. First thing he did was try to clean the valve covers that were cleaned a bunch of times. These things just suck! Eventually he got them to the point that I said enough!.
We primed them and the primer just refused to dry on parts that I imagine harbored thinner and mineral spirits. Enough is enough I broke out the cast cote paint and sprayed away with no care in the world. Literally this is many hours over a simple gasket change. Believe it or not the paint did seem to dry the primer and stick. Not sure if it really sticks but it is on there and I don't care right now. Running out of time.
Had a hard time getting the pass side (right side) on without missing the gasket but it did end up where we wanted. The driver side went right on. Everythings great, another half hour and were fool proof!
Pfft... Missing one valve cover acorn nut and 4 washers! I can understand losing one but four? not a chance in this life. Looking at the old grommets it is possible the previous owner/mechanics left those out, but an acorn nut! I had to have dropped it somewhere but we can't find it yet. Might be on the the underside splash deal. 4 washers come on, that's quite lame.
Figured out where 1 acorn nut missing can be fine, sourced the other washers and were good to go!. Or are we?
All together with new plugs, boots, heli-coils, gaskets etc. Put it all together sound covers and all. Fire it up... blup blup blup, serious miss and it sounds like the cam chains hitting the covers! Is this where the acorn nut went? What a scene, 4 hours till liftoff, panic mode! Engine light on too!
Calm down pull the cover off what is wrong? Nothing visible. That sucks. Stomp code (which is always been a real pain on this car said injector2) So we know a possible issue. Went back out and can you believe both 1 & 2 injectors have corroded on the terminals! Used Gordon's Stabilant 22 and worked the injector contacts in and out a few times. Boom all good.
Do not know if she works as good as Nikki, highly doubt it but nice to know I could accomplish a simple thing as valve cover gaskets.
What a scene.