This is the inside of the motor. While I am soooooo thankful that it is back together and looks like a normal motor, there have been complications. I suppose if Den took my guts out and put them back in with only a help manual, I would have issues too.
He did great and the car started on the first turn of the key. That never happens. Ever. Or so I was told.
It did spray a bit of gas out the side but Den said this was to be expected. I rolled my eyes and he sopped gas with a rag . He got the leak to stop. Yay, because I don't think DJ would have felt real safe driving around holding a fire extinguisher.
Den saved us about $1000 by doing it himself and he used premium parts. Yay Den. But he ended up having to cut the muffler off with a saws-all because a bolt wouldn't come loose. Fine, clamp it back on. Then it started leaking transmission fluid(our driveway looks like someone gutted a small animal with all of the red/pink stains on the driveway) and the check engine light came on. Ahhh, the joys of old cars.
We brought it in and had the muffler properly clamped on and all the rusted transmission lines replaced. That was $291. The check engine light is still on. That is a lovely project for this weekend. He swears and I bring beer. We have a system.
The funny thing is I'm not upset about doing repairs on this car. We have had it for going on 11 years and it has been a champ. Whenever something broke on it, we fixed it and usually tried to use premium parts. We have gotten our money out of that car a few times over. Bless its little rebuilt
We have decided that this will be our retirement car. Some like to have a sweet classic car to tool around in during retirement. We will be in a 99 Lumina but hey, it will probably still be running. DJ said it's like having a brand new car since everything is slowly being replaced. Now all we need to do is paint it again. Hey, we are in Illinois, we do car rust like no other.
Rusty and broke,