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Old 10-28-2013, 01:38 PM
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Well this was a nice surprise, Got a freebie from the local indy shop replacing my center support bearing and centering sleeve on the drive shaft.
Didn't charge me any labor. I supplied the parts. So I floated the guy that did the work 40 bucks, which still is cheaper than the hour labor charge by 85 bucks.

So Im a happy camper. 1 step closer. Have the drive shaft in hand...

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Old 10-28-2013, 05:18 PM
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Re: Mission accomplished

Few more igems done tonight. Grounded fuse box to block..tightened up belt tensioners..put fan on..need to tighten that up a bit more i think. Reattached throttle cables and a few other connections...almooooooosssstttt there...

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Old 10-30-2013, 09:11 AM
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Alright, so i have a question.

The oil cooling lines from the transmission to the cooling radiator on my 97 which was manufactured in 01/97 and 440Z tranny looks different than this realoem pic.

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...06&hg=17&fg=05

On my tranny, if your looking at the front of the car toward the back, one line goes to the driver side with a hollow bolt. The other goes to the passenger side of the car. The driver side im comfortable with. But the line on the passenger side im curious, When I inserted the line into its slot and tightened the bolt into place, it looks as though it isnt all the way in. However i can not turn it any further. My actual question because i cant find a matching diagram of my tranny set up is, is there supposed to be a oring or washer on this connection, closing what appears to be that small gap between screw head and the tranny?

Keep in mind i couldnt find any washer or oring on the bolt or in my garage on the floor. Thinking maybe there was and it fell off or something...

thanks guys...
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:31 PM
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Re: Mission accomplished

BIG DAY well sort of..got home.hooked truck battery to car.turned key just to make sure starter wld engage and she did...what a relief..was a quick on off.at least i knkw that much is working.. This weekend she will be primed and ready for fire up..im happy no electrical issues there so far..hopefully eberything else works...

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Old 11-02-2013, 11:20 AM
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SHE IS ALIIIIIVVVVEEEEEEE....

Today was a good day. Put PS fluid in her and filled up the tranny with about 4 litres of fluid, just so she wasnt drive. Hooked truck battery to her. pulled fuel pump relay. turned the key a few times to prime some oil in the sytem.. Did it three times for about 10 seconds each... Didnt want to chance any more than that. Video link for priming below

Then went and put fuel pump relay back in. Reconnected the truck to it with jumper cables.And gave her a turn of the key, no exhaust on her yet. So she sounds like a boat engine. lol..She struggled a little bit on the first turn or so, but she finally fired up.. video link below

Im stoked...

Only two small issues, Busted the fuel line i think, On the second start attempt, i smelled fuel, then saw some coming from under the car.. Checked the fuel lines and saw them spewing fuel at the rail connection and near where the metal line enters the engine bay. Easy fix. Might have been due to air and not being primed. Dont know.. But will fix that..

Also found an oil leak., Apparently i forgot to tighten one of the hollow bolts to the block. another easy fix. I guess its expected to miss a couple of things.

Im still stoked she started.. Need to fill her with coolant. that will be the next step, this one has me nervous as there were so many issues with bolts on the back of the engine. I hope my work holds together, or that will be a downer...

anyway, heres to her starting up...Cheers.....


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Old 11-02-2013, 01:47 PM
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Well I knew my dream was to good to be true. YEs she starts, no oil leaks now, no fuel leaks. I went added some coolant, and she is spewing coolant from the back somewhere. Never started it with coolant. Just added some, and then heard dripping under the car. Its near the bell housing. Now im worried that maybe the rear coolant gasket isnt holding fluid.

Could it be the valley pan gasket not holding and coolant weeping from the weep whole.

Tommorow Ill try and diagnose the problem. easiest troubleshooting first, will remove intake manifold and check out the valley pan..Im praying that is what it is...

Car isnt under pressure yet, so im wondering if that is it...

Any thoughts...
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:29 PM
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I don't remember what was back there from a coolant point, There are the tubes going across front to rear in the valley between heads. When I changed my water pump I sweat that I may have unseated the rear seal of the tubes. As it was I was very lucky. other than being anticlimactic and frustrating, this is minor for the mammoth task you took on. Exciting to hear it start and run. GREAT JOB!!
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:41 PM
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Yes very much anticlimatic.

There is the coolant manifold and heater core tubes. Which mine bypasses the heater core. Car was like that when i bought it. I gather something is wrong in there. But Im not concerned with that because im in florida, really no need for a heater down here.

I replaced all the orings on the pipes and i know they are all connected well.But I will be rechecking those tommorow when i pull the intake manifold off the car to look at the valley pan. On the back of the engine inside the bell housing for the tranny, there is a coolant cover. I had massive problems with bolts breaking in there and had to do some surgery to fix it. Im praying that its not in there causing my problem.

Hopefully just a pipe issue or valley pan gasket issue and the coolant is just leaking out the weep wholes.

Thanks for the kind words about the project. It felt really good when she finally started up. I was definitely stoked when it started...

More to come tommorw once i identify the source of the coolant leak..
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:25 PM
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now that sux, if its the rear engine gasket....means u have to pull the tranny out
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:48 PM
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Yep. totally aware of that one. Thats why im cringing right now...Will know more tommorow.
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:32 PM
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well with a good flashlight and mirror, you can see if the coolant is spilling from the rear coolant hoses or the weep hole of the valley pan... I hopeits just the coolant hoses, thats an easy quick fix...I dont see how the rear engine coolant gasket could of gone wrong unless u stripped a few bolts...The gasket tilt out of place? I doubt it
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Re: Mission accomplished

Yeah i dont think the gasket is out of place..but remember i had 4 bolts bust off and needed to do some surgery on it to fix it..im really hoping its not that rear coolant cover...but ill know more tommorow...

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I remember that issue and the question of welding which would not have worked. You have overcome so many challenges, you will figure this one out too. (Easy for me to say, huh, but I know you will)
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Re: Mission accomplished

Worst case scenario..i need to pull tranny off the car to get to the problem..not ideal obviously but i guess if i have to i have to..

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Well FABOCH and all that replied to my Coolant Leak. I did an initial inspection with my trusty mirror with leds attached. And sure enuff, i can see coolant pooled at the valley pan. So the valley pan gasket looks to be shot. I havent removed the intake mani for a better look, but i can definitely see coolant down there.

The angels must have been watching over me on this one. THANK YOU LORD.... and for me to say that cause im not overly religious is saying something...

Now gotta get to work on taking the intake mani off and getting a better look. Just thankful right now that is what it appears to be...

More to follow....
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Re: Mission accomplished

No doubt..valley gasket...easy fix...

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Re: Mission accomplished

In thinking about this and my last comment..i find it humorous what i consider an easy fix now...lol

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In thinking about this and my last comment..i find it humorous what i consider an easy fix now...lol

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I was thinking the same thought! Easy fix huh!

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It is easy compared to the alternative you were worried about. I am happy for you that is is the easier of the two.
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Re: Mission accomplished

Well...ill test the rear gasket once i get the valley pan out..dry out the rear coolant cover and then fill again..see if it leaks...there is still concern over it to be honest.but i definitely knkw the valley pan is leaking.

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Re: Mission accomplished

So i pulled the rear coolant mani.and pulled the valley pan..i can obviously see coolant being held in.but while im waiting for the new valley pan with gasket..ill monitor tonsee if coolant leaks out..only one place for it to leak from...

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Man, thats great news!!....thats defintely an easy fix...Should be firing up soon
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Yeah definitely somewhat relieved..will be 100% once i fire her up with coolant and it stays in the car...im not a cooling system wizard but i have to imagine tue coolant will create pressure once heated and engine running...so that will be my point of happiness..

Anyway ordered the new valley pan with gasket..while i was at it.i bought a new fan shroud as well.mine was cracked.used some of my purchase points from rmeuropean..so paid half what it should have been...

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Checked the car this morning. No coolant on the ground, Checked in the engine bay at the valley. coolant is being held in as the level it was yesterday afternoon is constant.. It appears the rear cover is holding the coolant in the car.

Will know more this weekend as we to whether it holds up under running condition.

So far so good though with it not leaking after about 18 hours of sitting there.
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Well it was christmas eve today. Got the new valley pan with gasket sealed on it, and the new fan shroud.

Hopefully tommorow will be christmas day and everything will be running beautifully...

Fingers crossed
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