Hello everyone, first off I'll give you the bad news. The car has been leaking coolant all over the place. It's had bad freeze plugs throughout the motor and it has been a constant issue throughout ever since I bought this motor used. I'm guessing the previous owners would top off the engine with water instead of coolant and as a result the old 20 year old steel freeze plugs finally rusted out. It's a mess, trust me no one would ever want to do this but it must be done. So now I am going around replacing all the old plugs with brass replacements. It sucks doing all this work just so that your car can run but at the end of the day just driving my car gives me joy so I will just man up and do it.
Step one required me to move the car into the garage so that I could get it on jack stands and prepare to pull off all the body parts and later on the transmission.
I took off as much of the body kit as I could because I plan on repairing some of the Rocket Bunny sections before they go back on and I also need to make a rear bash bar before my next event. It's scary drifting with no rear bash bar. You just never know when things can go bad and if that ever happens I want to be prepared, that way the amount of damage caused remains minimal.
This is how the car looked with side skirts and rear over fenders removed. That reminds me, I still need to revisit the modification/fabrication I did when cutting the quarter panels. I need to figure out a way seal inside the wheel well so that water keeps from getting into the trunk.
This is what the car looked like once it was all up in the air and ready for surgery. I try to keep my work area as clean as possible simply because I have noticed that the cleaner your workspace is the more inviting and faster you can get things done. Having an area like this makes you want to work on your car. No matter how small your space is, keep it clean and organized and you will soon notice how much more rewarding working on cars actually is.
My trusty ole KA24DE dual cam motor has been so good to me since 2008. Back when I bought at a wrecking yard, it has since been in 2 of my s chassis cars. I feel bad that I let this freeze plug issue slip by me but I know it will all be good soon and the trusty ole KA will run again. Hang in there lil buddy.
So now for the good news... I registered for a drift even that will be taking place on March 6th. That's right around the corner! I will do my best in order to be ready for the event so starting tomorrow it's full steam ahead on working with the car till it's drift ready for the event. Wish me luck. I also want to thank you for stoping by and checking out the progress on my car and hopefully this will be more of many blog post to come. It's been a while since I blogged but now that I have a legitimate web address and a place to document my progress I hope to keep adding updates on a regular bases.