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Old January 20th, 2005, 12:13 PM
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The woes of a nightmare repair job

Nobody else but myself to blame on this one, the head gasket and timing chain swap is taking far longer than expected. I figured 4 days at a good pace were enough.... they weren't, and day 5 the snow hit.

I was SOOOO close to done too, but I guess I mixed up 2 bolts when I was re-attaching the water pump, and snapped one off in the timing cover. EZ-out didn't work, and snapped off inside the bolt. So now, I have the timing cover off again, and down to the machinist I go.

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Old January 20th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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I know the feeling about the snapped bolt. I'm replacing my water pump and the stupid gasket broke for whatever reason, so when I was removing the bolts one decided to break in stayed in the timing and one stripped the threads. So much for following the manual and using a torque wrench
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Old January 20th, 2005, 12:51 PM
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Yeah, when I pulled the pump and timing cover off to get the broken bolt fixed, both gaskets broke on me.

Of course, I should have expected something like this. When I was taking the plug wires off, 6 of the 8 had the plug connection still on the spark plugs. Oh well, I was going to put new plug wires in anyways.

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Old January 21st, 2005, 11:14 PM
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Boy, this project just doesn't want to be finished!

Got the timing cover back today, machinist did a good job and even cleaned it up all nice and pretty for me. Too bad the gaskets I had ordered overnight shipping from RoversNorth didn't appear today. Makes it a bit difficult to install it again in the morning. I was really hoping to get the front cover back on before the 14" of snow hits.

Oh well.

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Old January 21st, 2005, 11:25 PM
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I used to have nightmares about my Rover. I was driving to Dallas and I smelled anitfreeze..It was a really bad dream that involved the words head and gasket; luckily I woke up. Just think of this Hans as a minor setback and very soon the water pump will be all back together (I had issues with the H20 gasket too..It was stuck - Had to peel/scrape it off) and you can play in the snow!! Good Luck!

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Old January 21st, 2005, 11:43 PM
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I just wish I never broke that damned bolt off in the timing cover, otherwise I'd have it running again by now.

and we're getting 14" of snow tomorrow that I can't go play in :-(

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Old January 23rd, 2005, 10:35 AM
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Hans - How is it coming along?
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Can't put anything together until the gaskets arrive, which I ordered on Thursday from RoverNorth.

I'm SOOOOO glad they said it was in stock, and they promised to have it out that day via overnight shipping.

At least I have the timing cover back from the machinist.

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Old January 24th, 2005, 12:07 PM
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Well, at least I got the parts situation cleared up for now. RN charged me for overnight, but shipped via ground. Should be arriiving any minute now, and already got the shipping charges refunded.

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Old January 24th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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I think it is time that you took my Avatar! Driving a Rover is synonymous with "oh the Drama''!! Well @ least you have not had 4 alternators in 3 months!

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4 alternators in 3 months? How did you manage that? At least it's an easy alternator to change, though the price is a bit much.

Right now, I am on schedule to turn the key around 2pm tomorrow. If I can figure out where these 2 support bars go.

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Finally. Running, no problems to report yet.

tomorrow, dig it out and clean it up.

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Old January 26th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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Finally. Running, no problems to report yet.

tomorrow, dig it out and clean it up.

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BAM!! Now go play in the snow!
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Running much smoother now, I guess that's what happens when you correct previous owner mistakes such as spark plugs that aren't threaded in all the way.

But man, you do notice the drop in power when you swap from the tin to the composite head gaskets. Though the puffy white exhaust problem is gone now.... which HOPEFULLY means I can pass inspection now. Only remaining issue, it's running a bit hotter now and gauge starts moving up at stoplights.

Tomorrow I'll burp it out again and see what that does. Maybe I'll JB weld the thermal clutch on the fan, lock that sucker up so it doesn't slip at all.

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