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Old 05-25-2009, 03:28 PM
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You are right about the TDC mark. I marked my balancer with some white paint so that I could see it clearly from the top. I also marked two dots of paint one in the middle of the rotor button and one straight across on the orange peice to locate #1. You will want to make sure that #1 is ready to fire and that your firing order is correct.

After you get it fired, and if you had water in your oil and water coming out of your exhaust; you might still see water coming out of the exhaust. This is resdue that was left in muffler and cat so don't be alarmed. It might take a couple of days to get it all out. As long as you don't see steam you'll be OK. My car still has a little stumble so I'm leaning towards a new O2 sensor. It dosn't take much to foul one up.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:23 AM
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Well, I finished putting it all back together... with a fresh wiring harness too. Turned the key and it took 2-3 starts till fuel got all the way thru the system and then she fired up. Ran rough for a few minutes and then settled in. For the first 10 minutes there was a bit of steam and assorted fluids burning off the engine. You see, while I had the head off I covered all the opennings and power washed the entire engine compartment. Everything was so accessible I couldn't resist. There had been an oil leak from the timing cover and from the passenger side firewall area of the head for such a long time that the build of of gunk was too much. Took it for a 10 mile drive and no check engine light. Engine is now fairly smooth, I'm hoping that over a week of so with use it will get better and better. This took me quite a while to do this job so from not being used the brakes oxidized, they're loud and rough. a good commute to New York in stop & go will take care of that. I'll run the car for about a week and then check for leaks.
I do have battery charging (alternator) light coming up on the dash - it may be from soaking the alternator with a power washer. I'm hoping that will go away too.
I have to go back and even out one of the exhaust manifold flanges - I tightened it unevenly and there is an air leak.
Also have to flush the radiator, I only filled it with straight water for the timebeing to test it.
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:58 AM
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Good to hear that you've got it running. In the next couple of days drive it around in city and freeway conditions with and without cruise control. This will allow your car's computer to relearn those driving patterns which sets the idle speeds and cruise control settings.
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