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Old 07-18-2015, 05:32 PM   #1401
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Steve,

Think of how proud you'd be to take a hundred pounds out of an Alpha.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:29 AM   #1402
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I had an Alfa that I took 200lbs out of... It disappeared!
I am seriously impressed by FormicaFX... And in particular the petrified wood version... Beautiful indeed and with a lightweight and strong substrate... It would be good!
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:12 PM   #1403
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Welcome back Key!!

I would check the weight of the current counter. That sucker is heavy! I was worried when the DW wanted to replace the bathroom counter with granite. Figured why not it is just a small piece. They weighed the same! That original corriane (?) is heavy!


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Old 07-22-2015, 06:40 AM   #1404
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Welcome back Key!!

I would check the weight of the current counter. That sucker is heavy! I was worried when the DW wanted to replace the bathroom counter with granite. Figured why not it is just a small piece. They weighed the same! That original corriane (?) is heavy!
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Missed the seeing the progress, Key, glad you are back!

AS must of had a scale handy for all components or you wouldn't be able to move it. They did miss the target with ceramic tile on mine, if it wasn't so much work I would remove it and use cork.
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:32 PM   #1405
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Time for a quick update....
Just thought I would post this to let everyone know I am alive... just distracted from my AS for a bit longer!

Life just keeps handing me lemons...
Alfa, that I thought would be done and sold, is dragging its heels with a bunch of gremlins... now its decided to start leaking oil from the oil pan and/or rear main... both are a PITA to do... and also the pinion seal on the rear axle is leaking.
All of the above were on the cards to be done in the last 2 months... but... I need my ramp... and...
The Stepson's Subaru decided it was not getting enough attention.
It started with a split radiator earlier in the spring, and after replacing that, it ran for a couple of months... then overheated again in a dramatic fashion. Of course, the stepson ignored my explicit instructions to check oil and water weekly...
A detailed examination pointed to a blown Headgasket, but oil pressure was good, as was compression, so out came the motor.


Headgasket was obvious... but I was concerned to find coolant in the oil.


We decide to risk a limited rebuild, with new headgaskets, and timing belt set.


Motor was replaced and ran fine.... until suddenly developed a rod knock.
We knew it was a risk, and this time we lost.

Out came the motor again... and the oil I drained told me it would be grim..


The autopsy showed spun rod bearings on #2 and #3...
This is #3, where the bearing is welded to the rod!



Anyway, I am now up to my neck in Micrometers and Bore gauges!




I hope you regular Airstream Programming will resume soon!
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:02 AM   #1406
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Key,

Glad to hear that everything is going according to plan.
But especially glad that you're still in the fight!
Keep hitting them. Pretty soon it will be nothing but Airstreams and open roads.

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Old 11-12-2015, 12:20 AM   #1407
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Key,

Glad to hear that everything is going according to plan.
But especially glad that you're still in the fight!
Keep hitting them. Pretty soon it will be nothing but Airstreams and open roads.

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Who's darn plan Charly? LOL.

Ya know, the good part of what is going on is that I am gaining tools and experience for the Airstream as i bump over these cobbles!

The engine will be going out to the machine shop next week, and they are telling me 2 weeks lead time... The subaru is on the ramp and sans motor is not going anywhere... which means I can't work on the Alfa either!

I have done some stuff to the Airstream between projects, but i have 3 items on my list for this downtime I intend to get done.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:43 AM   #1408
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Trying to divest oneself of projects is always tough. I'm getting closer to that point myself but I'm still not there yet.

The trick is once you've eliminated one project, don't go get another one to make up for it!

Glad to hear you're still in action

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Old 11-12-2015, 06:57 AM   #1409
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The head gasket on those Subarus has been a problem for a long time. They say that theyve corrected it. It went on for years though. Great cars, we love our Forester. First thing to ask though if buying used, has the head gasket been replaced.
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:24 PM   #1410
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The Subaru project is ongoing, with the engine machining underway!

But back to the real deal...
I got a call from my Storage place, and it seems that I(and others) will be moving by December 31st!
Good riddance to these people... 4 rate hikes, theft of fuel and other items, and general crummy service.
They will be getting a black eye online after I leave.

So, I packed up my pickup with tools, fresh battery, and supplies, and began the process of awakening my sleeping beauty!

Pulled the plugs, and gave each cylinder a shot of MMO, to lube the rings.
I had drained the fuel tank(because of theft), so I knew I needed to start from scratch.
Planned to pull and clean the fuel tank, so started with a fresh fuel can and plumbed that into the rear fuel pump feed.
After cranking for a bit I had no fuel feed at the carb... The rear electric pump was working fine, but nothing was travelling along the line.I worked my way along, checking the filters, and all was good to the mechanical pump on the block. Seems that has failed somehow internally and blocked the fuel supply.
A new one is on order, but I might bypass it to see if I can.
I did get the motor running by force feeding it gas down the carb throat...
Just got busy checking stuff and getting my list together!
More real updates coming soon!
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:22 AM   #1411
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Steve,
One would think it's bad enough having to deal with the self destruct tendencies built into these motorhomes, but having to contend with fuel thieves and cutthroat landlords all at the same time, makes the experience extra rich.
On to greener pastures, blue skies, and airstream adventures on the open road.


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Old 11-20-2015, 07:41 AM   #1412
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Steve, have you found a different place to store your 345 or are you going to park it at home?
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:20 AM   #1413
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Where I live, in Orange County, space is at a premium, and so prices are not cheap. This place was reasonably close, and also they didn't mind people working on stuff. Many places here forbid anything...
I have not confirmed a place yet, I have a shortlist and will go inspect places next couple of weeks. It will be further away, but cheaper for sure.

In the meantime, parts are on their way.
The new Carter fuel pump was only $17, and I also bought some 8mm plug wires.
As its been sitting for over a year, its due a full fluid change.
As the transmission pan is the original stamped steel pan with no drain, which I hate. It will be replaced by a n extra deep Derale steel pan. This takes 3.5 quarts more than stock. It has a drain plug, and and a temperature sender plug. It also has pipes running thru the pan base for cooling. I was leaning toward a cast aluminum deep pan as they add more strength to the trans case, but this will do for now.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:39 AM   #1414
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Where I live, in Orange County, space is at a premium, and so prices are not cheap. This place was reasonably close, and also they didn't mind people working on stuff. Many places here forbid anything...
I have not confirmed a place yet, I have a shortlist and will go inspect places next couple of weeks. It will be further away, but cheaper for sure.
Hopefully you'll find something that fits your needs.

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In the meantime, parts are on their way.
The new Carter fuel pump was only $17, and I also bought some 8mm plug wires.
As its been sitting for over a year, its due a full fluid change.
As the transmission pan is the original stamped steel pan with no drain, which I hate. It will be replaced by a n extra deep Derale steel pan. This takes 3.5 quarts more than stock. It has a drain plug, and and a temperature sender plug. It also has pipes running thru the pan base for cooling. I was leaning toward a cast aluminum deep pan as they add more strength to the trans case, but this will do for now.
Can you post a link for the transmission oil pan? Sounds interesting!
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:09 AM   #1415
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Sure Brad... Here is the specs...

Derale's TH400 Deep Transmission Cooling Pan #14202 uses air passing beneath the vehicle and redirects it to help lower transmission oil temperatures. With brazed, turbulator-equipped airway tubes passing through the lower section of the transmission pan for more efficient cooling, each is individually pressure tested to ensure a leak-free pan. We've included a much stronger magnetic drain plug and rubber/steel reusable washer, in addition to a 1/8" NPT temperature sender bung located in the side of the pan. Finished with a durable black two-stage coating, each pan also includes neoprene gasket and 1/8" NPT temperature sender plug.

Specifications
Pan depth: 4"
Tube depth: 3-1/16"
Extra capacity from Std. OE pan: 3 qts. 8 oz.
Extra capacity from Deep OE pan: 1 qt. 3 oz.
Temp bung size: 1/8" NPT
Features
Heavy gauge stamped steel construction
Two stage heat dissipating black finish
1/8" NPT temperature sender port
Reduces fluid temperatures 20-50F
Increases fluid capacity by up to 3 qts. 8 oz.
Patented turbulator cooling tubes add heat transfer capability
Magnetic drain plug with increased magnetic strength and rubber/steel washer
Pan depth: 4"

Looks like this..


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Cooling Pans : GM TH-400 Deep Transmission Cooling Pan


You can find them on Ebay for about $125, but I grabbed the last one at a vender for $113 shipped.
As I said, I actually prefer the cast aluminum pans, as they add stiffness to the transmission, but as the longer term plan to put a built 4L80E in, this makes sense to me.
I HATE the 12" wide waterfall of Tranny fluid that waterfalls on ya when you have to drain the stock pans... you do it once and vow to never put the stock pan back on
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Steve,
Thanks for the link for the trans pan, this is what i was looking for
still 113.-
Derale Performance Transmission Pan GM Turbo 400 Deep 3 Qt 8 oz 14202 | eBay
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Old 11-20-2015, 01:14 PM   #1417
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Interesting looking cooling vents!

I think I'll add that to my list of wants. Since my transmission has never had fluid it it and it's sat for 8 years now I plan on pulling the pan to make sure it's still new in side. Perfect time to swap pans.

Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2015, 03:21 PM   #1418
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Pleased to help Guys!

I did hear that these pans were susceptible to leaks in the early days, but they changed the production and it was cured.
Also, I read that they are difficult to clean debris out of if you need to...

I don't have a external cooler fitted yet, so a little extra cooling and fluid capacity will be just fine.

Also consider this type of cast pan by B & M...
B&M Transmission Cast Deep Pan, Brushed Finish - GM TH400 Transmission » B&M

They are about $140 on ebay.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:49 PM   #1419
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I think I like the first one better as it has a port for a temperature probe. Like you I plan on having a transmission oil temperature gauge in my dash so the Derale pan fits the bill.

Besides, I don't plan on having any debris in my oil pan
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I HATE the 12" wide waterfall of Tranny fluid that waterfalls on ya when you have to drain the stock pans... you do it once and vow to never put the stock pan back on
I have been on that side of fence and felt pretty stupid to boot.
Mine does have a sending unit fitting that leaks and i am afraid to continue to tighten it, since there is something "spongy" about it. At least it will serve as a drain plug
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