4 Seat Chenowth Repair

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:00 pm

I had started a longer post, but lost it when my computer rebooted.

Here is the car with the ecotec.
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I made the mistake of going on the Elko trip without gauges. It cost me a head gasket and the remainder of the trip. Head gasket is now replaced.

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I also took one cv axle off that was making some noise. This is what it looks like. Not good. Why would it do this?

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Also, the joint that ring came off of, had some visible grooves forming in the outer part. Is this joint dead?

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I was using the stock intake pipe, because it had the bungs for a vac line and the MAF sensor. There was a long section of the collapsible black intake pipe that connected the filter to the end of the stock intake. I drilled a new hole in the filter housing for the MAF bung, and used an existing fitting for the vac line. Way less plumbing to get all that air through now.

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And I am building a spare tire rack on the back. Here is the start of it, I cut it out on my plasma today.

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by no1clyde » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:19 pm

Good to see it runs again Nate. You have all winter to fix all the stuff you found you need after your Elko trip. I was out at Kens yesterday turning out 4 pulleys for him and adding ball bearings to them to fix his hoist that ate the bushing it came with and he told me he talked to you when got your truck and trailer and he asked me about jumping my car :mrgreen:

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by TimS » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:50 pm

When you replace the cv's, check your limit straps. the straps stretch. it looks like your axle might have been contacting the boot flange. You can also clearance the flange like I did on my race car.

I would run those cv's. I can't really see anything abnormal, they usually fail by pitting, in my experience, but if there is a grove or something to catch the balls, sand it out until smooth and run it, IMO.
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:49 am

Adding an air scoop to direct a little more air to the radiator. I really enjoyed having the windshield, but it restricts the airflow. I think this will help. It also works as a floor for the roof rack.

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by TimS » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:00 am

All you really need are some gull wing doors and a heater. Looks good. Be interesting to see how it performs.
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:21 am

Doors? Yes. Gullwing? Probably not. I am thinking suicide. Doors that is. But if I keep spending money on this, my wife will make it look like a suicide.

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by TimS » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:30 pm

No need. The strangest thing could happen and everyone will just be like, "Man, what did he do to piss off carma?" I think I've uttered that phrase a few times.
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:46 pm

After I found chocolate milk on my dipstick, I came to the realization that I should have had the head resurfaced when I replaced the head gasket.

So this time I got the head milled. And I painted the engine while it was apart. Another new head gasket, another set of (torque to yield) head and cam sprocket bolts.

I tried charging for 2 days to get enough juice out of the old red top optima to kick it over with no luck.

Tonight I finally got her fired up with a jump battery. Gotta pick up a new optima this weekend. But she's a runner. Again. For now......

I got a photo resize app, but the first attempt apparently didn't work. I thought it was set to 480x5xx, but I got an error that said the file was too large. I'll try again and try to post pics of my pretty junkyard ecotec.

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:48 pm

Looks like it worked.
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by TimS » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:22 pm

Did you install a temperature gauge? :)
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:28 pm

The temp, RPMs and what ever else I want will be on my phone screen. It is part of the obd fusion app on my phone and Bluetooth adaptor in the OBD 2 port.

Some how I scored a free new blue top optima battery to replace the old redtop.

The in line thermostat housing should be delivered tomorrow at work. Then I am ready for testing. I'd like to hit Delle and get some high speed video running next to I80.

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by TimS » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:38 pm

Thanks for mentioning the resize app. I just picked one and it seemed to work pretty good.
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by CentralWAbaja » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:51 am

Are you posting direct from your phone without tapatalk? That would be fricken sweet.

Sorry.....Nate, killer to see you putting the buggy back together! Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by n8ball » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:12 pm

Yeah I just picked one of the first couple resize apps for iPhone in the App Store. Open app, pic a photo, tell it the size then save. Post it straight from phone.

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Re: 4 Seat Chenowth Repair

Post by TimS » Sat May 06, 2017 4:19 pm

https://youtu.be/G2taiW-RPLc

Video of Nate's wireless obd-2 guages. Pretty cool. Also notice how little vibration there is in that engine. As I pulled out my camera to video, his phone was just sitting on top of the engine going nowhere. Pretty amazing.
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