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Old 02-08-2018, 02:56 PM   #21
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Mine's a little bit sad at the moment. I replaced the thermostat and got the old radiator out last night (which weighs fully 8 more pounds than the new one from all the crap stuck in it). The transmission needs to be rebuilt. Dunno if I'm gonna try to brave that myself or take it to a shop and have them do it.

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the hard shifting has settled down a pretty good bit. i figured that the car sitting for almost two years had something to do with that. it still has a very firm shift. i love it. it hit second gear in the rain the other day and it got a bit squirrely. i just smiled and kept my foot on the pedal.

i went to have two new tires installed today, and decided to leave when they said there was a two hour wait. so i went home and ordered new plug wires and the two front shock mounts. 66 bucks. i love rockauto.
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well fuck. at least it popped when i was moving the cars around in the driveway. the funny thing is i ordered new ones yesterday lol

i backed it in the driveway, got my jack and jackstand out, and now its sitting on the jackstand so i could close the hood.
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Dude that is kinda funny. At least it happened in the driveway! BTW, I have one of the spring compressors that works with these cars. If you ever need to pull the springs on yours just let me know and you can borrow my compressor if your local auto shops don't have them to rent (mine didn't). I dunno if you'll need to dink with the springs to replace the shock mounts or not.
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the w124 shock change is a breeze. i found a vid on youtube. jack it up, unbolt the shock and it slides out the bottom. if that happened on the highway, my hood would have been toast. right now the shock tower is fully extended. so i sat the frame on a jackstand so the coil spring forced the lower arm down to drop the shock.
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Damn, bro. Had no idea failure was that imminent.

Some people put R129 SL-Class shock mounts on these cars which have a metal bracket across the top to prevent damage to the hood should they blow out.



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i knew they were bad, but damn not that bad. these style mounts are a definate design flaw. it barely dented the underside of the hood. more like a deep scratch on the hood bracing.

new plug wires arrived saturday afternoon. they all OHMed out at .96 to .99 which isnt too bad. 27 bucks shipped from rockauto. fuckin autozone wants 160 or so for the duralast wire and 235 for NGK. ha no flipping way. the ones i got were made by federal auto parts. very solid construction. the cap and rotor will be here monday with the shock mounts. im thinking about getting KYB shocks. then i get to do front end work next weekend and maybe new tires on the front. im going to use NGKr plugs.

from what little i got to drive it last week, it is getting pretty good fuel mileage even with a bad plug wire. i got 100 miles off a third of a tank before the mount blew. once the ignition tuneup is done, that will probably increase.

and thanks for the tip on the other style mounts. maybe i wont have to deal with this headache again. the PO apparently had a “if it aint broke” attitude.

i also need a washer fluid pump gasket. one of the pumps is leaking at the grommet.

and the better half is fit to be tied over another project heh
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...and the better half is fit to be tied over another project heh
Thats how it always goes.
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im going to use NGKr plugs.
Don't use resistor plugs on this motor. The resistor is in the cable hence the 1kohm resistance you measured.
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i was looking around for those mounts you posted....that locking top part doesnt show up with any search. got a link to that piece?
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