Re: Name that ticking/tapping noise....
Hey fellas, a few updates. I know its been awhile. Repairs are coming don't you worry. Bills suck lol.
Regardless, first thing, im ordering a timing belt tensioner, timing belt, intake and throttle body gaskets (So I can install these valve cover gaskets that's been staring me down for a few weeks lol) also a throttle body hose (keep reading to find out why) lol.
Secondly. the rims I posted previously, 2 are bent beyond repair. A rim repair shop near my area looked at them for free and said 2 are scrap metal. Its a shame, but Oh well they were free. After finding that out, I decided to spend a few hours cleaning up the stock aluminium ones. I used a scuff ball that's similar in texture to the little green scotch pads, but the ball attached to my power drill, muahaha!! The difference is amazing. There's some pitting I haven't got to, but I will when warmer weather comes. I live in Ohio, so its in the 50s one week, then it will snow 6 inches the next week....kinda like its supposed to tonight.
Third, with my auto zone 20 dollar gift card I got for my 5th point on my rewards card, and another 20 I had in my wallet. I picked up a spectre cone air filter and connected it straight to the maf sensor (or whatever it is) and made a short ram intake. Gained some throttle response, and a more aggressive tone from the engine after 3k rpms. The negative about it is I cracked the hell out of the plastic intake elbow that runs from the throttle body that created a vacuum leak. I ended up patching it with blue silicone, which is working for the moment until the new one comes in.
Fourth, if anyone has seen pictures of my car, there was terrible rust under the driver side door, and on the trunk. So one day after work I decided to break out the grinding wheel and went to town on whatever rust i could find and took it to bare metal. Then grabbed my leftover fiberglass mesh/resin, bondo putty, sander with 400/800 grit and did a made a makeshift patch job on the trunk and door. Then primed it. Looks alot better, but im no where near done with it. I couldn't stand looking at the rust anymore.
Pictures of before/after of the rims, and body work will be posted soon.
edit* forgot to mention, the gear oil is getting changed this weekend. yes, i shouldve done this when i first bought the car. but, better late than never
Last edited by Kipp88; 3-5-13 at 19:34.