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Old 04-14-2016, 02:03 AM   #1
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Hey, Fanatics!

I've been away from the boards for a long time, which is evident by the recent condition of my car. I moved to Nashville a few years ago and the 46 has just been sitting since I got here. When I finally blew the dust off of her, things broke! GRRR Fix it... Broke... Fix it... Broke!

This was the first new car I ever purchased, back in 2001 (showing my age), so I can't bring myself to sell it, but if it's going to stay, I figured it better be reliable and fun to drive again!

Never abused, but definitely neglected. Here's how she sat for quite some time.



...and this was an awesome contribution from a neighbor. lol At least they had the decency to write on the window and not the paint.



I figured I better at least like looking at the car again, so I found a paint guy in town, who the Porsche guys swore by, and had them fix the molded splitters and respray the bumper. I also had him paint the rings of a new set of kidneys.

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Old 04-14-2016, 02:24 AM   #2
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i've seen you around before i think. dust in a parking garage?! meh!

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Old 04-14-2016, 02:29 AM   #3
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Got the bumper back and yeah... left it on the bed. Wife was pissed!



Buttoned back up, with a fresh bath and coat of Zymol. I also replaced the corners (old ones had a crack in them) and a fresh set of halos. I'm fully expecting these to last 4-6 weeks like every set of CCFLs I've owned. Whatever... They look good for now.


I've had KWv2s on the car for the last eight years and when I went to adjust their height, the collars were seized. They still rode beautifully, but I had the car lifted up to get it onto the moving trailer and the collars seized at that height. PS> If anyone wants a mostly complete set of KW's to experiment with, I'll sell them for ridiculously cheap! No leaks! Anyways, trusting the KW brand, and knowing that I literally never used the damper adjustments, I picked up a set of STs. Unfortunately, they don't go as low as the old KWs, so they may not stay for long, but they are in for now.

Ohh, and some of the ridiculously staged photos are compliments of Instagram. It didn't happen if you didn't take a pic of it.

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Old 04-14-2016, 02:31 AM   #4
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i've seen you around before i think. dust in a parking garage?! meh!

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Supercharged. I wish it was just dust... Blower pushing oil into the manifold, too many oil leaks, seized coilovers, Christmas tree dashboard, and desperately overdue for a ton of bushings. It was getting pretty tired.

You in Nashville, or seen around on the forums?
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Supercharged. I wish it was just dust... Blower pushing oil into the manifold, too many oil leaks, seized coilovers, Christmas tree dashboard, and desperately overdue for a ton of bushings. It was getting pretty tired.

You in Nashville, or seen around on the forums?
on the forums. maybe around Nashville but probably not. i pass through once a year. good luck. my car is finally becoming drivable once again after multiple wheel bearings and it feels good man.
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:39 AM   #6
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on the forums. maybe around Nashville but probably not. i pass through once a year. good luck. my car is finally becoming drivable once again after multiple wheel bearings and it feels good man.
Nice. It becomes a chase keeping up with the things that fail on a 10-15 year old car, brother.
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:57 AM   #7
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This would be me in denial that the blower was the problem. I was praying it was a CCV. Not so much.



So, blower pulled and sent back to ASA for repairs. $2,300 to rebuild! I wasn't really expecting that.. ouch. Ohh, and ASA only takes wired funds. So dumb.

While the blower was out of the car, I pulled all of the plumbing, and the manifold to clean out all of the oil. While I was pulling it apart, I figured it was a good time for a seal refresh, so I hit the bulk of them. Oil pan, valve cover, oil filter housing, timing case cover, front crank seal, CCV and hoses, and vanos rebuild.





Adderall in full effect here...



What do you do after a pretty thorough refresh? Chalk it up as a complete waste of time when you find one of these! b25 going away for a b30 zhp! The 2.5L had 132k on the clock. The 3.0L came with 94k, out of a 2006 convertible in ATL. Road trip in a pick-up. I guess I'm officially a Tennessean!



This is 3am in my parking garage. When you live in a condo, car projects have to be incognito.



Incognito is code for do the sh!t in your kitchen. Once again... wife pissed!

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Old 04-14-2016, 03:31 AM   #8
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Started pealing back the layers... Compression checked out.





Crank seal failing.



Looks like Wall-E







A few more seals completed, pan mounted and the block cleaned up really well.



Timing cover with a new water pump installed.





I had to use the valve cover, coil packs and harness from the 2.5L. The TM-15 was returned during this part of the project, so I bolted it up with the rest of the accessories. Ohh, and a new thermostat, because the housing on mine cracked when I removed it and I don't know the age of the one on the b30.



My attempt at woodworking.



Worked out surprisingly well! The engine stand was keeping me from accessing the rear main seal and installing the clutch and pilot bearing.



Seal and pilot in place.



ECS stock replacement pulleys. Replaces plastic with aluminum in the same diameter.

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Old 04-14-2016, 03:43 AM   #9
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To be continued...
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The in apartment pics are awesome. Wife must want to stab you lmao.
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damn! You're crazy for doing all that in the parking garage. Nobody give you any problems for doing that? (Aside from the wife of course lol)
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