Archive for December, 2008

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I got bored so today I adjusted the valves to .007″, which is one thou under the factory spec but general consensus is that it’s perfectly acceptable on this motor. I also got brave enough to fix my odometer. Maybe some pictures will help.

I got the guide on how to do it from here but I felt that it was lacking in what I find most helpful in a guide – pictures. So I decided to fix that.

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3. Remove speedo from cluster. Handle carefully. Resist temptation and do not touch needle or face.


Oh, so tempting to touch the needle and fling it around.

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Notice that:
a) Speedo cable input on rear drives speedo;
b) Shaft from speedo to odo drives odo number wheel shaft;
c) Odo shaft drives a big aluminum-colored gear at the end of the odo number wheel stack;
d) Odo is not turning because that big gear is slipping on the number wheel shaft;
e) Number wheel shaft is held in position by friction with big gear.



Notice all that? Good.

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6. Gently slide the number wheel shaft back and forth a very small amount to verify that it is loose.

And how it was!

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7. Find a temporary replacement shaft of slightly smaller diameter, such as a nail or machine screw.


Fuck your nails and machine screws, I’ve got a coathanger to carelessly jam into this fragile, relatively complicated piece of machinery.

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9. Locate position on numberwheel shaft where big aluminum-colored gear normally sits. A polished band likely exists there. Verify gear location by holding shaft against numberwheel frame.


Look at that bastard. Been slippin around with reckless abandon for about 2 years now.


The “polished” end of that shaft in the last picture should not be shiny, and is supposed to be press-fit into this silver colored drum. It has a tab on it that kicks the ones place in the odometer over to the next number.

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10. With a center punch or cold chisel make a very light impression on shaft at gear location. This distortion should be large enough to fit tightly in gear, but small enough to pass through numberwheels using finger pressure.


I used a center punch and a vise to distort the thing so that it would cause more interference with that silver drum.

It was a real bitch getting it to fit in the drum, but after some convincing with my 16″ S-K adjustable pliers it went in easily. Now, if you’d like to do this my way, you’ll press your thumb as hard as you can onto the edge of the sheet metal face, trying to get this shaft in by hand (even though the instructions clearly say you shouldn’t be able to). In doing this, it is required that said sheet metal face slip and split thumb open, introducing unnecessary drama and time into something that should take 30 minutes to do.

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11. Try replacing numberwheel shaft in odo frame. Keep numberwheel shaft end against temporary shaft end.
a. If numberwheel shaft won’t go through odo frame or is tight in numberwheels, distortion is too large. File slightly.
b. If numberwheel shaft slides all the way in easily, distortion is too small. Punch it again.
c. When distortion is just right, shaft will stop sliding when distortion reaches gear, and will not go into gear with finger pressure.
d. Use channel-lock pliers or a small vise to press shaft firmly into position in big gear. Leave a very small gap between odo frame and small brass gear at other end of shaft.
12. Verify that numbers on numberwheels align correctly with rectangular hole in speedo face.

You assholes. Thanks for telling me to double check that after putting the numberwheel shaft in. 🙁

But you know what, it’s close enough and it works, so I’m not going to mess around with it any more for, at least for a little while. I don’t think I even have a punch small enough to drive out that shaft if I wanted to!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Nothing much to report on, I got a new windshield about a week ago, mainly so that water wouldn’t leak into the car but DAMN it feels like I’m driving in high-definition now.

I had a choice between PPG and Pilkington glass, and everything I’ve heard from 2002 owners says that PPG stuff cracks easily. Add to that the PPG glass was in Seminole, FL and would cost $90 just to ship whereas the Pilkington stuff was local, so $250 installed wasn’t a bad deal at all.

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Put black slats* in the grilles to complete the look, save for the bumper.

*electrical tape