Monday, January 1, 2018

Stanley Control-Grip 90-948 Adjustable Wrench

One of my Christmas Presents was a Stanley Control-Grip 90-948 8” Adjustable Wrench. I already have a larger version of this wrench and love it. Now I have a slightly smaller one too. 

Happy New Year 2018

Didn’t get much done on Lola last year. Job changes, four growing kids, and July’s life in general got in the way. I’m hoping 2018 will see more progress.

This is how she looks right now, poor thing.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Cleaning up an old oil can

I bought an old USA Made oil can at the flee market two weeks ago and had a few minutes to take it apart and clean it tonight. (Please forgive my messy workbench.)

A bit of wiping off of old grease and back together it went.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Draining the Transmission Fluid

The transmission drain plug on my three speed manual transmission is in the middle of the bottom of the transmission. 

This is a 5/8 inch square head bolt. My 5/8 inch wrench couldn't get enough tourque on it though but a 17mm socket fit the end of this bolt allowing me to use my father in law's long socket bar on it.

I am not sure what transmission fluid is supposed to look or smell like, but this stuff looks grumpy and smells nasty.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Draining the oil

I wanted to drain the oil from the engine to lower the potential mess while pulling the engine.

The engine drain plug is located on the driver side of the oil pan and needs a rather massive 7/8 inch wrench to unscrew it.

The oil itself didn't look too dark or at all sludgy. That is encouraging.


Removing the throttle linkage assembly

The throttle linkage assembly is the last thing in the engine bay (besides the engine mounts themselves) that is attaching the engine to the car.

There is a linkage bar that attaches the throttle spring thing to a bar attached to the firewall that moves forward when the gas pedal is pressed down. 

This bar is attached by two little clips that just pull up to allow the linkage bar to slide out of the other bar it's attached to, thus freeing the clips. 

After that is off the throttle spring assembly comes off by removing two 9/16 inch bolts.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Removing the Z bar

Apparently the real name for the clutch pivot brace thing that goes between the engine and the side wall of the engine bay and transfers movement from the clutch into the transmission is a Z bar. Who knew? (Well apparently a lot of people do because I was able to find the name with only a few minutes of googling.)

It's the brace in the bottom left of this picture. Apparently I failed to get a good before picture. 

I started by removing this spring and the cotter pin that connects the clutch pedal rod to this Z bar. 

I then pulled that rod out and removed the bushing. 

There is also a spring and cotter pin assembly that connects the bottom of the Z bar to another bar that connects to the transmission. (I again failed to get a picture of this.)

This bolt goes into the engine end of the Z bar and screws into the engine with a 3/4 End box wrench. 

It looks like rust has taken the place of a bushing on this end. Ugh.

It's out now which just leaves the accelerator linkage and two engine mounts connecting the engine to the car in the engine bay.

I plan to pull the transmission with the engine, so I still need to pull the driveshaft, pull the shifter, and loosen the transmission crossmember before I can pull the engine. I also plan to drain the oil and transmission fluid just to avoid as much mess as I can.