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EODguy 05-07-2019 10:43 PM

It's what I say, even though I've never seen a fat skeleton...

I usually say it's all foreskin...[emoji38]

My wife is shaking her head right now[emoji38]

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Purplefade 05-09-2019 01:15 AM

Time for valve stem seals... 2005, 4.4i, 113,000 miles
 
Well.. today was not nearly as productive.

I started back in to the VSS and was on a role until I got to cylinder 3, 2nd intake valve, 1 no problem, 2 pretty straight forward, 3 not too bad - may be in a rhythm here... nope, number 4 and three hours later I had to quit.

I canít for the life of me get the keepers back on that valve...

Oh well, back at it tomorrow, Iíll get that one finished and then move on to an easier win and do some of the exhaust valves!

I know I always feel more motivated when I see the progress and with a full days effort in and only 3.75 valves done... I didnít see too much progress...

I did manage to get everything degreased and cleaned and put the new (big o-ring) on my vac pump so itís ready to go back on.


Question - Iíve had no prior issues, but it is out of the car - should I rebuild the alternator? Voltage regulator? Brushes? - Thoughts?

X5only 05-09-2019 02:05 AM

Could you please post a picture of what you're dealing with? I'm trying to visualize but can't quite see the problem and don't recall spending that much of time to install the keepers in any of the valves. Having said that, patience is called for in the utmost and now you can attest to that. I recall losing a keeper in the engine and spent nearly a whole day looking for it :bustingup. I simply had to find it - no options, as you don't want to imagine what damage a keeper floating in the engine would do.

Take it easy and no rush:thumbup:

EODguy 05-09-2019 05:01 AM

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Originally Posted by X5only (Post 1161842)



Take it easy and no rush[emoji106]

+1

This is also why God made great Bourbon available....

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Purplefade 05-09-2019 12:47 PM

Must have just needed a 5th of moonshine, some sleep and a clear head... sucker went right on this morning! I doubt I will finish today, but I am finally making some good progress - not to jinx myself... We'll see how it goes.

X5only 05-09-2019 06:33 PM

Great. I'd advice not to set targets for yourself in that manner. Just tackle a task as it comes and take your time. Some areas are more challenging than others and will take more time. Initially I was setting targets and realized I tended to rush and take risks to meet those targets. Often, mistakes were made. Relax and enjoy the project. Stop and look back at your work. Smile and take a break :thumbup:. This is why I strongly advice against renting tools since you're working against a deadline (rental end-date).

Purplefade 05-09-2019 11:00 PM

I agree with that - ďrelax and enjoy the projectĒ [emoji106]

I settled in to a groove today when I had a chance to get to the garage and knocked out another 8 valves!

Iím to a cool 12 finished! - I will be REALLY HAPPY when I make to to the ďI finally have less to finish than I have doneĒ Point - oh sweeeeet number 17 and then itís all downhill from there!!

Today was a good day! Thankfully I have a few hours I can put in to it on Friday before I have to take my daughter to Cleveland... I love dance... (NOT - shit is insanity) ...

In no hurry, just working though them, im ďexcitedĒ to see how far I can get!

I will say the exhaust rockers are a treat to reset... easy to grab, crappy to put back...

EODguy 05-09-2019 11:24 PM

Congrats on finding your groove and when you're done it'll be time for more Bourbon.

Enjoy your trip with your daughter and remember to stop at all those out of the way parts places during the trip...

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andrewwynn 05-10-2019 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1161909)
Iím to a cool 12 finished! - I will be REALLY HAPPY when I make to to the ďI finally have less to finish than I have doneĒ Point - oh sweeeeet number 17 and then itís all downhill from there!!


When I was in Navy nuclear power school, somebody introduced me to an awesome concept called the "happiness factor". It's a simple math formula applied to any bitching hard project that has a definitive start and end point such as days in and days remaining.

Divide #in by #left. It will be unity when half way through and explodes exponentially toward the end. It will work well for the valve count.

X5only 05-10-2019 04:47 AM

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Originally Posted by andrewwynn (Post 1161911)
When I was in Navy nuclear power school, somebody introduced me to an awesome concept called the "happiness factor". It's a simple math formula applied to any bitching hard project that has a definitive start and end point such as days in and days remaining.

Divide #in by #left. It will be unity when half way through and explodes exponentially toward the end. It will work well for the valve count.

Wow, so real even though it's a placebo. One actually feels great progress when tackling the last few valves, actually when you're half way through the second bank :rofl:


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