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dinocarsfast

Made progress this weekend and replaced the engine

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I had some fun this weekend.... and made more progress on my camper build but I am still doing preliminary work getting the van operational.  I was not able to start the old engine and test the electronics yet because I haven't gotten the Ford IDS scan tool and software yet but I went ahead and replaced the engine since cylinder 4 had a bent rod :cry:

Luckily changing the engine went straight forward and I have it mostly buttoned up at this point. Currently I am waiting to see if initializing the keys to the car solves my last problem until I find something else wrong with the car. I really hope I don't have to many more problems and repair costs don't blow up to big and dip into my traveling funds but that's the way it goes sometimes, oh well.

 

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Geesh, you are the MAN!  I was crabbing about changing the alternator...LOL.  Thanks for sharing, it's very interesting. 

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Wow. I do all of my own repair work, but when it comes to swapping out the whole engine someone else is doing it.   lol .        But I am glad you snapped some pictures of the front end apart like that. I was wondering what these little vans looked like all tore apart on the front. You are the man tackling all of that on your own. 

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Thanks but it was really straight forward, the weirdest thing that I found was how the AC compressor seems to be mounted without a spring belt tensioner and no way to adjust tension.

I was once a BMW master technician before I went to college.  I have constantly been working with my hands since then too so they dont lose their ability.  But I knew what I was getting into when I bought this since I have recently learned that I can save a lot of money if I buy it broken and do the repairs myself

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Being able to fix it yourself is a awesome feeling. I am just a DIY weekend warrior, but I love tinkering with stuff. But I have yet to figure out how the manufacture puts these cars together with all these nuts and bolts, yet I can take it apart and put it all back together with at least 4 or 5 extra bolts left over.   lol

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Yup, I have a lot of admiration for folks who can do major mechanical work.  :worship::worship:

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