Rear Differential Cover:
I had removed the rear differential cover, cleaned out the case and cover, repainted it. Yes, it's now orange, while I was cleaning it I spotted residual orange paint (discolored iron oxide). I got a few funny looks for it and some derogatory remarks about a pumpkin, but I like it a lot, I even baked the paint on for a shiny surface. I threatened my friends with painting the whole under carriage orange and finally got some definitive NOs. But I was just kidding.
I bought a new gasket, seal and new torque wrench (25 to 250 psi/in) Unfortunately the Sears Craftsman was made in China with only a one year warranty. How do I avoid the growing collection of Chinese tools in my garage? Note to self: more swap meets this summer.
I cleaned the surfaces thoroughly with brake cleaner and detergent, applied a zig zag of RTV seal (made in America for NAPA) prepped the bolts with anti seize (also made in America) and installed the cover. I hand tightened the bolt and left the gasket for an hour, then went back to torque them down. Everything went fine until I felt a spin in the upper right bolt on top of the case. I knew what that feeling was. "Hope, hope, hope..." I'm thinking "let there be something left to pull out". To my relief, there was just enough left to unscrew with a dental tool the wizard had given last year. When he gave me that tool, I thought, "yeah yeah, I got needle nose pliers, but it's cool." That will teach me to doubt experience.
|The bolt had a crack in it from the factory, it had been waiting to break for over 50 years.|
I had done a spin on the gears for a quick look for marks without taking the whole thing apart, but I'm sure that is in my future. I have to fix a slight leak at the line to the gas tank, I think there is a back up problem at the tank.
Grills and Fins...
|After new paint and inserts|
|Time for new horns|
I removed the front fender to install them, and thought I'd try to get the horns to work one more time, but alas, my car is a mute. I found a pair of Segor horns 60b (made in Turkey) on ebay for $13.00. So I thought, rather than take a chance on purchasing another pair of non working horns I'd get these and sound like a Peugeot.
|I'm propping up the bumper with my foot while my daughter holds the camera.|