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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:46 pm 
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In this episode of a never-ending car project, I try to start the car to move it to fix aforementioned stuff and...
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Yeah, it wouldn't start. Chased the rabbit down the hole and found this:
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Cam magnet is gone. Explains a lot about the random hard starting issues...

So I grabbed a used one I had on hand, cut the flange off it so I could install it from the front, plastic welded a metal clip to the back using the plastic from the flange:
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And just when you thought I was being a bit less redneck, nah, not really:
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JB welded that sucker in just like everyone else would have done. You'll notice in photo #2 above that I cut a ridge in it to give the JB weld something to grab on to, the clip is to make sure it stays seated while it sets up as well as just extra insurance that it's going to stay in place. I nearly filled the hole in the cam sprocket with the stuff to make sure it would have to squeeze out to get the magnet back in, wanted to make sure I give it a fair shot at having a strong physical/mechanical grip on the magnet as opposed to relying on it sticking to it.

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'92 Olds Trofeo - Fair weather DD
'84 GMC Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
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'92 Pontiac Bonneville SSE future project

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:34 am 
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The JB weld fix worked, in that it cleared up the code.

But suddenly now I don't have any fuel pressure. Sending unit is new, pump is new, pump turns on as if it were working properly, and gas gauge reads half a tank.

Haven't dug into this yet, but either the fuel pump is junk or the sending unit is junk or something else happened to the gauge that was working just fine before I changed out the rusty sending unit.

The conundrum then is do I put 5 gallons of gas into a tank that potentially is already going to be too heavy to drop?...

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'93 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi - Twincharged, manual, and lots more! Build thread
'97 Chevy Camaro - 3800 supercharged, T5, T-tops
'05 Cadillac STS - V8, AWD, her DD
'92 Olds Trofeo - Fair weather DD
'84 GMC Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
'97 Buick LeSabre - L67 winter DD
'92 Pontiac Bonneville SSE future project

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'87 Buick LeSabre T-type - future victim
'67 Buick LeSabre - future victim


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:57 am 
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'97 Camaro
'97 LeSabre
Pulled the rubber hose from the fuel filler and put my boroscope in the tank yesterday.

So it looks like the sending unit or gauge is bad. For now I'm going to throw some gas in it and move along. I'll measure the resistance of the sensor before and after so I know if the sensor is working or not and go from there.

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'93 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi - Twincharged, manual, and lots more! Build thread
'97 Chevy Camaro - 3800 supercharged, T5, T-tops
'05 Cadillac STS - V8, AWD, her DD
'92 Olds Trofeo - Fair weather DD
'84 GMC Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
'97 Buick LeSabre - L67 winter DD
'92 Pontiac Bonneville SSE future project

Doesn't run:
'87 Buick LeSabre T-type - future victim
'67 Buick LeSabre - future victim


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:15 pm 
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'05 STS-4
'97 Camaro
'97 LeSabre
Basically all set here finally!

I'll put a used alternator on it until I fix the issue with the one I powdercoated, ignore the failed fuel gauge issue for now, sort out the alignment and plates/insurance, and start driving it in the next few days to hopefully flush out any remaining issues.

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Blow all the things! Wait, I meant boost. Boost!
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Runs:
'93 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi - Twincharged, manual, and lots more! Build thread
'97 Chevy Camaro - 3800 supercharged, T5, T-tops
'05 Cadillac STS - V8, AWD, her DD
'92 Olds Trofeo - Fair weather DD
'84 GMC Sierra Classic - Twin turbo 3800
'97 Buick LeSabre - L67 winter DD
'92 Pontiac Bonneville SSE future project

Doesn't run:
'87 Buick LeSabre T-type - future victim
'67 Buick LeSabre - future victim


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