OT: Buyer Beware

Paul Stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Mon Apr 15 11:01:48 EDT 2019

My 1970 Pontiac jumped time in the parking lot of the old underground Coliseum Garage in NY in the early ‘80s. I knew something was wrong when it backfired just before I shut it off. It wouldn’t restart and puffed and wheezed as engines do when the cam is out of time.  It would have cost me a fortune to tow it home and even more to have it repaired in Manhattan, so i took off my shirt, borrowed some tools from the Motor Books crew who worked just around the corner in the Hearst building, bought the parts I needed at an old auto parts store in Hell’s Kitchen, went back to the garage, dove under the hood, took the front of the motor apart, replaced the cam gear and timing chain and installed new parts. Worst part was getting under the car to take out the front oil pan bolts.  It took the better part of a day to finish the job, so I missed a day of work but saved the car and hundreds of dollars. I was on a salary, so I didn’t get docked, and my boss, the editor of Motor Magazine, a service industry trade publication, applauded my efforts.  Today at ’71, I’d bite the bullet and call a repair shop. Too many broken parts on this old body to work that hard.

> On Apr 15, 2019, at 10:38 AM, John <jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> I've done it with older cars ... before I got older myself. 8^)
> On 4/14/2019 09:19:42, Bulent Celasun wrote:
>> I would have never thought about doing such a work myself (at age 60).
>> This probably shows that my thinking part aged a lot earlier than
>> your muscles and joints.
>> Bulent
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>> Alan C <cole at lantic.net>, 14 Nis 2019 Paz, 16:03 tarihinde şunu yazdı:
>>> My younger daughter had the misfortune of cam belt failure on her 1995
>>> Hyundai Accent 1.5 csi. The car has been in the family since new & has
>>> been a reliable, economic runner. The cam belt had been replaced at
>>> 100000 & 200000km as recommended but this one failed after only another
>>> 75000km. The first 2 replacement cam belts were genuine Hyundai but the
>>> third an after market substitute. Strangely enough, I still have the cam
>>> belt I removed at 200000km & it looks perfectly OK!  After stripping it
>>> was found that, luckily, the only damage was bent exhaust valve heads on
>>> cylinders 1 & 3. (This is an interference engine design). On account of
>>> the age of the car I didn't want to spend too much on repairs so I
>>> shopped around for the cheapest set of exhaust valves & a head set.
>>> First problem - the valve stem oil seals were a loose fit (totally
>>> useless) so I had to buy better ones. Second problem: the exhaust valves
>>> were such poor quality that 3 of the stems bent when I was installing
>>> them in the head using a valve spring compressor. I only noticed the
>>> problem after I had re-installed the head & was busy fitting the cam &
>>> rockers, 3 of which didn't line up with the valve stems. Back to square
>>> one. I will need to buy another good quality set of exhaust valves. I
>>> will also buy a top quality head gasket - I don't trust anything cheap
>>> any more. I have successfully done many engine overhauls over the years
>>> & must say I enjoy this sort of thing but this time, at the age of 75, I
>>> find I am suffering all sorts of aches & pains I have never had before,
>>> so this will definitely be the last!
>>> Thanks for listening. I feel much better now.
>>> Alan C
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