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What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« on: March 26, 2020, 01:26:30 »
Post your pagoda fixes,  maintenance, or general work your are trying or hoping to get done during coronavirus pandemic.

I was lucky to have some parts ready to go.  So far for me:

1) Replaced the belts
2) In process of replacing guide rod bushings.  Ordered parts right before lock down. 😖
3) In process of changing  transmission fluid. I got the fluid fill plug out but need to buy ATF.  Coronavirus or ATF?🤔🤣😷

Anybody else stuck at home and getting any pagoda projects done?

« Last Edit: March 26, 2020, 16:45:55 by mrfatboy »
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during lock down?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 01:57:16 »
I'm always at home and live far enough away from everyone that it's pretty good here. We have 4 cars to finish up. All of them run but need different things to finish.

I want to do some rust repair on my own car but that might be later in the season.
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during lock down?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2020, 02:24:29 »
I just remembered I changed out the clutch fluid also.  Boredom is taking its toll on my mind🤣🤣🤣
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during lock down?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 11:25:50 »
Cleaned master reservoir used a turkey baster to extract old fluid, then bled the 4 corners. Used a Motive pressure bleeder.

Assessing growing leaks. The biggie? The power steering supply hose from reservoir to pump was touching battery tray. Wore through. While the system is dry, might as well change seals in pump, and box. Will also change large oil pan gasket. Took battery tray out, will clean and paint, because of an old leaky battery.

Ordered Verdestein Sprint Classic tires. Really wanted a white wall, but decided the classic tire look was more important (to me) than the whitewall. The white walls I found, (toyo was one), cost half as much, but they looked modern.


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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during lock down?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2020, 16:13:36 »
Finally got my softtop frame back from the welder who replaced my broken spring lever. After tweaking, re-tweaking with body English, shoving, and clamping, the frame is now pretty straight. Fortunately, I ordered and received all the parts about a month ago, and now with warmer spring weather (and the lockdown) I'm ready to tackle this beast - thanks in no small part to your outstanding guidance!
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 19:26:46 »
I am reassembling the engine bay, in preparation for the rebuilt engine.

Concurrently, I am reapplying trim and new rubber to the body after replacing rusted panels. The task still threatens to overwhelm me as I have no recent experience. But I accomplish one thing or another each day.

More directly related to quarantine, I've been learning more about how to use the wealth of knowledge that exists within this site, before being slapped on the wrist for not finding the information on my own ;). Without this forum and manual, I'd never even contemplated most of what I've accomplished. Thanks to everybody. Be well.
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2020, 21:52:33 »
Received parts that were chromed, assembling the tail light surrounds and taping the hubcaps for painting.
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2020, 22:09:12 »
Doing some undercarriage cleaning. was able to get some Limited Slip Diff Oil ( 001-989-33-03-12 ) doing a refresh for some summer driving. 
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2020, 19:29:00 »
I made continued progress on fixing oil leaks on the front of the engine, and the transmission.  I already replaced the transmission modulator, and now replaced the filter and pan gasket.

On the engine, I pulled the PS pump and bracket, front pulleys, and PS reservoir bracket.  While all the parts were out I bead blasted and painted them, and got the reservoir all back together.  Also resealed the PS pump.

Then I replaced the front crank seal and buggered it up, so have another one or order.  But that stalled reinstalling the pulleys, and PS pump.

Then I got tired of looking at the beat up old horns so took one apart, bead blasted, painted, reassembled, and tuned it.  It's no ticket to Pebble Beach, but not bad for something on the underside of the car.

I also identified all the oil pan bolts  and front block bolts that penetrate into the timing case or other oil-filled areas.  A number of these were pretty clearly leaking, so I sealed them all.  Hopefully now I'll have a relatively dry underside.
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2020, 21:18:40 »
In my case fixing the oil leaks is not a process, as process is defined as having beginning and an end...
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2020, 21:29:14 »
Big excitement here today. 

First, put on gloves & mask and risked my health going to Post Office to mail a pagoda part to a forum member🤣🤣🤣😷  it was for a good cause😀👍

Came home to an frantic call from my neighbor that a raccoon was in her house.  My wife and I trapped it and found a new home for it.

Just another day and at least something to do🤣
« Last Edit: March 27, 2020, 22:08:18 by mrfatboy »
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2020, 21:42:13 »
Well, if you are going in this direction, I spent a couple hours this morning helping to extricate a tractor from the vines on my property. It rained (a lot) in November, and the bottom of our land is still soaked and very soft.

Not quite as exciting as catching a raccoon, but just as unexpected (at least when I got up this morning).

Tomorrow I’ll try to improve the positioning of the glove box on my Pagoda (it is far from flush with the rest of the dashboard).
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2020, 15:47:57 »
I’m making a muffler soufflé!  Actually taking the time at home to outgas my stainless steel exhaust before I install and ceramic coat.
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2020, 21:05:39 »
Without distractions, I've managed to finish my engine.  Injection pump installed yesterday and valves adjusted.  Will drop in the car on Monday.  As I've installed a 250 engine in my 230, there was some creativity needed to get the fuel and IP oil lines figured out. 
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2020, 12:42:08 »
As I had car on the lift before the virus affected our lives, during the very quarantine:
- overall check up of the underneath and fixing the small chips, painting, waxing
- cosmetics underneath - cleaning
- finishing the drains check up - do I have them, are they not clogged
- waxing cavities
- greasing (the whole scheme)
- oil change
- PS fluid change
- transmission fluid change (pan was leaking, had to remove it to seal it anyway)
- wheel housing cleaning/fixing chips - here I found out I lost one of the caliper bolts, resulting in small leak, fixed that
 - hub caps re-painting (now in process)

Drove the car yesterday - it is still running after all this care of mine...
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2020, 23:42:54 »
I was able to complete two more things today.

1) Changed transmission oil
2) Replaced guide rod bushings & refreshed

I might install a Hirschman auto antenna next.

Of course, I can spend the rest of the year trying to adjust the glove box🤣🤣🤣

Stay safe😷
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2020, 20:59:28 »
Done!  Runs surprisingly well, but the A/F ratio continues to rapidly change as the engine is breaking in.  Purrs smoothly once it is correctly adjusted. 

As a humorous side note, I installed the rubber hood cushions too high and the hood would not open even with considerable encouragement.  I had to uninstall the grills and remove the hood hinge bolts from underneath to open the hood.  Lesson learned, but it gave me the excuse to better align the hood hinges and even out the gaps.
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2020, 22:02:04 »
Quote from: FresnoBob
.../...I had to uninstall the grills and remove the hood hinge bolts from underneath to open the hood.../...
Just two tips.
1.When removing hood (bonnet), only unscrew the fastening bracket (with hinge pin) on the right side. Do not touch the bolts/brackets that attach to the aluminium hood! Use heavy tape and cardboard to protect edges (and you need a helper!)
2. All areas of the SL visible through the grille should be brush painted matt black
« Last Edit: April 05, 2020, 12:36:46 by mbzse »
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2020, 22:32:04 »
Mmmh! I always removed the bolts in the hood. what's the issue? Does the hood come off if you follow your recommendation? What happens with the left side?
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2020, 23:20:36 »
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.../...the bolts in the hood. what's the issue?
The metal is soft and easily deformed. See for instance:
https://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=24071.msg179445#msg179445

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.../...Does the hood come off if you follow your recommendation? What happens with the left side?
After right bracket removal, you slide the hood (which is semi-open, perhaps 45 degrees) sideways 2-3 cm, to release the left side.
Both brackets remain firmly attached with their respective bolts, there on the left side.
An important aspect of this method is, that there is minimum adjustment needed when you re-mount your hood (bonnet)
« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 12:23:05 by mbzse »
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2020, 22:52:46 »
Another job off the list👍 Everything lubed up according to the below chart.

Now what? 🤔😷
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Re: What have you done to your pagoda during quarantine?
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2020, 14:18:48 »
1.When removing hood (bonnet), only unscrew the fastening bracket (with hinge pin) on the right side. Do not touch the bolts/brackets that attach to the aluminium hood! Use heavy tape and cardboard to protect edges (and you need a helper!)
Hans,
It's before 10:00 AM (for me) and I learned something new already.
I have never read this before. GREAT IDEA !!
Huge help for the next time I take off my hood (which I am hoping is never ;D).
Thanks
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