I did use a rare earth magnet in the solenoid passages and also fished it down into the pan. Nothing at all, not even shavings. The material I found on the solenoid is non-ferrous anyways, but no shavings, which is good. I flushed the system with oil and found nothing else. I need to cut open the filter but I suspect more and more it is old damage from previous owner rather than recent work.
I am not sure what removing the intake manifold would have done except allow to inspect intake valves, which I suppose wouldnt hurt considering it is probably due for a media blast, but I think is overkill for the sole purpose of a crank sensor.
If the engine is gone I will probably just swap in a fresh LNF or newer ecotec and go from there. My plans with this car was originally to mod it fairly heavily but never got there with it since this was my DD for a while.
Unfortunately time is always limited, I took last monday and yesterday off to work on it. I travel quite a bit and also have a lot of stuff going on at work -- it is also a lot of fun and very rewarding so I am not at a total loss here. I also do not really drive anywhere anymore so this is a fun car, not DD. It looks worse than it is -- aluminum is crusty and everything else is pretty dusty. The surface rust on things like bolts has been there since I got it, as it was a beach car.
The good the bad and the extremely ugly...
The triple option for any owner..
The good.. Finding no other chucks of metal in the block anywhere is a good thing for you, and the engine.
I was unsure you had in fact used the magnet to remove anything else that might have been in there.
SO far so good. Old damage from the previous owner..
I wonder what did happen to cause this, and why did the previous owner not take care of it, before you bought it?
Lack of commitment on his part.
Yes removing the IM would have been over kill for just the crank sensor replacement, I agree. Why do it in the first place, IF it is
not needed in this instance. However now might be the time to do it. Mileage count on the odometer?
With the engine down somewhat and not being the DD a good close inspection of the rockers, intake valves since the factory.
BUT... if you plan to replace this motor with a new Ecotec in the future, why bother with the extra hassle of removing the IM.
It is a time consuming job on this motor.
The bad.. taking time off from work, to work on your car, a non DD as of now. Yup always fun to answer to the boss,
I HAD to fix it, but I found it very rewarding, fun in the short term, and time working on the car, beats working on anything
at work any day imo. Travel gets in the way of everything, hence the term... Time management.
SO much to do, so little time for everything. Many an owner has been faced with this dilemma more than once.
The ugly.. nah we're not busting your chops here on the current condition of the engine bay. Well maybe just a bit.
Happens. Not driving anywhere anymore or less than you use to, I know the feeling. I rarely drive anywhere that much either.
Even though my Sky is my DD. Less wear and tear is a good thing.
Surface grime can be removed, maybe not rewarding but fun seeing the before and after results of your hard work,
on your day off from work.
It's just dust... leaf blower the motor compartment, no more dust. Problem solved more or less.
Rust, so long as it is non cancer-ish to vital parts then it can be removed, with work on your part.
Maybe not as demanding as the job, in this case. It was a beach car.. that explains it.
Salt corrosion can be deadly to a lot of things in cars. Catch it quick before it spreads.
* I did get in a nice cruise to the race track yesterday. Left at 10am, got back at 8pm.
Long day, lot of fun. Cool day low humidity around here clear blue skies for most of the day.
The Kappa did attract some... attention in my travels yesterday.
Lot of cars about and out on Labor Day weekend. 36 roadster, with a blower. 66 Mustang in near perfect condition.
911's.. a pack of them 5-8 running the other way on Rt 480.
A 1919 something with wood wheels... leaving the track.
The drive home in fading light, top down cool evening as I got close to home. A touch of Fall is in the air
around here. Trying to get in as much time ( time management again here ) with the top down.
Hope to do at least another Go-Pro run or two before things get a little chilly around here.
U-Tube posting soon gang. Safe holiday weekend to you all. Watch the crazies out there, and the police
too as fines, tend to increase on a holiday weekend.