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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2015 @ 09:48 AM | 6,835 Views
Hello good people,

Just sharing my experiences with this wonderful 1987 BMW 325i Convertible that I purchased from a former co-worker back in July 2014.

It is back in the Hangar for major servicing such as Water Pump, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Engine Clean-up De-greasing, and much more! Again, bought this BMW back in July 2014 and have had lots of FUN with it but, it was pretty much abandoned by previous owner for over 3 years in the back yard.

It is just amazing how well it has been running on my watch for one solid year and finally the Water Pump gave UP and just in time since the timing belt was next! I am so LUCKY!

My initial Discussion Thread was back last year and dealt with bad Fuel Pumps and my quest to trouble-shoot why it didn't want to run and you can see all that at:


Some pictures of most recent work so far:...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 6,590 Views

You can see my initial Blog on this at:

One little thing we discovered while taking apart the old Engine was that someone swapped Engines during the previous ownership and the shop near Washington DC really stole from the previous owner as the Engine is NOT a 1500cc and instead an older 1350cc with small pistons (known as a 40 Horse).

Some people can steal from others like that is really piss poor business methods. Not only did they charge the guy for a turn-up but, they exchanged Engines and they must have sold his 1500cc to another customer and installed a weak Engine that was operating only on three (3) Cylinders! Unbelievable....

Needless to say we end up purchasing a brand new Engine (Turn-Key) with all installed and this one is a 1600cc with Dual Port Intake and coupled with a Dual Port Carburetor.

About a week ago we brought it to my friends back yard and today we installed it.

A few pictures.....

Last week transporting the new Engine with my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE (Made in Japan) with the 2.2 Liter four (4) cylinder gasoline (5S-FE) Engine and Automatic Transmission with over-drive. This 1992 Toyota Camry has over 473,800 miles at time of this write-up and without any Engine Rebuilt history!

New Clutch included
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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 04, 2015 @ 05:26 AM | 7,907 Views
Hello good people,

This is a record account of some hard learning experiences when trying to restore a super nice looking 1967 VW Karmann Ghia and the Engine was a struggle in many aspects.

This vehicle had been stored for over 3+ years and doing a nominal tune-up after taking care of the old Gasoline and other issues was not enough as the Engine just didn't want to start. My best friend who is a mechanic and remembers working on these Engines a long, long time ago is trying to rekindle his knowledge base with the help of another mutual friend (Hector) from Titusville, Florida. Hector has been a great help and actually sold us a block casing for a typcial 1500cc and main crank bearings.

Yesterday, I assisted Pete, my friend from Orlando, Florida to open up the Engine from this karmann Ghia and to our shock and surprise this Engine had an ugly case of the sludge and once the Engine case halves were separated after removing the heads and piston sleeves it was obvious why this Engine didn't want to start as many of the compression rings on the pistons were recessed and thereby no compression. We observed that the exposed areas of the crankshaft and that of the camshaft look in very good condition considering all that sludge. We are soon to take the crankshaft to the machine shop after removal of the connecting rods.

It is amazing how the critical components have survived so well even after so much abuse!

A newer 30/31 PICT-3 Stock Carburetor was purchased...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:18 PM | 6,721 Views

Way back in 2013 my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE received a needed Transmission Flush from Tire Kingdom in Oviedo, Florida and today almost 2 years later, I returned to have them perform another FLUSH.

Using Valvoline MAX LIFE ATF:


The FLUSH machine was filled with this product and I watched the mechanic perform the job. Of course, they took my Camry for a good test drive to make sure my A140E Automatic Transmission was sound before they decided to do the job. I don't blame them since my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE has over 472,800+ miles on it.:laugh:

I kindly asked them NOT to add any other cleaner additives and to perform the FLUSH using the Engine's power and they did exactly that.:wink: Mechanic stood by monitoring the machine and progress. It really pays to come during weekday hours to find the most experienced mechanic on hand and without finding the shop so busy.:smile:

A couple of pictures:

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