Sorry guys, my life got busy and I haven't had the energy to update this build thread. I also usually stop in the winter as I run out of good weather since I work outside. But I've done additional work on my car since I last updated, so I'll try to catch everybody back up.
During the summer, I realized my water pump was leaking and loosing coolant has been an ongoing battle I've been fighting for years now. I first thought it was due to a bolt on the water pump that was stripped out on the block. So in July I put in a longer bolt with a nut on the back of it. That didn't work. So then I thought it was my off brand water pump, but I needed an air compressor to get off the crankshaft pulley off.
It was around my birthday, so I decided it was time to TOOL UP
! I bought a 15 gallon, 200 PSI air compressor and Husky Pro impact wrench capable of 550 ft/lb of torque!
So with the badassness of air tools I took that crankshaft pulley bolt off like it was nothing. I then replace the water pump with a Honda OEM water pump.
I decided to lightly sand the area around the water pump to take off anything on the surface that could be causing a problem.
It looks a little cleaner.
A Honda Yamada Water pump costs $58.86, which is more than twice as much as an off brand.
And it's in...
I threw in a new tensioner and timing belt while I was at it for another $41.56.
Trying to get this bolt on the back of the water pump with a stuck alternator in the way is difficult, so I came up with a way that used a magnet to hold the nut onto the wrench.
Want to see what happens when you forget to tighten the tensioner pulley correctly?
It makes a lot of scary noise as it grinds away on the cover. I decided I couldn't trust the timing belt after that, so I spent another $22.66 on another Timing Belt....and I repeated the entire procedure again.
And after all that money and effort.It still leaked!
I can only conclude, I need a sealant around the water pump.
During the course of the working on the water pump I realized my alternator through bolt was super rusty making my alternator make noise and made it difficult to adjust the belt. I could not get this out, not with a sledge hammer, small torch, rust removers, etc and spent a weekend or two cursing at it and that didn't work either, but I felt a little better.
I ended up bringing it to my friend's shop so he could super heat it with an acetylene torch and we knocked it out.
I bought the alternator through bolt, mount bolts and the HondaBont HT for $21.79.
There are cheaper alternatives to HondaBond, but I wanted to do it by the book now.
I took the valve cover off, and the timing belt off again, I did this at least half a dozen times and started to get really good at it. I put on a very liberal amount of HondaBond.
The good news is I greatly reduced the rate of coolant lose and I no longer saw it dripping coolant.
I suspect it's leaking somewhere else now.
"It's not so much what we have in this life that matters. It's what we do with what we have." - Mr. Rogers