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    Finally, I'm done installing the new radiator and hoses.

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      I took it out a couple times but it?s been put away for good for the season. First snow was Friday and more snow coming tomorrow. I was able to do a couple half days at work last week. Hoping I can do more this week as I feel better.
      1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
      1989 Cutlass Cruiser wagon, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, special summer ride
      1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
      1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
      Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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        Did the brakes and cleaned the engine bay. I also found a good deal on a Dynomax muffler from 4wheelonline so I ordered one.

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          While I was in the hospital, the mice got into my Celebrity. Shredded the underhood liner and packed it all over. At least they didn?t chew any wires. They also crapped in the interior, and packed the blower housing. So today I cleaned the whole interior with a 1:9 bleach solution to disinfect everything. Including under the back seat. I did the same under the hood once I cleaned up all the seeds and insulation. All I gotta do now is clean the blower housing.

          It was nice seeing my work of rebuilding the axle mounts and floorpan is all still in good shape after 7 years.
          1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
          1989 Cutlass Cruiser wagon, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, special summer ride
          1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
          1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
          Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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            Originally posted by tlc1976 View Post
            While I was in the hospital, the mice got into my Celebrity. Shredded the underhood liner and packed it all over. At least they didn?t chew any wires. They also crapped in the interior, and packed the blower housing. So today I cleaned the whole interior with a 1:9 bleach solution to disinfect everything. Including under the back seat. I did the same under the hood once I cleaned up all the seeds and insulation. All I gotta do now is clean the blower housing.

            It was nice seeing my work of rebuilding the axle mounts and floorpan is all still in good shape after 7 years.
            Excellent way to sanitize, but sorry to hear about the mess. Hope you are doing better.

            We are in a very active Hantavirus area here. We had to bleach all sorts of stuff we brought in from the military range (desert) for use on base in our office. Those filthy bastards are in everything just outside of town. They caused so much damage in our office out there.
            Last edited by CorvairGeek; 11-13-2020, 01:00 PM.
            Jerry

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              Tearing into the head gasket on my 92 3300. Gonna need to flush it several times, as a previous owner used some kind of stop-leak stuff that has gunked up the entire system, which is what led to the head gasket failure.

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                Originally posted by 90BuickCentury View Post
                Tearing into the head gasket on my 92 3300. Gonna need to flush it several times, as a previous owner used some kind of stop-leak stuff that has gunked up the entire system, which is what led to the head gasket failure.
                That's normally a very unusual job for a 3300. They had a somewhat unusual head gasket design and very tight tolerances IIRC, at least from GM.
                Jerry

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                  Ive actually never heard of a head gasket failure on the 3300..
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                    Originally posted by Pontiac6ksteawd View Post
                    Ive actually never heard of a head gasket failure on the 3300..
                    One of my friends had an 89 Ciera with a 3300 and it had a leaking head gasket. This was in the mid to late 90s. I didn?t know the cause of it.
                    1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
                    1989 Cutlass Cruiser wagon, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, special summer ride
                    1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
                    1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
                    Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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                      Yeah, probably wouldn't have failed, except for all the stop-leak gunk. I think it blocked the thermostat closed. Corner of cyl #2 had radiator fluid pouring out of the block. Still runs but lots of white smoke and very hard starting. Also needs new trans cooler hoses and gonna add a trans cooler, since current setup has lines running directly into the radiator. Will probably replace heater core as well and possibly the radiator. It's got a ton of engine oil seepage that I will try to address as well. It also looks like the freeze plug near cyl #1 blew out too? Found a couple disintegrated vacuum lines as well.

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                        When I acquired my first car, a 1990 Cutlass Ciera (3300), it blew a head gasket the first day I owned it while I was driving home. That car is the entire reason I joined A-Body.net. My head gasket failed in such a way that coolant was allowed into the combustion chamber, causing large quantity of white smoke to pour out the exhaust.

                        My suspicion is that the seller poured some stop-leak into the engine bay to get it sold (to me, the fool) so it would no longer be his problem!
                        What is this & what does pulling it out do?

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                          Today it got to 60f briefly. Still snow around the garage and yard but spring is closer. So I glued the door seals that had been starting to come loose.

                          Then I removed the 2 exposed bumper bolts because surface rust was getting on the chrome. Had to cut one out with a dremel. I have been wanting to replace them with stainless. I can source some proper ones at work.

                          I also started the Celebrity and aired up the tires. Ordered some parts from rock auto for refreshing the rear brakes which is really all it needs so I can drive it more. I would like to fix the rust like I did back in 2006 before Mitch?s show. Been thinking about trying the roll on rust oleum method that I?ve seen online. Can?t look any worse than it does now, and the car owes me nothing.
                          1989 Celebrity CL 4 door, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, summer daily driver
                          1989 Cutlass Cruiser wagon, 3.1 MPFI, 4 speed auto, special summer ride
                          1996 Cherokee XJ 4 door, 4.0, 5 speed, winter daily driver & towing vehicle
                          1991 Tracker 2 door, 1.6, 5 speed, needs work
                          Previously several Celebritys, 6000s, & 2 U-vans

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                            After letting my 92 sit in the cold garage, half torn apart, it's finally been warm enough and I've had enough time to spend a couple more hours on the head gaskets. Got the front head off. Hope to make a lot more progress tomorrow.

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