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    How did u make out with the oil filter housing ac compressor



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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiths1976 View Post
    How did u make out with the oil filter housing ac compressor
    After getting the headers, I got an adapter off of a Skylark. Turns out that it would not solve the problem, even by turning it 180 degrees. I need to try and find the Malibu adapter the engine came with, or get one from the yard. Hopefully my initial assessment (that it would put the filter in interference with the subframe) was incorrect. For the time being, I do not have air conditioning. This is unfortunate, since summer has arrived in Las Vegas.

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    Those of you who have been following this build may recall a dilemma I've been facing for some time: air conditioning. I am currently attempting to survive another Las Vegas summer without it. Here's why.

    The original AC compressor is incompatible with the LX9. The mounting points are all wrong. I found a compressor that mounts correctly, specified for a 94-98 V6 N-body, and has the ports for the refrigerant hoses in the correct location to bolt the stock hoses on. However, the oil filter interferes with the hoses. I went to the yard (when I found those headers) and got a filter adapter off of a Skylark, in the interest of moving the filter out of the way of the hoses. That ended up putting the filter even more in the way.

    Then I found this: https://www.amazon.com/Transdapt-135.../dp/B000N8GTJ0

    It's a remote filter adapter. Just put it wherever I want! I imagine I will need two of them, some fittings and oil cooler hose in the right size, to make it work. Anyone wanna brainstorm with me about where to locate it?

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    Honestly Daniel is put in in the passenger fender well near the bumper under the evap canister and keep it simple and short hoses or close to the horn there is a good support near there

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    Hi. George broke down today, in the most George way possible: the smallest part ground the entire operation to a complete halt. It had to be dragged back home by my other car.



    Here we see George in his natural habitat: occupying the parking spot of shame in the street.

    Here we see the problem.


    To the untrained eye, there might not be anything amiss. The missing part: the 7x trigger wheel that used to be bolted to the crank pulley, which is necessary for the engine to run. It fell off today.

    It's probably going to be a little while before I can get another one. So tomorrow I'm going to have to put on my big boy underoos and do some work on the yellow sedan to make it worthy of my daily commute.

    This shit always seems to happen right after I fill the tank with gas too.
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    Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 201k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. Transmission time, again. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
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    Think mike can get u another my friend ?

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    Yeah, that crank position sensor behind the harmonic balancer is an absolute pain, we had to do it in the parts car. Well, actually, we didn't - it was actually the other crank position sensor hanging off the back of the block that took about 3 minutes to change, but, oh well. At least they're both fresh!

    But, this is on the LX9, correct? I'm assuming it's a similar pain in the rear, though.

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    The crank trigger is necessary to run the LX9 on the Century's stock computer. The LX9 uses a different trigger attached to a crank journal, so I would need to use the LX9 wiring and PCM otherwise. The external trigger uses the L82's stock 7x sensor, which, as you say, used to be in the block on the firewall side, but it's there on the left in that photo. Milzy's kit came with a mounting bracket for the sensor.

    Mike is a bit flaky about sending parts out in a timely fashion. It took multiple phone calls over the course of a few weeks for him to send everything out to me. So I got a hold of a Canadian fellow through Facebook who has made a few. Lower price, better reliability (the hub is fully welded).

    Fun fact: the engine will run perfectly fine without the 24x sensor (the one behind the balancer). I managed to bend the reluctor on the balancer when either pulling or installing it during the swap, but it still ran well. I believe it controls the "sequential" portion of the fuel injection. Without it, the computer runs in batch fire mode, like the old gen 2 MFI engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke George V View Post
    Fun fact: the engine will run perfectly fine without the 24x sensor (the one behind the balancer). I managed to bend the reluctor on the balancer when either pulling or installing it during the swap, but it still ran well. I believe it controls the "sequential" portion of the fuel injection. Without it, the computer runs in batch fire mode, like the old gen 2 MFI engines.
    Hey, that's good to know! Would have saved us a ton of time getting the parts car running (we only found out about the existence of the 7x sensor on the firewall block after replacing 24x sensor on the crank. )

    How's the oil filter relocator holding up? We'll almost certainly be doing something similar on the 3100 in the racecar - not to move it (probably), but just a sandwich plate to add a cooler in.

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    I have not purchased the relocator yet. That will need to happen in the near future though, since, as I said above, it's needed so I can get the air conditioning running again in this car.

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    Regarding the 7x crank trigger: The ring broke off the hub. It was held on by a couple of tack welds. The replacement I have lined up will be fully welded all the way around the hub. Milzy is on backorder, so I ended up getting it from a dude in Canada that runs the Mod Everything Youtube channel. It should be in the mail on Monday.


    Now I would like everyone to give a big warm welcome to the newest member of my shitbox fleet:


    Those of you with a keen eye will note that this is NOT an A-body. It is, in face, a J-body! 2004 Cavalier. My uncle gave it to me. It has problems, chief among them an overheating issue that occurs within a few minutes of starting up. He had the head gasket redone about a year ago, so I hope it's not that. There's oil in the coolant, so it probably is that.

    Here is a pile of suspension parts I'm going to throw at both the sedan and the wagon.


    The wooden crate at the back is a JEGS 80617 spring compressor. I will now be able to assemble my own struts! The red box is an oil filter relocator. The oil filter is in the way of the refrigerant hoses in the wagon, so once I slap that on, I should be able to have AC in the wagon again. Summer is on its way in Vegas, so that will be nice.

    Gotta make room for the Cavalier though. It's a bit of a mess in the garage...




    Cleaning in progress.






    This is where most of the junk is going:


    I will be pushing the Cavalier in, then getting started on the interior. My uncle owned it for something like seven years and I don't think he once cleaned it. Probably gonna end up throwing the whole interior away and getting (hopefully) decent stuff from the junkyard. Some Z24 seats would be cool.

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    Let us know how the strut compressor works.
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