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    Re: Conozo's Daily Driver Adventures

    Ok, I am 90% sure I have excessive blowby. It leaks oil from every gasket and seal top to bottom of the engine. You can feel it when opening the oil fill cap and I'm loosing about a half a quart every 500 miles now. I don't think I'm burning much.

    What can I do to test and figure this out. This is supposedly a new engine but had some cold starts after it sat for 3-4 years. The performance seems really good, pcv valve is fine, has plenty of power and doesn't smoke. I'll do a compression test and maybe get a boroscope to look at the cylinder walls but other than tearing it down to see if my piston oil rings are stuck I don't know.

    Edit. One positive note the car has had no additional rust this winter because of the new coat of oil on the underbody everyone I drive.
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    Cylinder leak down test will tell you what you need. A vacuum gauge might also be useful. I'd start with the vacuum gauge.
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    I purchased a leakdown tester and a boroscope the other day. When checking the engine cylinders 1,3,4 had no leaks but cylinder 2 had about 25% leak. So then i connected the air compressor to the cylinder and it was definitely leaking down into the crankcase. A look with the boroscope in that cylinder looked fine, all the cross hatch marks were there and there were no vertical scoring. So my guess is a stuck piston ring or oil control ring or both. I attempted to free it up if that was the case by putting just enough Marvel Mystery Oil in through the spark plug hole to cover the piston and let it soak. I did this repeatedly for 3-4 days, turning the engine over by hand before adding more. The last fill the oil did not drain through, the other times the oil was gone in an hour but this last time the oil sat there for a whole 24 hours. I got the oil out and ran the car for a bit and did another leakdown test and it did not show any leaking. I'm not calling it solved yet but that result was hopeful. I did drive it for a whole day after that and while i still had quite a few oil drips when parked the oil dipstick was still seated correctly and not pushed up.

    Pic of cyl #2 and the spark plug. The other spark plus were normal, but you can see here it was definitely burning oil.
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    Other news, i exchanged the new starter that was put on the other month. It wouldnt start consistently all the time, sometimes resort to chugging. Replaced it and the new one starts fine all the time but now i get a metallic sound, its as if the gear is hitting the flywheel too hard. I am unsure if i installed it upside down, im not even sure that possible but ill take it off and have a look. The old one was off the car for a week or so while waiting for the autoparts store to figure out how to order the correct starter. They kept on ordering the automatic starter but since the old one was off for so long i forgot how it originally was on there.

    Additionally i get a very loud hissing sound when starting a cold car for the first 5-10 seconds, i havent been able to diagnose it. Starts fine and idles like it always has, i initially though it was the sound of fuel spraying but i have watched it after starting and there is no fuel. I'll look next for a vacuum leak maybe by the brake booster. Hard to tell since its over so quick.
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    That's impressive that you got the blowby fixed so easily. If you had taken that to a shop, it would have been an engine rebuild.
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    What can i use to clean the oil and grime off the paint in my engine bay. Every cleaner i have tried takes off the paint too. Remember that white does not have a clear coat just like phoenix red.

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    Re: Conozo's Daily Driver Adventures

    Quote Originally Posted by conozo View Post
    Ok, I am 90% sure I have excessive blowby. It leaks oil from every gasket and seal top to bottom of the engine. You can feel it when opening the oil fill cap and I'm loosing about a half a quart every 500 miles now. I don't think I'm burning much.

    What can I do to test and figure this out. This is supposedly a new engine but had some cold starts after it sat for 3-4 years. The performance seems really good, pcv valve is fine, has plenty of power and doesn't smoke. I'll do a compression test and maybe get a boroscope to look at the cylinder walls but other than tearing it down to see if my piston oil rings are stuck I don't know.

    Edit. One positive note the car has had no additional rust this winter because of the new coat of oil on the underbody everyone I drive.
    I had a thought on this as my car leaks quite a bit too.

    Do you run the stock EFI air intake setup?

    Years ago I took all mine off and just run a KN filter cone straight off the TB. But it eliminated the port from the top of the valve cover to the air intake tract piping and I have always wondered if this is negating the PVC system.

    Just a thought I have had over the years.
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    I am running the stock intake and regular filter. Pvc system works as I checked it the other month.

    As my previous post say, I do have excessive blowby and appeared to have fixed it but time will tell if it's gone for good. Still leaks a few drops everywhere I park, I've been putting some miles on it recently and will report how much oil I'm going through.

    On another note I was driving in the country the other day low on gas and the car just died, luckily there was a random factory where I coasted into the parking lot. I thought I was going to have to call my wife to bring me gas way out to where I was but I smelled gas and thought that was odd to smell gas when running out of gas. I popped the hood and found the fuel return line popped off the fuel pressure regulator causing fuel to be sprayed all over the engine. Reconnected it and tightened it up more than it was before and was good to go. I was working so I had tools with me and I'm glad nothing caught fire even though I do keep a fire extinguisher in the car for reasons like this.

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    Re: Conozo's Daily Driver Adventures

    Had some lady stop in her tracks to tell me how cool my Delorean was.

    Also, purchased a set of rocker panels, so now I have those along with the rear quarter panels for the rust repair project in the future.

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    Where did you find replacement panels???
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    Ebay

    There's only a few left and I think they only have sedan panels. Sorry coup and hatch guys.

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    Re: Conozo's Daily Driver Adventures

    About a year ago I discovered a music genre I have never heard before and I love it. I do like techno/ electronic and this is slightly different. It's called synthwave or retrowave. It's the perfect music for driving these 80s cars in 2020.

    Here are some of my favorite mixes on you tube
    https://youtu.be/wOMwO5T3yT4
    https://youtu.be/WI4-HUn8dFc
    https://youtu.be/5C_gUic3cCo

    What do you guys think?

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    My goto driving music in an 80s car is stuff like Nujabes, Uyama Hiroto, MF Doom... but that may just be my goto anyway, the 80s car just adds to it.

    There's always futurefunk and citypop when I'm feeling a little weebish too, and Daft Punk is always money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conozo View Post
    What do you guys think?
    I like it!
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    I think I purchased the last set of rocker panels available for our cars.


    Here is a closeup of the label for those who want to dig through the internet to find another set.



    Maybe this winter I will work on this and the rear quarters. If not, ill still drive the car as in only in nice weather.

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    Ahhh there for 4 doors only? I thought they where in the rockauto discount parts list.
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    My first order through ebay was cancelled, they gave a lame reason that my shipping address was incorrect. I think they just marked it that way so they wouldn't get a negative mark on ebay. So i ordered another set through a different ebay seller. I did notice that after the first seller cancelled the order, immediately online i could not find many of the listings for the rocker panels, they were just gone. Looks like the supplier figured out they didn't actually have them in stock.

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