So....Just got the car running. After about 5 minutes of rough idling ,smoking from a exhaust stud leak, the water pump seal let loose and barfed up half the radiator all over the driveway.
With a history of overheating my first project was a no brainer: New water pump,all hoses,belts,thermostat,
radiator,temp sensor,etc. Done.
With the help of FAQ never even opened the Haynes.One thing that made me nervous was the fuel line running so close to the fan and pullies.So had the bright idea of replacing the fuel lines with stainless steel braided lines. Also thought they looked really cool.
So started up the car again, everything seemed good.No leaks, old oil burned off so not smoking much.Way to excited to drive it, I convinced myself I had to run to the station to top of the tank with fresh gas.No problem only a few blocks.Fought with the gas pump nozzle filled her up and home.As I was backing into the driveway smoke started pouring for the engine compartment.FIRE! Yelled at the girlfriend, get the F'in Extinguisher NOW! Opened the hood and sprayed it down.
Turns out I didn't have the battery strapped down and it moved, shorting out on my brand new shiny steel braided gas line till it wore thru, squirting gas as the battery sparked away from the short. Wow, epic fail.
Anyway, burned some wires,melted a few injector pipes,and slightly discolored a small patch on the hood.
So.... Next project a no brainer: strap down battery,replace the frigin gas line back to rubber,redo wiring,replace injection lines,etc...