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post #646 of 2456 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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One of the unintended consequences of the V8 swap is the pain of having to swapout parts.

Here are some pictures showing the challenges of accessing the mounts and pulley on the power steering pump.

I spent 5 hours on Saturday and another 6 on Sunday but got the swap done and it solved the problem. Its running great again and no more screaching.

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There are three allen head screws holding the polished pulley to the pressed on pulley mount. There is 1 3/4 inch clearance between the front of the pulley and the back of the fan shroud. I ended up cutting about 3/4 inch off the end of an allen wrench to get clearance. Then I had to pull the outer mounting bolt from the altenator and by rotating it down, I could get the belt off the PS pump. Then I spun the pump by hand for about 10 minutes to get the wrench into the bolt that I could not see. All by feel. Once I got the wrench into the bolt, I had to rotate the pulley to a location where I could get a 12 inch extension on the end of the allen wrench. I used a large screwdriver between the back side of the pulley and the side of the pump to hold the pulley stationary while I broke it loose. Then it took me 20 minutes to rotate the pulley about 1/4 turn, hold it in place, turn the allen wrench and repeat to get the first bolt out. Repeate 2 more times.

Once the pulley was off, I had to figure out how to get the allen wrench into the outer front mounting bolt. That took about 10 minutes. Then I had to use the breaker bar again . .. which took considerable time to get everything aligned. Repeat on the top rear mounting bolt.

That was day one.

Day two I pulled the two remaining mounting bolts, pulled the hoses, pulled the pump, cleaned up a lot of fluid under the car. Made three trips to two parts houses to get a puller, get replacement hose, get a barbed hose coupler and hose clamps . .. and before you know it It was all back together and running.

The good news is that this has apparently solved the problems and its running great.

Now to do some test runs to verify that there is no leaking.

Oh, one other thing. The outlet from the stock pump points up but for the kappa installation that reuses the kappa PS fluid tank, it has to point down. So I got to figure out how to rotate it without deforming the outlet. That made me nervous but it came off well. So far so good.
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Rob.

Now I am even more glad that I didnt get the chrome pulley setup in my conversion. My power steering hoses are nowhere near pulleys and can't get damaged. Sounds like you had a major hassle replacing yours. I like to keep things simple, less trouble that way. By the way, my car has been performing flawlessly ever since I got it back. If they find a solution to the cruise control issue, I will be totally satisfied with the conversion.

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Now I am even more glad that I didnt get the chrome pulley setup in my conversion. My power steering hoses are nowhere near pulleys and can't get damaged. Sounds like you had a major hassle replacing yours. I like to keep things simple, less trouble that way. By the way, my car has been performing flawlessly ever since I got it back. If they find a solution to the cruise control issue, I will be totally satisfied with the conversion.
I'm right there with you John ... no problems after the tune adjustments .. and also am hoping for a solution to the cruise control issue ... glad I didn't go with the chrome pulley setup either ... I understand why Rob did ... he has a show car and it does look fantastic.
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Actually I was not involved in the decision to go with the billet pulley set. I was informed after the fact . . .

While I agree that it looks great, I would not have chosen to pay the added thousands of dollars that the kit costs and frankly, while it is beautifuly done, the rest of the car is black or red as we have banished all the chrome elswhere.

If / when the water pump goes we will have to pull the hood, front bumper, radiator, fenders etc to get at it. I hope that day never comes!

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Now I am even more glad that I didnt get the chrome pulley setup in my conversion. My power steering hoses are nowhere near pulleys and can't get damaged. Sounds like you had a major hassle replacing yours. I like to keep things simple, less trouble that way. By the way, my car has been performing flawlessly ever since I got it back. If they find a solution to the cruise control issue, I will be totally satisfied with the conversion.
I agree. Have you talked with Ken about the cruise control? If we keep him motivated to get the code fixed, then it might happen. I have not heard any updates on this issue in the past few months.

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I spoke to Dave yesterday and he told me they are making progress on the cruise control issue and should have a solution in the near future. Dave will be at my house this coming weekend, so I will pump him for more information.

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That is great news! Let me know what he says. I am very interested as well.

Are you following the thread on the new part he is working on to reinforce the front lift points? My car is badly in need of them.

When we lived in Orlando in 94/95 we used to drive past Land of Lakes frequently. Its a very pretty place.

A lot of bugs however

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Dave was here last night and he told me that they are building another V8 Solstice right now and they are using that car to get the cruise control problem resolved. He feels very confident that they will make them work on our cars soon. Dave told me that even Wade Linger has problems with some of the cruise controls not working, while some are fine. Will be interesting to see what the problem is. Dave will keep us posted of his progress.

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Dave was here last night and he told me that they are building another V8 Solstice right now and they are using that car to get the cruise control problem resolved. He feels very confident that they will make them work on our cars soon. Dave told me that even Wade Linger has problems with some of the cruise controls not working, while some are fine. Will be interesting to see what the problem is. Dave will keep us posted of his progress.
Good news ... yes, he is working on TommyO's car (Houston area).. it's going to be a little diffeent than ours .. it will have a newer transmission ... I believe it's the 6060 .. he told me they are going to make new motor mounts in order to make it work.
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Cruise control would be great. Let me know please

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Took Punisher out for several short (high speed) runs over the weekend.

Happy to report that all is good. No more drips under the car when parked from the failing PS pump. No more strange jangling, grinding, screaching noises from under the hood. And what had presented as a loose belt previously when the A/C clutch engaged is also gone. My current conclusion is that the drag caused by the failing bearings in the PS pump created a situation that caused the belt to slip when the added load from the A/C compressor engaged.

I was planning on starting deconstruction to start last week, but the weather has been so good that I am still enjoying top down drives!

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Once Dave gets finished mastering the V8, I'll be ready for him to tackle the V12.

Should be a lot less issues installing this V12 in a Kappa!

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Cant wait to see that. Let me know when.

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The GREAT WINTER teardown has begun

Upon stands
Wheels removed
Engine covers removed to clean and polish
tail lights removed
rear bumper cover removal has begun
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Here is a better picture of the removed tails

Last night I pulled the rear valence and the water jetted Punisher logo mounted between the exhaust outlets. I am going to have it painted to match the wheel centers and then light it up from behind.

In the second photo you can see the Punisher shaped hole where the logo was mounted. I obviously need to get some before pictures of it
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