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So I've finally gotten comfortable with the Commemorative's fixed electrical issues this past summer enough to drive it to a client meeting this week -- in this case a fairly short drive to/from the home office.

However on the drive home I start smelling raw fuel, at first thinking it's the an old "Sanford & Son"esque '62 Chevy C10 pickup I'm following in traffic.

Smell is so strong though when I park it at home in the garage I open the windows in said garage over night to air it out.

Saturday I dig into it and find what at first I think is a leaky injector on cyl 1 -- literally a fountain of misting fuel is gysering over the head, AC compressor, etc.

Upon closer inspection, it looks like the clip holding the injector to the fuel rail was a little wonky.

So I correct that and sure enough re-seals the injector on the fuel rail.

But what's this? This end of the fuel rail is loose....

Check the mounting bolt and find the threads into the manifold are completely stripped. The bolt simply lifts right out...

I love Heli-coils. Drill-tap it out, insert the coil and soon it's all buttoned up, no more leaking fuel....

But wait, can't get the tap to the manifold mounting point due to the A/C pipe right there. No way to turn the tap.

Think. What can I do?

Well the tap has a square end for the handle. But the handle is what won't let me get in there unless I pull the A/C compressor.

Do NOT want to open that can of worms.

So I look at the 3/8" drive, notice it's slightly larger than the tap's square drive end. Hmm. If I turn over a socket, it fits right over the tap, with just a slight bit of slack. So I take two 14mm sockets, find a washer (to lift the nut away from the bottom of the socket)and a 14mm nut and mate them up, tape the two sockets together "face-to-face" with the nut inside both sockets, put a ratchet extension on one side with the ratchet, the other over the drill tap, and we're golden!

I love home made tools almost as much as Heli-coils...

With the mounting hole tapped out, the Heli-coil inserted, I finally do button up the fuel rail and the leak is now fixed.

Except for.......

My errant leaning across the valve cover to get to #1 cyl injector snapped the plastic nipple for the crank vent.... <<sigh>>

I guess this is what makes these cars so "entertaining", heh! Picking up a replacement valve cover nipple tomorrow.
 

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I don't know about entertainment, maybe more of that lower pain in the arse! Looks like you tackled the problems you encountered pretty good! Gotta love stripped threads eh? Seems like people like to put 200ftlbs on everything.

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FYI - these work GREAT!

$40.15
Stock#: ATSSET



http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item...group_ID=23006&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog

They work just like a drill chuck and come in 3/8 and 1/2 drive for your ratchets.
^^^Nice, Burns! I'll have to keep those in mind next time!

I don't know about entertainment, maybe more of that lower pain in the arse! Looks like you tackled the problems you encountered pretty good! Gotta love stripped threads eh? Seems like people like to put 200ftlbs on everything.

-tetnis-
Indeed. PO took this car to virtually anyone with a set of sockets, I think -- Saab specialist or not. Now the only people touching this thing are me and either one of two Saab indies. And If I screw it up, I have no-one to blame but my self.

Thanks
 
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