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About FrankenMoose

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  1. Issaquah WA on Valentine's Day?

    Well, technically, he does.  He still has his wife's 850, and the Saab. I with either be there with my VR, or the CL600. If I bring the Merc, I'll park it off to the side so as not to make the 2.4l engines look tiny compared to the 6.0l V12  
  2. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Got the collar off today, finally.  I used a 38-50mm Blind Bearing Extractor with a slide hammer to slowly slide that thing out.  It took about 20 minutes of banging away at it, but was simply the easiest way to do it I have used. I posted a video on FB of the shaft spinning without the collar. As far As I can tell, the osculation is gone.  This leads me to think that the collar was damaged when the shop that installed the Quafe LSD had originally installed the collar the wrong way around. I inspected the collar, but there is no visible damage.  All the splines are in great shape, and the overall condition is good.  There are sings of some grooving to start on the outside where the seal was rubbing up against it; but, i think that was due to the osculation. I can confirm that, from the assembly diagram, there was a part missing: Numbers 20, 19, 22 and 21 were all there, but the O-ring (#23) was missing. This is probably the main reason that there was a leak, but I think the improperly installed, then improperly reinstalled collar had a lot to do with it as well. New collar on order, as well as all the seals and o-rings. With less than 2 weeks to Triple X, I got to get this thing fixed soon if I want to not miss another one...
  3. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I attempted to remove the collar this weekend, but had all the wrong tools.   I'm going to call over a friend and see if he can bring the proper items; I attempted to use the blind bearing removal method, and he has one that is big enough to fit (the biggest one I have an 26-32mm, but an 38-50mm is needed).  In other news, I was able to remove the pass side axle and check to see if it's bent.  As far as I could see, it is not. So, all the oscillation in the video is in the collar/trans area.  One possible problem eliminated. More as things go...   
  4. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Ok, so, update from this weekend.  Removed the pass. CV shaft and bevel gear from the car.  Cleaned up a lot of the gear oil from the underside. And inspected the area for leaks. It is very obvious that the leak is coming from the pass. side only of the trans; so, that is were I concentrated.  I noticed that the outer seal (#22 in the image above) was wet, but not damaged. Also, the inner lip of that seal was were it should be, on the inside.  Prior to this, the second time this leak was addressed, the entire edge of the inner seal was poking out the outer seal.  So, it was quite obvious at the time that was the issue. Looks like it was a bit more than that... In a stroke of genius, Goldpancho suggested that we start it up and put it in gear. Since the only thing wrong with the car at the moment is the trans., it was done.  We both noticed that the collar has a wobble to it. He even took a video of it and posted it on FB to share(FB Video post).  In the video, you can see the collar oscillation, but it also relieved what looks like a bent axle.  All of this points to possible carrier bearing damage, am suggested by Lookforjoe when I asked him for his opinion. With all this, I wasn't quite sure what to do; so I buttoned it up and quit for the day, then started researching the problem.  This weekend I will pull the axle and check it for damage and/or verify if it is bent.  Also think I'll pull the collar and all the seals to take a look behind there and see what I can see. The only thing I can think of that might have damaged teh carrier bearing would be when the shop that I can rebuild the trans. and install the Quaife LSD, they had installed the collar backwards.  I remember not noticing this when I was assembling the engine for installation, and tried to force the Bevel gear to mount on the collar; only to have it stop about 1/2" short.  That's when I started asking around what could be wrong, and Lookforjoe came to the rescue again, and mentioned that the collar was backwards.  I removed it and turned it around, and reinstalled it. Then, put the bevel gear on with out any more issues, and didn't look back.  In hind sight, I probably should have looked in there and checked for any damage that my "forcing the BG to mate" could have done.  Oh well, next time, right? At minimum, this is a new collar kit.  At worst, I'll have to pull the tranny and replace the bearing. Not looking forward to one, and dreading the other...    
  5. Post A Picture Of Your Latest Purchase

    Yup, It's the 1000ca version not the 800cca; so I paid $150 out the door.  I haven't purchased a OEM battery in like 20 years.  But, due to all the computers and electrical needs of this car, its the really the best battery on the market. This, or the Interstate Battery version, which costs more currently.  
  6. Post A Picture Of Your Latest Purchase

    60lbs of lead and acid. The V12 in the CL600 needs mass quantities... 
  7. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I took the VR to Whistler, BC for the holiday.  Turns out, this was not a good idea... Everything was going great up until Vancouver.  When I came off of Hwy99 and merged onto Oak St., which is somewhat up hill, the transmission started acting weird.  Things like; not going into first gear, bogging down in 2nd and 3rd, gear meshing noises (but not grinding).  I pulled over for a pit stop, and took a look.  The entire back of the car was covered in oil; and the underside.. and it stunk; stunk like trans fluid.  So, then I bend down to see what I could under the car. Trans fluid was dripping out at a rate of one large drop every minute or so.  The leak was coming from the same area it has in the past, but at a much higher rate... 150 miles from home... I googled auto parts and found a NAPA about a mile away.  I re-routed to NAPA and bought all the quarts of oil they had available (6 quarts to be exact).  Then I poured 2 of them into the M66. After a brief discussion, the wife and I decided to continue on to Whistler. I stopped a few times to check things out and it all looks as good as it could.  We made it the last 70 miles, checked into the Hotel, and parked the car in the in-door garage. And left it there for three days... The reason I decided to take the VR is for the AWD. I was convinced that it was needed in the snow. But, Whistler is SOO we maintained and manicured that it was totally unnecessary. (I even noticed that not a single vehicle there had studded tires, or even chains on.  All were M+S and snow tires, but no studs. In contrast I heard a taxi in downtown Seattle with studs on go by already last week... stupid scaredey people.) It was supposed to snow while we were there, but that had changed by the time the days arrived, and no snow was expected until next week.  In my defense, it was my first time in Whistler. I could have, and should have taken the CL600, but I was all "We are gonna need the AWD, I can just tell..." Anyway, when it was time to leave, I threw another 2 quarts of oil in the trans and drove like a grandma (shifting at 2500-3000 instead of 4000, etc.). We stopped for lunch in Vancouver and I checked on the trans, threw another 1 quart in and made a b-line to Seattle. 440 miles round trip with a leaky trans.  I got it home and parked that biatch.  Over the next week I'll tear it down and look at the damage. I really hope it is just the passenger side seal (that I have already replaced twice) and not something else.  My though is that since I installed a new rear trans bracket (thanks Lookforjoe), and re-leveled the transmission, which was sitting low and misaligned in the first place, the seal that was damaged from the misalignment seemed to get worse when the alignment was corrected. The biggest problem is: because the bevel gear is installed over the output shaft and pass. side seal, I cannot monitor the seal after replacement to see if that is the problem.  What I am planning to do is temporarily remove the bevel gear and drive shaft to disable the AWD until this is solved once and for all.  With the bevel gear removed, I can have much easier access to the area to verify that the problem is fixed; then reinstall the bevel and drive shaft after this is fixed once and for all. Sorry for the long post, but this has been a reoccurring issue for over a year. I just want to document it so i can remember how much of a pain it was ;)
  8. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Ok, lots done today; I changed out the broken rear trans bracket for the replacement one (from Hussein's V70XR!). The vertical section of the new bracket was a bit smaller, so there was a lot of adjustment needed.  Overall, I think the position was raised about 2 1/2" (about 1 1/2" for the difference in bracket and 1" for the alignment).  The engine is now dead nuts level in the bay. From the short test drive I found that most of the odd noises are gone.  The "grinding" noise of course is gone, since the trans case is no longer in contact with the frame. The noise of the bearing being stressed is also gone.  And, in a weird side note, the typical single mass fly wheel "bag of anvils" sound when the clutch is out seems to have reduced significantly. There is still a bit of noise when it's in neutral and the clutch is out, but I only notice it now when I'm listening for it (where as before it was so loud i always sat with the clutch in at red lights so others don't hear it).  I topped off the trans fluid to make up for slow leak as well.  Next, I changed out the break-in oil for full synthetic, since the engine is FINALLY ready for regular oil (took almost a year for me to put 3000 miles on the dial). New filter as well. Did a full service while I was there; checked all fluids, yada yada... I also finally connected the reverse lights. The sensor has been in the trans since it was installed, but I lost the harness, until I found it a few days ago.  So, I connected it and BAM reverse lights! The STI chinstrap was detaching itself from the lower bumper. I changed out the screws for bolts and nuts with some lock-tite to keep them in place.  Then I moved on to the interior. I connected the shift boot cover to the shift boot. I still have not figured out what the big red button is going to do, which is why I haven't finished the shift boot. But, then I realized the boot and the knob have very little to do with each other. So, I finished the boot. Then I decided that the black stainless steel vinyl on the mirrors was getting old.. it had been on the car for like a month and a half...  Anyway, I had ordered a sample of a gloss red that I might use to wrap my CL. The sample was 1'x5'. After I wrapped the mirrors I looked around for what else I could wrap.  Then I thought EYEBROWS! I think it came out alright:   Please excuse the crappy potato pic. My Nexus 6 is in the shop and I had to go back to my Galaxy S4 until it's back.
  9. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Thanks man.  I'll get that info to you right away.  I did purchase the 98-99 mount per your suggestion when I bought the bracket from you.  I think I'm just grasping at straws to find the reason for this leak really.  I just don't want to tear it down for a third time just to have it leak again in a month.  So, my conspiracy theory gear kicked into meltdown. The leak has been an issue, off and on, since the install. This bracket issue just happened. I'll figure the leak out eventually ;P 
  10. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    I used Hussein's bracket.
  11. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Well, here is a very bad pic of the issue. Looks like I need a new rear Trans mount to fix this.  
  12. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    The hits just keep on coming... This week, while driving around, notices a few loud sort of grinding noise when turning right at speed. The sound only happened when turning right (enough to change lanes or hard turns); no at all on left turns. I haven't had time to investigate, very busy week; so, I just parked it and commandeered the wife's car. I'll have time on Friday to see what's going on. Here's what I'm thinking is going on: I think this has something to with the M66 swap.  The sound I am hearing is the M66 making contact with the frame on the driver's side turning right turns. It is hanging lower than I think it should, but I have nothing to compare it too.  I also think if the M66 being misaligned might be causing the minor leak on the passenger side seal (which has come back and is still an issue). It stopped for about a month after I had a Shop take it apart and charge me $500 to reassemble it. On a related note, the bearing on the passenger axle is also making a lot of noise under acceleration, almost like it is binding, but only when there is a load. Remembering what that seal looked like the last two times I replaced it, I will have to replace it again in order to completely stop the leak.  The inside lip of the double seal on the bottom side gets pulled to the wrong side of the outside seal, leaving just enough room for the fluid to slowly leak out.  Even if I realign the M66 properly, the damage to the seal is done and will have to be replaced.   It all adds up: the persistent leak, the way the seal gets damaged, the sound of the transmission touching the frame, the noisy passenger axle bearing.  I'll take a look possibly tomorrow night.  I will feel kind of stupid if all this could have possibly been avoided by just making sure the transmission is supported and aligned properly...          
  13. 00 V70R - B5244T3 W/ M66C

    Last week, while driving to lunch from a job, I started to hear a lot of loud banging coming from the front end of the VR. Turns out that the Passenger side sway bar link had come undone at the top, and was moving around, making all kinds of noises. Luckaly, I was passing by a buddy's shop at the time and decided to go in for a looksie. One of the guys at the shop put it on the rack and found the issue right away. He took the tire off, saw the problem; went back to his toolbox, found a replacement nut that would work, and impact wrenched that bitch back on.  He then checked the other side, which was fine. I was able to drive it home, park it until the parts came, and order new HD Links from IPD.  Now, the old one were also IPD HD Links, so I am just replacing a damaged part, not upgrading.  I did that today, took about two hours (most of that was cleaning the calipers and wheels).  More than likely, this was an error on my part for not rechecking and retorqueing all the nuts and bolts after the engine reinstall; not an error on IPD's side. With that said, I also went though and retorqued every single nut or bolt that I removed for the engine/trans swap. Now I'm tired and my back hurts...  
  14. How Your Car Sits

    Am I using this thread right?
  15. What Did You Do To Your Car Today.

     I've been thinking about this doing something about this in the back of my mind; I hate how far my clutch depresses. What did you come up with?