The day we bought her:
55 mile trip home and let the dogs do an inspection:
Empty coolant bottle. topped off the coolant system with half a gallon of coolant when we bought her. The following morning it rained and this is how much water got in.
The alleged perpetrator:
Some of the seats had the nuts installed up-side down. It took me a few minutes to decide on vice grips which worked perfectly.
Found the RPO sticker stashed above the passenger sun visor stuck to the headliner. What a weird location!
Rattling heat shield. Thinking a nut goes here to secure it.
I haven't checked the rear brakes yet. They require removal of the axle tube to get the drum off. Waiting on some cash for a gallon of diff fluid and axle seals first. HUGE friggin drums:
This is a shot of the first removal of the doghouse:
Centered is the beautiful cap for the vacuum booster. Since we have the power of hydraulics for brakes!
Spark plug wires tend to rub/burn holes in themselves. GM tends to wrap sections of spark plug wire in corrugated tubing. Most people don't move it over to the new wires leaving them vulnerable. These wires had damage throughout but nothing serious yet so I installed some high temp corrugated tubing to keep them in good shape.
Passenger side before:
Passenger side after:
Then comes the bad news:
This is coolant/oil mixed inside the pcv system. I had already done a coolant pressure test and noticed the lower intake manifold gasket leaking externally to the front of the engine. This wasn't exactly unexpected but somewhat worrisome because it could also mean the cylinder heads are cracked from overheating.
Fortunately (in this particular case) GM designed the intake gaskets incredibly poorly and Fel-Pro designed a proper gasket (model # 98000T) to retrofit the Generals garbage design. I happened to have a set on hand and installed it.
It's very important to mark the distributor and rotors relationship when replacing it. These engines have no timing mark and are set via an expensive computer. You can get lucky by trying different settings but you can also damage the engine that way.
Nasty milked intake:
Gasket is damaged around all 4 coolant jackets:
Junk gasket design in:
Awesome gasket design in:
Cleaned up the intake:
Mysterious adapter installed in-line to the hydroboost return line:
Dropped the transmission pan to replace the filter and fluid:
Pretty normal in my experience. Transmission with lots of miles and minimal fluid changes. No metal on the magnet, just dark brown fluid. Still shifts like a champ.
So that's where I'm at on the project thus far. May God have mercy on those of you who clicked on this thread with low speed internet.