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About booneylander

  • Birthday 12/17/1983

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  1. Actually not very difficult at all. Just need a 90deg rubber or silicone hose and short section of straight pipe.
  2. Speaking of emulators... I was about to order up a couple more emulators from Tafmet which I have been using and have been reliable. Then I noticed the shipping is now $40 each piece which is luda since even ordering two of them, would fit into a tiny bubble mailer. Brought the total up to $200 for a pair of them. Anyone else sourced a good quality emulator for less dough?
  3. Anyway the paintjob looked sharp, but for some reason the back plastic window was all loose and weird, looked like a shower curtain. Not sure what would cause it to go like that unless it had been replaced at some time with poor quality plastic or if it was sewn in weird.
  4. There was a set of Spikelines for sale in SW Ontario about a year ago for what at the time seemed like too much money, but now I'm wishing I had picked them up.
  5. That looks like the one! It's parked outside the local "Inn" so they may be just passing through.
  6. Who's got the 450 Cabrio painted OD green on a black frame, with the shark-face nose art?
  7. When you heat the bolt it stretches and relieves the clamping force.
  8. As the title states I'm looking for a left tail light for a 450 cabrio. LEt me know if you have one. Thanks, Sean
  9. When I had the belt off I checked the tensioner pulley to be sure it was spinning freely, and it seemed fine. Might be worth changing it completely as preventative anyway. It's certainly possible that the "spare" was on the way out too. The battery is only a couple years old, Interstate. And it starts the car like a champ every time, so I'd be surprised if it was causing an issue, but you never know. I'll run the scangauge in the car for a while after I replace the alt, so I can monitor voltage over long periods and see if I can find anything that might pull the voltage way down like turning on the heater fan, wipers, etc... something that's pulling way more juice than it normally should. The plan is to pull it and take both it and the old one I took out in to be rebuilt so I'll have a spare for later. Will be interested to see what if anything the rebuilder says about what went wrong with them.
  10. I think the fact that most cars are manual is a huge reason for such good driving. When you drive a manual you have to, at the very least, be able to look ahead and plan accordingly so you don't end up round a slow bend in top gear getting into trouble. Much more difficult to be distracted when you have to manage that extra variable. Not to mention that there aren't nearly as many long boring unbroken roads, and even when there are, you almost never get one without lots of other traffic. All those things together make driving much more engaging. I did about 20k km around 13 countries in Western Europe back in 2012 and even trying to manage a warm drink while driving was difficult enough. You just never have 5 seconds where you're not making inputs. Then again I was trying to stick to good backroads as much as possible and hardly ever took the straightest route somewhere.
  11. I had my voltmeter in the car just on the seat when I test drove the car after swapping the alternator. A good long drive and charging was normal - 14.3-14.5V at most all times.
  12. I think clean examples of 450 CDIs we have in Canada will appreciate quite a bit once they hit the magic 25 years of age and our US neighbors can start bringing them in legally. I could envision quite a few wanting one in their collection as it's a pretty unique car in North America.
  13. So on one of our 451s we have been running, we've killed it's second alternator in about 20k km. At first, when I got the car and we started driving it, I would notice that the headlights would dim when the car was changing gears. Not much, like, not enough for my SO to notice it, but I would notice it. I never really thought much of it until the alternator up and died. So fine, I swapped in a spare alternator I had from a parts car. While I was at it I removed/cleaned/reinstalled the ground strap and checked continuity from the battery neg terminal to the engine block (had no resistance before fiddling, and after as well). With the new alternator installed the headlights wouldn't dim anymore on shifts and everything seemed good. Now the replacement alternator has gone as well. So I'm wondering if anyone's experienced something similar? I'm wondering if there might be an issue with something else drawing too much current, or if there's anything on the control side of things (SAM?) that I might check to look for issues that might be causing the alternator to over/under charge or... I'm going to try a few more things while I'm at it but I'm out of spare alternators which means the next one is going to be out of pocket and I'd rather not have to keep replacing them. For what it's worth, on one of my 450s I killed a couple alternators, but in that case I had an aftermarket under-seat subwoofer to blame, which, once unhooked, solved the issue. Unfortunately no such devices to blame in the 451.
  14. Finally got around to taking a pic of the fuel door. I was wrong about it saying use only 91 RON, but it certainly says 91 RON as a minimum, which would be equivalent to 87 AKI that we have posted at our Canadian pumps.