Sorry I have not updated this in a while and that I didn't see the responses a couple months ago... I've been busy hammering away on this car. I was successful at pulling the trans and getting the bell housing replaced as well as welding up the cracked engine block tab. Whether it will hold is NOT THE POINT! Ha Ha. But I took my time, practiced cast iron welding for like a week and even came up with a way to reinforce the tab so it should hold for at least the first, oh... 10 minutes of driving. (God.. could you imagine? SNAP! expletive expletive expletive expletive) I have a backup plan should it fail so either way I will keep #1607 on the road.
True, car is located near the beach but that won't matter as I take extreme care of my cars both cosmetically and mechanically so the car is in good hands. It will be garaged most of the time... besides, this car is totally rust free so I don't want to risk any cancer showing up. I was an original owner so a Eclipse GSX in Dec 1989 and a Galant VR-4 (#1337) in 1991 so I have a history of taking care of these cars. It is when I SELL THEM that the trouble begins. (story for another time...)
The trans removal led me down a slippery slope and I ended up tearing nearly the entire car apart. All new brake rotors and shoes, CV joint boots, tie rods and steering/tie rod bellows, fuel filler hose (from cap to gas tank), stainless clutch line, tore the STIFF Whiteline springs out and installed new H&R blues, front strut top hats, hydraulic hood struts, fuel filter, new 17" wheels, tires, touchscreen stereo with 6 speakers (orig were blown) and I am still doing a slow 6 week deep conditioning of the leather with Leatherique treatment (which is coming out amazing!). On my to-do list is a new muffler, figure out what clutch is best for my application and install that while I have the car apart as well as try and fix the sunroof that will open and close but no longer pops up into ventilation mode. Oh and I want to install new windshield washer nozzles because the stock ones suck!
Here are some pics so far...