After replacing the water pump, power steering pump, distributor, coil, plugs, battery and all hoses about 3 weeks ago, and converting to multi-point, my car was finally back in shape after my bingle. Couple of niggling issues to still work out, but nothing major.
Last weekend on the way home the car decided to overheat, pulled over, turns out the water pump pulley had worked it's way loose and slipped off, totally stuffing the belt in the process.
So, 2 trips to bunnings and 1 to autobarn later, it was back on the road but running really hot.
Decided I am gonna replace the radiator (it's bent and there is a small leak which bars leaks stopped up) and gonna do the thermostat and all gaskets in that area at the same time. Turns out EF V8 rad will fit, but bottom radiator hose fitting IS too small! So new EA one.
Monday morning comes around, and the car wouldn't start. Flat battery (which is only 3 weeks old!) Bought a new battery charger, there is a drain on the battery which I *thought* was related to the way the BCM was wired up.
Car was ok-ish all week (haven't left the battery connected overnight but) until it wouldn't start after work. Had one of my colleagues (qualified auto-elec) check it out, turns out the alternator is buggered, it's drawing current when stationery.
So, I've gotta put a new alternator in now.
The bad thing about all this? Not much really, except for the $$$, and it means putting off things like lowering + exhaust.
Good thing? Virtually every engine accessory except a/c compressor and starter motor are new. The new alternator allows me to get a (slightly) higher output one which will be a benefit given all the additional electrics in the car.
Gonna try and find a decent EB/ED bootlid next week and have that painted when I paint the bonnet and mirrors.
I will soon really have a car to be proud of.