After trying to sell the old, been stolen/thrashed/to-hell-and-back EA for a pitance, I've decided to keep it and use it as a daily driver to reduce to rate at which k's are accumulating on the XR.
It's an '88 throttle-body injected EA S, 5 speed. It's been sitting one on the visitors car spots accumulating cobwebs and bird shit.
These things needs attention first, so any advice on the following would be cool...
- diff is rooted, should i replace the internals (rebuild) or replace the whole thing with a reco unit? Anyone got rough prices for this sort of thing?
- how much are fan clutches? Mines rooted, though gives the car an oddly V8-type sound when you rev it.
- Rough idea on the price of a new battery?
- I'm fairly certain the head gasket's gone, who in Sydney has done these before and wouldn't mine helping me sort it out? :s3
The gearbox is in good order, the interior isn't so bad, the suspension is all good except front bushes and the only rust I've got is a bit under the top of the rear window and some in he rear drivrs side guard. so it'll make a decent shopping cart/taxi. I want to maintain the car in a 'fix on a need-to' basis, as the XR deserves to bulk of the cash injection.
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I wouldnt bother finding a reco Diff, find one from a wrecked EA for $100 - $150.. no more!
Same for the clutch fan, no more than $25..
My local wrecker sells Falcon Batteries for $30. theyre fully recond, tested etc. I beat him down to $25 :)
hehe i'm in Perth, so I cant help ya on that one.. Beware though, the head could be awfully corroded.. keep a coupla hundy around incase you need it replaced.. However, it'll probably need a service. I pay $50 for a facing, plus $10 for every weld that needs to be put in the waterjacket. My local head shop charges $200 for a general service.. Keep in mind its Perth prices, I dont know how much more / less it'll be in Sydney..
Venom XR, Sounds like a good idea about using the EA for a daily driven car.
Apart from those things it sounds like your EA is in relatively good nick. Who knows you might take the EA on the odd club run. :) :)
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