Been crawling around under the front end of the 91S, trying find out what clunks when I hit a bump. Only 42F and raining incessantly outside so not real happy to have to do this. Don't have decent heat in the uninsulated garage. Spring has defintely not come yet, been a very wet winter, too much snow in the highway passes keeping them close half the time because of crashes and avalanche dangers and removals.
Anyway, checked all of the suspension, including all bolts and lower ball joints, and all are tight, even the ball joint with the torn cover. Haven't quite figured out how I am going to change that ball joint, as I disconnected the lower susp arm and stab bar, pushed the arm down, and pulled the hub bottom sideways but couldn't get enough clearance to use the ball joint removal tool I bought, tight fit between the ABS ring and top of the ball joint upper stud, and the lower susp arm is still in the way (the ball joint is mounted under the arm and the outer end of the susp arm hangs up on the ball joint flange) for that tool as well. Grrr.
Had installed all new parts in the struts when I rebuilt the S shocks last year, so all that stuff is very good. Anyway, steering is tight as well. Checked the lhs engine mount and it seems intact when lifting up the lhs of the engine/tranny even if it is the original and kind of tired looking (it doesn't cost much and looks easy to change, so might replace it anyway, as the others are new.
Did finally discover that the rhs S rocker side fairing is loose, with the plastic retaining twist nuts gone for much of it, and the plastic broken underneath (thank you, tire balancing/changing shop) at the fwd jacking point. So, when I push up and down on that fairing, it moves up and down maybe 1/4-1/2 inch and clunks loudly. So, maybe that's the problem. Trying to find more of those plastic twist clips now, waiting for Lino to call back if he has any. Otherwise I may just fake it and install some other fasteners instead. Hopefully...
Also found that a source of oil leaking down the back side of the engine appeared to be the vapor recovery hose from the rear head to the vapor recovery canister being loose at the engine end, clamp just hanging there, so tightened that. Fair amount of dripping oil under that installation down the back of the engine. Hope it makes a difference in consumption. The canister is fairly new so should be clean (yet). Still want to install a 2nd canister, which I have, in line to capture more oil before the intake.
Will also change oil and filter now that the car is on jackstands. O'Reillys had VR1 on sale so bought a 5 qt container of it. At least I can do that, lol.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 03-09-2017 at 02:35 PM.