Time to Smog the Terminator

Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby Tetge » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:19 pm

03_SONIC_BLUR wrote:So, I'm buying the VMP pulley tool with the ckamshell for 3 Inch and smaller pullies
http://vmptuning.com/pulley-tools/vmpalltool/
And, some O2 connector extensions so that while I have the mid pipe out, I can plug in the extensions and not have to kill myself trying to get past the OEM front cats to get the O2 sensors connected


That's a mighty fine looking puller. And, it has fine threads to make it work easier. It should work without having to custom modify it as I had to do with mine. But, the basic principal of the puller remains the same. It is also a good touch to put the OEM cover over the stock pulley as one can make the car look dead stock without much effort at all. Well, the Accufab TB can be a bit of a PITA as it is big enough to make getting to the bolts that hold it on difficult. My set of shorty wrenches and crows feet came in handy, as I recall. And, while I was at it, I put the stock air box and filter back in. Amazing how quickly one can convert a potent Cobra engine into a mere, wimpy, stock, one. Why, dead stock, my Cobra could barely hit 12.7's at LACR.
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby 03_SONIC_BLUR » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:11 pm

The claim on the puller is that the clamshell attachment can remove a pulley smaller than 3 inches. I hope this is a feature I do not need to test, but it will be nice to have if I have to go back to full stock

My K&N CAI has a CARB EO sticker, so it can stay
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby Tetge » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:05 pm

03_SONIC_BLUR wrote:The claim on the puller is that the clamshell attachment can remove a pulley smaller than 3 inches. I hope this is a feature I do not need to test, but it will be nice to have if I have to go back to full stock

My K&N CAI has a CARB EO sticker, so it can stay


Your TB ain't got no sticker, as I recall. And, as I said, it a PITA to mess with. Of course, it is only a TB, and it should blow clean, but, it might fail visuals if the inspector knows their stuff and if they care. But, a Terminator is a lot easier to deal with than most vehicles that have been altered to get as big a power increase over stock as simple bolt-ons give to a Terminator. People with headers and cams and different induction and other more difficult to reverse mods, have it a lot worse when their smog checks come up.
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby 03_SONIC_BLUR » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:50 am

If needed, I can remove the TB and plenum as one piece and stick the stock assembly on. I have the gasket. I need the pulley puller if I have to do that. I still have the stock pie plate and belt
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby 03_SONIC_BLUR » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:03 pm

Pulley Puller arrived today. Pretty nice set
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby Tetge » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:56 pm

03_SONIC_BLUR wrote:Pulley Puller arrived today. Pretty nice set


I don't know about those candy ass fine threaded bolts. But, the rest of the parts look strong enough for sure.
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby 03_SONIC_BLUR » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:29 pm

Trying to complete the drive cycle and get the monitors to pass the readiness tests. The puller works awesome, I will be able to reuse the 2.75 pulley
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby Tetge » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:25 pm

03_SONIC_BLUR wrote:Trying to complete the drive cycle and get the monitors to pass the readiness tests. The puller works awesome, I will be able to reuse the 2.75 pulley


You don't need the 2.75" pulley. Just leave it stock and give it a break in its old age.
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby 03_SONIC_BLUR » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:13 pm

Tetge wrote:
03_SONIC_BLUR wrote:Trying to complete the drive cycle and get the monitors to pass the readiness tests. The puller works awesome, I will be able to reuse the 2.75 pulley


You don't need the 2.75" pulley. Just leave it stock and give it a break in its old age.


Yeah I do. Swapping the mid pipe robbed a few HP. The Stock TB robbed a couple mre. Putting the Pie Plate on was really disheartening. Add to that the fact that I installed the pie plate backwards and it ate my belt forcing me to go to Galpin to get a replacement as nobody else had one available today...

I installed the belt at night using a drop light and missed the alignment issue on the idler pulley. I drove it to Ventura without an issue, and last night took it out for another spin. A few blocks from the house at a stoplight, I hear a loud tap tap tap tap and almost shit my pants. That was quickly followed by a thrashing sound that I recognized was a belt shredding itself and my bowels calmed down. I drove it back home and examined the remains. It was plain as day that the belt was not aligned on the idler near the alternator. A careful analysis in the light of day this morning revealed the issue with the pulley, which I quickly popped off and reinstalled. I then hunted down a belt, drove to the valley and got it done and verified correct operation

I didn't even have the excuse of being drunk :oops:
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Re: Time to Smog the Terminator

Postby Tetge » Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:05 pm

As you may recall, those pulley pullers and the routine necessary to change a pulley can be sort of tricky. But, I may have been drinking that time. Yes, now that I think about it, I must have been drunk, since generally one would go to the Cantina and have lots of Margaritas to allow time for the blue car that was being worked on to cool down. And, drunks and tools do not always mix.
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