As James May would say: GOOD NEWS!
It's not the Dacia Sandero, but it is the Eagle. And it's on its own feet again.
I put the rear drive shaft back in and tested it, and it worked perfectly. The exhaust is all the way in and clamped together, and (temporarily) hung with 16-gauge mechanic's wire. I serviced the rear differential and wired the transfer case selector (also temporarily) in 2WD. Stock-sized wheels and tires are on. It's been another busy weekend, and the Eagle now rests on the ground instead of jack stands.
This is right after I put on the new wheels and tires:
Sunday night we had some dinner guests over, and right after they left, I nervously climbed into the driver's seat and fired up the engine, still not knowing exactly what would happen when I put it in gear. Then... well, there's a video which I don't seem to be able to embed here, but it's viewable at 85eagleproject.blogspot.com where all this stuff is cross-posted. My kid's reaction is what you might call priceless. He seems even more excited than I was.
Reinstall starter and brace Put in the transfer case New transmission fluid cooler line to replace the one I had to break Fix speedometer New u-joints for the driveshafts A new driver's side CV axle in the front Install new exhau st components
- Change oil and brake fluid
- Some new seat belts ($$)
New (stock) rims and tires ($$)
- New shift indicator cable (which keeps the gearshift from moving accidentally)
- Service the front
and rear differentials
- New gas springs for rear hatch
Insurance, restricted-use permit, emissions, title, registration
- Flush coolant and repair heater core with some stop-leak and a prayer
- Fix whatever makes the A/C compressor scream when it's on
- De-grease the engine bay
- New under-hood insulation
- Interior detailing
- New paint job. Desperately needed. ($$$$)