Many things have happened since I was last comprehensive about this car.
I got some goodies a while back from Pelican Parts, and the little M10 is much happier after plugs, wires, cap, rotor, and injector seals. The injectors were basically falling out.....I'm currently running Jectron through it, and once that is done I'll replace the fuel filter.
^At my friends suggestion, windows popped out and sunroof tilted at all times for max 80s swag
The next big thing was the subframe mounts, I chose to get these polyurethane mounts from Eurometric, and they are fantastic. Beautiful to look at, and they feel awesome. I will definitely be buying more Eurometric poly bushings when I start tightening up the suspension more.
^Before, notice the gnarly bit if metal welded in where there should've been rubber
^After, much better, most clunking and rear steering is gone.
The engine has been making a tapping noise, which I assumed was it just needing a valve adjustment, and that's what my mechanic though too. It turns out that the shop who did the head gasket for the previous owner didn't reconnect the oil line under the valve cover that sprays each cam lobe, oil was just spraying randomly up there. The diagnosis is one or more of the cams have had their profile worn down somewhere on the lobe, not where he adjusted the clearances. So I just get to live with the tapping until I get a new cam or a regrind.
Found a friend, looking a little tired.
So that brings us to today. I'm still dailying it, it's ridiculously good on gas, it's fairly slow, and it's a ton of fun. But every time I fix something, I see more potential for improvement. so it's probably not gonna stop taking my money anytime soon....