I got the new water pump installed, thermostat housing and couplers in, timing belt on and tested (went three full cycles and no skipped teeth), exhaust valves adjusted, oil pan dropped and cleaned out (found several brass nuts, a twist tie, a cockroach, and about a pound of Permatex) then reinstalled with a new gasket, and replaced four broken Bosch electrical connectors. This week I’m repainting the valve covers, then testing compression, replacing injector seals, and if I’m lucky dropping all the accessory parts back into the engine bay.

I really have no idea what I’m doing. Just following the engine manual and learning as I go.

The “enthusiast experience” segment of last night’s Top Gear was so on the nose it hurt. That might also have been because my wife was kicking me and going, “See?!”