I had suspicions that my core was going bad but nothing that was too regular to pull the trigger on replacing it. Well, shortly after driving the car to work, a co-worker asked if that was my car leaking. Sure it was. Coolant from the drainage hole under the AC unit. Also, that same day and on a few occasions my windshield would fog up just a little. Well after the drainage hole wouldn’t dry I figured that I would have to face the core sooner or later. Or I could just bypass the problem and wait until I needed heat. But as I take pride in my car’s condition, I figured f’ it. Just do it. Well, after working on this for the past 10 days, an hour here an hour there and a whole weekend, I tackled it. I don’t ever want to do this again. I also added the flow restrictor to the heater hose as it didn’t have that when I replaced those hoses.
Heater Core. I need a beer.
The goal of entering my car into this show painted has been achieved. I am proud of the accomplishment and although there are a few things to address, the car at this point is pretty much complete. I will probably start winding down any more progress reports unless there is something crazy like a new Coyote engine falls from the sky and into my engine bay. Here are some pictures from the show.
Special thanks to my best friend T for going with me. He was there when I picked up the car and there when I presented a finished project.
After completing the reassembly of the car, I drove it down to my parent’s home and picked up my son from school. I noticed a sound that I was instantly dreading. There was a knocking that happened as the engine ran. At first I thought it might be my catalytic converters but thought that can’t be since they are relatively new. Then I thought, ope!, I think my engine is a goner. Then, I realized it was more of a rattle so I went under and could hear vibrations when I banged on the cats with my fist. Oh God. The cats.
After some investigating I came to the conclusion that indeed my cats may be bad. After calling Magnaflow and asking for warranty information, they told me to contact a dealer and buy a new system and send the old one back and if they find that it was defective they would credit me. This was after I had asked if I could take my car down to them to inspect. They declined. So, the going rate right now is nearly $1000 for a new cat system. I went up to Speedway Muffler in Upland. After talking to one of the guys, he said that it may take a while to get the warranty going with Magnaflow and in the end, 99% of the time, they say it is the consumer’s car’s fault. Now I know that they are in business, so I just figured, I should just fix it and be done with it. So they removed the rear cats and indeed they were shot.
Unfortunately, I don’t know how this happened as I don’t remember hitting any debris or speed bumps that might have damaged the units. One of the units had a broken brick and the other brick had detached from the housing.
The shop replaced them with new Magnaflow cats and at this point, we’ll see how long they last. I feel rather blah about it since I had a feeling that Magnaflow would not replace the set easily and I figured that I’d be screwed.
I picked up my car from Mario’s Auto Works after they cut and buffed the paint. What a difference. The paint is super smooth with a mirror like finish. I am so impressed by the paint job that I almost wish I went with a different color but in the end the color I chose was just what I was looking for. I am so glad that I was able to send my car to these guys. They are true pros at what they do and I am proud to say they are part of my extended family. All that is left to do is to reassemble the interior. I successfully reused the old headliner that came out and although it isn’t perfect, it looks way better than it was and I wasn’t even sure I was going to replace it.
Here are some pics of the car but be warned there are a lot of smudge marks and hand prints from the assembly.
Continued with partial reassembly after paint. Here’s what I’ve tackled:
- New door and hatch weatherstrip
- New Door handles
- Reinstalled lights including new LX tailllights
- Reinstalled my regular wheels
- Installed insulation on the roof
- Installed grill
- Installed mirrors
- Installed door window belt weatherstrip
- Dynamatted the front doors, cleaned and reinstalled the door panels
- Installed Pioneer speakers in the doors.
Images of said work:
After a few weeks at Mario’s Auto Works, the car has been picked up. I have to say that the color is exactly what I wanted. For the most part it looks black until the sun or the light hits it.
The color is Ford’s DI Dark Ink Blue Metallic, DI, M7187A. The color is for a Flex of an Edge from 2008 or 2010.
Now it’s time to reassemble the car to the a degree before sending her back to the paint shop to be cut and buffed. Here are some initial pics of the car when I picked it up and some early work on the reassembly.