Other than dirt and some of that undercoating, now that the transaxle is out I’m impressed with the condition of the body and chassis.
Above Transaxle Area
Still sad this original accordion heat pipe cracked open. It has one of those compression clamps so is going to be a pain in the ass to remove.
I will probably disconnect all of this and clean.
I’d like to clean all of this and recoat with the KBS.
I cannot tell if this sheath/tube on the driver side heater cable is an original thing or not. It is missing from the passenger side, and that’s the side where the heater cable was damaged and rigged to work on the heat exchanger.
Frankly, it makes sense this would be a part but I just don’t recall seeing it in diagrams. It definitely offers protection for the bulk of the cable from the elements and grime.
There are some key areas of the engine bay I can finally see.
You can barely see the last part of the FI system from the engine area. However, with the engine and transaxle removed, you can get a clear shot of the Decel Valve that is mounted up under the decklid hinge.
Now the purpose of the Deceleration (Decel) valve on the L-Jetronic Fuel Injection system operates at closed throttle and is to bleed some of the air out of the system to lean the mixture for a few moments and to reduce the the vacuum level. It apparently plays a key role in avoiding exhaust overheating in stopped or stop-and-go traffic.
It is all about balancing vacuum in the system.
I did not expect to find the accelerator cable about ready to fall apart.
I have no idea how this happened. I don’t know if it has been degrading slowly or I caused it during engine disconnect and dropping.
This obviously needs to be fixed now.