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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-30-2011, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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95 Caprice LT1 dist, cap, rotor, water pump and belt replacement

This is my first Opti Spark distributer, cap, rotor, and waterpump replacement job. What a day!! Thought I's be able to finish in a few hours but ended up looking for the damn E4 and T8 sockets for half the day. Have all the parts and tools now that I need for the job.

I hope I don't have any other surprises!!!!!!!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Finished the Install of the new dist, old cap, old rotor, new waterpump, thermostat, belt, and vacuum hose to distributor. Started right up and died after a few seconds.

My fuel pressure is really low. I get to do a fuel pump, screen, and fuel filter tomorrow. Any advise on this job would be helpful.

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was the car not starting before? only thing I can tell you about the fuel filter is to make sure you get rid of the pressure in the line by pulling the fuse for the pump.


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If you are refering to the fuel pump. Nothing to it really. Just make sure you have the fuel disconnect tool. and everything should be fine... It helps to have a nice size jack close by in case your tank has an good amount of gas left. That darn thing is heavy empty, so its really heavy when its full.

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Make sure you get the metal disconnect tool. The plastic ones are junk.

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The car was stalling out and then it just died before this job was done. I had a leaking waterpump, a cracked distributer cap, very low fuel pressure, vacuum leaks, clogged radiator, stripped thermostat bolts and no thermostat. The car also had what seemed to be an extra few hundred pounds of grease and dirt under the hood. This car is undergoing some well deserved care after years of abuse by former owners.

I have the metal fuel line disconnect tool. I need more metal brushes since I went thru 4 of them today with the distributor job. I have a siphon kit to get the full tank of gas drained.

Any SoCal members want to drop by to help?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 12:25 PM
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What brand opti did you use? If it was a cheap $100 one off ebay, get ready to do the job over again...
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What brand opti did you use? If it was a cheap $100 one off ebay, get ready to do the job over again...
I just got the OEM brand from Pep Boys since I didn't have an extra $300 more for the other one. I hope this opti will last for at least a year.
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I just got the OEM brand from Pep Boys since I didn't have an extra $300 more for the other one. I hope this opti will last for at least a year.
Not sure what brand pepboys carries, but if it was the A1 Cardone remanned one, those are junk too. I went through several of those within a year and a half before giving up and buying a Delco. That taught me you can buy a cheap one with a lifetime warranty and replace it 5 times, or buy a Delco and replace it once.


If it runs great most of the time, but starts doing the random shut down, starts when it feels like it thing, it's time for another opti...

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Update...............

The car is running great other than a slow transmission leak from the front by the converter. No water or engine oil leaks at all now!!!!

The fuel pump from Pep Boys (Carter) was a bit shorter than the original presenting a couple of problems. Exact same pump only an inch and a half shorter. The cap of the fuel pump assembly could not be used due to the height issues. Anybody else have this same problem? I just used a fuel line hose to make the height difference and tossed the cap.
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