Well I spent the day fixing broke mechanical bits. I did the Loctite crank nose repair, new front crank seal and timing belt alignment. I used that EXPENSIVE Loctite 660 Liquid Metal ($30 for a little bitty tube) as recommended with a new key and new bolt.
Want to see some carnage? Below are some pics of the woodruff key neatly sheared in half. I think that if it hadn't have sheared then the crank would have snapped. I hate pouring all this money into an engine that may or may not run but I'm committed now. The compression seems adequate so hopefully those crank bearings are tougher than we think. Did I mention you should stay away from badly crashed cars as donors. All of the money I thought I "saved" has gone toward replacement parts. I spent $200 on a replacement tranny, $35 on a diff case, $80 for a crank pulley, (more on that later) $65 for parts and materials to repair the cranknose, $40 for a water pump pulley, $25 for a crusty used thermostat housing, $50 for motor mounts, $80 for gaskets and crap to put it together. Add those up and you have $575 just fixing broken parts. Add that to the $500 paid for the car and you have $1075 spent and I still have to buy a radiator and all manner intake plumbing and coolant lines before I can even find out if the engine will need replaced. (which seems likely)
In addition to having to spend money to fix things, I also lost money because many of the unneeded parts that I could have sold were wrecked.
If I could do it over I would certainly pony up the cash for a decent running car
. I would probably have ended up spending less in the long run. Not to mention the trouble rounding up the parts and not knowing what works and what doesn't.
**Edit** After writing this I installed my new water pump pulley and it didn't spin straight. The shaft of the water pump as bent so I had to go drop another $50 on a new water pump. So I got to do the timing belt thing again.
I tried to install a new underdrive pulley that I bought off Ebay. (auction 260031273186 for those interested) It doesn't fit. See pic below comparing the pulley's bolt pattern to the spacer plate from my car:
What sucks is I've already left pos feedback (hey it looked nice in the box) so this guy won't respond to my messages. I opened a dispute through PayPal, we'll see how that goes.