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Re: A Few Questions, or, The Adventure Begins... (archive)

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Posted by Andrej Gaspari on April 29, 2000 at 10:53:55:

In Reply to: A Few Questions, or, The Adventure Begins... posted by JakeS on April 29, 2000 at 08:45:28:

On the emmissions question - far be it for me to suggest that you do anything illegal like keep an emmision-control device disconnected, but I'm quite certain the car will run better without it. A nice clean reattachment that looks stock but is conveniently non-functional is probably the best compromise. I don't know if you still have the thermal reactors on the car, but those can be a pain as well.

You'll need at least 5.5 inch wide rims to run 205s.

: 1 - The PO has disconnected the air pump at the diverter valve, leaving the hose dangling from the exhaust manifold. :-( Could be the air pump is dead, but from the restoration guide's comment, I figure the valve probably failed and started making major noise so it was "abandoned." My impulse is to get a working valve and re-hose it up again. I live in northern Delaware, an emission-controlled, EPA-regulated, don't-try-any-funny-stuff pollution zone. So sticking with the stock setup is probably the best plan. Is this practical - ie can I get a working diverter valve and will it keep working or does it have such a high failure rate that I may as well fake it now 'cause I'll have to pretty soon anyway?

: 2 - Tires. The Pep Boys 165/80-13 bald and dry-rotted ... uh, tires for lack of a better name... are off permanently. I'm not ready to spend a wad on wheels yet, though before I'm done I expect to look for some E30 take-offs. But I want to put good tires on the present 5J-13 steel wheels. 205/60-13s are readily available. The next common size down is 185/60-13, which does not impress me as being much better than the 165s that fell off. I have a few old baseball bats and I'm willing to learn to roll fenders, but don't want to be stupid about matching tire to wheel. Can I really expect the 205s to fit on the wheels I have - that seems a very narrow wheel?

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