[V8] the new guy

Kneale Brownson knealeski at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 15 14:50:57 PDT 2008

Driver side of the timing belt cover is held in place by just a couple of fasteners.   That should give you a good view of the belt.   Turn the engine over with a socket on the crankshaft bolt and you can view the whole thing.

Seamus O'Carey <cheshirecatsbox at gmail.com> wrote:  How hard is it to remove the timing cover? I'd like to at least take a look
at it.

I know usually they don't last past a certain mileage, but it doesn't mean
that it somehow made it this long. The supercharger in my Corrado was only
supposed to last about 80-90k, but when I bought the car it had the original
in it at 180k. The reason I'm concerned is it seems that this time of
"advanced maintenance" was never taken care of in this car, considering the
rear brakes had worn down to the point of the caliper piston contacting the

It's a cool car, but if I'm going to get attached to something and spend too
much money on it, I'd rather it was grey and a 5spd! =D

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 11:34 AM, Ed Kellock wrote:

> At the absolute minimum, you will double your investment doing the timing
> belt. Does it need it? If you don't know for sure, then yes, IF you want
> to drive the car for a while without concern of catastrophic failure. If
> you might decide that you would like to start with a better example and not
> make a significant investment in this one, then you could assume
> reasonably
> that the timing belt has been done at least once because few if any would
> make past say 85-90k w/o at least one timing belt replacement, whether it
> failed previously or not. If the current belt was installed at about the
> 60k mark then it's time to do it again, but many last decently beyond 60k.
> All the other issues mentioned sound treatable to make the car safe and
> mostly reliable to drive. Is this one to restore? That's up to you and
> your wallet.
> Ed
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