Emptying The Engine Bay with Sara

posted Aug 4, 2012, 11:21 PM by Sara Imberi
After we decided to wait on the POR-15 until tomorrow morning, Jonathan started back in the engine bay. The first thing he removed was the positive battery lead.


A picture of Jonathan holding the battery lead. My job was to take pictures and collect and organize the wires.


Next he removed the wires for the heating and ventilation controls.


Jonathan removed this black box and the hose attached to it next.



The black plastic cover from the windshield wiper motor conveniently fell off while Jonathan was removing it. It is currently under the Trans Am.


This is the windshield wiper motor.


This is Jonathan's first attempt at removing the windshield wiper motor. It was unsuccessful. 


It was unsuccessful because there were actually three bolts holding the wiper motor in place. In this picture Jonathan looks like he is kicking something, but in reality he was climbing inside the engine bay to remove the second bolt he could not reach from the outside.


Removing the second bolt.


Now that he is inside the engine bay, Jonathan can see there are three bolts. He is removing the third bolt in this picture.


This is a picture of the handy as-seen-on-tv arm band magnet that we bought at Menards. Instead of wearing it on his arm, Jonathan secures it to the car while he is working. It holds tools very nicely.


We were listening to '90s music (my personal favorite) while we worked on the engine bay. This picture shows the arm band magnet after my dancing montage. Only one tool fell off. Amazing! 


The windshield wiper motor is hooked to the transmission link for the wipers. It is not accessible unless the cowl screen is removed.


Jonathan has no idea how to remove the cowl screen.


Jonathan demonstrates how the cowl screen is secured underneath the passenger side wiper arm.


Jonathan used a plastic clip removal tool to remove the plastic clips on the cowl screen.


Next Jonathan needs to remove the windshield wiper arms. He is climbing out of the engine bay to look up information on how to do this.


This is me. I took this picture while Jonathan was researching how to remove the windshield wiper arms. He discovered there is a windshield wiper arm removal tool made especially for removing windshield wiper arms. Unfortunately we do not own one. According to the service manual we need a Wiper Arm Removal Tool J-8966 (or Equivalent). Anyone have one we could borrow for a few minutes? 


This is Jonathan yelling "OW!". He was attempting to hold the cowl screen back out of the way (since we are missing the all-important J-8966 tool) and turn out the nut securing the transmission link to the wiper motor. His wife would have held it back, but she was busy taking this great picture.


Jonathan has perfected his method and loosened the first nut.


On to the second nut.


This is the windshield wiper motor.


Remember my job is to collect and organize the wires, cables and hoses.


Jonathan is untangling a section of the wiring harness in this picture.


Jonathan disconnected some of the vacuum hoses and passed them over the car to me.


My gloves are sure dirty.


I hope we can pay someone to help us figure out where all these go when we get the engine back... (I am thinking most of them are pretty important.)


This is the speedometer cable.


Jonathan asked me to look inside the wheel well and find the screws for a mounting bracket. Do you see them? There are two, in the lower left corner of the picture.


The last of the wiring Jonathan removed tonight. This is the brake pedal switch and wiring.


Do you know what this is? It is the horn. Beep, beep! (Two horns = two beeps.)


This is crud on the K-Member. After we clean and paint it this is going to be very pretty.