<VV> Pay someone Flat Rate (No Vair)

Lonny Clark lclarkpdx at gmail.com
Tue Aug 10 14:59:57 EDT 2010

Don't laugh too hard - I helped my stepson change the alternator on his
mid-80's Prelude. The manual stated that the engine needed to be jacked up
off of the frame and removed from under the car.

I found a slightly easier way - I removed all of the crap attached to the
dual carbs (2-foot wide bottom plate for the air cleaner, about 20 different
wires and vacuum fittings, pcv system, etc,etc), and was then able to work
the alternator up through all of the rest of junk in the engine bay. It was
still a 3-hour job - not sure at this point if it would have been easier or
not to jack up the engine. I am guessing the MR2 is just as crowded in the
engine bay.

A Corvair is a dream to work on in comparison.


On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM, Smitty <vairologist at cox.net> wrote:

> Smitty says:   We are getting so used to being screwed that this is
> acceptable???????   $260 for a common alternator and another 240 to put it
> on.  An alternator??????   The dealer ought to be smiling.
> > Sure enough...  8 am...car was ready.....  $500! [ Alt was approx.  $260
> > at the dealer parts counter]
>  "Service with a smile"
> >  Matt Nall
> > Charleston, Oregon
>  _

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