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  1. When you crank the motor, does the tachometer move at all? The starter is only tuning the motor about 200RPMS but the tach should move some. Couple things about the HEP/Hall Effect/distributor pick up and just about any other name that has been used. I know the terminology police are lurking nearby... If the tach does NOT move when cranking, you still have an issue with the HEP. I've seen two things after replacing these. One was bad right outta the box, hard to believe but can happen. The other time one of the female recieving pins (on the engine harness side) inside the plugs had loosened and wasnt't making good contact. I had to ease it shut with a jewlers style screwdriver . There are 6 pins, check them all if the tach doesn't move. If the tach DOES move, have you verified that your camshaft is spinning when it cranks? The belts can fail by losing teeth so the crank sprocket has nothing to grab but the belt still *looks* intact on casual inspection.
  2. I made one, it wasn't too hard. Started with some thick walled SS pipe 'tubing' if you will the same diameter(or a bit larger, it's the ID that counts) then using a cut off wheel on a dremel or small angle grinder, I notched one side in an inveted V shape about 1/2 wide at the bottom of cut to about double that-ish about 3/4s of the way up the tube. Basically the flared V shape just gives you room to R&R the keepers with forceps or a pick. Also, your local cylinder head shop will likely disassemble for you for a few dollars.
  3. I too am thinning the herd this spring, was my red/ginger/black 89 16V one of the cars you are considering at $8500? I also am considering bring a trailer, it seems more race car oriented but plenty of collector cars too.
  4. I'm thinking your closest ignition hot to the trunk other than back up would be to the rear windows?
  5. I was working on some new planter boxes in the front yard today, it was almost 80 degrees so I had to take my shirt off AND I got a sunburn. SoCal world problems...;
  6. AND we've already established that the tach moves during cranking and no-start condition. It's not the HEP, gotta move on with diagnosis... Yes, fuel pressure can drop radically when the pump is weak and when *it* gets hot. Not really when the motor is hot, but the pump it'self can build heat. In fact a classic symptom of a failing fuel pump is *car stalled, but it started again after I let it cool down. Drove a few miles and it stalled again, restarted when cooled down*. You could throw a pump at it (if i'm using parts store pumps I like the Airtex pumps, they usually are quality and come with all the pieces. In fact, they will have the whole fuel level sensor and tank access door all attached and ready to drop in.) It's a lot less work than disassembling the whole assembly and replacing only the pump and hoses and pick up filter and... But A better DIAGNOSTIC test would be to put a fuel pressure gauge on the fuel rail schrader fitting and view it when the problem occurs but Im betting you don't have one of those so that means throw parts at it like you are the HEP switch.
  7. Does your tachometer register movement during the hot no start condition? It wont move much, the starter is only spinning the motor a couple hundred RPM's but it should move some. if no bumping of the needle at all its your HEP/DPU as Mr Anderson said. If it moves you need to move onto the next potential culprit like low fuel pressure etc.
  8. Ah yes, back in the day-back when we were *allowed* to work on TC's at the meets. I believe my Brother was with me in Reno and we did lots wheel bearing repacks, fuel lines, brake bleeds etc. Someone starts talking about 'liability' and next I know, no more servicing is allowed. Kinda changed the whole character of the meets from my perspective. Not sure if I've been to a meet since, maybe one. You had 16V red/ginger a while back didn't you Bill?
  9. I have a red/ginger/black 16V car just taking up space in my shop. Putting a 413 in it would be up to you tho. Just would need a battery and you can drive it home from Costa Mesa. PM if interested.
  10. Any chance your mechanic put a new water pump in with either head swap? Like some of the other responders here I'm not super confident in your mechanic. ANy mechanic can get a bad out-of-the-box part so a second shot at an issue is reasonable but a third and a fourth try doesn't pencil out in my book... AJ
  11. I know just what you should do! Struggle with them for a while, get frustrated, then take Marty up on his offer of replacement calipers. Easy right? AJ
  12. Well, since I saw a pic of this car in Rick's yard this am, I'm gonna update this post and say SOLD!