Volga Gaz 310221 is running like new…

Sooner or later parts wear out, no matter how hard you try to keep it from happening. I had an original part that was stuck and I was not sure that I could get it removed from our Volga we call Sammy. Sammy was sick and I had been trying to solve her issues with careful study and part replacement. It became a fix one thing and next problem in line came forth with gusto. I mentioned yesterday that Sammy the Volga had distributor issues and I just about made myself sick working in the heat to fix her. Then after I finally gave up and even wondered if I could fix her, I started to do more studying and had Sveta interpret the hard Russian parts for me…

Volga_Ignition_DistributorThe fact that Sveta interpreted a few items for me gave me the picture I needed in my mind and this morning with a couple of adjustments, Sammy was singing a tune good as new…

The image to the left is the distributor and since it is a Russian car and not the Ford, Chevy, Dodge or other car I grew up with, things are different. The subtle difference that stumped me, was an internal adjustment by external bolt, to line up the inside of the distributor separately from the external adjustment to time it. I had messed with this bolt before I installed the distributor and messed up the factory settings. Yes I am typical dofus at times. Once I figured out what I did, Sammy ran like a happy car that she is…

The frustrating thing was that this distributor should have been easy to remove and it turned out to be stuck in place so tight, I had to beat it out with a hammer. I guess that added to the pressure on me, for if I screwed things up royally, well I am out in the boonies and no help is nearby. I am stuck, but I had to put it in for I would be stuck soon when Sammy breaks down on the side of the road or worse…

Kind of a toss between still running if barely and not running due to being a dofus… 🙂

oil filterI also changed the oil today and the oil filter. I thought I would show my oil filter and it is exactly how we use to have it in the old days in America…

LADA makes a spin on filter system now and that system can easily be converted over to our Volga and I soon will do that also. I prefer spin on filters. It is amazing how many parts from a LADA fit the Volga and vice a verse. In fact the distributor is also for a LADA and was sold as a LADA for the shop we bought it at has very few Volga parts. You just have to know what fits and what does not…

Tomorrow if the weather is good and the ground dry, I will lift the front end up and grease the new front end we had installed. I want to make sure that everything is ready for the winter. Winter is coming fast, I can feel it in my bones…

I decided to do an extra post today, for it is raining and windy outside. It got so bad that the guys had to stop working on the bell tower early to keep from being blown off the beams they are installing. So see you tomorrow…

Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

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