Trying to get geared up for Christmas. All going well, will do the camping with the kids effort.
EK was due for it's oil change. This is the first one since the wiped-bearings were replaced by the engine builder (seems a long time ago, but car has not done that many miles through Covid).
Dropped the oil, and remembered that the high-capacity sump holds more than my oil pan does. Second pan on hand, and no spillage (looked like the Exxon Valdez last time
). Went to spin off the oil filter, and disaster struck.
Damn. Thing. Will. Not. Budge.
Its a Cooper filter, so can't use the Ryco cup wrenches on it. Got the fancy ratcheting oil filter tool onto it, and started to deform the can. Stopped before I tore the can (point of no return). Swore.
I'm guessing that the engine builder has (again) put a filter on with a dry o-ring. I have visions of having to get it off in pieces and then via a cold chisel, as I had to last time (see page 9 of this thread). Put that job on hold till after Christmas to ensure the vehicle remains available (it was a 3-day job last time
Dug out the pin wrench I made last time, and tripped over the welder (still sitting on the floor from my traction bar misadventures). Figured I'd brace the pin wrench up, and maybe make it rigid enough to prevent having to use the cold chisel.
I've committed every form of welding sacrilege known to man, and then some. Undercut, lack of fusion, blown through holes, gas porosity, slag inclusion... if the boily brother in law sees this thing, he will have kittens. It did pass the "cant break it in the vice" test though
Camping trip first, then tackle the recalcitrant filter.
327 Chev EK wagon, original EK ute for Number 1 Daughter, an FB sedan meth monster project and a grey motored FED.