Can't upload the pics!
Well ... I have a few pics to post, but the site says they are "too small!"
But I read elsewhere that maybe new users must have 25 posts before they can upload to the gallery?
Anyway, after working on a few other things this morning on the SE, and adding to the nonengine parts-needed list, I've now started the surgery on the SPI. Battery was first to come out -- it needed some water and is getting a slow recharge (car had sat for the last month). Then the battery will get a desulferizing while the engine is rebuilt.
Still don't have a service manual, even after stopping at two bookstores this afternoon for a Haynes, etc. version. But I'm making progress on getting the stuff off of the top, sides, and back of the engine. Those little release levers for the wiring harness, onto the fuel injector rail, were interesting. Have the exhaust heat shield and EGR bolts soaking with Liquid Wrench overnight because they are rusty.
That oil filter placement is sure user-hostile!
Radiator drain was convenient. I've yet to remove the lower radiator hose, but is there also a separate drain plug/petcock somewhere on the block?
Now off to search the site for info on getting into and removing the timing set. And for links to discount mailorder OEM parts vendors.
Fixed Up a white 2001 P-code SE Sedan
including rebuilding the SPI (see my threads)