Vivat least vaguest.
Join Date: May 2016
Scrubbing bits of the engine bay is one method of "getting to know your car". I have been enjoying a variation on this, having many duplicate items - both native to the '02 Selespeed and from the '05 manual donor. The simplest way I find to choose the best of two, is to clean both (parts washer or solvent degreaser spray, thence detergent scrub/rinse) and then compare. At least the sunshine has been in my favour - parts dry readily outdoors after the final hose down. Two sets of timing covers, crank dampers, valve covers, airboxes and ducting, radiator shrouding, coolant hoses...
I've been surprised to find that much of the '02 car is better than the '05, which clearly threw a belt in fairly spectacular fashion at some point (outgoing shrapnel damage to timing covers). Still it does seem weird at times to wash two of something, compare them, and promptly bin one. Sunday I start playing front subframe mix-n-match.