Ok, I now have 16 miles on the car since getting the car back together lol.
swapping the radiator out again...
Then I installed the new one, got the system filled up and let the car run for a while. Fast forward to today and I decided I really needed to get some miles on the car and see what/if any issues there could be. So far, there are 3 issues (besides an alignment).
My volts are all over the place. It will read about 14.6 volts, then shoot down to about 12.5 and seems to bounce between the two. During my 16 mile trip, I stopped at autozone to get an alternator check. Alternator checked out good, but battery checked low. Sort of concerning, its been on a trickle charger forever now. I thought it would have been maintained better. As I was getting ready to leave, an "old school mechanic" (I know this because he told me that is what he was lol) told me his surefire way to determine if it is a battery or an alternator issue. He said fire up the vehicle, turn on every light, turn on the defrosters, turn on the radio and turn on the heater. Then, go disconnect the negative terminal on the battery. If the car stays running, the alternator is good. If it don't, then the alternator is bad. I don't know how much truth there is to this, but I tried it and my car stayed running. After my 16 mile jaunt, I took the car home and put it on the charger again.
After the green light kicked on, I threw on my volt meter. I'm not sure how typical this is, but about every 3 - 5 seconds, i was losing 1 or 2 hundredths on the volt meter. That seems like it is discharging pretty quickly. Maybe time for another battery...
So onto the next issue. The car did this twice to me. I was accelerating up a hill and it just started sputtering really bad. I gave it gas and it just hesitated sputtered and wouldn't go any faster. I thought oh crap, this is how my drive is gonna end. So i pulled over and I'm watching my VAFC and the rpms are fluctuating around 500-550. The volts dropped way down too, then all of the sudden the car righted itself and ran flawlessly for another few miles and then it did it once again. Now, I am currently running a test pipe without the secondary O2 sensor. It does smell very rich, i'm not sure if without the sensor there it is running in a very rich condition and it is "flooding" itself out? I'll know for sure once i get my appt this week to get the new cat installed. Also, i checked for any CELs both times the car had its quick fit, and no new codes appeared. Right now it is only throwing one code, and it is for the O2 sensor that is not currently present.
And the last issue. I am hearing some creaks and pops from the front end somewhere. I'm not going to be overly concerned with it at the moment. As all the new suspension breaks in and I get my alignment, maybe these issues will work them selves out. If not, I'll have to get back under the car and see whats going on. I already checked all of my bolts, everything seems tight.
So all in all, today was a lot of fun. I did rip into vtec and the secondaries twice. Oh I did definitely miss that lol.