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Title: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on May 23, 2019, 12:30:28 PM
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Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on May 23, 2019, 12:32:30 PM
What do you need to do to your car in the next three months?
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on May 23, 2019, 02:29:52 PM
My transmission is fixed so I have to get the a/c working better and get the EFI tuned better. Detail engine compartment and wax the heck out of it then I’m ready to go!

Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: roadking77 on May 23, 2019, 04:34:39 PM
Finish the paint, install interior, new glass, rebuild motor, reinstall motor, Wait a minute, I better set the countdown for next year!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on May 24, 2019, 02:29:06 PM
Take off all of the old polish and wax, do some paint correction, reapply better coatings, change oil, clean all the nooks and crannies, but before all of that...............send in my registration lol.

Plus I'm STILL waiting for my personalized historic plates to arrive.  Going on four months now...................


Update four hours after the original reply......THE PLATES FINALLY ARRIVED!! Its gonna be a good weekend!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on July 12, 2019, 09:11:53 AM
I have my registration card got it about three weeks ago. The a/c has been charged but it feels like one of the diverter doors is stuck so I’ll play with that. I’m ready to get going, are we planning to meet up at the show?

Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on July 29, 2019, 11:51:15 AM
I just got my registration mailed. Made sure it was postmarked today so there is no doubt I beat the deadline lol
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on July 31, 2019, 10:18:43 AM
Trying to make the '69 ready.  One step forward- two steps back.  All small things, but things that I need to get done in the next two weeks.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 08, 2019, 08:48:29 AM
Raised front end an inch; it now clears the rolled fender lips when hitting highway bumps.  Front end alignment done.  Mobil1 in the engine.  Trunk deck lid drilled out and 400 emblem installed.  Arrowhead emblem installed on the front grille.  Hoping to drill out the hood and install the 400 emblems tonite, and install a new headlight adjuster ( one headlight shines at a 45* angle after the adjuster broke a few days ago .  Luckily Firebird Central is sending me a new set today).
  Then clean the interior and ceramic coat the new paint.  Check new drip in the transmission.  Check driver side taillight wiring (light is flickering).  It just never ends...
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on August 08, 2019, 10:09:46 AM
That’s still a pretty big list. I thought I was down to wax and clean engine but I noticed the rear end making a light howl turning right on long corners. I ended up reshiming the ring gear as the bearing broke in it loosened up and as I turned right the back lash was getting to tight. Anyway it fixed and I back to wax and clean engine compartment.

Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 08, 2019, 11:49:35 AM
As far as I can tell, it'll be freshen up everything and hopefully just pull it up on the trailer lol.  I finished the ceramic spray coating a couple weeks ago but need to do a fresh wipe down.  I'm using Adams products currently with the exception for paint correction and then its Meguiars all the way, so we'll see how the Adams ceramic products are.  I've done the spray coating and also got their ceramic boost and ceramic waterless wash.  I know there are a lot of detailers that don't really care for the Adams products but I've found them for the most part on par with a lot of the mainstream "boutique" detailing products and he sells his product through GM dealerships now, so he must have something going for him.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: squirrel on August 08, 2019, 05:39:41 PM
Looks like my 78 marty ta will not be finished as its still in paint jail and my painters mom died last month.  Was hoping to have it there but I will bring my 78 brown ta and maybe my 79 SE 4 speed ta. 
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 08, 2019, 08:01:36 PM
Nothing more calming than drilling holes in a brand new, freshly-painted hood.

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Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 08, 2019, 09:11:25 PM
Eh, no pressure lol. Really turned out good!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on August 13, 2019, 07:11:15 PM
Washed waxed, windows cleaned I just need to vacuum and start loading stuff. I’m excited to get on the road. BTW I hate drilling new holes especially in new paint!

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Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: FormTA on August 13, 2019, 07:48:57 PM
Wish I could go. We'll be on a family vacation.  Maybe next year and I can drive my 79 down. Looks like you all should have great weather.  Be safe all! Have fun.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: 76 - 455 - 4 on August 13, 2019, 08:07:33 PM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: b_hill_86 on August 13, 2019, 09:36:31 PM
Wish I could go. We'll be on a family vacation.  Maybe next year and I can drive my 79 down. Looks like you all should have great weather.  Be safe all! Have fun.

You get yours drivable next year and I get my rear end rebuilt we can follow each other down  8-)
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: FormTA on August 14, 2019, 04:49:43 AM
Brian, that's a good idea. We'll have to meet up some day. If you're ever around Whitehouse/Waterville after 5 you should stop out. I'm not far from the Kroger on 64. I'd like to see your car.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: b_hill_86 on August 14, 2019, 07:15:07 AM
Sounds good. I used to go to that Kroger all the time when I  lived about 3 miles outside of Haskins. Weather (and wife) permitting I might head to the cruise-in in Perrysburg this Friday if you’re around the area.

Sorry to get off topic. Unfortunately I have a wedding Saturday of the nats soni can only drive down Friday. I’ve been told Friday is more setup day. Still worth a 2 1/2 hour drive or no? I’ve never made it down there yet.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: fb_rider on August 14, 2019, 04:16:57 PM
Yes it is worth it.  Not as good as the weekend but still worth it.  The later you can stay the more cars that will show up.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: b_hill_86 on August 14, 2019, 05:33:32 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: squirrel on August 15, 2019, 07:02:17 AM
I think Friday is the best, anticipation is at its peak.  Cars coming and going, people are not so worried about their car and cleaning them yet.  Its a great day on Friday, but I like all three days. 
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: Maryland Bandit on August 15, 2019, 09:07:40 AM
Saturdays were always the calm before the Sunday storm. Sunday up to around noon, everyone's got the detail frenzy going on ahead of the judges walk around.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 15, 2019, 11:37:10 AM
Ceramic coating finished.

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The color in direct sunlight:

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Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 15, 2019, 12:15:17 PM
Very NICE!!!  Which brand did you use?  I just finished doing the same.  Went with Adams Spray Ceramic coating.  Haven't had it out of the garage yet, but hoping my results are similar to yours.  Looks fantastic!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: roadking77 on August 15, 2019, 12:42:30 PM
Car looks great Mike! Also curious what you used. I have been thinking about doing the same to mine. I guess you did the car while waiting for the concrete to cure! LOL. You've been busy.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: b_hill_86 on August 15, 2019, 12:42:54 PM
O man that color! And I’ve heard of the ceramic coating stuff but what is it exactly?
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: Jack on August 15, 2019, 02:42:25 PM
Car looks beautiful Mike, I'm sure you'll win few trophies.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 15, 2019, 05:45:47 PM
I don’t allow my cars to be judged.  We just drive them all weekend.

I will have to find out what brand ceramic Lol. All I did was drop the car off at an acquaintance who does it for a living.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: blue81ta on August 18, 2019, 07:58:01 AM
Mike, I love your 69. Great shade of blue. Have a safe trip.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on August 19, 2019, 01:32:04 PM
Car's ready to go, we start the trek tomorrow 2:30 pm, can't wait to get there and see everyone
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 19, 2019, 04:25:14 PM
Mini starter laid down on me.  1 year old...  Got one ordered.  Hope it's here tomorrow.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: Jack on August 19, 2019, 04:39:31 PM
Push start?
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: roadking77 on August 19, 2019, 05:27:00 PM
Hate to hear that about the starter. Do you know what brand/where you got it? I have one from Summit in my car and have since heard they aren't the best. I have been tempted to buy another to keep on the shelf, just in case.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 19, 2019, 11:47:38 PM
Hate to hear that about the starter. Do you know what brand/where you got it? I have one from Summit in my car and have since heard they aren't the best. I have been tempted to buy another to keep on the shelf, just in case.

It’s one of the DB Electrical starters sold on eBay.  It got fried by the header, I suspect.  These headers are leaving this car over the winter.  I had 1/8” clearance with the starter after clocking the solenoid away from the header.  I bought a RobbMC this time.  They are the best design out there by far.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on August 20, 2019, 09:21:28 AM
Hate to hear that about the starter. Do you know what brand/where you got it? I have one from Summit in my car and have since heard they aren't the best. I have been tempted to buy another to keep on the shelf, just in case.

I have a summit high tq, it's been on the car for 2 years with no issues. I thought I had an issue but it ended up being the ring gear on the flywheel.

Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: roadking77 on August 20, 2019, 03:49:05 PM
That's good to hear Hackitup. I cant remember where I read that the summits weren't that good, it may have been facebook, of course we know how reliable that is!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kentucky yeti on August 21, 2019, 06:07:10 AM
That's good to hear Hackitup. I cant remember where I read that the summits weren't that good, it may have been facebook, of course we know how reliable that is!

If you look at their customer ratings- there are some models that have high ratings and some that are less than 3 star.  Depends on the model.  My DB is a good quality (going by customer feedback) model.  The shorty headers on my car were barely less than 1/8" clearance from the starter body after clocking it to get the solenoid away from the heat.  With normal headers or factory exhaust, my issue wouldn't have existed.  But we play the cards we are dealt.  Hi-torque mini starters use the offset pinion design, and that is where my issues (and some other guys on forums have also had) came from.

Top one is the standard config mini starter- in this case mine.  The bottom one is a 360* rotatable RobbMc, which is also mine.  After installing it and correcting backlash with shims, I took the car out on a 94* afternoon for a long drive.  Brought it home with engine temp at 210* and shut it down.  Started it in one minute with no dragging from heat.  Shut it off and waited 5 minutes. Spun over fast and started right up.  Another hurdle resolved.

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As you can see, RobbMc design is inline, not offset.  I have over 2" clearance from the headers now.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: roadking77 on August 21, 2019, 07:35:39 AM
That looks like a pretty nice starter. I will have to make a note of it. I am still a bit gun shy when I take my car out. I went to a show Saturday, drove for over an hour straight in 90 deg temps. When I got home as soon as I shut the car off I tried to start it again and it worked. I seem to do it everytime I go out. I think I am trying to validate, but I still get that nervous feeling that I will be stranded again.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 21, 2019, 07:28:54 PM
Loaded up, strapped down, and ready to roll out in the morning. Stopping in St Louis to meet up with the other half of our caravan and then driving to Indy.  We'll make the rest of the journey Friday morning with a couple of sidetracks along the way I'm sure.  Looking forward to getting out there.  Safe travels everyone!
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: Jack on August 21, 2019, 09:12:01 PM
Glad you got the starter Mike (no push start lol) eventually I'll get one of those mini starters.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: roadking77 on August 22, 2019, 06:44:01 AM
Hope at least one of you guys can update with pics!! For us slobs that aren't going this year.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 22, 2019, 07:40:14 PM
The Mrs brought the camera so I will do my best to at least get pics up when we get back unless I can figure out how to post pics from Flickr on my phone. Sitting in a hotel room outside of Indy for the night. Rest of the journey tomorrow. So far so good. Gas mileage sucks with an enclosed trailer but it was nice going through rain showers knowing its still clean lol.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on August 22, 2019, 08:35:17 PM
We made it to our second stop outside of ST Louis. Our posi is locking up so I added friction modifier today so we should be good now. Headed out tomorrow for Dayton, ready to hook up with everyone.

Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: FormTA on August 23, 2019, 04:50:10 AM
It will be slow around here for a few days... What are we supposed do??? :D
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: fb_rider on August 23, 2019, 06:07:11 AM
Since I'm without a car, I will attempt to post some pictures:)
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: kjr94gt on August 23, 2019, 07:28:02 AM
Will be driving up tomorrow from Louisville. Weather looks to be awesome. 79 and sunny. Convertible top will be down.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 23, 2019, 07:45:28 AM
We made it to our second stop outside of ST Louis. Our posi is locking up so I added friction modifier today so we should be good now. Headed out tomorrow for Dayton, ready to hook up with everyone.

Tom H

I hope that takes care of your issue.  We are heading out of Indy around 10:30. Depending on what time y'all left, you most likely will catch us. We have a toddler that likes to tinkle ????  All good though. Great weather. Only hiccup is getting behind something that slung some sort of tar/grease and it's on the front of the truck and trailer. Not bad but doesnt come off with washer fluid or glass cleaner. Thank goodness it doesnt streak lol.  I'd be all kinds of ticked if the car got it.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: hakitup on August 23, 2019, 03:38:06 PM
We got here at 4:30, we washed the car and checked in to our hotel (Clarion). The car did great 17-18 mpg and we drove 1390 miles, even the A/C was working.

Tom H
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: FormTA on August 23, 2019, 03:54:31 PM
Sweet! Glad to hear it. Have fun and say hi to everyone for us.
Title: Re: 3 Month Countdown to the Nats- Ready or Not
Post by: GTABill on August 23, 2019, 06:34:06 PM
We pulled in at 4:30 as well. Ended up doing some antiquing in Indy after checking out of the hotel so we got here later than we thought. Had to make a walmart run......of course. Gonna do some cleaning when we get back and just hang out by the trailer with anyone that wants to swing by. Look for the red trailer with the gold birds on side of it lol