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Re: Today I...
« Reply #7560 on: April 25, 2019, 01:10:46 PM »
So trying to go ahead and plan out what I want to do with the Miata once one is obtained. Suspension is a wild goose chase, I'd like to lower it some to get rid of the horrendous "of the time" wheel gap and some of the rake but I don't want to worsen the ride quality at the expense of doing such. Seems like the forums are no help aside from the $2K Xida or Fox being best, well **** I'd hope so. At least I've figured out wheels though since that's more universal, thinking one of the Konig 15x7.5 will be the way to go for the best overall option in price, weight, strength, traction, and tire availability. With the 15x7.5 wide it'll still be an inch wider and 4 pounds lighter than the NB2 16x6.5, but being 7.5" wide all the 195, 205, and 225 series tires can be used and there's no issues with fitment or clearing suspension. Whereas just going to 8" wide rules out 195 and a lot of options, then 9" wide you're stuck with 225 which are all track and extreme summer tires plus you need aftermarket suspension to clear. Just wish could better figure out suspension as I liked how the NB2 rode and handled stock well enough, just that horrendous gap...

Also, already have someone interested in the Firebird off another forum I'm a part of.  Even though I'm looking towards getting another Miata I don't want to sell it, but I rather it go to someone that can drive it all the time and enjoy it.  Plus then I can get something I can drive all the time and enjoy too.

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« Reply #7561 on: April 27, 2019, 10:27:57 AM »
Today, I realized that I get really excited for people as their builds progress, as the cars come together, every step along the way. It puts pig smiles on my face and I noticed the I reply a lot with "I'm so excited for you" or "that looks awesome"...truth is, I really mean it...FINBIRD got his car on the road...it looks great, FormTA has the nose put back together and hanging on the car and I sat there starring at it myself and was slightly giddy. The same holds true for each and every build I watch come along. I get super geeked out.

I'm sure I'm not alone and one day, that will be me stepping back, looking "The Project" saying to myself...darn, does that ever look AWWSOME!!!


Keep up the great work everyone and the post!!!!

We all appreciate them!!!
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« Reply #7562 on: April 27, 2019, 02:44:30 PM »
Haha, I'm the same way.  In fact I think at times I'll get more excited than the one doing the stuff to their car. :lol:  Which I guess is understandable, we're just there for the end result whereas they had to bust their chops to make that result happen.  Also since I'm in no condition or have the disposition to restore a car, to me the best projects are the ones that need nothing and it's all modifying to taste.  That said I'm excited to be getting another Miata, though also depressed for having to get rid of the Firebird to make it happen.  I already have lots of things planned out for it which I'll share here as they're done, I know at least scarebird will want to see anyway. :P

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« Reply #7563 on: April 27, 2019, 09:06:56 PM »
Thanks Nexus! Putting the nose on my car for the last time really got me excited.  Reyguy helped me out with my ECM and I moved, drove my car from one garage to another today. I too enjoy everyone's projects. They help motivate me.

I still have to figure something out to level the hood out. The left front wants to sit up sometimes.  It seems to change every time I open the hood. But it is still progress.  I finished painting my rear bumper for my truck so I was able to put the T/A back in the shop.











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« Reply #7564 on: April 27, 2019, 10:03:51 PM »
Aren't second gens notorious for having the hood hinges fail from them being sprung which bends the hinges?

OH and my brother FINALLY started to work on the Firebird, I noticed as I walked down to see how the sub-woofer install on the BMW was going.

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« Reply #7565 on: April 28, 2019, 05:31:27 AM »
Today I registered the Trans Am in South Dakota one step closer to removing the California from my life.



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« Reply #7566 on: April 28, 2019, 05:36:39 AM »
I second that!   :-P

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« Reply #7567 on: April 28, 2019, 08:17:58 AM »
Nexus, I too like following the resto threads and seeing the progression on other's cars. Its kinda like watching the car shows on tv without the drama!
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« Reply #7568 on: April 28, 2019, 01:17:41 PM »
Hey, that's an idea.  Build thread with some reality TV drama sprinkled in, will get so many views. :lol:

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« Reply #7569 on: April 28, 2019, 01:24:30 PM »
I'm out...I get enough drama in my life...seems to follow me around for some reason...lol
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« Reply #7570 on: April 28, 2019, 05:04:08 PM »
I thought about suggesting that Box, LOL.
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« Reply #7571 on: April 28, 2019, 05:25:53 PM »
Actually it already exists, it's called YouTube car builds.

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« Reply #7572 on: April 28, 2019, 06:37:34 PM »
Today I registered the Trans Am in South Dakota one step closer to removing the California from my life.



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« Reply #7573 on: April 29, 2019, 02:23:55 AM »
I like the idea of a reality show that is actually reality. The idea of a show featuring  non professionals doing restoration work would be cool. The truth is , reality shows become non reality as soon as they start filming.
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« Reply #7574 on: April 29, 2019, 06:36:01 AM »
That's why I used to enjoy This Old House. They would take an entire season and devote to one project. All of the guys were professional and seemed to know what they were doing. There was ZERO drama involve. I would like to see a car show with this format. I know with todays generation of instant gratification though, it would be impossible.
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« Reply #7575 on: April 29, 2019, 01:44:19 PM »
Wheeler Dealers was that show, and of course when USA "professionals" got involved, Edd quit.  I also don't understand why American TV has to suck so bad.

But I do have Jay Lenos' garage to fall back on.  No wrench throwing.  He doesn't really go into depth on projects but they sure are interesting.  If I had unlimited money.
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« Reply #7576 on: April 29, 2019, 02:06:38 PM »
That's why I used to enjoy This Old House. They would take an entire season and devote to one project. All of the guys were professional and seemed to know what they were doing. There was ZERO drama involve. I would like to see a car show with this format. I know with todays generation of instant gratification though, it would be impossible.

Not anymore, it used to be much better and they went into the entire process of a renovation, now it's more of a product selection.




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« Reply #7577 on: April 29, 2019, 02:26:45 PM »
That's why I used to enjoy This Old House. They would take an entire season and devote to one project. All of the guys were professional and seemed to know what they were doing. There was ZERO drama involve. I would like to see a car show with this format. I know with human nature of instant gratification though, it would be impossible.
Fixed that for you. :P  I have far more patience than my father, he's the epitome of instant gratification regardless of cost or how irresponsible.

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« Reply #7578 on: April 29, 2019, 09:57:43 PM »
Brother had the mufflers on the BMW removed for some straight pipe and put on new tips he had originally planned to put on the Audi. For just removing the mufflers it's a lot louder, seems to sound good for the most part though with a twinge of rasp. Will have to go for a ride later this week to see how it is in the car. Apparently the factory mufflers are very heavy, even though they're straight through even oddly enough. Haven't gone down and looked at them, but I suspect they're louver cored and very packed though I know they're huge. Should help offset the subwoofer he had to put in, since the factory under seat subs weren't enough of course.

Sigh, wish I had a car to drive again. I miss driving and doing stuff to cars.

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« Reply #7579 on: April 30, 2019, 10:32:00 PM »
...finished up the exhaust on a 68 FB ragtop.  This was originally a 350 2V car, still has the 350 but now has an AFB clone (horrible gas mileage).  We installed the kit David bought from Ames; fit is excellent - not a single tweak was needed.
 We did however have to send it out for the pass. side manifold studs to be repaired as they both snapped off.  The manifold to head bolts would not budge, at least to 60 pounds even with heat.



The exhaust sounded good, and then David noticed that the pass. side rear wheel was sliding in and out about a 100 thou.

 Uh oh..

Pulling the axle shaft revealed the sealed bearing spinning on the shaft, shaft is toast.  Axle housing bore is soft, will try to use center punch to do an inverted knurling to give more of an interference fit.  David will order new Dutchman axles in the morning.

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« Reply #7580 on: April 30, 2019, 11:00:29 PM »
AFB clone, must be an Edelbrock then.  Nice looking car though.  I've always wondered why they didn't do convertibles for second gens, as they were the only generation to not have one.  I could understand not having them towards the middle and later since all convertibles died off there for awhile, but why none in the first few years is beyond me.

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« Reply #7581 on: May 01, 2019, 04:47:14 AM »
It's 0640 and I'm sitting at the Toronto Pearson Airport enroute to Okinawa Japan, for my second time. We make a quick stop in Chicago and then on to Tokyo and finally Okinawa. Should get to Naha City by Thursday Night around 2200 hrs.
On the agenda is to enjoy the tourism spots like the Aquarium, train at my Sensei's dojo, oh and get married on the 10th to an awesome Okinawan girl that I met there 5 years ago. Meeting her parents in person for the first time and thought I would bring my family to meet them as well.

anyways...I wanted to touch base as I'm not sure when I'll get back on here.
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« Reply #7582 on: May 01, 2019, 06:45:59 AM »
Congrats on the wedding. Sounds like quite the adventure.
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« Reply #7583 on: May 01, 2019, 06:49:41 AM »
Box, the auto makers knew well in advance that the gov't was going to tighten regulations on rollover for 'verts. They started to phase them out about the time the second gen was coming along. There were very few convertible models available from any manufacture in the early 70's. I think the 76 Eldorado was the last. We now know that the rules never came to be and today I can enjoy a sunny day in my wifes mustang. LOL
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« Reply #7584 on: May 01, 2019, 07:36:14 AM »
AFB clone, must be an Edelbrock then.  Nice looking car though.  I've always wondered why they didn't do convertibles for second gens, as they were the only generation to not have one.  I could understand not having them towards the middle and later since all convertibles died off there for awhile, but why none in the first few years is beyond me.

Box: I'm sure you're aware there were some aftermarket companies that did 2nd gen convertible conversions.  The roof line made it difficult to make it look nice with the top down (and it definitely looked strange with the top up.  Personally, I liked them but I believe I'm in the minority.  IIRC, the conversion when new was about $3k which is pretty steep on a $5-6k car.
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« Reply #7585 on: May 01, 2019, 07:40:46 AM »
There is a white one in a movie scene if IIRC.

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https://youtu.be/AYwSHjFtPiw
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« Reply #7586 on: May 01, 2019, 09:45:53 AM »
I recall Kelly Garret (Jacklyn Smith) driving one on Charlie's Angels in a few shows.

Here's a pretty good link for about a guy's Z-28 vert that has some good info about 2nd gen F-body verts.

https://www.slideshare.net/RickCalcaterra/1979-z28-camaro-convertible
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« Reply #7587 on: May 01, 2019, 01:28:12 PM »
Picked up a gallon of paint for my car. I used the last of it to paint the front bumper. 1 gallon of PPG DCC 9300 and a pint of DCX61 Hardener, I have the reducer.  $700
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« Reply #7588 on: May 01, 2019, 04:58:31 PM »
It's 0640 and I'm sitting at the Toronto Pearson Airport enroute to Okinawa Japan, for my second time. We make a quick stop in Chicago and then on to Tokyo and finally Okinawa. Should get to Naha City by Thursday Night around 2200 hrs.
On the agenda is to enjoy the tourism spots like the Aquarium, train at my Sensei's dojo, oh and get married on the 10th to an awesome Okinawan girl that I met there 5 years ago. Meeting her parents in person for the first time and thought I would bring my family to meet them as well.

anyways...I wanted to touch base as I'm not sure when I'll get back on here.
Congrats and have fun!  You should rent a Honda S660 while you're there.

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« Reply #7589 on: May 01, 2019, 05:02:25 PM »
I suppose that's true on the writing being on the wall as it were, still I think there were quite a few model refreshes at the time that still threw in a convertible while they could.  I think the later Trans Am pulls off the convertible better than the Camaro for some reason, I think the earlier second gens would pull it off fairly well too.  At any rate better than T-tops, but I hate removable roof panels.  Either hardtop or the top comes all the way off, none of this bad compromise nonsense.

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« Reply #7590 on: May 01, 2019, 05:35:29 PM »
Picked up a gallon of paint for my car. I used the last of it to paint the front bumper. 1 gallon of PPG DCC 9300 and a pint of DCX61 Hardener, I have the reducer.  $700
Good googly, paint is so expensive.  This is why I'll be vinyl wrapping, a lot cheaper and in a way easier too.

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« Reply #7591 on: May 02, 2019, 09:16:48 AM »
Today I finished up the rear suspension bushing replacement. I’ve had these bushing for two years it was much easier than I expected.

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« Reply #7592 on: May 02, 2019, 01:14:25 PM »
Had already mentioned someone wanting the Firebird, but after talking with them more they plan to come down and get it after their house is finished being built so then they can put it in a heated garage during the Winter months as they live in Ohio.  So fancy.  Hopefully that works out since I'd like for it go somewhere it'll be looked after, then I won't cry as much maybe.

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« Reply #7593 on: May 02, 2019, 02:48:16 PM »
Today, I came to the realization that I will be replacing the fuel pump in the truck..........yay.  Since I don't have a lift and I don't want to deal with dropping a tank(most likely on me), I will unbolt and tilt up the bed and access it that way.  Seems pretty straight forward and I can sit on my work stool to get the job done instead of crawling under the truck.  The pump still works, but the fuel level arm on it seems to be sticking at just under 1/4 tank of gas.  Needless to say, I've been fortunate enough to be close to home the couple of times I've suddenly lost all power to the truck because its out of gas.  So since I need to replace that, I might as well put in a new pump so its done and over with and I don't have to worry about running out of gas heading to the Nationals in August.
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« Reply #7594 on: May 02, 2019, 06:42:41 PM »
Or you can do like most third and fourth gen F-body owners and just cut out an access panel to get to the top of the tank... :roll:

Or just remember that 1/4 of a tank is a lie after getting there and put more fuel in at that point, that's what I'd do. :lol:

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« Reply #7595 on: May 02, 2019, 07:41:27 PM »
Or you can do like most third and fourth gen F-body owners and just cut out an access panel to get to the top of the tank... :roll:

Or just remember that 1/4 of a tank is a lie after getting there and put more fuel in at that point, that's what I'd do. :lol:
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No modifications like that coming from me. There was actually a guy that modified the floor of the bed so that all he had to do was open up the "door" he cut in the floor(hinged and sealed it as well) to access the pump. Guess he must have bought the cheap fuel pumps ????
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« Reply #7596 on: May 02, 2019, 07:45:47 PM »
That or he constantly ran it low on fuel and was burning the pumps up, or could've been trash in the tank.  Or any combination of the three really.

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« Reply #7597 on: May 02, 2019, 08:54:38 PM »
Speaking of, Today I... wasn't paying attention to my gas gauge for the past couple of days.  Ok more like a week.  But I looked at it today and the needle was flat on "E" and the low fuel light was illuminated.  Grrrrrr.

Luckily, the nearest gas station was less than 1/2 a mile away.  Guys... something has to give...  $78 to fill my tank from dead flat empty.

Granted, that will probably last me for nearly two weeks, but I remember when it took TWENTY DOLLARS to fill the 1984 Caprice Classic that my father used to have in the late 90's.

I will never forget that night.  I was barely 17 and had just got my drivers license.  My dad was working late and the shop called to say the car was ready (they had to replace the ignition cylinder and charged my folks all of $90 to do it).  Being young and ambitious, I walked from my folks house to the shop and picked up the car.  It had less than 1/32nd of a tank of gas.

I had exactly $20 on me and that filled the tank to the brim.

Simpler times....
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« Reply #7598 on: May 02, 2019, 10:05:25 PM »
Don't use a truck as a daily driver?  Fuel isn't even expensive at the moment, or at least around here anyway.  Also good to see you again, I was thinking about you earlier actually not having seen from you in awhile.

Let's see...  $2.50 a gallon for 87, $3.30 for 93.  So it'd be roughly $50 to fill the Firebird, Miata would only be about $10 cheaper since it's 3 less gallons on capacity but also takes 91/93.  Or if I were remotely concerned about fuel then would get a Honda Insight since it has a 10 gallon tank, runs on 87, and got like 60 mpg when it was new.  Plus it was one of few hybrids to have a manual, the only other being the Honda CR-Z as far as I know.  Hey, maybe you should get an Insight.  $25 to go 600 miles if you drive it right.

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« Reply #7599 on: May 03, 2019, 06:43:40 AM »
I have 2 trucks that I have to use as a daily driver! Yes gas does get expensive filling them both up a couple times a week. I remember not too long ago that $125 would just barely fill my f 150, then again gas was well over $4.
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« Reply #7599 on: May 03, 2019, 06:43:40 AM »
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