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« Reply #8280 on: September 26, 2019, 06:29:31 AM »
Hinges look nice. For $50, im not sure I would try to weld a vice.
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« Reply #8281 on: September 26, 2019, 08:13:08 AM »
The flange bolt pattern is different, or I would have. For not I'm happy with the performance of the large drums.

That's a bummer.  Didn't realize it would be that much difference.  Our 06 Sierra Denali has discs all the way around and I upgraded to the Powerstop HD rotors and pads a couple years ago. Couldn't believe how much difference there was just with a rotor and pad upgrade. Of course I got a little crap on the Denali forum for not upgrading to the GMT-900 brakes lol.  I told them this was probably cheaper and stops just as good if not better.

Yes, I was very impressed with the Powerstop parts. I used their parts for calipers, rotors and pads. I went with the standard, but still great quality. Also, super strange that people were rude to you on the internet? hahaha

Yea well, we're on the lower end of the income scale when it comes to Denali ownership lol.  Everything fell into place and were very fortunate to buy ours brand new back in 06.  A majority of that group have and do modifications just because they have the extra cash where as my modifications are being used and put to the test........upgraded brakes, larger tranny cooler, CAI, etc.  They are a very knowledgeable group and good folk.................sometimes they have to be reminded that some of us don't have the access to funds that's others may lol.

Besides, I need to keep any extra money for the GTA.  After all, it is a third gen lol.
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« Reply #8282 on: September 26, 2019, 10:19:12 AM »
I got the vise welded, ground and painted. I was thinking about trying to exchange it at the local HF store.:lol: We're gonna upgrade the suspension in my brothers '51 Ford soon and I was hoping to have one of these moments when he goes to use the vise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtK0KMH-8xs

If the pro's don't like the idea of welding good cast iron with the right equipment I don't think my 250lb shadetree-gorilla repair with MIG to Chinesium is gonna work out all that well but it should work out as material holder. I read that other people had issues installing the detent pins with their vise but I tried it anyway. A proper press would be best. I went the 24 oz hammer and wood direction and it worked well.

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« Reply #8283 on: September 26, 2019, 12:04:43 PM »
Chinesium?I like it!

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« Reply #8284 on: September 26, 2019, 06:52:32 PM »
Today I got out of hospital, had to have medics scoop me off floor at home late Sun night and gurney me into an ambulance. Heart rate of 35 and temp of 95 F when they dumped me at the ER. I was in rough shape and after barrages of tests no conclusion as to why.
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« Reply #8285 on: September 26, 2019, 07:21:30 PM »
Ya, but is the number 14 car ok?

 :shock: :lol: Just trying to make you smile!

I know how scary it is to be in the hospital and the docs have no clue as to whats wrong with you. I spent a month in the hospital with pneumonia caused by an antibiotic resistant strain of streptococcus. Took over a week to find an antibiotic that worked and the whole time being told it can't be pneumonia because I'm too young and too old to be susceptible to it. I have only a little bit of faith in medical science.

I hope you're feeling better!

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« Reply #8286 on: September 26, 2019, 07:21:37 PM »
Wow, glad you are ok. That sounds like it could have easily had a different outcome. 
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« Reply #8287 on: September 26, 2019, 08:59:15 PM »
Also glad you're ok
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« Reply #8288 on: September 27, 2019, 12:32:09 AM »
From a heath perspective, getting old sucks, lots of unexplainable issues show up. Glad you're OK, hope it gets figured out or never comes back.
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« Reply #8289 on: September 28, 2019, 04:27:15 AM »
I should check out the thread more often...
John and Mr. Ford, I'm glad both of you are okay. Getting old sucks, I still think I'm in my 30s until my body reminds me.
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« Reply #8290 on: September 28, 2019, 02:19:14 PM »
While working on the current 81, another surfaced and followed me home.

It's a one owner, 46k mile car. Been off the road since 1998. I went out to Mount Vision NY to grab it. About 600 miles round trip.

It's really nice. Has the original radio, speakers, jack, and even has a mint build sheet. I have the title from the original owner, all the dealership paperwork when bought new. It's really nice. It did come with the original wheels, which I am currently refinishing.

I don't know exactly what I'll do with it yet. It runs like new, which is  really nice.













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« Reply #8291 on: September 28, 2019, 03:17:38 PM »
Nice find!
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« Reply #8292 on: September 28, 2019, 03:55:24 PM »
Oh wow, that is a beautiful car! I'd love to have that. Too bad my project list and cars space is all buy full... :?
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« Reply #8293 on: September 28, 2019, 04:34:51 PM »
Congrats, recaro seats to boot.




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« Reply #8294 on: September 28, 2019, 05:07:00 PM »
Wife and I went car shopping for her - looking at a new 3 in the showroom and she finds a pair of underwear in the glove box   :lol:   

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« Reply #8295 on: September 28, 2019, 07:34:23 PM »
What??? New car, with underwear in the glovebox?? Someone is having more fun than I...
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« Reply #8296 on: September 28, 2019, 08:21:50 PM »
Wife and I went car shopping for her - looking at a new 3 in the showroom and she finds a pair of underwear in the glove box   :lol:   

Best check the headliner for toenail scratches!
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« Reply #8297 on: September 28, 2019, 08:28:25 PM »
Ya, but is the number 14 car ok?

 :shock: :lol: Just trying to make you smile!

I know how scary it is to be in the hospital and the docs have no clue as to whats wrong with you. I spent a month in the hospital with pneumonia caused by an antibiotic resistant strain of streptococcus. Took over a week to find an antibiotic that worked and the whole time being told it can't be pneumonia because I'm too young and too old to be susceptible to it. I have only a little bit of faith in medical science.

I hope you're feeling better!

Feeling better so far....... May have poisoned myself cleaning palm seed, may have been a Lyme disease relapse, who knows? Dr's had no positive answer.

Pneumonia would be very very bad for me as I have no spleen. Busted it really bad when I was a BMXer pretending I was some kinda X-games superstar.
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« Reply #8298 on: September 28, 2019, 09:24:22 PM »
A few weeks back we had a new cat show up on the back door. After some shots and acclimation to the house he now has indoor privileges. Turns out he is a big fan of TAC! He is very impressed with RoadKing's 79 TATA project!
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« Reply #8299 on: September 29, 2019, 04:58:41 AM »
A few weeks back we had a new cat show up on the back door. After some shots and acclimation to the house he now has indoor privileges. Turns out he is a big fan of TAC! He is very impressed with RoadKing's 79 TATA project!
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« Reply #8300 on: September 29, 2019, 10:22:53 AM »
Too funny, that is one wise cat!! LOL. Did you name him 'Roady'?
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« Reply #8301 on: September 29, 2019, 10:24:50 AM »
Alternator went kaput in my 77. Searched online and my local napa showed about half a dozen different ones that said they would work in stock. Went there and they had ONE in the store. Turned out to be the one I needed. Took about 10 minutes to swap it out and now im back on the road.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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'01-HD RoadKing

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« Reply #8302 on: September 29, 2019, 11:02:35 AM »
Too funny, that is one wise cat!! LOL. Did you name him 'Roady'?

His name is "Buster".... We chose that because I think I just called him that and he responded to it.
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« Reply #8303 on: September 29, 2019, 03:59:07 PM »
I picked up another jetski from a guy at our lake. (For free). In his garage he has a 1979 nocturne trans am with 11,000 miles on it. He bought it new and only drives it when it nice. I ask when the last time he had it out and he said, " two days ago I took a trip to the bank in it". I took photos of body panels for documentation of GM original alignment. Its dusty but nice.














Manual windows and locks, standard interior,  power antenna, power trunk and Ttops. 403 auto. Just changed out the original tires for the matching repop ones. Kept the original tires.
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79 Trans am 301 (work in progress) LS swap n progress
79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
67 RS Camaro (Work in progress)
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« Reply #8304 on: September 30, 2019, 06:27:23 AM »
Nice car, looks like it could use a coat of wax though!
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #8305 on: September 30, 2019, 08:16:13 AM »
Definitely! I was really interested in the panel alignment. My car matches or is better depending on the part so I don't feel bad. It was cool to see.
79 Trans am 301 (work in progress) LS swap n progress
79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
67 RS Camaro (Work in progress)
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« Reply #8306 on: October 01, 2019, 07:43:57 PM »
Today I... broke the crankshaft position sensor clean flush with the block of my Silverado.......

JUST.... EFFING... WONDERFUL....

Besides that, it's still leaking power steering fluid worse than ever before. 

Something tells me I should have taken the settlement payout when I had the chance. 

Good thing my Firebird is still running because otherwise I'd be EFFED.  Oh, wait.........
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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« Reply #8307 on: October 01, 2019, 09:22:39 PM »
Today I... broke the crankshaft position sensor clean flush with the block of my Silverado.......

JUST.... EFFING... WONDERFUL....

Besides that, it's still leaking power steering fluid worse than ever before. 

Something tells me I should have taken the settlement payout when I had the chance. 

Good thing my Firebird is still running because otherwise I'd be EFFED.  Oh, wait.........
Sorry to hear about all the trouble.I hope things get better soon.

I was in your or a similar situation a few years back ( at least I think I was) three cars but not one I could count on. I read on a car forum or in a car magazine somewhere about the “One good car theory”. The idea is that you can have a bunch of project cars but you must have one that is newer/younger. I chose to make that one my wife’s car and spent a lot more money than I was comfortable with on it and got her a couple year old, low mileage, sedan like she wanted. Then with it not breaking down all the time we had something to go and get parts with or to count on at the last minute for whatever event we had to be at. Even though we owed some money on it, it sure took a lot of stress out of my life. Now I will alway ensure that at least one of our cars is young enough to be absolutely reliable and need only minor maintenance. My cut off for that car is under ten years old and less than 80,000miles.(that’s when I sell it and get something newish)
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« Reply #8308 on: October 01, 2019, 09:32:56 PM »
@Decaff, why did you break it? You're suppose to fix it! :lol: Accidents happen.

If it makes you feel better, I completely ruined a perfect roof/quarter joint fill last weekend. I say "perfect" without exaggeration. I used All Metal and Rage for fillers and made templates for the perfect shape. For some dumb reason I wanted to see what my work looked like under paint. It looked perfect! I could clearly see myself in the wet paint with little to no distorion. Then I used acetone on paper towels to remove the laquer paint. I left it on for too long and the acetone went right through the paint and started attacking the Rage in my joint. To make matters worse, I didn't leave it alone to dry. I went at it with sand paper and messed up a little bit of my All Metal fill. Totally dumb and noone to blame but myself; total lack of experience is my best defence.  :shock: :grin:

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« Reply #8309 on: October 02, 2019, 04:29:28 AM »
Today I... broke the crankshaft position sensor clean flush with the block of my Silverado.......

JUST.... EFFING... WONDERFUL....

Besides that, it's still leaking power steering fluid worse than ever before. 

Something tells me I should have taken the settlement payout when I had the chance. 

Good thing my Firebird is still running because otherwise I'd be EFFED.  Oh, wait.........

Waiting...




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« Reply #8310 on: October 02, 2019, 06:05:57 AM »
NAS T, that's about how I look at owning a car. I despise the idea of payments just so everyone can see me driving a new car. Not counting my T/A I have 4 cars to keep on the road. 2 work trucks and my wife has 2 cars. Her Mercedes is going on 19 years old, still runs great but just failed emissions and im not sure its worth putting any more money into it. She has a newer low mileage mustang that is driven semi regular so that's our back up reliable car. But, im afraid I will be looking for a 'new-er' sedan in a few months to replace the benz. My f 150 has close to 300k, still looks great and I put a new trans in last year. So it should be around for a few more years. My expedition has about 150k and still runs great. I keep everything maintainded on a regular basis and for the most part they are pretty reliable.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
86 Grand Prix - Sold
85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
'38-CZ 250
'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #8311 on: October 04, 2019, 01:21:48 PM »
Today I saw this and had to share

Movie...The Wraith


https://www.facebook.com/346546742370002/posts/839162033108468/
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« Reply #8312 on: October 04, 2019, 04:23:46 PM »
That brought some old memories...




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« Reply #8313 on: October 04, 2019, 04:31:39 PM »
Today I... broke the crankshaft position sensor clean flush with the block of my Silverado.......

JUST.... EFFING... WONDERFUL....

Besides that, it's still leaking power steering fluid worse than ever before. 

Something tells me I should have taken the settlement payout when I had the chance. 

Good thing my Firebird is still running because otherwise I'd be EFFED.  Oh, wait.........
Sorry to hear about all the trouble.I hope things get better soon.

I was in your or a similar situation a few years back ( at least I think I was) three cars but not one I could count on. I read on a car forum or in a car magazine somewhere about the “One good car theory”. The idea is that you can have a bunch of project cars but you must have one that is newer/younger. I chose to make that one my wife’s car and spent a lot more money than I was comfortable with on it and got her a couple year old, low mileage, sedan like she wanted. Then with it not breaking down all the time we had something to go and get parts with or to count on at the last minute for whatever event we had to be at. Even though we owed some money on it, it sure took a lot of stress out of my life. Now I will alway ensure that at least one of our cars is young enough to be absolutely reliable and need only minor maintenance. My cut off for that car is under ten years old and less than 80,000miles.(that’s when I sell it and get something newish)

I get what you are saying, but right now I'm in no situation to be going further in debt.  That didn't stop me from looking, though:  https://www.carfax.com/vehicle/4T4BF1FK0GR582191

Even though my first Camry was 15 years old and I got for free, it turned out to be really reliable after some routine maintenance.  Then, I had another two others as rentals (through work).  Really solid drivers.

I showed the woman the link and she...... encouraged the idea.  W..T..F..

*Donning Flame Suit*  Only tree huggers, democrats, and lazy people drive "new" cars. 

Then, I told the woman I'd have to trade in the 98 Bird that I just spent a small fortune on to make it road worthy.  I'd get about $300 on a trade in for that.  Maybe.....  She told me, "You know they're just going to take $300 off the price of the Camry and crush the Firebird".  Part of my soul died at the thought of that.  Can't do it. 
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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« Reply #8314 on: October 04, 2019, 06:12:22 PM »
That's a nice car and the price is below what I've seen. I'm in the same boat but can't bring myself to spend that much or even half of that on a car... Priorities rule my life. 




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« Reply #8315 on: October 05, 2019, 08:38:25 AM »
Ok, I've now owned 3 Camrys and think they are really great in the reliability department. If you only get $300 for the bird why trade it in, sell it private. That way you can negotiate better on the price of any car at the dealers.
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« Reply #8316 on: October 05, 2019, 10:45:03 AM »
*Donning Flame Suit*  Only tree huggers, democrats, and lazy people drive "new" cars.

...or maybe some of us have sorted out having reliable transportation is far better than always calling their dad to get them out of a jam? 

maybe we don't want to constantly wrench on some hoopty in an Autozone parking lot? 

maybe my wife likes a car that starts and runs when visiting a client or goes to lunch with one of the firms partners? 

perhaps the time and money I save not having to mend my daily driver means more to my hobby cars?

To be polite, your statement lacks any wisdom - flame suits won't help.


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« Reply #8317 on: October 05, 2019, 03:06:33 PM »
*Donning Flame Suit*  Only tree huggers, democrats, and lazy people drive "new" cars.

...or maybe some of us have sorted out having reliable transportation is far better than always calling their dad to get them out of a jam? 

maybe we don't want to constantly wrench on some hoopty in an Autozone parking lot? 

maybe my wife likes a car that starts and runs when visiting a client or goes to lunch with one of the firms partners? 

perhaps the time and money I save not having to mend my daily driver means more to my hobby cars?

To be polite, your statement lacks any wisdom - flame suits won't help.



I don't give a poop if someone calls me LAZY for driving a car new enough to not require carrying a tool box and coveralls in the trunk. I'm just glad I don't need to do that anymore.
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« Reply #8318 on: October 05, 2019, 05:14:33 PM »
You can take my newish pick-up from my cold, dead hands! :lol:

I'm only 83% sure that Decaf was making a joke.
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« Reply #8319 on: October 05, 2019, 05:28:49 PM »
Would hope so....

We buy a new car (or newish) and drive it until is starts to give us continuous trouble or it gets old and a bunch of miles, whichever comes first. My truck is 2012 and hasn't given me much trouble, it has 94k on it I hope it lasts 5 more years but we'll see. My wife's car is a 2015 we bought brand new early 2014, it's been a great car so far. We save up and just pay cash for them that way we don't have payments. I can see that being an issue if you spend all your extra cash on constantly fixing your current car...
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79 Trans am 301 (work in progress) LS swap n progress
79 Formula 301 (Work in progress)
67 RS Camaro (Work in progress)
See the recurring theme???

Names, Luke. If I hear anyone telling me they're my father....

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« Reply #8319 on: October 05, 2019, 05:28:49 PM »
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