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« Reply #440 on: September 13, 2015, 07:21:07 PM »
Yanked the radiator out of the bird. Will be putting an aluminum in it place, but found lots of rust on the support, so am holding off on putting it back together until I can address that.

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« Reply #441 on: September 13, 2015, 08:07:13 PM »
Watched the MavTV Optima Batteries Search for the Ultimate Streetcar event coverage from Texas earlier this March. Amy and KLRBRD made an appearance...sound isn't great so bear with the video.



 
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« Reply #442 on: September 13, 2015, 08:17:43 PM »
You mean changing something on the front of a transverse motor isn't fun? :P

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« Reply #443 on: September 14, 2015, 05:56:32 AM »
Yeah I only hear from him if he needs something. I should have let that call go to voice mail.. :P
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« Reply #444 on: September 14, 2015, 06:05:44 AM »
Sorry Jack, but I was too disgusted to snap a pic. I guess I should have for info to others if nothing else. I will get a pic of the finished product. The kicker was, I have had this stuff sitting around for 3+ years, the wife went to the beach for the weekend and I decided to get the stuff painted Saturday and installed on sunday. Plans didn't work out so well :sad:
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77 T/A - I will Call this one DONE!
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
'66-BSA Lightning
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« Reply #445 on: September 14, 2015, 07:15:23 AM »
Sorry Jack, but I was too disgusted to snap a pic. I guess I should have for info to others if nothing else. I will get a pic of the finished product. The kicker was, I have had this stuff sitting around for 3+ years, the wife went to the beach for the weekend and I decided to get the stuff painted Saturday and installed on sunday. Plans didn't work out so well :sad:

They never do!  Just had a similar hiatus with my oil dipstick tube.  What should have been a 30 minute job turned into more like 6 hours.

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« Reply #446 on: September 14, 2015, 09:45:49 AM »
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
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« Reply #447 on: September 14, 2015, 10:15:21 AM »
They can be yours for the low low price of $10,000 each. :P

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« Reply #448 on: September 14, 2015, 01:27:28 PM »
I went and put a deposit on a 5.3 yesterday, but while I was there I found one 70 and two 68 Dodge Chargers sitting in the bushes of the junk yard. Turns out they were the owners high school cars and have been sitting since the late 80's. I'll grab a few pics when I go back to pick up the engine.
How do you get 3 Chargers during highschool? I want just one!
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1986 T-Top T/A:
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« Reply #449 on: September 14, 2015, 01:46:04 PM »
Cars of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's were cheap back in the mid 80's.  I think my mom only paid a few hundred for the '66 Chevelle she had.  My father has some newspapers from that time and there's 50's cars for under $200 in the local classifieds.  Time machine, I'm telling you what.  Back then I guess they were just old gas guzzling death traps, well they still are they're just more expensive now because of all the old people wanting to relive their youth before they die in a 30 mph collision.  That's ok, I'm sure 40 years from now there'll be a bunch of 60 year olds buying riced out 90's Civics for stupid amounts of money.

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« Reply #450 on: September 14, 2015, 02:09:04 PM »
Cars of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's were cheap back in the mid 80's.  I think my mom only paid a few hundred for the '66 Chevelle she had.  My father has some newspapers from that time and there's 50's cars for under $200 in the local classifieds.  Time machine, I'm telling you what.  Back then I guess they were just old gas guzzling death traps, well they still are they're just more expensive now because of all the old people wanting to relive their youth before they die in a 30 mph collision.  That's ok, I'm sure 40 years from now there'll be a bunch of 60 year olds buying riced out 90's Civics for stupid amounts of money.
one of my friends dads was telling me how his first car was a '68 Charger, 383 and a 4 speed. After that he had an '80 TTA.  Moms first car was a '67 Firebird 400/TH400 'vert. Then dads first was a 6 banger Rambler followed by a '71 RAIII Formula.  The stories he's told me....
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« Reply #451 on: September 14, 2015, 02:17:55 PM »
Yep, Dad paid a whopping $350 for our old 69' 442 4spd back in early 80's.  My Dad gave me my 78' Marty TA in 89' and by 92' I had already bought another nice 77' for $900 and an 86' IROC-Z for $1500.  In 96' I sold the 78 for $3700, the 77' for $2800. 

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« Reply #452 on: September 14, 2015, 02:34:04 PM »
The real curiosity though being how 90's and some earlier 2000's cars fare.  Most are still not too terrible to work on and only have a computer for the engine, or if it's an automatic a computer for the trans as well.  I've seen a few of the mid-late 80's cars start going up within the last five years, both domestics and imports.

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« Reply #453 on: September 14, 2015, 06:08:12 PM »
  Yes car were cheap. I paid $500.00 for my 73 Camaro. But in 1979 minimum wage was $2.90 an hour, and at 40 hours that was only $116.00 a week before taxes.  :shock:
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« Reply #454 on: September 15, 2015, 05:35:09 AM »
I graduated hs in 1982. Most of the guys around drove ss chevelles and ss Camaros. There were dozens of them in my town. when I turned 16 a buddy had a 68 Camaro convertible, ss rs in mint condition. He wanted 2500 all I could scrape up was 1000. It was a pretty good amount for a car at that time.
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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
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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« Reply #455 on: September 15, 2015, 06:20:19 AM »
Today I.....
ran the numbers on the glovebox RPO sticker in the '00 S10 and found out that it has 4.11 gears, non locker rear though. I might end up buying a '87 2.8/auto Sport Coupe Camaro.
Yeah, screw that^. Today I did some looking and  with progressive insurance its $200 a month for a 6 banger Camaro. Compared to $166 a month for a V8 Camaro. I put it in again to make sure and the 6banger was still higher! Looks like I'm just going to skip that and go right to a Z/28.
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« Reply #456 on: September 15, 2015, 10:57:41 AM »
$200 a month. :shock:  It was only some $20 a month for the '79 for liability.

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« Reply #457 on: September 15, 2015, 03:36:45 PM »
$200 a month. :shock:  It was only some $20 a month for the '79 for liability.
yeah, the $160 was for "Basic" what ever that entails. The thing that gets me, is that I couldve had over $700 in cash saved up by now if I didnt keep blowing it on the '77. Sad thing is I have almost nothing to show for everything I've spent. The HEI, plugs, wires, front window trim, Haynes '82-'92 Camaro manual, some old C&D magazines, and the pair of SFC. I dont know where the rest went lol. Couple of shows left in the season but now it is imperative that I get a good job over the winter to help get the money for a decent 3rd gen.
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« Reply #458 on: September 15, 2015, 06:52:10 PM »
Today I... put a 4th coat of paint on my freshly rebuilt 400.  1 more coat and then the clear coat starts  :grin:
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« Reply #459 on: September 18, 2015, 03:50:30 PM »
I got a 4 post last week and today I put the GP on it for some final adjustments.


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« Reply #460 on: September 18, 2015, 03:58:53 PM »
Very nice, I need one of those!!

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« Reply #461 on: September 19, 2015, 05:45:49 AM »
Nice lift, though I wouldn't have it so close to vegetation.  Chance of insects (especially spiders) in my work area would be too great.

Today I... just woke up 15 mins ago.  I'm having some delicious pecan nut coffee :-)  I'm about to go over the pseudo f-i-l's garage to borrow this:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200354072_200354072    I put a brand new power steering pump (from Rock Auto) on the womans Jeep and it has already developed a leak.  So, I found a pump in the j/y and installed that, but my pulley tool broke (Auto Zone JUNK!) before the pulley went 100% on the shaft.  So now the serpentine belt is wearing away very fast and it squeals like a mofo.  Time to fix that problem TODAY.
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« Reply #462 on: September 19, 2015, 01:15:00 PM »
Today I'm getting ready to take the RAT-AM for its maiden voyage, / blast around the block.....
Still far from finished "interior trim wise" I do however have a drivers seat fitted instead of a crate for safety..... 8)

Fingers crossed nothing fails mechanically.....

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« Reply #463 on: September 19, 2015, 08:33:43 PM »
Video?




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« Reply #464 on: September 21, 2015, 09:10:48 AM »
Last Friday I finally did something that I'd been wanting to do for some time; I took a day of vacation and worked on the TA all day.

One of the previous owners had sprayed the entire underbody with that rubberized undercoating, and it was on everything but the exhaust.  I removed the rear sway bar so I can replace the bushings, and used my angle grinder with a 4" wire cup brush to start removing some of the gunk.  I cleaned the rear axle housing and repainted it, then cleaned the sway bar and got it ready for repainting.  Most of the bolts had so much undercoating that I could barely get the nuts off of them, so I had to clean those too.  What color should the sway bar be painted?

When I came out from under the car, I looked like I had been working in a coal mine all day, and I had little red marks all over my legs, where the wires had come off of the cup brush and stuck me.  I had to take a shower just so I could eat lunch.

I then removed the headliner and remaining interior plastic pieces so I could start repainting them.  I got all of them cleaned, and part of them repainted by the end of the day on Saturday.  I think I'm going to buy new screws and fasteners; I just hope I can remember which ones went where.

I removed the rear brake drums, wire brushed them and repainted them.  One of the brake linings had totally deteriorated, and fell apart; both were very rusty inside, so I went to Advance Auto and bought new brake shoes and wheel cylinders, but the nuts on the brake lines were frozen so badly that I rounded them off with my nut wrench.  Now I've got to find a way to get them off of the wheel cylinders.  I also decided to replace all of the springs and adjusters (I just hope I can remember how they go back together; I left the other side so I could use it as a guide).

I found out the car has air shocks on it.  I removed the lines and plan to replace those with regular shocks.  Any recommendations for reasonably priced rear shocks?

Needless to say I was very tired and dirty at the end of the day.  I took another shower, and then had to clean the shower to get rid of all of my mess.  Really felt good to be able to set aside a whole day to work on the car, but now it seems that I'm even further behind than when I started.  :-)
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« Reply #465 on: September 21, 2015, 04:05:22 PM »
Had an appt. with the surgeon to schedule my operation for next week. I had the privilege of receiving a hernia in my groin last week. The gift that keeps giving. :shock:
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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
'66-BSA Lightning
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« Reply #466 on: September 21, 2015, 04:34:10 PM »
Today I found that the front brakes on the '77 were locked up, no idea when or why it happened so thats great. Also date checked my 4X heads and typed up a for sale ad, its a long shot but maybe I can dump then at the next car show.
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« Reply #467 on: September 21, 2015, 07:41:49 PM »
Today I... picked up my truck after having an Auburn posi unit installed in the rear pumpkin, and while he was at it- I had him inspect/spec everything in the rear end (all good) and change bearings and seals.  Who orders a 4x4 without a limited slip rear differential anyway?  According to the shop- almost 90% of all brands of the 4x4's sold now are actually open differentials on the rear pumpkin.  I bought it used; and I couldn't believe that someone got a moonroof, heated leather seats, electric sliding rear window, and all of those other options that I don't use, but didn't check the limited-slip option when ordering it.  It has it now  :cool:  I left my truck with him last week while I went to Colorado for 8 days of camping in the Marshall Pass area.  Got home yesterday in time to clean up and take my wife out for our 30th wedding anniversary.
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« Reply #468 on: September 22, 2015, 01:38:32 PM »
Happy Anniversary Yeti, we'll hit our 30th this January.
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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
'66-BSA Lightning
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« Reply #469 on: September 22, 2015, 03:47:05 PM »
Happy Anniversary KY, Going on 32years for me. 

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« Reply #470 on: September 22, 2015, 07:36:00 PM »
Looks like I have to follow this thread to see what's happening with every one...
Anyways happy anniversary Mike and may you celebrate many, many more.




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« Reply #471 on: September 23, 2015, 10:16:30 AM »
Last night I... finally got a solid 8 hours of sleep!  It's been awhile.  I woke up with 1 of our 3 cats laying across my chest.  No wonder my nose has been running all day   :x
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« Reply #472 on: September 23, 2015, 10:35:29 AM »
They can be yours for the low low price of $10,000 each. :P

I took some pics when I picked the engine up last week. See if you can spot the Chargers! In the first pic on the far left there is a 70 R/T if you look really close!







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81 Trans Am Daytona



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« Reply #473 on: September 23, 2015, 05:11:24 PM »
Orange...  Someone thought they were in Hazard County. :P

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« Reply #474 on: September 23, 2015, 07:33:25 PM »
Orange...  Someone thought they were in Hazard County. :P
Thought the same thing...'68-'70 Chargers are among my list of my favorite top 5 cars. If I ever get a charger it will probably be a '71-'74 or the new ones. If only the new ones had 2 doors...
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« Reply #475 on: September 24, 2015, 07:46:19 AM »
Today I... got up at 5 am as usual and went off to work.  Tonight I... will be bolting the engine into my T/A :-)

Here's a good one for you guys.  Last night I... was at job #2.  A regular customer came in last night (I didn't know he is a regular) and tried paying for a large order with one of those new credit cards that has a chip embedded in it.  I ran the card and asked for ID before the computer even prompted me to do so.  This guy (one of our latino customers) gets offended and says jesus crist, you don't know me in here by now?  I politely asked for ID again and he gave me the middle finger.  I was JUST about to hit the cancel button when he pulled a drivers license out and showed me that with the card. 

Then I got the whole "what's wrong with you blah blah blah spiel."  I basically told him that I don't you from Tom, Dick, or Harry.  Besides, I'm trained to ask for ID and the computer will not process the transaction until I see said ID.  He paid for his order and walked out kind of pissed.  OH WELL!

Later that night, some idiot came in with a Chevy Trailblazer and tried to purchase a can of Engine Restore.  It's nothing more than an oil additive that supposed to coat worn rings/cylinders/whatever.  He asks me if this stuff works.  I said yes but Lucas is better.  What are you trying to do? 

Well, I have to put in a gallon of oil every week.

Ok well here put in some Lucas treatment and top off your oil.  Check it again in that week.

Where do I check the oil??

.................  come outside I'll show you.


I get regular people like that.  Don't know how much longer I can take that place.
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« Reply #476 on: September 24, 2015, 08:25:34 AM »
Today I.....woke up to my dishwasher running.  It was apparently cycling thru the post process > throwing an error code > wait 30 minutes > repeat.  Yeah, I get to remove a washer and see if I can repair it.  It is 9 years old, but I've replaced the motor in it 2 years ago.  I'd replace it completely, but it was $1k new and I hate to give up on that investment.  Hopefully its just the drain pump motor.

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« Reply #477 on: September 24, 2015, 08:49:47 AM »
Decaff..........I feel your pain.
I used to work the retail counter at a Ford dealer.
The general public is just ignorant sometimes and they always feel like they know more than the guy
on the other side of the counter. Sometimes that is true............but mostly not.
I was so happy when I moved from retail to wholesale 11 years ago.
Now all i deal with is repair and body shops, that know what they want and know what $$ to expect.
It sounds like you are at a XXXXzone, or orXXly auto parts.  Go to a dealer....pay is better and less agervation
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« Reply #478 on: September 24, 2015, 11:39:17 AM »
I finally re installed my 700r4 back into Greens.  I had pulled it 4 weeks a go to replace a noisy and vibrating "on it's way out" torque converter with a beefier 2100 stall speed one from Monstor Transmission.  While it was out, I decided to install a B & M shift improver kit, 3/ 4 up-shift valve and a billet tranny pan to replace the factory drain plug delete one that always ended up leaking no matter what gasket material i used.  The B&M kit didn't do too much to repair the really lame factory 2nd gear location, but it did provide much better crisp and efficient shifts.  I do realize that their our better kits out on the market, such as the trans go kit.  The 1/2 shift it stiff as heck and be careful that you adjust your TV cable appropriately.  I had it one lick in too much and the car caught second gear so hard that my car almost spun out while exiting a gas station.  Now I have it set perfectly again making Green a blast to drive.  8-) :-P 8-)
   
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #479 on: September 24, 2015, 12:46:30 PM »
...bought a '73 Formula 350!  Pretty clean matching numbers car w/build sheet. I'll get some pics up soon.
Proud member "F-Body Rescue Society"
'73 T/A clone Lucerne Blue
'73 Formula 400 red
'73 Firebird Formula 350 blue
'74 T/A 400 Buccaneer Red
'77 T/A W72 4-speed Black
'78 T/A Y88 Solar Gold t-top
'79 T/A 403 White
'79 T/A Solar Gold t-top
'79 T/A Starlight Black t-top
'79 T/A W72, WS6 4-speed Mayan Red
'80 T/A Indy Pace Car
'02 Firebird W68
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #479 on: September 24, 2015, 12:46:30 PM »
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