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Re: Today I...
« Reply #520 on: October 02, 2015, 09:07:43 AM »
If he doesn't have any way of dropping the transmission or pulling the engine really not much choice in the matter, that's my guess anyway.

Also up to like 1,500 views and 38 watchers on last eBay listing and still nothing yet... :???:

x2 on that.  I don't have a good place to work on my car or the skill or tools to be dropping transmissions or pulling engines. 
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« Reply #521 on: October 03, 2015, 08:07:07 PM »
(Well, last week actually).... I bought a big garage with a house attached to it, lol. 3 cars up front, and a bay in the back for the TA.



The new Pontiac motor is in the Uhaul trailer, hopefully I will get to the swap soon since I have room to work now.



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« Reply #522 on: October 03, 2015, 08:30:46 PM »
darn, Spoon!  Nice garage.  Hope to see a lift in there in the future.  Oh and I like those shelves.

Today I...  awww Hell!  The past couple of days, I...  well let's see.  I worked my a55 off, for one.  Having two jobs sucks but it pays the bills.

Then, my car died and I got stranded at Weis parking lot (it's a supermarket).  The battery finally gave up the ghost.  That $40 junkyard battery lasted me 15 months.  I'd say I got my money's worth.  Well, I had to call the woman to come give me a jump, then drove straight to Auto Zone and got a new battery to the tune $91.  I love my employee discount.  Took me about a half hour to install the new battery because I had to splice in a new terminal, too.  Did all this in a torrential downpour :-(

Then, I decided to put a new electric baseboard in my bathroom.  The old one was fried.  Even though tear down and install took me nearly 4 hours (had to patch a wall and change the thermostat location), that wasn't the hard part. 

Then, I thought while I'm at it, I'll replace the wax ring on my toilet, and only THEN did the torture begin!  A $5 wax ring replacement has so far turned into a 2+ day adventure and a $150 (so far) repair bill.  Good thing I have a second 1/2 bathroom. 

..... and you guys wonder why my T/A isn't done yet.
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« Reply #523 on: October 03, 2015, 10:35:47 PM »
Spoon:  Congrats on the house/garage.  I could do without the snakes and frogs.

DeCaff:  WTH did you do to the toilet?
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« Reply #524 on: October 03, 2015, 11:23:40 PM »
Nice frog and snake, you're in good company. 8)

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« Reply #525 on: October 03, 2015, 11:28:15 PM »
Thanks Guys!

DeCaff - Sorry to hear about the car troubles, but that seems to be part of the TA experience :)

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« Reply #526 on: October 03, 2015, 11:58:41 PM »
Spoon sounds like you got a really nice house to go along with that garage of yours.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

And today I got a bit more done to the RAT-AM..... http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=63057.200
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« Reply #527 on: October 04, 2015, 12:35:56 AM »
I did :)

I'm under orders to get house projects done first, but I'm really excited to have the room to work on the TA.

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« Reply #528 on: October 05, 2015, 05:37:13 AM »


DeCaff:  WTH did you do to the toilet?

Long story short, when I went to shut the water to the toilet off, that action gave way to the shotty previous plumbing.  Correcting one issue turned into another and another.  Then, when I finally pulled the toilet off the floor, I could see the drain rusting and rotting away.  That has to be replace, too.  I have the parts but no time to fix it.  (stuck at work)
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« Reply #529 on: October 05, 2015, 07:23:26 AM »
Blew apart the Tree Fiddy and did all new steering components. Its amazing how much stiffer the steering is now!

 

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« Reply #530 on: October 05, 2015, 12:41:20 PM »
Awesome garage.  When I see that I get jealous. 
This is what you get on Long Island in a 1950's tract home.  Picture shows my previous ride. 

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« Reply #531 on: October 05, 2015, 02:49:53 PM »
Awesome garage.  When I see that I get jealous. 
This is what you get on Long Island in a 1950's tract home.  Picture shows my previous ride


and a good looking two-wheeler it is.  Have you since been able to remove the traning wheels?  :D
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« Reply #532 on: October 05, 2015, 05:10:12 PM »
Today I recieved a set of 333882 SBC heads to replace the stock LO5 heads. And the #6 piston is cracked/busted on the LO5 I'm working on.
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« Reply #533 on: October 05, 2015, 05:21:18 PM »
If he doesn't have any way of dropping the transmission or pulling the engine really not much choice in the matter, that's my guess anyway.

Also up to like 1,500 views and 38 watchers on last eBay listing and still nothing yet... :???:

x2 on that.  I don't have a good place to work on my car or the skill or tools to be dropping transmissions or pulling engines.

Correct, i mean if anyone wants to volunteer to come help by all means. My mechanic now dosent want to do it without pulling the engine completely out. Says he has done them in the car before and it always ends up worse. Ahh.. honestly if the engine comes out there will be a different one going in!

Otherwise Today i did rotors and pads all the way around on my Grand AM GT and did oil change on my generator, replaced passenger side mirror on my f150 and tarped the boat, took the cutting deck off the tractor and put the blade on..

Hope all that is manly enough for a Saturday!

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« Reply #534 on: October 05, 2015, 05:43:23 PM »
Spoon, congrats on the new house. Looks like you have plenty of storage space in the garage. Although, if I saw that creature with no legs I think I would have put it back on the market :shock: "Caff, as a long time homeowner, and a professional contractor, when ever one embarks on a home plumbing project you can figure on 4 times the cost and 5 times the allotted amount of time :grin
Last Thursday i had surgery to repair a hernia. Now i have 6 weeks of no lifting, i should be able to do some light work on the car in the meantime.
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« Reply #535 on: October 05, 2015, 05:56:31 PM »
Finally caved in and listed the car on Craigslist. *shivers* :-|

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« Reply #536 on: October 06, 2015, 05:41:49 AM »
Finally caved in and listed the car on Craigslist. *shivers* :-|

Link?
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« Reply #537 on: October 06, 2015, 08:28:46 AM »
Speaking of CL....

I drove 7 hours (450 miles) round trip to look at an 84 300zx 50th Anniversary yesterday. The seller told me it was a solid project, with decent paint and it was mechanically sound with it really only needing interior work and minor details. When I got there the paint around the windshield was bubbled with rust coming through, the exhaust was hanging on the ground, the inner rockers were cooked, and the rear hatch area behind the tail lights was so rotted I could put my entire fist through it. The underside of the car looked like it was in the Atlantic. The mounting points for the rear end were smoked.

The worst (or best) part was the guy was 10 minutes late meeting me, so I left without ever coming into contact with him. At least I got to see NY for the first time!
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« Reply #538 on: October 06, 2015, 10:10:15 AM »
... At least I got to see NY for the first time!

Pfftttt!!!  You are not missing anything.

Today I...  am wasting 9 hours of my day at work.  Then, I have to go over my mothers house to take care of a few things.  Looking forward to that </sarcasm>

Then, I hope to have time to throw in some laundry and maybe even get the pulley pressed on my new power steering pump. 

BLARGGGHHH  It's garbage night!  Totally forgot about that!
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« Reply #539 on: October 06, 2015, 01:29:24 PM »


The worst (or best) part was the guy was 10 minutes late meeting me, so I left without ever coming into contact with him. At least I got to see NY for the first time!

Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride. 
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« Reply #540 on: October 06, 2015, 02:01:52 PM »

Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride.

I know about getting pics before going, I actually had him send some to my phone. He still lied through his teeth.

It was in Fishkill NY. Pretty place, reminds me of Maine.
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« Reply #541 on: October 06, 2015, 02:13:33 PM »
... figure on 4 times the cost and 5 times the allotted amount of time...

Sounds like one of my home improvement projects!

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« Reply #542 on: October 06, 2015, 02:19:02 PM »
It's the same as the listing on here.  So far I've had someone send a picture of a Mercury Mountaineer, and that was it.  I guess they were wanting to trade, who knows.

I've thought about getting a '84-86 300ZX, but they're almost just as bad to work on as the '90-96 300ZX and really the Z32 is better in every way.  I'd like a '77-78 280Z or '82-83 280ZX and would put them over the Z31.  Of course the issue with the 280ZX onward is they decided T-tops were a good idea and hardtops are pretty much nonexistent. :x

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« Reply #543 on: October 06, 2015, 02:37:58 PM »
The seller told me it was a solid project, with decent paint and it was mechanically sound with it really only needing interior work and minor details.

Sorry that your time was wasted. Seems like some sellers have a rather optimistic view of their cars.

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« Reply #544 on: October 06, 2015, 02:51:16 PM »

I've thought about getting a '84-86 300ZX, but they're almost just as bad to work on as the '90-96 300ZX and really the Z32 is better in every way.

I'll take a 50th or a Shiro Z31 over any Z32!
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« Reply #545 on: October 06, 2015, 03:30:31 PM »
The Lamborghini Diablo used Z32 headlights, so there. :P

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« Reply #546 on: October 07, 2015, 12:32:34 PM »

Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride.

I know about getting pics before going, I actually had him send some to my phone. He still lied through his teeth.

It was in Fishkill NY. Pretty place, reminds me of Maine.

I went to school in New Paltz, which is in that general vicinity.  It's a lot different than downstate. 
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« Reply #547 on: October 08, 2015, 06:32:01 AM »


Where in NY?  get detailed pics of any Northeast car before taking the ride.

Funny you should mention this.  I bought the engine for my 76 in NY.  I didn't know NY had boon docks until I found the place where the seller was located.  Good thing I had 4wd at the time.

My point, however, is that keeping in mind the location and aside from the surface on the heads, that engine turned out to be in really good shape.
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« Reply #548 on: October 08, 2015, 07:25:56 AM »
Ironic that before putting the Firebird up for sale I constantly had people pestering me, but now that it is there's been no one serious as of yet.  Of course locally I didn't say anything about trading since that only opens up a can of worms.  "Will trade for manual sports and muscle cars."  *gets offered automatic Accord sedan* :evil:

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« Reply #549 on: October 08, 2015, 01:14:28 PM »
Ironic that before putting the Firebird up for sale I constantly had people pestering me, but now that it is there's been no one serious as of yet.  Of course locally I didn't say anything about trading since that only opens up a can of worms.  "Will trade for manual sports and muscle cars."  *gets offered automatic Accord sedan* :evil:

Hehehehe , come on box you want the Accord nothing to be ashamed of..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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« Reply #550 on: October 08, 2015, 06:13:27 PM »
Just no. :eek:  A second generation CR-X Si I could go with though, for some reason I've always really liked them:

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« Reply #551 on: October 09, 2015, 08:21:42 AM »
I always thought the CRX was a cool little car. I really like the 1st gens in full Mugen trim!
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« Reply #552 on: October 09, 2015, 11:18:37 AM »
  *gets offered automatic Accord sedan* :evil:

Much easier to sell.  Take it & flip it. 
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« Reply #553 on: October 09, 2015, 05:02:18 PM »
I was just using that as an example, I was offered a Mercury Mountaineer though I believe.  I know what I have though, I'd only want to trade for a car that I'd keep to replace the Firebird as a daily.  Getting tied up in trying to sell a car I know nothing about and despise is not a road worth taking.

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« Reply #554 on: October 09, 2015, 08:25:25 PM »
Today I... spent the better part of 10 hours, $150, and 4 trips to Lowes to FINALLY fix my wax ring issue.  Started as "I think I'll change the wax ring in my toilet today" because I could smell sewer coming out of the toilet.

That led to replacing everything from the drain in the floor to the iron pipe in the basement to the sewer drain under the frikkin concrete!!!  AHRRRGGGHHHHH!!!! What a day!@#$%

Basically I had this:







Ripped it all out...



... oh and don't forget that the flange on the bottom pipe from the concrete snapped off flush with the floor.  I had no choice but to dig.



But then I built this:







100% leak free and now it's up to code  :cool:

Oh, but wait there's more!!

So, I got all that done, then put the toilet back together, turn the water on in the basement.....  My basement had been 500% dry up to this point.....  SPLOOSSHHH!!!!  I forgot to glue ONE lousy PVC pipe together and wouldn't you know I got it right in the face!!!  OOHHHHH  I was mad!  Not to mention wet. 

Heheh well I glued that one single fitting back together, turned the water on, cleaned up and took a nice HOT shower!


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« Reply #555 on: October 09, 2015, 09:00:41 PM »
Good job,  but I'm not sure you're code compliant... I don't see a vent.
So you still think you're not married? 10 years with the same woman, bought a house together, you do more house work than work on the car... should I go on :lol:




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« Reply #556 on: October 09, 2015, 09:21:05 PM »
Good job,  but I'm not sure you're code compliant... I don't see a vent.
So you still think you're not married? 10 years with the same woman, bought a house together, you do more house work than work on the car... should I go on :lol:

I'm NOT married.  I don't want to hear anything about the subject again.  (and just how is it you remember all those details?)

As for the vent, I do have one.  It's on the sink only.  I put this drain back together exactly how it was before.  I may think about adding said vent in the future.
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« Reply #557 on: October 09, 2015, 09:53:15 PM »
Meh, it's only a piece of paper anyway. :P

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« Reply #558 on: October 09, 2015, 10:02:09 PM »
Meh, it's only a piece of paper anyway. :P

LOL!!  She said that exact same thing after her divorce. 
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« Reply #559 on: October 10, 2015, 12:14:12 PM »
Hah!  Update on my stupid plumbing job.  I woke up this morning and proceeded to take a leak, but not before I saw a puddle on the bathroom floor.   Grrrrrrr.......

It turns out I simply didn't tighten the tank-to-bowl bolts enough and there was water seeping past the "made in china" rubber gaskets.

I hope I'm done with plumbing for a while because I really don't like doing it.
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