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Re: Today I...
« Reply #760 on: December 06, 2015, 10:20:36 AM »
Today, I replaced a burned out rear light in my DD.  Whoo hoo, what excitement :smile:

 :lol:Did the same thing with the wife's Buick yesterday.  Not one person offered up a high five on a job well done. So I moved on.  :lol:
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« Reply #761 on: December 06, 2015, 12:18:47 PM »
Finished this project:

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« Reply #762 on: December 06, 2015, 03:07:35 PM »
^Nice, I planned on doing something similar myself since I have the base gauge package and I'd hate to know the work involved in going to the factory Rally gauge setup.

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« Reply #763 on: December 06, 2015, 03:51:37 PM »
Today I got the AC box off.  All the Vin#s match and the radiator(?) inside the box is dated 9-20-76 which would make sense since its an 09E car. Not sure how I'm going to do an A.C. delete plate but I have an idea.
1977 HardTop T/A: 347 LSx Build,3.905" Wiseco 25cc dished pistons,forged rods, OE crank,BTR Stage 2 turbo cam, ARP Main+Head Studs,

1986 T-Top T/A:
Navy Blue Paint ,Grey/Black interior,140mph speedo,overhead console, LB9/Automatic, 2.77 Posi,  WS-6 suspension, All power options, UMI Wonderbar, UMI Rear LCAs, KYB Excel-Gs, Opened Formula hood,

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« Reply #764 on: December 06, 2015, 05:13:07 PM »


I`m happy with the way this turned out. Breaker 1-9 ,  :grin:


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« Reply #765 on: December 06, 2015, 06:12:56 PM »
CB looks good!
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« Reply #766 on: December 06, 2015, 06:38:54 PM »
Old Midland 23 channel? My dad had one similar back in the 70's.

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« Reply #767 on: December 06, 2015, 07:46:11 PM »
Thanks, I just couldn`t bring myself to drill any holes or cut up my map pocket. I was glad I found an option. Cheapest improvement I`ve ever had.

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« Reply #768 on: December 06, 2015, 08:29:18 PM »
CB looks nice... a real blast from the past!

So is there still anyone talking on CB's these days?  Still all the wacky lingo?  Or are all the users just a handful of 70's vintage car guys just trying to be period correct?   :P
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« Reply #769 on: December 06, 2015, 09:02:22 PM »
Today I got the AC box off.  All the Vin#s match and the radiator(?) inside the box is dated 9-20-76 which would make sense since its an 09E car. Not sure how I'm going to do an A.C. delete plate but I have an idea.
But how will you have A/C then...? :-?

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« Reply #770 on: December 06, 2015, 09:15:46 PM »
Today I got the AC box off.  All the Vin#s match and the radiator(?) inside the box is dated 9-20-76 which would make sense since its an 09E car. Not sure how I'm going to do an A.C. delete plate but I have an idea.
But how will you have A/C then...? :-?
Most of the A.C. stuff was missing when I got it, I was just told that to remove the heater core you have to drop the dash? If so the A.C. box is going back on.
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« Reply #771 on: December 06, 2015, 10:41:40 PM »
I'd at least keep heat for defrost, someone here recently converted to heat only and was still able to clean up the firewall.  Perhaps there's a writeup somewhere.

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« Reply #772 on: December 06, 2015, 11:54:08 PM »
You would run one of these:



http://www.acdelete.com/pages/70-81_F-Body.htm

They run 160 plus 24 shipping.  I have one that needs 2 small holes filled for $85 plus shipping.  I will even throw in a new blower motor and fan

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« Reply #773 on: December 07, 2015, 08:56:21 AM »
Today, I replaced a burned out rear light in my DD.  Whoo hoo, what excitement :smile:

 :lol:Did the same thing with the wife's Buick yesterday.  Not one person offered up a high five on a job well done. So I moved on.  :lol:

Ironically I too replaced a rear brake light bulb on my DD Buick yesterday.  I got the same response.  :grin:
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #774 on: December 07, 2015, 03:51:20 PM »
*golf clap* :lol:

So it's been a year since buying the Firebird, woo...

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Re: Today I...
« Reply #775 on: December 07, 2015, 08:10:25 PM »
Today I... went by and took some pics of what will be my 79 Kali Blue Bird once it is done  :P

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« Reply #776 on: December 08, 2015, 12:09:25 AM »
You need to update your signature now. :eek:

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« Reply #777 on: December 08, 2015, 12:48:36 AM »
That is true.  :cool:

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« Reply #778 on: December 08, 2015, 08:39:37 AM »
The other day I... Had a friend of mine bring his 96 Dakota over to figure out the no start when cold issue.

This guy knows zero to nothing about car mechanics, so I did what I could.  Although I hate working on Dodge (all junk), I was able to troubleshoot the issue down to either the fuel pump or the fuel pump relay. 

I also saw that someone welded the oil pan drain plug onto the oil pan.  WTF?  It also appears that he took a 55 gallon drum of oil and poured it everywhere in his engine bay. 

Next up is that ever so troublesome CEL light on my Camry (I'll probably never actually figure it out) and then to fix the exhaust on my Dads HHR.  Another piece of Chevy junk.  At least he stopped buying Fords.  :D
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« Reply #779 on: December 08, 2015, 05:17:13 PM »
I'd own a Viper if I had the money, they're all manuals so that makes shopping for one easier.  I wish I could say the same for GM products, Hell even the Mustang isn't too terribly hard to find a manual.  Most Japanese cars are predominantly manual as well.  I miss my Miata, it had just enough power to rotate the rear when you wanted and the transmission being a toploader had good shift feel.  The only thing I didn't like was the fact is was a convertible. :lol:

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« Reply #780 on: December 08, 2015, 06:38:00 PM »
Installed solid body mounts on my LS project. Getting close to dropping the engine in for the first time. I need to find the area that I need to notch for the AC pump.
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« Reply #781 on: December 08, 2015, 08:05:33 PM »
Scheduled a visit to the shop for this Saturday to see the progress on my 77 restoration.  Also, close to developing a means of re-creating the raised bead around the gauges on my dash.  The bead was lost in removing the vinyl.  Once I feel it is perfected, I'll post the method on my restoration thread.

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« Reply #782 on: December 08, 2015, 10:50:14 PM »
Test fitted AC box and routed hoses, trimmed for crimping.  Installed pass thu for hoses, worked on ductwork.

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« Reply #783 on: December 09, 2015, 08:56:35 AM »
Today I... should have my new exhaust manifold  :grin:

Then Thursday night into Friday will involve tearing into it for a 3rd time  :sad:

It's my own fault for doing a destructive removal in the first place.
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #784 on: December 09, 2015, 09:32:38 AM »
Today I refreshed my listing with new pictures, but I doubt it'll do any good.

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« Reply #785 on: December 10, 2015, 05:12:18 PM »
 Spray primered the doors hood and fenders to go on the car shell I painted this summer.    Got to love 68 degree weather in Dec  for an unheated garage.  plan to Paint it Sat.

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« Reply #786 on: December 10, 2015, 05:22:14 PM »
Found a car I really want but it would have to be 750 miles away in one direction. :x

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« Reply #787 on: December 10, 2015, 08:56:58 PM »
Today I...  just now, actually, helped my father find an oil leak and an exhaust leak on his DD.  Wow, Chevy really dropped the ball engineering the HHR.  The exhaust pipe is RIGHT where the flex pipe meets the manifold, but it's a proprietary flex pipe  :sad:  It also connects directly to the catalytic converter.  $250 from Rock Auto.  This is not good......

As for the oil leak.  It was a simple O-ring that went bad.  Easy to access and replace.  About time I got an easy fix.
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Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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« Reply #788 on: December 10, 2015, 09:22:12 PM »
Since my rebuild back in 2009 my motor has run a bit hot. Couple weeks ago it overheated. So, I decided to get to the bottom of it and pulled the front of the motor off to check the pump and the inserts in the timing cover. Found out the inserts were a mess and weren't sealing at all. On top of that, the one insert wouldn't come out so I had to buy a new timing cover. Got everything installed and so far, the temp seems to be staying solid at 160. No leaks either (whew!) I'll run a good test tomorrow and see how it does.  Some pics...






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« Reply #789 on: December 11, 2015, 09:04:02 PM »
Some time ago, I sold off much of the left-over parts from my 77 restoration to another member here on TAC, including parts I did not need (or so I thought) from the 81 donor car.  One item was the 81 steering wheel.  Then I discovered that I was missing the keys to the 81 glove box lock that I had kept, so I contacted the parts buyer.  Fortunately, he still had the 81 steering column with the keys still in the ignition.  He mailed to me the 81 glove box key so I can pull the cylinder from the 77 door and swap it with the better 81 door.  Today the key arrived :smile::  Now I can remove the cylinder from the 81 glove box door and put in the 77 lock. Now all the locks on the final restoration should be from the original 77.  Well, assuming I find the original door and trunk lock in all the mess.  Anyway, for his trouble, I'll return the 81 key and a free, 1977 glove box door with the 81 lock already installed.  Sounds more complicated than it is, right?   

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« Reply #790 on: December 14, 2015, 08:46:28 PM »
Today I...  helped my father get some good discounts on much needed parts for his 09 HHR.  Said vehicle is known for bad wheel bearings and a leaking exhaust flex pipe.

Wheel bearings aren't such a bear to do.  Actually, had to remove the entire steering knuckle to get the passenger side replaced.  Driver side will get done Thursday or Friday.

Flex pipe, LOL is one whole assembly down past the catalytic converter flange.  $250 for a simple cracked flex pipe.... I DON'T THINK SO!  I checked Amazon and the flex pipe is sold aftermarket for $48 shipped.   :grin:

Looks like Xmas will come a little early for dear old Dad.

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

It's all trial and error until something lines up...

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« Reply #791 on: December 14, 2015, 09:58:28 PM »
Have someone wanting to trade a '73 VW  Beetle, outside of the Accord I never heard back from it's the only other vehicle I've been interested in.  It's a 4-speed and RWD, what more could you want right? :P  Which I've always thought they looked cool, just the whole issue of being as slow as sin that concerns me.  Then again I drive like an old man anyway, but I like having the ability to get up and go if needed.

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« Reply #792 on: December 15, 2015, 09:44:19 AM »
Ordered cam/lift/timing chain for the ride today.

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« Reply #793 on: December 15, 2015, 10:01:12 AM »
Today I... received my restored console from Just Dashes ( :cool: ), pondered whether or not my fuel pump is correct, checked out the detail on the "Genuine GM Parts" decal on a radiator overflow bottle, and checked to see if my lug nuts were "correct enough" that I won't get beat up at the Nationals next year.
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« Reply #794 on: December 15, 2015, 11:20:09 AM »
I picked up some GTA lace wheels. They're being used as rollers on my Dads Camaro right now, but they'll be restored and put on the 81 T/A after.

I took a pic of them on my 71, but Photobucket doesn't want to cooperate right now.
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« Reply #795 on: December 15, 2015, 05:22:07 PM »
Today I broke into the triple digits for the 1st time @101 this morning. I also checked the gear drive and its installed correctly, I'm going to break down and take the 400 to a friend who runs an engine machine shop and see if I can have him put it on an engine run stand.
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1977 HardTop T/A: 347 LSx Build,3.905" Wiseco 25cc dished pistons,forged rods, OE crank,BTR Stage 2 turbo cam, ARP Main+Head Studs,

1986 T-Top T/A:
Navy Blue Paint ,Grey/Black interior,140mph speedo,overhead console, LB9/Automatic, 2.77 Posi,  WS-6 suspension, All power options, UMI Wonderbar, UMI Rear LCAs, KYB Excel-Gs, Opened Formula hood,

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« Reply #796 on: December 15, 2015, 08:44:53 PM »
Today I found out all my work was for naught. Car is still getting hot, ugh.

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« Reply #797 on: December 16, 2015, 12:44:34 AM »
Not to sound pedantic, but how hot is hot?  I saw earlier you mentioned staying at 160º but 190-200º is usually the ideal operating temperature for any car made since the late 60's once they went up to 12-16 psi cooling systems.

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« Reply #798 on: December 16, 2015, 06:08:30 AM »
Over 200 Box.

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« Reply #799 on: December 16, 2015, 01:26:15 PM »
I picked up some GTA lace wheels. They're being used as rollers on my Dads Camaro right now, but they'll be restored and put on the 81 T/A after.

I took a pic of them on my 71, but Photobucket doesn't want to cooperate right now.

Photobucket works now.

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