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Re: Today I...
« Reply #920 on: February 07, 2016, 08:35:25 PM »
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.
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« Reply #921 on: February 07, 2016, 09:16:15 PM »
I'd take a RC-F if it came with a manual.

Then go buy one.

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« Reply #922 on: February 07, 2016, 11:36:42 PM »
But they don't come with a manual, autotragic only.

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« Reply #923 on: February 08, 2016, 01:29:36 AM »
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.

That's not bad for a day of electrical work :)

I once grabbed the copper end of a wire that I was sure had been turned off at the fusepanel.. well I had turned it on and off so many times that day during the troubleshooting that I forgot it was on - got a nasty burn-mark on my fingers after that experience, and it was a couple of days before the arm muscles soreness wore off..
 
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« Reply #924 on: February 08, 2016, 09:05:21 AM »
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.

That's not bad for a day of electrical work :)

I once grabbed the copper end of a wire that I was sure had been turned off at the fusepanel.. well I had turned it on and off so many times that day during the troubleshooting that I forgot it was on - got a nasty burn-mark on my fingers after that experience, and it was a couple of days before the arm muscles soreness wore off..
 

Same thing here, lol.  In my case it was a 220 line.  I'm lucky to still be here.
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« Reply #925 on: February 08, 2016, 11:20:19 AM »
Today I... did some more electrical work in my basement.  Only got juiced once, lol.

That's not bad for a day of electrical work :)

I once grabbed the copper end of a wire that I was sure had been turned off at the fusepanel.. well I had turned it on and off so many times that day during the troubleshooting that I forgot it was on - got a nasty burn-mark on my fingers after that experience, and it was a couple of days before the arm muscles soreness wore off..
 

Same thing here, lol.  In my case it was a 220 line.  I'm lucky to still be here.

We have 220V and 440V to choose between when we get juiced.. So I am also happy it was a 220 that got me :D

 
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« Reply #926 on: February 09, 2016, 06:17:55 AM »
Speaking of which, yesterday I... continued my electrical project in my basement.  I pulled the mother of all bonehead mistakes. 

Keep in mind, the 220 line for the dryer was the first thing I fixed/relocated.  I threw a load in to be dried...  hit the button... nothing.  GRRRRRR now what??  I checked and rechecked all the connections and verified 220 volts at the plug. 

Hmm, must be a problem with the machine.  I opened the door and there was a sock stuck in the door.  DOH!!  Worked fine after that. 

Lesson:  don't work on things when tired.
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« Reply #927 on: February 09, 2016, 01:47:48 PM »
It's not the voltage that'll kill you, it's the amperage.  Taser guns are a good example of this, they're usually around 50,000 volts but only a few milliamps.

Still shopping, I did find a LS1/T56 hardtop Z28 on LS1Tech but it would have to be some 500 miles away.  That's the only way I'd take a Camaro over the Firebird would be to get a hardtop.
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« Reply #928 on: February 09, 2016, 05:18:40 PM »
Finished all of the wiring for my LS swap. Also wired and tested the controllers that now run the stock speedometer and tachometer. All good. Just have to remove the rear suspension and fuel tank, clean, paint and then install the new fuel tank. Run the fuel lines and then vroom, vroom!!
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« Reply #929 on: February 09, 2016, 05:45:11 PM »
Got a 1970 RS Camaro under it's own power for the first time in 38 years.   



Lotta work  :shock:

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« Reply #930 on: February 09, 2016, 05:55:55 PM »
Wow, that's cool. Do you have a thread on that car?
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« Reply #931 on: February 09, 2016, 06:36:02 PM »
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all.

I did a chance to have a winter "crankup" and got the Redbird up to temperature, plus my Mark VII and the fatcat.
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« Reply #932 on: February 09, 2016, 07:25:43 PM »
No thread - Dale does not post stuff like that.   We had this up on the lift 2-3 years ago doing some work.   About 15 years ago he had an uncle die in a diving accident.   Gordy was quite the unique individual and left the car to Dale.  Dale had to decide between a project car (Camaro) and the running 72 GTO; he sold the Camaro.  Dale's mother was fighting cancer and had found the Camaro in a dealer lot and bought it as a Christmas present.  It was a mess: crappy paint, cheap 12:1 pistons, 305 cam, junk heads, non-functioning 3 speed trans., no drive shaft etc.  The idea was to get it driving while she was still with us - unfortunately we failed but she did hear it run.  We are still sorting thru issues: the 6 mile drive from his houses was with minimal power steering, leaky exhaust, no turn signals, etc.  The punch list is kinda long but we are hitting it hard.

The car looks tough going down the road - passing new Mustangs, Camaros and Challys the Camaro makes them look like puffed up pigs.


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« Reply #933 on: February 09, 2016, 08:31:09 PM »
No thread - Dale does not post stuff like that.   We had this up on the lift 2-3 years ago doing some work.   About 15 years ago he had an uncle die in a diving accident.   Gordy was quite the unique individual and left the car to Dale.  Dale had to decide between a project car (Camaro) and the running 72 GTO; he sold the Camaro.  Dale's mother was fighting cancer and had found the Camaro in a dealer lot and bought it as a Christmas present.  It was a mess: crappy paint, cheap 12:1 pistons, 305 cam, junk heads, non-functioning 3 speed trans., no drive shaft etc.  The idea was to get it driving while she was still with us - unfortunately we failed but she did hear it run.  We are still sorting thru issues: the 6 mile drive from his houses was with minimal power steering, leaky exhaust, no turn signals, etc.  The punch list is kinda long but we are hitting it hard.

The car looks tough going down the road - passing new Mustangs, Camaros and Challys the Camaro makes them look like puffed up pigs.



That's exactly what they are, too.  Good Job :-)
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« Reply #934 on: February 10, 2016, 10:49:09 AM »
It's not the voltage that'll kill you, it's the amperage.  Taser guns are a good example of this, they're usually around 50,000 volts but only a few milliamps.

Still shopping, I did find a LS1/T56 hardtop Z28 on LS1Tech but it would have to be some 500 miles away.  That's the only way I'd take a Camaro over the Firebird would be to get a hardtop.

Yeah I know, but our 440 lines has twice the amperage of our 220 lines.. So still glad to only get hit by the "smaller" line :)

Go for the LS1, they are pretty cool.. And just think of it as a roadtrip :)
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« Reply #935 on: February 10, 2016, 04:01:37 PM »
A road trip I'll have to convince someone to take me on. :P

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« Reply #936 on: February 12, 2016, 10:14:58 PM »
Gave my wife a dozen orange/maroon roses, a box of chocolates and a card.......a card with two tickets taped inside.....two tickets to friggin' AC/DC next weekend in a Suite at Scottrade Center  8) :P :shock: :-P 8)

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« Reply #937 on: February 12, 2016, 11:24:36 PM »
Newbe here. Great forum. Getting ready to paint my 73  TA and was wondering if anyone had advice on the fender flare welting. Is it best to paint on the flares or on a piece of metal and then installed carefully on the flare so everything gets covered. Picked this 73 up last year. Viper blue with "viper stripes". Looks to much like a friggin camero for me. This is my fist TA but have had a 1st gen since 1986. 15 years old then
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« Reply #938 on: February 13, 2016, 05:25:42 AM »
Welcome to TAC, looks like you have a great bird there, I would start a new thread in the lobby and post pics. My 72 is the same color as yours (which I will be change to lucerne). As far as the welting, its best to paint off the car using flex paint.




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« Reply #939 on: February 13, 2016, 07:13:21 AM »
Yesterday I... swapped out the front passenger side rim and tire on my Camry.  I SLAMMED into a curb the other day.  That bent the rim.  Caused all sorts of problems.  darn snow.

I was able to find a pristine full size spare at a junkyard.  Not a matching tread but oh well.

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« Reply #940 on: February 13, 2016, 10:38:13 AM »
That sounds like my yesterday sort of.  I did an alternator swap in the parking lot of an Advance Auto parts store.......not voluntarily.  Was heading home from work with the Mrs in the Sierra Denali and the battery light came on and the volt meter started to drop.  I knew the Advance was a few miles away so i made a quick detour and when i pulled in their parking lot i lost all the gauges so i pretty much knew what i was going to be doing for the next hour.  Fortunately they had the sockets i didnt have with me to do the job and got out of there fairly unscathed. Their stock replacement ended up being damaged so i got the 160 amp version and it bolted right up and it really wasnt that much more.  They charged the battery for me while i was doing this and luckily it didnt damage the battery although i will probably pick up a new one at work this week just to be on the safe side. Great way to start the weekend. :lol:
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« Reply #941 on: February 13, 2016, 03:08:40 PM »
Well it's been a week and I'm tired of car shopping already.  :-x

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« Reply #942 on: February 13, 2016, 08:43:14 PM »
Today I... had planned to tear my old oil furnace out (will be replaced in the near future with a propane/natural gas furnace).  O...M...F...G... what a job that was!@#$  We ended up breaking the outlet line on my water heater, too :-(  Luckily, it was a quick fix but I had to go across town to Lowes to get parts.

Then my pseudo f-i-l dropped by and saw what I was doing.  He said I'm crazy for tearing that out and that I should have just repaired the old one.  Ok... maybe that was feasible when that furnace was new...  20 years ago....

A new furnace can be had for under $1,000 these days.  After what I've been through this past year and a half, I think that's pretty cheap.
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« Reply #943 on: February 13, 2016, 09:54:23 PM »
...Then my pseudo f-i-l dropped by and saw what I was doing.  He said I'm crazy for tearing that out and that I should have just repaired the old one...

No.  The burner ducting/exchanger is good for 12 years - then start to crack.  Think CO poisoning.


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« Reply #944 on: February 14, 2016, 06:44:18 AM »
...Then my pseudo f-i-l dropped by and saw what I was doing.  He said I'm crazy for tearing that out and that I should have just repaired the old one...

No.  The burner ducting/exchanger is good for 12 years - then start to crack.  Think CO poisoning.

Thanks for the info.  I didn't want an oil furnace anyway.  I've heard and seen too many horror stories. 
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« Reply #945 on: February 14, 2016, 04:47:24 PM »
Not today, but yesterday I woke up to water dripping out of the ceiling fan in my living room :shock: ended up tearing out a sheet and a half of wet drywall, the supply to the bathroom faucet upstairs had a pin hole for some time and made a mess :sad: Things are all patched, now I need to repaint my ceiling.
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« Reply #946 on: February 14, 2016, 04:50:51 PM »
Froze my butt off,
 it was 25 below zero this am and ever got above -2 all day......................
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« Reply #947 on: February 14, 2016, 05:07:00 PM »
Froze my butt off,
 it was 25 below zero this am and ever got above -2 all day......................
Not today, but yesterday I woke up to water dripping out of the ceiling fan in my living room :shock: ended up tearing out a sheet and a half of wet drywall, the supply to the bathroom faucet upstairs had a pin hole for some time and made a mess :sad: Things are all patched, now I need to repaint my ceiling.

Both problems, my pipes froze, took me 7 hours to thaw everything out... I hate winter...




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« Reply #948 on: February 14, 2016, 05:47:01 PM »
Jack, I was lucky in that it wasn't a frozen pipe, but the supply line rotted away. I agree with you though, I am ready for spring. High 13 degrees today!
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« Reply #949 on: February 14, 2016, 06:39:34 PM »
Jack, I was lucky in that it wasn't a frozen pipe, but the supply line rotted away. I agree with you though, I am ready for spring. High 13 degrees today!

Today's high was 11, last night's low -8 (tonight -7) I don't ever remember it being this cold... what do you think Kerry, are we just getting old?




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« Reply #950 on: February 14, 2016, 07:05:26 PM »
Minus 18 this morning at my place. Got up to 10 today....think back one year, I think I'm getting off easy.
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« Reply #951 on: February 15, 2016, 07:21:08 AM »
Single digits to below zero for a couple of days and expected to reach 50 tomorrow.  This is ridiculous
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« Reply #952 on: February 15, 2016, 11:45:56 AM »
Fabricated a reverse lockout backdrive to clear the 70 Camaro's headers.  Dale like the original lockout feature and we did not want to rewire to run a switch on the trans.  It is a bit crude but works fine.  Reverse arm to bellcrank was a piece of 3/8's CR round stock zee'd and threaded for Heim joints.


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« Reply #953 on: February 15, 2016, 06:17:02 PM »
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« Reply #954 on: February 15, 2016, 06:24:33 PM »
Went to the parts store to get a new map sensor for the jeep. I would love to get paid for knowing nothing like parts store clerks are here!! I gave them the gm part number...."what car is this for?" Me; its part of this Howell efi kit....."oh huh this may be hard to get" Me; can't you look it up by the gm part number? "I guess we can try but it may not work"........click click click click.......ok we can get it. WHY IS THIS SO HARD!

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

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« Reply #955 on: February 15, 2016, 06:36:25 PM »

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H

And that's not even common core math!   :lol:
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« Reply #956 on: February 16, 2016, 08:50:41 AM »
Went to the parts store to get a new map sensor for the jeep. I would love to get paid for knowing nothing like parts store clerks are here!! I gave them the gm part number...."what car is this for?" Me; its part of this Howell efi kit....."oh huh this may be hard to get" Me; can't you look it up by the gm part number? "I guess we can try but it may not work"........click click click click.......ok we can get it. WHY IS THIS SO HARD!

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H

Being a part time counterman myself, I can now see where that stupidity comes from.  At least half of these guys know next to nothing about cars.  They are hired for their retail sales abilities/experience (*cough* our store manager *cough*).  Yeah, the computer helps a little, but most of them have come to rely too heavily on what the screen tells them.
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« Reply #957 on: February 16, 2016, 09:26:17 AM »
Jack, thanks for the belated, and yes, we are getting too old!!
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« Reply #958 on: February 16, 2016, 09:38:41 AM »
Went to the parts store to get a new map sensor for the jeep. I would love to get paid for knowing nothing like parts store clerks are here!! I gave them the gm part number...."what car is this for?" Me; its part of this Howell efi kit....."oh huh this may be hard to get" Me; can't you look it up by the gm part number? "I guess we can try but it may not work"........click click click click.......ok we can get it. WHY IS THIS SO HARD!

I had to teach them last week how to read serpentine belt sizes K0600910=6 ribs 91 inches long and I needed an 88 inch long belt and he couldn't figure out how to look it up.........part number K06000880!!!!!!

Tom H

Being a part time counterman myself, I can now see where that stupidity comes from.  At least half of these guys know next to nothing about cars.  They are hired for their retail sales abilities/experience (*cough* our store manager *cough*).  Yeah, the computer helps a little, but most of them have come to rely too heavily on what the screen tells them.
Educated Idiots is the proper term, if they didnt read it in a book they think it wont work. What ever "it" is.
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« Reply #959 on: February 16, 2016, 10:57:21 AM »
...covered the shifter knob of my Trans Am in leather as it was originally :

First step, I took a piece of cheap bycast leather to shape the pattern. You need contact cement for this. I used pictures of an original knob to know how it's supposed to be cut and sewn :


I made marks to be sure I could glue it back properly. I marked the stitching holes. :


I removed the leather and made the pattern :


Then I cut the final leather, made the holes or the stitching with my machine and glued it back on. It's rather tricky here.


And finally, I did the baseball stitch :




It looks so much better now with the shifter in the correct color.
Fran├žois Martinez (from France)
- 1974 Firebird Formula 400
- 1984 Firebird Trans Am HO - L69 - T5 - W62

Re: Today I...
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