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Re: Today I...
« Reply #1120 on: March 18, 2016, 05:27:03 PM »
Changed out the PCV valve and grommet, then popped in a new driver side window switch.  Also spliced together the radio harness adapter so that'll be ready for putting in my stereo, will change out the hatch struts tomorrow as well.

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« Reply #1121 on: March 18, 2016, 08:13:31 PM »
Sprayed the first color on the Formula. I got the front fender jams done. Two coats of PPG Deltron DBC Buccaneer Red. I did the engine bay surface of the front fenders, along with the wheel well edge, edge where it meets the front bumper, and the surface at the rear that forms the front edge of the door jam.

Pictures don't do the color justice. It looks amazing. I'm planning to lay two coats of SPI clear over it tomorrow.


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« Reply #1122 on: March 19, 2016, 12:08:15 AM »
Took my daughter to a hockey game (Everett Silvertips).  Bought a pair of season tix from a scalper right behind the goal, 1st row.  Near the end of the 1st period a rink helper asked if we were season ticket holders (well, we WERE holding a pair...) and my daughter did a intermission contest - she won a FitBit.

Guy to here right won a Galaxy 6.



I got yelled at for beating on the glass to startle opposing players (well, duh...)   :lol:  Good thing the ushers don't work Philly games.

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« Reply #1123 on: March 19, 2016, 04:32:41 AM »
Changed out the PCV valve and grommet, then popped in a new driver side window switch.  Also spliced together the radio harness adapter so that'll be ready for putting in my stereo, will change out the hatch struts tomorrow as well.

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« Reply #1124 on: March 19, 2016, 12:51:34 PM »
Could wait no longer.  Pulled all the dryer sheets out of my 98.  Removed the trickle charger.  It started right up and I drove slow and easy around the block a couple of times.  Back in the garage and covered.  Will have to wait for the real driving when the full insurance reinstates in a couple of weeks.

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« Reply #1125 on: March 19, 2016, 01:29:11 PM »
Not really so much problems but small things that needed addressed.  I always change the PCV out when I buy a car since a failed valve can cause pressure to build up and blow out gaskets and seals, though the original one was still useable.  The driver window switch the button for the passenger side had broken from its pivot point and a new switch was only $10 shipped, the hatch struts are blown and holding it open with my head got old real quick, then the factory radio the display is dead but I had planned on putting my stereo in anyway.  The rest will be fun stuff like exhaust, but I'm waiting on MagnaFlow to get make more of the mufflers I want to use.

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« Reply #1126 on: March 19, 2016, 04:47:06 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.
Where was this?  Think I've been there...

Damons Junk in E.Bridgewater

I dealt with the owner and he seemed like a really cool guy. Really old school. He's been there his whole life.
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« Reply #1127 on: March 19, 2016, 07:19:10 PM »
ordered rivnuts for the front swaybar.  this will be fun. get to make a tool.

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« Reply #1128 on: March 19, 2016, 08:01:41 PM »
Got the stereo in, so wooooo.

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« Reply #1129 on: March 19, 2016, 08:26:49 PM »
Any pics?
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« Reply #1130 on: March 19, 2016, 09:16:09 PM »
After I finished getting it in I went to visit my grandmother for awhile so I forgot to snap a picture, I was about to go out and finish setting up the EQ and etc...  Can get a picture then.

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« Reply #1131 on: March 20, 2016, 12:52:17 AM »
Good night time pic, will have to get a daytime one later when doing the hatch struts.

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« Reply #1132 on: March 20, 2016, 09:40:37 AM »
Looks cool at night. Do the radio controls on the steering wheel still function with the new stereo?

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« Reply #1133 on: March 20, 2016, 11:48:21 AM »
I love the red lighting on the 4th gens. That was one of my favorite things on my WS6.
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« Reply #1134 on: March 20, 2016, 12:28:54 PM »
At the moment the steering wheel controls aren't working with it, but if I find a GM to Sony adapter they'll work again.  It's not too hard to to pop the radio back out to do such thankfully.

I always thought the red lighting was cool too, it's one of the more detailed memories of my mom's '95 T/A when I was a kid.  The stereo I put in has a custom colour function, tried to get it as close as possible.

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« Reply #1135 on: March 20, 2016, 03:30:48 PM »
 Spent the day with "Murphy"

 I drilled out a broken hinge bolt, Broke the easy out off in it. Broke 3 drill bits and half the tip on needle nose pliers. But got it all out with usable threads left.

  Then I took out 3 bolts from the spinning rivnuts on the front sway bar.   Ground the edge on one side and put a weld bead so nut does not spin anymore.   

 Darn tired. Did not put parts back on. 

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« Reply #1136 on: March 20, 2016, 03:57:08 PM »
Cleaned the interior plastic panels and put on a coat of SEM Landeau Black.  Loosk nice.  Starting repairs on the headlinder now.

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« Reply #1137 on: March 20, 2016, 06:37:00 PM »
Washed it and reset the hood gap as it was off somewhat and bothering me, also put on new wiper blades so I can see in the rain again.  Also snapped a pic of the radio while I was thinking about it.  It's purple with the lights off but as soon as the gauges etc... light up with the sidemarkers it goes red, pretty nifty feature.

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« Reply #1138 on: March 20, 2016, 08:05:48 PM »
Today my restoration became a frame off restoration...


Hoping to get it and the control arms off to the powdercoaters this week.

All of this work has me really questioning my decision to go back with the factory springs. I'm thinking something from PTFB might fit the bill, but I can't make up my mind.
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #1139 on: March 20, 2016, 08:54:10 PM »
Unless you're wanting to keep it all original I wouldn't see why not on upgrading the suspension.

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« Reply #1140 on: March 20, 2016, 09:16:08 PM »
Unless you're wanting to keep it all original I wouldn't see why not on upgrading the suspension.

I've already committed to C5 brakes up front and LS1 brakes in the rear, C5 master cylinder/booster conversion, and del-a-lum bushings all around with solid body bushings. My car came with the T/A suspension option, so it has the bigger springs and swaybars already, but I think the PTFB stuff might be a step in the right direction. I'm just not sure how harsh it will make the ride. I'm planning on 17x9 Honeycombs with 255/50/17 rubber, so it won't be as harsh as the 275/40/17 stuff, but I still don't want it knocking out my teeth. I ran Hotchkis springs on my '88 GTA, and they were about as stiff as I'd ever want to have on a street car.
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« Reply #1141 on: March 20, 2016, 11:07:09 PM »
"upgraded" does not always mean better - as you say too stiff a spring makes and unpleasant ride.  I like the Herb Adams approach: softer springs and thicker bars.

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« Reply #1142 on: March 21, 2016, 12:52:32 PM »
Heres two pushrods I pulled out of a 400 I tore down recently. The twisted up one was on the intake side, the snapped in half one I found in the oil pan. The other half was resting in the valley.  :shock:

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« Reply #1143 on: March 21, 2016, 01:11:27 PM »
Those are pretty ugly, I don't know much about motors but aren't those supposed to be straight!!!
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« Reply #1144 on: March 21, 2016, 01:13:26 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.
Where was this?  Think I've been there...

Damons Junk in E.Bridgewater

I dealt with the owner and he seemed like a really cool guy. Really old school. He's been there his whole life.
I bought a truck bumper from him a few months ago,  Wes I believe his name is.
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« Reply #1145 on: March 21, 2016, 01:44:48 PM »
Heres two pushrods I pulled out of a 400 I tore down recently. The twisted up one was on the intake side, the snapped in half one I found in the oil pan. The other half was resting in the valley.  :shock:


Maybe it belonged to a psychic at one point? :lol:

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« Reply #1146 on: March 21, 2016, 02:10:25 PM »
I bought a truck bumper from him a few months ago,  Wes I believe his name is.

Correct! I forgot his name.
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« Reply #1147 on: March 21, 2016, 02:29:51 PM »
Heres two pushrods I pulled out of a 400 I tore down recently. The twisted up one was on the intake side, the snapped in half one I found in the oil pan. The other half was resting in the valley.  :shock:




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« Reply #1148 on: March 21, 2016, 08:19:03 PM »
Washed it and reset the hood gap as it was off somewhat and bothering me, also put on new wiper blades so I can see in the rain again.  Also snapped a pic of the radio while I was thinking about it.  It's purple with the lights off but as soon as the gauges etc... light up with the sidemarkers it goes red, pretty nifty feature.


Those HVAC controls look exactly like what I had in my 2001 Pontiac Sunfire.  Want a cool mod?  Peel the gray covers off and you will have clear HVAC knobs.  They will light up with whatever color bulb is in the dash.

Did that, and many other "all show no go" mods to that old Sunfire.  It was a definite chick magnet back in the day  :-D  :cool:
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« Reply #1149 on: March 24, 2016, 11:47:38 AM »
Today I got the other spoiler cap painted...the center spoiler section is going to kill me I think. Hand sanding 5 layers of paint with 180grit isnt fun. Especially since I dont want to use filler on the rock chips/scratches so its paint, sand down and repeat until the most of the imperfections are filled with paint and flush with the surface.
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« Reply #1150 on: March 24, 2016, 12:31:32 PM »
Those HVAC controls look exactly like what I had in my 2001 Pontiac Sunfire.  Want a cool mod?  Peel the gray covers off and you will have clear HVAC knobs.  They will light up with whatever color bulb is in the dash.

Did that, and many other "all show no go" mods to that old Sunfire.  It was a definite chick magnet back in the day  :-D  :cool:
Thanks I might just do that, at the moment they're kind of grungy looking which is weird and bothersome since the rest of the interior is in such good shape.

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« Reply #1151 on: March 24, 2016, 09:47:41 PM »
Today I... spoke to the owner of a 2000 WS6 6 Speed Manual TA, maybe will go look at tomorrow. Here is link to the thread where I also have a couple questions while showing the on-line listing for the car: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=73818.new#new

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« Reply #1152 on: March 24, 2016, 09:54:06 PM »
Programmed a remote for it my father still had from his Z28.  For the first time ever I won't have to grasp at the door at night to find the lock and guide the key in, or I won't have to fumble with keys when it's raining or my arms are full.  Wooo!

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« Reply #1153 on: March 24, 2016, 10:04:58 PM »
Box, nice on the remote - for sure a great thing to have, gratz!

BTW, check out my on-line listing, am sure you will have some input and can help with some of the questions!!! :)

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« Reply #1154 on: March 26, 2016, 03:40:49 PM »
Changed out the hatch struts finally, that and used my Meguiar's air freshener I had gotten for it.

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« Reply #1155 on: March 26, 2016, 03:49:47 PM »
Gave a good pressure wash to my '89 parts car that's been sitting outside for the past few years. It hasn't got much worse than how it was back in 2010. I'm seriously considering rebuilding it, despite its missing parts. Gotta have to find a good source of parts not too far. It needs a door, a front fender some front end parts, many interior parts...and an engine. It has some rust but nothing very serious. The carpet got the same treatment, it's in decent condition.
We will modify an old building of the farm to make a basic storage garage. Way more room in there than we'll ever need. It's got a concrete floor already.
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« Reply #1156 on: March 26, 2016, 07:31:01 PM »
The 98 is officially out of winter storage.  Oil change, tire rotation and a few miles in the seat.  Chatted with the service guy that commented he was pleased to see a car was so well cared for.  Met a guy at the bank that commented on the car and asked if it was a 6 speed.  Yes, it is.  He asked, 'Have you been to the TA Nationals?" Then proceeded to put up his sweatshirt to reveal a 2014 Participant shirt... Yes, I was there with my 98.  Insanely small world.  A good day.

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« Reply #1157 on: March 26, 2016, 07:46:03 PM »
Got my 4 speed back in, been sitting next to my car for a week after I got it back from rebuild, if I can get out  in the morning to finish bolting up maby an Easter ride????  Anyway happy Easter to all!
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« Reply #1158 on: March 27, 2016, 05:25:27 AM »
Ballpark price on the 4 speed rebuild?
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« Reply #1159 on: March 27, 2016, 05:50:01 AM »
Bearing Kit.....Gasket&seal kit...small parts kit...1-2 sincro drum assembly    $614.80   parts and labor
He showed me all old and new parts, the 1-2 thing was some kind of spring thing that was why it started jumping out of 2nd on deceleration. Heading out to shop now to start bolting everthing back up. Still have a couple small items to address after that before I take it down from winter cribbing.
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« Reply #1159 on: March 27, 2016, 05:50:01 AM »
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