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Re: Today I...
« Reply #1160 on: March 27, 2016, 05:55:02 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.

That's actually pretty FRIKKIN cheap.  Sounds to me like you got a good deal.


Yesterday I...  finally got around to replacing the heater core in the womans Jeep.  The initial problem was intermittent heat and a strong antifreeze smell in the cab.  Pulling that core is not a small job.  It took me 3 hours to tear the dash out.  Upon inspection, that core was bone dry and the bottom was all corroded. 


Then, it took another 4 hours to reinstall everything.  After topping the coolant off and a test drive, WOW!  She now has heat from the infernal depths of Hell  :shock:
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1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

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« Reply #1161 on: March 27, 2016, 07:27:50 PM »
Yea. Friend of mine, not much to the st10, however  got it all bolted up ready to go, started filling, got half a quart of lube in and it starts dripping between the two halves...........will be dropping it off at his shop six thirty tomorrow morning on my way to job, disappointed to say the least.
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« Reply #1162 on: March 27, 2016, 08:31:25 PM »
I didn't tell you guys about the latest truck fiascos did I?
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« Reply #1163 on: March 27, 2016, 09:08:47 PM »
I didn't tell you guys about the latest truck fiascos did I?


All ears...
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« Reply #1164 on: March 27, 2016, 09:51:29 PM »
Did it catch on fire? :eek:

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« Reply #1165 on: March 28, 2016, 05:36:19 AM »
I didn't tell you guys about the latest truck fiascos did I?


All ears...
The transmission went out in the '03 Duramax(Crewcab Longbed) awhile back,  so it sits until my brother gets the $$$ to rebuild it. We get it back from the shop, hook it up and it doesnt move. Starts but doesnt move, after checking EVERYTHING multiple times we still have no clue whats causing it to not move. Eventually it gets to the point where we can move it with 3rd and reverse so since all of our trucks except the D-Max are 1500 gassers we have to borrow a truck.

A family member has a 7.3 PowerChoke Dually  we can use to tow it with, but it has a broken rear brake lines we have to fix first. It had been sitting for 6 months, so the batterys are bad. We sat there for 2 hours with a battery charger hooked up on it until it finally starts. We drive it home on back roads with no problem and fix the brakelines with an issue.  We hook up the trailer and load the D-Max(remember..crewcab longbed) and my brother takes off to take it the guy who did the transmission rebuild and the dually gets 2 flats on the same side. *fun part* We get out there with tools to change the tires but run into a problem, the outside wheel is Aluminum, with the inside wheel being steel. And Ford has the wheels flush/tight against the steel hub if you can see where this is going. The outside aluminum wheel bonded to the hub and inside wheel. We try everything you can think of to get that wheel off, we were there for 6 hours trying to get that rim off and my brother just gives up and limps it home @5MPH. The D-Max did get delived to the trans shop because he broke down right around the corner. We still havent gotten the rims off too.

 
I spent 4 hours underneath a truck my brother bought, on blocks in a field with a locked axle and seized rear disc brakes. Then we semi cleaned it out,empty jack daniel bottles and beer cans 3 deep on the floorboard and a longbed full of trash. Had a running Gen 3 4.8 though, no key so steering wheel was locked up along with a bent driveshaft along with a trashed half-shaft. Getting that on the trailer was fun, jacking it up on the pumpkin then pull the rear end with the winch to inch the rear end up on the ramps.


     
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« Reply #1166 on: March 28, 2016, 08:16:40 AM »
Did you try drivning with the wheel lugs losened up a bit? Some Hard breaking usually breaks the wheel lose without much effort.. But I have only done it with passenger cars, never on a truck..
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« Reply #1167 on: March 28, 2016, 08:27:49 AM »
Did you try drivning with the wheel lugs losened up a bit? Some Hard breaking usually breaks the wheel lose without much effort.. But I have only done it with passenger cars, never on a truck..
yeah we did that, we also put a 4"x6" between the wheels to seperate them.
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« Reply #1168 on: March 29, 2016, 12:16:59 AM »
Leave it to automobiles to be a pain in the backside.

So I've been thinking about getting some small(5" or so, maybe bigger on the front) outlined '77 phoenix decals in purple(favourite colour) to put onto the piece between the tail lights and onto the nose cone since my bird is devoid of birds. :P  Thinking small and outlined since it'd be more subtle and modern looking and not trying to copy the late seconds gens outright which I've seen before and doesn't look right in my opinion.  Found it on eBay, what's in white is the decal with everything else being transparent:

Can't really decide one way or another, but I'm leaning more towards just the one on that back piece since I'm meh on the idea of putting a decal onto paint.

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« Reply #1169 on: March 29, 2016, 08:14:20 AM »
Leave it to automobiles to be a pain in the backside.

So I've been thinking about getting some small(5" or so, maybe bigger on the front) outlined '77 phoenix decals in purple(favourite colour) to put onto the piece between the tail lights and onto the nose cone since my bird is devoid of birds. :P  Thinking small and outlined since it'd be more subtle and modern looking and not trying to copy the late seconds gens outright which I've seen before and doesn't look right in my opinion.  Found it on eBay, what's in white is the decal with everything else being transparent:

Can't really decide one way or another, but I'm leaning more towards just the one on that back piece since I'm meh on the idea of putting a decal onto paint.

how about a small bird on the rear pillars ? I think that could work..

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« Reply #1170 on: March 29, 2016, 08:28:05 AM »
77 T/A man, so what I am getting out of this is that a FORD with flat tires and bad brakes still pulled a chevy on a trailer to be repaired. That's why I buy Ford trucks. lol.
Kidding aside, sounds like it was a pretty sucky time, hopefully things will work out well for you.
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« Reply #1171 on: March 29, 2016, 09:14:33 AM »
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.

Forget what I said, I had a better look at it today with a large pointy metal tool, it's way too rusty to be worth saving. The entire driver floor is very thin and it didn't take much effort to poke through all along the sill and many other areas. It was fun thinking about what I could do with it, but in the end, I'm much better off finding another one, cleaner, that I could use the parts I have left on it. But I'd better use the money for the Mustangs and the Formula !
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« Reply #1172 on: March 29, 2016, 01:04:59 PM »
how about a small bird on the rear pillars ? I think that could work..
I thought about that too as there's a plastic trim piece between the window and sail panel, but I'll have to measure it out as it's fairly small and not sure if the decals are made small enough.  That or I could do the sail panels if I'm not averse to putting decals onto paint, then would do the nose cone too.  I'll go and measure things out later.

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« Reply #1173 on: March 31, 2016, 06:37:40 PM »
I'm waiting on my PTFB solid body bushings, once I get those its hammer time on putting my mess back together.
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« Reply #1174 on: March 31, 2016, 06:52:16 PM »
Today I... got home from work and eagerly awaited a highly recommended roofing guy - who never showed up!  Grrrrrrrrrrr.

Also, while waiting, I did some more electrical work in my basement.  FINALLY figured out why I had no power in my living room closet.  Man that took some tracking down.  Turns out I had an OLD subpanel up in the basement joists, and had no idea it was there!  Well it had all the wiring and good fuses but the hot lead had long since been torn out.
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« Reply #1175 on: March 31, 2016, 07:24:00 PM »
Put about 40 miles on the 71 today. It was near 70F out today, but by Monday it'll be 40F again  :???:
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« Reply #1176 on: March 31, 2016, 08:02:59 PM »
Put about 40 miles on the 71 today. It was near 70F out today, but by Monday it'll be 40F again  :???:

Man, when you post stuff like that you need to include a photo  :shock:

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« Reply #1177 on: April 01, 2016, 01:59:23 PM »
Bought a gift for the Firebird. 8)

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« Reply #1178 on: April 01, 2016, 02:04:37 PM »
pics???

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« Reply #1179 on: April 01, 2016, 04:05:22 PM »
I did the cnc programming for the plates that will change the center of gravity for the rear mount on my rotissery.  The plan is to cut them Monday at lunchtime on the mill.

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« Reply #1180 on: April 01, 2016, 05:37:45 PM »
pics???
I'm sure probably everyone here will question it, but that's ok:

Was wanting a round knob since I find them the most comfortable and found this one for only $5 more than a plain jane knob so why not, plus it's made here in the USA.  First gear I choose you! :lol:

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« Reply #1181 on: April 01, 2016, 05:41:38 PM »
Pretty cool, could have made it an 8 ball....but as long as you good with it, that's what matters

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« Reply #1182 on: April 01, 2016, 08:38:07 PM »
I want to say it's the same size as a billiard ball.  Back story my childhood was Japanese rpg's and animes, but now I can make witty Pokemon remarks while driving. :lol:

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« Reply #1183 on: April 01, 2016, 09:28:41 PM »
haha, you could get along with my friends on my motorcycle forum, they keep going off with the pokemon references :lol:

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« Reply #1184 on: April 01, 2016, 10:13:03 PM »
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL

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« Reply #1185 on: April 02, 2016, 07:31:20 PM »
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL

Oh jeez!  HAHAHAH!!!!

Today I... did some more electrical remodeling in my basement.  I don't know what the guy was thinking, who did the job before me.....  but OMG I must have torn out at least 300 feet of wire already.  It's all a cluster-F of different color/gauge wire everywhere, no junction boxes, and bad splices everywhere.

I'm surprised the place didn't burn down 15 years ago.
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« Reply #1186 on: April 02, 2016, 07:49:36 PM »
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL

Oh jeez!  HAHAHAH!!!!

Today I... did some more electrical remodeling in my basement.  I don't know what the guy was thinking, who did the job before me.....  but OMG I must have torn out at least 300 feet of wire already.  It's all a cluster-F of different color/gauge wire everywhere, no junction boxes, and bad splices everywhere.

I'm surprised the place didn't burn down 15 years ago.
Welcome to the electrical version of my Trans Am! Have fun ;) lol
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« Reply #1187 on: April 02, 2016, 08:10:48 PM »
My first thought of it was a minion. LOL

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« Reply #1188 on: April 02, 2016, 10:09:19 PM »
today I.... am officially a TA owner, my first one evaaaaaaaaa :) more to come shortly, of course including pics!!! and already 170+miles under my belt in the new ride!!!

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« Reply #1189 on: April 03, 2016, 04:05:27 PM »
kali_74TA: Congrats!


Today I..... pulled into a gas station to get gas. While pumping, a truck pulls up on other side of pump. The guy gets out walks over and says "Is that an 80?" I said yes it was. He said I could tell by the bird. Not to many people can identify a car year just by the bird. It could easily have been the more popular 79. So today I .... was impressed.
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« Reply #1190 on: April 03, 2016, 08:44:57 PM »
Cleaned random dash components like the cigarette lighter, headlight and wiper switches.  Ground off rust on the guages and carefully applying some clear-coat.  Stripped the paint off the metal surround on the 4-speed boot.  Cleaned the etching primer off the rubber boot that the previous shop over-sprayed on it.  My wife tacked the taillight harness.  Not an easy job, so great to have her on board with all this.  Painted and clear on the air cleaner cover.  Not happy with the results, so might strip and try again.

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« Reply #1191 on: April 03, 2016, 08:49:02 PM »
Thanks Rickard!

Today I... cleaned the hall out of the TA, both on the inside and outside - looks good, found stuff that needs to be fixed and did something to the driver side mirror and is kind of not flush, looks like i'll have to take some parts off the car to get into the mirror screws on the inside to try to fix it (for a fact i know there was a loose screw on the inside of the mirror when i moved the mirror away from the car a bit)

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« Reply #1192 on: April 03, 2016, 09:07:37 PM »
...found out the bondo on my lower quarters was an inch thick.... no joke.

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« Reply #1193 on: April 03, 2016, 10:59:36 PM »
^At times I think Bondo should be illegal.

Adjusted the hood again, my OCD knows no bounds but at least it's perfect now.

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« Reply #1194 on: April 04, 2016, 05:07:45 AM »
Installed my stereo and speakers and powered up the electrical system for the first time since i have owned the car (about 7 years) and to my amazement the clock started ticking away!

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« Reply #1195 on: April 04, 2016, 12:32:55 PM »
I like the shifter knob box, have no idea what it is though! My son was into pokemon and my grandson love the "minwins" as he calls them from the movie "pickle on me"
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« Reply #1196 on: April 04, 2016, 12:35:09 PM »
...my engine builder called me a bit ago. He had no bad news which I was kinda surprised about. Said my motor did not look too bad, considering it has sat for 4 yrs or so. Also said he is going to be ready for install into my car first part of May. I need to get my butt in gear to get things ready now.
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« Reply #1197 on: April 04, 2016, 12:37:13 PM »
...my engine builder called me a bit ago. He had no bad news which I was kinda surprised about. Said my motor did not look too bad, considering it has sat for 4 yrs or so. Also said he is going to be ready for install into my car first part of May. I need to get my butt in gear to get things ready now.

that's some nice news, not having something be wrong is very nice!!!!


me...i drove to work (usually commute via other ride share means) and had couple car guys go check my ride out, i started it and ---- LOL ---- alarms went off  8-)

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« Reply #1198 on: April 04, 2016, 02:17:47 PM »
me...i drove to work (usually commute via other ride share means) and had couple car guys go check my ride out, i started it and ---- LOL ---- alarms went off  8-)

Awesome!  Your new ride looks nice and you seem to be enjoying it.  Cheers to that.  :)

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« Reply #1199 on: April 04, 2016, 02:23:18 PM »
me...i drove to work (usually commute via other ride share means) and had couple car guys go check my ride out, i started it and ---- LOL ---- alarms went off  8-)

Awesome!  Your new ride looks nice and you seem to be enjoying it.  Cheers to that.  :)

thank you, and yeah, so far a blast  :grin:

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« Reply #1199 on: April 04, 2016, 02:23:18 PM »
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