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« Reply #1240 on: April 08, 2016, 08:12:57 PM »
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
How high of an RPM were you driving at?
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« Reply #1241 on: April 08, 2016, 09:15:20 PM »
A 5.3 in a fullsize truck isn't going to be a rocket ship, but take it out of a 6000lb vehicle and put it in something that weighs half as much and they really start to shine.

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« Reply #1242 on: April 09, 2016, 01:46:33 AM »
Went to buy the cold air intake I had saved and they're all sold out, lame.  Seeing as I ordered a new serpentine belt I figured it'd be a good time for that since all the intake stuff has to come off to change the belt anyway and it could use a new air filter.  Really it's because the standard LT1 intake is just garbage, plus I want to hear that wonderful induction noise.

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« Reply #1243 on: April 09, 2016, 05:19:16 AM »
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
How high of an RPM were you driving at?

Oh, I never really went above 20 mph.  I couldn't take it out of the parking lot.
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« Reply #1244 on: April 09, 2016, 02:39:23 PM »
Out of curiosity...would anybody here be interested in buying handmade 550 Paracord bracelets?
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« Reply #1245 on: April 09, 2016, 02:57:09 PM »
Boy it's a small world.  Everyone knows I'm looking for a Silverado.

So, today I... went to AutoZone for some brake cleaner and to dump some old oil.  The old boss was there - driving a friends 02 Silverado.  I asked him about it and he all like yeah here take it for a spin.  SWEET!!!

I must say, I'm NOT impressed with the so called power behind the 5.3L engine.  Fact remains that their reputation precedes them for reliability and longevity.  I'm still shopping for one lol.
How high of an RPM were you driving at?

Oh, I never really went above 20 mph.  I couldn't take it out of the parking lot.

I felt the same when I first drove my Wife's Tahoe. Its not much in the lower RPM's but get on it and it moves out!
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« Reply #1246 on: April 09, 2016, 03:13:32 PM »
Started teardown and rebuild of my steering column. I thought I bought a hub puller long ago but it was the wrong thing. I went to the autozone, told the girl what I was after, she said they had it for rent. I grabbed it and to my surprise the "rental" is free!! and it was a brand new tool. Worked like a charm. Now I need a couple of screws that I will have to go after tomorrow morning to finish it up.
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« Reply #1247 on: April 09, 2016, 08:22:00 PM »
Started teardown and rebuild of my steering column. I thought I bought a hub puller long ago but it was the wrong thing. I went to the autozone, told the girl what I was after, she said they had it for rent. I grabbed it and to my surprise the "rental" is free!! and it was a brand new tool. Worked like a charm. Now I need a couple of screws that I will have to go after tomorrow morning to finish it up.

Ahh AutoZone.  I only *half* miss working there.  The pay was garbage and the customers were less than legal, but lol it was kind of fun while it lasted.

Oh btw, the rumors are true.  At least 70% of countermen are complete idiots and only know what their computer tells them.  I can count several times I took phone calls for muffler bearings, headlight fluid, and one person even called for an "oil filter sandwich".
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« Reply #1248 on: April 09, 2016, 11:34:38 PM »
Started teardown and rebuild of my steering column. I thought I bought a hub puller long ago but it was the wrong thing. I went to the autozone, told the girl what I was after, she said they had it for rent. I grabbed it and to my surprise the "rental" is free!! and it was a brand new tool. Worked like a charm. Now I need a couple of screws that I will have to go after tomorrow morning to finish it up.

Ahh AutoZone.  I only *half* miss working there.  The pay was garbage and the customers were less than legal, but lol it was kind of fun while it lasted.

Oh btw, the rumors are true.  At least 70% of countermen are complete idiots and only know what their computer tells them.  I can count several times I took phone calls for muffler bearings, headlight fluid, and one person even called for an "oil filter sandwich".

one of the best prank calls, and even mentions the headlight fluid at about 30 seconds in  :lol:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FefIzya7fw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FefIzya7fw</a>

-------also today i went by to talk to my mechanic about the 79 he is working on, will be updating my restore thread shortly...  :-?

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« Reply #1249 on: April 09, 2016, 11:56:47 PM »
Meh, my mom knows more about cars than a lot of men.  In fact she's the one that taught me and my brother.  What's sad is there are shops out there like that that take advantage of mechanically declined men and women alike.

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« Reply #1250 on: April 10, 2016, 06:48:59 AM »
Meh, my mom knows more about cars than a lot of men.  In fact she's the one that taught me and my brother.  What's sad is there are shops out there like that that take advantage of mechanically declined men and women alike.

Yep, a corrupt Ford dealership tried that crap with my brother when his 97 Rustang needed freeze plugs.  $3000 for a job that required replacing a $45 part.  The vehicle isn't even worth half of that.  I went over to that dealer and let my mouth open hard.  LoL I'm lucky they didn't call the cops. 

In the end, I got the keys off the stealership and we drove that POS home, topping off the antifreeze every couple of miles.  I yanked the engine myself, replace ALL the freeze plugs, and had him back on the road in less than 3 days. 

I just reminded myself of another reason I will never again buy a Ford.
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« Reply #1251 on: April 10, 2016, 07:39:55 AM »
In defense of auto store employees, if someone has a vast knowledge of the mechanicals of a car I'm sure they can make more money as a mechanic rather than the parts counter. I feel the same way everytime I go into a HD or Lowes, they always ask if you need help, and the few times I cant find something and ask them they look like a deer in the headlights. 'Caff, I can tell you stories of our local ford dealer as well,  he also owns the local Harley dealer and I travel a great distance to avoid using either one.
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« Reply #1252 on: April 10, 2016, 03:59:36 PM »
Today I...attemped to put on the body bushings. The back ones came off no problem, and the PTFB solids went on with no problems. Then the middle passenger one became free spinning and the driverside is stuck good.
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« Reply #1253 on: April 10, 2016, 05:00:51 PM »
....fixed, hopefully, the gutters in the back - hopefully no leaks thru couple of the spots and all rain water goes into the barrels as intended.

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« Reply #1254 on: April 10, 2016, 06:08:23 PM »
Cleaned and conditioned the dash, you have to be a freaking contortionist to get it all. :-x

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« Reply #1255 on: April 10, 2016, 06:13:03 PM »
windows are not the easiest either :lol:

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« Reply #1256 on: April 10, 2016, 07:28:30 PM »
They make windshield cleaning tools though that help with that, think I might look for a similar tool to use for the dash cap.

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« Reply #1257 on: April 10, 2016, 07:38:12 PM »
They make windshield cleaning tools though that help with that, think I might look for a similar tool to use for the dash cap.

Nah, save a few bucks and practice contortion!  :P
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« Reply #1258 on: April 10, 2016, 07:51:03 PM »
They make windshield cleaning tools though that help with that, think I might look for a similar tool to use for the dash cap.

Guess I'm not surprised since they pretty much make things for everything....but if you find something, post it up, would be interested to see what kind of help one can get for window and dash cleaning...

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« Reply #1259 on: April 10, 2016, 10:10:53 PM »
Getting in and out is enough of a contortion act, and yet I'm wanting to lower it.

Think I found something that might work:
http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Glass-Reach-Clean-95161/dp/B0017K69MA?ie=UTF8&keywords=windshield%20cleaner&qid=1460346495&ref_=sr_1_1&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&sr=8-1
Looks like one bonnet would be good for glass and another for the dash all in one tool.

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« Reply #1260 on: April 10, 2016, 10:38:25 PM »
looks pretty good and like you said could be used for both potentially, if you decide to get it give some feedback

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« Reply #1261 on: April 10, 2016, 10:52:11 PM »
I thought I remembered seeing them at Wal-Mart for less, according to their site they're $12 and some change, then sales tax but even then it's a little less and no waiting on shipping.  Guess will check it out the next time I'm there.

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« Reply #1262 on: April 10, 2016, 11:14:24 PM »
i was at the store today, should have looked for something... oh well, next time

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« Reply #1263 on: April 11, 2016, 07:39:45 AM »
Today I...attemped to put on the body bushings. The back ones came off no problem, and the PTFB solids went on with no problems. Then the middle passenger one became free spinning and the driverside is stuck good.

I feel your pain, I had to remove the inner fender to get to the passenger side nut, and weld that in.. also ended up cutting the floor under the driver seat to get to that nut..

I took the first drive with new solid bushings yesterday, and it has firmed the entire car up a lot!

Greetings from Northern Europe :-)

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« Reply #1264 on: April 11, 2016, 10:41:35 AM »
Today I...attemped to put on the body bushings. The back ones came off no problem, and the PTFB solids went on with no problems. Then the middle passenger one became free spinning and the driverside is stuck good.

I feel your pain, I had to remove the inner fender to get to the passenger side nut, and weld that in.. also ended up cutting the floor under the driver seat to get to that nut..

I took the first drive with new solid bushings yesterday, and it has firmed the entire car up a lot!

Might be time for me to look into these, as well.  I currently have only the factory replacement bushings.
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« Reply #1265 on: April 11, 2016, 06:16:55 PM »
Yes  replaced mine two winters ago also added SFC.  Well worth the effort.
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« Reply #1266 on: April 12, 2016, 09:53:28 AM »
Cleaned and conditioned the dash, you have to be a freaking contortionist to get it all. :-x

Box, what do you use for conditioning the dash?

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« Reply #1267 on: April 12, 2016, 02:51:16 PM »
Cleaned and conditioned the dash, you have to be a freaking contortionist to get it all. :-x

Box, what do you use for conditioning the dash?
Used Griot's interior cleaner then followed up with Meguiar's Ultimate Protectant.  I like it since it doesn't make the interior super shiny or greasy and it lasts about a month before needing redone, that and it protects from UV exposure.

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« Reply #1268 on: April 13, 2016, 01:55:17 PM »
Last night I...  ended up having to check out the brakes on the womans Jeep.  She said the pedal felt softer than usual.  She also absolutely had to have the dang thing for work the next day.

Fronts checked out fine, rears were toast.  Especially the driver side.  The pads were well worn and the rotor had some nice, deep gouges. 

I called my former employer to make sure they had the parts before venturing over there.  The phone rang 125 times before the phone cut out.  I called right back.  It rang another 75 times.  W..T..F...  It NEVER did that while I had worked there!

I said screw it and took a ride over.  As usual, 50 people in line and ONE person manning a station.

I don't miss it any.
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« Reply #1269 on: April 13, 2016, 05:03:25 PM »
Filled the shift knob with .177 lead beebees and plastic epoxy, went from 105 grams to 155 grams.  Had I hollowed it out more than what had been done for the thread insert I could've made it even heavier, but really didn't feel like potentially botching it and I'm happy with what was added.

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« Reply #1270 on: April 13, 2016, 06:01:18 PM »
Filled the shift knob with .177 lead beebees and plastic epoxy, went from 105 grams to 155 grams.  Had I hollowed it out more than what had been done for the thread insert I could've made it even heavier, but really didn't feel like potentially botching it and I'm happy with what was added.

so... Curiosity has gotten the best of me.  What does adding 50 grams to your shifter knob do?  Its not anything about me saying its the correct or incorrect thing to do... 100% honest  curiosity.  I run a 4 speed Saginaw, with Hurst Competition plus shifter and a Hurst aluminum T grip.  Everything is mechanical in the setup, Its just what I am used to and know.  All my other cars are, and have been automagic.

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« Reply #1271 on: April 13, 2016, 06:42:28 PM »
Mostly it was being hollowed out bothered me so figured might as well make it heavier since was filling it anyway.  The heavier the shift knob the more momentum the shift lever carries during throws.  This is really more noticeable after a short shifter has been installed as the lever height and throw distance is reduced significantly.  Really the best explanation is that it goes into gear easier, and in my opinion makes shifting feel better.  Most o.e. knobs are around 80 grams, most aluminum knobs are around 180 grams, and then there are those made of stainless steel that weigh in around 454 grams.  As long as the shift lever is in a second gen you already have a good amount of momentum going, so knob weight won't be as influential as it is in the fourth gen where the shift lever is only a few inches long.

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« Reply #1272 on: April 13, 2016, 08:26:32 PM »
interesting. thanks for the insight on that.

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« Reply #1273 on: April 13, 2016, 09:11:38 PM »
got more compliments today on the TA, even had a guy come out of a car and come over to check it out when i was taking out the t-tops at my park and ride lot :)

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« Reply #1274 on: April 14, 2016, 01:51:51 AM »
got more compliments today on the TA, even had a guy come out of a car and come over to check it out when i was taking out the t-tops at my park and ride lot :)
I couldn't tell you what that's like. :P  Yeah the Firebirds do seem to garner attention though, not sure about in your area but I can't tell you the last time I saw a Firebird of any generation out and about that didn't belong to me.

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« Reply #1275 on: April 14, 2016, 07:37:50 AM »
got more compliments today on the TA, even had a guy come out of a car and come over to check it out when i was taking out the t-tops at my park and ride lot :)
I couldn't tell you what that's like. :P  Yeah the Firebirds do seem to garner attention though, not sure about in your area but I can't tell you the last time I saw a Firebird of any generation out and about that didn't belong to me.

 :lol: ---- but yeah, don't see many around anymore, but since i do pay a lot more attention from time to time i do spot something

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« Reply #1276 on: April 14, 2016, 02:19:22 PM »
What's funny is the 4th gen Camaro comes up often enough, heck on the way to get my Firebird I think we saw at least ten between what was on the road or parked at houses or lots :shock:  Now what you do see all of the time are Mustangs, '94-04 models are EVERYWHERE as are the newer Mustangs and Camaros.  Challengers being the least common of the modern muscle/pony cars.

Anyhow, bought a cold air intake for the Firebird so that's exciting.  Have to remove the lame excuse of a factory intake to change the serpentine belt so I figured it was a good enough reason. :P

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« Reply #1277 on: April 14, 2016, 04:39:18 PM »
 :D pulled into hospital parking lot just a bit ago, and an older lady slowely walking, with her husband I assume, stopped by my car and gave some nice compliments, called it snazzy and stuff :D got me all smiles and looked like it gave them smiles as well... Love this car  :cool:

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« Reply #1278 on: April 14, 2016, 09:43:22 PM »
Today I... am about ready to SCREAM!!

Woke up at 5 am after just a few hours of broken sleep.... to go to work for 13 solid hours today.  Not that I have a physically demanding job, but mentally demanding is another story.

Today is also payday... I've managed to spend nearly 60% of my paycheck on bills.  Lovely. 

Then, work is finally over (LLOONNGGG day!!) and I hop in Yota and start the 45 minute drive home.  I get literally 500 feet out the front gate and my car flatout DIES.   :shock:  :shock:  I pull over and do a quick inspection.  I'm pretty sure the timing belt failed.  I didn't get too much into it.

The only half good news here is that I have roadside assistance on my insurance SPECIFICALLY for this reason.  So I call said ins co.  Sure, they will tow me...  15 miles.  WHAT?!?  I live a solid 50 miles away!  They will tow up to 15 miles to the nearest repair shop.  I'm responsible for remaining mileage.  So I ask for an estimate on what the bill would be.  They say $150.  I'm like ok that's not tooooo awful bad.

So I called my father in hopes to get a ride home.  Luckily, he's not working and he can be there in less than an hour.  While I'm waiting for him, the towing company calls me directly.  They want the money up front for the tow.  darn....  They take credit cards.... Well lucky frikkin me...............  I said ok $150 right?  They said no sir its $260.  WHAT?!?!??!  That was my breaking point.  I did my best to hold it together while speaking with the towing company or I might not have a way to get Yota home...... but the second I hung up that phone I threw my own little fit right there on the side of the highway.  Any passerby's must have thought I was having a seizure.... lol...

About 10 minutes later I compose myself and call Autozone.  I'm almost 200% certain the timing belt snapped so I order everything I think I'll need for the job (non interference engine.... thank GAWD!).  Another $150+ down the drain. 

Well, by now it's coming up on 8:30.  Ok still relatively early but I'm still waiting on a ride.  My father shows up about 10 minutes later and I get home w/out further incident. 

........ oh but the nights not over!  9:45 pm and I'm trying to settle down.  Debating on calling off tomorrow.  It might be my best option at this point, especially with no immediate ride to work.   I crack open a beer and just then the towing company calls.  Lovely.  They are asking for directions and telling me that my car is now leaking something.  WTF???  Don't these people know what a GPS is?  20 minutes later I get off the phone and I go turn the lights on in the driveway so the tow truck driver knows right where to leave the car.  As I do this, the bulb burns out.  Jeezus cripes...  Crack open another beer and as I start removing the old bulb, it breaks off inside the frikkin light fixture  :evil: Grrrrr......

Now it's 10:15~ish and I'm ready to knock someone out.  Instead, I grab some pliers and fight to get the remainder of the old bulb (spotlight type) out of the light fixture.

10:30  Light fixed, driveway lit up like the 4th of July.  I come in, log in to TAC, and start typing.  10:45.  Tow truck driver calls me and says he's lost.  Grrrrr.....  However, he's actually very polite and professional.  Gotta give him credit. 

11:15  One LOUD ass tow truck backs my Camry right up into my garage :-)  I took some pics.  Not uploading them right now... Hell no.  Tow truck driver is right though.  Yota is spewing antifreeze from the passenger side.  Guess what.  The water pump is driven by the timing belt.  Soooo not looking forward to this mess :-(  I threw a drip pan under the car and locked the garage. 

11:30  I come back in and finish typing this frikken woeful novel.  I think I have my answer to whether or not I'm calling off tomorrow.  I should have been in bed almost 2 hours ago.   
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

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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Re: Today I...
« Reply #1279 on: April 14, 2016, 10:53:37 PM »
Just wasn't your day.  Nothing like doing a timing set on a transverse motor either, so much fun...not...

Re: Today I...
« Reply #1279 on: April 14, 2016, 10:53:37 PM »
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