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Yesterday 08:56 PM
idrivejunk Good news on the safe run.

It ain't us. Its everyone, each on their own level. Steady as she goes, mates. Do what is important for you and yours.
Yesterday 08:11 PM
cozwurth I bought and paid for an AC Delco handle from Rock Auto. It darn well better be a genuine piece considering what I paid. Part of me cringed while I was scrolling past the no-name parts listed for $4-6. Yep, 4-6 bucks for the "same" part. I had one of the $4 parts in my cart with the Delco just so I could compare the two, but shipping was more than the part itself since it was coming from a different warehouse.

It sucks that the guy didn't hold up his end of the bargain. My dad got hosed like that on two pretty big projects. First time he and our neighbor struck a deal on building garages. You help me, and then I'll help you. Well, dad helped him build his. When it came time to build dads, the neighbor suddenly had to work a lot of overtime. Most of what I saw was him sitting in his recliner drinking beer and watching sports while dad built his garage by himself. I was too young to be of any real help. Then, when dad had the metalwork done on the 57, he worked a deal with a painter to help build a garage in trade for the paint job. Can you guess where this is going? Dad got very little in the way of bodywork in exchange for building the guys garage. Hosed again. Dad ended up getting one of my cousins to finish the car and paint it.
Yesterday 05:15 PM
Too Many Projects Dave, I HOPE you bought a genuine GM replacement. My HHR has the same handle and when the left front broke, I bought one off Amazon and it lasted EXACTLY 1 friggen day beyond the free return period. I now have a GM handle on it.

I got back from VA this morning...2,400 miles, plus pick up the car and all parts, in 52 hours. I planned a 6 your sleep period on the way down but was determined to drive straight thru home. That changed in Bloomington, IL when I nearly got washed and blown off the road in a severe toad floater... It was, also, in one of their endless construction zones with fresh asphalt with no lines, just a million barrels and reflectors to try to stay between. After an hour of that, the rain let up but it was 11:30 pm and I couldn't continue. I stopped and slept for 2 hours and was sort of OK to make it home 7:30 am.
speaking of barrels, The state of IL must rent 1 million barrels in a construction season. There were 2 stretches of 8 MILES of barrels blocking 1 lane in BOTH directions of the freeway !!! Those barrels are about 50 ft apart, so figure out how many that took, plus a gazillion more for all the other projects. I should have gone into the barrel rental business years ago.

We're NOT going to talk about the car, just another shattered dream and major waste of time and gas money...
IDJ, you aren't the only one with a curse of not being able to have a nice car. I've tried for 4 YEARS with 3 different people to get the paint on this car to a level I wanted and it deserved after all the restoration work I did to it and it just ain't going to happen. I friggen give up.
07-09-2020 07:14 PM
cozwurth I pulled my truck into the shop tonight to pull the driver side door panel and inside handle off to see why it was hard to open from the inside. The metal handle was cracked and twisting, causing it to not pull the rod far enough to open the door easily. It broke completely. Replacement on order.

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07-08-2020 07:33 PM
John long Patiently awaiting return.

In order to re-instal the gauges i had to disconnect the clutch and brake pedals as well as remove the air conditioning ducts to two of the three vents. What a day.

With luck, I will get the pedals back together Friday.

BTW, I disconnected the speedo cable while I was under the dash and it turns freely. The problem appears to be at the tranny.

07-08-2020 06:13 PM
idrivejunk While we await news of a safe return, here are some photos I took today to serve as hold music. Since no activity to report, myself included. Today was pretty fine, I enjoyed the work.

By the way, that says 502 on the hood. Came in because exhaust burnt a bag (in coil spring, I think) and a wheel swap might be part of a cure. Light hearsay there but maaan... ain't she a beaut? Dadgum yeah. Anytime, anyday. As the kiddos say, I'd take that.

07-07-2020 08:04 PM
Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Me, now you know I am always civilized on line.
I do know that. Also that you don't necessarily believe everything you read. Willing to go out on a limb and venture that you don't belch at the dinner table either.

Just trying to raise a wee ruckus so Mitch knows we are tenatively displeased pending the outcome, to an appropriate degree, as forum bud support. I know I wouldn't want to cross him on a Chevy fixin thing for sure.

I suspect he may make good on that threat of driving it this season. But will be on pins and needles until we get the home safe post. Theres a fair chance everything might just turn out fine, and I will enjoy hearing it did. Within reason.
07-07-2020 07:10 PM
cerial Went to a auction and picked up a couple more books for my personal collection (poor condition but still good for tech) and a $20 52" computer monitor for what will become a office.

07-07-2020 06:45 PM
Too Many Projects Painter answered my text this morning, said he was painting the interior today.... and it would be ready anytime Wednesday. We'll see, he said the same thing a week ago and that it would be ready yesterday. I told him I'd be there Thursday morning...

Dropped 4 quarts of trans fluid out tonight for 4 clean quarts. Fluid wasn't really bad, but towing, I like to keep some fresh stuff in there. Did complete light check on truck and trailer, checked the air in all the tires, pumped fresh grease in the axle bearings, loaded the spare tire, jack and lug wrench for the trailer in the pickup and I'm ready to roll. Got my pillow in the back seat for "naps"... Should be on the road by 5 am.
07-07-2020 05:25 PM
John long I pulled all the gauges out and hand painted the faces.They are acceptable if not the greatest.

The problem is it was almost impossible to get them out and I won't be getting them back in without dropping the brake, clutch, and park brake pedals, allowing me to have better access to the rear of the dash.

What a bummer. Hopefully, I haven't done too much damage working under there.


07-07-2020 04:51 PM
John long
Originally Posted by John long View Post
Took the seat out of the car in order to work under the dash. With 14 +/- gallons in the tank the sender is reading 24 ohms....Good so far. The sender wire from the gauge is reading 3.1 volts. ...looks good too. Next I got up in the dash and verified 12V to power side of gauge which obviously had to be there.

Hmmm, never had a gauge that didn't work when nothing was wrong with it.

My next scientific experiment was to open up the sender wire and hit the dash with my fist. The gauge went to zero so I grounded it and sure enough it went back to 1/2 tank......... The gauge is dragging internally and sticking at 1/2 tank.

I need to wire the interior lights and a couple of other small things while the seat is out so I guess the old girl is grounded for a few days

Well..... here is what ran me out of gas. If these decals can't last through two tanks of gas, I would recommend avoiding them like the plague.

07-07-2020 03:17 PM
Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
Good man. I believe in fair warning on that. You know where to find us if you need us.

Easy, now. Barking yes, going for throat... not just yet.

Me, now you know I am always civilized on line. I'm just curious what he says about his service and what others say. Never say something rotten on line. It will always come back to bite you.
07-07-2020 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Thanks, thinking it would get unpleasant to just show up and have the car and all the parts I left there stuffed in a corner and in-accessible... I'll start asking how my car is coming along on his fb page, where everyone can see it.
I always attempt to avoid big cities, ESPECIALLY Chicago. That city is h&!! to drive thru under good circumstances and at night, yeah, risk your life just driving on the freeway.

Biggest city I need to pass thru on the route is Indianapolis and I would be there in daylight, so not bad.
Good man. I believe in fair warning on that. You know where to find us if you need us.

Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
You got a link to his FB page?
Easy, now. Barking yes, going for throat... not just yet.

A next-state friend I can count on and know it recently got so bad about blowing off contact attempts that I had to finally tug the friendship reins with a "I guess all thats left to say is [eff] you." That got a reaction. Reminds me of frogs. They don't flinch until nudged. Classic label for that behavior is flaky. As in coke. Be that as it may...

Set up my new junk tools first thing, swept good, then wandered aimlessly around the F1 driving screws for a few. Boss walks up and candy coats a request for me to work on something else, best he knows how.

I reacted willingly but with apprehension for the unknown, since he said it was a 2015. Reassured I was his best choice for the task, off I went and dropped the headliner of a '15 Tahoe LTZ to provide access for a paintless hail repair tech. Another guy went to work replacing a headlight on it.

Took about 1.5 hours to do the work. Pushbutton start and drop down screen are alien technology to me and I'll say one thing about GM SUV designers: They love handles.

No, no. Not love handles. Well, I mean maybe by coincidence that is also a kink that they have. But they love a dadgum grab handle, don't they? Naw, no shortage of those. Can't say I have dealt with the metal-tipped clips with position assurance tab either. Freakshow. But they were me-friendly as it turned out. Hardly broke a sweat.

Dust on ye olde clip puller from remote antiquity (thats me using my new archaeology documentary buzzword vocabulary) was mighty thick but it still fit my hand and did not appear to be cursed. Onward ho.
07-07-2020 09:24 AM
Austin86 Lately I been working on my ford EXP again.
Spaghetti anyone?

Between that and the rust hiding in places I cant get to... This car will be keeping me busy for a long time. To think it all started with wanting to put in a factory HO motor, and nothing more I said.
The HO motor turned into a hipo motor build that turned into brake work, witch turned into suspension work, witch turned rust repair, witch turned into paint work....
Well if its ever done it will be a fun summer car. If its ever done. haha.
07-07-2020 08:14 AM
123pugsy You got a link to his FB page?
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