|Today 04:31 AM|
No track yet. I didn't get the PCM tuned. Need to do a bunch of cruising and logging and flashing along the way. Also, feeling kinda down with the state of affairs currently. Especially checking into what's going on down your guy's way. Just not in the mood to do much of anything.
Working on a wire edge for the inside edges of the fenders of the rod. I had a couple ares that were buckled in. I had hammered and dollied them out years back, but I still don't trust the repaired areas.
|Yesterday 09:55 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
I've never had a set-up that would allow me to paint at the volume required for a whole car...no fans, no filters and a shop coated in 1/4" of dust with thousands of parts sitting on shelves for overspray to land on. THAT will change at the new place. I WILL get a curtain booth set up with fans and filters and start painting the cars myself.
No time to finish the Camaro, or really, to put the Chevelle together. IF all the work I had wanted the last guy to do had gotten done and was even close to the concours work he is capable of, I would find the time to put it together to drive, but right now, neither of those cars will leave the storage building anytime soon.
|Yesterday 07:52 PM|
Well after almost two weeks of working on everything else in sight along with mowing the grass three times, I finally got to do some work on the bracket Monza today. It was hot out there but actually fun to accomplish a few things.
I finished getting the coilover lower mounts installed and welded. I had discovered previously that the brake line to the rear discs had been crushed and needed replacement. I believe it happened on the last two hits on the car back in the spring. I finally got the car to leave decent on the back tires and I think the 9'' made contact with the brake line. Anyway - I still need to bleed the brakes tomorrow but got the line replaced, cleaned up everything and touched up all of the paint. Looks a ton better now. I also have a minor leak in the drain plug on the fabbed 9" that has been annoying and leaves a spot on the trailer floor every time I haul the car to the track. So I will be draining the rear tomorrow and getting that plug sealed up. I'll have to go get a couple of bottles of gear lube this week, no point in putting the old stuff back in. I also pulled the carb off and stripped it down, I am going to lean it out a bunch and see if I can't get a handle on the oil milking that I have going on. I have a list of about 40 things I want/need to do to this car before hitting the track next time so it's going to be a lot of evenings in the garage.
|Yesterday 07:49 PM|
I been saving up a short story to help the rest of you feel better about that stuff.
Remember the headliner drop job I did this week on a '15 Tahoe, for hail repair guy access? It went real smooth and in a timely manner despite being a nightmare task in most minds at the shop. Mine included but to a lesser degree due to experience, as the boss noted. Anyway, found out it was done way ahead of schedule. So I says good, that will give us (meaning cleanup man, in my mind) a good chance to check it over thoroughly.
Long about 4:40 PM Thursday, Mike walks up with "that" look. Hey, the Tahoe driver's seat belt won't retract or adjust. Like a deer in the headlights, I stammer out - But, I didn't...
Well, yes I did, thinks me. And maybe I didn't check that one! They are here, says he. Walks off. I finished digesting the statement and bumped myself out of hurry up fix Nova gear by the time he took five steps. Bolted to the vehicle, looked at the belt piled in the seat. I said two tens here and half a foot of extension, indicating the rear seat grab handle on the B pillar. Like pit crew changing tire, I had fingers under the panel edges when the last bolt came out and boom, zing, fixed, gone.
But I kick myself. That customer innocently plopped down in their ride and the first thing they touched was screwed up. Dammit. If I had not been so far detached from the late model collision repair state of mind, and so far out of my current job context... I'd beat myself up with that a lot worse.
All it was, was not getting the adjuster cover / handle over the nut before pushing the panel on. Which I did from the back seat. But that was a swing and miss. Nobody minds or cares and these are Mike's relatives that own it. But it rubs my fur the wrong way. I was, and still am to some, the "best bet" to not screw up a job. So figuratively speaking, that was a cannonball fired across my own bow. A warning to "snap to" and wake up.
Fortunately, I can completely dismiss it. The back of my mind don't work that way though, and thats why I left the crash biz with a solid reputation. In ways, the good mentality still comes through. I am reminded of the trials crash fixers wade through daily and am damn glad to be who I am now. I just should have caught that. I did operate the passenger side but not the driver's. It never got a detail or checked over by anyone. Dang, thats all.
Now brush your teeth (and wash your hands and face) and go to bed. Peacefully dream of endless powershifting like in movies, just don't clutch your wives outta bed.
I'll head out for some after-dark Pontiaction now, and everything will indeed be everything. But I also wonder if Pugsy went to the drags yet.
|Yesterday 07:09 PM|
Soooo.... I was mostly thinking of how no matter how much tail panel buttoning up it needs, the Camaro might be the next item of focus. In currently available work space or parking spot. Without all the show car fuss. For some muscle era joy to salvage the summer.
Whut say, Mitch? You past it and leaving it on the trailer to pursue happiness by simpler means or you gonna take a deep breath and stick it together now? If its too soon for that, just zip it and fill us in when theres something to tell. We give hoots.
|Yesterday 06:58 PM|
|cozwurth||And my bride gets home and tells me that the all of the remote stuff on the van quit working. No remote lock/unlock or power side door. It was getting dark, but I went out to take a quick look and see that the dome lights are not working either. Guess I'll be looking at that tomorrow. Yay.|
|Yesterday 06:22 PM|
Could you not get it ready and have the guys a Centerline shoot it for you?
|Yesterday 04:43 PM|
I've been working on little details on my '39 Chev coupe. I quickly realized something was amiss when I filled the tank and the gauge went to empty. Thought it was broken, but as I used up gas it began going to full! I pulled the gauge and they'd sent me a reversed ohm 90-0 ohm gauge. Called the seller and they told me to keep it, and sent me a correct 0-90 ohm, which I installed today.
I also had an issue with the float as it went from full to empty and still had over half a tank. And I've become un-infatuated with the QD filler, after fighting it on numerous occasions to get it out. I ordered a screw on inlet with aluminum cap, and removed the old filler today. While it was off I reached inside and bent the float arm up to allow it to travel lower before reading empty. Hopefully I guessed right, and it's closer.
A real major pain trying to get the new fixed filler neck plate in, as I couldn't hold the nut plate by reaching in like I did the old QD filler. I rigged up a couple hooks from iron tie wire to hold it up, and drop the gasket and new filler plate over. Then held the plate up while starting some bolts. Then just pulled hard to straighten out the wire and free them. Worked fine, and now I've got a filler neck that's easy to open and close.
Have to replace one half of my windshield glass. It went in hard like it was slightly oversized. After a week or so of driving I noticed a crack. It seems it was under enough pressure to push it in towards center, and the glass got into contact with the center divider screws which cracked it. Supplier sent me a new half at his cost, so once I get the old half out, I'll compare it to the cracked one to be sure it's a little smaller.
|Yesterday 04:00 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
It's always fun to discover the owner is the culprit of annoying issues...
|Yesterday 03:56 PM|
|cozwurth||Oh yeah... I figured that while I had the dash open in the truck that I would finally replace the two wonky air core gauge motors. Fuel gauge goes absolutely ballistic, and the oil pressure has been very jumpy. Back in November I ordered the new air core motors. Since the fuel gauge has an "F" motor, and the oil pressure has a "P" motor, I proceeded to order "T" and "P" motors. See what I did there? Yeah. Amazing. Since I bought them so long ago there is no way to send the "T" back and exchange it for an "F". The place I ordered them from doesn't even carry them any more. The only one I saw on eBay was an NOS motor that has a rusty case and is over 3X what I paid for the others. Nothing to lose, so I installed it anyway. It's at about 1/2 tank now, so I'll see if it what it does when I fill it up. I'm done for the day...|
|Yesterday 03:42 PM|
|Yesterday 02:04 PM|
Could be the door switch, too. Replaced at least one of them as well.
|Yesterday 01:54 PM|
Hi, kids! Its weekend thread-fluffy time.
Dave, maybe feed it some grapes. I say that because a couple weeks back, speedo light quit in the Model J. Drove it out of her by ear. That means it started back working on it's own. Spooky old car, that one.
Painter up at work just got his Caddy SRX back yesterday. Started ticking earlier this year, just as soon as his new paint job was dry. He had been hit in it twice and last one caved the driver door so the opportunity was siezed to finally get the whole thing shot. With that done, waiting for drive-through food one day the engine went to lunch. 3700 for reman 3.6 V6, 2 grand to install. No one is immune. I wish him a gremlin-free experience.
But if we let our hopes down and keep our efforts up, somehow everybody slides by. My junk done got comfy at 23 flat.
Feeling a tad frugal now. But on a different level. It can still hang with or dust off other junks relatively well considering the transportation value (and seat of pants fun) it has given me.
Next, heres a "card" I made for my cancer soldier friend from a web-snag pic. You'll have to tap that thumbnail to read, I'm guessing it would post sideways and am paranoid since it was a copyrighted image. She always liked his clingy outfit.
Then I'll put these here and call them voluntary hobby "work" from this week. The 74 Galaxie in the projects forum sorta pinged my curiosity. Blame it on Fordwashing in the workplace.
Unedited, taken with no rights, from the web-
A "qwik" best guess at what he is doing might look like if he used a stock grille and headlights-
That actually might not look too shabby.
Also did this. But then I discovered my refrigerator was at °60 after a sandwich didn't taste right somewhere long about midweek-
Damn, that looks like its from Mars! Thought you un's might enjoy.
|Yesterday 12:30 PM|
Sigh... now there's something else wrong with the truck. Went out this morning to plug the switches back in and roll the driver side window down so we could take the trash to the dump. No dice. Dead battery. I think it's the timer in the headlight switch again. This time it seems to be triggering the "you left your lights on, dummy!" buzzer along with leaving the dome light on. I've had to replace it once before. Too many electronic doo-dads, and this is just a '98 truck. I just want the dome light to come on when I open the door, and go out when I close it. I don't give an airborne rodents hind-quarters about a 30 second delay. I'll be doing a little digging to see if I can remove the timer from the loop. I shouldn't have to ask permission from the switch for the light to operate. I still need to troubleshoot the AC system, too. Maybe the light switch and the AC are in cahoots...
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|Yesterday 11:19 AM|
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