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Old 04-13-2018, 03:05 PM
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I just changed out all 4 tires on the Chevelle. The rears were 255/70/15's and had very little room to the wheel opening. It's a shame they are junk, as they still have the mold nipples on them but are 12 years old and must have sat out in the weather the whole time, deteriorating. They were on the 1954 Chev I brought back from Casper, WY 18 months ago. 1 front sidewall is so badly cracked, it won't hold air for more than a couple hours. The rears hold air fine, but are also cracked and I wouldn't dare drive on them. I may put them on Craigslist as free burn-off tires...
While I had the rears off, I clamped the new wheel opening moldings in place, marked and drilled the holes for the screws, so I DID, actually, accomplish something on the car today.

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I got the seat relocation brackets drilled.
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I got the seat relocation brackets drilled.
How will you fasten the milk crates to those

Wut? Making it more comfortable, I presume.



I am bashful about showing my new tires, they look dinky.
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I just changed out all 4 tires on the Chevelle. The rears were 255/70/15's and had very little room to the wheel opening. It's a shame they are junk, as they still have the mold nipples on them but are 12 years old and must have sat out in the weather the whole time, deteriorating. They were on the 1954 Chev I brought back from Casper, WY 18 months ago. 1 front sidewall is so badly cracked, it won't hold air for more than a couple hours. The rears hold air fine, but are also cracked and I wouldn't dare drive on them. I may put them on Craigslist as free burn-off tires...
While I had the rears off, I clamped the new wheel opening moldings in place, marked and drilled the holes for the screws, so I DID, actually, accomplish something on the car today.
255/70 is a good bit o tire. I bet that size rides nice. Why TF is there no such thing as a 265/60? Always wondered that.

Mitch this reminds me... remember the Pontiac wheels I got but stopped messng with because of pitted beads? Sic Pokey on me if I ain't somehow got the 72 GP on aired up tires by August, theres four 15" tires floating around here for it now. I want something to hold air. Anybody need a cracked up tire set of 14" Pontiac rallys? Hahaha. Can't give those away.
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How will you fasten the milk crates to those

Wut? Making it more comfortable, I presume.



I am bashful about showing my new tires, they look dinky.
I just got new tires mounted on new rims for my son's Miata and they look pretty damn cool. Mom is bringing them to his work so he can install them and align it.

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I did nothing to Precious today but did get the '36 cleaned up to go to a little cruise in at one of the local churches tomorrow. Today was the first time she had been out of the garage.

Barb and I drove it to the lake and I had a good steak and filled it with gas. She just wanted a vegetable plate.

I told her she was a cheap date.

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I just got new tires mounted on new rims for my son's Miata and they look pretty damn cool. Mom is bringing them to his work so he can install them and align it.

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Well I've got no son but my young nemesis with the turblo Acura raised his back up a little and put nice rims on with 255 rubber up front. I just got 255s out back. I told him I thought his car looked more like an adult's with the wheels sitting almost straight.Your young'un will probably fit in best among peers with the Miata as opposed to the Falcon. Those light little cars sure are pesky little devils, nipping at the heels of muscle junk. One coworker shows up in a hot modded Miata sometimes. Red. They don't do much for a luxury coupe loving crash fixer but they are a valid man card hole punch threat.
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I do worry about friends who have really small cars because I fixed an S2000 once that had the left rear tail light shoved clear up to the back of the door (really close to head) from what looked to be a slightly angled woops rearender at a stoplight. Everything is either giant or tiny now, not much medium sized new stuff out there and I've heard "The first person you run into with this thing will be killed but you'll never be hurt" as a sales pitch. The first person, killed? Ouch. That mentality is out there so I worry whether I like the kid or not.
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Well I've got no son but my young nemesis with the turblo Acura raised his back up a little and put nice rims on with 255 rubber up front. I just got 255s out back. I told him I thought his car looked more like an adult's with the wheels sitting almost straight.Your young'un will probably fit in best among peers with the Miata as opposed to the Falcon. Those light little cars sure are pesky little devils, nipping at the heels of muscle junk. One coworker shows up in a hot modded Miata sometimes. Red. They don't do much for a luxury coupe loving crash fixer but they are a valid man card hole punch threat.
I can see the draw, holy crap that is a fun little baby to drive. Just spent two friggin hours just trying to figure out the aligment system at his work. OMG it's a Hunter like I have at work, but an older one, spent forever to figure out how to compensate the heads then found we couldn't do the next step, gave up, that's it, came home.

Used a good old measuring tape to check the toe to make sure it was close enough to now wear the tires bad and brought it home.

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At work today, sorry no cool stuff, just crap late model that I know you don't care about (I don't) but I disassembled a 2013 BMW X6. Guys, I have been in this industry 40+ years. I have worked on nearly every brand car on earth. There are good and bad about every brand. I don't hate any of them or think any of them is the magical sex machine that is super easy to work on. They all have good and bad. BMW, they have a lot of great things about them, but not the one I worked on today.

You all know what a huge difference something like a 67 Corvette was compared to any other 67 GM product, not a bolt on the car was similar, totally different animal. Well today this X6, I have worked on them before, others in the shop have, we are all in agreement that this is without a doubt the most mind blowing over engineered piece of crap ever made! OMG MIND BLOWING over thinking on this baby, how about the fenders are plastic and the headlights have to be removed from inside, removing the fender liners first. Ok, not a big issue, outside of EVERY SINGLE PART on the car is held by MANY, MANY different style fasteners. The fender is held on by I believe if I remember (I DON'T WANT TO REMEMBER) about about 18-20 bolts, screws. There are about four or five different ones, about four or five different "J" Nuts, odd tubing like spacers in the hole of the plastic fender so it doesn't collapse when you tighten the bolt, three or four different spacers. The rocker moulding needs to come off, wheel opening mouldings, etc. EVERY part is like this, mind blowing crazy over engineering.

I am glad the day is over.

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I did nothing to Precious today but did get the '36 cleaned up to go to a little cruise in at one of the local churches tomorrow. Today was the first time she had been out of the garage.

Barb and I drove it to the lake and I had a good steak and filled it with gas. She just wanted a vegetable plate.

I told her she was a cheap date.

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Hey John, Portland Transmission's spring opener is only a month away, if you want an excuse for another drive?
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Hey John, Portland Transmission's spring opener is only a month away, if you want an excuse for another drive?
That would be cool. While I am in town, can I meet you at the Beaches Cruise? When they held it at the Restaurant on the river it was one of my favorites. I only went to a couple at the PIR before we moved back east.

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Hey John, Portland Transmission's spring opener is only a month away, if you want an excuse for another drive?
Are you insinuating he's slow and it will take him a month to get there...
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That would be cool. While I am in town, can I meet you at the Beaches Cruise? When they held it at the Restaurant on the river it was one of my favorites. I only went to a couple at the PIR before we moved back east.

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Sure! But Beaches doesn't start until the 1st Wed. in June!
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Sure! But Beaches doesn't start until the 1st Wed. in June!
Man, I sure don't miss waiting 9 months for the three month summer to get here.

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