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  • Changed the oil last night and swapped out the radio (stole the one from the truck project). The radio was shutting itself off and clearing all the presets. Hopefully it was the radio and not a wiring issue. I'm sure time will tell.

    I had been hearing something loose in the drivers door recently and decided to check it out before hitting the road. Apparently, the window motor had been replaced before we got the car and whoever did it did not use very good hardware:

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    The factory uses rivets where you see the pan head bolts. One bolt was completely out, another was missing the nut, and the two remaining were loose. This also explained the jerky window operation we were experiencing.
    Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
    74 Nova Project
    66 Mustang GT Project

    92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
    79 Chevy Truck Project
    1956 Cadillac Project

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    • We got some new hardware and installed the bolts head side towards the regulator/motor and used lock washers. Once everything was tight we ground the bolts off flush with the nuts. Access to everything was pretty crappy so it took the better part of 2 hours start to finish. I was too tired to take any after pictures.

      It only took an hour to replace the motor on the passenger side because we did it differently. - see post 50-51
      Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
      74 Nova Project
      66 Mustang GT Project

      92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
      79 Chevy Truck Project
      1956 Cadillac Project

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      • Happy motoring, see you in KC Friday
        nom de guerre - arrowhead from joysey

        "They're no good for you. all they ever think about are cars" (GTO/Warren Oates) - Two Lane Blacktop

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        • Good to see you, Mr. head!

          Dan

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          • It's been a long time since I posted on this one! Since the last post we took it on another Power Tour and took our son William that time. We made it to 5 stops before William let us know he had had enough. He really seemed to enjoy it for the most part but it was a lot of close quarters for a solid week.

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            Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
            74 Nova Project
            66 Mustang GT Project

            92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
            79 Chevy Truck Project
            1956 Cadillac Project

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            • Beyond that, we have just been driving the car a lot. In the nearly 6 years we have owned it, we have logged over 30,000 miles. Last fall I noticed a strange noise coming from the driver’s front tire. I ignored it for as long as I could, but I eventually caught a glimpse of the cords showing through. When we bought the car, we put tires on it before we even drove it home. The place we got the tires from was one of those that did not offer alignment services so I figured, I’ll just take care of it when I get home. Fast forward 30,000 miles and guess what I didn’t do.

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              Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
              74 Nova Project
              66 Mustang GT Project

              92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
              79 Chevy Truck Project
              1956 Cadillac Project

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              • So last week I hoped on Rock Auto and ordered up all the suspension and steering bits I could find.

                Struts
                Strut Mount
                Ball Joints
                Bushings (Poly front and rear kit)
                Center Link
                Idler Arm
                Tie Rod Ends (4)
                Tie Rod Sleeves
                Shocks

                These were Moog , AC Delco and Energy Suspension parts for a grand total of $676.
                Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                74 Nova Project
                66 Mustang GT Project

                92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                79 Chevy Truck Project
                1956 Cadillac Project

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                • Last weekend we shuffled cars around and got the Camaro in the shop and tore it apart. I'm focusing on the front so we can get new tires and alignment so we can drive it when the weather turns. I'll probably wait on the rear until I get the truck running.

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                  Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                  74 Nova Project
                  66 Mustang GT Project

                  92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                  79 Chevy Truck Project
                  1956 Cadillac Project

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                  • It came apart nicely. Took just about 2 1/2 hours. Steering and ball joints were OK but getting to the point that I'm glad I ordered the replacements. I also noticed that there was not much pad material left on the brakes so I ordered up new stuff for the front and rear. Drums, rotors, shoes, pads, bearings and seals for just over $200. I am hoping to get started putting it back together this weekend.
                    Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                    74 Nova Project
                    66 Mustang GT Project

                    92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                    79 Chevy Truck Project
                    1956 Cadillac Project

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                    • Shop Time Maintenance sure beats Embarrassed roadside "Breakdown Overhaul"
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                      • The front end went back together last weekend. Not much noteworthy, but I'll mention that the new Energy Suspension bushings are a little thicker than the stock rubber ones. This causes the arm width (measured bushing end to bushing end) to be slightly wider than when it was disassembled. The only way (that I could figure) to get them in was to get one side started enough to get a bolt started in the end of one of the bushings and use the floor jack to encourage the arm into place. The width difference is about 3/8' - 1/2" on 14" and the mount points have some flex. Here is a shot of it back together:

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                        All the boxes & and a truck driveshaft:

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                        Front brakes left to install:

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                        Rear brakes and shocks:

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                        Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                        74 Nova Project
                        66 Mustang GT Project

                        92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                        79 Chevy Truck Project
                        1956 Cadillac Project

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                        • Makes me miss the ol' 87 GTA I had for 14 years . I was just getting ready to restore it before it got too bad when it got hit a totaled.
                          Previously HoosierL98GTA

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                          • Overdue update. I installed the new front pads and rotors and with the poly bushings and new struts in place the front end would not move at all when I put all my weight on the front corner. I have to keep reminding myself that this car in a cruiser. So I tore it back apart and put factory style rubber bushings back in. Here are the poly bushings after a couple hundred miles:

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                            The new rubber:

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                            Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                            74 Nova Project
                            66 Mustang GT Project

                            92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                            79 Chevy Truck Project
                            1956 Cadillac Project

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                            • It's still stiffer than it was originally, but it does move more normally. The original bushings were still in good shape and I should have left well enough alone. After all that I got new tires and had it aligned. Somewhere in there, I figured out the rear wheel cylinders were leaking so I jumped into that job. Not much to note except that the wheel cylinders are attached with a stupid clip so I wound up taking the backing plates off to remove them. I also did axle seals and fresh 80-90 for the rear end. Old:

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                              Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                              74 Nova Project
                              66 Mustang GT Project

                              92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                              79 Chevy Truck Project
                              1956 Cadillac Project

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                                Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                                74 Nova Project
                                66 Mustang GT Project

                                92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                                79 Chevy Truck Project
                                1956 Cadillac Project

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