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  • langleylad
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    Starter arrived and installed and works !. I removed the old starter before the new one arrived. While I was waiting for FedEx I decided that I wanted to build a new air inlet tube to replace the big stock plastic box. I had some 3” aluminum elbows, more to come …

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  • langleylad
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post

    I guess some people take cars to some kind of professional facility and it returns with problems (hopefully) fixed. Where's the fun the that?
    There’s no fun in paying for that either !

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  • DanStokes
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    Originally posted by langleylad View Post
    Well my day started off great , leaving the house to go to work at 5 am and the starter in the Jeep said "ya I don't think so". It had been acting up , eg. start it up in the morning , drive to the gas station and fuel up and it wouldn't do so much as click when you try and start it , sit for 5-10 minutes and she'd start not problems . Until this morning , nothing. So I unwrapped the Cougar and drove it to work , headlights were like me "not to bright". All new wiring and bulbs ? I'll have to check them out. Anyhow , spent some more money and ordered a starter. I replaced the starter 5 years ago because of the same problem . This car hobby is fun ain't it ?
    I guess some people take cars to some kind of professional facility and it returns with problems (hopefully) fixed. Where's the fun the that?

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  • langleylad
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    Well my day started off great , leaving the house to go to work at 5 am and the starter in the Jeep said "ya I don't think so". It had been acting up , eg. start it up in the morning , drive to the gas station and fuel up and it wouldn't do so much as click when you try and start it , sit for 5-10 minutes and she'd start not problems . Until this morning , nothing. So I unwrapped the Cougar and drove it to work , headlights were like me "not to bright". All new wiring and bulbs ? I'll have to check them out. Anyhow , spent some more money and ordered a starter. I replaced the starter 5 years ago because of the same problem . This car hobby is fun ain't it ?

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    Originally posted by langleylad View Post
    I actually forgot that I started this thread lol !.It’s my daily driver that never really let me down. Seven years ago the trans decided it didn’t want to work anymore so I decided that I’d rebuild it… expensive mistake. I installed Ebach springs and Bilstein shocks , years later one of the front struts decided to piss the it’s fluid out. Not wanting to spend money on new Bilsteins I choose Monroe’s instead and while installing them I found a rusty broken spring … nice . I threw the broken coil across the yard and reinstalled everything. New H&R springs are ordered. Obviously buying top “quality “ parts doesn’t mean they last forever. I do really like this rig and I do plan on keeping it. I’d like to pick up some SRT replica wheels and recover the steering wheel because it looks like crap . Hi my name is Mike and I love spending money on car parts …..
    Hi Mike, welcome.

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  • DanStokes
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    I put a leather wrap on the big Dodge PU and it came out well. Take your time with the stitching!

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  • langleylad
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    I actually forgot that I started this thread lol !.It’s my daily driver that never really let me down. Seven years ago the trans decided it didn’t want to work anymore so I decided that I’d rebuild it… expensive mistake. I installed Ebach springs and Bilstein shocks , years later one of the front struts decided to piss the it’s fluid out. Not wanting to spend money on new Bilsteins I choose Monroe’s instead and while installing them I found a rusty broken spring … nice . I threw the broken coil across the yard and reinstalled everything. New H&R springs are ordered. Obviously buying top “quality “ parts doesn’t mean they last forever. I do really like this rig and I do plan on keeping it. I’d like to pick up some SRT replica wheels and recover the steering wheel because it looks like crap . Hi my name is Mike and I love spending money on car parts …..

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  • DanStokes
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    Originally posted by langleylad View Post
    Thanks for the offer Dan but they're not even close to being the same . That's quite the combination of parts you're putting together there .
    I was funnin' ya! I really don't think those shafts are useful in anything, including a Benz.

    Dan

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  • langleylad
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    Thanks for the offer Dan but they're not even close to being the same . That's quite the combination of parts you're putting together there .

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  • DanStokes
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    Remember, mine is a Mercedes manual trans with a Jags That Run adaptor plate running to a stock S-10 rear. The adaptor mates to a Dana (same as Spicer, IIRC) 2-2-329 U-Joint/spline assembly. The setup sounds similar, though. Stock, the M-B had a rubber biscuit and a bunch of weird bits and pieces to get from here to there. Need a 300SD or 240D driveshaft? I have both!

    Good deal on the sway bar.

    Dan
    Last edited by DanStokes; March 31, 2014, 03:23 PM.

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  • langleylad
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
    Let me know how that goes. I'm hoping to bribe the guys from our local driveshaft shop to come to the shop and measure mine as it'll be a bit weird. At the trans there's a flat plate and a Spicer joint/spline will go there (no spline in the trans) so you can't measure it in the normal fashion.

    Dan
    The driveline companies that I've contacted needed the "face to face" measurement which is 39-3/4" . You're correct Dan , there is a round plate at the trans end that has a recess that driveshaft flange/u-joint fits into and is bolted in . There is a kidney shaped opening in the driveshaft flange that tape measure can fit into to get a good measurement .

    I installed the SRT8 rear sway bar today . There are two rubber bushing brackets that hold the bar to the rear end , all four bolts broke !. My air hammer made short work of removing the welded nut from the back side of the rear end bracket . Four new nuts and bolts and all is good . The stock bar was 1/2" , the SRT8 bar is 3/4" .

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  • DanStokes
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    Let me know how that goes. I'm hoping to bribe the guys from our local driveshaft shop to come to the shop and measure mine as it'll be a bit weird. At the trans there's a flat plate and a Spicer joint/spline will go there (no spline in the trans) so you can't measure it in the normal fashion.

    Dan

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  • langleylad
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    hahahahaha ! I have to supply the length to a couple of shops so that they can quote a price . I don't need it immediately .

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  • Russell
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    Did you get the shaft?

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  • langleylad
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    Being the "automotive hobbyist" that I am , I just couldn't leave this machine alone . So in the last month I've installed an Air-raid air intake kit , a Magnaflow cat-back kit , Eibach Pro-Kit , Bilstein shocks & struts , HID headlight conversion kit and a Alpine navigation receiver to replace the stock navigation receiver that wasn't working when I bought the Jeep . I've also got an SRT8 rear sway bar sitting in the garage that I will install in the next couple of days .

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