I've found that swifering the walls and ceiling then wet down the floor and wear tyvek overalls and head cover cuts down considerably on the dust in the paint. Plus I have an exhaust fan running as soon as I start spraying it's huge - I jerry rig it up to a window and it keeps the over-spray from settling ..
Well I never had the car aligned after I dropped it from civilian to Impala height, so the front tires got chewed up, they now need replacing. I had to replace the opti, and I changed out all the plugs and wires at that point, replaced the coil, and ground wires. Just this month the Transmission blew, with help from the local club members we put in a rebuilt one, and it lasted all the way home then it too decided not to shift!!! Looking at options, for a center console, and cutting the 60/40 seat to 40/40 w/console. Next Hot cam and 3200 Edge converter ... maybe it's time to upgrade my transmission to a CPT Level 2 and give my son my tranny!!!
Well the tranny keeps working then not working.. some guys thought is was electronic in nature. Pulled the battery and let is sit... hooked it back up worked ... did a burn out back to same problem shifting issues..
Spoke to Bryan at PCMforLess he said:
Sounds like the infamous OBD1 stall wall. What happens on a burnout or hard launch the VSS signal drops our and pitches that code and drops the tranny in a limp mode. If it does it and then you can shut the car off, start it up and it shifts properly immediately then this is most likely it and we do have a fix for it.
So I'm going to have the PCM flashed .. seems like I'll need to do that anyway so might as well check this off the list of maybe's !
It's been a while since the son's clone was on the road, now the tranny acted up .. we replaced that with a used one and an edge high stall converter.
That combo, along with an incorrect tune had the old motor
with 250K on it spin too high and she developed a rod knock.
It was so bad the motor stalled.
So the next chapter in this rebuild saga was a motor swap.
Here is the crew that helped:
and the resultant empty engine bay:
Junkyard motor was cleaned up, intake was painted a.k.a LT4
and a known working regulator rail, water pump
injectors, opti, and mild SLP/S10 converter and throttle body were
Then the junkyard motor install (after head gasket replacement, complete interior de-gunking and cleaning):
Had trouble turning over the new engine .. I even posted a thread here thinking the starter needed to be shimmed
.. turned out to be nothing more than loose wiring at the block
and at the starter, pulled the fuel pump fuse to crank the motor and build up
oil pressure -then insert fuse .... moment of truth
did we sink good money into a dog or would we be lucky?
Turn the key and the motor started immediately!
Test ride to my buddy Hamilton's house and all is okay..just a small oil leak in driveway
... must be the oil cooler adapter...
Get home and top off all the fluids and I see the leak it's not the adapter
its the oil level sender seal that leaks, I try RTV but no luck:
So off to the stealership for a new seal:
But it is still is leaking ..WTF .. son needs to leave for school with the car in another day!
Empty the oil AGAIN, apply some brake clean spray and notice some rough area that I had prepped previously
and painted but it looks different ... is that a pin hole?
YUP!! right above where the level sensor screws in:
You have qualified for father of the year in the car guys world. That was a nice transformation and now your son has a nice cruiser for his college years. I would pay good money to have those same experiences and memories with my dad.
Well I guess that junkyard motor will do...
Son drove it home from Buffalo, we changed the oil and the next morning drove across the state for four hours @ 75mph to the eastern part of the state, pulled into Lebanon Valley Drag strip, ran three qualifying runs and round one of eliminations - he ran a 15.01 - packed the car up after two hours and drove back to Rochester, ate dinner, and he drove another two hours to the western end of the state to Fredonia.. didn't over heat, leak, or knock... and no blue smoke out the tail pipe!
I am 27 and my son will turn 3 soon. And I just admire everything about this thread. I am already buying go kart frames and footballs and t ball sets. Father-son bond is amazing, your son has an awesome ride. You did a great job on everything.