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Junior, I'm going to have my belts done when that time comes. There are about 3 companies that I know of that redo them. I know you will let us know how they do for you.
Your headliner. About a year ago I had to do the headliner on my mother in law's Lesabre. JoAnn's Fabric has some nice material. I got two yards and it was under $20 and it might have been under $15 because I have their app. That was because I had to buy something for my car and the clerk insisted I have it to get discounts. The expensive part was the glue. Bob, 96Black, told me about some that was really sticky. I got 2 cans at AZ and that was about $40. Out, redo the headliner and back in in about 4 hours.
Adhesive:https://www.autozone.com/sealants-glues-adhesives-and-tape/headliner-adhesive/3m-headliner-and-fabric-adhesive/110464_0_0
Material:https://www.joann.com/headliner-tan-utility-vinyl/9198672.html#q=foam+backing&start=1
I got the tan for her but I have some black I bought for my car.
Check it out. Yeah, I know. I'm not the boss. However, the boss would seek my advice because I'm the Sergeant!!!

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Junior, I'm going to have my belts done when that time comes. There are about 3 companies that I know of that redo them. I know you will let us know how they do for you.
Will do. I wrote to all three of them about a month or two ago when I was planning this project. The two besides SSnake-Oyl were higher priced, and couldn't do anything about the retraction spring or tension of the belts.

That's my primary concern since my belts appearance is excellent. They're not getting sent out to look good, I need the functionality taken care of.

Your headliner. About a year ago I had to do the headliner on my mother in law's Lesabre. JoAnn's Fabric has some nice material. I got two yards and it was under $20 and it might have been under $15 because I have their app. That was because I had to buy something for my car and the clerk insisted I have it to get discounts. The expensive part was the glue. Bob, 96Black, told me about some that was really sticky. I got 2 cans at AZ and that was about $40. Out, redo the headliner and back in in about 4 hours.

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I'm going to farm out this project to another local guy. I had him redo the headliner in my Tahoe a few years ago, in black as well. I just dont have tha space to do the headliner myself, and for the price I'm getting it's not really worth my time. My guy will do it for $100. I sorta get friend of a friend pricing.

The only thing I'm not sure of is the quality of the backing of the headliner since I pulled one out of a junkyard car. My thinking on this is the same as the seatbelts, get the work done on another piece, so when the day comes to remove & replace in my car, I can knock it out in a day.

No matter what you do with our cars you have to bend the headliner a bit to get it out of the ca. So the Junkyard piece has a crack in the backing, and it's not as firm as a new piece, so I'll first get his opinion on whether or not it's worth doing anything, or if I should use my current headliner.

I was thinking that one it's installed it really won't make a differece, but I'll get his opinion on this.

Writing this reminds me that I need to get some dynamat like material for the roof.... I got a suggestion from guy on the Oldsmobile forum for some that I need to look into. The stuff I used on my tahoe was in 12" X 12" pieces @ $10/Ea. I'm looking to reduce the cost this time, so I'll report back on that too.
 

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Yesterday I started out by voting and then I went to see if the gasket I ordered had come in. Nope. then I went to another store to get my new timing tab. It was in. I then went back to AZ and the gasket arrived. I also picked up the loaner harmonic dampner installer, again. I went home and put the HD in the oven to heat it up some. In the mean time I started to put the timing cover on. I had previously cleaned the mating surfaces, again. I cleaned the bolt threads and put on the sealant. I got it all together and put the bolts in. Not wanting to break another bolt I was gentle about the tightening. I found that 12 ft.lbs or 130 inch lbs is what to use. This time I used my inch lb. wrench. Even that amount of torque seems to be a bit much. So. I just tightened till it felt good. I thought " How progressive of me." I got the HD on and then turned my attention to the oil pan. This is when I found that I can't install the rear main seal retainer with the engine on the stand. I have to bring the hoist in the garage today to get this done. It's heavy and dragging it across the grass is a pain.
I did get the heavy crud off of my power steering pump and calipers so I can put them in the blaster and then try my hand at powder coating. It dawned upon me that this is what it takes to "Make A Great Automobile."
I know it doesn't sound as if there was a lot of work done but there are other chores I have to do too. Besides, it's been hotter than the hinges of hell here.

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Since I already had my engine hoist in the back yard and lugging it into the garage and back would be a PITA I changed a little. I had the body unbolted already and the rear off the frame a bit. I found two possible lifting lugs under the front of the car. One is below the power brake booster and the other under the wiper motor. Both at where the firewall transforms to the floor pan. I hooked a heavy duty tie down strap to those and used the hoist to lift the front of the body off. and yes there is always one more wire. I caught it in time. I found that I would have to lift the rear a little more. Less than 4 inches. I was rolling the frame out and the front needed a little lift too. A 2x4 took care of that. I don't have tires on the rear. I put a HF transmission lift under the differential and it rolled along on plywood. I already had my plan of attack laid out and then I noticed I should have taken the rear bumper off and supported the body differently. I bent the quarter panels a little. Not a big deal because one had rusted and the other was bent from a thrown tire tread. It will be taken care of. Wife's at work and the only encouragement I got was from the dogs, Chevy, Harley(Davidson) & Mini(Cooper). Now to have a heart attack. Nitro is standing close at hand. :wink2:

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No matter what you do with our cars you have to bend the headliner a bit to get it out of the ca. So the Junkyard piece has a crack in the backing, and it's not as firm as a new piece, so I'll first get his opinion on whether or not it's worth doing anything, or if I should use my current headliner.
As a helluva late follow-up to my own thread, I did get this completed, but need to REVISE my statement on the bending of the headliner upon removal.

I have the P/S seat out, and has been out for the last few months, as I bought a pair of GTO seats (2006), and will need to do some fabrication to make the GTO seat rails work with our cars seat mounting studs....But that's ANOTHER STORY.

The point is, with the P/S seat removed, and the driver's seat reclined all the way, I didn't have to bend the original headliner AT ALL. It came out without a problem.

I had the sun visors and headliner done in a flat black color to go along with the interior components I removed. I wet sanded them, and then scratched them with scotch brite, and painted them all in a flat black, to match the carper as well as the headliner, and the new black front seat belt webbing.

I'll have to see what pix I can dig out of my camera or cell phone. It'll just take a little looking, and I'll get them eventually.
 

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Z28 Cluster + Brass H2O Components

This weekend I got a few things done. Saturday I got a Z28 cluster Installed.



Then I ran a 4' stainless braided hose for my mechanical oil pressure gauge, thru stainless steel T and associated HDW to keep the OEM 9C1 sending unit.

I then installed a ball valve in place of the restrictor, since I upgraded to an electric water pump yesterday, and I even noticed some warm air with the control set all the way to the cold position yesterday (72' in Austin). This should help my A/C even more in the summer, even though it went down to 36-38' previously.


At the same time since I was in the cooling system, I installed an all Brass-T, in place of the plastic, since that one was about 10 years old, and I never want to experience a cooling failure while on the road.


Then, lastly I ran another 4 for stainless braided hose from the test port of the 4L60E transmission to a 0-300 Stewart Warner gauge.

 
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6-Point Buck decided to play ram!

Well just when you think you've done so much with your ride that you've got her the way you wanted and you won't be turning any wrenches for a while....

THIS HAPPENS!! A good sized Texas 6-Point buck decided to play ram tonight and blast the side of my car! After stopping by the dealer parts department, and cruising home the 'scenic route' because it's Friday and I'm in no rush home.

I see this bastard up ahead off the right-hand side of the road running around in someone's front yard. It's a country back road, and the speed limit is 30 or 35MPH. I stop and thought this guy would cross the road, or run off into the woods.

NO, NOT AT ALL. He amps it up and runs directly at the side of my car, and blasts the passenger's front door! The rear view mirror lens comes flying over at me, and eventually lands between my seat and the door panel. He then just walks away like nothing happened.
When I got home, I got out and found the following:





Now the fun of dealing with the insurance company begins.........
 

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304 S/S Oil PSI Fittings

Well today I finished the plumbing I was waiting on for my mechanical oil pressure gauge. Previously when I did the Z28 cluster, I ran the tubing/hose assembly to and for the gauge, so when I got all the plumbing HDW, I could knock everything out rather quickly

It took a couple fits of each piece, as each one seemed to require just one more rotation for me to feel comfortable in that there wouldn't be any leaks when I finished. And, I realized after I took the picture that teflon tape wasn't required for the AN4 gauge connection.



I chose 304 stainless fittings thru McMaster Carr to last over the eventual transfer of this HDW to the rebuilt engine I'll get to some day, and the rest of the lifetime of myself or the car. I bought a zinc plated steel 1/8 pipe to AN4 from Summit to top everything off.

Per Sherlock9C1's online advice, I decided to stick with my current F-Body EGR, while I was in the neighborhood.

That was all for today, just waiting to hear from Allstate one way or another on how to proceed after the 6-pointer rammed into me last night.



I've got the all the glass from the rear-view mirror all vacuumed up. I noticed a couple scrapes in the rear door today after washing her. I also noticed a tear in the front windshield tint from some of the flying glass/or mirror glass assembly.
 

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Well just when you think you've done so much with your ride that you've got her the way you wanted and you won't be turning any wrenches for a while....

THIS HAPPENS!! A good sized Texas 6-Point buck decided to play ram tonight and blast the side of my car! After stopping by the dealer parts department, and cruising home the 'scenic route' because it's Friday and I'm in no rush home.

I see this bastard up ahead off the right-hand side of the road running around in someone's front yard. It's a country back road, and the speed limit is 30 or 35MPH. I stop and thought this guy would cross the road, or run off into the woods.

NO, NOT AT ALL. He amps it up and runs directly at the side of my car, and blasts the passenger's front door! The rear view mirror lens comes flying over at me, and eventually lands between my seat and the door panel. He then just walks away like nothing happened.
When I got home, I got out and found the following:





Now the fun of dealing with the insurance company begins.........
Sorry about your Deer Damage but it could have been much worse. I've had a few Deer mishaps myself and never injured but have heard they can come thru the Windshield and kill you if you aren't so lucky.

In 2007 I hit 1 on my way into work while driving the Caprice. It was dark and happened so fast I had no time to react. She ran from my left to my right and it was a direct front hit. You can see the imprint of the Deer Body on my hood. The head whipped around and took out the Pass Front Fender.
It hit so hard that it got into the Rad Support and also both AirBags popped and busted OUT the windshield and destroyed the Dash Pad.

My worst Deer damage was on a very nice Hoopty I picked up. A 87 Cutlass Cierra with only 52K. It was in GREAT shape until that Afternoon. Left work early and the damn thing ran into my Pass Door and scared the hell out of me. Glass went everywhere and even had shards of glass in my hair. As soon as I got out to look at the damage, I saw the Windshield Frame and thought "Fu(K its TOTALED". The guy behind me stopped and said it hit you and bounced up in the air about 10'. He then says, "what you going to do with the Deer?" Huh?, not like I can kill it again....as much as I wanted to. >:) They wanted it for the meat and threw it in the back of their truck. Mmmmmm, I heard Roadkill aint so good but they wanted it and I don't hunt anyway....at least not with a Gun. :smile2: The other pics show the car right after I got home and yeah I was pretty pissed but what are you going to do (Shrug), at least I was ok.
 

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I know you wondering what happedned to Mothball, well. Hail hit her last year. But i fixed windshield, replaced hood & trunk. Also got the front end replaced with moog components. I had the fuse box power wire short out on fender, so i swapped that. I have a 58mm throttle body, extended control arms, new tires(yea she on flats now, I'm deployed) got staggered cooper cobras. I painted some staggered truck rallies to match interior. I got a double din dash kit, new heads(broke a rocker at 60mph full throttle, car stalled all the way out), new spark plugs & taylor wires, i swapped headlights for rare clear cornered ones, going to add 6.5s in front door, swapped the 6x9s in rear to rockford fosgates. Deciding between a panoramic & a sliding rag top. Body work coming soon lol. I'm deployed right now. But i miss my baby. Trying to decide which springs & rockers to put in(not changing cam unless i have to), also porting heads n intake for the 58mm tb.
 

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Installed Gary's battery cables and fan harness with fan relay relocation. A new battery and new hardware to tighten up all the ground connections.
Good news: every light is brighter.
Bad news: weak fuses and relays are popping left and right.
All worth it !
 

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Sorry about your Deer Damage but it could have been much worse. I've had a few Deer mishaps myself and never injured but have heard they can come thru the Windshield and kill you if you aren't so lucky.

...In 2007 I hit 1 on my way into work while driving the Caprice. It was dark and happened so fast I had no time to react. ....


...My worst Deer damage was on a very nice Hoopty I picked up. A 87 Cutlass Cierra with only 52K
....Then he says, "what you going to do with the Deer?" Huh?, not like I can kill it again....as much as I wanted to. >:) They wanted it for the meat and threw it in the back of their truck. ......



I remember the contact in '07, but missed the other. Tragic, but better a Ciera sacrificed v. that nice Monte. You reminded me of my 'closest encounter' back in '77 on a weekend to my uncle's farm for target shooting with wife-2-B and her sis and groom. On a packed Friday interstate in the speed lane I spy a giant paper bag floating down a bank and across the oncoming lanes and BAM! smacked a Pinto and pushed it perfectly lateral 3 lanes into the outside curb. The fender looked welded onto the folded over tire. This 'bag' has turned into a doe spinning and decelerating VERY quickly right in front of us but luckily ends up in the median. It's bellering something painful to hear, so the BIL and I go to the trunk and pull out my Python to dispatch it.

Then from outta nowhere there's a real loud, "Hey!!! Why in the hell did you hit me?" so I come from around the back and this skinny kid sees the gun and has this "I just got murdered" look and funny gray-white color to match. I call him a specific kind of idiot and just point behind me and tell him it weren't me. I have to time and triangulate a head-shot not to ricochet into a car or building, and instantly realize for the rest of the weekend why it's stupid not to wear earplugs. Two guys stop and ask if they can have it, and I said, "Sure, but it's 90* and you got about 5 minutes left to dress it." It was a hoot watching them trying to tie it to the minuscule luggage rack of a 240Z.

As far as my black "premium trim level Caprice" ;) I replaced the clutch switch (with purple dye on it) and the AC is back to leaking less than 20% what it recently had been.
 

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I got to install the P/S reservoir tank I bought from BigBlackBeaSSt a while back. I had mine powder coated after I got the initial tank from Tim.

Her's first two pictures of it installed


I found that the O-Ring on the pressure line at the pump had certainly seen better days.


A few weeks ago I had bought a set of these small ratchets, that work extremely well in small places, as I had when accessing the clamp on the back of the P/S pump. I took a pic of it on the end of the clamp so you could see what I was working with. That tool was a life saver, it worked perfect in that small space. I;m glad I got them just a few weeks ago!

 
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Finally I can post some work on my car. I rolled the frame out and started to clean it up some. I was using a cup brush and I got some Eastwood cylindrical brushes for the frame. The cup brush took the majority of the rust off. I'm trying to save the others for areas that are too tight for the cup. So far I've gotten maybe 60% done. The top and sides and some of the inner portion and inside the area for the bumper shocks. It sure is hot out today. My genuine Chevrolet reproduction thermometer read 112*. I had to give the grinder lots of breaks. The tools had to cool off too. Maybe later I'll go out and do some blasting on smaller parts.

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More work on my frame today. I had been trying to get some small bends out from a jack moron (Scot's words). I had tried several ways. Pipe wrench, duck bill with the porta power. I went and got one of those 10 ton puck rams and moved most of it. I also got a 20 press and set that up. I did have to rearrange a little in the garage for the press. I also got the ball joints and bushings out of both uppers & lowers. I found that I could pull the front upper bushings with a 3 jaw puller and it sure was easier than beating on them. I'll have to buy both control arm shafts. One bushing had been replaced at one time and the threads got buggered a little. The other side I had trouble because one the washers on the upper was real tight and taking it off flattened the threads some. I'll have to clean up all four control arms a little more before I put them in the blast cabinet. I had intended to vacuum the AC on my little pick up and convert to R134 but ran out of time. Oh well as long as the garage is cool.

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Weather messed with me all day. I rolled my frame out and started to blast on it. I had been using aluminum oxide and that ran into $ real fast. I remembered about Tractor Supply having Black Diamond and got 2 bags to see how it would go. That stuff is fast and lasts awhile. One of the bags I got was damp from the store so I rolled the chassis back into the garage. I started to rain again. I took the bag back and got a replacement and another bag. It had stopped raining and I got some more done. Well the clouds rolled in again and I put it all up. I had also gotten my headers blasted so I can coat them. Back inside I decided to make my 220 volt extension cord. I had the plug & outlet. I had also bought some 6/3 SOOW to make that. Kinda productive day in spite of the rain.
Apologies for the sideways pics.

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A little more. I hope this shows how well the Black Diamond works. I used my HF 20 pound pressure pot. I was able to get almost an entire 50 lb. bag in it. Still trying to figure that one out. But it lasted and worked. I have a 60 gallon compressor and it got a work out too. Once I have it how I like it and do the welding I'll paint the inside of the frame and the outside. I have Eastwood products for that.

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Greetings Earthlings

I got most of the frame blasted. Ran out of Black Diamond and so did tractor Supply.

I did make these and welded them on along with the front brace. I made them from 1X2 inch flat stock and drilled & tapped them. Holes line up with stock and I have 3/8th inch ARP small head 12 point bolts for it.


I also did find that there may be issues with spring drop out on the rear. My research showed that Fred had what I thought was the best solution. I know in several posts from the past he talked about it and was asked to post a pic. I understand not getting it done. Since I have my frame upside down right now I thought I would show what( I think) he was saying.
I hope so. Fred???

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You are correct. The exhaust pipe on the upper perch keeps the springs from falling out. I also suggest tiewrapping them to the lower perch to make sure they can not get away. They are sneaky little buggers.
 

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Thanks Fred. I know that you've been asked about that. I research a lot and had seen the question come up more than once. I had some 3, 21/2, & 21/4 inch pipe. I chose the 21/4 inch about 4 inches long. After I get further along the thought of using J bolts to hold the lower might work. If not that then I may use stainless steel ties to hold them. Sort of like the ones that hold header wrap on.


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