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post #2161 of 2181 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 02:54 PM
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Some of the older service manuals show these additional functions (and the relays themselves typically show them). It's frustrating that they "dumb down" the schematics and documentation on things.
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post #2162 of 2181 (permalink) Old 06-22-2019, 01:28 PM
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I finally got around to putting refrigerant in the White Elephant. I now have nice cold AC.

I also set the pinion bearing preload on the rear I am building for the Starship. It is almost done (again).

Update...the "new" compressor developed the same leak as the one I just took out. I may have put too much refrigerant in it again.

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post #2163 of 2181 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 06:46 AM
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The Starship is painted, now it just needs reassembly.
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1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html

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post #2164 of 2181 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 11:42 PM
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post #2165 of 2181 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 09:02 PM
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I drove the Starship, for the first time in 15 months, today. I sure feels nice to have the BBC yanking me along.

I understand that pictures are on facebook for those who want to see her. I put hydroboost for the brakes in her, and it is massively effective. Best brake pedal ever.

Pretty easy to install...junkyard hydroboost from an '07 Tahoe, or similar, a flat install plate from a '94 and earlier Astro van, cut the eye off of the hydroboost and vacuum booster, weld the eye to the hydroboost at the same length as the vacuum unit, install with appropriate hoses from an older car with hydroboost (available from Rock Auto), and go. You can even use your original master cylinder.

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html
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post #2166 of 2181 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 08:48 PM
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I got the driver's side windows tinted today. I can not use the power windows until Sat. I am glad the AC works. The gate glass is starting to loose its tint, and will soon need to be replaced. Another $80 gone in an instant.

Monday I go to the Upholster's shop to get the front seats redone. He is doing one at a time, and while one is out, I am going to install a new carpet.

I am mounting the grille on the body instead of the hood. I found out that the grille has a little corner that hooks over the hood on each side. Rather than cut the hood or grille, or have it stick out 1/4 inch, the grille is going to be recessed about a half inch to an inch, and the top edge will be under the hood. It will be an interesting, different look.

While driving yesterday, it was drizzling, and I accidentally touched the go fast pedal a little more than I should have...the car gave me a quick fishtail, and I adjusted my foot.

I am putting new meats on the front this week. With the drop spindles and springs, I can only get 215s under the fenders. I am getting a pair of H rated Hankooks.

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
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Not a whole lot in the last month unfortunately - too much family stuff going on. This past weekend I did get a few hours to work on it though.

Replaced the A/C compressor that I smoked the clutch on - Sucked it down and only pulled out 0.59kg whereas I had put 0.79kg in originally. Pull the charge, install the new compressor, pull a vacuum and wait. Long story short, I've got a very small/slow leak somewhere. I injected some Dye and re-charged it - we'll see where it turns green.

Also worked on the engine cooling system - had a few unexplained drips back by the oil cooler/filter/block interface. Pulled the cap on the overflow tank and tried to pressurize the system to see if I can locate the source of the leak. Found out that the new radiator cap (the one on the radiator - it's an 80's 454 truck radiator) seals had hardened up like plastic causing it to leak. Unfortunately I also found the source of the original leak which is in a bad location that requires draining both the engine oil and coolant and it still makes a slimy disaster with all the stuff that won't drain out. Ugh - I'll probably just leave it be and see if it gets worse/better and then figure out what to do with it from there. Really not looking forward to that job .
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Decided the other day that it had collected dust long enough. Washed it and filled it with gas. Took it for a drive and the A/C has quit working. So I put it back to collecting dust status.

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post #2169 of 2181 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 05:12 PM
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Pull-a-Part got a wagon and the interior was much better than mine. Wrong color, but...it works. So, out with the old and in with the new.
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post #2170 of 2181 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 05:36 PM
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A two tone interior is not necessarily a bad thing. It does not look bad at all, and it is still Caprice.

Did you have any trouble getting the rear seat to fit?

1991 OCC 461 (.030 over 454) BBC, 3.23 posi, flash to pass, drop spindles & springs, Impala rims, Hydroboost, Recaros, MOMO/wood SW w/QR, custom wood shift knob, Pioneer DEH P77DH
1992 OCC now with 5.7 tbi, DEH P77DH
For a parts list, check https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...ion-parts.html

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