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DrMikeCSI
DrMikeCSI Reader
5/16/24 6:26 a.m.

That is a work of art. 

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
5/16/24 8:48 a.m.

I made a video about the harness guide bar and show the carnage of the broken window Link to Video

 

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
5/22/24 11:48 p.m.

Last weekend was the first big local car show so I have been trying to get the car ready for its debut. The morning of the show I had it up on the lift and checked it all over-checked fasteners and fluid levels and looked for anything that could rub or melt on something else. Then I went for a short drive and it was a bit of a disaster. The trans would pop out of 2nd,4th and 6th gear, the clutch pedal went hard and would not move, making shifting impossible. I had to switch the car off at lights and start in gear to get home. After a bunch of diagnosis, I could see that the threaded collar of the hydraulic throwout bearing had spun itself in. The throwout bearing then went to full max extension and would go no further and there was no pressure from the pressure plate to force the fluid back into the master cylinder. I could not fix this without removing the trans so I simply made and aluminum pickle fork the right thickness and stuck it through the access hole and bolted it in place-works like a charm until I can remove the trans. Then we drove to the show and the power steering started to make noise and as we drove very slowly through the throngs of people at the car show, it spit power steering fluid out the resevoir and onto the header-smoke ensued. Despite all this, the car was the belle of the ball. I swear everybody at that show came by to see this car none of them had ever seen before and there was nothing but positives shown to us the whole time. Many, many questions were asked, pictures taken and I even started it up and gave them a few revs. I filled the power steering up before the drive home but it was empty as we turned up the back alley. One of the factory hard lines (not one I made) had failed and I trip to the local hydraulic store got me fixed up with something that would work. I went for a longish drive tonight and had no issues. Oh yeh, the shifting problem turned out to be the rubber shift boot I have, it put enough resistance in the lever to kick the car out of gear. The car feels way faster than the Pink Panther but the HP/weight ratio numbers say that is impossible.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) MegaDork
5/23/24 9:20 a.m.

Bravo !! Love the license plate.

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
5/28/24 9:41 p.m.

I made a video about the front splitter and getting the flush mounted glass installed Splitter and glass install video

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
6/19/24 11:55 p.m.

I spent 3 hours installing the driver side door glass and am happy about that except I discovered that the regulator gears are stripped and it won't go all the way to the top without some assistance

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
6/20/24 8:53 a.m.

Door assemblies are the hardest part of any restoration. Everything from gaps to latching to window fit and operation is going to keep you up at night and probably never be done 100% to your satisfaction.

Also very rewarding when you do get it right. 

Never been happy with any of the manual aftermarket window regulators that I have tried. I know it is late in the game, but other than the originality thing, for a resto-mod, I would be tempted to convert to electric.

 

Pete

Recon1342
Recon1342 UltraDork
6/20/24 8:59 a.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

I'll be happy when the doors are the only thing I need to worry about on the Towpar...

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
6/26/24 8:40 p.m.

Some exciting new developments. I took the Camaro to an A/C shop and they hooked up their vacuum pump and it held a perfect vacuum for 25 minutes. They charged it up and it blows cold air! I can't believe it was that easy. I just cruised around with the windows closed and enjoyed the cold air.

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
7/1/24 4:42 p.m.

I know many will be skeptical about what I'm about to say but the Camaro was frightening to drive. Smoothly pulling away from a light was a challenge and if a cop was beside me, I would be berkeleyed. I started asking questions on the HPTuners forum and found that it comes down to a table in the tune for desired throttle. Basically, it controls how much the throttle body open for a given pedal movement. Also, it was suggested that the default map when the ECM doesn't see a BCM signal is the Sport map. So what I did was cut and paste the Normal map to the Sport map and tried that. It definitely drove easier so the proof of concept was confirmed. I went a little further with it and did my own little tweaks to the map and it's even easier to drive now. I have an autocross event in two weeks and might even make more changes but I wanted to share the maps with you. Here are the before and after maps.

loosecannon
loosecannon UltraDork
7/7/24 2:04 p.m.

I highly recommend looking your project car over after every drive until you are confident everything is going to be fine. So far I have found a loose motor mount bolt, loose shifter bolts, loose pedal reinforcing plate bolts, muffler rubbing on torque arm and a leaking axle seal. All these things (except maybe axle seal) are easy fixes with some loctite and were caught before anything became a bigger problem. The axle seal is a mystery, I took it apart to inspect and it all looks perfect. I looked at diagram that came with the axle and it's installed correctly. I've got a new one coming.

SkinnyG
SkinnyG PowerDork
7/7/24 11:05 p.m.

That's like my favourite picture right there.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/8/24 12:15 p.m.

So much tire!

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