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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Not to hijack your thread. No its some kind of fuzzy black cloth, matching the fuzzy door panels. Its not bad, but from a tri-five standard where they are all now $75k+ frame off cars it could use a refresh.

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The link you sent Ciadella makes the nicest original stuff available... highly recommend if you go that direction.
www.ciadellainteriors.com/

If not looking for strictly original, EZBoy/lebaron Bonney makes real nice "semi" custom interior stuff where you can pick your pattern, colors, materials and they will make new covers to fit the oem seats... www.ezboyinteriors.com/

Almost identical to the EZ boy stuff (Except cheaper), Automotive Interiors also makes the "Semi Custom" designs.
www.automotiveinteriors.com

I've installed EZ boy & automotive interiors covers before and they are nice pieces.

None of this of course compares price wise to the "mass produced" reproduction covers for chevelles, camaros and mustangs- we tend to forget that prices for these reflect the high volumes sold just due to the number of vehicles people are working on- these other options appear expensive in contrast, almost as much as having covers made from scratch.

Just a few different options

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Well in 10 years or if I win the lottery we can talk. aww Now get your car wrapped!



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Brettd85 wrote:

Well in 10 years or if I win the lottery we can talk. aww Now get your car wrapped!


waiting for MY lotto win to pay for the wrap materials first

 



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Borrowed a digital level, much easier to determine the front & rear drive angles being able to use the driveline to zero it out.
Lengthened the upper control arms quite a bit- Adjusted the rear to 1.5degrees down (was 2.8degrees down) and trans is 1.0 degree up.

Diff fluid was leaking out the pinion nut- so I pulled the drive line and Pulled the pinion nut & removed the rear Yoke, cleaned it and resealed it, and retorqued it- hopefully it won't leak anymore. Seems that the pinion nut itself had backed off a bit as the washer behind it was loose- I pulled the rear cover and didn't see any excessive wear on the gears, or any noticeable extra flakes in the fluid i drained- so probably a good thing that i went through the exercise of resealing and re-torquing it.

Anyway- Just about done with this mess, and it'll be ready for a test drive and hopefully burnouts again!





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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Mm old gear lube in the morning...

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Burnouts after work then?

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66SSFan wrote:

Burnouts after work then?


Hmm... It is sunny today... 

 



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Well, burnouts are here again! Im happy to report the wheel hop is gone!

Unfortunately as usual, gotta have a setback too... After 10mins driving the temp spiked up to at 250 and I shut it down.

Radiator was cold and top hose was soft and not pressurized.

Thinking the tstat stuck closed, or the temp guage broke- or both... Time to drain the coolant again I guess! Lol.

 



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Really glad to hear wheel hop is gone! Could also be air entrapment from the heater core swap. Could drill a tiny hole in the t-stat too to help it burp the air out. I would run it for a bit with cap off nose high too.

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It's possible. I didn't top off the fluid after it hooked the hoses up. I did take about a gallon out when I was swapping the hoses, but I don't feel like that is so far down to cause this... But could have been air locked.

Maybe I'll top it off with water and run it without the rad cap for a while and see how it does before I crack open the tstat housing and start replacing stuff.


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- Mike -
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If it was that hot and the radiator was cold, it’s more than an air pocket.

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Tested the thermostat by boiling it tonight- opened right at 180 degrees like it should. Not stuck.

Coolant was low, but not THAT low, but i'm sure there was a big air pocket with the new heater core and empty hoses. There was no water in the intake when i took the t-stat off.

Its possible its the gauge- Its a cheapo from summit, and has acted weird in the past, and the sending tube did get tweaked a little bit by the control cables from the heater box when I was working on it.

Anyway- I'll reinstall the stat tomorrow, top off the coolant and run it in the driveway for a while and see what the temp does.







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If the stat doesn’t already have the steam hole, drill one like Bret suggested. I’m assuming you don’t have a shut off valve for the heater hose?

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I was busy all day and didn't have a chance to reply last night... But Sunday I topped off the coolant in the passage under the t-stat, reinstalled the t-stat, topped off the radiator (a little more than a gallon overall) and ran it in the driveway for about 30 mins.

Got up to 180 degrees and never went any higher. stat opened as it was supposed to and upper hose pressurized as it was supposed to.
Heater is working great- nice and toasty & no leaks...

So guessing just a massive air bubble caused by my not refilling the system. Shouldn't have been in such a rush i guess. Hopefully didn't do any damage for those couple mins it ran crazy hot. Oil pressure was fine and no funny sounds, so thinking its all fine.

If we can ever get out of this rain, i'll take it out for a longer drive.


I have it pulled nose into the garage now, so next I'm going to swap in the Hotchkis 1" drop springs I got from Mike P (they should RAISE the nose about 1/2 or so and stiffen it up) and install the new JGC steering box and power steering stuff I've been gathering. Should be a real pleasure to drive once this stuff is all installed, then i can get back to working on the outside.


 



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66SSFan wrote:

If the stat doesn’t already have the steam hole, drill one like Bret suggested. I’m assuming you don’t have a shut off valve for the heater hose?


 I drill at least one 1/8 hole in the T stat on all of them.



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I yanked out the 6 cylinder springs last night and installed the Hotchkis 1" drop BBC springs from Mike.

Much much better. It may still settle down a little bit after I drive it some, but I'm much happier. It was so low before the lip of the scattershield was scraping on speedbumps and i couldn't get my floor jack under the crossmember.

 

Now with the factory rear springs from mark and these up front it sits level like it should.

 

 






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I work with Todd Zink and he told me a while back that he might have some pics of my car from that BBQ back in 2010/2011? when it did the epic burnout.

He finally got around to finding them and send them to me. Kinda cool to see it before it was grey and green.  Some other cool pics from that bbq too, shows eric's truck before it became Minty fresh green.

 

 

 



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- Jason -
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Cool pics Ben.

That was a fun day. Back then I had 3" 2 chamber Flowmasters dumped at the rear end, sounded awesome but was loud as hell.

We need to do that again.



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We had about 15 mins of sun this afternoon, so took the car out for some burnouts and fun.

 

"New" SS Hood from neil's 68 installed today. Has a few pinholes that will need to be filled, but good enough for my car. Love seeing those double humps through the windshield!

And... no more dragging the headers, The Hotchkis springs are perfect. Stance is great front and back now.

And shining out back is the nice new 300 series rear bumper finally out on the road! (old rusty POS got recycled yesterday)

Had to take a couple pics showing the drivers side... too much junk in my garage to get a look at the whole side. I still have not started the full polish process on the exposed gold. Not sure yet if i want to go down that road on the passenger side, or just strip it to the metal and shoot DP90 on it and call it good. The new hood is making me think that DP90 black might be enough to make me happy for a while.

 

 

 



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