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Category: Maintenance
Posted by: Derek
Well, was heading home yesterday and driving in hard rain. First time driving like this in the D. Good thing I didnt have far to go, as my visibility was 10% at best out of the windshield. Water on the windshield was being washed away by the wipers, but leaving a thin film behind, which glared horribly when oncoming lights hit it.

Today I picked up InvisibleGlass which cleans glass spotless by removing all the old gunk/grease. Hopefully this helps. I also put rain-x on the outside windows which looks like the water is just beading up and washing away. A good thing. Not sure how it will be in the rain with wipers though.

Other problem was the inside window fogging up. Bought a product called anti fog, but it left nasty streaks. Used some of the InvisibleGlass to get rid of the streaks, but not sure if it took the anti fog stuff away with it. Will have to see how it is in the same situation again. Also, I found out that the heater seemed to work better clearing up the window over the defrost.
Category: General
Posted by: Derek
Well, after a nice and restful vacation I am back. I have the following parts sitting around waiting to be installed:

- Belts & Bearings
- Spark Plugs
- Plug Wires
- LED Lights

Hope to get to all of these in the next week.
Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
Well, yesterday with the help of a friend and my father (who has experience rebuilding cars, did a frame up restoration on a '69 Camaro SS) we took off the caliper and rotor on the front drivers side. Dropped the rotor off at a tire store on the way to work. One hour and $15 later it looks nice and new, no scrapes that it had before due to the seized caliper.

Reassembled the rotor (which was a pain, didn't realize for the longest time that the force of the bolt would help push the bearings in) and placed the caliper on. Spent a hour flushing out the brake lines. I know it is recommended to use the Castrol brand of dot 4 fluid, but as I could not find it at any local shop, I decided to use the advanced Valvoline synthetic fluid that exceeds the dot 4 standards. So far so good.

Took the car for a test spin and it is driving (and stopping) great. Has a bit of a pull to the left right now which I assume will go away when the drivers side caliper wears down and stops catching first.
Category: General
Posted by: Derek
Here is the old list, and what has been done:

1. Fix the "high idle"
2. Replace the tires
3. Bleed the brakes
4. Fix the passenger door strut
5. Fix the bonnet struts
6. Replace belts - no biggie, just need to get it done.
7. Engine light
8. Interior lights - haven't toyed with this yet.
9. Grease steering wheel
10. Recharge A/C

Here is my new list:

1. MOST IMPORTANT! Replace the front caliper - should be in any day now. Coming pre-loaded with pads, need to have the rotor turned down, and flush the brake system out (as it looked kinda gunky when I was in there at the Tech session).

2. Replace the belts and bearings - was told to redo the bearings when putting new belts on while at the Tech session.

3. Engine tune-up kit - includes new spark plugs, distributor cap, & wires to get the car running all nice.

4. Pivot bolt replacement - seems like this breaking could be a bad thing, and its only $10 to fix. Do not want to be driving and lose the ability to shift.

5. Tie rod replacement - The rubber padding thing on mine have completely cracked and decayed. Need to order some new ones and get them on.

6. Clean the stainless - need to order a blending pad and some cleaner.

7. Fix interior dome light - have to figure out what is shorting the dome light out and causing it not to work with the doors open.

8. LEDs in the car - want to replace the door lights with LEDs, as well as the center console, and dome lights. Less power, and I like the bluish look.

9. Repaint the louvers - they are looking faded, need to take off and repaint.

10. Louver reinforcement - I have found a small crack in the louver support, so would like to get Rob Gradys reinforcement kit.
Category: Maintenance
Posted by: Derek
Went shopping today, and after 3 auto stores, finally found one that sells an A/C fumigation type bottle/device. Spent 3 hours on my back under the passenger foot well with a tiny mirror and a garden hose cut and duct taped to the shopvac sucking out gunk from the evaporator. Lots of grass. No idea how it all gets down in there, but my car is not the only one I saw full of grass in the evaporator core. All clean, sprayed some lysol up in there to kill whatevers growing. Cleaned out the blower motor casing, bleached the blower fan. Cleaned around the motor. Cranked the A/C, closed the doors, and stuck the nozzle in the exterior air intake vent. Sprayed, and sprayed. After that, sprayed some febreeze stuff that kills mold also down there. Think I killed it 5x over. Car smells nice now.
Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
Had the car inspected today, and it passed without a problem. The inspector did say that my one brake pad looked low, and I should get it changed ASAP.

So, on the ride home I start to hear this metal scraping sound. Perfect. Brake gone, rotor grinding. Pull it in the garage, pop off the front drivers tire, and the outside pad is completely gone, while the back pad looks brand new. My assumption is that the piston in the caliper is seized, and permanently sticking the brake. The wheel is hard to turn, while the rest spin A-OK. Phone call to John for a new caliper...
Category: General
Posted by: Derek
After 2 days of running the car without an issue, on trips to and from work, about a hour and a half a day, I have hit a roadblock. The air condtioning smells like somebody is frying ass in my vents. It is awful.

I am going to assume that the cold air and water has awaken some mold on the evaporator, and plan on cleaning it out ASAP. Cause now, in this heat, I cannot drive without A/C, and I can't drive with the stench or I think I will suffocate in the car.
Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
I decided to order a Freeze-12 kit from eBay, as it seems to be a good inexpensive R-12 substitute. Locally shops wanted anywhere from $75-100 per pound. As I had no idea how much the car needed, and most wanted $40 to even look at it, I decided to spend the money on the kit. It was $47 and included 2 cans of freon, 1 can of freon with the glow substance to check for leaks, a leak stop can, and a oil can. Along with it came the neccesary hoses, adapters, and pressure gauge.

In less than a half hour, we had the car topped back up, and running cold. The manual suggests evacuating the R12 in the system, but I feel that is more of an EPA mandate than anything else.

I highly suggest the Freeze-12 due to how easy and inexpensive it was to get up and running.
Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
So, made it back today from the Pittsburg Tech session that took place yesterday. It was great. I met many new owners, all of whom were very friendly, and accomplished a lot with the car. The car made the 4 hour trip each way without a hiccup, but it sure was hot on the way home without air conditioning!

For starters, THE IDLE IS FIXED! With the help of Rob Grady from PJ Gradys, we tested various things and it turned out to be the idle speed motor. Now I am back down around 800rpms. Perfect.

As soon as I arrived, the drivers side door strut blew out. The second one to go that was brand new from Houston when I received the car. Luckily, Rob dived into his goody bag, billed my credit card, and BAM, new door strut.

The louver struts I was told were on backwards, so we went to change them and one fell apart in my hand. Replaced them.

Rob checked over the car and pointed out that the muffler bracket had stress cracked at one point, so we lifted it up and bolted it past the crack so it didn't even matter. This raised the exhaust to fit flush with the car, and it looks much nicer now.

We fixed the engine light, all it needed was the new housing due to the old one shorting out.

Rob helped us take apart the fuel boot, and replace it, as the old one's cap was falling apart, and did not include a key clip to stop water from getting into the tank. Put new stainless brackets on it to keep it good forever.

Adjusted the headlights so that the eyebrow bars now sit better, and keep the fascia more flush. While we were doing that, we discovered a rats nest behind the front grill. That was cleaned out quick!

Also, I was told where the plug was to disconnect the annoying buzzing sound when the key is in the ignition with the door open.

And, thanks to the help of Dave from Project Vixen we changed the trailing arm bolts to Toby TABs, so no chance of me getting into an accident from a broken bolt (and lets hope not from my bad driving either).

Lots of things accomplished!

Aug 02, 2005: Updated "To Do" list

Category: General
Posted by: Derek
1. Fix the "high idle" - still have no idea. It is not ... the microswitch.

2. Replace the tires

3. Bleed the brakes

4. Fix the passenger door strut

5. Fix the bonnet struts

6. Replace belts - no biggie, just need to get it done.

7. Engine light - its the compartment that contains the light that has a faulty ground. Need to order a new part.

8. Interior lights - haven't toyed with this yet.

9. Grease steering wheel - talked to someone on Tamirs Forums and they gave me the product to purchase and use to fix this.

10. Recharge A/C - any day now.