Pending write-ups and happenings with the car...
5/5 just came and went. Porkchop is now 11 and still gets frequent compliments. Front bumper just got repainted thanks to a DWF in San Marcos back in February (driving while female). Teenage girl on cell phone in parking lot hit parked GTO. Genius award.
My coolant leak of the last two years has been traced down. First it was a failed radiator cap. Replaced cap. Problem was reduced, coolant was still being lost. Hoses and WP gaskets are relatively new. No visible coolant under car. Pressure tested system this week. Front of radiator (inside bumper area) leaks like a weeping man...
New Mishimoto aluminum radiator ordered. Stock radiator made it almost 75k miles before this happened, chilling a nasty stroker motor and handling Texas summers, road trips, and road racing. I'm not at all unhappy.
Driveline vibrations...been going on for almost two years. Solved that chit, too.
Trans mount was replaced two years ago, but stock style rubber, and it sags/collapsed so much that it was throwing off my driveline angle. Poor car! Vibrations ended up rattling the mounting bolts loose. Shame on me for not using blue Loctite.
I shimmed the trans back up to the correct angle, Loctited the two b*tch-bolts, and took car out for test drive this past week. Smoothest it has been in YEARS!!!
Front StopTech slotted brake rotors finally gave out. Front right is warped pretty bad. Ordered up some stock style replacements online that have a 2yr warranty, which I will most certainly use in the next 12-18mo... :p
Going from 165 down to 80 at TWS into Turn 1 when I was green ultimately killed the rotors. I think I can make the next ones last much longer.
Gonna flush brake system, resurface the pads, and hopefully have a smooth brake system that no longer shudders like Michael J Fox on a bad week.
Trunk-mounted battery...Optima Red Top took a dive from the car not being driven enough, and at the time I didn't have a tender. My fault entirely.
After Red Top, I had a flooded style 24F battery that leaked acid into trunk under hard driving. I forgot how hard my car can corner, and its effects of things like batteries and oil systems. I have to clean out trunk today before the acid eats my trunk flooring like the blood from the movie Aliens. God bless the acid neutralizer I keep in a spray can for repairs and terminal cleanings.
I also replaced my ugly, failed, leaking PS reservoir with clear/blue one from a 2009 G8 GT. Awesome mod for $45. Underhood look is nearly complete, and it included a fresh PS cap since my old one was allowing PS fluid to slosh onto my pretty fender and scalding hot longtubes...embarrassing auto-x day.
I will post some videos soon. Finally got some good passenger-reaction videos from the GoPro. Lovely ladies and terrified, giddy men experiencing the launch of this car at low speeds.
Thanks for reading (those of you who made it this far or appreciate the build)!