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Old 03-20-2017, 09:46 AM   #3121
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did a wood working project in the garage Sunday. Pulled the cover off the bird, look at it, then covered it back up. One day this $hit weather here in Michigan will clear up and I will actually get her out.
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Replaced the broken headlamp support cable on the driver side, no more headlight wobble. Didn't really wobble that bad without it, but it was enough to bother my OCD self. Tried looking for a premade replacement to no avail so ended up making my own with some braided 1/16" steel cable and some crimps. The factory one was riveted into the core support so I ran mine to an easy enough to access bolt in the core support to use as an anchoring point. Best of all it was like under $2 in materials, so woo.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:23 PM   #3123
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I started working on my LS1 brake upgrade. After taking off the wheels and inspectng the original bushings, etc., this is where I am at now:



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Old 03-21-2017, 11:15 PM   #3124
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OnA Fan, that looks a little more elaborate than just a brake upgrade.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:36 PM   #3125
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OnA Fan, that looks a little more elaborate than just a brake upgrade.
Yes, plans changed rapidly once I saw how bad the original components were. I already had the tubular A-arms in storage. This seemed like the right time to do it right. Picking up some BMR lowering springs and Koni shock sometime this week.
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:14 PM   #3126
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Did a drive test with a friends very eloborate OBD II analyzer. I've had a consistant and re-ocurring "Service Engine" light with various codes. 2 interesting issues became apparent. My coolant temp gauge has issues. It stayed virtually locked on 209 - 210 indicated under all conditions. But the temp according to the analyzer ranged from 190 at a constant 70 mph to 228 while stuck in stop and go traffic. In regards to the SES light, the analyzer gave a "hint" to check the altenator. And, interestingly enough, I have recently noticed the alt. does not seem to respond like it should. So I feel that I might finally be on the right track with my SES.
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Old 03-28-2017, 01:48 PM   #3127
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'99-02 the coolant gauge is a dummy gauge and isn't an accurate portrayal of what's actually going on. For whatever reason I guess GM thought it was a good idea to get rid of an actual functioning gauge, though I suspect it's for the same reason Mazda replaced the Miata's functioning oil pressure gauge for a dummy one: People brought their cars in wondering why the gauge was moving around all the time and what could be done to fix it... Also in the case of the F-body sitting still on a hot day it's easy to knock onto 240 so of course that'd have people freaking out and bringing the car in thinking something was wrong as well I'm oh so sure, so GM put in a dummy gauge so everything is A-ok 210 no matter what...
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Old 03-28-2017, 02:56 PM   #3128
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Boxxx, thanks for the info on the temp gauge. I took the car into an alternator repair place today and the alternator was bad even though it was still charging. It didn't want to charge when the A/C was on. Have a new one now.
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Old 03-29-2017, 02:46 AM   #3129
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No problem, it was something I stumbled upon when I was shopping for a F-body so I thought would give a heads up to save you a wild goose chase.
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'99-02 the coolant gauge is a dummy gauge and isn't an accurate portrayal of what's actually going on. For whatever reason I guess GM thought it was a good idea to get rid of an actual functioning gauge, though I suspect it's for the same reason Mazda replaced the Miata's functioning oil pressure gauge for a dummy one: People brought their cars in wondering why the gauge was moving around all the time and what could be done to fix it... Also in the case of the F-body sitting still on a hot day it's easy to knock onto 240 so of course that'd have people freaking out and bringing the car in thinking something was wrong as well I'm oh so sure, so GM put in a dummy gauge so everything is A-ok 210 no matter what...
So how do we get the gauge to read accurately?
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:52 AM   #3131
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Drove it! First time in several weeks that the weather has been clear. Parked near Daytona Sunrise C7 in the parking garage.
Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic. Anyway, good day.

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Old 03-30-2017, 05:27 PM   #3132
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I finally got all the rat droppings cleaned out of my '68 bird after i got behind the dash. Waiting for the universal GM 21 circut wire harness to come in and be one step closer to getting this thing back on the road again
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Old 03-30-2017, 07:55 PM   #3133
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Shane, awesome looking bird. I really like the way the wheels fit the fender wells. What diameter and width are those rims?
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:23 PM   #3134
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End of last year, the town was painting new lines in the road. "Someone" didnt know what they were doing and painted a line in the middle of the driving lane. I didn't notice it till too late, and drove over it.


I was not pleased to see the mess of splattered paint inside the pass side wheel wells


This week I removed all the wheels and painted the inner fender areas, with a black undercoat spray.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:30 PM   #3135
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End of last year, the town was painting new lines in the road. "Someone" didnt know what they were doing and painted a line in the middle of the driving lane. I didn't notice it till too late, and drove over it.


I was not pleased to see the mess of splattered paint inside the pass side wheel wells


This week I removed all the wheels and painted the inner fender areas, with a black undercoat spray.
Nice paint job. I would really like to see the "Before" picture too!

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Shane your car is gorgeous! cant tell in that pic though what splitter are you running?
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Old 03-31-2017, 08:34 AM   #3137
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Nice paint job. I would really like to see the "Before" picture too!

John
I was so mad at the town, and what I saw when I got home that night, I wanted the problem gone and nothing to remind me of what it looked like.


It was horrible...and that off white splashed painted inside the wheel wells. I should have taken the front inner fender to the town to show them before I cleaned/painted it.
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:14 PM   #3138
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Put on Texas speed 1 &/8" headers. Magnaflow cat back with electronic cutout. Changed oil, plugs, MSD plug wires. DROVE IT like I STOLE IT.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:11 AM   #3139
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I drove it to work! first time in 4 months.
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:38 PM   #3140
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So how do we get the gauge to read accurately?
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Here's a thread I found on getting it to work for '99-02 cars:
https://ls1tech.com/forums/general-m...tructions.html
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