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Old 06-03-2018, 12:20 PM   #26
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Got everything on and the car running again yesterday. Had a DOA new ECT cause starting issues at first. I swapped the old one back in and everything is working again.

I had to scrap my grille plan for the time being so I pealed the poorly applied plasti-coat off to find the chrome plating in crap-tastic condition. I ground it down as smooth as I could, the really bad spots aren't visible with the grille mounted. But there won't be much painting today, it's 100% rain/humidity. I did get the center sash painted though. Just finished up the black stripe, I'll let it dry and see about the next coat. Then it'll get some gloss clear and my prancing moose emblem. also started making a mounting plate for the front RDesign badge.

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Old 06-03-2018, 01:48 PM   #27
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And my grille badge bracket. a quick coat of black and it should blend in pretty nicely.

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Old 06-04-2018, 04:15 PM   #28
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Got the moose badges on the fenders.

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I'm waiting on all the paint for the grille parts to set. It'll probably be Wednesday before I can get everything back together.
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:13 PM   #29
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Well after painting the sash and grille frame a color that matched the wheels and side emblems I ended up not liking it at all. Luckily I has some shadow paint handy and a few coats later I got a charcoal type color that I can live with. And a shot of the "finished" engine bay.


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Now I just need to get ahead on a few home projects and start building my exhaust system. Then it'll be chips and unless I decide on a 16v swap as my engine choice the engine will be done. I still want to get some sways and I might go with aftermarket springs, but they have more drop than I really want. I think big sways on soft springs with get me there.
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:01 PM   #30
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Looking good!
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:29 PM   #31
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Rear muffler hanger finally rotted through on the way home today. Fun times all around. And I had a brake hose blow off of my Wrangler Saturday, luckily I was just moving cars around the driveway. So I cobbled together a hanger to get me through until I can buy the pipe to run the new stuff. Nothing special, just some 2.5" single muffler w/high flow cat and some tips I got lucky and have a 2.5" down pipe, so at least something is looking up.
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:47 PM   #32
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Two weeks of driving the car aaaaaannnnnnnndddddd....I hate the transmission. Well that's a bit strong, but I'm highly displeased with it. This is my fist automagic and I wanted the auto because this is a cruiser/trip taking car. But my 1-2 and 2-3 shifts are crap, sluggish and dull. My 4-3 and 3-2 shifts are crisp though. I'm going to try the accumulator mod, maybe in a couple months it'll depend on what else is going on. If that doesn't "fix" it I'll either be seriously looking into a modern V8/auto combo or a manual trans. I honestly wanted to do a Whiteblock T5 engine 6sp MT trans, but that's not likely. The end goal for me is a good cruiser with a 300-350chp reliable engine. I've really been thinking about a Chrysler 5.7L/545RFE combo. But we'll see. House shopping is taking up quite a bit of time and cash right now.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:20 AM   #33
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Is the cickdown wire properly adjust?
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:09 AM   #34
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It seems to be. I checked the measurement spec from the Brickboard FAQ when I first got it, then again after all the intake stuff. And like I said my down shifts are good, it's just the up shifts that are blah.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:15 AM   #35
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Ah, okey! Mine shifts firmly both up and down, i flush it every 30.000km.
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:21 AM   #36
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Yeah I flushed it right after I got it and have put maybe 3k on it since. I'm more used to AW autos in Jeeps and Toyotas than rwd cars. Other than their tendency to run hot I'm usually a fan of them.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:31 PM   #37
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Accumulator mod and it'll shift so "crisp" it'll jerk you back and chirp tires, going from 1-2, with more power the more they slip. Accumulator mod and you wont be dissapointed
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:33 AM   #38
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No progress lately, unless you count having to pull the rear muffler due to the inlet pipe rotting off. I think it was compromised a while back when the hanger rotted out and just took a little longer to break completely. Overall the car is running well so I'm happy. I've got to put off any car work that isn't just absolutely 100% necessary for the time being. We accelerated house hunting from the summer of 2019 to the end of this month So there's no time or money for fun.
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