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Old 03-30-2016, 06:05 PM   #126
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I think a pair of headlights and a grill would do wonders.

With the bumper sitting properly, and front trim installed, the ugliness of that front panel would probably almost disappear.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:17 PM   #127
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All in good time big mon.

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Old 03-30-2016, 07:22 PM   #128
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I know that there was no malice intended, but knowing where I started, that I've put a lot of effort into this, and that I was likely a bit proud to be able to post a photo of the car sitting on the ground; the only response that comes to mind is the old quote about "beauty being in the eye of the beholder." I have to believe that you, I and the rest of the TB family of crazies, hang out here because a smile comes to our faces when we look at, work on, and drive these cars. And I think that's beautiful. Even if it is ugly.

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Old 03-31-2016, 02:55 AM   #129
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Dropped her at the alignment shop. The manual steering is fine. Very light, even at low speeds. More turns lock to lock, but that's fine. The new (used) tires absolutely transform the car. No longer feels like a death trap. Had it in 5th gear for the first time. Sublime... Got to fix the signals and tail lights. And that head light... Something wrong with the brakes. Going to have a pro bleed them and see what we have. Exhaust sounds good. Going to have it plumbed out the back with just the front muffler. Pretty stoked. Really a fun car to drive. Haven't had a stick shift in 20 years. Kind of like riding a bike.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:16 AM   #130
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With the bumper sitting properly, and front trim installed, the ugliness of that front panel would probably almost disappear.
There is a little post/clip on the front bumper that keeps it from drooping. If you are lucky, it has just come loose. If you aren't, its broken. The JY should pretty easily provide with a little patience. The trim can be harder to find, but should be do-able. Redwood Chair may have some for you. The little clips that hold it on can be removed from a JY car by carefully pushing out the pin from the back side with a small pin punch and then pulling it out the front. It will likely take several trips to the JY to accumulate a full set. Be sure to fully seat the trim so you don't lose it on the highway.... Oh, and a few whacks with a dead blow mallet will take care of most of the wonkiness of the panel. You can actually pull it from the car to do so by cutting a couple rivets on each side. Nothing fancy there, just pop rivets.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:05 PM   #131
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Good stuff. Thx!

When I swapped front bumpers I ended up with one usable fender / bumper extension post. On the look out now...

My trim was held on with wood screws.

Stopped by IPD today. This could be habit forming. Scored a Bentley manual and some odds and ends. Only a few miles away. Big trouble. LOL.
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Old 04-01-2016, 12:45 AM   #132
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My bud at the alignment shop said the top bleeders on the front calipers were full of goo. And the L/R caliper wasn't doing anything. Nice to have brakes on all four wheels now.

Think we got our money out of this rotor? Nice to hit on all four cylinders too.

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Should I put spacers on the rear wheels? They kind of swim in the fenders.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:18 AM   #134
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Wow haha.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:58 AM   #135
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Should I put spacers on the rear wheels? They kind of swim in the fenders.
You can, but you are very limited by the length of the stock studs (assuming you are going to maintain minimum thread engagement).

Ben Kaplan sells extended (high strength too) studs. Makes fitting spacers simple.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:12 AM   #136
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Should I put spacers on the rear wheels? They kind of swim in the fenders.


It'll look better to some but it will make it push in the turns.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:01 AM   #137
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Watching the WRC coverage of the Rally Sweden. Snowy roads through the woods. I could do that in the wagon. Not...
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Previous total: $1650.

Junk yard parts $35.
Align / brake bleed $110.
Tailpipe $70.
Fasteners $25.
Headlight $70.
IPD $135

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Old 04-03-2016, 01:22 AM   #139
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Cat, muffler #1, then 2 1/4" tail pipe. Sounds good.





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Tried out the bike rack. Should be OK.





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And tail lights...

Just when I think I have them sorted, I went for the back up lights and everything went to heck.


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As of now, I think I would trust this car. Still a list of issues, but it runs, turns and stops. Pretty much. It's a hoot to drive.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:33 AM   #143
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Hahaha it's a never ending battle. My sedan has no reverse lights and IDGAF, I'm not screwing with it anymore.

I think my car's "first muffler" is gutted/empty, because when I was driving it around without the rearmost section of exhaust (including muffler #2) it was insanely loud. Awesome, but crazy loud.
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And tail lights...

Just when I think I have them sorted, I went for the back up lights and everything went to heck.


Those bright upper lights are the 'fog lights'. Its the little weird switch above the headlight switch. When you switch it on, they just stay on like that.
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Ah, now everything is clear. I thought the front fog lights had fallen off.

1156 in the top, 1157 in the bottom. I'll keep playing with it.

Just ran out to try the switch. Whoa, those are bright! That would explain why I was only getting six volts earlier.

Some really weird things happening with these lights...

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I think my car's "first muffler" is gutted/empty, because when I was driving it around without the rearmost section of exhaust (including muffler #2) it was insanely loud. Awesome, but crazy loud.
Yeah, dumping in front of the axle was a bit much. Out the back is mellow.
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Most excellent! I'll check my wires.

I had a thought: The wiring through the lift gate hinge is broken and the wiring to the aftermarket radio is suspect. Any chance unrelated "feed back" could be effecting the tail lights?

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:25 PM   #150
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The tailight on the left might be from a 81-84
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