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#901 OFFLINE   purplebargeken

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 10:43 AM

Puppy!!!!!!!!

Cute. Nice dogs. mate had one from new, poor old lad was put to sleep a couple of months ago as blind. RIP Harvey.

Dogs (and cats) are simply wonderful and add so much to life.
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Posted 01 January 2019 - 10:48 AM

Yup, pretty smart too, but I'm getting to "enjoy" the up-all-hours puppy thing right now...

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 01:51 PM

Can lend you $$$$$$

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 02:13 PM

Sad thing is, that's still worth five cents if you want to spend it...!
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Posted 02 January 2019 - 12:01 AM

I had a few minutes spare.

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The pipe that goes up under the dash for the vacuum is now shiny.


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Posted 02 January 2019 - 12:21 AM

My suspicions were correct. With the wiper motor disconnected, the wiper spindles are very stiff to turn, so they'll have to come out and be cleaned and lubricated also.

That should see the wiper mechanism working properly though. This makes me happier than it should, because following posts will have the word escutcheon in them.

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 04:58 PM

Every thread should contain that word at least once. ^^


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:23 AM

Pulled the wiper arms off and started on the easy side with the most access- through the hole left by the dash gauges.

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Up in there is the locking bolt and backing plate for the wiper escutcheon.

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Relatively easy access.

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Then as with all these things, the plate was stuck to the body with the remains of the rubber seal. Gently prised off and everything came loose, including shearing the old washer pipe. That'll be replaced.

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Entire assembly. Ball joint was gritty. Arm spindle itself would barely move.

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Copious quantities of penetrating oil and then engine oil later and it spins around freely.

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Cleaned up and ball joint greased; left to sit and drain down.

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Had a bit of a poke at the surround, cleaned it up a little. I'll need to put some rust converter and a bit of paint before reassembly.

Going to go look in the catalog to see if they sell the rubber seals as the original one fell to pieces.

Other one another day because the glovebox really needs to come out to get at it.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:55 AM

Ooh, they do make replacement seals!

Part number C4562197RS, at $6.90 for the pair.



... I like this car more and more


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Posted 03 January 2019 - 11:07 AM

That's the great thing about American stuff.............parts availability...........


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 03:36 AM

After a long day, tonight offered a few spare minutes.

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I head out to the garage at sunset.

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Randomly cleaned the car and put on a bit of wax.

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Fight with the glovebox ended in victory.

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Looking down the bolt hole on the passenger side showed a bit of a hole at the bottom that had a slight sign of rust inside. Figured that was the shaft and that I could probably get some grease into the bearings via this route.

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Squeezed some grease in.

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Screwed the bolt down into the grease. This proved moderately effective until the void inside was full. Then more grease escaped past the threads of the bolt than was forced though.

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Had a thought and undid one of the grease nipples from the front suspension. Correct size to screw in.

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Grease gun. Now we're cooking with gas.

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Pumped and pumped and forced all the rusty muck out. Twisted the thing as I was pumping pressure in. This proved effective.

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Cleaned up and smooth to operate! That's where I had wanted to be with them. Happy now they've got some decent lubrication inside. Did the other one as well and that's even more smooth to turn.

Another thing off the checklist.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 08:22 AM

The availability for the majority of parts for American cars across the range is bloody amazing compared to what we get here even for quite popular cars. It's almost embarrassing comparing the two tbh.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 01:02 PM

In fairness they were all the same for about 30 years...


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 01:08 PM

In fairness they were all the same for about 30 years...

 

Even if many components weren't, cross division sharing and the sheer number they chucked them out in helps a lot.

Not with Imperials though, mind.

 

 

Apart from that, I now want a car like this merely for the fact that it enables me to talk about escutcheons.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:20 AM

Escaped to the garage for a little while tonight.

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Tools required: small scissors, pencil and paper. You can tell I have kids. Sparkly pink pencils obviously work much better than regular pencils.

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Cut down, lined up. Made a rubbing off the edge of the cutout in the body and matched the shape of the old seal.

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Checked for fit.

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Drew around the perimeter of the paper with permanent marker onto sheet of high density foam rubber bought at the craft store for the rear lights on the Renault. It's a bit thick but it should squash down.

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Twice.

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Those of you without your Blue Peter badges will need to ask a grown up for help with this stage.

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Finally all trimmed to fit. Looking okay, to be honest.

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Final stage, application of some rust converter.

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All gone over and wiped down. There's a few localized holes in the bodywork consistent of scratches, which is normal around bodywork trim. That'll all have to come off and have some new metal let in. Right now it'll probably just get some epoxy to stop the water getting in.

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I'm not sure I like the car sporting the wiper-less look; the next step past that is fitting a Chevy small block and I'm not sure I want that.

Once the rust converter is dry it'll get a bit of non matching paint and then hopefully the wipers refitted.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:19 PM

why for you make gasket when you already had smiley face at new ones being available?


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:53 PM

$


New ones $7 + postage.

These ones $0 plus a bit of time.


If these ones don't work I'll order the proper ones.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:32 AM

Plus, I've not done anything on the car recently because I have been suffering the MANFLU and haven't had the energy to do anything. I even took a day off work and lay in bed, close to death all day long.

Hopefully a semblance of normality will return by the weekend but I'm going to be busy with other things, interview on Monday in the city so busy busy.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:24 AM

Escaped to the garage for a little while tonight.

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Tools required: small scissors, pencil and paper. You can tell I have kids. Sparkly pink pencils obviously work much better than regular pencils.

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Cut down, lined up. Made a rubbing off the edge of the cutout in the body and matched the shape of the old seal.

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Checked for fit.

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Drew around the perimeter of the paper with permanent marker onto sheet of high density foam rubber bought at the craft store for the rear lights on the Renault. It's a bit thick but it should squash down.

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Twice.

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Those of you without your Blue Peter badges will need to ask a grown up for help with this stage.

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Finally all trimmed to fit. Looking okay, to be honest.

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Final stage, application of some rust converter.

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All gone over and wiped down. There's a few localized holes in the bodywork consistent of scratches, which is normal around bodywork trim. That'll all have to come off and have some new metal let in. Right now it'll probably just get some epoxy to stop the water getting in.

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I'm not sure I like the car sporting the wiper-less look; the next step past that is fitting a Chevy small block and I'm not sure I want that.

Once the rust converter is dry it'll get a bit of non matching paint and then hopefully the wipers refitted.

Phil

 

9872453 points for sparkly pencil........


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:36 PM

Was feeling better when I came home.

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Here, we have a perfect color match. Painted over the kurust.

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Screws and some bulbs. Oddly the hardware store had a bunch of amber glass bulbs so I bought a pair. $2. Very dusty.

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Fixed up with new stainless screws.

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Looking better, not half hanging off any more. Seal is clamped down nicely too.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:01 AM

What a totally stunning car!

If I hadn’t just swapped out my 914 and spent the farm on a new aircooled 911, I’d be after one of these!

Actually I still looked. ;)

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:07 AM

I'll sell you the GTA then. Budget alternative!
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:16 AM

Ohhh lightbulb content! :)

 

Did you grab a shot of the date code before fitting those bulbs? going by the package design id say they are from the early 1990s, pretty cool that they are made of proper coloured glass, interesting how the glass is yellower in colour compared to the more amber look of your other natural glass indicator bulb, (I would not be surprised if they where made on old Westinghouse machinery from when Philips took over the Westinghouse lighting devision in the mid 1980s)

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:21 PM

Sad thing is, that's still worth five cents if you want to spend it...!

That reminds me of the time when I was working in a petrol station and a rather odd chap came in and tried to pay for a fiver's worth of fuel with a Charles & Diana Crown.  He wasn't best pleased when I explained to him that it was only worth 25p when used as legal tender.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:45 PM

They're about the same as the other bulbs I had. That's why I bought them- the packaging is marked Made in Brazil.

I'll take a look at the base for codes when I'm in the garage next. Second wave of MANFLU has hit.

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:10 PM

That reminds me of the time when I was working in a petrol station and a rather odd chap came in and tried to pay for a fiver's worth of fuel with a Charles & Diana Crown. He wasn't best pleased when I explained to him that it was only worth 25p when used as legal tender.


I think everything that's been stamped by the federal mint here as coinage is still valid at face value. Even from a hundred years ago, the monetary system here hasn't changed greatly since it's inception. What goes into making the coins has changed, so the intrinsic value is less but overall it's been fairly uniform.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 01:24 AM

On a side note I was looking at paint again after the wonderful* color match a few posts up.

Looks like it's currently painted Starmist Blue, only the Ford Thunderbird color, not the Pontiac color! They're close but this is more baby blue than the rainy-sky blue it should be.

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As a comparison. This is why you don't trust people when they tell you the paint you bought is Starmist Blue.

Also, whoever owned the car in 2011 was part of the National Guard, the sticker in the window is a parking pass for the training camp in Mississippi.

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:05 PM

Can't say I've ever been into yank tanks, apart from the likes of the Bulitt Mustang,

but your Chieftain is definitely one I would cruise. A proper chariot.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:05 PM

Spent a little time this afternoon between work and house stuff.

Terrible photograph but I've repainted the wiper arms.
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Refitted the wiper motor and the passenger side spindle.
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The bulbs are about the same.
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And all the markings they have on them:

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:37 PM

8G will be July 1978 or 98... Probably the latter I'd assume.
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