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Took the Mountie in to get the tranny pan dropped and filter changed (Has not been done since I bought it)
Not so fast, Some body broke the dip stick on the fill plug in the past and tried to glue it back on.
(Gotta order the plug, none on hand) while its on the lift they found the cooler line fittings are corroded at the
radiator and one is already leaking. Long story short got killed on labor to get every thing made right again.
One of the ball joints is going to need replacing and the sway bar bushings need to be replaced.
 



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Yesterday was a bit stormy at work.



Unfortunately is was worse at home, where my Mountaineer was parked and it suffered some damage.
At least 30 dents in the hood alone.

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Brake caliper on the rear passenger side decided to seize up on me yesterday. Just got done replacing it and the pads. Old one was pretty well scorched.
 












That black looks Gooood...
 






Did some basic maintenance of the EB this morning before the temps got over 100*.
Oil/filter change, new air filter, top off fluids and added a Seafoam Hydra Trans Tune additive.
Hoping the Seafoam cleans up a what I think is a sticking trans solenoid.

Just ordered a set of new turn signal assemblies that should arrive this Friday.
Already have a set of new headlight assemblies so should have all new lens up front shortly.
 






It's hot out today! Replaced the front sway bar bolts and bushings D/S bushings where rotted out. Sleeves where unfortunately corroded to the bolts.
My neighbor and his husband ran an extension cord out the front door so I can cut the bolts out with the Sawsall saved me 2 or more hours of FML with a hacksaw. And just so I would not get too proud of myself, the ratchet on my 1/2" drive torque wrench seized up when I was putting the wheels back on. Looks like I have to deal with a Sears run this weekend.
 






Still have some hot weather to be dealing with. I had my freon leak out and my AC quit being cold.
105+ coming this weekend.
Replaced the AC compressor and low side fitting on the EB yesterday. Nice and cool while out today.
 






Started the process to replace the power brake booster. The stock one finally failed after 25 years.

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Found some $40 OEM 16's, and cleaned them up. Put on some new BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT. Pry only run these until the snow falls.

16's on rear, 15's on front:

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16's front and rear:

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Math:

347 with Fox Lake E-Streets, Full Custom Exhaust and a Tremec + Cent..


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It's amazing what can accomplish in a few months with the right friends!

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Cheers Fellas!

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@Centaurus5.0 hey where's the pics???!?!?!

@Rick Have you ever considered hydroboost for the pumkin?
If the new booster comes with a "factory coating" don't believe that crap it will rust in short order....clean it and paint it!!
 






@Rick Have you ever considered hydroboost for the pumkin?

Yes, however I believe an electronic brake boost setup would be better since it would not lose braking power when the engine stalls.

If the new booster comes with a "factory coating" don't believe that crap it will rust in short order....clean it and paint it!!

Rust, what's rust? This is AZ :D
 






Took advantage of the holiday weekend, ordered an exhaust kit from Rockauto .
Changed the oil and started on the new exhaust, Got the old one out so far so good.
One of the flange bolts was seized the the converter flange, Called it a night before I got too frustrated. ( I did)
Got the bolt drilled out Monday morning, Installed the new exhaust with no problems and then found out why the book
recommends disconnecting the battery. My beautiful wife kindly took me to the auto parts store for a new battery
and we got stuck on the ass end of a parade on the way there, making her late for work I'm working on convincing her that the battery would not have lasted the winter anyhow.
And my truck is ready for it's inspection next month. All Good
 






Taking advantage of down time lately. Ordered a kit from Rock Auto and replaced the belt, pulleys and tensioner.
Spent time on it today and replaced the spark plugs, got lucky one piece plugs already installed.
 






It was time for an oil change...

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I cut the oil filter open and checked the filer media. Nothing shiny so all is well :D
 






Started working on swapping out the hubs... carrier bolt rounded off. Had to goto my parents for spares and ran out of daylight.

Tomorrow is another day.

Si

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Dealing with bad idle issues, it's in the shop now because it was just too unsafe to keep driving it home, and of course my apartment has a reputation of towing "disabled" vehicles - got to wonder what they thought when I changed my clutch last year - 3 days on ramps.

Once I got in major traffic, trying to rapid-fire three pedals with 2 legs when you're almost 40 to keep the idle above 300, and brake, and engage and disengage the clutch, was just too much for any mortal, plus that hill coming up was an accident waiting to happen.

Problem is very low idle wobbling between 300 and 500rpm, smell of gas, no smoke at all, sounds smoother (but does not feel like it) at higher revs. Seemed to have plenty of power, so much if you were a passenger it'd seem like there was nothing wrong when under load aside from the shifter wagging like a dogs tail periodically (happened about 4-5 times).

Still pissed because I was looking forward to working on it and learning some more. I guess on the upside, from the forum, I've armed myself with enough knowledge to (maybe) not get screwed. My guess, given the symptoms is IAC (original 93'), that little elbow pipe off the throttle body/intake that melts/gets holes (also original), any one of the still original vacuum lines. Hopefully not a vacuum leak from a cracked head or a valve issue, but I'll see when they call me back.
 



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