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  • This project has NOT stalled!

    Just searching for, ordering and waiting on parts. And getting distracted by parts for another project which do me no good now, but were too good of a deal to pass up on.

    Squirrel!

    Decals ordered from NPD through an acquaintance on my Charger forum have arrived.

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    They even wished me an very belated (7 months) or very early (5 months) happy birthday!

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    All in duplicate so I have a new one, and a spare. Mostly for the Chrysler, but there are jacking decals and door decals for the Charger Rallye in there as well.

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    Rust treatment products from KBS ordered and arrived.

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    Noted this lavender paint on the nose of the water pump for reference, in case I change the pump while I'm in here.

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    On a long call last night with a friend in Ohio who is into '78/'79 Dodge Magnums (cousin to the Cordoba), so I started straightening the fins on the front of the condenser while he was on speaker phone. Hard to tell in these photos, but the folded over fin "damage" on this corner was from the supplier 43 years ago, as when I straightened the fins out, there was no blackout paint applied under them. So they were folded over before it got painted. Not surprising given how delicate the part is, but just interesting to find. The whole face of this will get a flat black spray bomb touch up after I get it brushed out, blown out, and sprayed out with water.

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    Then my wife wakes me up before 6am this morning asking me if I was expecting a big box. I knew what it was, and fetched it in off the porch. Probably delivered late last night, and sat there under my porch light all night long. Glad I face a busy road in a halfway decent neighborhood.

    I'll open it this afternoon. It's for the T/A. This is the "Squirrel" expenditure referenced above.

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    I've done a little research, and found a couple of '77 Cordoba owners what have super low mile, all original cars, one with all it's original hoses, clamps, belts, etc. He sent me some good reference photos. I still have (it appears) all the original clamps on my heater hoses, but the lower and upper radiator hoses have been changed, and the clamps along with them (with a generic parts store worm gear type clamp that is not correct). So I have ID'd the correct clamps, and found a few sources (popular type on Fords and Oldsmobiles) that reproduce them. I just need to get the radiator back, and measure for hose size to know what clamps to order. Also need to get on Rock Auto and get hoses and other parts ordered. Also ordering a low tack repositionable spray adhesive to use holding a stencil on the hoses, as I want to try and recreate the factory markings. Not a big deal if I can't but I've always wanted to try it on my T/A (which still has all of it's date coded hoses, plug wires, etc). So it will be good practice. Will need some spray paint or a stamp pad too.

    Oh, and the radiator shop called Friday...the radiator is ready. Just need to go pick it up.

    So lots of progress actually, lots of money spent (yikes!), but not a lot to show for it just yet.

    DynoDave
    POCI # 72200



    1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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    • Interesting that there was ISD on the condenser and nobody gave a shit at the plant!

      So what's in the big box??

      Wait, you have a Charger as well?
      Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

      "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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      • I opened the big box, and forgot to take a picture before I sealed it back up. It's a Magnaflow stainless steel N10 dual cat setup for the T/A. I'm going to have to find a really good shop that is used to welding stainess and making custom exhaust systems to pull this all together....SLP stainless JetHot coated headers for N10, Magnaflow N10 system, and Borla stainless cat-back system with electric cutout on the passenger tailpipe. It'll take a little work to get all these to play well together I'm sure, but do it once and be done with it is my thinking.

        Yes, I have a '72 Charger Rallye that is the ultimate project...like the 10,000 piece puzzle. Completely blow apart, stored in two states, most of it in boxes, and I didn't take it apart. Something to test my patience in my old age.

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        I spent a few hours disassembling and cleaning the clutch and fan this evening. The clutch and fan blades are aluminum, but the fan hub is steel, and has some surface rust. So chips on the core support, fan hub, steel input shaft on the clutch, water pump pulley and the lower core support are all going to get the KBS Coatings rust treatment...sort of a batch job.

        A few more of those factory part numbers...

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        Surprised at the level of gloss in the semi-gloss paint on those blades. They will need a quick dusting of paint too.

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        The fasteners that hold the fan to the clutch were surprisingly tight for threads into an aluminum casting. I may have to throw a little blue thread locker on those when they go back in. Don't need that fan coming loose. Also, those 4 bolts, the bolts for the radiator, and bolts for the fan shroud, etc...all have surface rust, and need to be blasted, then re-coated in something. Will probably go with a black phosphate coating of some sort.


        DynoDave
        POCI # 72200



        1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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        • Man, you're really getting into the little details!

          Meanwhile, my door panels have been done for two weeks, and I got everything to put them back on as of Monday...yet here they sit next to me, inside the house.
          Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

          "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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          • Don't forget that Mustang suspension work!

            Ordered the spray adhesive for the stencil that I have to make, and the ink pad I'm going to try printing it with. Probably sheer folly, but what the heck. Guess I'd better get that Rock Auto order done too.
            DynoDave
            POCI # 72200



            1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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            • Yeah, I do have all that, too - the car is making its way up here on Wednesday, so that's when that all begins. Lidio (the tuner, over in Chesterfield) is already backed up, so the car can't make it there until the first week of June, so we figured it's probably best to just get all done now, while I know I'm...err..."not busy".
              Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

              "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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              • Noticed these markings on the water pump / power steering belt that I had removed. Appears to be the original, which would go a long way toward explaining it's petrified state. I expect these markings are too small and the belt too narrow for me to be able to replicate them.

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                NOS radiator cap arrived today. Not 100% like the production piece, but pretty darned close, and far closer than anything else on the market.

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                Having discovered that cloth friction tape was used to hold the small ground wire off of the negative terminal to a harness clip, I picked up a roll of it at the local ACE.

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                Started cleaning up the other side, opposite the battery, near the core support.

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                It's a little hard to tell in these photos, since the whole photo(s) came out with a yellow cast. But that clip bolted to the inner fender is painted bright yellow. Not important, just interesting.

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                Charcoal canister cleaned up.

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                Filter doesn't look too bad. Blew it out with a little compressed air to be sure.

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                DynoDave
                POCI # 72200



                1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                • It was such a nice night out on Friday that the wife and daughter ran down to Woodward with me. After all the action I saw out there a few weeks ago on one of nicest nights of the year thus far (and one of the busiest cruise nights I've ever seen out there short of Dream Cruise week), I thought this Friday would be just as busy...maybe even better as people (cruisers) get more restless.

                  Boy was I wrong! There was no one out by comparison. 40-50 other nuts like me stretched over the whole run from Birmingham down to Ferndale, and that was it. Maybe a dozen people stopped and setup with chairs along the way. Since the super busy cruise night of a few weeks ago, Birmingham had closed all of the metered spots on Old Woodward (put bags over them). And I'm quite serious when I say I've NEVER seen so many police out on a normal cruise night. And with people (cruisers) pulled over. In many instances 2 or 3 squad cars per cruiser pulled over. While I obviously do not know the specifics of why they were pulled over, it certainly looked like an attempt to intimidate. I ran a few miles in the inside lane (next to the grass berm) behind a white fart-piped 350Z (from Birmingham/Hunter House down past the McDonald's at Coolidge). I NEVER broke the speed limit, often running 5 under just to be sure given the excessive presence of law enforcement. At Coolidge, an unmarked black Ford Exploder pulls up next to me. On the green, I laid back and had the cruise control set at 5 under, as I often do when cruising. The guy in the Z was minding his Ps and Qs too, but was slowly pulling away from me, running the speed limit with the rest of the pack (everyone had seen this police cruiser pull up on us, so he wasn't surprising anyone). About 2 blocks from the corner at Coolidge, the cop pulls over in front of me, right on the Z's , and moments later, hits the lights. Pulled him over into the old Harmony House record store parking lot right before the cemetery. That I had observed in the preceding 5 minutes or so of cruising, this guy had done nothing. Now, he might have gotten ticketed for taking a nice white 350Z with factory duals out the bumper and installing a cheap chinese amazon fart pipe hanging low off one side...it was an egregious violation of good automotive taste....but other than that, this guy was cruising like Grandma. There was never a time when we were out that you couldn't look in either direction and see the flashing lights of police cars with people (cruisers) pulled over. It was an embarrassing display on the part of local police IMO. Are you old enough to remember the late '70s Car Craft Street Machine Nationals in Indy, where they chased cruisers out with cops in riots gear with dogs? Well it wasn't like that, but it sure brought back memories!


                  I was going to go back out last night to full-fill my duty as public menace (and more seriously to defend my right to be there...heck, even the Gov says to get outside), but it was sprinkling here about the time I would have left.

                  That was the bad. The good? With restaurants still shut down, it was a rare opportunity to slip up inside of Vinsetta garage (with 3 Berkeley cops with a guy pulled over just down the street) and get a picture under the neon. This is not usually an option as the place where I'm parked with be packed with customer cars at dusk.

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                  DynoDave
                  POCI # 72200



                  1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                  • Yep, I've heard the cops have been absolute dicks out on Woodward. They're pulling their "noise violation" bullshit again, with Birmingham and Berkley apparently joining in the fun, despite Royal Oak getting sued for it a few years back and losing. You cannot give someone a noise violation without a decibel meter. But these people also cannot contest their tickets until the courts open back up.

                    I've heard of people with stock cars getting pulled over and ticketed for "loud exhaust". A friend of mine has a bone-stock Gallardo (last year for the gated manual, which his is) and got a ticket - he doesn't even drive hard, and those cars aren't even that loud unless you're at WOT. He brought it to the RO courthouse downtown just in case when he went and got his ticket dismissed after the city got threatened with legal action. NPP Camaros are another car that got ticketed, despite being stock (which means DOT-compliant).

                    All because a bunch of *******s who decided to move next to an eight lane highway known for a huge car culture literally forever (my dad used to come up to Woodward from downriver in the late 60's and absolutely clean house) are complaining it is loud.

                    My brother is going to have to watch it, which I know will be difficult, given the car A) has an "extra" cylinder's worth of power now and B) will have a 93 tune in a couple months and have even more power and C) will have 3.73s even later in the summer and thus even more "quickness". But he's pretty smart about it and locks in at 45, but those New Edge Mustangs were never quiet to begin with, and he has a Pypes Violator system on the car.

                    But, all in all, it did lead to a silver lining: that picture in front of Vinsetta Garage!
                    Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

                    "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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                    • but see, they have gotten the word out that they will be dicks and surprise, surprise, people are staying away.. now with Memorial weekend coming up and really warm weather it will be interesting what happens
                      When in doubt, Whip it out !

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                      • Originally posted by farmington View Post
                        but see, they have gotten the word out that they will be dicks and surprise, surprise, people are staying away.. now with Memorial weekend coming up and really warm weather it will be interesting what happens
                        Challenge accepted!
                        DynoDave
                        POCI # 72200



                        1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                        • Being older, if I get pulled over I can just cup my hand by my ear and yell “speak up sonny” to get out of a ticket maybe.
                          When in doubt, Whip it out !

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                          • "I don't hear any loud exhaust. What are you talking about?"
                            DynoDave
                            POCI # 72200



                            1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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                            • I presume "Son, I can't hear you over the exhaust" or "What exhaust?" would probably be things not to say.
                              Gone but not forgotten: 1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

                              "You shall ride eternal. Shiny and chrome."

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                              • Originally posted by MP81 View Post
                                I presume "Son, I can't hear you over the exhaust" or "What exhaust?" would probably be things not to say.
                                I think THOSE are the cruisers that had EXTRA squad cars swarming the scene, Kyle!
                                DynoDave
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                                1988 Pontiac Trans Am WS6

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