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Old 09-15-2021, 01:38 AM   #826
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Aight, I think at long last I may actually have the power steering issue sorted. I wound up putting another Camaro pump I had in the shop on it on account of the metal shavings in the reservoir, put the Volvo regulator/piston/spring in the pump, swapped on a "new" rack from a '92 in the yard, added the cooler, and filled the system with about 2qt of Royal Purple power steering fluid.

I only got to drive it for about 30 minutes this evening, but I picked a hard uphill road with a lot of switchbacks, and at the top I didn't have any fluid puking out of the reservoir and the fluid itself wasn't all foamy.

I really hope this is the end of the issues with the steering. We'll see.

I did find however that on the highway, I again had a shimmy in the wheel when applying slight pressure to the left. I thought the lower control arm bolt had loosened up again, so I jacked it back up when I got home. Wasn't the control arm bolt...the strut gland nut on the passenger side had worked it's way loose. Come to think of it, I didn't check those for tightness when I put the struts on, so it may have very well been that way before. Oh well.

Dropped the strut out the top, popped the spring off, and gave the gland nut some blue thread locker and 18" pipe wrench lovin'. I think that'll hold.

For sanity's sake, I checked the drivers side too. That seemed fine.

Anywho, also found my long lost trailer hitch hardware, so I can set about getting that mounted tomorrow in order to drag either the utility trailer or the smoker up to the lodge for MountainMeet. Trailer lights are not gonna happen, I can tell you that much right now.

I'm hoping to get back by the alignment shop late this week and have the alignment checked, but if I don't make it, it drives straight enough that I'll just send it.
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Old 09-15-2021, 09:13 AM   #827
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Are trailer lights even an issue in that part of the state?
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Old 09-15-2021, 09:41 AM   #828
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Are trailer lights even an issue in that part of the state?
Lol no.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:28 AM   #829
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Anywho, also found my long lost trailer hitch hardware, so I can set about getting that mounted tomorrow in order to drag either the utility trailer or the smoker up to the lodge for MountainMeet. Trailer lights are not gonna happen, I can tell you that much right now.

I'm hoping to get back by the alignment shop late this week and have the alignment checked, but if I don't make it, it drives straight enough that I'll just send it.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:32 AM   #830
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The owner just spent $700 on tires.
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Old 09-17-2021, 12:27 AM   #831
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Got the hitch installed tonight, exhaust shortened up a touch and painted black so it's not so noticeable.

The rear spring adjusters keep backing down on me which is annoying, so I'm going to add some T-bolt clamps under the plates as a temporary measure.

For my own future reference, I've currently got 400lb springs in the front and 250lb in the rear. I think the rear could stand to go up to 300 or 325. The front feels about right to me.
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Old 09-17-2021, 11:58 AM   #832
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Interesting. Mine is at 450/200#.

What’s your rear shock situation?
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Old 09-17-2021, 11:59 AM   #833
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Interesting. Mine is at 450/200#.

What’s your rear shock situation?
Yeah...that's probably part of it too. It's got something from a Suburban on it that came off the donor chassis.
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Old 09-17-2021, 12:39 PM   #834
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I'd highly recommend putting some GAZs in there before changing the spring rate.
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Old 09-17-2021, 01:26 PM   #835
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Yea, get better shocks versus different rate springs.

What rear adjusters are you using?
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:27 PM   #836
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Definitely recommend throwing those suburban shocks away. I was amazed when I did.
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Old 09-18-2021, 01:19 AM   #837
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Yea, get better shocks versus different rate springs.

What rear adjusters are you using?
Dunno but they definitely don’t have set screws. They also came from the donor chassis.
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Old 09-18-2021, 01:50 AM   #838
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Can't win for losing today. What should've been an easy operation to put an oil pressure sender on wound up eating up 8 hours of back and forth to Asheville, parts hunting, and ultimate defeat.

Oh well. I have a working low oil pressure dash light, just no gauge. That'll do for now.
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Old 09-19-2021, 09:07 PM   #840
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3 hour shakedown cruise tonight revealed precisely...zero issues!

Got an appointment at the alignment shop this afternoon, gonna throw a quick oil change on it probably this evening, and try and get my oil temp sender hooked up in the right spot.

I'm also very happy that the power steering issues seems to be fixed. I'm not sure what the actual fix was, if it was the cooler or the fancy fluid, but either way I'm no longer having PS fluid puking out of the reservoir and coating everything, so I'll call that a win.

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aaaand now you've jinxed it
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Old 09-20-2021, 04:33 PM   #843
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Alignment's done, or as done as it's going to be. The car tracks straight now but the damn wheel is 30* off even though I specifically asked them to center it, and even saw them put the holder in. I have no idea how the managed to **** that up but I guess it doesn't matter that much.

Whatever. Trailer is hooked up, and we're ready to start loading up for MountainMeet.

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I'm hoping to get back by the alignment shop late this week and have the alignment checked, but if I don't make it, it drives straight enough that I'll just send it.
Boo. Slam the camber max negative and set the toe with some boards and a tape measure. Or two if you're fancy like me. There's not much else to do unless you have some camber plates that can go TOO far negative, or if you want to balance the caster or something like that.

What'd it measure up?

Will you just take the steering wheel off an center it yourself? I can bring my 1-1/16" socket
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Also, I didn't know this car ran. I'm so out of it.
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Boo. Slam the camber max negative and set the toe with some boards and a tape measure. Or two if you're fancy like me. There's not much else to do unless you have some camber plates that can go TOO far negative, or if you want to balance the caster or something like that.

What'd it measure up?

Will you just take the steering wheel off an center it yourself? I can bring my 1-1/16" socket
Yeah, I'm going to re-clock the wheel in the driveway when I get home. I'm not worried about that. I'm more confused by how confused they were trying to set the toe.

Camber is at -2. Caster is whatever caster is, I don't remember and I don't have my plates turned to affect caster anyway. Didn't want to open that can 'o worms after all the problems I had with them today. Toe *should* be -.13*, which I believe is stock. I didn't even get a printout.

The thing drives straight and seems to turn okay. I'm calling it good until after the meet.

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Old 09-21-2021, 08:28 PM   #847
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Threw an oil change in it since it was still running the oil I put in it during the swap over a year ago.

At some point, my oil pressure sender decided to start working, so that's pretty neat.

I also pulled the factory GM oil pressure sender out from behind the intake and put in a sender for the oil temp gauge. Re-mounted the console and what not. I need to clean the rest of the 2012 junkyard flyers out and scrub some of the grime off.

Also, spun the spring adjusters up in the back for towing duty so it doesn't rub all the way to the lodge. Looks fairly boomer raked out now, but whatever, I'll drop it back down when I get up the mountain. (I won't drop it back down)
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:33 PM   #848
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Lift the front to match and enjoy the improvement in handling it offers over the sexystance.
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:24 AM   #849
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I vote for this....
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Old 09-27-2021, 08:21 AM   #850
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I beat the shit out of this thing the past few days for mountainmeet and it performed flawlessly.

Apart from the motor leaning over and making the steering difficult in hard right turns, I have surprisingly few issues.
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