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 I hate mice more now than ever

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95brmw



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PostSubject: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:58 am

Ever since I got my 9C1 it has been a battle with mice living in its blower box. Most of the time it was just an inconvience like plugging up the vents or stopping the motor from spinning. The very worst was the blower resistor rotted from the moisture and the blower wouldn't run. I would set traps and kill one a day for a week until I thought I was done, then more would come back weeks later. Well now they finally caused some serious damage.

The car had been sitting for almost 2 weeks since I went to Daytona for wagonfest and this morning was the first day I drove it. Not far down the road the smoke starts pouring out of the vents and the cowl under the windshield. I turn it around and barely get home before I could not keep my eyes open from the fumes and smoke (this is with the windows down)
Smoke dies down, and I start pulling the blower motor to see what was smoldering or burning. As I'm fighting a screw, the smoke unleashes and I see orange in the upper part of the dash. I open the glove box to see flames coming from the top of the air box! I grab the hose, and break the glove box off to get some room and soak the shit out of it. A few minutes later it start smoking more and find a small fire in the very back of the box that the melted plastic was hiding. Break a hole in the melted mess and flood it some more. Soak down the underside of the dash and air bag (it was very hot to the touch and smoking). This could have been much worse if I had not brought the hose out a few weeks ago during the warm spell we had here, probably would have been a total loss. Here's some pics.







And after all that she still runs and drives, gotta love B-bodies!
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sdstick



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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:15 am

Well THAT sucks...little bastids.

Sure it coulda been worse, like a...

jump outta the car & watch it burn type ending......

or a...

mouse runs up your leg as he tries to escape the blaze and you lose control type ending.

but thats still pretty nasty.

Hopefully you can R&R it.
Amount of work required = big suc.

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95brmw



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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:49 am

Yeah, not fun. I had wanted to do the roadmaster climate conversion on this car, guess I have the perfect excuse to do it now as most of the vac lines are melted and I would need to replace the ducts anyhow. What really makes me laugh about this is last week the parts Caprice finally got hauled off to the yard but I left all the ducts and related crap in there figuring I would never need it again Surprised
I guess tonight I'll start drying it out and tearing the dash apart to see how bad it is where I can't see.
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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:30 pm

WOW. Coulda been worse though! Good luck with the R&R there. I have to clean my airbox in the white Caprice.
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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:46 pm

Shocked

SHEET! That efin sucks! Glad you're ok and no cars burned to the ground though! hopefully the mice all burned to death too.
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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:35 pm

That really sucks. I wish I had a parts car. I would donate everything you needed to fix that. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:14 pm

Damn Dave, that really sucks. Sad

Stupid mice.

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95brmw



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PostSubject: Re: I hate mice more now than ever   Tue Apr 10, 2012 6:14 pm

Well, a little good news. I called the guy who picked up the shell of my parts caprice and he didn't haul it to the yard yet! cheers Now I can go and grab the seemingly useless at the time parts off it and should have my be back in business with some work (I hope)
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