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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:04 pm

Well had the wagon for a while now, and like all used vehicles it has needed stuff along the way, or things needed improvement.

Gave it a couple of good baths, inside and out, engine comaprtment, frame rails, bottom of the doors etc.

Moved on to painting stuff that had surface rust (so everything would stay nice). Radiator support, wheel-wells (front and back), floor pan seams, gas tank straps, battery tray, etc.



Next tackled the PITA job of tightening up a loose tilt steering column. (you only need a few tools.......like your whole tool box Rolling Eyes)



I was'nt happy with how warm the temp gauge was getting on some of the first hot days wew were having. Checked it out and the old brass radiator was looking pretty thin, and the water-pump was seeping.
Put in a new(well almost new) radiator, new water pump, and a 160 t-stat. Flushed the cooling system a couple of times. Perfecto cheers




Next, decided I did'nt like the fact that it did'nt have an aux trans cooler, soo... I bolted in one form a 9C1, got some adapters, and made my own trans cooler lines Very Happy When that was done I gave it a 16 qt transfusion flush (highly recommend this BTW)



Next up was the exhaust. The stocker was just waaay too quiet. Started right from the manifolds. Of course the studs the attach the Y-pipe broke right off as soon as I touched them. Heated up the manifolds with a torch and extracted them. Replaced the studs, and used brass nuts. Installed a 3" 9C1 Y-pipe, 3" Cat, 2.5" intermed pipe, welded summit muffler, and tail-pipe (deleted the resonator), then painted it all with high heat BBQ black paint. Sounds good now Twisted Evil




On to the suspension....
Found a broken front sway-bar link, and whatever the front shocks were, sucked big time! Replaced the links with new poly ones, and threw in some KYB gas-adjust font shocks. Ok, now it does'nt feel like it want to bounce into the other lane. Arrow




Done some other stuff along the way, cleaned and adjusted the rear brakes, got the tailgate to open in both positions, replaced the passenger window switch, got the "old people" carpet and glue off the dash, replaced the coludy drivers headlight assem with a good one I had.........oh and put on some white letter 235-70-15's. Getting there Laughing



Now need to to HID's and tint Cool
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bowtiepimp



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:05 pm

Needs new wheels Laughing
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bowtiepimp



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:06 pm

bowtiepimp wrote:
Needs new wheels Laughing


..... and a buff lol!
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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:12 pm

bowtiepimp wrote:
bowtiepimp wrote:
Needs new wheels Laughing


..... and a buff lol!

Ok, I'll work on that too. Laughing
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toomanytoyz
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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:43 pm

Lookin good, brah! Smile

I diggit!

Needs Whitewalls!!!!

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No Moa



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:25 pm

I got a part wagon for ya! Lol
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MASShole9C1



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:32 pm

Good work Al! Lots of new parts and what not since I seen it a few weeks back. LT/LS swap would pep it right up.......
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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:47 pm

I always liked the sawblade wheels on those. It's lookin' sharp! How does it ride with the KYBs compared to Bilsteins? I have a set of those same KYBs I'm considering using in the Caprice instead of my Bilsteins...
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IMPALADAKID
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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:13 am

I love it Al. Now get a LSX in it. cheers

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sdstick



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:51 am

Love that pile o tools pic.
THAT's why I'm afraid of steering columns.

I think you've given that wagon new life....looks great... Arrow

(Admit it....you washed it didnt you? Razz )

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Cadet57



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:33 am

I love this car! lol!
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95brmw



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:49 am

Slap some big white walls on the OCC wheels and call it a day. How well did the steering column fix work out? My fleetwood actually had one of the tilt pins backout on me.
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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:14 am

95brmw wrote:
Slap some big white walls on the OCC wheels and call it a day. How well did the steering column fix work out? My fleetwood actually had one of the tilt pins backout on me.

Steering column came out fine, then again I've probably done a 100 of them.

Very common on cars that older people have owned, due to the fact that they use the wheel to pull themselves in and out of ther car.

You do need a couple of speciality tools. Surprised
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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:53 am

Matt Trakker wrote:
I always liked the sawblade wheels on those. It's lookin' sharp! How does it ride with the KYBs compared to Bilsteins? I have a set of those same KYBs I'm considering using in the Caprice instead of my Bilsteins...

Bilsteins are a better shock all around, KYB's are stiffer and work well in a stock height suspension with a soft stock spring. The KYB's did'nt work well at all in the lowered L99 Mad
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boojum



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:03 am

I'm not waiting for the whites or for it to be lowered!

DIBS!


I never should have sold it (I think). Smile
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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:27 pm

V8Killer wrote:
Matt Trakker wrote:
I always liked the sawblade wheels on those. It's lookin' sharp! How does it ride with the KYBs compared to Bilsteins? I have a set of those same KYBs I'm considering using in the Caprice instead of my Bilsteins...

Bilsteins are a better shock all around, KYB's are stiffer and work well in a stock height suspension with a soft stock spring. The KYB's did'nt work well at all in the lowered L99 Mad

Interesting. Maybe I'll give the KYB's a shot in the Caprice...it's got the soft flabby springs in it and I probably won't be lowering it for now...and if I do, I can put the Bils in.

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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:00 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
it's got the soft flabby springs in it and I probably won't be lowering it for now...and if I do, I can put the Bils in.

FE9, the Nausea Inducing option Laughing
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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:49 pm

I think mine said FE1, I can't amembah what it said, guy...
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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:04 pm

More work completed!!

6K Hids (in the stock housings), work awesome

91 ECM with a REAL cop-chip!
(look close at the bottom line...fuzzy but it says "COP-CAR" right on the tag) Laughing



Coming soon: cheers

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toomanytoyz
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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:33 pm

Diggit!!!! Very Happy

Those wheels are gonna look friggin awesome! Very Happy

Can ya find some red lines?

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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:18 pm

Diggin teh Astro wheels!
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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:22 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
Diggin teh Astro wheels!

Yeah I'm trying to go for something, that looked like it came from the factory that way.

Fingers crossed Smile
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sdstick



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:10 pm

So what the heck is keeping you?

Cant find any tires to put on those beauties? scratch

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V8Killer



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:37 pm

sdstick wrote:
So what the heck is keeping you?

Cant find any tires to put on those beauties? scratch

Just looking for time (and I have two more to paint), my sedans are eating all my time

.....more build threads to follow cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:31 pm

V8Killer wrote:
sdstick wrote:
So what the heck is keeping you?

Cant find any tires to put on those beauties? scratch

Just looking for time (and I have two more to paint), my sedans are eating all my time

.....more build threads to follow cheers




..... I must say..... Al has done more random work in the past month to all his cars than he has done all year. Been a beast in the shop. get ready for the wtf and dibs. Laughing



..... my last visit when I left there was a turbo 6 on the stand, and it wasnt for his t-type hmmmmm Twisted Evil bounce bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:41 pm

Can't wait to see thoseAstro rims on that car. I have wondered what they would look like on a b-body for years.

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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:00 pm

I know of pics of them on an B...but I won't post them because I want it to be a surprise when Al does. Very Happy
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bowtiepimp



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:04 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
I know of pics of them on an B...but I won't post them because I want it to be a surprise when Al does. Very Happy



.... see gentlemen.... that is called thread jacking restraint .... Smile
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Grumpy



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PostSubject: Re: Official restore/modify my OCC thread   Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:15 am

Damm I should bring my beater up for ya Cool
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