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  • tlc1976
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    A few weeks ago I resealed the windshield of the Celebrity. Rain was leaking in and dripping exactly onto my Alpine CD changer controller. It was completely corroded inside. Found a replacement off eBay for $5 with the cord plug cut off. Which is fine because I’m not running wires under the carpet again, I’ll just do a solder splice and heat shrink. So now it’s been dry for awhile, I wired up the new controller tonight.

    I got a set of used tires for it last week for $50. Tread decent enough for summer. No cracks or anything in the rubber, the material is excellent. I’ll probably wait to put them on until I strip and repaint the wheels.

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  • tlc1976
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    I had other things last year going on, but I recently got done replacing the entire brake system on the Celebrity. Got tired of piecemealing it. I did the same thing to the Jeep last summer and what a difference. Gotta get some tires at some point too, the current ones were NOS stored inside, installed in 2013, and starting to show some cracks. But at the price of tires I’m just gonna keep on the lookout for a good used set. And adjust the cradle bolts after I welded and made my own mounts many years ago. 305k and still starts up very quickly. Feels so much lighter, smaller, and quicker than the wagon.

    Trying to keep the miles off the Cruiser and also keep it out of the sun as much as possible to save the paint so the Celebrity is my daily driver. Now I can get started replacing the floors and gas tank and whatever else I find on the Jeep.

    For my birthday I took the Cruiser out and hand washed it in the car wash and spray waxed it.

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  • Pontiac6ksteawd
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    Originally posted by High Mileage View Post
    It has been a while since I posted anything here.

    Yes,I still have the cars in my Avatar. Yes,they all run snd are used.

    No,I haven’t gotten my ‘87 Eurosport (not pictured) back from the painter yet. It’s been 18 years!

    Oh…. What did I do to one of my A-bodies today? I lubed up the door seals on the one I use when it’s icy-salty out. Don’t want those door seals tearing off.

    Steve from Albany,NY

    5 A-bodies.
    He Lives!

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  • tlc1976
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    Originally posted by High Mileage View Post
    It has been a while since I posted anything here.

    Yes,I still have the cars in my Avatar. Yes,they all run snd are used.

    No,I haven’t gotten my ‘87 Eurosport (not pictured) back from the painter yet. It’s been 18 years!

    Oh…. What did I do to one of my A-bodies today? I lubed up the door seals on the one I use when it’s icy-salty out. Don’t want those door seals tearing off.

    Steve from Albany,NY

    5 A-bodies.
    Good to hear from you Steve. I always enjoyed reading about your a-body adventures especially the winter. I remember when your 87 Euro originally went to the painter. I don’t run any of mine in the snow anymore, just my old Jeep which needs floors next summer.

    I would love to make a trip and see your collection some summer. When/if this Covid thing settles down. Before my health prohibits me from doing so.

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  • High Mileage
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    It has been a while since I posted anything here.

    Yes,I still have the cars in my Avatar. Yes,they all run snd are used.

    No,I haven’t gotten my ‘87 Eurosport (not pictured) back from the painter yet. It’s been 18 years!

    Oh…. What did I do to one of my A-bodies today? I lubed up the door seals on the one I use when it’s icy-salty out. Don’t want those door seals tearing off.

    Steve from Albany,NY

    5 A-bodies.

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  • tlc1976
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    Well so much for the portable garage and the $400 I spent on the premium model. Was supposed to handle snow load. I put it between the pines to shield it from the wind. Hardly any snow so far this winter. Wanted to check on it last weekend but more bowel blockage issues. So this weekend went out to start it and check for mice. Found the whole thing collapsed on top of the car under 4 inches of light snow. The steel tubes actually linked and folded over. Came 1/4 inch from breaking my windshield. A few scratches but overall I got pretty lucky. Bent my hood and prop rod, but I was able to straighten both out. So I got it torn apart enough to get it off the car. Snowblowed a path to it and got it out. Cleared out enough in the garage to get it in there for the rest of the winter.

    Maybe next summer I’ll get one of those surplus shipping containers and store the car safely in there. Got worlds of room out here.

    On the plus side it started right up. And the mouse repellent is still working. This really strong smelling granules I keep in a little mason jar in the cupholder. Also the rag I used with invisible glass to clean the windows I left in the car and it still smells which is good. I left the hood open so mice wouldn’t hide on top of the engine and chew up my hood liner.

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  • papawhellie
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    Super nice, precciate the photo tlc. Hope all is well in snow land.

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  • tlc1976
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  • Pontiac6ksteawd
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    Not a A-Body.. But installed a new airbag impact sensor. Light is off, am happy..

    This Escalade is a nice truck.. But I have to admit, I am considering selling it..

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  • 73blazer
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    Fixed my power antenna in the STE today. Mine started having issues working wouldn't go all the way down , making grinding noises.... Boy what a project. Someone at some point used one of those generic aftermarket power antennas. To install it they totally hacked up the mounting bracket, cut the wiring harness and used wire nuts, completely hacked the coax antenna lead (they twist tied the coax lead like a regular wire), no wonder I used to get so much whine and reception was so poor.

    To put it back to stock, I ordered a NOS full antenna unit (the proper one for the STE with the black top), NOS top nut, NOS top bezel and seal, (the aftermarket kits comes with it's own giant ugly chrome universal bezels to fit any fender angle, so the original pieces were thrown away), a whole new NOS coax antenna cable I ran down the inside of the rockers all the way to the radio, in place of the hacked up one, a NOS relay connector body (fortunately these are the same as corvettes so easily found!), I had to de-modify the lower bracket they had bent an added some metal strap too it.
    The funny part is most of the OEM antennas were just fine, they had two problems, the relay would go, or somebody would bend or munge up the mast, GM sells a mast replacement kit, and of course the relay is easily replaceable. And whoever installed that aftermarket one must not have been able to read, the instructions and coax terminator kit for that aftermarket kit were under the antenna behind the trunk lining, it clearly told you how to modify the bracket, which they didn't follow, clearly told them how to terminate the coax, they didn't do it, clearly told them how to plug into the vehicles connector body to attach the new hardwired relay on that kit, didn't do that they just cut that off. I kinda wonder why they kept the directions to begin with, they clearly didn't follow any of them!
    Much better radio reception now, no more whine, and I'd rather have the stock one, it has the black bezel and top much smaller doesn't look goofy like that giant chrome aftermarket one did.

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  • 90BuickCentury
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    After letting my 92 sit in the cold garage, half torn apart, it's finally been warm enough and I've had enough time to spend a couple more hours on the head gaskets. Got the front head off. Hope to make a lot more progress tomorrow.

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  • tlc1976
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    Today it got to 60f briefly. Still snow around the garage and yard but spring is closer. So I glued the door seals that had been starting to come loose.

    Then I removed the 2 exposed bumper bolts because surface rust was getting on the chrome. Had to cut one out with a dremel. I have been wanting to replace them with stainless. I can source some proper ones at work.

    I also started the Celebrity and aired up the tires. Ordered some parts from rock auto for refreshing the rear brakes which is really all it needs so I can drive it more. I would like to fix the rust like I did back in 2006 before Mitch?s show. Been thinking about trying the roll on rust oleum method that I?ve seen online. Can?t look any worse than it does now, and the car owes me nothing.

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  • Zaloryan
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    When I acquired my first car, a 1990 Cutlass Ciera (3300), it blew a head gasket the first day I owned it while I was driving home. That car is the entire reason I joined A-Body.net. My head gasket failed in such a way that coolant was allowed into the combustion chamber, causing large quantity of white smoke to pour out the exhaust.

    My suspicion is that the seller poured some stop-leak into the engine bay to get it sold (to me, the fool) so it would no longer be his problem!

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  • 90BuickCentury
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    Yeah, probably wouldn't have failed, except for all the stop-leak gunk. I think it blocked the thermostat closed. Corner of cyl #2 had radiator fluid pouring out of the block. Still runs but lots of white smoke and very hard starting. Also needs new trans cooler hoses and gonna add a trans cooler, since current setup has lines running directly into the radiator. Will probably replace heater core as well and possibly the radiator. It's got a ton of engine oil seepage that I will try to address as well. It also looks like the freeze plug near cyl #1 blew out too? Found a couple disintegrated vacuum lines as well.

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  • tlc1976
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    Originally posted by Pontiac6ksteawd View Post
    Ive actually never heard of a head gasket failure on the 3300..
    One of my friends had an 89 Ciera with a 3300 and it had a leaking head gasket. This was in the mid to late 90s. I didn?t know the cause of it.

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