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Old 05-27-2019, 08:19 AM   #4591
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drove mine to work today. does that count?
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Old 05-27-2019, 06:51 PM   #4592
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Getting ready for Pontiac in Pigeon Forge Tn this weekend.
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:11 PM   #4593
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Picked up an SAP spoiler from a neighbor. Still not sure if I should install it though since I'd have to drill a hole in the trunk. Hmmmm
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:11 PM   #4594
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drove mine to work today. does that count?

Haha I'd say so
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:57 AM   #4595
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drove mine to work today. does that count?

Skipped right over "put my transmission back together"
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Old 05-28-2019, 02:47 PM   #4596
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Replaced the AC compressor and Expansion valve. Now have cold AC.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:24 AM   #4597
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Got it up on ramps to find the coolant and oil leaks.

Luckily for me, the coolant leak seemed to be from a loose clamp on the lower radiator hose. tightened it up, no more dripping. Really excited for an easy fix on that one.

The oil leak appears to be either the rear main, the oil pan, or both. It'll be something I have to address after our move, so I won't get to that for a few months at best. I'll probably just do both, and throw in other goodies while I do. Monster clutch, f-body slave, remote bleeder, and new motor mounts. I had a new clutch done at 90k but since it was a daily, I just got a readily available LUK, and I'm fairly sure the shop didn't do the rear main seal.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:34 AM   #4598
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Picked up a set of PRC 225s. Taking them to the machine shop for a once over n buying supporting parts for install. Didn't plan on heads quite so soon but when a guy literally tells you to just have them who can say no?
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:05 AM   #4599
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Yesterday I pulled the front lower control arms off the car so I could install Whiteline poly bushings in the inner position. I already have poly in the rear radius rod location. The arms were a lot easier to get off than I thought they would be, the ball joints popped apart nicely, easier than expected with my newish ball joint tool. I used my old one so much it eventually failed! Wanted to get them apart in such a way so as to not damage the boots so I can reuse the ball joints as they are in fine shape. Though that bit of threadlocker the factory used on the ball joint nuts was a bear to deal with while trying to remove the nuts. My arms and pecs are rather sore today.

The only problem I've run into so far is that my shop press doesn't have the oomph to push out the bushings (really glad I didn't try to remove the bushings while the arms were still on the car). It appears the hydraulic jack used in my press is busted; just as I'm building up some pressure the handle kicks back, certainly not exerting the 12 tons of pressure it is rated for. So, off to HF later to get a replacement jack. Bushings won't be here at least until the end of the week so no real hurry.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:17 AM   #4600
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So, yesterday I got a new jack for my press (I actually had a spare sitting on a shelf) and I was using my shop press to remove the inner bushings from the control arms. Holy crap were those things in there. It was all the effort the jack could provide to finally make those things move and when they did move they moved in a bang, not a gentle slide out. The way they sit in the arms there is very little lip on the arms themselves to provide support while pressing the bushings out and it was hard to find something just the right size to press on the bushing from the top side as they are just a little bigger than the largest SAE socket I have and just a little smaller than my next larger metric socket. I did a lot of deforming of the edges of the bushing shells before I got just the right sized pusher. Made me really nervous when the jack was about at its limit and then it releases all at once with a bang. And seeing the double C-beam support at the base of the press actually deform a bit was a little concerning. This work actually slightly deformed the end of the press ram and it is made of tough stuff.

Anyway, the arms came out of the experience with no harm done but I can see now why people prefer to buy the preloaded control arms with bushings and ball joints already installed. They've been cleaned up and painted, just waiting for the new Whiteline bushings to arrive so they can go back in the car.

Man, I'm glad I didn't have to replace the ball joints, I bet those are really stuck in there too.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:40 AM   #4601
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Bought an '18 Zo6 and am going to start driving the GTO regularly again. Feels great to drive it again. Ordered TFS 220 heads and custom FlowTech cam, FAST 102, Kooks exhaust, etc. that will go in later this Summer hopefully.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:15 PM   #4602
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Bought an '18 Zo6 and am going to start driving the GTO regularly again. Feels great to drive it again. Ordered TFS 220 heads and custom FlowTech cam, FAST 102, Kooks exhaust, etc. that will go in later this Summer hopefully.

Damn, baller!

I installed a GM flex fuel sensor today. Now I just need to get a pin so I can wire the signal into the PCM.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:16 AM   #4603
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Got her back from the shop after Cam swap and the #s are in:
425hp / 404 tq with a nice flat band on the torque ... avg is 385

So stage 1 BTR cam with new --- Coated cam bearings ( pulled motor)
Dual springs/ Hardened push rods / Trunion upgrade/ Melling oil pump/ Water pump and hoses/ Timing chain/ Cold Case Radiator/ Monster level 1 Clutch/ Rear Seal / Oil pan gasket.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:19 AM   #4604
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Runs like a Raped Ape and sound fantastic.
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Very happy with results and fixed that stupid rear seal while we had the clutch and tranny out
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:20 AM   #4605
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GD Whiteline! I ordered my parts last Friday through Summit. Of course the bushings I need are drop shipping from Whiteline. So they wait until TODAY to ship them and so now I won't have the bushings until Monday. The parts that shipped from Summit arrived yesterday......

Still no clue when my last part, a Green Filter USA filter, will even ship. No shipment notification from Green yet.
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:08 AM   #4606
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GD Whiteline! I ordered my parts last Friday through Summit. Of course the bushings I need are drop shipping from Whiteline. So they wait until TODAY to ship them and so now I won't have the bushings until Monday. The parts that shipped from Summit arrived yesterday......

Still no clue when my last part, a Green Filter USA filter, will even ship. No shipment notification from Green yet.

Anything whiteline/lovells should be got from Duckman! He usually has everything in stock
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:18 AM   #4607
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Anything whiteline/lovells should be got from Duckman! He usually has everything in stock

Yeah, typically I would have but the price was the same but shipping was free with Summit. I was also ordering other things that Andy doesn't carry.
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:37 AM   #4608
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Removed aftermarket O2 sensor to "re-calibrate". Manufacturer says this needs to occur about every 6 months or every xxxx miles. As long as it stops flashing 7.4, I suppose it's not that big of a deal to do twice a year.
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:18 PM   #4609
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Couldn’t take the faded oxidized headlights anymore so I brought it to the paint shop and had them restored. Not sure if the before pice do justice to how bad they looked. Took the chance to have them install the sap grills too. Looks brand new again.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:54 PM   #4610
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Definitely came out nice.

What did they charge to restore them?
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:39 PM   #4611
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Couldn’t take the faded oxidized headlights anymore so I brought it to the paint shop and had them restored. Not sure if the before pice do justice to how bad they looked. Took the chance to have them install the sap grills too. Looks brand new again.

Now put some headlight armor over them
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:55 PM   #4612
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They’re triple clear coated no need for armor and they charged $400 which was a hard pill to swallow but the car looks thousands better to me so well worth it IMO
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:42 AM   #4613
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wow! nice work! it does indeed look new.
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:38 AM   #4614
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I needed some floor mats because my heels were digging into the carpet, just needed something- it's nowhere near a show car. So I look on ebay and find some cheapie POS ones for around 80$. Of course I don't do any reading in the reviews or feedback because I'm an idiot. When I got em they all fit fine except for the driver's side, it wasn't notched for the dead pedal.

So >now< I go to the eBay store (automatstore) I got them from and it says "no returns", and there's a bunch of negative feedback regarding ill fitting mats and their no return policy.

Anyway at this point my only choice is to either live with it or just cut it to make it fit. So I seam ripper'd the edge banding stuff off, cut the notch in it then hand sewed the edge banding back on. Whatever, at least I'm not slowly ruining the carpet with my heels when driving.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:29 AM   #4615
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Finally came to terms with the fact the GTO is lost to flood damage. Was leaving the house at 6 AM on a Friday last month for a 6:30 AM meeting and it was storming out. Got about 2 blocks away from the house and in about 100 feet the water went from an inch deep to up above the tires. Slowed way down and got out of the water and limped it home. The motor was running a little rough but didn't seem bad so there was hope it was OK. I waited about an hour until the rain slowed down to go outside and run the motor for a while to dry out as much as possible in the engine bay and when I started the car, smvrfing rod was knocking like a mofo. I will say that while it took Progressive 3 weeks from start to finish to determine loss or not and value if so, they were very fair with my settlement so that helped ease the pain a little.


While I was in limbo I spent 80 hours looking online and locally for a replacement. Being a grandfather with most of my family here I decided to get a bigger car for more flexibility but it had to be fairly fast, mod friendly and unique. I loved the fact the Goat was 1 of only 101 exactly like it and I found a more than suitable replacement, a 2010 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost. It is a 1 owner car, purchased, maintained and traded in at Grapevine Ford/Lincoln owned by an older couple. It is in mint condition inside and out with the 3.5L twin turbo Ecoboost motor. Loaded with every option available that year and well under 100K it was a steal for what it brings to the table. It's also 1 of only 124 like it so there's that. Bought a SCT X4 handheld, 3 custom tunes from Unleashed Tuning, one step colder plugs and an Airaid intake. Installed the intake a couple of weeks ago, loaded the 93 octane performance tune last week and damn, this 4200# beast hauls ass. So I'm fairly happy with how things turned out but dammit, RIP Peyton. You will be missed.

I've listed a few things for sale in the classifieds if anyone's interested: Svede, Superpro, Lloyds parts for example. I'll still lurk here but I was never super active anyway. Thanks to all who helped me in my journey with the Goat, it was a lot of fun for 3 1/2 years.....
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:35 PM   #4616
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RIP GTO Sorry for your loss.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:01 PM   #4617
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I finally finished the front lower control arm inner bushing replacement since the Whiteline bushings finally showed up today.

Now just waiting for the FAST 102 to show up.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:52 PM   #4618
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Thanks gesto.
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:27 AM   #4619
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Found another door ding. Gets more damage sitting in the garage than it did driven.
Garage rash.
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