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Old 10-25-2019, 03:49 PM   #6281
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Drove Red Hot hard for over 260 miles today.

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Old 10-25-2019, 03:55 PM   #6282
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The $400, 78k mile, 00 SL2 went to LKQ scrap for $125.

Really hated to see it go when the interior and exterior were an 8 out of 10, the only issues I know of were a bad ignition cylinder and a leaky rack and pinion. But hey, it was sacrificed to save a 00 SW2 and the shocks to the 97 SL2 that has 295k miles.

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Motor, shocks, rear doors, main cat, driver-side mirror, BCM/ECU, throttle cable, all fuses/relays, arm rest, cluster, near new tires, a tie rod, a 1yo battery, and I am sure a few more things.

So my cost of all those excellent parts was now adjusted to $275!!

I put most of the old/bad parts back on, including a 97 DOHC motor in the trunk.

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Old 10-25-2019, 07:28 PM   #6283
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Painted the passenger door today. No more visible scratch marks. Thankfully have enough paint left to hit at some spots on the bumper and roof.

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Old 10-27-2019, 06:58 PM   #6284
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:05 PM   #6285
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Today I have replaced the fuel filter. Because my car is 98 model I had to get underneath it and the filter contains pressure regulator (i.e. it's expensive! ) I've got wix for $80. The process itself was nothing special, except that I couldn't unscrew two bolts that attach the filter bracket. The first one just broke the moment I touched it and the other one... Well, I was able to replace the filter without disattaching the bracket
I'm pretty sure I was the first person ever did this to the car (70k mileage).
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:01 PM   #6286
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My first experience at painting wheel caps & clear coating the lug nut covers. I had just enough time for the rear set as I was baking. Next weekend, hopefully, I will be able to get to the front set.


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Old 10-29-2019, 11:29 AM   #6287
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Found this leather shift knob on eBay...from a Pontiac Aztec. Apparently the Aztec and last few years of the Oldsmobile 88 use the same part as the S-series. Looks like GM went to the Saturn parts bin for that one, lol
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:10 AM   #6288
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Used and abused my dadmobile in the snow, which I do on a daily basis. I love this car, it never complains.


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Old 10-30-2019, 05:50 PM   #6289
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So about a week and a half ago, we started to swap out the front control arms and the stabilizer bar, as well as the poly bushings. Unfortunately, we ran out of time just trying to remove the driver's side sway bar bracket so the car sat on jackstands for a week.

In the meantime, my father-in-law was trying to figure out how to remove that blasted control arm-to-frame bolt on the passenger side. Nothing was removing it, even after PB Blaster and a breaker bar since the bolt and the sleeve had rusted together. He had to go to work so it was up to me to figure out a way to get it off. Sadly, I left my sawzall about an hour and a half away so it was a job for the ol' hand saw. The head came off after about 20 minutes of sawing and I was attempting to try to cut the other end off at the bracket when I discovered that the rest of the bolt could finally slide out the other way!

After finally getting that control arm out, everything else seemed to go relatively quickly, yet it still seemed like a fight through every step. The driver's side bracket for the stabilizer bar broke its nuts loose. It took two long pry bars and another foot pressing against the sway bar to get it back into the control arm. The poly bushing wanted to pop out of the bracket, and so on.

Finally, we got it all replaced and buttoned up, but I still have to get an alignment done... but at least I finally replaced most of the poly bushings front and rear on the SL*.

*We didn't bother with the control arm to frame bushings since the arms themselves were new.

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Old 10-30-2019, 09:29 PM   #6290
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I parked in the garage.


I will never understand why my wife thinks the kids deserve garage parking. But snow is coming, she wants truck-a-saurus, and that doesn't fit. I've moved the Mazda to the hangar.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:53 PM   #6291
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I have changed the spark plugs! Used the antiseizure lubricant on them. The color of the old plugs seems to be okay, but why the oil on the thread? Is it the notorious valve gasket leaking?
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Old 11-01-2019, 12:27 AM   #6292
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Very likely that is the valve cover leak. Is the oily plug #1? Since you have a'98, you can swap to an aluminum cover.

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Old 11-01-2019, 05:17 PM   #6293
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Went to the junkyard yesterday and decided to pull near every panel off a white SL2 cause I've always wanted my car white. The car already had two door skins off but it was fell off its JY wheel so it was slanted. Needless to say, it was not fun to pull every panel off this thing. I also, unfortunately, bent the hood in the front by a bit on its way home so I am not sure how hard that will be to fix. Have push pins coming in the mail.

I have been cleaning the panels all day.

Kind of sad about leaving the grey, but I think the white looks so much better when done right. I plan on keeping my black rain guards and painting the roof black to mimic the white-hot look of the SC2.

Trying not to think that this money could've been used to fix the engine.
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Old 11-01-2019, 05:36 PM   #6294
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Very likely that is the valve cover leak. Is the oily plug #1? Since you have a'98, you can swap to an aluminum cover.
Seems it is.
Cool, never heard of that aluminium gasket. Thanks.

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Old 11-01-2019, 06:07 PM   #6295
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Seems it is.
Cool, never heard of that aluminium gasket. Thanks.
Cover, not gasket.

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Old 11-02-2019, 08:13 PM   #6296
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Finished with all the bushings now after today as we did the bushings that hold up the sway bar. Previously did the ones on control arm to subframe and control arm to bar. Hopefully no more banging noises!

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Old 11-04-2019, 03:11 AM   #6297
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i did my headliner today, with a little twist! I had some roulette felt laying around, and it went up better then i could have dreamed.

the dome light is a POS and the plastic broke, i am also going to cover the two sun visors in purple felt, and replace the one plastic handle that did not make it through the project. it took no more then 2 hours and i used 3m 90 adhesive spray, it worked fabulously! 130K miles and still purring!
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:06 AM   #6298
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Drove my car to Washington DC and back over the weekend (500+ miles). Had two bikes in the trunk. Had to disassemble and assemble them right in front of Congress
The mpg is 34!
It's been great time in DC. I met our relative in the museum
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Poured Redline SI-1 in the gas tank couple days ago.

It's now like Popeye on Spinach!!

Highly recommend it. Highest % of PEA of any Fuel System Cleaner.

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It's now like Popeye on Spinach!!

Highly recommend it. Highest % of PEA of any Fuel System Cleaner.

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What is the treat rate? I am a pretty thrifty Swede so will probably stick to my stash of TCW3 rated 2 cycle oil.

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