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    Somewhere on that list needs to be "pour in CA$H" ... lol. Oh, and get an alignment?
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    Holy Crrap mann! you gots some time on your to compile a list like that.

    Im sooo lazy I would just toss the list and the car in the trash lol..

    You have some good dedication Luke hats off to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheatah faheatah View Post
    Somewhere on that list needs to be "pour in CA$H" ... lol. Oh, and get an alignment?
    LOL! I've got most everything purchased and on-hand already. Except for the ignition harness, and brake rotors/pads. But that ain't gonna be cheap. About the alignment, I'm wondering if that needs to be done before the 28 mile ride to the welder? Everything in the wheel wells is coming off again anyway to fix the strut towers so I was thinking to hold off on the alignment. That being said, I don't wanna damage anything on the drive over.

    Quote Originally Posted by wowitsfast View Post
    Holy Crrap mann! you gots some time on your to compile a list like that. Im sooo lazy I would just toss the list and the car in the trash lol... You have some good dedication Luke hats off to you!
    Haha. Compiled the list while at work, so at least my time was covered. And, Thanks man! Thanks for the encouragement! Getting this GTP road worthy again has been quite the struggle. Especially with no garage, no running water, no bathroom, no electrical hook up. I've McGuivered solutions for all those problems and managed to stay motivated. Thanks to this forum, really.
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    I wonder who be on the road first mine or yours, I am dam close to putting it back in but still have to tinker with a few wires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItHurtz View Post
    I wonder who be on the road first mine or yours, I am dam close to putting it back in but still have to tinker with a few wires.
    I might be on the road, driving to the welder first. LOL. After all this maintenance on the outside, I gotta finish applying the Damplifier, put in the carpet, molding, new speakers, radio, etc... You will be first, I'm sure.

    Looks like I got me an axle leak. Passenger side. Don't wanna have to d1ck with it but it would be stupid not too...? With everything already disassembled within the wheel well.... Shyt. Sucks.

    Just one firm whack on the backside of the axle and it should come out... right BillBoost?

    Been reading this link: http://www.grandprixforums.net/threa...LL-LEAKING-FFS!
    And this: http://www.grandprixforums.net/threa...Remove-an-axle



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    If you have a pry bar, you can just pop it out with a quick jerk, levering against the subframe.

    Handling upgrades, go-slow parts, and an attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarStryker13 View Post
    If you have a pry bar, you can just pop it out with a quick jerk, levering against the subframe.
    I'll try that. Been reading up on it. The axles aren't stock so I'm hoping it's gonna pop right out. I know because the axle nut was 33mm. Would be stupid not to deal with this now.. I went to the GM dealer and ordered a seal today and should have it tmrw. Crickets in that place because of the Mechanic Unions strike.


    Alright. Getting stuff done. Took off from work for the next 3 days to work on the car. Have a lot of parts ready to be put in. Also took off Monday, Tuesday to go camping with the kids and wife and watch the total eclipse. Driving down to "Garden of the Gods" in southern IL. Should be a good time.

    Really hoping to cross off a lot of the items on that list in the next few days.


    Brakes. Painted. You'll see through the holes in that last pic that the bracket itsn't painted. I kept paint off all of the mating surfaces and bolt holes.






    Knuckles. Painted. Didn't have a pic of them. Swore I took one. They look cool, like a robot part. Instead, here's another pic with just the primer to serve as a bookmark. HA! Kids helped me paint the knuckles using the POR-15. I think the paint got to them for a second. They were acting like goof-balls!



    POR-15 Aluminum. Just a regular paint brush. You only need one 8oz can of this stuff. Will last forever:


    MOOG bushing pressed in. The first 2 shops I visited say they didn't want to do it. Safety reasons, liability, bull-****....
    That slowed things down for me. I then called up this place in the burbs that put in a re-built Jasper trans in this car like 14 years ago. When I was still in high school. The guy, Brian, remembered my Dad and the car! F'ing crazy. How many cars has he fixed since then? He did the job. But according to the link below one of the bushings is pressed in upside down. But I noticed when I took these off the car (they are Dorman), the factory Dorman bushings were pressed in the same way...? Hmmmm. So which way is correct. I'm trying to build rapport with this guy now so I didn't challenge him on it but just wondering if it will start pushing out. See the second like I posted below. Seems like it should be lip side down, like Booba said.

    Link to how they apparently need to be done:
    http://www.grandprixforums.net/threa...=1#post1383273

    Link to bushing pulling itself out (same thread):
    http://www.grandprixforums.net/threa...=1#post1378740





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    You could always get them tack welded into the LCAs, just on the lip where it says "MOOG Problem Solver"

    That'll keep them from popping out when you go ham on an AutoCross track... lol

    Handling upgrades, go-slow parts, and an attitude.

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    Progress was made! Photos to prove it. lol


    First! Painted knuckles, with one un-painted knuckle for comparison:



    Also painted the sway bar brackets. Came out all globbed over. It's for the rust anyway:



    Trans Mount was first on the list. Lifted the engine by the pans. My oil pan is dented up bad so used a thick piece of cardboard as a sort of "crush-washer". Also rear end is on ramps, front of 4 jack-stands. Car was pointed nose up so that meant lifting on an angle. Hockey puck came in handy here. Allowed the jack to push straight up, with the puck molding itself to the wood at an angle, but still keeping traction. Worked for me! Spent A LOT of time positioning the wood and making everything just right. Looped an extension cord around the crosspipe to help swing the engine a little.



















    CV axle popped out no problem:



    Old seal, vs. new seal. Smashed it with a screwdriver and hammer to get it off, per a video I watched:



    Hockey puck came in handy again when installing new seal.


    New seal in place:



    Then got to the drivers side knuckle assembly:
    Last edited by CHI2000GTP; 08-18-2017 at 02:11 PM. Reason: Drivers side, not passenger.
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    Rock on, man. I gotta add a puck to my toolbox now. Cool idea!
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    You know all this work and someone might shoot you if you drive it in the winter again lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheatah faheatah View Post
    Rock on, man. I gotta add a puck to my toolbox now. Cool idea!
    It came in handy man. Got it at Play-It-Again Sports for like $1.00. Can't take credit for the idea though. I came across it on a thread on this forum having to do with something else. I thought it was a good idea then, and bought one.

    Quote Originally Posted by ItHurtz View Post
    You know all this work and someone might shoot you if you drive it in the winter again lol
    Lol. I know where your coming from man. I would like to believe that won't happen. But I know that's a lie! LOL. It's gonna be a seldom used DD. Probably gonna see some snow.


    Finished up on the passenger side knuckle this past Saturday.

    Went to the junkyard for a new trailing arm nut, and a splined strut bolt. Holy cow was the trailing arm nut a B1tch! Took a whole 45min. and a gallon of sweat to remove. Old vs new:


    Ran into a problem. The new bushing didn't fit into the bracket on the passenger side...hmmm. Drivers side was fine.


    Found an creative way to stretch it out a little bit. Worked like a charm!




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    Pry that b1tch ! Ya ! Sometimes force beats finesse, hands down. I can't wait to try "Tool use" for hockey pucks . I have used hockey pucks as cheap body mount replacements on my old Bronco. That's a "parts use".
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    Gumby wrench. lol

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    Sway bar stuff is done. LOL on the end-links. I turned the nut until like 2 threads were poking out. I though hmmm...., better check the torque specs just in case (17ft./lbs). When I was done with it, like 8-9 threads were showing. Way tighter than I would have thought. Put in new cotter pins as well. The list is getting shorter! Pics below:









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    Tie-Rods. Connected.

    I should add that in an effort to get the wheels pointed correctly, I positioned the knuckle/axle assembly as straight as possible. Threaded each tie-rod end onto the inner, 16 turns on each side. At 16 turns the stem from the outer rod fell right into the knuckle hole. Hopefully the wheels will be somewhat even.

    Driver:


    Passenger:
    Last edited by CHI2000GTP; 08-30-2017 at 09:02 AM.
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    dont forget to grease them new parts. they are dry pretty much till you grease em.

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    I think these outer rods came greased already. Under that nipple, that entire cavity was filled up with a blue colored grease.
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    Whatever you do, don't over fill joints with grease. Just til they bulge. Too much may split the "rubber" and allow dirt and moisture in ... is no Bueno.
    not what it looks like

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHI2000GTP View Post
    I think these outer rods came greased already. Under that nipple, that entire cavity was filled up with a blue colored grease.

    grease em any ways, theres not enough in there now. if you dont have a gun your ok to drive to the alignment shop, ask them to grease them for ya.

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