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Crazyfast79TA

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Bovey, Minnesota
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Doing Some Research And Remembering

By Crazyfast79TA

I worked on the engine swap in my S-10 after work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I didn't go out to the garage Thursday. I spent my time looking at the pictures from my '87 S-10 and looking up parts and tools instead. I found some motor mounts that I liked but figured I could fab some up almost like them for less money. Tonight I spent my evening sorting out wires and such to figure out what went where and what wouldn't be hooked up and the things that needed hooked up, how they would hook up to a Holley carb equipped 350. Still thinking on that, but the "nuts and bolts" end of it is pretty much figured out. This is gonna be sweet!

Third Day (night) Of Wrenching...SUCCESS!

By Crazyfast79TA

I started working on this Monday evening after work. 7-10. Worked on it again Tuesday night. 7-10:30. Today I only had to work in the morning so I had from 1:00 until I had to go to church for dinner and teach Bible lessons to 10 and 11 year olds at 5:30. I've pulled engines out of many cars in bad work conditions and I do have to say that this wasn't one of the easiest or best conditions, but I didn't lose my temper (too much) and only had to cut one wire. I don't know how many zip ties were holding wires and vacuum lines to something or another, but this engine compartment was all "fubar". Tomorrow I get to clean the floor and start cleaning the frame and stuff to get it ready to receive the 350/700R4 once I get that ready to go in. This is going to be one cool truck when it's done! My '87 was pretty awesome, but that took years of "hit and miss" to get things right. This one is starting off where the other ended. I know what works for this, more what doesn't work. This truck has more "goodies" that I have to make work without the computer. It will be a bit of a challenge, but I'm up for it!
NO FEAR!

Engine Swap Has Begun!

By Crazyfast79TA

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I got the truck in the garage Sunday. There isn't a whole lot of room to work, but I'll make do. I started taking things out. The pulley won't come off the power steering pump. The bolts don't clear the air conditioning compressor clutch. I started disconnecting wires and deciding which ones I won't need with the carbureted V-8. The radiator wasn't too bad to get loose and out. This truck has a built in oil cooler. That will come in handy with the 350! This is going to be a cleaner/neater install than the '87 I built 20 years ago. That was one of the first 5 in Findlay, Ohio back then! I've got more wires and stuff to contend with, but I also have the (bad) experiences with a first-time V-8 conversion. I didn't use a kit or have a whole lot of others to reference. Good news about this one, the truck came with a 4.3 so it's more of just a length issue than anything else. The '87 was a bare bones 4 cylinder to start with. I had to fabricate all the brackets and stuff to make it fit and work. Hopefully all the stuff with swap from the 4.3 to the 350 with minimal problems. Some things I see as problems right away are the tach and speedometer. How do you convert a factory V-6 tach to work with a V-8? The factory speedometer was electronic but the trans I'm using is mechanical (cable type). Since I'm using a 700R4 instead of a TH350, I'll be able to use everything from the 4L60 to mount it and use the same driveshaft. The radiator should be sufficient for the engine, it's what I used in the other truck. Should go fairly quick this time! Not a lot of engineering to do with minimal fabrication.

All My Stuff Is Home!

By Crazyfast79TA

It took a lot of patience and "plan B's" to get it done, but my S-10 and tools are home from Northern Performance. Last Saturday Michelle and I tried to get our garage cleared out to make room for my toolbox and my truck. That didn't leave time to go to the shop to get them so the plan went to Sunday after church. We went to the China Buffet then the grocery store before calling Dustyn to meet us at the shop to use his truck to pull the S-10 on the shop trailer. I figured I'd get the trailer ready for the job and get my toolbox in the back of the S-10. Well. the shop door lock had been changed so I couldn't do that. Dustyn wasn't there either. I didn't figure it would be a good idea to pull the trailer with the S-10 behind the Sport Trac and Michelle and I had other plans that we had to take care of so we left. Monday wasn't good after work. Tuesday and Wednesday was taken up with church activities. Thursday didn't pan out either. Friday I went in and picked up my last check and made plans with Brad to get my truck and tools on Saturday. He told me the trailer wasn't available but I could use his tow dolly.Saturday morning came and we went to the shop with our "Work Horse" truck to pull the S-10 ourselves. Brad wasn't there so I used my air tank to pump the tires up on the S-10 and tried to hook up the tow dolly. The ball on our truck was too big for the hitch on the dolly. There were no ramps on it and no wheel straps. Off to Rapids Rental for a tow dolly. Got back to the shop and still no Brad so Michelle and I got the S-10 on the tow dolly and waited for a little while longer for Brad or Dustyn. Neither one showed up so we took off and unloaded the S-10, returned the dolly and headed for the birthday party at 1:30. Today after pot luck lunch at church I called Brad to find out if he was going to be at the shop today and he was on his way there. We got there right after him and he helped me get my toolbox loaded into the Sport Trac. We came back and I went about finishing the garage clearing before unloading it. Got that done, unloaded the toolbox, got Michelle to help me move the S-10 into the garage, and got 3 loads of laundry done What a day!

Well, I pissed somebody off again!

By Crazyfast79TA

Seems that someone sent me a message complaining about someone else constantly posting blogs filled with plagerized script. I sent a message back to find out who to he was referring. I never got a message back. I checked back in my inbox and the message is now blank and the member's page is empty. I also checked on my friend list and they're gone. Must not want to be my friend anymore. Boo hoo. Then I started thinking they were referring to my blog posts. If ANYONE thinks I'm copying any of my blogs from other sources or any of my cars aren't really my cars, they're wrong! Who would have such lousy luck or lame stories as I've written about and why would I want to copy it and claim it as mine if it weren't true? That would just be dumb! I don't have facebook (because I don't have the time for it, don't play games, and I DON"T need the drama that goes with it) so I just come on Motortopia and type about the car stuff that's going on in my little part of this pathetic world. I'm sorry that I don't live a "rock-star" life or have a "reality show" to follow me around 24/7 to entertain everyone, but this is MY life!.

NO FEAR!

By Crazyfast79TA

I look back at different parts of my life and the different situations I've been in and I've always leaned back on this saying... NO FEAR! I'm not a big man. Never was and never will be. Maybe I wasn't always a good man, but I'm trying to be the best man I can be. Maybe I haven't always been as strong as I wanted to be or thought I was, but I never let that hold me back. In the '90's I had all the "No Fear" T-shirts and even a big No Fear sticker inside a Chevy Bow-Tie on the back window of my pink (actually violet pearl over red) S-10. Earlier this year I was involved in a community sponsored Personal Empowerment Class. At the end of the class each of us had to come up with a Personal Empowerment Statement. It was to be; 1) Short 2) Positive 3) Happening right now 4) Specific 5) Said with meaning. The statement I came up with was: I am ambitious. I can start my own shop with the right support. I will involve the ones that I feel will help me the best. The whole class applauded me. The instructor said she believed I would do what I said. Our church Pastor has had several sermons that touched on me. I've gone and told him when they had. He thanked me, but I had to tell him "No. Thank YOU Pastor Todd!". He had given us books at different times of the year to help us on our walk with Christ. I found that that walk isn't something to hide. Walking with Christ has freed me up from different things that kept me bound down. Last week Pastor Todd's sermon involved John 5:1-15. Read it! The 3 key statements Jesus made to the invalid man was: "Do you want to get well?" Then Jesus told him "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." He came back to the man later and told him "Stop sinning!" As Pastor Todd was going through his sermon I was following in the bulletin and in the phrase "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." I crossed off "mat" and wrote in tools. God spoke to me that day. I told Pastor Todd how I changed that phrase and why. He believed that God spoke to me also. Lo and behold, Thursday we had a shop meeting about the changes taking place. Some employees went to part time, some got laid off. None got to stay full time. I was one of them to get laid off. Yes, I was broken hearted at first. This was a job I dreamed of my whole life! Restoring classic cars! Now it's done? It ate on me on the way to the bank to cash my last check, at the store on the way home, and on the drive on the way home. Is it really done? Then it hit me: "NO FEAR!" One door closes, God opens another! I'll start doing work in our garage! Michelle was upset when I told her I got laid off. She didn't sleep well, she had a bad day in class today. She was so unsure of the future. So am I! But I learned something from my past, you can't fail if you never try! But I did fail, I never tried to open my own shop. Even when I was in the most opportune time of my life with the most to gain and the least to lose. Now I'm too old to "worry" about failure! Brad pointed me in the direction of another shop that was looking for a body-man. I went and talked with Bryan today. I start Monday morning. We're going to see how it works, but I'm going to be pressing hard to get my own shop started!
NO FEAR! KNOW GOD!

All Good Things Come To An End

By Crazyfast79TA

We finished the '67 Riviera we had been working on and the customer came in last week and picked it up. This week we had everything done on the '68 Firebird we were fixing another shops screw-ups and it's ready for pick up. I got the interior and inside of trunk area ready for paint on the '64 Sunbeam I've been working on for so long. I was working on my boss's Studebaker pick up truck the past week or so trying to make patches for the rear edges and lower parts of the fenders. Everything seemed to be coming together. But a shop meeting we had near the end of the day today let me know otherwise. The owners decided it was time to downsize. One of the pumper truck drivers got laid off and the other got put down to part-time. The "old timer" part-time body-man got laid off. Dustyn, my son in law, that does the sand blasting, metal fabrication, mechanical work, and interior work got put down to part-time/full-time when needed. I got laid off. All effective today. I should've seen it coming, but the shop always pulled though before. Not this time. Sad day for me. Maybe it is time for me to open my own shop.

SOLD! and gone!

By Crazyfast79TA

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FINALLY! I've had to look at tis pile for 5 years now! First is took up space in the garage. Then Michelle's oldest son, Dustyn took it to his high school auto shop to finish the upper end rebuild. Too bad his helper in the class was stronger than smart. When they were installing the heater hose fitting instead of using teflon tape or some other thread sealant, he just ape armed the thing in, cracking the intake. Dustyn drove the car home and parked it beside the garage. When Bradee, Michelle's other son, got his license, he wanted to drive it. Dustyn agreed to replace the lower intake manifold if Bradee bought the parts. He got the intake replaced but had a problem with the injectors not seating right and an O ring in the fuel rail tore. The car remained parked beside the garage waiting for repairs. I had no desire to fix it since I wasn't involved with the foul up. Michelle found a buyer for it if we could get it running. Terry agreed to help get it going. We fought with the firing order, gassed out plugs and a tank full of old gas. After we took care of all that, the injectors still weren't seated right. We fixed that and then the upper intake filled up with fuel. We tore it back apart and discovered the intake valves weren't opening. He tightened down the valves and we put it all back together, It still wouldn't start. We gave up on it Sunday. It was raining Monday and today. That didn't stop Terry from working on it today while I was at work. He found a wire connection that we missed in the dark Sunday and plugged it in. The car fired up! He took it down off the jack-stands, aired up the tires and was ready to take it home. Michelle signed over the title and it was a done deal! GONE!

The Heater Core Replacement Is Complete!

By Crazyfast79TA

It took way longer and was more work than just a normal heater core replacement. I wanted to finish the A/C removal a previous owner started and get the defroster working again. Last winter when I was getting the 400 installed I took the A/C box on the outside of the firewall and removed the evaporator from the chamber and cut the box to make it just a heater box. I did the same on the inside part of the unit this time. I removed the blend door that mixed the A/C air and the air that goes through the heater core. Since there is no longer A/C I didn't need the door that went to the under dash duct work. Besides, I have kick panels from a non-A/C car that has dash vents included. The previous owner also pulled the vacuum hoses out of the back of the control head switch. I went online to research pictures and checked on the unit from my parts car. I got the defroster vacuum motor to work properly and the heater works good, too. The only snafu I had was when I pulled the unit out I had to work around the capillary tube for the temp gage and the line for the oil pressure gage, I fractured the oil line. I lost 2 quarts of oil on the way to work today. I need to fix that. I just used a pipe plug to stop the leak until I can fix it properly. Now I carry oil, trans fluid, and antifreeze and some basic tools in the trunk along with my detailing kit. I'm glad I was the one that put this car together and "in tune" with what it tells me.

Changing My Trans Am Heater Core

By Crazyfast79TA

Well, I know one thing for sure. This ain't no Chevy Monza. Call them junk or econo-crap of whatever you want, but they were fantastically engineered little cars! I could change a heater core in one over my lunch break at work. This piece of crap Trans Am took over an hour just to get the lower heater hose disconnected! Oh "just a hose clamp?" I can hear you say. The inner fender has to come out and the lower fender has to be unbolted, all without scratching the paint. Then to get the diverter chamber out from under the dash was another job in itself! The glove box had to be removed, the console had to come out and then the control cables and vacuum hoses. Oh and thanks to my own cleaver thinking, I had to take the temperature sender out of the cylinder head to get more slack in the capillary tube to try to get more clearance for the chamber box to come out. Then a wrestling match ensued. That darned thing didn't want to part from it's "home". I got it out, and it was clear a new heater core and the diverter box wasn't going back in the way it came out. I tried this way and that way and it just wasn't working. It was getting close to midnight and I knew I had to have it drivable for work in the morning. So I just took the heater core mounted in it part of the box and screwed it to the firewall, hooked up the hoses, and put the temp sender back in the head. I checked all the connections and filled the radiator with antifreeze. I fired it up and ran it to get it heated up. No leaks and had semi-controlled heat in the car. It's rude and crude, but it works for now until I can figure out how to get the diverter box back in. The diverter box itself needs some re-engineering of it's own. Since the air conditioning parts have been removed along with all the under dash ductwork (by a previous owner) the vacuum hoses, motors and doors haven't worked right. I want it to work like it was meant to, air conditioning or no. A previous owner wasn't aware of the proper way to disconnect the vacuum hoses from the control head. Instead of removing the whole cluster as a "plug in" part, he pulled each hose out. The hoses were just hanging under the dash when I got the car. It took me a while to figure out enough to get the heater to sort of function. It still wasn't right.I may use parts of the Monza heater box that I still have or see if I can adapt and modify the Firebird A/C box to work like it. This will be an interesting challenge! I don't need the blend part of the chamber since there is no longer an evaporator in the system. That will eliminate 2 of the "mystery vacuum hoses", one to push the door and the other to pull the door. It would also be a lot easier to work on the box later on if it could be removed in two pieces. I'll figure it out and make it work properly and be effective. I dug the unit out from my Firebird parts car. The hoses and switch head were still intact so I could compare them to the unit in my car. I found pictures online to verify the unit I had was correct. I tried looking at the hoses on mine up under the dash. I had to remove the plug in from the back of the switch head, They were connected, but some of them are no longer needed since I removed the blend door inside the box. I made sure I had the engine vacuum hose hooked up right then I made sure the defroster door control hose was hooked up. I'm not sure if the outside fresh air door works now (or if it ever did since I've owned the car) but that's not really necessary since I have kick panel and dash vents from a car without A/C.
UPDATE 10/13- I finished the heater/defroster box install last night and today. I made tabs on the inside of the back of the box and straps on the front to hold it together in the car. I had it all together and checked out last night, but waited until after church today to install the glove box and console.

Oh What Fun It Is!

By Crazyfast79TA

Rain is not a good thing on your day off. I haven't cut my grass in three weeks! I still have that Grand Am jacked up beside the garage trying to get it running and out of here. I found out it wasn't a shorted out battery in the Trans Am, it was a melted terminal end on the positive battery cable. I spent most of Monday evening shimming the starter and replacing the battery cable. I still haven't replaced the heater core. That's not good for October in northern Minnesota. It's supposed to rain tomorrow also. Today I had to replace the radiator in the "Work Horse" today. We got a call from Jessica around 11:00 Wednesday night. She was on her way home from work and it overheated on her. I should've been in bed but pulled my boots back on, went out to the garage and grabbed a couple jugs, filled them with water, grabbed a funnel and headed out on a rescue mission. She was all worried I'd be mad about the radiator going. I told her "It's an old truck with a lot of miles on it. Don't worry about it, I'll fix it this week end". So it decided to rain today. What a surprise! Thursday Michelle got new tires on her Sport Trac and the shop told her the front brakes needed replaced, I figured that, too. I replaced the rear brakes this summer when they went "metal-on-metal" without the "squealers" letting us know about the wear. Thank you Morrie's in Wisconsin for your state mandated safety inspection before the sale. They bent the squealers for added time before pad replacement. I planned to do that today after I got the blue truck done, but I was soaked and wanted to get dried up and warmed before going back out. It started pouring rain while I was in the house. It got dark and it's still raining. We've got plans after church tomorrow so brakes are scheduled for Monday after work along with my heater core. We'll see how that works out. Sucks that the garage is still full of garage sale crap. Roll off dumpster would clear out ALL the crap! Maybe some day I'll have a garage I can work in and park the cars in.

Another Day To Mess With My Schedule

By Crazyfast79TA

I think I've made it fairly clear that I'm way behind on things I wanted to get done this summer. Yesterday we started working on the Grand Am even though it was raining. We got the old gas out of the tank and put new in. We got fuel to the fuel rails and we had spark in the wires, but it still wouldn't "pop". We pulled a couple plugs and they looked "gassed". They are AC Delco plugs. I never had luck bringing them back. Autolites come back. So we held off doing any more yesterday and decide to pick up after church today. So I shifted over to working on that bathroom trim I've been putting off for so long. I got the baseboard pieces cut for the outside wall and the one side of the vanity. I couldn't do any more baseboard without door trim and the bath tub surround ends. So the I started trimming the tub end trim to fit the contoured to fit the tub. I guess I was on a different page than Michelle. I had already bought the mold resistant water resistant kind. She wanted oak like the rest of the trim. That throws off the measurements I used for the tub surround when I installed the upper wall covering pieces. I didn't know if they had that measurement materials for the space I had to fill. So we headed to Home Depot to shop for the needed trim. We picked out some trim that I can make work and make us both happy. I didn't get the trim stained or cut, so that gets put off for another time. So after church it was back to work on the Grand Am. We got new plugs and installed them. Seems the wires were on the wrong plugs anyway. We got that them straightened out and tried firing it up. Crank and crank and crank. Not even a sputter. Killed the battery so put the charger on it. After a little charging we tried again. This time the fuel line popped from rust. So we jumped in the T/A and headed to town. On the way a heater hose popped off. Now big deal. Borrowed a screw driver from O'Reilly's and had that taken care of. Hopped in to leave but the starter cranked over real slow. I had a new one in the back seat waiting for me to install. Should've done it sooner. Ended up I shorted out the battery. So we installed the starter and tried to jump it. Nope. O'Reilly's was closed by then so we ended up going to Wal-Mart to get a new battery. Okay I know it's not where you normally chose to buy a battery, but I was desperate at this point, not to mention broke. So we got a battery went back to O'Reilly's and installed it. Cranked right up, checked that popped heater hose then headed out to get Terry home after a long rough day. We're going to tackle that fuel line after work Monday. I'll have to put a shim or two in the starter tomorrow before I leave work. So what did I get done today (or this week-end) that I wanted to?

Making a plan and a list

By Crazyfast79TA

Before I get into this post, I just want to tell you that I really want to get this truck home and clean it up before I dig into it. So here goes the blog,
I started making a plan soon as I found out the engine was seized in the S-10. I'm no longer worried about getting the 4L60E transmission fixed for it. I'm going to build another V-8 S-10! This one is going to be more "rat rod" style than the '87 was. I'm not really going for speed in this one. It's going to be a cruiser. You know one I can turn the key and drive it anywhere. If this works out the way I'm hoping, it won't cost me an arm and leg to build it. The '87 taught me a lot on what should be done and what's a no-no. I plan on resurrecting my 327 from my old '69 Impala. I bought the car only for the engine so when I started driving it and decided I didn't want to keep the car I swapped out the 327 for the straight 6 that was in the '73 Ventura I junked. The 327 ran good but smoked really bad. No knocks or rattles so I'm hoping new rings will cure that. An engine overhaul kit is about $87 from Summit. I'd still change the cam and lifters. I also want to check out the Corvette heads I got as part of a trade I did a couple years back. They're rusty but complete. Clean them up and install new seals. I'll rebuild the 2 barrel that's on the 327 just to keep it simple. I've got an extra HEI distributor from my '83 Regal that got traded off. I also have the lock-up TH350 that was in that car. I had another lock-up TH350 that came out of an Oldsmobile that was given to me. But that would require lengthening the front part or the drive shaft. Or I could used the 700R4 I was saving for the Nova. Either way I wouldn't have to buy a transmission. The worst that could be I'd have to buy a rebuild kit for about $150. I've got a few different sets of exhaust manifolds I could use. There's just so many things I want to do and can't wait to dig into it soon as I get the Grand Am fixed and sold!

Plans are changing!

By Crazyfast79TA

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Well, I got good news and bad news. Good news is I don't have to get a 4L60E put together for the truck now. The bad news is the 4.3 is locked up. If I have to get a different engine for it, it won't be another 4.3. I don't want to put my 350 in it, that's for my Nova. The 327 needs rings at least. I'd like to put newer heads on it, too. But I think that's the engine I go with unless I find a heck of a deal on something that runs already. If I find a running engine it probably will have a transmission with it. If I use the 327, I'll go through the TH350 I have from a '76 Corvette. My mind has been spinning since I tried turning the engine over with the breaker bar. I was bummed at first then the light bulb in my head lit up! Maybe I'll have another V-8 S-10 for next summer!

"New" Chain Saws!

By Crazyfast79TA

I scored these chain saws at the "Sales On 38" this week end! The first stop we made was at Gunn Park where there was multiple vendors set up. The first one we came to was still setting up and didn't have prices on anything. I was eyeballing the chain saws while Michelle was checking out some other things. There was some other people coming up looking at the other stuff, too. I asked him "how much?" He said "make an offer." Michelle was feeling kinda rowdy and blurted out "5 bucks!" He chuckled and said "maybe on that one" and pointed at the McCulloch. A lady asked "how much for this jacket?" Michelle said "5 bucks!" The guy took that. Another lady asked about a picture frame there. Michelle said "5 bucks!" He took $3. I kind of passed up the McCulloch because the pull cord was hanging out. I really wanted the Poulan because it looked fairly new. He told me to make an offer. Once again Michelle blurted out "5 bucks!". He said it would take more than that. I offered $50. He shook his head and said he'd take $75. I told him I couldn't do that. He wouldn't take less than $65. Once again Michelle blurted out "5 bucks!" He agreed on $55. I asked him "so it's '5 bucks' for the McCulloch?" He agreed on $10. So it was $65 for both! The McCulloch had a goofed up recoil so I couldn't even try to start it. The Poulan was a hard pull. He said that was why he was getting rid of it. He had a bad shoulder and couldn't pull it. He told me it hadn't even had 2 tanks of gas run through it. After a few good pulls it fired right up! We shook hands and was off with my "new" chain saws! We went on down the road to the other sales and on our way back down the other side when we were heading home we stopped at another one. It looked pretty ratty but we looked anyway. Michelle pointed out a chain saw case sitting on the floor under a table. Guess what the price tag said... $5! Michelle and I just laughed! I looked a little closer. It was a Poulan case. It looked about the right size so asked the lady if I could run it out to the truck and check it. It was a perfect fit! "5 Bucks" and it's sold! So now Michelle and I have the "5 bucks!" funny to share!

Changing Seasons

By Crazyfast79TA

Well, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. It get chilly at night and doesn't warm too much during the day. Looks like rain most of the time even when it doesn't rain. The garage sale has come and gone and we still have a garage full of non-car stuff. We have to put most of it back on the shelves. What we don't put up, we plan to give away to people in need at church or in the community bins for the needy. Then I can rearrange things in the garage so I can work on my car stuff after I get home from work. There's so much I wanted to get done before the season changed but didn't get to so I'll just have to work on them when I have the money and time. Our hours are changing at work from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm to 8:00 - 4:30 pm. We'll see how that goes. We're also changing the things we work on. I guess it's going to be less classic cars to more boats and other quicker projects. I'll just have to see how that goes. I know when I worked at Mid-Bus building school busses, I had a lot more drive for my own car projects at home. Now that Northern Performance is changing subject matter, maybe I'll be more driven to work on my own cars more than current. I just hope Brad doesn't decide to down-size because that mat phase me out. I don't want to go looking for a different job. I like working for Brad. I'm not ready to open my own shop yet, either. I'm not going to worry about that stuff, but it will be in the back of my mind. I just want to get working on my Nova. If I can't put my heart into my job anymore, then I'll just delve into my own work at home for satisfaction.

I drive EVERYBODY'S car. LOL!

By Crazyfast79TA

It seems that the Trans Am that can't win any trophies at local shows or even get attention there is everybody's car. A customer's wife said "it's about time 'my car' surfaced again". Gary told me it was nice of me to keep "his car" running good after church Sunday. Deandre at O'Reilley's said it nice of me to bring "her car" back to her. Random people tell me they had "a car just like that" when they were younger. I get people telling me "nice car" all the time. To me it's just "my car". It's not a show piece. It's a 20/20 car. 20 feet away, 20 miles per hour, it looks great! Get up on it and the faults show. I built it to drive and enjoy. It seems other people find enjoyment in it too. I've had it since 1999 and don't plan on getting rid of it any time soon.

I made this device for holding a transmission for rebuilding.

By Crazyfast79TA

This is the thing I've been working on after work in the evenings so I can get the transmission together for my S-10 for Jessica to drive. I hope this attempt at transmission rebuilding goes better than my first attempt. This time I'm going to be working solo in my garage at home instead of in the shop at work after hours with my boss's help. I can do it at my pace without feeling rushed or being second guessed. You know how sometimes you can get intimidated by someone you really look up to and don't want to disappoint? That's the way it was rebuilding that first one with Brad. I want to do this one by myself to prove what my Dad said about me on several occasions..."don't tell he can't do it, because he'll show you he can!" I know Dad is gone, but I feel him watching me. I want to make him proud of me. I failed at so many things while he was still around, but I feel those failures just lead to down the road to success. I so want to be successful in this endeavor.

I'm going to take a shot at Transmission Rebuilding

By Crazyfast79TA

I've made up my mind to put together a transmission myself for my S-10 truck. I've only rebuilt one before and that was with the help of my boss. It was not successful. I'm not sure what went wrong, all I know is the trans would not shift. I'm hoping to do better on my own this time around. If it is successful, I've got a 700R4 set aside for the Nova and another TH350 for the Trans Am. I've got a TH350 from a '76 Corvette that I may do also just to have around. I haven't taken any photos of my device yet, but I included photos I found online of professional devices that I got ideas from. When I get mine completed I'll post pictures.

Work stand for transmission rebuilding.

By Crazyfast79TA

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I've made up my mind to put together a transmission myself for my S-10 truck. I've only rebuilt one before and that was with the help of my boss. It was not successful. I'm not sure what went wrong, all I know is the trans would not shift. I'm hoping to do better on my own this time around. If it is successful, I've got a 700R4 set aside for the Nova and another TH350 for the Trans Am. I've got a TH350 from a '76 Corvette that I may do also just to have around. I haven't taken any photos of my device yet, but I included photos I found online of professional devices that I got ideas from. When I get mine completed I'll post pictures.

Back on the list

By Crazyfast79TA

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This is getting ridiculous! First Jessica wanted this truck, but after driving our 3/4 ton Chevy, she didn't want a small truck. I put this on the back burner and forgot about it. Now it's getting down to "back-to-school" time and she needs something to drive to school and work after. Michelle wants to get a used transmission for it like we did our van. I think I ought to take the good parts from this transmission and the one we had in the van and make a good one from the pieces. I'm not sure if the engine is still good. It's sat for 4 years without being started or anything. I think I should just put a transmission together and install it, hook everything back up and try starting it. I don't know what to expect. I know I'm on a very limited budget and an even more limited schedule.

Searching for answers

By Crazyfast79TA

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I was tinkering with my car today after work. The carb just wasn't acting right. I didn't have too much time, but I rigged it so the secondary vacuum pod wasn't restricting them from opening. I took it out for a test drive and tried a couple of burn-outs. It had to work hard for a little bit of squeal and smoke, but that's more than it would do Saturday on the Poker Run. It's still real "punky", but I'm getting the problem narrowed down. I'll try rebuilding the carb first. If that doesn't fix it, I might try a new one. If that doesn't fix it, I'll try a new cam. I don't know what I'd do after that. Hopefully I'll be working on my Nova and too distracted to worry about the Trans Am. Oh well....

Northern Cruisers Weekend Of Wheels Carshow and Poker Run

By Crazyfast79TA

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I did it this year! I was in the show (not a judge this time) and went on the Poker Run. I went on the Poker Run last year and was very disappointed with the performance of my car. I thought it was in the torque converter so I changed it for the one that was in when the Oldsmobile engine was in the car. It livened it up a bit, but it was still a gutless pig off the line just like last year. I was so upset. If someone asked me if I had a boat anchor for sale, I bolt a chain on the 400 and sell it to them! I know this could be an awesome engine, but not sure what it's going to take to bring this torque monster to life. Could the carb just gone bad from sitting? It made the Olds 350 run great. This 400 doesn't respond very well with it. I don't want to take it off and have the car down while I rebuild it. I'll check through my other carbs and see if I have another Quadrajet that's rebuildable. Sometimes I wish I coulda/woulda been able to fix the crack in outside of the block in the Olds motor. Then I did have a novel idea today. I've got the Chevy 350 that I had in my '87 S-10 that ran great. It ran so good that I couldn't keep a transmission behind it. I broke the bell-housing on a TH350 and ripped the guts out of two 700R4 transmissions. I figured if the S-10 was good for 13's, what would it do in a vehicle that could hook-up? I've got the Corvette transmission I got in the furniture for Corvette wheels, engine block and transmission trade. Of course if I did put that 350 in the T/A, it wouldn't stay there. That's the engine I want in my Nova. It would only be in the Trans Am until I was ready to put it in the Nova. That would almost be sacrilege! Is it a Trans Am or a Z-28? But if you think about it, it never did really matter. For years GM was putting ANY GM engine in ANY GM car. The car isn't what it seems anyway. It's not a collectable SE, so why would it matter if it was a Pontiac engine or a Chevy engine? It may or may not happen. Depends on how things go with a carburetor swap or rebuild.

Torque Converter Change

By Crazyfast79TA

I've been disappointed with the performance of my Trans Am since I put the 400 in. It just didn't seem to have the "seat-of-the-pants" feel as it had with the Olds 350. I put the torque converter in that was behind the 400 instead of the one that was behind the 350 because I figured the one that was behind the 350 was a 2500 RPM stall and Pontiac engines were supposed to make torque right off idle. It didn't work out to my advantage. The 400 fell flat on it's face with the converter that was behind it when I got it. So I thought I'd try the one that was behind the 350. It wasn't an easy change. Some of the bolts that had nuts in places I couldn't get a wrench on. The cooler lines were a pain when I put the engine in and they were just as stubborn this time, too. The dip=stick tube was a pain, too. Michelle came to the shop to take me to get a converter seal, filter and gasket and some fluid. She decided to stick around and help out. She wasn't afraid of the dirt and grease even after I warned her. She did a great job helping out. I fought the first cooler line on and she wisked right through the other! She held the light for me when she wasn't helping with those bolts with "the impossible nuts". She even helped to get the dip=stick tube lined up and installed. She was great! I didn't get it completed Friday night, I had to go in Saturday to finish it up. I had a lunch appointment with her for a birthday party. I had to get cleaned up and leave for that, but came back afterwards and finished it. While I had it in the shop and on the hoist I decided to weld up the exhaust leaks. Well when I started it up, it sounded great without the leaks! So I pulled it outside so I could sweep the floor. I did a little brake torque. It wouldn't turn the tires over before, but it did this time! I took it out for a test drive and on home with it. There's still something amiss with it. It stumbles before it goes, but it doesn't fall on it's face. I think it's in the carb. I'll have to figure it out, but for now I can honestly say I'm headed in the right direction!

Getting The Garage Cleared Out

By Crazyfast79TA

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I'm clearing room for Michelle to have her garage sale she's been talking about for the past 5 years. After the sale is done, I'm going to get the rear brake line fixed in the blue truck then tear into the Nova again. It's been on hold for 10 years so I figure it's about time to get crankin' on it! I got it moved out of the one stall and set sideways in the front part of the garage. I still have to get all the junk off of it and the stuff out of the inside. Then it's going to be a step by step operation. I'll figure where I'm going to start once the garage sale is done. That's going to be sometime early in July. I can't wait!

Nova Update

By Crazyfast79TA

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Update on Trans Am Progress

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Stuck Again

By Crazyfast79TA

No, not stuck in the snow, not even the mud. Stuck in the "pay-the-bills-before-anything-else" rut. Just when I think I'm getting ahead, everything is due at the same time. No money to buy the tires the truck needs. No money for the brakes it needs. No money for the insurance to get the Trans Am legal for driving. So therefore there's no money (once again) to work on the Nova. Spring is finally here and I can't enjoy it behind the wheel of the T/A. Summer will here and gone before you know it and it's going to be that miserable snow season again. It sucks! Maybe I'll have summer. Oh boy!

True Story

By Crazyfast79TA

I don't know what else to say. There it is, and that's all!

Can You Freaking Believe This?

By Crazyfast79TA

I thought it was spring! The calendar says it is! What the hey?
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