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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    I could use some help on the 2001 Monte Carlo SS's paint. Its really rough feels it and looks it i'm thinking i need to wet sand it but not sure what grit? I tried a clay bar but that did nothing a whole clay bar was used on the door.....

    Here's the fender not bad right?


    Now the door...................................

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    The Auxillary sun visor on my (Driver's) side busted the track guide on one side. Reading in the FSM, they aren't really supposed to turn down like I always do (did). Whoops. Time to hit the j-yard.

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    The clip broke, but only just enough to release the bar/visor on that one side. SUPER GLUE TIME!

    Wes, my guess would be time for wet sanding. If clay bar didn't cut it it's damage TO the clearcoat, not something on top.
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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers View Post
    The stupid headliner in my Cad has been sagging in a few places and I bought it like that so I decided to at least tackle the bad spots today. A container of upholstery tacks handled a good amount of it. Getting the pattern perfectly aligned is a little harder than it looks though. Another container and it should be handled pillow tuft style. Much better than paying the local moron upholsterer $1000 to redo it.
    Had mine redone for like $250 and my car had a sunroof. Trust me those tacks will only work for a little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000 View Post
    Had mine redone for like $250 and my car had a sunroof. Trust me those tacks will only work for a little while.
    Unfortunately you are over there and I am stuck here. They want to charge you an arm and a leg out here.... I am actually surprised how well they are working. I laid out a grid and set them out along the line intersections. Worked perfectly. It took a few hundred tacks but..... The headliner now looks like the night sky. I can live with it and my two sons think it looks cool to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aron9000

    Had mine redone for like $250 and my car had a sunroof. Trust me those tacks will only work for a little while.
    My cutlass cruiser had them in the headliner for 5 or 6 years and they never came down (but mine were screw in upholstery tacks, not thumb tacks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    My cutlass cruiser had them in the headliner for 5 or 6 years and they never came down (but mine were screw in upholstery tacks, not thumb tacks).
    That is exactly what you have to use. Regular tacks are too short and don't have anything gripping the backing on the shaft of the tack. It should fit as tight as you want it to.

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    Cars cars cars water in the door of the Monte... Can anything else go wrong with this car? I got most of it out but i'm getting real tired of it fast.

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    Picked up the van with new shocks from the mechanic. Turns out (according to my mechanic) that the auto parts store did not sell my dad van shocks, but most likely S10 shocks. They weren't even 2 years old and were completely blown out. (then again, I'm sure his van has an extra several hundred pounds of crap in it (due to being a high top conversion), which doesn't help any.
    Also dropped off the equinox to get the steering rack and rear end looked at. So in the mean time, I'll be driving the lesabre (again)

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Picked up the van with new shocks from the mechanic. Turns out (according to my mechanic) that the auto parts store did not sell my dad van shocks, but most likely S10 shocks. They weren't even 2 years old and were completely blown out. (then again, I'm sure his van has an extra several hundred pounds of crap in it (due to being a high top conversion), which doesn't help any.
    Impossible. Those two vehicle's shock mounts are totally different on both the top on the bottom. Even if they are the same length, you could never install the an S10 shock into a Safari, and vice versa.

    Vehicle weight determines nothing when it comes to shocks. They don't support any weight. They are nothing more than a resistor to spring rebound. The springs do all of the work as far as load.

    That's kind of a bizarre story from a mechanic. A shock that's "blown" in two years is simply a defective/cheap shock. The seals leaked. Not much magic or mystery to unravel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville

    Impossible. Those two vehicle's shock mounts are totally different on both the top on the bottom. Even if they are the same length, you could never install the an S10 shock into a Safari, and vice versa.

    Vehicle weight determines nothing when it comes to shocks. They don't support any weight.

    That's kind of a bizarre story from a mechanic. A shock that's "blown" in two years is simply a bad shock. The seals leaked. Not much magic or mystery to unravel.

    But having excess weight (the high top roof+ extra weight) plus the wrong shocks for the application (a heavier van as opposed to the lighter factory passenger version) would cause excess wear/ premature failure, correct?
    I'd imagine the shocks would have been better quality since they were lifetime shocks.
    The shocks that were taken off were smaller around than the new shocks, and both were monroe. Maybe the auto parts store just sold my dad crap shocks instead of good ones?

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Picked up the van with new shocks from the mechanic. Turns out (according to my mechanic) that the auto parts store did not sell my dad van shocks, but most likely S10 shocks. They weren't even 2 years old and were completely blown out. (then again, I'm sure his van has an extra several hundred pounds of crap in it (due to being a high top conversion), which doesn't help any.
    Also dropped off the equinox to get the steering rack and rear end looked at. So in the mean time, I'll be driving the lesabre (again)
    You need to get the 86 running.

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    Z06 Front spring and HardBar lowering bolts installed. Tires rotated. I haven't worked that hard in years and I know I'll be feeling it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespowers

    You need to get the 86 running.
    She needs a new PS pump.....it leaks out of the housing while running. Also needs a drivers seat (need to get some hog nose rings to put the seat bottom on). Then theres the matter of the blown rear suspension and the exhaust leak under the drivers seat that resulted because of it. And I need to get the carb adjusted. She's idling too low.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Maybe the auto parts store just sold my dad crap shocks instead of good ones?
    That's what I think happened. And no, shock wear is not relative to the load above them. That's all about the springs. The springs support the load (in turn, determining ride height - notice that the ride height between your old bad shocks and new good ones never changed, which tells you they support nothing), and the shocks control the springs from rebounding wildly when in action. Ever see a car with wheels that bounce for a few seconds after hitting a bump? That's a car with no/bad shocks - and the shock's only job is to control that so that the tires never leave the pavement.
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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    She needs a new PS pump.....it leaks out of the housing while running. Also needs a drivers seat (need to get some hog nose rings to put the seat bottom on). Then theres the matter of the blown rear suspension and the exhaust leak under the drivers seat that resulted because of it. And I need to get the carb adjusted. She's idling too low.
    You can get all of that done in a week. Get to it.

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