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Re: New guy here from Florida

Post by thepossumface on Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:44 pm


well sense my brakcet is on the header I put a 14MM socket on it to push the header back, it works!
and the new starter was a pain in the azz to put in with thoese bars and headers in the way.
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Post by thepossumface on Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:26 pm

So i finally found a camera! so i can get better pics of my progress with my Laguna,
So I was trying to clean my carpet and found some HUGE holes in the bottom floor, sense I cant afford real floor pans at the moment we pulled some old sheet metal from a drawer..gotta get some more screws and some silicone to put around the edges to keep water out.





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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:56 pm

Wow, and I thought mine were rough...Shocked 
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Post by thepossumface on Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:47 am

yeah tell me about it its worse than i thought, but its getting fixed any idea on how to get a striped bolt off from my seat belt on the floor?
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:02 am

If we're talking that PITA factory torx bolt, IIRC I was able to get a pair of vise-grips on the head and turn it with a lot of WD-40, heat, and persuasion, but I had to destroy the seatbelt retractor in the process. Wasn't a problem for me, since I was already planning a new arrangement for the belts. Your answer might be different if you're planning to keep the existing setup.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:16 am

thatfnthing wrote:If we're talking that PITA factory torx bolt, IIRC I was able to get a pair of vise-grips on the head and turn it with a lot of WD-40, heat, and persuasion, but I had to destroy the seatbelt retractor in the process.  Wasn't a problem for me, since I was already planning a new arrangement for the belts.  Your answer might be different if you're planning to keep the existing setup.
Agreed 100%.  Try vice grips on top and have someone heat the plate it threads into (under the car in the drive shaft tunnel). With enough heat anything will come loose...trust me I work on cars for a living on the lake Erie shoreline...aka the rust belt lol
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Post by thepossumface on Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:04 pm

oh no the belts are already off i had to cut it to move it, im gonna use lap belts in there. but i tried the vice grips trick i had no luck, think i could drill it?
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:32 pm

It's a grade 8 bolt, so it's hardened.  Technically you can drill it, but you'll go through a lot of drill bits and several birthdays before you get there. Smile

Only other possibilities I can think of would be a) cut it out of the floor and weld in new metal, or b) leave it as is and establish a new mount point somewhere else with a mount kit.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:52 pm

I hate torx bolts! Did you try grinding some flats on the head so you could get a better grip with the vice grips? At the same time, heat it up like mentioned before.
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Post by thepossumface on Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:29 pm

yeah i think we are going to try to weld a bolt/socket or something and try to turn it with some heat and hope it comes out, but it looks great now, gonna try to find some racing seats and get mine redone in the meantime. ill get some more pics tomorrow for yall.
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Post by thepossumface on Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:47 pm

well we got the bolt out my papa had a torch and he heated it up and came out with no problem, funny how that works haha, car show tomorrow so im trying to get my car looking and running good,
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Post by Bruisr on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:12 pm

[img][/img]I had a set of racing seats in my chevelle, until I came across a set of swivel seats to match my elco. I gave the racing seats to my son. He is a lot younger, and can handle sitting in those seats better than I can.
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Post by Joe73 on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:45 pm

Great job on those racing seats, Bruisr!! I was going to do that back in '84. Bought the seats and used to sit in them while hanging around in the garage. Then decided they might not be that comfortable cruising around all day. That was when my chevelle was my daily driver. I still like those racing seats on the swivel bases.
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Post by thepossumface on Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:24 pm

okay so after taking a 30 min drive the starter is starting to act up..it sounds like the bearings or something inside it are messed up this is brand new! would it be because of the headers heat soaked?
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Post by thatfnthing on Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:34 pm

Usually with heat soak it doesn't work at all, though the test is to see if the problem goes away when it cools down.

Dumb Q -- did you measure the gap between the gear and the flywheel teeth and shim accordingly?
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Post by Bruisr on Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:11 pm

The rule of thumb is with the starter at rest you should be able to fit a 1/8 in. drill bit between the flywheel and the axle the starter gear slides in and out on. Thanks Joe, I have 2 sets of those seats, debating if I want to use the other set back in my chevelle.
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Post by thepossumface on Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:22 pm

I did not i didnt think you had to? but its been driving fine sense i put it in and all of a sudden its doing this again the first one had the bearings or something in the shaft go bad and thats what i was told that messed it up, now I highly doubt it can be the same thing, ima go check my flywheel in the morning.
But I may trade it off to a buddy for a 383 .040 over needs a new piston though, but heads are good gonna hope to find a new piston he said it has a crack in it and lost compression sound right to you?
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Post by Bruisr on Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:48 am

What caused the crack? Any idea? Are you talking about swapping engines? Think about this, why is your buddy trading it and not going to fix himself?
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Post by thepossumface on Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:24 pm

well, redoing my brake system ugh always something haha, but looking to get AC back in the car does anyone have/know a guide or fourm page so i can see what i need to do with it? i have the stock compressor i may use or sell, not sure if its anygood though
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Post by thepossumface on Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:55 pm

well i got a starter heat shield to stop my heat soak issue, and found a casting # 3898993 is this a mexican motor?
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Post by Bruisr on Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:17 am

The closest match to the # you provided is 3998993. It is listed a 350 cylinder head for 68-79. It states:1.72/1.50 or 1.94/1.50, 76 cc chambers, with horsepower rating somewhere between 115-175.  That casting number is for the cylinder head, if you want info on block, the casting number for it is behind driver side head where the tranny bolts hold tranny to engine.
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Post by thepossumface on Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:23 am

ah ok thanks, i also tried a heat shield did nothing at all still getting heat soaked, any ideas? i may have to swap back to shortys if this problem continues
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Post by dynchel on Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:33 am

You could try a remote solenoid.  Basically changing it to the older Ford style.  A conversion is pretty cheap. Check summit racing.Beer
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Post by thepossumface on Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:33 am

Yeah i was reading something about that, so is it the solenoid thats getting to hott? cause right now im only running straight headers and they stop right under the pass/driver floor board, not sure if that has anything to do with it though
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Post by dynchel on Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:59 am

The solenoid is usually what causes the problem.
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