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Post by bucket Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:26 pm

I decided to do a little bit more preventative maintenance before trying to get the car running. Things like belts and thermostat. I also removed the smog pump for two reasons. One, the air injection lines are gone from the passenger manifold already, two, the pump was very tight like it was about to seize up. The removed parts are not getting trashed, just stored away in case they are needed in the future.

The engine block stamping says that the car still has the original engine:

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Post by bucket Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:22 am

I got the carb back on it, replaced belts, replaced the thermostat and put a battery in it. It's almost go-time.

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After filling the fuel bowl, the engine fired right up and ran very well. Not bad for sitting over 2 decades. Soon after, the alternator started locking up, so I replaced that. After checking for operational brakes, the trans had no problem going into drive and reverse. So I took it down the road and back. Such a nice feeling.

After it's first time on the road in nearly 25 years.
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Later I cleaned up the interior a bit.
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Post by bucket Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:24 am

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Post by bucket Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:31 am

Today I buffed the original paint. Well, mostly original paint. At some point, there was a repair to the LR corner and they blended the paint into the tailgate, quarter and rear pillar. The silver lower stripe was masked off, so it is still original.

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Post by g3chevy Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:36 am

Awesome! Another G3 coming out of a long hibernation! Looking good!
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Post by bucket Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:42 pm

Thanks!

After driving the car, it quickly became apparent that the rear shocks are completely seized. There is zero movement on them. Also, the master cylinder must have been seized at first. It took a lot of pressure to move the brake pedal on the initial hit. It was stuck and suddenly broke free. Then it kept sinking to the floor. It doesn't lose pedal anymore, but the pedal is very low. Each time I move the car, it gets slightly better. I also forgot that I found a bad choke pull-off when I went through the carb. And finally, the fan clutch is shot.

New parts are currently on order. Rebuilt master cylinder, KYB Gas A Just front shocks, rear air shocks, choke pull-off and thermal fan clutch.

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Post by g3chevy Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:11 pm

That thing will be a head turner when you get it road worthy. Just noticed on one of your photos that it has the 3 row seats. I though all station wagons with the extra seat had the rear vent windows??? Was that factory installed or do you think it was added later?

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Post by REVINKEVIN Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:32 pm

This is neat. I see that the Laguna wagons got the rear vents standard with the third row seats. It shows the SS with them but it doesn’t mention that it’s an option.

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Post by bucket Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:12 pm

The lack of rear wing windows was something I wondered about before I bought the car. Best I can tell, the rear seat was added earlier in the car's life. The plastic side covers next to the seat bottom were originally tan and have been painted black. Also, there is no carpet in the rear footwell and it's just trunk spatter paint on the floor. My guess is that 3rd row seating cars would have carpet with just paint/sealer on the floor? I'm also assuming the rear seat should have had some kind of stitching pattern in it. But these are just my guesses.

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Post by bucket Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:17 pm

Also, since the car still wears it's original striping that it left the factory with, I'm going to try and get good pictures and measurements showing exactly how the striping should look. I've seen some repainted cars online that seem to have a slightly incorrect stripe layout.

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Post by g3chevy Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:32 pm

bucket wrote:The lack of rear wing windows was something I wondered about before I bought the car. Best I can tell, the rear seat was added earlier in the car's life. The plastic side covers next to the seat bottom were originally tan and have been painted black. Also, there is no carpet in the rear footwell and it's just trunk spatter paint on the floor. My guess is that 3rd row seating cars would have carpet with just paint/sealer on the floor? I'm also assuming the rear seat should have had some kind of stitching pattern in it. But these are just my guesses.

Yeah, it definitely sounds like the seat was added. I remember reading here on the forum about the side vent window on wagons. It's probably been a few years back but they mentioned that when you see the vent window installed you know that it has the rear seat. Anyways, these are just cool cars regardless. I hope to land one of these prizes in the next year or so when I'm done with the Hurst Olds resto.
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Post by bucket Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:14 pm

From what I remember in my reading, the rear wing windows were standard with the 3rd seat option, but were available as a separate option too. I think. My interest in Chevy Celebrity wagons may have tampered with my memory.

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