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    New drivers side axel. The nut that it came w was smashed. Strange. Also got an alignment, still no abs. Whatever.
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    FordMan, in reply to your last: Yepper, after a decade in collision I was ready to come down off that pace. Nobody has gotten 40 clock hours out of me this century and when I started this decade of resto, my actual words were I want as few hours as I can get and still have a full time job. Nowadays I hover around 33-4 a week. Learned much about beat up hands, how to care for and improve, prevent, or stop pain but the biggest thing is when a new ache pops up, to get outside yourself and observe. I tend to be mean to my body when theres lots of air drilling and screw driving. Some damage stays though, and boy it does pile up.

    For the GTP of late, new set of tires yesterday. Never have had four freshys on it so wow I am pleased with a much smoother ride. Boy I needed that! Timely too, snow this week. Of course a nail in left front tire, up the sidewall ruined, got the ball rolling.

    Couple-three weeks back, glass all open, heard a light scraping noise as I parked. Drove at lunch then home, jacked up the LF to see if I messed up doing pads. Nope, hub sawed itself in half. It was past the 3 year warranty. There was some adventure since it was the first front hub swap I have done at home. Big car is covered in ice and snow but I had it out last Thurs when it was warm and dry. Carb project still in living room, maybe until spring.

    Backed off the computer art stuff a bit, did a fun drawing other day for the boss. Kinda a cartoon spoof of his original logo and man cave. Its on the blog.

    Get this- sitting at our Christmas party in that man cave while cutting the cake somebody goes hey thats Don's truck! Mecum auction was on the big screen and there was the 41 Ford truck I did bodywork on around 2014-5... and the rest of the crew did amazing work on. As the volume got turned up we got to hear some sweet things said about the build. Party ended before the sale but dad-gum! It brought $206,250.00. Only cost me tendonitis in my right arm, sanded for 7 months straight. I don't forget what nearly kills me.

    Theres your IDJ update. New tires, woot!
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    Installed a nrg steering wheel with quick release today. Went to buy rotors and brakes for the f body brake upgrade. All for my 2005 GP.

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    Ooo that's Perdy Jonnyboy

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    Thanks man couldn't find many posts about the steering wheel. Also swapped to the older lower control arms to mount the dorman front sway bar. Finally got the zzp 3800 bar for rear and the bmr trailing arms as well. Everything with the moog problem solver bushings/polyurethane. Big time stiffy boi lol



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    Drove my brothers 01 GT with the new ZZP downpipe and a nonfouler on the downstream O2 to try and get the monitors online and not throwing the cat code again. So far so good.

    My 00 GT decided to keep throwing an EGR code that is either the EGR itself (which I cleaned a few weeks ago and it moves freely) or I'm suspecting the MAP may be bad. Getting a chugging on warm startup occasionally like it has a lumpy cam in it. Runs fine otherwise. Just turned 457K so time for another oil change.
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    Put Some Monroe quick struts in the 07 GT yesterday. Driver side front strut spring base rusted through and spring was riding on the tire. Gotta love salt!

    Rides pretty nice!

    Also added some layers of soda cans and tinfoil with stainless steel zip ties to my redneck resonator repair. I hate muffler work on the ground.

    This is my last of 4 GPs the kids are driving so the repairs are getting fewer and far between.

    They were all great cars for learning to drive and for kids to tank around in. Solid (except rockers) great in snow and ice and great in a crash.

    All had over 230,000 miles when sold or crashed and they moved on to a different vehicle.


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    Just did the 5 DIC upgrade on my 2005 Grand Prix. Easy install for the temperature sensor by the passenger headlight. The compass was a little more work but still easy in the trunk by where your monsoon amp would be. Just need to calibrate that sensor and it will be complete.

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    Started it, let it idle for about 10 mins, shut it off.

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    97 gtp, cone filter mod, downpipe and glasspack to stock muffler mod, 180* t-stat mod, bad driver mod
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    Did another antifreeze flush on the '97. This time I drained and filled until clear then filled. Hopefully that is the last time. 24 years and still fighting that dex-crap.
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    I installed a Kenwood head unit. I am not an install expert but I turned out well. I got the steering wheel controls to function; at least most of the buttons work.
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    Drove my friends 01 GT some more to get the monitors online. Not sure accurate the DIC is but showing 25.7 mpg. Most all highway so it might be close. Seems like the defouler mod did the trick for the downstream O2 sensor in the ZZP catted pipe.


    Found out that the windshield washer pump doesn't work. Gonna check for a fuse, then pull the plug to check for voltage before I go through the trouble of pulling the reservoir and changing the pump.

    Suspect it needs motor and trans mounts to as I get a clunk when shifting gears or taking off from a stop. Haven't watched it with the hood open yet but I'd bet they're due. Might explain why the pressure side fuel line decided to start leaking a while back. Too much movement.


    Also going to throw a partial Trans-Go kit in it eventually. Getting the bang-shift once in a while after it gets hot. With only 172K on it I think it'll live just fine for a while since it's not an everyday driver and it gets driven far more gently than my car. Heck, I've got twice that mileage on my 00 GT trans with the same kit and it still shifts good, even with the TCC wearing out.
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    Did the fbody upgrade on my 2005 GP. Also did the SS braided lines all at once but didn't connect the 5th line. Will retry it when I upgrade the rears to the GXP upgrade.

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    Today I removed the water pump, all coolant hoses, thermostat, and ac compressor all to be replaced on my 96 Yukon. Other then the fan clutch being miserable, and a BFH had to get involved, everything went pretty smoothly. Tomorrow is reassembly, hope it goes just well as today went.
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    Yeah that threaded clutch fan can be a PITA. Luckily once that is off there is plenty of room to pull everything. As long as the mating surfaces and bolt holes are clean you should be good to go.
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    Walked by it in the garage on stands. Waiting for my supercharger oil to come then its time for replacing the 4th gear hub and putting the headers on it.

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    Theres been somebody on CL here holding out for big bucks on their "rare" engine for like a year. Saw it today because bored and top of list when searching Prix.

    1997 Grand Prix GTP, W/ Supercharger - cars & trucks - by owner -...

    Its a GTP coupe and I'd just go get it, have an 02 harness in a box... but its a red 97 missing a door molding. Yuck, yuck, and yuck. This was the first ad I saw with the car in it and the price reasonable, been awhile since I looked. Reason I am posting is in hopes that you will burst into laughter at the spoilers, as I did. Hahaha the more the merrier I reckon. If it was a 99 it would be tough to pass up even though I have 2.

    Did put a set of Texan tires on the GTP right before Christmas. That was prompted by another nail-ruined tire and I am fairly pleased with the new set because they took ride quality from KA-BAM KA-BAM to ka-thump ka-thump which was much needed.

    Work project 51 F-1is entering the bondo phase. I been delving back into art a little on weekends too cold for 455ing and that is good clean indoor fun. Even picked up a paint brush and some cake watercolors from childhood last weekend and scribbled this-



    Current job is installing flared fiberglass fenders and bedsides on a lifted 2020 F250. They allow 37" tires with only 3" lift and like six grand of suspension. For jumping sand dunes?



    I made wheelwell extensions with pieces of the old bedsides.
    All Grand Prix, all the time. 69 Model J, 99 GT & GTP coupes. All junk, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
    Theres been somebody on CL here holding out for big bucks on their "rare" engine for like a year. Saw it today because bored and top of list when searching Prix.

    1997 Grand Prix GTP, W/ Supercharger - cars & trucks - by owner -...

    Its a GTP coupe and I'd just go get it, have an 02 harness in a box... but its a red 97 missing a door molding. Yuck, yuck, and yuck. This was the first ad I saw with the car in it and the price reasonable, been awhile since I looked. Reason I am posting is in hopes that you will burst into laughter at the spoilers, as I did. Hahaha the more the merrier I reckon. If it was a 99 it would be tough to pass up even though I have 2.

    Did put a set of Texan tires on the GTP right before Christmas. That was prompted by another nail-ruined tire and I am fairly pleased with the new set because they took ride quality from KA-BAM KA-BAM to ka-thump ka-thump which was much needed.

    Work project 51 F-1is entering the bondo phase. I been delving back into art a little on weekends too cold for 455ing and that is good clean indoor fun. Even picked up a paint brush and some cake watercolors from childhood last weekend and scribbled this-



    Current job is installing flared fiberglass fenders and bedsides on a lifted 2020 F250. They allow 37" tires with only 3" lift and like six grand of suspension. For jumping sand dunes?



    I made wheelwell extensions with pieces of the old bedsides.
    your fab skills always amaze me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottydoggs View Post
    your fab skills always amaze me.

    Well (kicks dirt) much obliged. That was my first dip in aluminum and only one toe had to get wet. The idea was the strong part, fab was weak. The request was for steel shields but that didn't make sense. I pushed for getting a sheet of like 1/8" thick ABS plastic initially but once I sawzalled the perfect bedsides off I was like hey theres my material! Duh. They can now leave out the stock wheelwell liner, or trim off the outside edge and reinstall. But as-is, spray coatings could be used in there. The extension sits a half inch from the 'glass and a bubble type edge weatherstrip is ordered to seal it there. I still have to do the fronts which are the stiff carpet type and I want to connect to those so theres another challenge and for it I am eyeing the old rear liners' plastic. As usual, see blog for more pix on it.

    The fab was almost nonexistent on those shown. Machines did it but humans worked em. The section of bedside I chose had a lengthwise bend so I made one pass with it upside down in the english wheel then one right side up. So the bend was almost gone, making the strip floppy. Took that to the slip roller, made a single pass and turned it into what you see on the floor there. Made me a happy man! After all the riveting and trimming, I smashed all the rivets flat and they look a lot like the OE welds in the well.

    Not that you wanted a back-fill story for your kind sentence but hey. Thats the IDJ way.
    All Grand Prix, all the time. 69 Model J, 99 GT & GTP coupes. All junk, haha.

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