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Old 08-24-2018, 01:46 PM   #611
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Old 08-24-2018, 04:47 PM   #612
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Thanks guys. Went for checkup today. Doc was pissed at everything I was doing but I'm going back to work Sept 4th. Doesn't look like I'll be able to mow the lawn any time soon so the younger daughter is going to have a crash course in it.

When I was beating on the car yesterday I noticed a bad vibration 70mph+. Stopped by the tire shop and got the tires rebalanced. Drives smoother but still have the vibration. Called driveshaft shop, stopping by Monday to take one of them for a ride to see what can be done. Might have to set up the camera for it.
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:47 AM   #613
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Stopped by my daughter's friend's house yesterday. Young guy still at home but is a heavy machine mechanic for the city. His dad had a lift and he wanted to help me try to get the rest of the exhaust on. Still doesn't fit even with a better vantage point. Going to have to spend time on my back figuring it out or going to a shop and having them trim to fit.

Up the skirt action, was weird not seeing all this 8" from my face for once..









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Old 09-10-2018, 07:24 AM   #614
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After driving around for a bit and a couple highway trips I noticed the windshield trim lifting up. Turns out those fancy clips the windshield guy installed are crap. Looks like cheap chinese rivets. The heads just popped off and left the clips and trim flopping in the wind. This means I'll have to pull the windshield, remove the remains of the rivets, then install proper screws and have the windshield reinstalled. Not sure when I'll get around to it.





Started putting the trim back on the car. Really has me wanting to get the rest of the missing trim. Have a couple leads, just need the time.



Got a mild vibration that comes and goes, feels like tire imbalance, wondering if I'm spinning the tires on the rims. Then there's a much harder vibration above 85mph, feels like the car is coming apart. Checked pinion angle, best reading has it sitting at 5.7 degrees! Have no idea it went from 1 degree when I put it together to this. Doubt suspension settling would have done this?

Daughter's friend was over this weekend, we tried to adjust the pinion angle. He was turning the bolts for me and said it was adjusted as far as it would go. I didn't check it, but pinion angle is now 3.6 degrees. Moved the vibration to up above 100mph. Damn car wants to eat too, hated having to get out of it. I ordered adjustable upper arms from speedway motors, they were on sale, should be here this weekend. I might end up having to raise the trans to get the working angle right, which might cause issues.

Here's the factory adjustable upper arm, looks like I might be able to get a little more swing out of the bolt, I'm sure he was just trying not to mess anything up, boy loves the chevelle. Might look into boxing the lower arms too while I'm at it. Beats buying overpriced powdercoated parts. Turn downs are cool till you get under the car and see how much dirt they kick up.

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Old 09-16-2018, 07:32 AM   #615
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Found a great deal on Speedway motors, really nice adjustable uppers on sale for $100! I jumped on it.

Got my confirmation email



Couldn't wait for them to come in!

Box finally arrived, ripped it open:



Gorgeous piece, but only one in the box. Called them up, first girl was pretty rude and said, sir, the title said pair but when you purchase it says each. I can send you another for $99.99 and give you free shipping. Uh, it's free shipping anyway.. I told her no kidding, when you order a pair of something you only want one pair..

Went through 2 "supervisors" and finally got a guy that would listen. Told him I I know there's a difference between a pair of socks and a pair of underwear, he finally talked to someone else, got another one coming and they quickly changed the title on the website. I felt bad and was going to order something else, found a decent deal on carpet, but when you look at the details it's for a Nova but says it fits chevelle?! Not sure I'll be rolling the dice on that site again.

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/ACC-C...or,330514.html
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:44 AM   #616
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Glad you got another one free.

That's BS, stupid oversights by them. Should be their problem to fix. Not you to pay for,
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:57 AM   #617
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Got both arms in and got a little dirty last night. Well.. A lot dirty. Between the marine grease on the poly bushings and all the dust from the turn downs..

Install was a breeze, did one side at a time, rear didn't budge so I was able to slide old out and new in.



The problem came in trying to get the pinion angle right. I know for a fact the engine has too much angle to it. Did some dimension researching, found out between engine mounts and trans mounts is ~ 41.14", and doing some right triangle calculations, if I move either mount by .75" that'll give me 1 degree of change. I've been wanting to revisit the engine mounts for a while, this just forces my hand. I have a little over 1.5"-1.75" (2 finger widths, no ruler) between the inner tie rod ends and bottom of oil pan. I want to leave about 1/2", so I'm going to have to modify the engine mounts and space the trans crossmember up. Little concerned about header clearance at that point. Might be this weekend's work.

Took it for a shakedown, it definitely made a difference, rear feels a lot more planted, less spin, and NVH seems a little less for some reason. I'm still getting the fire alarm you're car is going to rattle apart vibration at and over 100 though. It's not a slowly oncoming vibration it's like a switch. And damn does it get there quick.

Gratuituous under skirt shot while I was there..

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