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Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

So looking at the cargo cover, one of the strings had been cut down while the other was still as it should be. It'd be easy enough to make two new equal length sections for it, but for now I tied them to the struts and it seems to work OK! It just doesn't lower all the way, I need another half inch or so to get some slack in the resting position. When I replace the string for it I'll also put a washer behind the holes to stop them tearing through.





https://i.imgur.com/j1w6gd9.mp4

Tried cleaning it with some auto upholstery cleaner that I have been using more for cleaning cat barf out of my rugs than in the car:



As for the door card, well, I pulled off mine and found that someone had been in there before:



What a mess! I still had the strip caulk from the Squire door job so I tried scraping off most of it and slapped some more on. I had to tape the door handle up so it wouldn't pull the plastic off the door!


This stuff is great, but wear gloves because it's like chewing gum!



With that mess out of the way I was able to work on the door. These look different just because one is so dirty from the gravel junkyard.



You can see how the back of the armrest was punched in:



Now this was a good stroke of luck, the switch panel was removable! The junkyard one was scratched up and sticky, but with only four screws the entire switch section pulled right off and I was able to swap them:





Here it is fully installed and cleaned up! I documented the progress for my friend in Cali who has an 09 fit, I can't believe in just two screws and something like 8 clips that door comes right off! It's a lot easier to manage than my Thunderbird was which had I think three screws and ZERO clips, it sort of slotted into the door in a weird rear end way.



Also cleaned up that little rear panel:


My dad works on a bunch of different motorcycles and sent me two of these screw drivers he recently fell in love with and I have to say they really kick rear end. They have a weird head design that feels like they bite into the screw!



Now, I mentioned the door thing earlier where it wasn't fully aligned at the top from someone being locked out and prying their way back in. Well, I've been slowly bending it back using a baseball bat:



Just stick it in between the door and the body and give it a little push at the top of the window frame.



Getting closer!

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 21:59 on May 30, 2020

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Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

I'm heading down through Dallas to Ft. Worth today because it's triple car parts trouble at the Pick n' Pull!





I'm stopping at the Buc-ee's on the way down for some sunscreen and water this time because it's gonna be HOT!

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

Sorry for the delay, here's how it went down!

I put all of my little tools in my messenger bag and I stopped at Buc-ee's on the way down for sunscreen and stuff to stay hydrated because good lord it was hot out there! Not a cloud in the sky too! This pick n' pull was the complete opposite of the South Central Dallas location, there was no PPE on anyone and I was the only one with a face mask, and that includes the staff.

The first thing I found was the Tracker. It was almost compltely picked over! The inside was trashed as well.





I would have taken the taillights as they weren't sun-baked at all but one was cracked. I did grab the rub strips off the sides in the event I ever want to put them on mine, they're just double sided taped on! I'd put a vinyl white strip over the blue to color match mine, although the GEO logos on the wheel caps I have on my truck are pink and blue.





The next thing on the hit list was the Fit. The inside was, for lack of a better word, destroyed. It was full of gravel, dirt, glass, you name it.



However, I put my work gloves on and dug through the trunk and found the OEM Jack and kit that went with it! That includes the tow hook!





The one good thing about the Ft. Worth Pick N. Pull over the other three is it is tree lined. The Tracker and the LTD I'm about to show were in a good spot to be close enough to the shade that I didn't feel like death while pulling parts!



The LTD was next to the walls of crushed cars which is probably a huge safety hazard as I could easily go between the walls if I wanted to get good photos and get attacked by spiders.

The crazy thing about the LTD is there were two of them! The older one I believe is, at most, an 85 because it had an analog clock and carburetor.



What I was interested in, however, was the top trim '88 that had every bell and whistle you could think of, two-tone paint, cornering lamps, climate control, and something special:





It has a tripminder! If any of you saw my posts in the panther megathread, you will remember my two-day job of installing one of these into my Squire! If this works, it's an invaluable spare to have. These were only available in a few Fords from I believe 85-90 as a dealer addon so they're not cheap!



Best part is it's just a clock replacement so it comes out with just three screws (plus the 6 it takes to get the das face off)

It's a shame the inside was so bombed out and picked over already. I swear, people must have alerts set up to evaporate these things the day they show up to the yard!



When I got home I pulled out and checked the spare in the Fit. I cleaned up the pan and installed the jack and kit as it should be.








Later I'm going to clean up this TripMinder and test it in the Squire to make sure it works. I can either keep it or sell it for about $70. I made sure to keep the plug and cabling too.



I'll post the neat stuff I found at the yard in a separate post sometime tomorrow, I got some stuff I wanna do on the Fit tomorrow anyhow!

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 03:56 on Jun 5, 2020

jink
May 8, 2002

Drop it like it's Hot.

Taco Defender

Awesome trip to the yard. Sucks to find vehicles picked over/wrecked as much as some of those examples but looks like you found a couple good items.

Feels good to piece together missing items from previous owner.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


Nice haul!

And yes, Pick n Pull lets you set up email notifications for when something from your nightmares dreams shows up. You gotta be on that email list and early in line if it's something that doesn't show up often (like an 80s LTD/Vic).

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

Here's some other pictures from the junkyard. It's a shame about this Colt Vista, it looked well taken care of. Must have grenaded the transmission or engine:







This was in the crushed car pile: I have no idea what these are from, and I don't want to look them up on my IP address:







This is the only Pick N Pull of the four that just has the piles of cars sitting in the actual lot. I could go down in there and take some tasteful photography if I didn't want to get attacked by spiders and/or crushed by falling cars parts:



Also



They do occsionally sell full cars:


So I put the Dashcam in the Fit, and what was going to be a nice drive around the block along with an update to the thread yesterday ended up being a big-rear end project. We ended up getting a new Ikea desk for the roomate and it was 60 1/4'' long. It 'fit' in but I had to knees-to-chest it all the way back from Frisco. I would have taken the Squire but it has in the 90*s here and the Fit's AC works a lot better! One of these days this thread will dive into the AC woes of the Squire and the Tracker, but that's a project for another day.



There's a wierd haze of surface rust on the top of the tailgate, I'll clean that up when I get some touch up paint.



I've been using A119s for just about all my dashcam applications. They've yet to let me down!

I positioned the DashCam on my side for a change, I figure it'd be nice to actually be able to press the buttons and take 'photos' on the go with it instead of just hiding it behind the mirror. The Fit's dashboard is so long though, it does give a lot of glare in sunlight:

Here's some screenshots:


You can see the Ikea pear cider in the upper left side



Routing it was so easy, I didn't even need any tools for running the cable which I was shocked by! Only a screwdriver for mounting the ground lug on the dashcam's power supply.

Bonus spotting on the highway:



A Fiat Coupe and some sorta Alfa Romeo!

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 02:55 on Jun 7, 2020

Seat Safety Switch
May 27, 2008

MY RELIGION IS THE SMALL BLOCK V8 AND COMMANDMENTS ONE THROUGH TEN ARE NEVER LIFT.



Pillbug

You should go back and save that RX-7.

Wrar
Sep 9, 2002



Soiled Meat

Seat Safety Switch posted:

You should go back and save that RX-7.

I want to. But it's far

Sgt Fox
Dec 21, 2004

It's the buzzer I love the most. Makes me feel alive. Makes the V8's dead.


Man I love a good junkyard trip report. Jealous, I cant wait until I can get off this island and junkyard again.

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

I love messing around in the yards, but on nice, sunny, cloud-free days in the summer months here it really gets to you. The sun combined with every bit of shade being a roasting car interior and no water or bathrooms anywhere really beats on you. I was fortunate to have almost every trip I took for the Maxima be overcast or rainy which really saved my skin (literally). I was talking to my mother on the phone and mentioned the junkyard trip and pulling these parts and she wants to go to one now. I wasn't able to get my point across about the absolute hell-march the junkyard becomes in the middle of a hot August day when she wants to visit!

That RX7 was really cool, I should have taken an interior picture of it to see how it looked in there. The yard is really vague on the condition of cars like that, sometimes they claim they run and other times it's just "as is." There was an Escort wagon there last year that I really wanted to pick up if I had the cash on hand at the time:



This weekend's car project, after I fix a dryer line my cats tore open on Wednesday, is going to be to build some sort of holder for the Tracker's roof when I'm not using it. My Tracker, being a 93, doesn't have the removable side windows, so it lays like this:



Honestly just a |____| bit bolted to the wall like a towel rack would probably support it, but I want to make it flush with the wall so the windows don't sag too much. Geo sold a big rectangular duffle bag for them and I need to look in the manual and see how it folds up... which I can do right now because as I'm typing this I just remembered GM still has the PDF of the owner's manual online!





I'm not sure how I feel about rolling it up but there's nothing in the roof other than a zipper. I also really need to clean the thing, it holds dirt like crazy!

The only thing impeding my project this weekend is I really need some sort of string trimmer/weed wacker. The house is starting to look like crap compared to the neighborhood (who all have lawn services) and I've been putting off getting one for far too long. I am really tempted to pick up a $50 black and decker electric one for just doing my edging and some simple wackin'. My place is starting to look like the lone crummy house.

AND I found another branch in my driveway, this time the bushes caught it. I really want to park the Fit back here, damnit, stop dumping branches!!!



Edit: The Fit "Oil Life" indicator is reading 20%, an Oil change this weekend wouldn't hurt as well. I should add I work a fixed shif so my weekend starts on Wednesdays and Thursdays for alternating 3/4 day weekends.

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 23:12 on Jun 8, 2020

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

I picked up an edger and went to town on my driveway and walk way and stuff these last two days, you can see here how overgrown it was:



I charged the AC on the Squire, it's not great but it's blowing cold for now. I've been told there are freon sniffers you can buy on Amazon for $30 or so that can help me find where the leak is. I thought I had fixed it before when I found a bad valve in the low pressure port but it's still slowly losing charge over the course of a few months. The compressor is fairly new which irritates me to no end! This wasn't even a rebuilt one either!



Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


Does the refrigerant that you just added have UV dye in it? That's another good way to spot the leak; go to town with a UV flashlight once the pressure drops again.

I was under the impression that just adding more using a can-with-gauge was pretty frowned upon. I don't have AC in any of my cars, but I've read the AC thread a few years ago, and it's def a good idea to get a full gauge set to monitor the system pressures while running. Might help you diagnose, too.

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

I'm pretty sure the can - gauge method is probably the worst way to do it, but I'm definitely going to get this fixed after this summer. I have been told the harbor freight gauge set works pretty well, I've already found and repaired one set of leaks but ik going to troubleshoot thing thing again when I get some free time and see if I can find anything else. It definitely needs a proper purge too, it has probably been sucking in air from whatever leak it has.

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

I got a text yesterday from the friend whos family owns the Buick. It wasn't about the Buick, but instead for a friend of his that wants my help on a car that's having an electrical issue. Now I do electrical work for a living so I can handle mouse ruined wire jobs and fixing / troubleshooting botched repair work... but this:





However, I will at least go look at it and try to wick out as much of the moisture as I can so I can sit in / drive a 944 help my friend out. Also they said he'd compensate me for my time.

I didn't get to work on the oil change for the Fit this weekend because I thought changing out my 40 year old doorknobs was a better project to tackle. I thought it would be as easy as swapping out the knobs, which it would have been if the original install wasn't so sloppy. Another tool I bought for the car came in handy as I had to dremel out the doors to fit the new, much tighter tolerance'd, lever hardware:



I had originally bought the Dremel to cut down the 7 pin connector when I did the Country Squire's Gentex mirror upgrade. The Thunderbird mirror I used was a four pin connector and all modern Gentex units are the 7 pin setup. The 7 pin Crown Vic mirror is what I used for the Tracker and was a much smarter choice because there's thousands of Fords in the junkyard with the 7 pin mirrors and only a handful of MN12 Fords with the 4-pin if I ever need replacements!

The Fit requires a crush washer for the oil pan, I'm going to order some in advance and I will get the oil and filter this upcoming Wednesday.

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 15:31 on Jun 14, 2020

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

So I took a look at the Porsche yesterday.



He had pulled the fuse box out of the engine bay already and it didn't take more than a few minutes to see just how bad things were. Several of the larger wires were completely missing the insulation down as far as I could see. To make it worse this all goes straight into the frame and all over the inside of the car:



However, in pushing it back out of the trees, I asked about the truck that he also had the hood up on. He said that he was also having issues with that and was trying to find why it was bogging down and stalling while driving. He had a new carb on it and had redone the fuel lines and filters, but my experiences with the Squire pointed me in only one direction; Vacuum.
I found the source of the problem almost immediately: The power brake booster diaphragm had a bunch of vacuum leaks.

So at least I got something fixed for him, I wasn't expecting to have any luck with the 944 anyhow. He's finishing up the truck because his daily is a Toyota Cressida and he wants to focus on restoring it. I've never been in a Cressida (or seen a US model one) before, couldn't believe how smooth it was on the road:




He also had a retro game collection so I'll be over there again soon! I got paid in beer

I also took advantage of being in town to get some more photos of the Buick. I couldn't find the Vin because there was a wasp nest in the door:





I still kind of want it but there's no word on it from his family if they're wanting to get rid of it or even willing to let me work on it. The last registration sticker reads 2005.

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 15:38 on Jun 21, 2020

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





That 944 wiring doesn't look like (just) flood damage - that looks like those wires got extra toasty and burned the insulation off.

Either way I'd only consider looking at a full on harness replacement, and that'd be if the rest of the car was in good condition.

taqueso
Mar 8, 2004









Fun Shoe

IOwnCalculus posted:

That 944 wiring doesn't look like (just) flood damage - that looks like those wires got extra toasty and burned the insulation off.

Either way I'd only consider looking at a full on harness replacement, and that'd be if the rest of the car was in good condition.

I agree with this. At the very least cut all those wires back to a point where there is no corrosion and redo the connector.

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

The only other info I was given on the wiring was that the issue was discovered when he had started the car to move it. He said he took it around the block and upon moving it into the parking spot seen above the horn started going off intermittantly. I could see it shorting out a whole bunch and melting things under the hood during it being moved around. I asked if he was going to want more help in pulling it to see how deep it goes but he wants to do it later in the fall when the heat dies down. In the meantime I'm going to keep researching Skylark stuff if they ever let me pick around on it.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


IOwnCalculus posted:

That 944 wiring doesn't look like (just) flood damage - that looks like those wires got extra toasty and burned the insulation off.

Yeah, that had issues LOOOOOOOOOOOONG before it got flooded - either rotten insulation or crispy wiring. And it's been that way for years. You don't get that kind of corrosion overnight, or even in several months, unless the wires got stupid hot. The plug doesn't show any heat damage, the surrounding wires don't show heat damage either, so I'd bet the insulation started rotting away several years ago.

That's not flood damage. That's not even overheated wiring damage. That's garbage wiring that had the insulation rot off. The wires without insulation look quite a bit beefier than the rest, so it's possible the insulation on them was different than the other wires.

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

Thanks for the warning on the wires, it'll give me more reason to push him more towards a full harness pull instead of just trying to patch bits here and there.

The maintenence minder light finally popped on for the Fit, something I'm not used to in any car. I was going to put up a 2x2 whiteboard square in the garage so I could write down the mileage/dates of my oil changes to keep track of all three of them, Nice to see this one actually keeps track of itself!





What a difference between A and B! I'm still doing the filter with the oil change because who knows when it was done last. Weather permitting I'm going to pull out the HVAC blower fan and inspect it, it's ticking and changing with speed so I suspect there's something stuck inside and rattling around. It looks to be two steps so that'll be a quick and easy!

It also dawned on me that, if I follow the directions in the Geo's owner's manual, I can store the roof in a ski or snowboard bag. Finding one in Texas might not be so easy though!

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 00:21 on Jun 24, 2020

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


My roommate's new-to-him Lexus has maintenance nannies built into the dash, but he kept asking me to write down when critical stuff needs to be done.

It came with the loving owner's manual. I have a scanner/copier/laser printer combo. You know drat well how that went. Basically copies with some highlighting.

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

^ Is he expecting some sort of unlisted service the car's not gonna tell him about?

I slapped a new serpentine belt on the Fit, super easy, no problems whatsoever. I didn't even take any photos because it was a two hand job but also there wasn't much to show. The old belt didn't look too bad so maybe it had been changed before but I wasn't taking chances with how cheap it was. It was just having the car with the hood up* and up on ramps a little bit so I could get under it.
*this part is important for what comes next.

However, I started having problems with it squeaking under load with the AC on. It was especially bad at a drive-thru where any time I'd put the AC on the car would start squeaking like crazy, especially in drive, while stationary, with the AC on.
I poured through all of my work, I mean, there wasn't much to it. I'd double check it all, get on the road, and it would squeak again under load with the AC on. It was driving me nuts!

I found the solution, I was so mad!!! (sound on)
https://i.imgur.com/wRdvR8G.mp4


I also pulled the blower motor, it is perfectly fine running outside of the housing but when I install it again it starts ticking. I assume the bearing is going bad and causing some slight wobble which is hitting the side of the enclosure, I guess. That was an easy enough pull where I can probably pick up another one from the parts yard and see if it fixes it. Since these are all supposed to have cabin air filters they should all be pretty clean.

I was impressed at how easy it was to get to, I thought I'd have to at least remove the glove box door, but it was just the lower panel (sound on)
https://i.imgur.com/PM6clJU.mp4





Proof that it spins fine outside of the housing: (Sound on)
https://i.imgur.com/JKcpMxo.mp4

Luxrage fucked around with this message at 20:23 on Jun 27, 2020

Luxrage
Jan 2, 2017

I have no idea what I'm doing!

College Slice

I was going to do the oil change yesterday, and then my AC unit went out. I got the oil, filter, and such and when I got home it was nearing 80 degrees inside. I lucked out and found it wasn't the compressor: The, and I don't know why I didn't notice this sooner other than it being behind a ton of shrubs, FEDERAL PACIFIC breaker gave up and cut the AC off. I spent the day installing a new box that won't set my house on fire:



Replaced it with:



When I first bought this place I had the FP fuse panel replaced with a Square D setup because I have heard horror stories from the OSHA thread in GBS about those.

Anyways, I got the oil change started this morning only to find that the oil plug was on there with some insane force and was already rounded a bit. The owner's manual states 29lb/ft of torque on it. It took me a 2ft breaker bar and a 17mm bit I had to hammer on the bolt:



Autozone had a replacement, even though it was oddly a 13mm head instead of 17.




I really like the placement of the oil filter in this engine (it was also on too tight), I've never heard of this brand. I used Mobile 1 0W-20. The Fit forums say that oil weight is good for just about every condition although it felt like water when I was pouring it in. Did I mention the oil filler cap was on so tight I had to get it off with a wrench?



I also hung the whiteboard! I think my dad has a template he made for his vinyl cutter and he's going to send me his premade checkboxes and lines to help me fill it out.

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IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





That's a brand usually used by oil change shops / also available on Rockauto for cheap.

0w20 is indeed thin as hell. I've gotten into trouble doing a few changes with it and then pouring a bottle of 10w30 or 15w40 way too fast for the funnel.

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