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Post by C1DoG » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:26 pm

Received the headlight gaskets today from SlvrACR that I bought off him. I will probably get those on sometime Tuesday or Wednesday. I have been driving around without any for the past few monts.
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Post by C1DoG » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:44 pm

I installed the headlight gaskets today and I definitly glad I got them. :D Next up, after it stops being so cold down here in Florida. Going to paint the rear brake drums due to them having lots of rust on them. Going to go with a good basic black caliper paint.
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Black is a great choice, I'm not a fan of brightly colored drums. But black should blend in nicely. :)

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Post by C1DoG » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Yeah I'm not looking for flashy with my neon. Just good mods and a clean car.
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:20 pm

Looks like Saturday morning is going to be good. Exhaust will finally be installed. :D
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:20 pm

Awesome! :D

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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:26 pm

Yep :D
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Post by C1DoG » Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:13 pm

Good news...Got the exhaust done and I can say I am pleased... Now for the bad news... was on the way home and she cut out on me. I have no clue what happened.
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Post by Mid Life Crisis » Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:28 pm

C1DoG wrote:Good news...Got the exhaust done and I can say I am pleased... Now for the bad news... was on the way home and she cut out on me. I have no clue what happened.
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Well at least the exhaust looks awesome :)

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Post by C1DoG » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:03 pm

I love it. And it sounds great. :D It will be towed in to my mechanic on Monday. And the white car in the first pic is my wife's 04 Buick LeSabre.
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:36 pm

It just died and wouldn't start back up again? That's odd :(. I would've pushed the tips a bit further back underneath but overall it looks good. How does it sound?

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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:37 pm

Have any problem with those tips scraping the ground at all? I ask because it looks like they sit about 4-6 inches out from the back of the car...
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Post by C1DoG » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:55 pm

Crystal, yeah they will get pushed in once I get the srt rear and I heard a wierd noise coming from the drivers side and then it just died. And it sounds great for being an automatic.


Random1, they haven't yet scraped yet. The driver almost scraped them, but that was due to my driveway being angled.


So once I get the srt rear, I am going to get them pushed in and moved up so they sit better. But for now, it works.
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Post by C1DoG » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:17 am

It ended up starting this morning.. I still have no clue what happened and will probably still take it in to my mechanic to have him check it out.

Update: I was checking the lights out this morning and the drivers side marker is out. So my guess is the wire from the marker got loose, shorted out and popped the electronics on it. So I will fix that later today and see if that works. :)
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Post by Mid Life Crisis » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:38 am

Would a scan tool tell you ? Around here advance auto does it for free. Just a thought to save ya a buck and them not find anything or something that a free scan will tell. Thats more money for parts then :thumbup:

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Post by C1DoG » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:15 am

I have a scan tool.. that didn't throw a code. I did realize what happened though. :rofl: I must have pulled that wire when I pulled the headlight out to replace the gasket. That side marker is the only one that isn't working and that explains the sound I heard. So later on today, I will get in there and fix that wire. :D

Update: Fixed the wire and took around and at the moment it is running good and the sire marker is working again. Found out that the connectors at the turn signal were loose. Tightened them back up and wrapped a zip tie around it so it doesn't come loose again. :rofl:
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Post by C1DoG » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:20 am

Well.... It got towed again, and this time right to my mechanic. Thankfully we have AAA so the towing only cost us 10. While it is there I asked them to take a look at the mounts, so we will see what is going on and so on... :banghead:
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Post by C1DoG » Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:23 pm

Found out that the mechanics only did a top end rebuild and never looked at the rest of it, so it lost oil compression and all that crap. We also know the previous owner didn't take very good care of it. So they ordered a jasper crate engine for it and will be doing a transplant. Gonna cost some serious $$$ :banghead: But I took a look and talked it over with the wife and we realized it will be worth it. :D So I am without my neon for a few weeks again.
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Post by C1DoG » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:06 pm

You know a mechanic is good, when they work on your car when they are supposed to be closed. :D Got a call today telling me they just went out to test drive it. :D Since they are closed Sunday and my wife has Tuesday off. So I will be getting it back on Tuesday. :D :D :D Then I will be getting a pic of it and me. :rofl:
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Post by C1DoG » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:05 pm

Installed the new armrest today. Sides didn't come out as I wanted, for now it is ok.
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Post by C1DoG » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:19 pm

Pulled off the rear brake drums so I can clean them up and paint them.
Rusty drums they is.. :lol:
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And after being cleaned up..
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Looks like there is rust left, but that is all stains from the drums being so rusty. Next to prime them and then paint. I should have both brake drums done by the time my wife gets back from outta state. In the meantime, I am using her car to drive around. :lol:
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Post by C1DoG » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:45 pm

Primered and ready for paint.
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I did the back also. I used painters tape to tape off the brake contact surface.
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And here are the finished brake drums.
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Painters tape is still on until I am sure that I don't have to repaint the drums before I re-install them.
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:49 pm

Those came out nice, way rustier than mine are and you're down in FL. How does that work? :rofl:. If I did mine I would probably use the brush kit that Autozone sells, I used it on calipers before and it worked out good. I wouldn't be able to have the daily down and out for a day or two.

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Post by C1DoG » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:04 pm

Yeah all the salt air from the gulf causes all that rust. That is why the neon parks in the garage. :D I have a hard wire brush that I used for at least 10 minutes getting all that rust off. I can get my wife's car anytime, so I can do stuff like that every once in a while. But with twins coming, I am trying to get all this stuff done before they arrive. :lol:
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Post by speed127 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:43 pm

surprised you didn't do an srt swap or something when you had the engine out. hows it running now?
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Post by C1DoG » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:03 am

Runs great. Too much hassle for a swap and I got a 3 year 100,000 mile warranty with the new engine.
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:29 pm

Twins?! Oh boy! You're in for a real treat! That's a hell of a warranty.

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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:30 pm

:lol: at first I thought you meant a warranty on the kids...
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:32 pm

:rofl:!!! Human warranty against defect or error. How does the lemon law work in that case?

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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:33 pm

Doubtful that you get to exchange for a new one.
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