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Old 04-11-2016, 12:52 PM   #21
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Just to clarify, 1997 is the 30th anniversary for the Camaro (and Firebird), not 25th. First year of the Camaro was 1967. First year of the Firebird was 1967. First year of the Trans Am was 1969 ........ just figured I would not leave out the Trans Am
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Yeah, I remembered and went back and changed it to 30. My dad had a '67 so I should know that off the top of my head, lol.
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Update: I went ahead and ordered this drive shaft off of eBay:


I asked the seller if it would be a direct replacement, and they confirmed this, so if I get it and it doesn't fit, I can get my money back at least. Dad and I are going to install it when it arrives, and hopefully that'll be the end of my drive shaft woes.
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You can take any 1 piece driveshaft from 85 to 02 and interchange them. I think its as long as its a 700r4 trans to a 4L60e it works. I have personally switched a handful of driveshafts from the 3rd gen to 4th gen. Aluminum driveshafts free up that extra bit of torque & 1 horsepower!
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Maybe once I get the whole car up to snuff, I'll get an aluminum one sometime.
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Brake hoses, yay!


My bill at the garage came to $748. I'll have an itemized list soon. Everything else we can do at my dad's! I'm going up to their place this weekend to install the drive shaft and stuff. Then it's just the lighting issue and the car should be done with repairs.
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Could I have the part number for those brake hoses? I just had my car on a lift in class for brake noise and I need to replace my hoses
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Hope that helps, I had my dad send these photos to me because the parts are at his place.

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It does! Thank you!
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Drive shaft job is done! Did it in about an hour. I was the bolt loosener, haha. Some of those are pretty hidden and boy were they tight!



Bearing was shot.



Getting the brake hoses done now. Here's the old one on the passenger side:



Those are cuts that go all the way through...little scary, huh?

New one:


Did the sway bar links for funsies. The new ones are blue and match my shocks!



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Wow.. You live in Pa. I grew up in Pittsburgh area. I became a licensed State inspection mech back in 83. I now live in Fl. That car went through 11 owners? was the car always in Pa? All those problems and it still passed inspection. It is a good thing your Dad is on the job now to get you fixed up. I would really make those guys that did the hack job at the last shop know what Shoe macks they are.
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Wow.. You live in Pa. I grew up in Pittsburgh area. I became a licensed State inspection mech back in 83. I now live in Fl. That car went through 11 owners? was the car always in Pa? All those problems and it still passed inspection. It is a good thing your Dad is on the job now to get you fixed up. I would really make those guys that did the hack job at the last shop know what Shoe macks they are.
10 registered title owners; I'm the 11th. And he's never going to be anyone else's

Yeah, dad and I are having fun (after lots of frustration and busted knuckles lol) working on the car. I wish it hadn't cost this much, but it could always be worse!

I haven't heard a word from that other shop since I picked it up that day. No "how's the car", "hope you like your wheels and tires", nothing.
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On to better things

I hope all is well now and driving your car is a pleasure. I guess your Dad's friends need a good what for at that shop. The thing is it probably won't even matter cause it will go in one ear and out the other. Get some paint on those nails and go cruise...
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Thanks We had a lot of fun this weekend.

I'm still hearing a strange sound coming from the right rear side when driving. I think it may be a wheel bearing and dad agrees. We're gonna have to check that out next time I come up.

Dad is having his co-worker look at the wiring to get the gauge and fog lights fixed, probably next weekend, and he is also going to see about getting the exhaust mounted a little better at a shop he knows that only does tires and exhaust. I think that's the place that does dyno runs as well. The exhaust does hang low but that's just how it is, I guess? But it would be nice to have a little more clearance. The dealership shop did the best they could, and it doesn't look bad by any means, but dad thinks it could be better.



I still have to put the seat belt guides in; I ordered the driver's side one on eBay and the passenger side one was in the trunk for some reason. I was lucky and got the same color so they match. The seat belt attaches to the floor via a torx screw so I'll have to see if dad has the right one for removing that. The guides don't have the little slit cut in them to slip the seat belt in through so I have to take the bottom part off.

I also got the grille insert; it popped right in like it was supposed to. Harlock looks way better with his "dentures" in lol.





I also put a new Wix air filter in.



Before I do anything paint-wise I was considering replacing the front and rear bumper covers...In the first photo you can see, on the left, the end of a huge crack that you can see through in the rear bumper. The front has some serious road rash:



Not only that but all the lower body panels have rivet holes from the ground effects kit it used to have.
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Whoops, didn't mean to double-post.
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Whoops, didn't mean to double-post.
The exhaust tips should be closer to the body (rear bumper cover ) though.


The torx bit size for the bottom seatbelt mount is a T50
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I think the exhaust was mounted lower than normal because it had a ground effects kit on it. Dad said they had a good fight getting the new setup mounted, and that's the best they could do, which is way better than what was on there, so I don't blame them. He will ask that tire/exhaust shop about getting it mounted higher.

Thanks for the info on the torx bit!
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Looks like it's coming along nicely! I think the front grille insert makes the front end look nicer than before
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The exhaust is still to low even for a RS style car. The factory ground effects are only about an 1" to 1.5" in length down.

My factory 97 RS and even my V8 have always had 2 hangers, one on the driver's side which I see that you have and one for the passenger tail pipe that I see is missing. Loosen the clamp on the mid pipe to muffler connection, have someone hold it up and then clamp it down or tack it in place. You may have to heat up your hangers and bent them a bit to.

Nice to see its coming along. Running the monroe econo's shocks? Not a bad shock, but the only shock I remember ever getting that is blue.
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Once the lighting issue is fixed that SHOULD be the end of the mechanical woes. We're going to take a look at the right rear wheel bearing(?) because we think it might be making a little noise. We will see. It might be in the car's best interest to just get a good condition rear end assembly from another car and put all of it in at once. Dad can get one for under $200, he says. From what I have read, the rear ends on these cars are pretty weak and many of them fail.

I asked my dad about getting the car detailed/dents and scratches taken care of, and he is going to have it done by the guy who runs the detail shop at his dealership. He is also going to see if the indy contractor they hire for dent fixes can remove the dents on it. It only had two "bad" dents so it shouldn't be that bad. There are some rock chips on the hood so we'll have to sand those down and seal/primer them.

I'm thinking (it's not in the budget) of getting one of these custom gauge boards; 6LE makes nice ones, I think they're a lot nicer looking than the stock ones. The stock gauge board is tinted and it gives off that lovely light green and orange on the needles...yuck. Not only that but if dad's GM technician friend is going to be looking at the wiring, they might have to remove the dash and stuff anyway. I really have no idea what the issue might be that's causing the gauges and fogs to not work but my best guess is the wiring harness in the steering column.

I like the red but since I plan on getting the car done in green/blue, I'm not sure what color would look best. Black, I would imagine...

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They actually have a sale right now where you get the gauge faces, HVAC, Headlight Switch Panel and Shift Plate panels all for $200. Regularly just the gauge faces are $200...hmm...
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