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I'm transferring my build over here too.

I'm getting the car for next to nothing but it needs some work. So far I have replaced both front control arms and sway bar links. I'm redoing all of the front end (P/S pump, racl etc.) The sway bar bushing look swollen, so those are going to be ordered too. I'm hearing a slight "clunk" when I throw it in to reverse which I believe is either a bushing on the rearend or the flex bushing on the drive shaft. The carrier bearing is new, so I don't think that's it.
The car has 209k on it. I'm also going to be ordering new plugs. Service the trans and rearend.
I have a fair amount of cosmetic work too. I need to order clips and mounts for both bumpers. Plus the side skirts.
If anyone has some input on where to find the niknack stuff, let me know. Or anything else I should dive into before I put it back on the road. I also want to replace the wheels. Either a factory style set of 18s or some decent aftermarket ones.
Here's the car. You can see the front bumper hanging low and the rear bumper is pushed forward almost 2 inches.
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More of the front.
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She needs a bath very badly.
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I plan on doing shocks and struts but I'm going to hold off until I decide to keep or sell it. I really want a manual E46 coupe. If I keep it, I'll put bags on it or drop another inch or so.

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Got a bunch of parts in. Everything went well until I got to replacing the power steering pump. I messed up by ordering a 2000 pump instead of a 1999. But the rack, reservoir and tie rod end are in. I'll probably have to drop the rack back out too. My alignment was way off and used pretty much all the adjustment I had in the passenger side. Easy fix though. Just drop the rack a little, undo the steering coupler and adjust the rack.



Also, it seems the speedo isn't working. It's an auto. Any tips to figure out why? I'll of course be searching the site.

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They sent me the wrong power steering pump. Got that all squared away now. Went ahead and put a new one on instead of a remanufactured. Finally got to go drive the car. Engine still has a good bit of pep left in it. But I also discovered more issues that need addressing. Needs shocks and struts bad. I also have a clunk up front, I guess it might be a strut mount. I also have oil leaking from the front of the engine somewhere and of course the valve cover is leaking.


Old pump

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New pump :)

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It has been a while since I updated this. Lets see about progress.


Fixed rear bumper cover.

New brakes all four corners.

New rack from rack doctor. (A1 cardone blew at 50 miles)

New P/S pump.

New front control arms.

New front sway bar links.

New center support bearing.

New OFH gasket.

New valve cover gasket.

New outer tie rod ends.

New struts and strut mounts.

New shocks and shock mounts.

Currently replacing the CCV system, intake mani gaskets and the intake elbows.


New grille

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Lawn mower has a cup holder, why not the vacuum?

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Getting started on the second rack...

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Did the brakes at the same time.

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A1 cardone vs Rack doctor. Initial build quality is much better.

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Balls deep in this ccv crap.

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One of the bigger issues I found in the ccv system.

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New part installed on intake.

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Once I get this done, all I should need is a proper alignment. Then it's on to making the audio right.

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Making a mess.


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Got the three way **** going. I'm only using the the front channels on the 200.4 for now.


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I need to figure out what do with the fog lights. They don't match now.


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I'll clean the wires up when I figure out what I'm doing for subs.

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All cleaned up.


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The stock wire inside the car.


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Stock and upgraded.


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These are all crimped with my 16ton crimpers.

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Hows looks under hood.


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Mocking up the rear deck.


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The other side.


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Using some PL 3x that I had laying around. I will also screw them to the rear deck.


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Some of the sheet metal I cut out.


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Stupid oversized wire.


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From the back. You won't see the ugly unless you crouch down.


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Lots of clean up to do.


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Upgraded the RTAB to some poly bushings. Huge improvement but I need an alignment again.


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The front bumped needed some adjusting since the previous owner bottomed it out a few times.


Before


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After


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I know it's not huge, but it's a big difference too me.

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Just some mechanical updates. I was getting an annoying clunk in the rear dude some failed bushings on differential. So I have to drop the exhaust, the diff, the drive shaft and a few other things.


I'm also replacing a few other parts while I'm in there.



Dropping the exhaust.

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Got the diff out. Worst part was unbolting the axles.

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Needs new u-Joints too.

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Long ass exhaust.

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Yea, I would say it was a bit wore out.


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The main culprit for the clunk. The whole diff could move almost a 1/2" I'm replacing it with a poly bushing.

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I'm liking the progress man. tuned in 4 sure!


On 1/4/2013 at 9:31 PM, HatersGonnaHate said:

Wow. 184 posts and I think you're a fucking asshole.

Josh

06 Crew Cab F-150 FX4, loaded

03 F250 CCSB, 7.3 auto

04 Cadillac CTS-V ls6 m6

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The more work I do on the car, the more I far in love with it. Everything is coming together and I'm very happy so far.


This was on the way to the SEC championship game. I had to snap a pic of this sexy bitch.


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I have undergone another project. The car wasn't reaching full operating temperature so I knew it needed a t-stat. Well, on automatic cars, you have to take out the clutch fan and shroud. So I decided it was good time to do a water pump and why not do an electric fan conversion? I also found that the radiator was not mounted properly, so I addressed that as well.


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Don't mind the cheap head lights. They're getting some attention soon. Pulled the front bumper off the help set the radiator and remove the old pusher fan.


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As you can see, the clearance isn't quite there. I also installed an aluminum W/P pulley, the plastic pos had a chip in it.


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Pusher fan tossed aside.


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