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#41 3sev3n

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 03:36 PM

dhp12366 where did you get those rods from or off?
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#42 MoNkEyT88

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 05:16 PM

Here is a great site regarding DIY coil overs. It shows instructions, and where you can buy the parts to DIY.

http://www.geocities...er/coilover.htm

#43 dhp123166

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:51 PM

Aircraft surplus store. There's one in So.Cal's beautiful San Fernando valley.

Maybe there is one near you!!!

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:31 PM

sweet thanks man
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#45 Magnum380Z

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 11:25 AM

Maybe someone has already mentioned this ,Start with a rust-free as possible Project. I think it would definantely keep you on a better budget, just my .02 cents

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 02:29 PM

Thats true magnum I got the rust problem and its tuff to tackle on a budget!
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:27 PM

Just ran into this one today: cylinder head temp sensor "went bad", i.e. was reading 7k+ ohms at 90+F ambient, super-rich, fouled plugs, etc.. Cleaned up the pins, same; got out some 800 grit and polished up the sensor end and it suddenly started working fine. Oddly, now my injectors aren't clicking really loud like they used to - they aren't audible at all. Really messed up my shifting.

Tip: never underestimate the power of cleaning a part, even if it seems like it shouldn't affect anything.

#48 3sev3n

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 03:02 PM

I dont know how good this is but, I got some new sofas and my doors were old and faded by the sun. So when I threw out my old couches I cut the vinyl from the backs and the foam and wraped my doors it turned out ok and looks alot better than before.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 08:01 AM

Urethane bushings used on skateboard trucks will work on sway bar endlinks.

They are cheaper than aftermarket and available in different durometers...

#50 Oddmanout84

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 09:44 AM

Aircraft surplus store. There's one in So.Cal's beautiful San Fernando valley.

Maybe there is one near you!!!



Hahaha! I remember those! Those are push pull rods from our flight control systems... So that's where they go when we throw them out...

#51 dhp123166

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 08:16 AM

Those rods are awesome!! What do they say? Refurbish, reuse, recycle?

I am doing my part to be green!!!

#52 3sev3n

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 02:39 PM

ttt
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 02:59 PM

I cant believe nobody has stated this or at least I havent read it. Its a huge money saver!!!! its called.....





















LEAVING IT STOCK!!!!!!!!
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:11 PM

Yeah thats the easiest thing to do... :) Now off to keep buying/installing more of my expensive aftermarket suspension...
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#55 m4xwellmurd3r

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 05:23 PM

I cant believe nobody has stated this or at least I havent read it. Its a huge money saver!!!! its called.....





















LEAVING IT STOCK!!!!!!!!


I dunno, you can spend a LOT of money leaving it stock. NOS dash? Rare stock parts that no one has anymore? lol you get the idea.

best thing you can do. Find the most rust free car you can, WITHOUT any electrical problems. Even if the engine is shot, it saves you a TON of money and headaches. I know this personally haha. My 78 has a perfect body, 90-99% of the wiring harness has never been messed with (pulled up the carpet and gutted the interior, and ALL of the body's harness was still taped to the floor, with 30 year old duct tape) The engine has some issues to work out, but you know what? At least I don't have to hunt down a Phantom Short!

After spending time looking at the situation rationally, I decided that owning a fuel burning engine that has a rated life of about 3 miles would be a stupid move. So this afternoon I sent my pal a check for $1350.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:18 PM

Leave everything in the packaging UNTILL you are ready to install. I've always had the "ooo new shiny thing, lets open it" mentality. Also lost a lot of part/tools that way. Or you can be organised :P
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#57 3sev3n

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:52 PM

I found a half a cup cut out some plastic to fit it and bam got a cup holder now and this is my door that I wraped in sofa vinyl not the best but Im on a budget you know?

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:54 PM

I like the cupholder. Another member did something similar but with fg. Im planning to do the same thing you did.
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:35 PM

not the best but Im on a budget you know?


Thats the whole idea of this thread. thanks for showing pics!
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 08:36 AM

Living in a home where you're not paying the bills (i.e. shacking up with the parentals until you finish your project). :mparty::rockon:




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