Squeaky Toy – Just a refreshing update

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If you haven’t seen Squeaky Toy in a while then here is your chance to see the project.

I have spent a lot of time trying to finish up the wiring on the 70. But I have been cleaning up a bunch of stuff as I go along. But this is just a batch of pics of the current state of repairs on this project. Enjoy!

More POWER STEERING calls on the HHR

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I had a couple more “POWER STEERING” calls on the HHR yesterday

So I guess a fix is in store

I got the first call back on May 20 and I got two more while I was out and about  yesterday, June 21. It appears that the problem has become chronic so a fix needs to be done ASAP. The call is a notification of a failure in the EPS [ Electronic Power Steering ] system. When it appears you instantaneously get full manual PS. Depending on when it happens it can be a bit surprising. There have already been a variety of recalls related to this failure on this family of vehicles. The quick and dirty temporary fix is a shut down and restart. That resets the fault. But it can, and will, return. The big fix is to simply replace the EPS motor.

What is EPS?

EPS [ Electronic Power Steering ] is used on a variety of GM vehicles and instead of the conventional fluid pump plumbed to the steering rack you have a high-torque motor plugged into the side of the steering column that actuates on-demand. No fluid involved. Simple and effective. Well … until it fails out!

Read More HERE

And a bit of research revealed that the normal mileage window for this failure is 60-70K. Right where I am at! The fix and R&R are actually very straight forward. A couple of 14mm bolts and a connector and that’s it! No adjusting needed. So a quick trip online to Amazon and I got a genuine GM replacement part [$68] ordered and on it’s way. I decided no rebuilt or aftermarket parts for this kind of part.

So I will wait for the new part to arrive and as soon as it gets here I will get it installed. I found the videos and watched them so it should be a simple see and do. They say about 30 minutes to fix. A pretty reasonable and easy fix for a a new car. Well .. 2006 is kinda new. Stay tuned!

Are you done yet?

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Scarecrow seems to be my biggest motivator lately!

He was watching very intently from the console as I was doing some wiring on the 70 today

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I have been playing catch up the last couple of days. Trying to figure out where I left off in the fall. I have a good idea where I am in the project now.

Scarecrow was pretty much on my shoulder the whole time I was working under the dash. I guess he is my quality monitor. I guess he thinks I need to get finished with the wiring ASAP! I did get a major portion of the dash wiring completed. All the under-dash gauge and gauge lighting wiring is done. Along with the engine gauge feeds. The stop light switch is plumbed. As is the turn signal switch.

The rear harness is in and now it is a matter of connecting the front and back turn signals in. As far as the running lights, sport lights and headlights they are all being plumbed to come on all at the same time. On or Off! That’s it! And I am opting out of high beams all together.  When was the last time you used them? I don’t. So this is easy.

So, after a day of writhing around on my back under the dash of the 70 I took a break and went out for a cruise on Woodward in the 65. It was about 4ish so Woodward was packed with rush hour traffic. But no biggie! I’ve done the Dream Cruise a time or two! So a nice go round from here at 9 mile up to 16 Mile and back down to 9 mile and I was relaxed and the 65 got some exercise.

Now is Captain Morgan time! A bit of Captain Morgan, some peanuts and a big bag of Eric Johnson on the music box. This is nice!

More later! See ya!

 

 

It’s Cruisin Time! Scarecrow Style!

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Time for getting the cars ready for the new cruise season is upon us!

And some of us can’t wait for the fun to begin

And while I do a lot of the prep work it appears that the fever has hit my furry buddies too! After a day of cleaning and tuning my watchful buddy, Scarecrow, made it very clear that it was all good and that we needed to hit the streets!

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It appears that while he may not be able to reach the pedals Scarecrow definitely has the window hang down solid! So the best I can say is “I’ll go grab the keys! We are heading out to cruise!”

Enjoy!

Just wingin it!

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Recoloring and refinishing my new wing

A color change for my HHR wing

On one of my recent forays to Parts Galore and Ryan’s U-Pick-It I came across an HHR with a factory wing. I went ahead and grabbed it off.  It was another color of course so after getting it home it needed a recolor. Not a real big deal so I got to it.

A quick rub down with some 360 and then a full wipe down with solvent it was ready for primer. The  rest was the normal prep and shoot with the matching body color. Then a couple of coats of clear and we are good to go.

Now I get to set up the wing to be bolted to the rear hatch. I will have to locate it on the door and drill the mount holes. And like most rear hatch units it is double paneled. So it will be a small task to locate the mount holes and drill the matching 1″ hole on the inside in order to bolt through the skin. But I will tackle that in the next few days if it decides to not rain. Fingers crossed.

Film at 11!

It’s just a pair of keys!

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Not parakeets …. a pair of keys!

Wun Tunn Zoop

Wun Tunn Zoop

It’s been a nagging concern of mine not having two keys for Wun Tun Zoop. Since I acquired the van I had two key fobs but only one key. Not having a backup is usually a bad idea. And in the case of my van it is a one-key system. All five locks are the same key. And the option of changing the whole five lock set was not only pricey, it was also a real pain in the neck mechanically. And then you can throw in the original key was a bit worn so it was at times a bit finicky when you tried to turn the ignition. Nothing earth-shaking just a bit of an annoyance. So I opted to just get a pair of new keys made.

So after over a year of running Wun Tun Zoop with only one key I decided this morning to fix that. So I went to the local GMC dealer, Suburban Buick GMC, just down the street in Ferndale, MI and had a pair of new keys made.

I must say that it was pretty much a quick and dirty order them and pay the man scenario. And the price was right. 11 dollars a key. And I noted, after the fact, that the parts guys apparently waived the usual 15 dollar “VIN access” fee for database access to the original key codes from GM. So the ultimate price was a paltry 22 dollars. Very nice of them. I really appreciate that. Thanx guys!

So now I have my two NEW keys and the oldie. The oldie will go in the safe and the new guys get to “hang out” on the key rack. Get it! HANG OUT!? Never mind. Later!

More Things To Do This Year!

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I have updated my Bob’s Garage Calendars with a bunch of new events!

There are lots of stuff going on throughout the summer cruise months. So feel free to browse through and see what catches your eye! I am already making my check marks on the ones I want to attend. Maybe I will see you there!

Bob’s Garage site

So … take a look!  Thanx!