Another day working on the 70

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Finishing up the details of the wiring

After working hard and getting the whole lawn done yesterday  I spent the day of me time doing some finishing details of the new wiring. Mostly terminating the front light harness. I put a terminal block in the trunk and that will join the trunk wiring to the main harness. And a bit of under-dash cleanup is in order after this all gets finished.

And since I wasn’t sure about some things so I called on my observant assistant , Scarecrow. He decided to help.

How can he help you ask? He did a “cat scan”!

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After his assistance things went along smoothly. He suggested a couple of wiring rearranging and we should be good to go. It’s getting closer every day. And if Scarecrow sticks with me it should go a lot better. That’s it for today.

And so after sharing a well deserved steak dinner with Faye Dean it is time to relax, water all the plants, sit here and chill on the patio with some Eric Clapton cranking on the music box. Nice!

Hope your day went well. Later!

 

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

ScarecrowIs ReadyToGo

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!

 

 

HHR power steering is fixed …

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but the exhaust is toast!

Power Steering Assist Motor

The oem GM power steering assist motor which I acquired last week went in without a problem. The only sidebar for the r&r is that the brackets under the dash are frickin sharp! Wear a glove! After “putting a little bit of myself” into the project and patching myself up, THEN putting on a glove, it all went very smoothly. Excellent!

EPS power assist motor

Now for the exhaust

Since I was already rummaging around on the HHR this morning I decided to do some discovery on a new woofing exhaust noise coming from the rear driver quarter. So after dragging out the trusty cardboard work cushion I scooted under that area but nothing appeared to be amiss. Then I went back to the muffler area. That revealed that the mid-mount pin had rotted off. Not a big issue since there is another at the muffler tail and it was intact. But not a good thing. On first viewing I did not see any other issues.

That’s when I decided to go ahead and start it up and see if I could pin it down. Once started the sound began. I crawled back under to locate this aggravating noise.  To make it easier to locate I put my hand over the exhaust outlet to make some back pressure. And that did it! It was bleeding out in a pair of sections but from UNDER the heat shielding that is welded to the tube. Not visible from a simple look. Time for a new exhaust system!

The exhaust system on the HHR is pretty much like any other late model system an a 1-piece welded system. But, sadly, it is not stainless. So it is replaced in pieces parts. I’m not fooling around and just making it all go away. After some quick web searching I was able to locate the needed numbers for the Walker replacement parts. #56154 Exhaust resonator and pipe / #21572 Muffler. Now with the numbers on hand I made a quick call to my local supplier and they are on their way and should be available in a couple of hours. I am sure the bolts on the converter flange are most likely crap. I will just chuck them put in some new SS hardware.

So I guess I have a afternoon job planned. First I will take break for breakfast with Faye Dean and then tackle the rest later on. Not a real big job just awkward. But with  a sawzall and some determination anything is possible! Right?! And , YES!, I will be wearing gloves!

 

 

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!

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

ScarecrowIs ReadyToGo

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!

 

 

PT Cruiser up in the air

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Faye deans' PT 2

Faye deans’ PT 2

Getting the PT on a lift to get a closer look at things

Today I was fortunate enough to catch a friend at his shop and he was gracious enough to let me use his hoist to get a better view of the under carriage of the PT. And it was enlightening.

What I found or didn’t find

On the initial glance around I was aware that whoever had worked on it just kinda didn’t bother to put any of the splash shields back on! Both inner liner pieces were missing along with the driver side lower shield. An most of the pinning had been left out. Asshats!

The first discovery was that the muffler had literally broken off at the mid pipe and was simply dangling by its’ mounts. And the mid pipe had issues at the seam to the head pipe. Duly noted. And the side bar issue was that it was bouncing and hitting the track bar so it was the source of the wicked clunking at the back.

And since I was there I turned my attention to the panhard assembly.  I gave the pivot assembly a pry and it was totally gonzo. Another common failure creating another annoying clunk in the rear. Noted!

Moving further forward there was no apparent damage to the power steering cooler attached to the K-member. But the glaring problem of the lower motor mount being gonzo was easily seen. Duly noted.

Then we came to the plumbing at the base of the radiator. It was drippy and wet and on further inspection it appears that the cause may actually be the seal on the servo mech immediately above it. Gravity 101. The car needs a trans service so once that is done I will see if the leak is still precisest. Meaning it is not coming from a pan leak. And then attack it as needed.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

With the inspection done it appears that a big bag of parts is in order. If I am lucky enough maybe Santa will get me what I need! Oh! Wait! I AM Santa Clause! So I guess a quick run at the web should give me a good idea of what this is going to cost “Santa”. I have already done some preliminary parts scouting and what was newly discovered I can rummage around some more.

I can do all of it myself but with winter finally settling in it may be off til spring. We will see. Well, consider yourself updated! More to come!