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19 Oct 2023
I took the blower out of our 92 to replace it, and it appears that the blower cage is pressed on. I can see little, rusty, splines on the shaft, and no nut, nor threads for a nut. The replacement motor has a nut on the end to hold the cage on. I've hit the stud with PB Blaster and after sitting a while, tapped on it with a small hammer. No budge.

Is it really pressed on, and, if so, what's the trick for getting it off? Thanks.
15 Jun 2023
:set rant=ON

While chasing a rattle in the back of the B4C, I noticed that the rear bump stops had deteriorated. Much like the spats on our 86 SVO, they just fell to the floor of the shop in crumbly pieces. Looking around, I discovered that the poly replacement pieces require you to cut part of the mounting surface away from the body. Not willing to do that, this IS a mostly-stock B4C 1LE car, I opted to just use factory replacements.

It looks like Dorman is the only co that has anything that's not poly for the 3rd Gen, P/N 31068, so I ordered a pair of these, not cheap, repros. I decided today was the day to do that, and after getting the back end off the ground and the wheels off, went to work. Being a mostly unmolested Texas car, the bolts came off will little effort, albeit more than I wanted to do, given my current state of rehab from shoulder surgery. Anyway, I started to bolt the new ones in place, and the freaking bolt holes don't line up with the body!!!!! I verified the P/N, but sure enough, the bolt holes are about 1/8-3/16" off. After drilling the holes out to 1/2" and slotting them with my die grinder, I got them on the car.

I'm really p1ssed that these things pass off as OEM replacements. It's not like I'm trying to fab a part for some rare, odd car. I can't wait to get my 'we'd love you to review your purchase' email from the reseller!!! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif)

The rattle, BTW, was a mis-assembled rear sway bar end link. I don't remember when, or who did the work, it was certainly me, with, or without help. Who knows. It's all better now. THAT sh1t fit!

:set rant=OFF
2 Jan 2021
I keep having to move this thing around the shop, and am thinking about selling it. It's a VFN 4-1/2" lift off hood. We had panels where the light doors are on a factory car molded to the front corners so it's one piece from the bumper to the windshield. It was a lift-off, with Dzus fasteners added along the leading- and side-edges of the hood. It was painted a mat black, and was only used about a year before we went with a mid-range intake manifold so the intake and carb would fit under a lower hood. It's still in pretty good shape, except for the mods we did for our specific applicaton.

I do have a box, so shipping might not be a big deal, but I'd still expect it to have to go freight just because of size. Heck, the box probably weighs more than the hood, but it would probably only fit in the largest of UPS/FedEx trucks. I'm figuring a couple of hundred plus shipping would be about right, but it will have to be for a special car. Note that it is NOT CP-legal. Thoughts?

In case anyone was wondering what it looks like. Here it is resting on top of our SVO. Kind of dusty, but cleans up nicely. The closeup picture shows how the headlight lid areas are closed up.


Close up:

27 Aug 2017
Holy waterworks, Batman!! This stupid Harvey can GTFO, as far as I'm concerned!!! Friday and yesterday weren't too bad, some rain, some wind, but last night, after Harvey had collapsed into a TD, the rains started falling. We got about 12" in a 2.5-3 hour period last night. The yards filled, as they normally do, but it just kept coming. Finally, the water reached the weep holes in the first course of brick around the house, and started coming in around 1130 last night. We frantically moved stuff out of our office, which was formerly a formal livingroom, which in true 1970's fashion, is sunken. So there was the opportunity for the thing to fill to at least 6", or so. That's not so bad, except the UPS is on the bottom shelf of my 'server rack' that's in the office, and that makes the base at about 5" above the floor. Yikes!

So I shut everything down and unplugged the UPS and wrestled that beast out of the office to a safer place. We got a total of about 1/4-3/8" of water in 5 of our rooms, and then things slowed down some. After the water receded some, the water in the bedrooms actually drained. We still had some cleanup to do in the office, and have finally dried the floor from that.

We'll still need to remove the carpet from the dining room, and will, no doubt, have to replace some drywall, but so far, we've been lucky. The storms are far from over, though, so we're watching and worrying. But H0ly FSCK, we've never seen this much rain!! Our rain gauge is showing 12.3" of rain over the last 24 hours, and other rain gauges in the area have recorded more than 27". There are still water rescues going on as people cut themselves out of their attic and call for help from their roofs. It's bad here, all over the Houston area.

The garage got about 2" in it, so there'll be some lovely cleanup going on there in the next few days. We haven't been able to get out to the shop to check on the status there, but it's about another 2-3" higher elevation, so fingers crossed things are okay there. There's still 2-3' of water between us and the shop, so we'll have to wait a while before we can go check it out. Sadly, our tallest vehicle, or GMC, is stuck out in the shop, so we're pretty much stranded here for the next couple of days.

But just wow!
6 Jul 2016
As some may know, my wife and I are part of a crew that puts on a commercial fireworks display at a local country club. We have been doing it for about 15 years, or so, and are both Pyrotechnical Technician license holders. (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/2thumbs.gif) We started back in the late 1990's when one of the members of an Impala SS club we belonged to revealed that he did that kind of work, and if anyone wanted to help, it's about the most fun you can have with your pants on. Back then, the show was 'manual'. We'd start the afternoon with augering holes in the ground to set some steel pipes of several different diameters (usually 3" to 6"). Once that was done, and it got dark, we'd load the shells into the tubes, and light them off with a road flare. TONs of fun when you're standing beside a 6" steel pipe sitting in the ground, and the shell launches into the air, then exploding about (hopefully) 600 feet directly over your head! Crazy, fun stuff, although we have come home with holes burned in our clothes, but still fun.

At that site, a county park, we'd make a club event of it. There'd be 20-30 Impala SSs, we'd bring grills and have a club picnic while we set up the event. Then, since the cars were too close, would 'caravan' the cars out to a safe distance and get to the show (probably 500' away). We ended up with just about the entire crew from the local fire station join us for food, and support. Great fun!

Anyway, the shows are now 'electronic'. That is, we have a trailer that has ABS tubes mounted in a bed of sand. We load ALL of the tubes, wire them to a circuit bar, then run cables from each circuit bar to the controller panel. When it gets dark, we roll the trailer out into a field, cable it up, cable any extra 'cakes' they have purchased, and set them off with the touch of a little battery power to the right contact on the control board. You're still nearly under the shells when they go off, but we're probably 100' away from the tubes. It's safer, and the work is different, and while fun, the big adrenaline rush is not quite there..... unless one goes off short, or flies overhead, which we've had before.

Anyway, pictures are worth 1000 words, so here's some pictures of the setup and the event:


The trailer, loaded, wired and rolling out to the site. Since we do this at a country club, we usually load and wire the trailer under the cover where the greenskeepers are and roll the trailer out to one of the fairways, or green. Yes, all the quotes from the movie 'Caddyshack' are said as we get ready.

BTW: 10,000#+ trailer, V10 turbodiesel Tuareg FTW!!


Our truck loaded up with the 'cakes', which are pre-packaged shells that will go off serially at one time. This year they used mostly 3" and 4" cakes. the 3" cakes had 25 shells in each pack, and the 4" shells held 9. They don't seem to be as strong as the individual shells, but, again, we're probably 100' away, so the whole thing seems tame now.


The cakes set up on the fairway, wired and ready to go.


The control console in the foreground, trailer and cakes connected and ready to go. The console only has about 20 ports on it, and we typically have 35-40 cables, so we're shuttling cables back and forth during the show.


Looking down one side of the trailer, all wired up. The big tube is for the 6" diameter shells. The shells go up about 100' per inch in diameter.


Another shot of the trailer. Wired and ready to rumble. (IMG:http://www.frrax.com/rrforum/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

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