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Old 13 Jan 2021, 03:48 pm
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Default SOOO BIG's latest projects.

Aubrey re-painted SOOO BIG's bumpers, right front fender and hood. Balance of finished restored with clay-bar.
Re-chroming project completed with re-installation of 3/8" chrome trim, re-positioned to clear the hood emblem.
When project done last Friday we discover starter inoperative.
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Monday, flat bed transport to trusted mechanic Anwar for start up fix and other issues.
Fuel filler neck pinched during earlier fuel pump installation.
Clunking noise over bumps. It's been there for years.

Good news.
It wasn't the starter but a bad fuse under hood.
The fuel filler neck was easily unkinked. So far I'm gettin' off cheap.

Fixing the clunk was more extensive.
Replaced inner tie rod ends (MOOG), rear shocks (Monroe) , control arm ball joint assemblies (MOOG) and realignment.
SOOO BIG rides and handles better than ever. Unfortunately, clunk's still there
Anwar will find cause and correct.



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Old 13 Jan 2021, 05:46 pm
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Cool Re: SOOO BIG's latest projects.

Lookin good Price!

Glad to hear it's driving good now too.
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Old 17 Jan 2021, 10:15 am
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SOOO BIG's driver's side seat height adjust not working.
Hadn't used it in over a year.
Checked dash box fuse. Yellow 20 amp at position 4. OK.
Removed under seat storage drawer to checked visible plugs.
Located behind front of lower seat frame and height motor. OK.

Removed driver's seat side plate. Activator switch plug disconnected.
Reconnected, driver's side seat height adjust re-functioning.
Apparently plug pulled loose when driver's seat storage drawer was
overstuffed hooking plug wires.

Conversely, driver's seat was set at the highest setting.
Readjusted to lowest setting created a bit more leg room,
better knee clearance under the steering wheel and
easier egress and exiting for this old geezer.


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Cool Vanilla White, 3 Coats. 2.4 DOHC 16V SMPI Eng. Vanity Cover, 4 Spd. Auto Trans. 2.6 Overall Top Gear, Lock-up Torque Converter. PT Chrome Clad 16" X 6" Wheels, P205/55 R16 Cooper Starfire/Solarus tires, Touring Suspension. Chrome Package; Side Spears, Grills, Fuel Filler Door, Door Locks, Handles, PRND3-1 Bezel, Silver/Chrome Shift Ball/Knob, Tail Lights, 3/8" Belt Trim, 5 piece bumper trim, Leather tilt steering wheel, Cruise Control, Power Mirrors, A/C, Deep Tinted Sun Screen Glass, Power Moon Roof, Fog and Back-Up Lights, Rear Spoiler, Variable Front Wipers W/Washers, Rear Wiper/Washer, Key less Entry, Replacement 2001 Dark Taupe Grey Suede/Leather Trim Seats, Dual Seat Storage Drawers, Drivers Side Power Seat Height Adjust. Full Length Console, Locking Glove Box, Overhead Temperature/Compass Console, Rear Shelf Panel, AM/FM CD GPS Navigation Radio, 6 Premium Speakers, Back up Camera/ 7" Monitor.

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Old 21 Jan 2021, 08:35 am
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SOOO BIG still suffering from CLUNKitis.
Back to mechanic's for road test. As we hit the gutter, "CLUNK!" Anwar said,
"We'll have to adjust the right control arm bushing a bit. Up on the rack."
After a few adjustments and road tests with out success,
Anwar decided the "new" MOOG control arm/bushing assembly had to be replaced.
Done, tested. OK. NO MORE CLUNK.

PT parts are now at best NOS. I can understand why the first control arm/bushing assembly wasn't a fix.
Especially rubber bushings on a shelf over a decade.

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Cool Vanilla White, 3 Coats. 2.4 DOHC 16V SMPI Eng. Vanity Cover, 4 Spd. Auto Trans. 2.6 Overall Top Gear, Lock-up Torque Converter. PT Chrome Clad 16" X 6" Wheels, P205/55 R16 Cooper Starfire/Solarus tires, Touring Suspension. Chrome Package; Side Spears, Grills, Fuel Filler Door, Door Locks, Handles, PRND3-1 Bezel, Silver/Chrome Shift Ball/Knob, Tail Lights, 3/8" Belt Trim, 5 piece bumper trim, Leather tilt steering wheel, Cruise Control, Power Mirrors, A/C, Deep Tinted Sun Screen Glass, Power Moon Roof, Fog and Back-Up Lights, Rear Spoiler, Variable Front Wipers W/Washers, Rear Wiper/Washer, Key less Entry, Replacement 2001 Dark Taupe Grey Suede/Leather Trim Seats, Dual Seat Storage Drawers, Drivers Side Power Seat Height Adjust. Full Length Console, Locking Glove Box, Overhead Temperature/Compass Console, Rear Shelf Panel, AM/FM CD GPS Navigation Radio, 6 Premium Speakers, Back up Camera/ 7" Monitor.

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Old 21 Jan 2021, 12:55 pm
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New project.
Left front splash shield's been discolored for years.
Decided to go with new inner fender liner with splash guard attached.
Ordered from CarParts.com


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Cool Vanilla White, 3 Coats. 2.4 DOHC 16V SMPI Eng. Vanity Cover, 4 Spd. Auto Trans. 2.6 Overall Top Gear, Lock-up Torque Converter. PT Chrome Clad 16" X 6" Wheels, P205/55 R16 Cooper Starfire/Solarus tires, Touring Suspension. Chrome Package; Side Spears, Grills, Fuel Filler Door, Door Locks, Handles, PRND3-1 Bezel, Silver/Chrome Shift Ball/Knob, Tail Lights, 3/8" Belt Trim, 5 piece bumper trim, Leather tilt steering wheel, Cruise Control, Power Mirrors, A/C, Deep Tinted Sun Screen Glass, Power Moon Roof, Fog and Back-Up Lights, Rear Spoiler, Variable Front Wipers W/Washers, Rear Wiper/Washer, Key less Entry, Replacement 2001 Dark Taupe Grey Suede/Leather Trim Seats, Dual Seat Storage Drawers, Drivers Side Power Seat Height Adjust. Full Length Console, Locking Glove Box, Overhead Temperature/Compass Console, Rear Shelf Panel, AM/FM CD GPS Navigation Radio, 6 Premium Speakers, Back up Camera/ 7" Monitor.

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Old 27 Jan 2021, 07:30 pm
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On line shopping unsuccessful.
Splash shield portion of replacement inner fender liner doesn't look original. Can't be used.

When contacted, carparts.com refunded full price of the inner fender liner, backed checked their stock and
told me not to bother with a return.

Just wanted to pass on, there's still honorable companies like carparts.com in auto parts.

Aberrant configuration of splash shield on replacement inner fender liner.
Thinner plastic, warped, unrolled edge. Unlike original.
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SOOO BIG's original discolored splash shield.
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Cool Vanilla White, 3 Coats. 2.4 DOHC 16V SMPI Eng. Vanity Cover, 4 Spd. Auto Trans. 2.6 Overall Top Gear, Lock-up Torque Converter. PT Chrome Clad 16" X 6" Wheels, P205/55 R16 Cooper Starfire/Solarus tires, Touring Suspension. Chrome Package; Side Spears, Grills, Fuel Filler Door, Door Locks, Handles, PRND3-1 Bezel, Silver/Chrome Shift Ball/Knob, Tail Lights, 3/8" Belt Trim, 5 piece bumper trim, Leather tilt steering wheel, Cruise Control, Power Mirrors, A/C, Deep Tinted Sun Screen Glass, Power Moon Roof, Fog and Back-Up Lights, Rear Spoiler, Variable Front Wipers W/Washers, Rear Wiper/Washer, Key less Entry, Replacement 2001 Dark Taupe Grey Suede/Leather Trim Seats, Dual Seat Storage Drawers, Drivers Side Power Seat Height Adjust. Full Length Console, Locking Glove Box, Overhead Temperature/Compass Console, Rear Shelf Panel, AM/FM CD GPS Navigation Radio, 6 Premium Speakers, Back up Camera/ 7" Monitor.

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Old 27 Jan 2021, 09:12 pm
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Drove SOOO BIG to a few Daytona Beach ocean side attractions and stopped back at Aubrey's.
When restarting, the same "no start" as a few weeks ago.
Checking fuses, as first time, but apparently it's a greater problem.
Another flat bed got SOOO BIG to mechanic.
Fortunately it didn't happen at one of the tourist traps where a flat bed couldn't maneuver.

Problem discovered next day. Ignition switch lock cylinder housing. Replaced.
Extensive electronic diagnosis and installation time. Total, parts/labor, $337.25.
Luckly SKIM module tests OK.

Once more on flat bed__________Switch cylinder housing ___SKIM module
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Thursday, 02/04/21, Aubrey'll refinish the discolored left
front splash guard with trim and bumper paint.
Photo when done.

Original discolored splash shield
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I drove SOOO BIG to a few Daytona Beach ocean side attractions and stopped back at Aubrey's.
When restarting I experienced the same "no start" that'd happened a few weeks ago.
We tried checking proper fuses, as was done the first time, but apparently it's a greater problem.
I ordered another flat bed to get SOOO BIG to mechanic.
Fortunately it didn't happen at one of the tourist traps where a flat bed couldn't maneuver.

Problem discovered next day. Ignition switch lock cylinder housing. Replaced.
Extensive electronic diagnosis and installation time. Total, parts/labor, $337.25.
Luckly SKIM module tests OK.

Once more on flat bed__________Switch cylinder housing ___SKIM module
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Ignition/key cylinder seems to be the cause of a lot of non- or faulty starts.
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Old 04 Feb 2021, 05:33 pm
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Left front splash shield repainted with Aubrey's rattle can solution.

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