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Old 22 Mar 2021, 03:31 pm
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Yesterday...
Spent a couple of hours cleaning the Panel PT.
After the 2 long stays at the shops, and repainting......
She was pretty dusty, with lots of polishing compound in the door jams.
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Today, I got rained out of playing golf.
So, I thought that I get ahead of the game on a few little details on the Panel Cruiser.

There were a few door edge paint chips on both colors, and two small areas of paint peel rounding into the door jams. Used the body shop paint for touch ups.

Then, Installed the new LED, slightly smoked tail lights.
This time, they were a darn good fit.
In my spare time this summer, I will try to crack apart the old ones to see if I can clean up the fogginess inside the lenses.




Then, I removed the brushed stainless pedal pads, and installed a new blue, body color matching set of covers.
**I have almost always liked having matching body color pedal covers.




***I know that occasionally there are folks looking for the brushed stainless or aluminum pedal covers.
*So, if anyone wants my old ones, they will be free, except shipping.


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Ordered a new set of lowering spring from Germany; H&R; 1.5 inches up front.
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Old 18 Apr 2021, 09:52 pm
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OK!
So this weekend, I learned why my fav dealer charged me $300 to put my OEM spring back in my "Slammed" front end!


I received my H&R Springs order early this week.
I will delay installing the rears, as I have a new set of rubber isolators coming. The ones I have now are Red Urethane, that will go with the red Super Slammer set that I will sell.
The H&Rs are from German, are progressive rate springs, and will only lower the front end 1 1/2 inch. Thus, avoiding all the scraping that I have been doing with the already lowered Pteazer Smoothie bumper.

It was one of those projects, that if anything could go wrong, it did.
And going after extra parts, like the Monroe shocks that did not come with new bump stops or boot.

Then as I was manhandling the knuckle with a crow bar, I broke on end of the ABS sensor on the hub too. But it was easily fixable.

By the time I got done, I was pretty proficient, and could do it in my sleep.
A dangerous thing with spring compressor loaned from Autozone!
But their two compressor kit was extra easy to use.

The driver's side went fairly easy, although deliberate and slow.

But boy did I have trouble with the passenger side front.
I could not seem to get the bolts on the upper top hat and bearing to fit into the holes in the engine bay.
By the time I took it apart the second time, I had lost my orientation on the spring end, as well as my confidence.

**As it turns out, the problem was nothing more than my allowing the shaft and top hat bearing plate to drift off center as I was releasing the spring compressors.
So, on the passenger side the 3rd time was the charm!
I went slowly and deliberately releasing the compression and holding the shock shaft precisely in the center of the top hat.
Thus, it went to place relatively easy.

What I did notice was, that the top bearing plate that my dealer replaced the last time, the bolts that reach upwards into the engine compartment are at least a quarter of an inch shorter.

Test drove, and drove all afternoon...was great!
I did not get a good answer from anyone about the "clock" orientation of the spring end.
One person told me that it was of no consequence.
But, the close up pictures of the new ones on the web had the lower spring end at the front end - most forward position.
The top hat, since the OEM rubber isolator has a depression for the top spring end, is thus determined. There was a white line there. But the end fits the depression. Most of the aftermarket rubber isolators I see are generic flat, with no depression for a spring end.

Here's 2 quick pictures I took this afternoon of the 1 1/2 inch front end lowering.



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glad you got it figured out! Looks good.

I have H&R springs in mine, wanted the same drop front and rear, as l like the slightly raked look.
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