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PostSubject: New to me '96   Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:17 am

Lets make a sort list to get my posts up. rabbit

I purchased a Buick RMW this weekend with 56k on it, no rust, never driven in the salt.

The short list:
Lumbar switch not working
Horn not working
3rd brake light out
some interior bulbs are out
All easy I bet.

Large oil leak from the back of the motor. I need to investigate that before I jump to any conclusions.

See you in the garage.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:04 am

Welcome!

Sounds like you found yourself a nice wagon.

As for the oil leak, check the bolts on the valve covers. The rear ones are a known problem, especially on the passenger side.

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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:34 pm

silverfox103 wrote:
Welcome!

Sounds like you found yourself a nice wagon.

As for the oil leak, check the bolts on the valve covers.  The rear ones are a known problem, especially on the passenger side.

Tom C.

If the car has an oil cooler,. where the adapter bolts to the block is a problem leak too,.

DO NOT use aftermarket gaskets to fix it,. use genuine GM,.
somewhere there's a whole thread on the reasons why,. (it should be a sticky,.)
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:17 pm

Welcome, pics?
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:04 am

Welcome aboard!
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:02 am

Dutch Pete wrote:
Welcome, pics?

Looks like I have to wait 7 days for photo's and PM's.

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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:24 am

Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:33 pm

We had a rare 50 degree day, so I washed the new rig.


Then put it on the lift to check out my oil leak/s.
It fits.


mostly.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:02 pm

the pic with the bumper sticking out is funny. the rear brake light if it is not the bulb chck the terminals at the tailgate to see if u have pwr. if you do the contact on the lift handle can get pretty bad with rust around the plate that holds the handle on the glass
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:00 pm

mtrhead79 wrote:
the rear brake light if it is not the bulb chck the terminals at the tailgate to see if u have pwr. if you do the contact on the lift handle can get pretty bad with rust around the plate that holds the handle on the glass

I got the brake light working. Ended up buffing the tin off down to the brass. The tin plating was completely black. Now I need to get some dielectric grease to cover the brass contact.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:05 pm

On the lift I noticed a few other things that need attention.
The tranny lines are wet. Is this some sort of connection mid-line?


Starter is covered in oil.


The oil filter housing and the level switch on the pan are leaking.


Both shocks are leaking.




Add it to the list.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:29 am

as nick stated get gm gaskets for the oil filter adapter
otherwise you will do it again
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:57 am

Sprocket wrote:
as nick stated get gm gaskets for the oil filter adapter
otherwise you will do it again

Just ordered a bunch of O.E. parts from Nalley parts down in GA.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:15 pm

Cool you have a lift in your garage. (still on my wish list) Otherwise there's still a lot of work to do, but a nice looking wagon it is.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:40 pm

did you buy it from the guy in Brossard with 6 wagons ?
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:07 pm

looks like a nice wagon.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:34 pm

jasonlachapelle wrote:
did you buy it from the guy in Brossard with 6 wagons ?

No.
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PostSubject: Committed now   Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:23 pm





Still not to the cap & Rotor. That thing is buried! Debating replacing the intake gasket. I'm so deep into it now.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:00 am

Nice looking wagon you have a great looking garage there.....Jeff
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:52 pm

"The tranny lines are wet. Is this some sort of connection mid-line?"

Based on the location, that looks like oil cooler line.

"as nick stated get gm gaskets for the oil filter adapter
otherwise you will do it again"

I've had good luck with the fel-pro set so far.

Never really determined where my oil leak came from. Looks similar to what you got there. I just pull the engine and resealed it all. I replaced the oil cooler lines with a dorman set, but it came with the individual gaskets, not the single that others had issue with. No leaks thus far
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:49 pm

Made some progress today. Oil pan and new gasket are installed, lowered the motor and hooked up the motor mounts. Also pulled the knock sensors to drain the dex-mess out of the block. Need to flush the block next.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:34 pm

The 'to do list' is getting pretty short.





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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:16 am

Looking good....
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:00 pm

Last bolt went in tonight. Need to pick up a battery in the morning and fire it up.



Lots of parts dumped in this project.
Opti, coil, wires, plugs, water pump, timing cover seals, oil pan gasket, filter adapter gaskets, cooler lines, knock sensors, valve cover gaskets, oil fill tube, breather hose, dip stick, Serp belt tensioner bearing, fan belt, Vacuum hose, power steering supply hose, air cleaner.  Did I miss anything?  Oh yeah, rear seal and tranny service up next. I really want to get it started before I step off that cliff.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:25 pm

Sounds like you have everything covered except it looks like you filled the windshield washer jug with antifreeze! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:40 am

Some of the bug cleaning washer stuff is green, hope that is what it is.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:14 am

That is the po's fluid. That's about the only thing I haven't removed at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:13 pm

Slow down! Youre making some us look bad....lol
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PostSubject: Bingo!   Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:34 pm

New battery this morning and it fired right up! Always nice when a project this large wraps up so nicely.
If we ever get temps above 40 I'll pull it out, bleed the cooling system and steering pump.
Then see if my rear main is leaking. geek
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:16 pm

Everything is back together and running great.  Off to get tires and an alignment in the morning.


The paint waxed up nicely.


The bay cleaned up well.

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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:35 am

Road ready yet?
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sat May 02, 2015 9:45 am

Andebe wrote:
Road ready yet?

Oh yeah. Nice to get to drive it. I have put about 350 miles on it. Running great. Heading to Carlisle PA next weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sat May 02, 2015 10:33 am

I hope you cleaned that nasty Throttle Body.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sat May 02, 2015 6:39 pm

What was the issue with the horn? i had to pull the fuse on mine as it wouldnt stop blowing one day. if i pushed on a certain place on the edge of the airbag/horn pad it would stop,thankfully i was close to home.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Sun May 03, 2015 9:30 am

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What was the issue with the horn? i had to pull the fuse on mine as it wouldnt stop blowing one day. if i pushed on a certain place on the edge of the airbag/horn pad it would stop,thankfully i was close to home.

The vinyl cover shrunk up a little. The right button was on all the time. I just unplugged it.
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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Thu May 07, 2015 8:36 pm

Picked this up today... now I just need to get the show car worthy to ride on the trailer.



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PostSubject: Re: New to me '96   Thu May 07, 2015 9:59 pm

Those look nice together!
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