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PostSubject: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:15 am



This car has been up on jack stands in my garage since August.  That has been both fun and frustrating, probably much more of the latter than the former.

Some of you here have offered me help when I have posted various questions along the way: thank you.  

Here is a list of what I can remember doing to the car since the summer:

New front rotors, pads, bearings, grease caps.
Fixed broken rollers on two windows so they actually work
Installed K&N filter, F-body elbow, "Home Depot" intake w/ Swiss cheese airbox
Deleted air intake "baffle" i.e. "home plate" and also "first base"
New power steering hoses
Cleaned and painted core support
New plugs, wires, high temp wire sleeving
Deleted AIR pump
Removed heat shields from exhaust manifolds; cleaned and painted them
Had three broken bolts in two cylinder heads fixed
Installed new exhaust manifold gaskets, stainless ARP manifold bolts
Degreased/painted parts of engine/accessories as I disassembled stuff for above work
Installed new intake gasket
Replaced ALL old rotten rubber vacuum lines with high temp silicone lines
Disassembled throttle body, cleaned in ultrasonic tank, reassembled with fresh gaskets
Wrapped EGR tube in high temp sleeving to protect back of intake manifold gasket
Sent fuel injectors to Witchhunter for complete rebuilding
Installed new stock replacement cats
After the cats, ran 2.5" mandrel bent Jegs/Heartthrob system
Removed rear bumper cover and bumper to clean, etch, and paint it
Installed new (hard-ish to find) gas tank straps w/new hardware
New fuel filter
New fuel pump and sending unit
New rear springs (Moog CC625 IIRC) and rubber insulators
New Gabriel front and rear shocks
Cleaned and painted swaybar and installed with new poly bushings and endlinks
Cleaned and painted accessible areas of floorpans to kill/retard rust creep
Removed stock air-shock air pump
Replaced oil adapter gasket to stop nasty leak
Oil change/installed new Fumoto drain valve

That's all I can think of.  I'm probably forgetting some small stuff.

One major PITA issue to deal with later is that the interior lights and PDL don't work.  If I install the fuse for the circuit, it blows right away.  I suck at wiring diagnostics, but I'm going to have to get better.
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:45 am

well done,..
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:45 am

I had a similar electrical problem. In the course of doing many things to the White Elephant I accidentally trapped a wire beside a screw, and it took about 2 months to work its way to the nearby screw. I did not remember working in that area until I found the trapped wire. There are a number of connectors along the driver's side of the car especially the D pillar area. There are also a couple at the A pillar and B pillar. Disconnect all of them, and put a fuse in to see if it blows. Connect them one at a time starting with the front one first. When the fuse pops, you have found the offending circuit. It is a lot easier to trouble shoot a portion of the circuitry than having an overwhelming maze in front of you.
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:06 pm

Good advice Fred, thanks

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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:17 pm

I'm getting tired just reading your list of things you did.

Good job!


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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:02 pm

Great job, Bull! We knew you could get it done!
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:04 pm

Great Job, you did quite abit,I bet you also learned alot about the car. How does the wagon run and
ride compared to before all the work? Your wagon looks like a fine piece,you should be very proud of it. ed
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:37 am

Awesome,sending you my 95 to work on since you obviously like it a bunch! lol! 
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:55 am

Flasheroo wrote:
Awesome,sending you my 95 to work on since you obviously like it a bunch! lol! 

Sure, I'd make a killing working for guys who want below average quality with long turnaround times!  Razz 

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I am very, very happy to have my car back. It needs a lot more work, but I'm just going to enjoy it for a while and work on other projects.
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:51 am

Good job, you're way ahead of me.
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:32 am

I still have a broken door latch that won't open!
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:18 pm

Nice work, and I do mean WORK! What a list! Happy you got it on the road again!
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:19 am

Wow! Very impressive (and I love that pic!)

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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:58 am

That's a good laundry list of items you have gone through! You should be good for awhile Smile
Ditto on the pic, it's cool
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:32 pm

Very nice! I'll have to keep an eye out next time i'm up your way!
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PostSubject: Re: My Roadmaster Lives Once More   Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:05 pm

Impressive list, dude! Nice work. Smile

Wish I could drive mine...
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