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Old 11-20-2014, 09:04 AM   #11
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I am with Randall on that hood emblem, did somebody put a hood from another year 88 on there?
I've only ever seen the emblem on the front in between the grills, for that year anyway.
No idea. Vehicle was purchased new in 1992 by my wife'* grandma. I have the original window sticker, it doesn't mention the hood ornament or any extra options. She says it was there when she bought it.

*shrug* A mystery. I'd remove it, but don't want to deal with the hole left behind.
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Oh it does not look bad, I'd leave it on there, was just saying it is odd to see it have one there, instead of lower between the two grills.
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General update:

Got some parts! Got no job. Makes more work slow.

-Parking brake does not work.
-Rear drum brakes in need of service.
-Suspension worn out. Not worth repair cost at present.
-Missing front bumper.
-Missing passenger side mirror. Functionally repaired.
-AC blows warm.
-Service Engine light on with DTC codes 13 and 44.
-Leaking valve cover gaskets.
-Cracked radiator.
-Broken coolant return reservoir. Duct taped in place. Good enough.
-Exhaust leak. Not worth repair cost.
-Headliner sagging badly. Lots of pins in headliner. Good enough.
-Broken center console/armrest. Threw out broken bits, left shell. May add small hinge.
-Doors will not lock by internal power lock buttons, only manually or by the key fob. Issue has become sporadic.
-Power antenna stuck down.

Well, I have a new passenger mirror now. That was interesting. Bought a Dorman aftermarket one online (no H bodies at local junkyard, hmph) and it kinda sorta fit. Would fit better if it had come with the rubber gasket that the factory one had. Lacking that, it didn't really fit at all. A few minutes later after drilling out the existing holes in the door, adding washers for stability, and my lovely wife with her small hands putting wingnuts on the threads, the mirror is mostly attached. It even works with the driver'* power controls! One bead of clear silicone around the edge for a makeshift waterproof gasket and it is ugly but functional.

New air filter in. Mumbled at the crack found in the air box.

Bottle of Gumout All In One fuel system cleaner in the tank.

Jug of Pennzoil High Mileage ready to go in (if it'll stop raining) and see if that will help my valve cover gasket leak.

JB Weld on hand for radiator crack, but too cold to use it right now.

New Purolater fuel filter, letting PB Blaster soak into the hardware.

New AC Delco O2 sensor, letting PB Blaster do its' thing. (Also cursing that the oxygen sensor socket I bought for my Subaru doesn't fit the Olds)

New plugs and wires soon.

Rear brakes are a bit better as the car actually gets some use, but still in need of adjustment/repair.

Gonna hit the ground bus once the aforementioned bloody rain lets up. Lack of a garage is not helpful here.

MPG is awful for the first tank back in daily driver status. 13.5 MPG, 80% city. Hoping that fixing the O2 sensor, and fresh plugs/wires will help bring that up.
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New radiator in. Gave up after 3 different ones that didn't fit the way I needed, so now I have a disconnected Low Coolant sensor and an space for an Oil Cooler I don't have. But at least the transmission cooler lines fit this one!

Refilled with Peak green antifreeze/coolant.

Oil change with Pennzoil High Mileage 5w30 and a Wix oil filter.

New Fram air filter.

New O2 sensor installed.

Power locks working more often than not.

Yanked the antenna up (heard a satisfying little crunch as the motor broke) and have radio reception again.

Decided the suspension is a lost cause with the amount of bushings that are falling apart and the way the struts have started leaking now that the vehicle is moving around a lot.

Gathering parts for the rear brakes.

Wondering if a bumper would help my MPG any, I'm sure my aerodynamics are all jacked up.

Averaging 20MPG with about 80% city driving.
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Good Work! Sounds like it is coming along! Heck you even got radio reception now and can even see out the mirror on passenger side!
Ya you definitely want to have the brakes all working good.
I dont think the bumper would help that much if at all. Leave it to the end, & continue working the mechanical & tuning etc.
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thats pretty good actually for that much city, i dont think you are going to get much better. the bumper might matter if it was all hwy
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Sounds like it is coming along, but has a way to go for sure.

-Parking brake does not work.
-Rear drum brakes in need of service.


Once you are able to service the brakes the parking brake should work again, unless the cable is broken somewhere.

-Suspension worn out. Not worth repair cost at present.
Repairing all the suspension parts can be costly, but not too bad if you have the tools needed to do it all yourself, of course tools can be just as expensive.

Missing front bumper.
When the time come you try to replace it, check out this site.
Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market

-AC blows warm.
Could just need a freon recharge, which may be a bit tougher for you do do yourself since most likely your system uses R-12, I am pretty sure most did not convert over to R-134a till 93.
To know for sure what it takes look for a label under the hood, probably up on the front left side somewhere.

-Service Engine light on with DTC codes 13 and 44.

Hopefully those will clear up after a while since you replaced the O2 sensor.

-Leaking valve cover gaskets.
Should be fairly easy to replace, check out RockAuto for some decent prices.
Fel PRO has them for about 5.00 each, without grommets though, if you need new grommets a set is like 5.00, you can buy the valve cover gaskets as a pair, or just one.
FEL-PRO Part # VS50320R Single Valve Cover Gasket
FEL-PRO Part # VS50080R Pair of Valve Cover Gaskets
FEL-PRO Part # ES72833 The Grommets

Skipping over some of the stuff.

-Headliner sagging badly. Lots of pins in headliner. Good enough.

Did you use the spiral pig tail looking upholstery pins, I have used these before, and they work fairly well.
Amazon.com: Dritz 9070 Upholstery Clear Heads Twist Pins, 3/4-Inch, 30-Pack Amazon.com: Dritz 9070 Upholstery Clear Heads Twist Pins, 3/4-Inch, 30-Pack


-Broken center console/armrest.
Check out that used car part site if you ever want to replace it, or maybe try searching for the part on E-Bay.

I hope all future repairs go well for you, thanks for updating us with what all you have found out, and or fixed.
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On the A/C, you may want to check in to a R152a before commiting to R134A. Every system converted to R134A in the desert southwest that I have seen can be 'adequate', but never reaches 'raging iceferno' levels.

Freeze 12 also seems to have mixed results (meh over here), however I have heard rumors that decline in demand has cooled off prices on R12 as well. If you haven't checked into R12 lately, may not be a bad idea to take a peek at that option too.
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Yeah, it is an R12 car. Gonna try the cheap R134a conversion.

DTC codes cleared up after the O2 sensor was changed, yay!

The VCG aren't dripping any oil, just wet on the block. If the seal conditioners of High Mileage oil help, awesome. If not, I'm not going to bother unless the leak gets worse.

I doubt I'm going to fix the suspension. Quick struts would be within my tool kit capacity, but pretty much every bushing I see is cracked and dry rotting apart. The next owner car fix that one.

Seeing bumpers for the $100-$150 range locally at junkyards, I'll get one eventually.

Picked up new drums, shoes, adjusters, wheel cylinders, and hardware from Advance yesterday. Hoping to not find a broken parking brake cable. Too cold to go lie on the pavement today (hello snow flurries).
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the struts arent real good to leave, of all the things you got i would leave the bumper, leaks and junk but the struts keep your tires on the ground and without it the brakes will be pretty ineffective and lockup all the time. and they also wear out the tires very rapidly. if you wanted to save money i would do non quick struts, unless the bearings are bad. all you need is an impact wrench, if you dont have a compressor you can get electric ones from harbor freight or possibly borrow a battery one. the spring compressor you can borrow from the parts store. need a vise or some clamps so the thing wont get away from you while you are compressing the spring. thats it.
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