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Old 07-31-2005, 09:12 PM   #21
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Hey where have I herd that before.

the dash is in ?great
way to go Randy, Bill.


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Ahhh todays update today:
We started putting Frank back together. I mounted the vacuum tank,

hooked it in and pulled out my brand new still in the package vac gauge.

We held 17 whatevers for about an hour while doing other stuff

Randy put the dash in like a champ. You'd swear he did them everyday. Not sure I've ever seen one go in so quickly.


I was in and ripping up and down the driveway while Franks Dad watched.

Each time I went through the puddles I kept thinking....burnout puddles

Here'* mileage at rebirth

Here'* what I was seeing in the drivers seat

We did an oil change, bled the brakes and filled the radiator with nice green stuff. Here'* my mechanic topping off the tranny fluid.


It starts with barely a click...and it growls like it wants to be let loose.

EDIT: I just was imming someone while Randy was sitting here and I said Vatman was here...lol
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SWEET.....Randy you are a freakin genius!!!!

Now heres some thoughts....

--Drag radials in the front

-- Custom PCM to increase timing slightly and remove speed limiter

-- New struts to tighten up suspension

-- Bigger brakes

You'd have a fun, street/drag car
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Struts are on the list, maybe some Koni'* if they have an application or perhaps KYB. Brakes are very high on the list too. I'm going to order a new accumulator in hopes it will help the braking performance which quite frankly stinks. Otherwise, I might explore an entire system replacement including vacuum boosted, non-ABS master cylinder, new lines, ect. The main reason I went with a 97 drivetrain was for the mod support. It will be an ongoing project, I'm sure.

Looking at the cluster pic above, you can see that all of the gauges are functional and mostly accurate except the fuel gauge which we knew would be a problem. The 94 sending unit I ordered will hopefully do the trick. That should go in next weekend. Most of the indicator lights work correctly too. I had to remove the oil light relay as the 97 motor does not have wiring provisions for the "switch" part of the oil pressure sender/switch. Otherwise, everything else is right on.

Also for clarification, the vacuum tank that Bill installed is from the 97 and mounted in c custom location using stainless steel self tapping screws. Bill used some stock vacuum lines and connectors as well as some stuff he had in the garage to run a line from behind the passenger'* strut to the tank located up front on the driver'* side. Nice job!

During one of Bill'* driveway burnout runs, I was able to hear the SC whine over the mostly wide open exhaust. What a beautiful sound to be coming from that car!

This week I need to violate the 89 parts car for it'* headlight panel, headlight washer tank which will be used for the windshield washer, bumper reinforcement and bumper cover. Since I don't think there will be enough time to paint before NEBF, Frankenbonny will not be as shiney as I would like for the unvailing but it will be on the road nevertheless... one way or another.
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wow. awesome work! I've always liked the 80'* body styles including the Bonneville SSE and LeSabre. With a supercharger that'* even better.
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hey now, whats with that there ABS light huh? huh? huh?
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Randman forgot to put a piece of electrical tape over it.
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Yes, that bulb will be coming out very soon. I reinstalled it last fall to do some diagnostics and didn't take it back out. The front wheels now have 97 wheel speed sensors but the rears remain 90. I do have the rear control arm/hub assemblies from the 97 and they may find their way onto the car but I have to get a new accumulator first. If that restores what I consider to be normal braking performance then I might try to correct the ABS. If not, I'm going to change the whole system to a non-ABS unit.

Does your ABS work Dark Shadow? I'd like to actually drive a car from that gen with a working ABS system to see how the feel differes from mine.
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Mmmm I'm seeing a need to pull the one remaining line on the 97. Brake lines. With the master and abs unit, those control arms. We could have a functional 97 Torque management system...
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Ill tell ya, these older guys can DRINK!!!!!
Jim and Randy...did you guys see what Aaron called us.

No Franken drive time for him.
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