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Forum: Paint
April 23rd, 2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,761
Posted By auto_editor

AAAAGH! Rain killed my clearcoat!!

I garage my CC all winter--which, this year in Michigan was mild--and roll her out when I was sure the snows were gone for the year. I noticed a few pock marks in the clearcoat, but they've been...
September 5th, 2016, 01:39 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,285
Posted By auto_editor

I drove my '89 Custom Cruiser yesterday and it...

I drove my '89 Custom Cruiser yesterday and it was euphoric.

Fortunately I remembered to shut the power tailgate window before the experience went totally out-of-body on me and I sailed Homer...
September 5th, 2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By auto_editor

Are any of those actually FOR family members? My...

Are any of those actually FOR family members? My kids are now driving age (or close) and--I never thought I'd say this--I'm NOT looking forward to almost doubling the number of vehicles I have to...
September 5th, 2016, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By auto_editor

My "upscale" neighborhood gave me s*** about my...

My "upscale" neighborhood gave me s*** about my running, registered, etc. '89 Custom Cruiser parked in my FIVE CAR driveway because it "looked abandoned" (aka not driven daily).

Fortunately I have...
September 5th, 2016, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By auto_editor

Angry I feel like an "idiot" about this, but it's fitting...

1989 Custom Cruiser.
307 cu. in. V-8.
Hyperactive "Idiot" lights.

So she sits most of the year--and has an all-new cooling system including radiator, hoses, fluid, etc., circa last season--but...
May 13th, 2016, 03:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By auto_editor

Your dad doesn't have any data on the guy who...

Your dad doesn't have any data on the guy who bought her? Not even a bill of sale? I've tracked down cars for buyers just using a car's ownership "ladder."

That aside, my recommendation would be...
December 19th, 2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 280
Posted By auto_editor

CC wire deely needed (other years/models/etc.?)

Considering how many years they made the Custom Cruiser (mine's an '89) over four brands and LOTS of body styles I didn't know anywhere else to post this "all at once."

This is the driver's side...
Forum: Small Blocks
July 6th, 2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,576
Posted By auto_editor

'89 307: fix, or FIX...

After replacing the radiator on my well-worn "chuff chuffing" 307 it has become clear that the head gaskets need to be replaced (at least) as coolant is clearly getting exhausted (big...
Forum: Electrical
March 25th, 2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 933
Posted By auto_editor

Question Baffling battery buying...

I have no idea why it is, but it is: The OEM-style battery for my '89 CC is a side-poster, but as getting to the terminals is a royal pain thanks to tiny bolt heads in a confined space, having...
March 13th, 2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By auto_editor

Talking I know I'm crazy, I just don't want to be the only one...

As someone on the ripe side of 40, I know what it means to have your parts start showing wear. But given the cruel eye of an accountant (my wife), keeping my '89 CC doesn't "make financial sense."...
March 13th, 2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,123
Posted By auto_editor

What about finding the new stuff to replace it? I...

What about finding the new stuff to replace it? I have a "complete" set of factory replacement vinyl, but those in the know say that after being rolled up for 20 years it's "iffy" as to it'll work...
November 29th, 2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 39,229
Posted By auto_editor

I used to work at a BMW dealer and we had a...

I used to work at a BMW dealer and we had a customer with a brand-new 850i come in and complain that the car kept telling him when the service was due (as BMWs do). We tried to explain that the...
November 14th, 2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 673
Posted By auto_editor

See? Print isn't dead! Motor Trend MAGAZINE is...

See? Print isn't dead! Motor Trend MAGAZINE is alive and well testing... oh, wait. That's a video. On the Internet.

Oh, crap.

[Are resumes still a thing?...]
November 14th, 2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,706
Posted By auto_editor

I would imagine many were lost early on BECOMING...

I would imagine many were lost early on BECOMING W-30s WITH the drivetrains, too, plus clones, pro-streets and who-knows-what-else.

Big-Block-itis still has no known cure, but at least we ARE...
October 11th, 2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,287
Posted By auto_editor

Actually, in the case of Chinese parts it stems...

Actually, in the case of Chinese parts it stems from the fact that no company can be more than 50% not Chinese and do business there, so every car company that wants to make and sell cars in China...
October 2nd, 2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 801
Posted By auto_editor

I can weigh in on the 4x4

I can weigh in on the 4x4
September 26th, 2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 801
Posted By auto_editor

Unhappy I think she knows...

Chances are pretty good that by this time tomorrow I will have picked up my "replacement" vehicle (which is not what I wanted, but my wife insisted on a car "she" could drive, i.e. a three-row,...
September 17th, 2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 6,672
Posted By auto_editor

The first step is admitting you have a problem....

The first step is admitting you have a problem. Next comes finding a career that pays you for it... :D
September 17th, 2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,375
Posted By auto_editor

As I found out the (semi) hard way, "no-fault"...

As I found out the (semi) hard way, "no-fault" isn't that simple...

[ http://blog.autoshopper.com/articles/4470/I-Bring-You-the-Safety-Car-of-the-Future-Built-Right-Here-in-the-U-S-of-A-in-1989/ ]...
September 15th, 2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,023
Posted By auto_editor

I was born and raised in California so I was...

I was born and raised in California so I was reveling in the lack of emissions testing. I forgot that the cat was a Federal requirement regardless. Guess I'll have to call on some of our...
September 15th, 2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,023
Posted By auto_editor

Exclamation Getting rid of my cat...

I am sure my great-grandchildren will curse my name for ruining the environment just by driving a gasoline-fueled car anyway, so I have no moral (or, thanks to Michigan, legal) reason NOT to...
September 14th, 2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,440
Posted By auto_editor

She's going "Christine" on me...

Through the magical process of doing absolutely nothing the "whiteness" of the smoke is gone, the coolant level stays steady (though a tiny bit seems to be seeping out onto the driveway now, but I...
September 8th, 2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,440
Posted By auto_editor

Winner, winner chicken dinner. I figure. It never...

Winner, winner chicken dinner. I figure. It never occurred to me that when she puked her coolant out the overflow tank and i had to replace the radiator (it was like 75% sediment) five months ago...
September 5th, 2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,440
Posted By auto_editor

Where's there's smoke there's?...

Boy, I never thought I'd look back fondly on the days when her exhaust smelled like a gasoline pump and she had a scary "thump, thump" low-end noise, but it would appear as though something has gone...
August 12th, 2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 867
Posted By auto_editor

I've been writing about this subject for years...

I've been writing about this subject for years now. Between 2001 and 2008 nearly everything shiny with a big name on it sold for huge money, but when the music stopped, people found out about things...
July 14th, 2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 813
Posted By auto_editor

SOMEBODY out there's gotta have one...

I knew that the spring-loaded "scroll" Olds badge would go at any moment, so when it hit like 20 degrees here in SE Michigan I wasn't surprised to see that the mounting loop for the spring had broken...
May 22nd, 2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,769
Posted By auto_editor

As an aside, you've got to love insurance...

As an aside, you've got to love insurance companies. I drove to the local Progressive center, handed them the keys and police report and 20 mins later I had a check for $460.13. I tried to suss out...
May 22nd, 2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,769
Posted By auto_editor

Miracle of (non-)modern automotive safety science...

You can read the particulars and see some images in my article here...

http://blog.autoshopper.com/articles/4470/I-Bring-You-the-Safety-Car-of-the-Future-Built-Right-Here-in-the-U-S-of-A-in-1989/...
Forum: Parts Wanted
May 12th, 2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 178
Posted By auto_editor

89 Custom Cruiser: All the controls in the driver's door panel

Before I take the door panel off, I want to have the bits I need to put it back together properly.

This means the driver's power mirror stalk (it fell into the door with I assume a broken fitting)...
April 22nd, 2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By auto_editor

If you dont mind me asking, what was the cost for...

If you dont mind me asking, what was the cost for materials and labor? I am concerned about the job being right as, for instance, there's an almost perfect 3mm of trim INSIDE the door that follows...
April 22nd, 2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By auto_editor

Am I the only one who had an import first or the...

Am I the only one who had an import first or the only one that'll admit it? The '81 Volvo 240 DL wagon might not be the coolest (or fastest, or best looking, or...), but how many of your cars are...
April 22nd, 2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By auto_editor

Question What's the ticker on the sticker?

I have come across a "new" OEM "set" of wood applique (sticker) for my '89 Custom Cruiser at what I think is an exceptionally good price. It is an exact replacement like you could buy at a dealer...
March 21st, 2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By auto_editor

If you can tell me how to upload a quick video I...

If you can tell me how to upload a quick video I can show what I mean. I've had squeaky hinges but this is INSANE...
March 21st, 2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By auto_editor

Red face Banish these *bleeping* Banshees!

Like the designers of Boeing's B-52s, the folks at GM who developed the post-clamshell Buick Estates, Pontiac Safaris, Chevy Caprice Wagons and--of course--Olds Custom Cruisers did everything they...
March 5th, 2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,789
Posted By auto_editor

No, I HAVE the SPI; it's that none of the codes...

No, I HAVE the SPI; it's that none of the codes are listed ON it.

[And speaking of code-related mysteries, I even went so far as to try and decode EVERY alphanumeric, and these defied definition...
March 3rd, 2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,789
Posted By auto_editor

Question Limited slip vs. limited SPI

With the streets around my MI home like skating rinks, I wanted to know if my '89 Custom Cruiser had a limited-slip axle. Per my factory B-Body manual, all I had to do was check my Service Parts ID...
December 1st, 2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,281
Posted By auto_editor

Unhappy She's gone from appealing to a-peeling...

Before the winter crud starts in on making things worse, is there anything out there that'll re-stickify the "contact paper" they used on wood-sided wagons like mine?

I know there's paint under...
October 30th, 2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 969
Posted By auto_editor

Eek. In SE Michigan--or at least around the...

Eek. In SE Michigan--or at least around the Belleville/Ann Arbor/Ypsi area--they use a fine mica-like sand that is more about providing traction on the snow than causing the snow to melt.

It is...
October 18th, 2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,176
Posted By auto_editor

(Possibly dumb) question: You can unscrew the...

(Possibly dumb) question: You can unscrew the roof rack without dropping the headliner? I thought there would be nuts inside the roof that you'd have to hold/retain. They're just screws into the...
October 15th, 2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,176
Posted By auto_editor

Tips on *SAFE* Custom Cruiser headliner removal?...

While I still have a few days of decent weather left I need to take down the headliner in my Custom Cruiser in order to fix some leaks in the roof rack mounts. There are a LOT of mounting pieces and...
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