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 #394982  by Sneke_Eyez
 
At least you found the crack before you took the dash out, Bob!
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 #395084  by FIREM
 
Another unscheduled road trip 2/10 &2/17.
Jumped into FIREM for a 1000+ round trip drive to Port Canaveral Florida.
Scheduled vacation cruise to the Caribbean, flight out of Myrtle cancelled at the last minute with no other option to make it on time for the ship.
Great to reason to fly Chrysler Airlines flight 300M
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 #395096  by adu1982
 
Went on a very unproductive yard run yesterday (yes the 02+ abs and brake lines LH cars do not match the 98-01 ones)....but a whole different story today.
LKQ Daytona , had a 99 LHS that Looked ok in pics but after the 2+ years of looking for the unicorn uncracked dash , in any color at this point, I wasn't holding my breath...... But nope.....
Found one.....an the yard prices at that yard so much better than our 2 Jax ones ...
Paid 198$ (with 90 days warranty on the abs) for all (abs, brake line, dash , though he didn't charge me for the brake line) , while the other day paid 140$ for a abs, brake line, horn.... And was with a 25% discount cause of the holiday (on Monday).....
It is about 1hr and 15 min away in daytona , but it may become my go to yard......also not as huge so not that much to walk....

Even better, from what I could see on Florida vin check on the title last year in December it was bought by the yard with actual 78k.
It did look like low miles as it was pretty clean....
So grabbed the injectors too, abs controller and the short brake line I went in for... A slight rust on it so it may have not always been a Florida car.
If I would have had the time I would have grabbed even more stuff....

Made it a very enjoyable second day of my vacation after yesterday's let down.

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 #395298  by First Lady
 
Started to do some pollen removal with quick washes on two of the fleet! Jarvis’ - 0 Pollen - 3!!

(We drove away from MA 3 years ago this past Tuesday!!)

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 #395304  by Phoenix
 
With the front end of the car off, today’s job is going to be putting in a new radiator and ac condenser. Last weekend I finally swapped out the ac compressor, drivers side doors, fender and hood with the exact color matched ones (Lava Red) I picked up on FB marketplace as well as a new transmission cooler and hoses. Cold and windy today but fingers crossed it all goes well. On top of it all, my garage door opener stopped working so that’s gonna be a pain.
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 #395305  by M-Pressive
 
Phoenix wrote:With the front end of the car off, today’s job is going to be putting in a new radiator and ac condenser. Last weekend I finally swapped out the ac compressor, drivers side doors, fender and hood with the exact color matched ones (Lava Red) I picked up on FB marketplace as well as a new transmission cooler and hoses. Cold and windy today but fingers crossed it all goes well. On top of it all, my garage door opener stopped working so that’s gonna be a pain.
Congrats on finding color matched parts!


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 #395307  by In-trepid
 
First Lady wrote: March 29th, 2024, 6:12 am Started to do some pollen removal with quick washes on two of the fleet! Jarvis’ - 0 Pollen - 3!!

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Looks like you are using "best practices" two bucket wash system!
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 #395308  by First Lady
 
In-trepid wrote:
First Lady wrote: March 29th, 2024, 6:12 am Started to do some pollen removal with quick washes on two of the fleet! Jarvis’ - 0 Pollen - 3!!

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Looks like you are using "best practices" two bucket wash system!
lol!!! Why yes, thanks for noticing!!

Worst part was abandoning my flip flops as they got deadly slippery as they got wet…and STEPPED ON A WORM!!!!!! Literally, between my toes!!!! Things nightmares are made of!!
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 #395311  by TrepKing95
 
I really need to get another full fleet wash in... we're supposed to have amazing weather tomorrow, and rain the next day! Guess tomorrow will be interior cleaning day!
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 #395320  by LUNAT1C
 
Pollen and having operational hoses in March are foreign concepts to me... my front spigot is connected to my irrigation system, and I can't turn that on for at least another few weeks, maybe a month. Possible snow on Wednesday!

But that's why I have the rinseless wash. Perfect for Carlisle washing without using their hoses, and midwinter cleaning.
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 #395732  by hrmwrm
 
did the first service on my bolt euv today.
i changed the cabin air filter.
just in time for all the smoke in the air recently from fires mostly in BC.
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 #395735  by TrepKing95
 
hrmwrm wrote: May 12th, 2024, 11:49 pm did the first service on my bolt euv today.
i changed the cabin air filter.
just in time for all the smoke in the air recently from fires mostly in BC.
That reminds me I need to replace the filter in my Jeep. Hornet still has 5k before the cabin is due. Crazy that I'm almost to 7k miles on the car, but just under 2k on the gas engine. I'll have to change oil every other tire rotation!
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 #395968  by LUNAT1C
 
Today was the EyesOn Design Father's Day car show at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in St. Clair Shores, MI.

For anyone not familiar, this isn't your average show. It's invitation only, as they request excellent examples of certain cars that highlight certain Lifetime Design Achievement award winners. So you'll see only one of a certain car, not 15-20.

My M was one of two LH cars honoring chief designer Tom Gale in the 1990-2002 Luxury class. There were four additional LHs in a similar Contemporary class, one of each generation of the Intrepid and the Concorde.

The experience was definitely a bucket list and once in a lifetime. All day long folks were coming up to me amazed on the condition of the M, and shocked when I told them it has 146,000 miles on it. Might break 150k before the year is out depending on the fall meet!

Even though I didn't win, the Judges were also amazed in the condition knowing almost no one (save us) bothered to keep them in good shape!

I was very happy to see not only the 96 LHS in my class got a red ribbon, the 2004 Intrepid in the other class snagged a blue ribbon and the opportunity to roll across the awards stage and have Ralph Gilles wax poetic about the LH chassis, cab forward design where the windshield was only stopped by the need to service the front struts, and the aggressive styling of the Intrepid that purposely took cues from the Viper. Within my class, there was a lot of appreciation for the platform, coming from guys with a very rare Riviera Silver Arrow and 8900 mile mint condition Lincoln MkVIII. A stunning green STS took the blue ribbon, and I had a good time talking about our genre with its owner.

Also happened to run into Michael White there, so I wasn't the only club member either! We both talked to the guy with the LHS and 1st Gen Concorde about the club, so hopefully some new faces come around!

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Not to mention lots of concepts! The brochure mentioned the Portofino, but I never found it sadly.

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 #395971  by First Lady
 
So cool Robert!! I’m glad it was such a wonderful experience and thanks for representing our rides. Such a cool experience to be a part of!!
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 #395973  by 1996LHS
 
I will agree with Robert this was an extraordinary event. I made plans to attend many months ago just because I'm a car design fanatic. At the time I had no idea there'd be anything LH-related there. Not only was it the largest display of LH cars I've ever seen outside of Carlisle but the LH cars (and their contemporaries from GM and Ford) were presented as first-class citizens, not relegated to some Malaise/Rad/LeMons side show.
Even without the Portofino the concept car area was also very impressive. Concept cars look so much better under the sun than in an Auto Show. And nowhere else can you just walk up and poke your head inside a concept.
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 #395981  by Sneke_Eyez
 
Super cool, Robert. What a pleasure to see such a beautiful example of a Special out representing the LH cars at a show like this!
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 #395986  by KxWarrior
 
Between your post and the one in the 'underappreciated survivors' post on Facebook, was nice to see all the stunning examples of the LH chassis :)
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 #396032  by Sneke_Eyez
 
Time to work on my cars is few and far between with a 1 year old who is on the move - my daughter can crawl faster than I sometimes walk!
Over the weekend, I managed to carve out a little bit of time during naps and when my mom came to visit.

On Saturday I yanked the 18s off of the back of the car and put on my 20s, after a good thorough cleaning.

On Sunday I pulled the 18 off of the driver's side and went to work to swap the front rotors and to do what I thought was a needed passenger front control arm. Driver's rotor swap was easy. 20'' wheel went on - next!
Head around to the passenger side, pull off the 18, bam, I am greeted with grease everywhere and a completely torn boot on the passenger side axle staring at me. This is something I should have seen with a bit of inspection, but between work and life commitments lately I just haven't had time to really inspect the Special in a while, and as I'd mentioned, I replaced the driver's control arm, which was definitely bad, at the beginning of May, so when the car started making another popping noise, I decided it had to be the passenger control arm. Well, you know what they say about people who assume! At any rate, I immediately ordered a reman Cardone passenger side axle which will arrive on Thursday.

Then I thoroughly inspected the passenger control arm, determined it physically looks ok and will stay for now, then started working on the rotor swap. I could not get the caliper to spread with a screwdriver, and thought, oh man, now I need a caliper?! Finally, I wrestled it off anyway, and managed to get the piston to retract with a c-clamp. I was happy I didn't need to buy a caliper as well!

Once that job was done, I decided it was finally time to check out what is going on with my leaking transmission cooler line, so that perhaps I can stop adding transmission fluid every few weeks and obsessively checking it. What I found was that the clamp on the top line had come loose. I pulled the hose, checked it (no damage), and put on a new clamp. Hopefully the fix was that simple!

Now I wait for my axle and circlip to arrive, and next weekend I get to find the time to put that in. Until then I'll drive the Tahoe and the Ram to work.
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 #396033  by LUNAT1C
 
Thankfully my weekend of M maintenance wasn't as spicy as Ryan's. :shock:

I got it up on jackstands for the annual inspection, and so far most things looks good. All the new parts up front still look new. I could swear I saw something like a hole in the boot of one of the control arm ball joints though. Not a tear, seemed like a clean hole, but my back wasn't letting me contort myself around to get a good look at it. The wheel is still off, so I'll try again later. Might explain the small amounts of grease I cleaned from that wheel before the EyesOn show, but I didn't need to clean anything after that 2 hour drive, so I'm not worried... yet. It's a new Moog, so I'm hoping Ryan's spectacular luck with control arms stays over there. :lol:

Rear suspension appears to be serviceable, though I'm wondering "how much dry rot is too much" on some of the bushings back there. Everything except the struts, sway bar bushings, and link-to-strut bushings is original.

It's been 8 years since I last flushed the brake system out, so I did that. Fluid wasn't super dark but it was definitely overdue. What's in my catch bottle looks like Red Label.

In the process, I had a laugh at myself. I started at the passenger rear per procedure, and found myself with a stripped bleeder valve. A quick search on the forum surfaced three critically important facts.

1. 6-point 3/8" socket will get that stripped bleeder moving
2. This was not my first rodeo on this bleeder, and I found the 6-pt information from a thread in 2016... that was started by me about this exact issue that I ran into at that time.
3. I am a doofus and didn't get the 4 new bleeders that I had specifically said I would get and install the next time I did a flush on this car. Guess what I will be doing this week (and probably forget again).

8 years is definitely too long to wait for that job, not sure why I neglected it. I did the Jeep last year for its first flush (it's now 8 years old). I should probably do the Durango this year, it will be 5 years old next month, though it hasn't even hit 24,000 miles yet.
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 #396035  by StealthM
 
Howdy gang. Well be a busy few days, not all car stuff. Today was lawn care day. Nothing like cutting grass in 100 degree weather, but I love a challenge. Anyhow, Steph has been driving Daisy all week to work and she running well. Seems to be a delay when the a/c kicks in. Steph says it starts to get cold a out halfway home. She has a 10 min drive. I guessing she needs a shot of 134. Got the shop back in order and cleaned up. Gotta move StealthM into the middle bay, pull the wheels and give her a belly rub a dub dub. I was able to locate another dash that will go in before Carlisle. Past few days I ve been working on StealthM's trailer. Jacked it up and pulled all the wheels. I installed the air pressure wheel sensors on them. Hopefully this will give me an idea if somethings going a miss. It definitely sucked having a blow out on the highway on the way home from Carlisle last year. Cleaned the backside of the wheels and reinstalled then with new chrome trim rings. The one that jettisoned itself got cracked. I cleaned and put a fresh coat of undercoating in the wheel houses. Removed the reflective tape along the bottom of the trailer. Man did that suck!!!! And finally, I had to replace the bolts holding down 5he E track. Originally they just use self tappers, but when I had the floor Rhino coated the installer was a little overzealous replacing the screws and stripped some. So I replaced them with bolts and fender washers to add support. We'll that's it for now. I guess.... Haha See ya soon.
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