'83 Cutlass Cruiser Build Thread

Been debating adding the vinyl woodgrain trim around the car once it's painted. Should I do it?

  • Yes, that wagon needs woodgrain

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • No, leave that wagon smooth and simple.

    Votes: 22 64.7%

  • Total voters
    34
  • Poll closed .
Blake442

Blake442

Geezer
Apr 24, 2007
6,774
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Minneapolis
Well that was a heck of a long winter!
Had to move the wagon yesterday so that we could get our leaking water heater replaced, needed room to get the old one out and the new one in...
So I dug out all the stuff that had gotten stacked around it over the winter, hooked up the battery, gave it a quart of atf, a few pumps of the gas and it fired right up.
Last fall I had started to notice some clunking noises from the front end, particularly the right front, but couldn't spot the culprit.
Well I was poking around for leaks and noticed that all the shims had fallen out of the rear position on the upper control arm! Bolt still tight!
That explains the clunks... One more reason to pull it apart and swap those springs I guess lol. Still needs new rear tires too...
I need to pull some maintenance on the Roadmaster that I've been putting off, then it's time for the springs. I'll order some for the rear as well...

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Blake442

Blake442

Geezer
Apr 24, 2007
6,774
113
Minneapolis
I don't know why I bothered with the poll, I knew it was going on there the day I bought it!
It's funny, the number of votes gets smaller and smaller every time the site is updated...
It originally was 56 to 28 lol
 
liquidh8

liquidh8

Comic Book Super Hero
I've had that happen to me before.
 
Blake442

Blake442

Geezer
Apr 24, 2007
6,774
113
Minneapolis
Might finally be warm enough in the garage to swap the front springs out this weekend... We'll see how motivated I am lol
I've got all the parts ready to go, just need to psych myself up for inevitably doing it twice when I have to pull it apart to trim the height...
I never would've guessed that spring selection would prove to be such a pain in the *ss! I hate having to re-do things!
At least it's not a total loss, I can save the springs I take out for the Century......s new owner to install someday lol
Then we're just a set of rear tires away from hitting the road (and the alignment shop)!
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend everybody!

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Texas82GP

Texas82GP

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Supporting Member
Apr 3, 2015
4,870
113
Spring, Texas
Still love that car. The green, the woodgrain, the aluminum slots...perfect!
 
Longroof79

Longroof79

Geezer
Oct 14, 2008
9,998
113
Gainesville, Fl
Hey Blake,
Show us what the car looks like after your spring exchange.
 
Blake442

Blake442

Geezer
Apr 24, 2007
6,774
113
Minneapolis
I certainly will, Jack!
The front needs to come down about 1-1/2" or 2"...
Then I think the rear needs to go up maybe 1" or so, but it might look better once the front comes down... that's why I've held off ordering rear springs for now. Only one way to find out I guess!

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