BETTY RUMBLE - '87 Cutlass

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Well I've had the car for a few weeks, put a few hundred miles on her. She's reliable if nothing else.

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This will be my "master checklist" for the car. "Project Blue Book" she will be known as, here and on GBodyMag.com ... I still haven't come up with "a direction" for the car, but I know there are things that have to be done, and things I'd like to do, not in any order really... some easier/cheaper than others... Some very minor, some not so much... So here we go. I'll move things around, add/remove things at random, and strike them out when they're done.

Oil Change done 10/30
plugs & wires (8/25/17)
front/rear shocks (bought, fronts done Nov.)8/17

intake gaskets leak (bought)
valve cover gaskets leak (bought) (hope that fixes oil leaks?)
check brake pads/shoes (all feels good, but just bc) yeah good
Trans fluid/filter change (yuck) + fix TC sol. + 4th PS
pcv/breather (8/10/16)
once-over on ALL hoses, vac lines, and wires
distributor/cap ?
2" lowering springs/shocks (Thank you UMI Performance, have in hand 8/16/16 done 8/28/17)
rear sway bar (done)
bigger front sway bar (I think I have one?)
interior courtesy lights don't work (upgrade to led? I have a dual map light somewhere too)
(found the foot-light sockets! done 9/4/16)
reglue/replace headliner
upgrade to gauges (completed 8/24/16)
rebuild steering column (loose tilt, wiper switch sleeve busted, rag joint)
rebuild front suspension (upgrade time!) done 8/28/17
rear diff cover gasket
almost inaudible lights-on/left-yer-keys beeper
upgrade headlights/tails all ext. lights to LED (properly)
--- sort-of finished with issues 9/4/16
442/Hurst cat-back dual exhaust (7/29/16)
driver-rear wheel well trim mangled from blown tire
window tint
cruise control INOP (removed, not original, 8/17/16)
windshield washer INOP (new pump, 8/31/16)
replace ugly steering wheel(!)
left channel audio INOP, replace/upgrade unit (has 4 speakers tho)
(7/22/16)
replace busted PS front grille
upper door panel vac-chrome needs attention
remote PS mirror
power locks?
power trunk button/latch
carpet?
underhood/trunk lights
lower door panel courtesy lights
power window motors are dog slow, probably need replacing eventually
window felts/rubbers/stops
front bumper corner trim mounts are bent "out"
weather stripping, doors, windows, trunk (8/24/16), cowl
speedo cable (rattling/gauge flutters)(8/21/16)
glove box rattles :mad::mad:
speakers/amp?
fuel sender/tank unit... (put 13 gallons in today, gauge said I was down to 1/8....)
passenger-side AC vents broken
rear bumper insert chewed up from bent license plate/gas cap access :mad:

wish list:
eventually upgrade to olds 350 or 403, but want to keep all the "junk" running smooth if possible. humor me.
install "GN-ized" 200-4r
rear end/gears
buckets/console/floor shifter?
wheels/tires (DONE 8/12/16)
442/Hurst spoilers front/rear
PAINT (remove aftermarket vinyl top)
Blazer brakes/spindles

It's funny because there are things on this car I never even knew existed. i.e. cardboard(?) covers over the control arms in the engine bay, "splash guards?" over the wiring for the front bumper parking lights, a few other "huh. look at that." things. I need to get the parts book for this just to see what was available.
 
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nice lookin ride, feel good to be behind the wheel of a g-body again?
 
nice lookin ride, feel good to be behind the wheel of a g-body again?

It does. Makes me want to get the GP back from the dead even more now. Anyone know how to clone a person?
 
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Long list but it is nearly 30 years old. I too have those fancy splash guards for my front signal lights.
 
13's huh? :rofl: lol. Looking forward to this. I have front and rear swaybars too if you can't dig yours up. Probably would stink to ship though.
 
You have quite a check list there, Chris. It certainly is a nice clean looking ride. Well worth the attention you give it. ;) BTW, the name that was given to the project is appropriate.
 
;) BTW, the name that was given to the project is appropriate.

I'm glad y'all like the name, as I was the one responsible for suggesting it be dubbed that. As Jack mentioned, it just seemed appropriate.
:)
 
I'm glad y'all like the name, as I was the one responsible for suggesting it be dubbed that. As Jack mentioned, it just seemed appropriate.
:)
Donovan,
'So you were the one that actually dubbed this project "Old Blue Hair"? ..very clever on your part.
 
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