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  • Thanks for the info Robert. Great to have the resources of the SDC Forum. I am learning a lot here.

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    • Lot's of suggestion about springs and I may as well replace them while I can. CC655's not being made I may have to go with the Precision's. Here is the part number to my springs.

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      Standard coils. I'll be spending this week cleaning the front end parts and getting a parts list together.

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      • Did you check out Eaton Springs?
        https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/findmyvehicle/

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        • Originally posted by creegster View Post
          Did you check out Eaton Springs?
          https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/findmyvehicle/

          Thanks, I just submitted a request.

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          • Well, the new header pipes came.


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            Looks like he reconfigured the pipe that probably had the same bends the previous pipe had. New one is on the left.

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            The pipe on top is a new one also for the right side.

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            This new left pipe now clears like it should although the "modification" seemed a bit extreme.

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            Looks pretty good now. Just waiting for my clamps to secure the pipes. Loosely installed for now.

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            I can see why that little bracket I asked about is so important.

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            I bought new battery cables since the positive was short with the new battery. I was surprised they were actually made in the USA!

            https://youtu.be/W4QwiMWxX7Q

            I got anxious and yes, there are multiple exhaust leaks. But it'a alive!

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            • Good deal, glad the new pipe worked out.

              Avanti, Bob

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              • I received another delivery yesterday.

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                Eastwood panel separators, undercoat and a cool tool for the air chisel. You use the air chisel to act as an impact hammer and the tool has screwdriver bits and a turning handle. I think this will help with the door hinge mounting screws. Undercoating, for when I weld in the trunk panels and floors. The socket holder was just enough to push my order enough for free shipping.

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                I added the brake hose bracket as Paul had mentioned so the hose now clears the exhaust. Thanks Paul!

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                • I do have a question on the manual wiring diagram. Who has eyes good enough to even read and follow the wiring? Certainly not me. I am thinking of going to Kinko's to have this thing blown up to poster size. Then use color high lighters to even see where the spaghetti goes. Any suggestion? Also, there is a red wire that appears to go to the ignition switch. I used my remote starter to add power to see what lights up and what looks like the high beam indicator came on. Not much else. The wire did warm up more than I like. Any ideas? I'll take a picture of it today.

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                  • This may help a little, click it a few times, it gets bigger.
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                    • Originally posted by bensherb View Post
                      This may help a little, click it a few times, it gets bigger.
                      [ATTACH=CONFIG]82252[/ATTACH]

                      Thanks, that helps. BTW Happy 4th f July everyone!

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                      • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
                        I think this will help with the door hinge mounting screws.
                        Yeah, you'll be able to twist those screw heads off much easier with that tool. LOL.
                        Jerry Forrester
                        Forrester's Chrome
                        Douglasville, Georgia

                        See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                        • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
                          Thanks, that helps. BTW Happy 4th f July everyone!
                          I just noticed that particular wiring diagram includes a few items I added to my car. Here's a colorized version of the original "unenhanced" diagram.

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                          • Originally posted by Jerry Forrester View Post
                            Yeah, you'll be able to twist those screw heads off much easier with that tool. LOL.

                            That would allow the door to come off at any rate.

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                            • More parts came in.

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                              Maybe I can finally install the exhaust.

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                              The exhaust wasn't fitting quite right. Plus I still had to install the batwing I had painted so long ago. It was then that I realized I had the intermediate pipes on incorrectly. Glad I didn't try to clamp it down the way I had it.

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                              Fits a lot better now, but takes a LOT of fiddling to make sure it clears everything. I am very surprised by how little support the exhaust had. Only the flange of the header pipe and two hangers at the very back of the muffler and tailpipe. I may add some extra support at the bell housing to the end of the header pipe since that's a lot of weight on the flange. For now, I'm going to watch 5 hours of Tour De France.
                              Last edited by Topper2011; 07-06-2019, 05:57 AM.

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                              • Exhaust pretty much in and I need to get some smaller clamps for the tail pipes, they are 1 3/4" and clamp to the hangers. The hangers need replacing and the ones I have won't work. Off to O'Reilly's again.

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                                I did install the rear shocks though. Sad news as I was running the car, it seemed to have a miss on the right bank. Checked the plugs and the compression 125lbs. each, except #2, it has zero. A good time to stop for the day. Hope it's just a valve adjustment.

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