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Happy Fall Everyone!
Sunday, September 30, 2018 3:59 PM
Hi All-

I have been making a conscious effort to NOT be online and spend as much time with my family as possible. Work is crazy - I now work with the teams delivering OnStar and Owner Center capabilities and they don't sleep so it makes for challenging work.

I recently signed up with Grundy for my insurance on the old cars - $458 gets coverage on my 84 and my 94 Z28 for one year. I was pretty happy. My oldest daughter is off to CMU and her Firebird has been home for me to wrench on. I recently retrofitted a power door back to manual and what a treat that was. The 4th gen f-bodies are coming through parts yards pretty strong now. I am trying hard NOT to be a hoarder, but given what has happened with inventory for our first-gens, I am really tempted. When you can get a loaded door for $65, it is tough to argue with the logic.

Been aggressively training for some runs that are coming up. Back down to my "fighting weight" of 175 and have not felt better in years. Body takes longer to heal, and aches and pains as one ages, but feel great overall.

I had the 84 out yesterday and drove it almost the whole day, most with the top down. It felt really good - as always, right up until the end. Ran into an issue when I went to pick up dinner - "No Start" when hot. I put the top and windows up and let it cool off, came back after 60 minutes and it started. I had a issue with this like 6 years ago and thought I chased it out by replacing the starter assy (includes the solenoid that is heat sensitive). Looks like I will be doing that again or heat shielding or something.

God is being really good to me right now with everything in my life - Hope all is well with you!

Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Monday, October 01, 2018 7:35 AM
Yep - online time can get in the way. Glad to get an update and sounds like great things at that!

I feel your pain when it comes to parts too. We have another 1/2 price sale coming up tomorrow and I am off on a 5 day break - any guesses where anyone might find me? Hahaa.... My parts needs are pretty diverse since none of the vehicles have the same drivetrains or bodystyles, but....variety is the spice of life! But no matter how hard I try - it seems the part I wind up needing wasn't the one I shelved away!!

Families grow up fast and it is so hard to juggle everything with a hectic working schedule. It is wonderful you've managed to keep your pet cars out and about - keeping them running and rolling. I hope you keep holding everything together and enjoy the grand journey you are living my friend!

Thank You for all the tips & tricks you've share along the years! I have certainly learned a lot and it has really helped me keep the old J2000 Sunbird going!


Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Monday, October 01, 2018 12:06 PM
I really do feel your parts pain Paul.... + =

Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:11 PM
Good to hear guys

2018 was a good year so far I guess. Wife got a new 'used' car, my aunt's fully loaded '07 Saturn Aura XR, though we learned one reason why you never buy a vehicle from relatives as my uncle has pretty much ruined the experience for us,so much so that my wife almost sold it but she decided to keep it thru winter. the old Saturn SL is still ticking away the miles, 162,500. We went junkyarding and scored some nice SL2 seats and door panels. Work has been more steadier this year except for the drought in July. Garden did good this year, more tomato's this year from less plants, cucumbers did good and didn't get the wilt. Only garden issue I had was with carrots, out of 14 seeds planted only one carrot came up.

Have a good Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas guys.

Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:34 PM
Good to hear all is going well with you guys.
I'm looking forward to fall. Heck, it is still in the low to mid 90's here (Tampa bay area, Fl). We should start to get some real nice weather in a few more weeks though.
I want to get to work on my 88 Wagon, but it has been too hot to enjoy it, so I've not messed with it. Getting parts together though, so most everything will be ready when the temps finally do drop.

Looking forward to going to NC for Thanksgiving.
God bless you all.
Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Monday, October 08, 2018 11:20 AM
I have not touched my car in forever.But it stays garaged and up on jack stands year round.I back in july left my company I worked for to work for another still driving a big truck.I like what I do just less money.In short I take a empty trailer 215 miles drop and hook and bring a load back to Greensboro and drop.Super simple,good benefits and NO complaints from me.I have had a lot to just take care of around the home,and detailing cars on the side etc.I once I can set the time aside in the winter (no yard work) I can at least finish the work restoration for the rear end items I have new.The front has to wait as new parts are not cheap buying in pairs as we all know.Other than that I have not logged in a lot this year but,do check the post to see what is or not going on.R

Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:49 PM
Just saw this @ Autoweek.com Junkyard Treasure 1983 Pontiac J2000 'Snake'

Re: Happy Fall Everyone!
Yesterday 2:25 PM
Fall is a great time! Although this year up here in New England nice warm days have been rare.
So my Cav will see very few miles this fall.

Here is the Cav out in the sun for the first time in 2 1/2 years.

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