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Friday, March 14, 2014

Yellow & Purple

New front wheel bearings and brake rotors are on the van, and after discovering a nasty gash in one of my sidewalls yesterday, I scored a free replacement today from the good people at America's Tire. I'm now knee-deep in my plan to replace most of the aging suspension bushings with new top-of-the-line polyurethane bushings. Tearing this sort of crud out...


...and putting slickness like this in its place...


...is awfully satisfying. It's been a most productive few days, and I'm in one hell of a zone right now. And yeah, bright yellow, but the color of these things is what it is. Those are the transmission mount and radius arm bushings pictured above, and the remaining steering box and lower control arm bushings are purple. I'll be in big with Lakers and Vikings fans by the time I roll out of here.

Other items remaining on the to-do list during this Pit Stop (spelled with a capital Q) include servicing the CV joints (replacing any if needed), installing some slick new stainless steel coolant pipes to replace the original plastic ones, and making a small improvement to the gearshift innards. Nothing too involved there, so confidence is high that I'll be ready for the next stretch of wandering in another week or so.

11 comments:

  1. Wasn't all of this stuff new when you did the rebuild?

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    1. that's like asking an alcoholic with heart problems, "you do you need a new liver when you just replaced the heart?" There is more than one important organ to an automobile, just as there are in the human body.

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    2. Don't worry. I can't stop at anytime...

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    3. HAHAHA!! At this rate the only original parts will be the body and the frame. Looking good Glenn.

      On another note; please, please continue your blog from down under. I'm so excited to to see photos from a distant land.

      Australia is on my bucket list.

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    4. Whoops. I meant I *can* stop at anytime. I blame the booze.

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    5. Actually, I think you were more correct the first time!!

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    6. I thought it was an inside joke that only AA members know.

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  2. What indications did you see or hear that convinced you to repair or upgrade these parts?

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  3. That mud bath coming back to haunt you?

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  4. Little things mean a lot. Suspension items are often over looked, but oh so important. Keep at it and it will be good as new.

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  5. Good job, Glenn! You are always so thorough. Wish there were more people in this world like you!

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