• This weekend at Mark's Garage.

    From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to All on Mon Aug 3 10:55:20 2015
    Spent a good deal of time this weekend doing more work on the Monte Carlo. Did
    a complete brake job - replaced all rotors, pads, rear calipers, and painted all calipers.

    It was super hot this weekend, but good for paint drying. Only issues ran into
    were the few "stuck bolts" which my air tools couldn't remove and had to use a breaker bar. Also one of the rotors I had ordered was not cut correctly in error and didn't fit. Had to run out and get another one.

    Reminds me of doing home projects. Having to run out to Home Depot 3-5 times a
    day to get "one more thing". The same thing happens with cars, even when you thought you had everything.

    - Mark

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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to Mark Hofmann on Mon Aug 3 17:34:02 2015
    03 Aug 15 10:55, you wrote to All:

    Reminds me of doing home projects. Having to run out to Home Depot
    3-5 times a day to get "one more thing". The same thing happens with cars, even when you thought you had everything.

    i almost dread getting started on the front end rebuild of my Chrysler 300 to remove the deer damaged sections and replace them... have also just taken posession of a 2000 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition that has had some problems in the past... first ford i've owned, ever... haven't had any problems with it in the ~300 miles i've driven it since saturday... the difference between the two vehicles is profound... not only handling but fuel mileage, too... this thing is like driving a semi-truck which i hope to get to, too, in the next month as well... things appear to be looking up!

    )\/(ark

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  • From Jim Haight@1:322/757 to Mark Hofmann on Wed Aug 5 08:25:41 2015
    Re: This weekend at Mark's Garage.

    Spent a good deal of time this weekend doing more work on the Monte Carlo. D a complete brake job - replaced all rotors, pads, rear calipers, and painted calipers.
    It was super hot this weekend, but good for paint drying. Only issues ran in were the few "stuck bolts" which my air tools couldn't remove and had to use breaker bar. Also one of the rotors I had ordered was not cut correctly in error and didn't fit. Had to run out and get another one.

    Kewl! Just got the Haynes manual for my Escape with hopes to do more work on the car. I had lost a lot of stuff during my divorce when I lived in
    Maryland. Trying to retool here. Can you believe it? My ex took my sockets when I was not in the house. Claimed she didn't know anything about it. Now
    I have to get a new hydralic jack and jackstands etc. Got some nice new sockets both metric and SAE. Can't find my one man brake bleeder either.

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  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Mark Lewis on Wed Aug 5 13:39:57 2015
    i almost dread getting started on the front end rebuild of my Chrysler
    300 to remove the deer damaged sections and replace them... have also
    just taken posession of a 2000 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition that has had some problems in the past... first ford i've owned, ever... haven't had
    any problems with it in the ~300 miles i've driven it since saturday...
    the difference between the two vehicles is profound... not only handling but fuel mileage, too... this thing is like driving a semi-truck which i hope to get to, too, in the next month as well... things appear to be looking up!

    I have heard those Ford SUVs have spark plug / ignition coil problems often, but have never owned one, myself.

    Probably one of my biggest battles which you never know when you are going to run into, it the "stuck bolt". Happens often on suspension areas of the car - especially up north in the snow/salt areas.

    I swear, I could have taken a spin down the road in the Durango with no lug nuts on any of the wheels. It was that stuck - due to rust.

    I have started using anti-seize stuff on those trouble spots to prevent that from happening again.

    - Mark

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    * Origin: http://www.weather-station.org * Bel Air, MD -USA (1:261/1304.0)
  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Jim Haight on Wed Aug 5 13:45:54 2015
    Kewl! Just got the Haynes manual for my Escape with hopes to do more work on the car. I had lost a lot of stuff during my divorce when I lived in Maryland. Trying to retool here. Can you believe it? My ex took my
    sockets when I was not in the house. Claimed she didn't know anything
    about it. Now I have to get a new hydralic jack and jackstands etc. Got some nice new sockets both metric and SAE. Can't find my one man brake bleeder either.

    I have been slowly accumulating more and more tools. You can never have too many.

    It is rare that I have to replace calipers, so having the wife pump the brake while I bleed the caliper isn't bad. :) Having an entire car lift would be really nice, but they are also really expensive. I have the hydrolic jack, many jack stands (both car and truck). I could use one for my motorcycle. I had borrowed a friend's motorcycle jack and used it - as a combination with my hydrolic jack to lift my entire bike.

    These days, I find that using a combination of RockAuto, Amazon, and Ebay for parts (depending on what I'm looking for) has been a winning combination. Ebay for the particulars for a vehicle, and RockAuto / Amazon for the new items.

    - Mark

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  • From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to Mark Hofmann on Wed Aug 5 20:11:06 2015
    05 Aug 15 13:39, you wrote to me:

    i almost dread getting started on the front end rebuild of my
    Chrysler 300 to remove the deer damaged sections and replace them...
    have also just taken posession of a 2000 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition
    that has had some problems in the past... first ford i've owned,
    ever... haven't had any problems with it in the ~300 miles i've
    driven it since saturday... the difference between the two vehicles
    is profound... not only handling but fuel mileage, too... this thing
    is like driving a semi-truck which i hope to get to, too, in the next
    month as well... things appear to be looking up!

    I have heard those Ford SUVs have spark plug / ignition coil problems often, but have never owned one, myself.

    this is my first f.o.r.d. vehicle... a lot of vehicles have problems with spark
    plugs and ignition coils but everything i've run into in the past has been due to aluminum blocks and (in one case) i suspect a dealership mechanic either broke something or swapped out the original coil for a known bad one... in that
    particular case, the vehicle was in for them to replace a suspension bolt in the front that holds one of the sway bars... when i went back for the ignition problem, they told me that they always raise the hood and check all the spark wires and such... i was so livid because their instructions were to raise the vehicle and replace the one bolt that i already knew was missing and they were to do nothing else to the vehicle... someone was lieing and trying to scrape more $$$ out of me... i passed the word on and they lost a lot of business but i never got any more satisfaction than that from them...

    Probably one of my biggest battles which you never know when you are
    going to run into, it the "stuck bolt". Happens often on suspension
    areas of the car - especially up north in the snow/salt areas.

    i've run into that numerous times... the worst i've ever dealt with is exhaust stuff and i refuse to do any exhaust work any more... anything like that goes to a mechanic and i'm not paying for any broken drills they may run into ;)

    I swear, I could have taken a spin down the road in the Durango with
    no lug nuts on any of the wheels. It was that stuck - due to rust.

    i hear that!

    I have started using anti-seize stuff on those trouble spots to
    prevent that from happening again.

    that's a good plan... that and locktight... antiseize to protect the threads and locktight to prevent them from coming loose during normal operation...

    i had to change a tire on this beast the other day, too... got a bencil sized stick shoved into the left rear tire somehow... i forgot how much these things weigh! as it turns out, the original spare was on the vehicle... yeah, 15 years
    old... it needed some air and i was stuck waiting for someone to bring me a tank of air to fill it back up... i could have made it a little ways but i was not going to back up the highway entrance ramp and i certainly wasn't going to pay $0.50 to $1.00 for some air... that's just totally insane... anyway, i got it home and took it to a shop the next day for an $8.50 plug when i went and got the title switched and the plate swapped from the 300 to the expedition... all in all, it was a good day and has been since then... i still keep finding little things here and there but for the cost, they are more than acceptable...
    on that, let's just say that the cost was as minimal as you can get... it would
    have been given to me scott free if it weren't for the BoS requiring a $$ amount ;) i love karma! i'm always helping others and it does come back to help
    when least expected! ;)

    )\/(ark

    ... Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough.
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  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Mark Lewis on Thu Aug 6 05:49:10 2015
    this is my first f.o.r.d. vehicle... a lot of vehicles have problems with spark plugs and ignition coils but everything i've run into in the past
    has been due to aluminum blocks and (in one case) i suspect a dealership mechanic either broke something or swapped out the original coil for a known bad one... in that particular case, the vehicle was in for them to

    My Monte Carlo had a factory (GM) defect on the aluminum heads which was causing antifreeze to leak out. I didn't find out this was a defect until my engine swap about 3 years ago.

    The dealership tried to patch the defective head with goop and another gasket, but that eventually started leaking again. I was always a GM person, but there
    is no question that their quality control has gone down the toilet over the years.
    i've run into that numerous times... the worst i've ever dealt with is exhaust stuff and i refuse to do any exhaust work any more... anything
    like that goes to a mechanic and i'm not paying for any broken drills
    they may run into ;)

    Yeah, I don't do exhaust stuff either. I don't weld, so that is one of the main reasons. I wouldn't even try to remove any of those bolts. They would get cut out.

    title switched and the plate swapped from the 300 to the expedition...
    all in all, it was a good day and has been since then... i still keep finding little things here and there but for the cost, they are more than acceptable... on that, let's just say that the cost was as minimal as you can get... it would have been given to me scott free if it weren't for
    the BoS requiring a $$ amount ;) i love karma! i'm always helping others and it does come back to help when least expected! ;)

    Yeah, the majority of the costs to keep our extra vehicles on the road is the rediculous cost of registration. I remember when I was a teen, registration was around $35/year. It is now $185 for two years.

    - Mark

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