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PostPosted: August 3, 2016, 7:20 am 
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Great pictures, Perry! Good to hear you're enjoying retirement, too. Congrats!

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PostPosted: August 3, 2016, 10:32 am 
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[attachment=3] . . . Had I known retirement was this fun, I would have done it years ago :D


Phew! I think I can hatch a dastardly plan to catch up with you, Locost-wise. I'll just send you tourist literature from one of the other 9 provinces or three territories each month. That might give me a whole year to work. Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket! :mrgreen:

I'm glad you're enjoying yourself.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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So, sometimes we get some pretty good hail storms, anywhere from pea size to golf bail size.

If a person was pulling their 7 around on vacation there isn't any garage to keep the 7 in case of a hail storm. The tonneau cover will protect the cockpit and boot. After a few hours on the sewing machine I am now the proud owner of a vinyl quilted bonnet cover that should keep hail stones from beating down the aluminum bonnet.


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PostPosted: August 6, 2016, 11:11 am 
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So, sometimes we get some pretty good hail storms, anywhere from pea size to golf bail size.
If a person was pulling their 7 around on vacation, in case of a hail storm, I'd haul A$$ for home!
There, fixed that for ya!
Actually, Perry, that's a good idea and a nice looking cover-up you got there. :mrgreen:

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Miatav8,MstrASE,A&P,F wrote:
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When/if the $10 overdrive band starts slipping, the temps will also start climbing quickly. Just keep it out of the od detent and use it as a 3 speed until you get time to change the band. It is basically a c4 anyway. A late 80s aod should have most of the bulletins incorporated. The band usually lasts about 80,000 miles in a 4000 lb car driven by the average non-mech, so the one that is in it now will probably last a long time if the tv cable is set properly for adequate pressure and the fluid was changed as it should be. A deeper numerically higher gear helps it last longer too.


Sorry, I must beg to differ. I once owned the same vehicle as this donor car - an '88 TBird (one of the few that I've owned that I wish I still had) - and the AOD transmission never, ever gave me a lick of trouble. It had 82,000 miles on it when I bought it, and almost 17 years old with 169,000 when I had to sell it. And I took full advantage of what was in actuality a roller cam 1986 speed density Mustang engine (down rated about 10 HP because it lacked true dual exhaust)

Also had a 1981 Cougar with the same transmission, same reliability, but it had the anemic 200-whatever CI Windsor V8, so that doesn't really count


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horchoha wrote:

Out to the warm (60*F) shop this morning for to me is some relaxing metal working.

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I use hole saws, Forstner bits, and Brad Point bits to drill through aluminum. Use slow speed, this prevents the aluminum from heating up and distorting. I marked and drilled 1/4" holes next to my small radius corner holes for shearing the aluminum with electric shears.

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Like I said this works for me, there are most likely better ways and more expensive tools to use. Hope this may help some one along on their build.


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Well it's been a long time since I posted on this thread.
I see that I have around 19,000 klicks on the L.S.O. so I figured I'd pull it into the OEM garage for a check up (according to the OEM recommendations).
Believe me when I tell you he treated the L.S.O. like a champ!
He did a tune up...spark plugs, rotor, dist cap, HT wires, oil change, checked all fluid levels, wheel alignment, and tire rotation.
All good for another few klicks :cheers:

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Is that 19,000 of those little, metric Klicks, or 19,000 of the serious-length, Imperial Klicks, Perry?

In either case, that's quite an accomplishment. You're closing in on the highest figure I've seen mention yet, which was just north of 22,000 miles as I recall it. You'll probably add in another 5K this winter here in California.

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Lonnie-S wrote:
Is that 19,000 of those little, metric Klicks, or 19,000 of the serious-length, Imperial Klicks


Hey Lonnie, that was kms, so just about 12,000 miles.
Yes we hope to some miles on it touring California this coming winter!

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