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wrnglrx
post Apr 19 2013, 01:18 PM
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Hello guys and gals I joined the forum a few months back. Just thought I would finally say Hi. When do you guys and gals meet up? I haven't been out with my iroc much this year just because my inspection is out and don't really have the cash for a new set of rear tires. I've got a few other toys that I have been neglecting and now I've promised the gf a trip which san fran. oh how the money just goes into the bank and right back out. dammit.gif
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post Apr 19 2013, 10:15 PM
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Welcome to the club. It's been slow around here and we haven't had a gathering in a while. Regardless, stick around, things may change soon. Tell us more about your car and post up some pictures.
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post Apr 21 2013, 09:59 AM
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Welcome to the club, AJ! party.gif

Albani is right, it's been very slow here lately. Most of our cars are dead (it's a Chevy club afterall lol.gif ).
We used to meet for breakfast once a month and occasionally "invade" a drive-in joint for fun.
The activity here should pick up soon, I am hoping. We can schedule some monthly breakfasts again.

Once again, welcome to the club. And post up some pictures in the gallery (register for it and I'll grant you access).

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post Apr 22 2013, 09:17 AM
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Chillen with a good friend of mine and his group Texas Thunder.






Did the LED Upgrade and painted the Metal faceplate a chrome color to help with light emitting.

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post Apr 22 2013, 09:25 AM
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A good friend of mine has a group called texas thunder that has a gathering every 2nd sat. of the month at the Top Notch Hamburger joint on Burnet Rd. Just incase any of you guys want to hangout with some other gear heads. It's a pretty cool place to chill and look at some car candy.
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post Apr 22 2013, 09:35 AM
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It's a work in progress. My old man has had the car for 14 years. The motor was rebuilt after 210,000 mile run. A few things were done. Like bored 0.30 over, add a much better cam to get the power back where it should be. Still need to work on getting the ecm tuned. next upgrade is to junk the 2.73 out back and stuff in 3.73 gears to get some pep back in the rear end. although I'm not looking to make a track car out of it or some nasty drag car. Just want it to run smooth and strong yet get another 200,00 miles out of it. It's been such a great car to just go out and enjoy some nice weather with the ttops off.

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post Apr 22 2013, 10:03 AM
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Nice IROC. How is the interior?
Btw, I approved your gallery registration, you can put some pictures there, if you'd like, but I see that you already have a photobucket account.


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post Apr 22 2013, 10:34 AM
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Don't have many pics of the interior but I'll take a few after work today and post up. It's not bad for being all original but needs work for sure. the headliner has been redone and sail panels but everything else on the car is all factory. Next plan is to start repainting plastics, get rid of the cloth seats and have them redone in vinyl. Thinking I will probably just dye the carpet black. Still have to fix the dry rot on some of the rear plastic panels.
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post Apr 22 2013, 10:40 AM
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So the paint is original from factory? It looks very good for the age of the car.
If your seats are out for the upholstery job, I would recommend replacing the carpet instead of dying it. The reason is that if you want to get rid of the old musty smell, you need to pull the carpet out. The carpet and the underlay hold a lot of mold and smells from the years, especially if your T-tops leaked a little. And also, the carpet would have to be cleaned perfectly to accept the dye. Not easy on a 28 y/o piece.
But it is just a recommendation from my experience, that's all.


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post Apr 22 2013, 10:52 AM
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That's why I like these forums. Love to hear words from the wise. Yes the car is all original along with everything in the engine bay. The paint looks great from 30 feet. But when you get close all the blemish's are clear as day. paint is peeling and front bumper is having the whole spider web cracking like they all get after years of sun but hey I still polish it and keep it in the garage just to preserve what I already have. Until more funds come available to get all of the things I need done to it.
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post Apr 22 2013, 12:32 PM
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Here are some interior pics.




Updated the charge cable to "0" gauge.



Some fading from the sun.

Privacy cover still works.

eventually will have to repaint this area soon.


Factory paint is giving out on me.


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post Apr 22 2013, 03:51 PM
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Oh yes, those dreaded spider cracks on bumper paint, I had those too. All sanded down now. biggrin.gif Just looking for a good painted to get my convertible back on the road. Can't wait!!!

The interior looks very nice. Though to be realistic, pictures usually don't do it justice. One has to experience it up close.
Dash pad and center console seem in great shape, that's nice.

Are those LED dome lights under the knee panels?

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Ok, be very very careful here ... you want to make sure that you don't call certain people "old" .... lol.gif


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post Apr 22 2013, 03:59 PM
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yes, the whole interior is all done in led super bright white light. It was well worth the upgrade. They are so much brighter. I can actually find stuff, if I drop it.
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post Apr 22 2013, 04:06 PM
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Nice. I would like to see it sometime, in the dark.
Did you buy pre-made LED-bulbs or did you make your own?

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post Apr 22 2013, 04:34 PM
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Def. Pre made. I just got them from good ol fleabay. Just look For the 194 led bulb replacement. Think I got like 10 for 12 bucks.
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post Apr 22 2013, 09:48 PM
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Hehe, you call it fleaBay too? Sweet.
I want some LED bulbs for the boat. The current 194's are pretty low-power and generate dim yellow light through the cabin. So I would like to brighten it up without fear of running down the battery overnight.
Do you know how much current your new 194's draw?


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post Apr 22 2013, 10:54 PM
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Doesn't give me the amp draw but these are the one I bought. I got 2 orders to replace pretty much every light bulb in the interior. I'm very pleased with them as well.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140784053473?ssPag...984.m1438.l2649

This is what I used for the dome light.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180793313145?ssPag...984.m1439.l2649
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post Apr 22 2013, 11:06 PM
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Thanks, that link helps.
I looked up also other LED bulbs and for example the standard 28W 1157 supposedly draws 5W in the LED version. That is very good power savings. So I assume that the 5W 194 bulb will draw less than 1W in LED form. That would be great. I can light up the boat cabin without depleting the battery, nice.
Do you have any personal input on the 5-element vs 20-element bulbs?

I will also order a pair of the 1157's because that's what is used in the mast light and the front nav running light. The mast light must be lit all night while at anchor so that sure will save me a few amp-hours.

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post Apr 23 2013, 07:22 AM
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I opted for the 20 element for the shear light output. Some people don't like the additional brightness since you will have to get some type of additional adjuster to dim the led in case of too much light. So I chose for maximum light and got the 20 led per light. I think it was just perfect in the sense of how the light is dispersed out. It's a wide angle for sure at least a 180 deg. output. Also the light is crisp and not soft.
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post Apr 23 2013, 10:54 AM
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Really nice ride man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!


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