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Old 12-08-2018, 02:33 PM   #26
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Recently bought a NOS rack and pinion. Not 100% sure why though, lol. Kind of an impulse buy. In the past i've read how hard it is to find good racks for the car, and no longer available from GM(last dealer price was over 1k) and reman/rebuilds are 250-400 bucks. I paid 100 plus shipping.
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:18 PM   #27
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Bumper arrived. Gonna send it out for paint towards the end of winter and I'll have the spoiler-delete trunk lid painted then too. The spring will be when I do the Monaro conversion.


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Old 02-02-2019, 06:42 PM   #28
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:54 PM   #29
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Parts are back from paint. Trunk lid went on tonight along with genuine Holden vx taillights from Australia. Emblems on the back will go on tomorrow. Front bumper will go on sometime this long holiday weekend. I have to wet sand and polish the headlights and install the hids. The other conversion parts will be installed as soon as I can get to them.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:31 AM   #30
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The front bumper will definitely make an impact. Looking good.
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:23 PM   #31
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Exterior conversion will be complete tomorrow once I add the 1/4 panel badges and aim the headlights properly. Here is a pic on the initial rough test fit.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:32 AM   #32
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Coming along nicely!
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:40 PM   #33
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Only have the gauge cluster face, door sills, and engine cover left to install. Then I think the conversion is done.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:24 PM   #34
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Engine cover in the process of getting painted
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:31 PM   #35
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Car is turning out real nice, that blue is growing on me
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:49 PM   #36
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Still slowly working on the car. Recently replaced the sagging stock rear springs with brand new pedders brand zero-drop springs as well as installed new rear shocks which were blown. Ordered and recieved a set of 4 new tires which I need to make an appointment to get them installed. Replaced a broken trim panel on the interior and swapped out the Pontiac sill plate logos for holden logos. I even got around to fixing the driver's window which broke off the track guide. Common issue. Passenger side got fixed shortly after I bought the car. Tonight I just finished up installing a k&n cai setup. Bought it used on ebay but seller didn't include one support bracket and the heat shield was all rusty. So after stripping, treating and painting the heat shield, replacing the gasket around the shield, and fabricating a new bracket, its all in and fits great.

Next jobs are to replace the hood struts, front radius rod bushings and front sway bar links. Then maybe I can look into some power upgrades. Heads/cam/bolt -ons like my old '01 SS is the idea but I'd like a freshened up short block if I go that far. And finding a good used ls1 block is tough.

Oh, and the engine cover came out nice. However the easiest way to mount it is to buy used brackets from ebay Australia which I haven't got around to yet.
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Old 10-30-2020, 11:39 AM   #37
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Not much of an update but did get around to doing a few more small maintenance items.


I finally bought new tires for it, made a huge improvement at 58+mph. No more random vibrations. Due to the old rear suspension sagging so bad, the rear camber was horrible and half the rear tires were completely smooth. Made driving in the rain scary.
I also installed the new hood support struts so now it doesn't close on my head anymore.



Last night I started the install of the radius rod bushings, front sway bay end-links, and rear radius rod bushings. What a pain it was to get the one nut off the back of the radius rod. a 30mm nut rusted on and the nut itself is maybe 3/16" thick so socket kept popping off under load. Had to soak it with pblaster a few hours but finally got it off. Then I had to get the old bushing out of the control arm. After a while of hammering prying, cutting etc, it popped out and I had to then clean up the bore to fit the new bushings. So much surface rust. Oh well, I guess that what you get with a car that's lived most of its life by the jersey shore.

During disassembly, I noticed my tie rod end was shot, so I ordered a new pair which should get here next week which is fine.
Also had to order new rear 30mm nuts since they seem to be one time use, and even come with a locktite substance on them new. I then cleaned up all the rusty hardware that I have to reuse, mainly some big washers and a few small nuts. The actual radius rods were in pretty bad shape, paint peeling rusty etc, so I previously bought a used set in much better condition.


I daily drive the car about 50% of the time but the other 50% of the time I use a '05 honda odyssey that was given to us. This winter I was hoping to pull the GTOs LS1 and do a simple build but the closer it gets to the winter, the less likely it seems that I will have the time, so maybe I'll collect all the parts and do the build next winter.


I will say this... between working on my 2001 SS when I had it and this '04 GTO, The Camaro was so much more simple. Less stupid issues, less common faults. With this car, you can roll down a window, make a turn, and your door will swing wide open, that's always fun. Several times I actually thought if I should sell/part out the GTO and build/get something else, but so far I'm holding onto it.






Another quick update... Car will be apart in my garage until at least December. I need to clean/replace a bunch of the basic hardware on the front suspension and it turns out there's a nut that's in poor shape and seems to be a one time use deal. Trying to order a replacement was a pain. out of 3 places that advertise having it, 1 stated "out of stock/discontinued", so i ordered from the second, only to get a refund a week later with the only explanation being some small text under reason saying "discontinued". So I ordered from the final option. Got a phone call the next day saying he has 10 of the nuts, but they are in Australia until at least the end of November. So now I wait. The more stuff like this that happens (non-availability of basic parts) the more I'm going to want to part the car out and stick the drivetrain in my '88 GTA. The car is cool and unique, especially with the monaro conversion, but its just annoying now.

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Old 12-07-2020, 01:11 PM   #38
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still waiting for two radius rod nuts.... the car is looking more and more like a good donor for my gta....




update. ETA for 2 nuts is early january.... anyone wanna buy a gto roller?

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Old 01-26-2021, 08:04 PM   #39
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Radius Rod Nuts came in about 2 weeks ago. Haven't had time to put the suspension back together yet, maybe this week/weekend. Car is covered in dust, still on jack stands. Owning a obscure car is fun...... I wonder what the trade in value is....
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