What a great day! Good Ole Wayne (29DeSoto) and his trusted companion "Cody The Wonder Dog" came over and we changed the rear leaf springs on the RD - what a wonderful difference in the ride! I guess these leaf springs really do have a life-span of about 100K miles. By the way, we got both springs done in 90 minutes! That very well might be a record! I'm very grateful it went as smoothly as it did.
While in a wrenching-mood, I was also fortunate that Wayne brought me a Heater Blower Motor from a Fiero he had laying around. We modified my heater box (basically cut the front cover for easy access) and mounted the new fan motor - HOLY CRAP! what a difference in the increased air-flow with that larger cage!
All in all, a wonderful day - got a couple of projects done and had a wonderful time visiting with great company (tu).
Finally got around to replacing the door seals on the RD -- doors shut quite a bit more snugly now. Hopefully, by eliminating the nearly 1 inch gap from shrinkage will cut down on road noise in the cabin as well as rain water getting in.
Also took the time to replace the battery cut-out switch. It was a HF unit (glad I bought a spare) and just got all wonky last week - thought I had a dead battery but found the switch just wasn't making consistent contact when engaged - I guess $3 bucks every 3-4 years ain't too bad considering I engage/disengage every single time I start/stop this daily driver.
All is well once again Pretty benign day maintenance wise. Too bad the rain/wind is so harsh otherwise I'd take one of 'em out for a spin -- trees & branches down all over the place - roads just aren't prime for a "fun" drive today.
Well, the Tourer finally got a new stereo today! Been holding off till the new Fiero seats got in.
Managed to find a decent Sony CD player/deck from BestBuy and wired it all up. Also took this opportunity to wire-in a Poly Switch (pPTC) across the terminals of the battery cutoff switch - this enables just enough power to the memory of the deck but still prevents power to the solenoid when cutoff switch is "open" (page 55 of Rick Astley's).
Seat speakers are great! What an upgrade from the cheesy (and tired) old "Clarion" AM/FM cassette deck that had a build date of 1983
It's quite interesting having a pair of speakers right behind your head.