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Progress

Lots of small parts today

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Replacement windshield washer sprayer. Turns out these things are supposed to be tack welded on to their clips, which is how I lost the original. More wasted money!

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New hood release cable, and a replacement clip.

Fixed my loose headlight connector. 2nd time is the charm apparently.

Also, silicone to secure my center caps!

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So trans ams use these center caps. These are accurate gm authorized reproductions, so I wondered why they didnt fit/ retain well. Turns out, they never fit well from the factory! The best versions they make have these metal clips, but they dont add much in the way of retention, considering they aren’t even secure in the cap. The solution is apparently to put a bead of silicone around the lip to essentially glue/shim them to the wheel. Gotta make sure to use 100% silicone that is metal safe, otherwise apparantly it can corrode the aluminum.

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Nice and clean. Now they will align with the spokes as well!

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Look how crummy my rally wheels look without trim rings. Yuck.

As far as inspection, I can detect a small amount of play in my ball joints. I really don’t think they are unsafe yet, but I am doubtful they will pass. I have an order I want to put things on, notably I want to install my subframe connector s before my exhaust so I have room to drill the holes. Where this comes to a screeching halt is that pro touring f body sent me two of the same side connector... Back in 2018. And I just now noticed. And I think they are closed for covid. Fuck.

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Pypes sends these u-clamp crush type exhaust clamps. I have heard that taking the pipe apart after using these and re fitting is very difficult.

For any oppos with experience, should I spend the money for band-syle clamps?

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