What a week! I'd be the happiest guy on the planet if the weather stayed like this 365 days a year.
Mosquitos have been out in full force though - I got chowed on the past few days ... so if your around MA and see piles of mosquitos dead due to alcohol poisoning, you now know why.
Forsynthias are starting to yellow already! About a month early! Too bad in a few days temps will be back in the 20's early in the morning. Probably going to kill off everything that's sprouted up 4 weeks ahead of schedule.
Busy busy busy with the warm weather! Finally fixed a bad vacuum leak on the Marquis. Fixed the fuel issue with the Blazer. I installed an inline pump, but the problem ended up being the power supply to the original pump. Ran the power into the fuse block, and we haven't had it stall since!
Also spent a couple days tearing down my Government Motors "Wonder of Engineering" - aka Chevy Silverado 1500 with 52k on it. Had to replace BOTH lower ball joints. They've had lots of play in them since I hit 40k miles. Go figure - they're 4 times the size of the uppers ... but they failed first?? Not complaining, as the whole upper control arm needs to be swapped out when those go. Of course nothing is greaseable so no surprise they fail so quick. Boy if there was a GM engineer without their ears ringing these past few days .... I cursed every one of them!! GM has decided that rivets weren't enough to keep backyard mechanics out of their front ends, so they pressed in these ball joints. I had to slam this thing with a 4 lb. sledge & an air chisel before it finally popped out! The proper way would have been to remove the whole lower control arm and bring it to the press ... but I was all set with that. I will say the lower control arm held up well to some SERIOUS abuse. Guess that's why I'm in such a good mood today - took out LOTS of frustration on it!
I then had to make attachments for my ball joint press out of an old exhaust pipe and a thick aluminum piece from a boat trailer in order to install the new *GREASEABLE* (wow!) Moogs. Just about bent my 12 year old Harbor Freight press I bought back when I was living in Phoenix! Also have to put Loctite 680 retaining compound on them, which was supplied with each one. I didn't like how the circlip stood a 1/4" inch above the control arm ... but as hard as that thing was to get in, I doubt it'll be moving anytime soon.
Then, I decided to upgrade the suspension to some Bilsteins. We have them in the Marquis, and they absolutely transformed the ride & handling of that car to levels I never thought possible! So I picked up a chinese "heavy duty"
press off eBay to replace the front struts that are now used on the new body style 4x4's. Well, the damn thing bent ... and the spring didn't even flinch! SO off to the local shop I go with both of them the next morning. He takes one look at them and says their press can't handle anything this heavy. So I grabbed a container of lube .. and went to the dealer.
OWW! At first the service writer seemed to have a lack of understanding as to what exactly I was there for .. but I showed him the stock struts and the Bilsteins in the trunk of the Marquis and said I want THIS into THIS. He understood then. Had to leave them there & drive 35 minutes back home, finish up the ball joints & wait for the phone call. They called around 13:00 ... so back out there ... an hour :10 minutes driving & $90 for both. Ouch ... but what was I gonna do. At least it's done. But the charge was actually $85 .. but $5 shop supplies. Shop supplies??? You mean the 6 flimsy nuts they included to replace ones 3 times the size that came with the truck? Ok .... plus the guy put the speed nuts on backwards. Found that out after getting that 30lb assembly into position .... so had to pull it back out & flip them around, which was a pain in the ass.
But it's all done. Just got to install rear shocks today - was too beat to finish the job that day. The truck now feels like the day it left the showroom .... minus the pulsating brakes.