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« Reply #3000 on: July 22, 2017, 03:30:33 PM »

Sewing won't work because the vinyl is stretched so tight on the roof and if any sewed seams are bad then the top
should be replaced.
I use a chemical process and heat. I use a very fine but strong fiberglass mesh for a patch and a special vinyl cream.
What I do is cut a piece of mesh just a bit larger than the damage then coat it with the cream. I lay it over the
damage, cover that with a small sheet of teflon and heat it with a small hot iron that fuses the patch to the vinyl.
The teflon sheet prevents the hot iron from melting the vinyl which can happen if the heat is applied too long.
I then cool it with small flat block of aluminum (heat sink) that also presses the repair flat. Vinyl cream is then
troweled over the repair and heated with a heat gun to fill in any low spots. Once I'm satisfied with that I then
spray some colour over the repair with my airbrush. When the colour is dry I heat a piece of silicone rubber that
has a grain pattern on it and lay it over the repair then press it down with the heat sink. Once it's cooled you can
remove the grainer and if everything worked out properly you will have or should have an invisible repair.
Once I do that to all the small patches I can recolour the entire roof.
The process will work best when the cracks are small like mine were. I have done tops that were more severely
damaged but by that time the vinyl is usually too dried out to have a scar free repair.

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« Reply #3001 on: July 29, 2017, 10:42:49 AM »

My '81 Eldo has been sounding a bit "throaty" lately, and she's turning heads for all the wrong reasons.  Turns out a strip has rotted out of the muffler so I've ordered a new one.  Sad

Took her out to Port Stanley to Mackies (famous burger joint) to a new weekly show.  It's a parking lot show, but under 5 steps to sand, so hard to beat the location.  Local Lions running the show.  1st show had less than 30 cars; last night the assigned parking (60ish cars) was FULL and they may have to move the show over a few rows.  If you're out that way on a Friday night, great show with good music and lots of prizes.

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« Reply #3002 on: July 30, 2017, 08:11:59 AM »


 Yes, that sounds like a good show. Show the car and go for a swim....

 Mike
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« Reply #3003 on: July 31, 2017, 08:22:41 PM »

So far I haven't done any shows this year. But the weather looks good tomorrow so I'll try to take a car into work.
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« Reply #3004 on: August 01, 2017, 08:15:34 AM »

I haven't done any shows either. My car is looking a bit shabby with the missing right corner filler pieces
and a repaired top that still needs to re-coloured. The main thing is that cracked right side exhaust
manifold that needs to be either repaired or replaced but that fix will be expensive because all the smog
control stuff has to come off first. I could live with the first two waiting to be done but that noisy exhaust
manifold is what's keeping the car parked. Like some children a Cadillac should be seen and not heard.

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« Reply #3005 on: August 01, 2017, 08:36:26 AM »


 The only show I did was the FCCI this tear. I was ready to go to the show in Goderich, but it pored rain all day. No plans for any others until our show.

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« Reply #3006 on: August 01, 2017, 05:46:03 PM »

If I can find the funds for the exhaust repair I will do our show but there are a few more important
things I am doing that also need to be funded. Other than that I will probably remain parked up for
the rest of the season.

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« Reply #3007 on: August 04, 2017, 06:09:36 PM »

I went to see Roberto at Elgin North Auto. It's been awhile, yet he still remembered me. I'm going g to get this fixed. I pulled the moldings off the left side of the STS to reveal a repaint. I'll have it done in time for our show too.

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« Reply #3008 on: August 06, 2017, 09:11:23 AM »

The left radiator tank started to leak in my Fleetwood a couple of weeks ago, so I bought a spectra rad from Rock Auto. Finished installing it yesterday. The 94 has a vent hose that runs from the surge tank to the radiator but the new rad doesn't have a fitting for it.
I just put a bolt in the end of the hose with a clamp on it.
It seems to be working fine but I do need to figure out something more permanent.

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« Reply #3009 on: August 06, 2017, 11:27:17 AM »

I believe they discontinued that radiator purge line for 1995-96.
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« Reply #3010 on: August 07, 2017, 08:39:55 AM »

You would be right. It was a 94 only thing.
I'll be looking for a 95-6 purge tank for it.
I remembered having a spare in the shed but its a 94 as well.

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« Reply #3011 on: August 07, 2017, 09:47:42 AM »

I would leave it; removing the tank puts stress on the Tee joint on the heater core line that feeds the tank which is notorious for cracking. I had to replace the whole dual heater core assembly just to replace the Tee and I don't think they make them anymore.
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« Reply #3012 on: August 07, 2017, 12:07:26 PM »

I'm not going to remove it. I'll be replacing it with one that doesnt have the vent as the radiator doesn't have the fitting for it. It will be the same as the 95- 96 models.

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« Reply #3013 on: August 07, 2017, 12:23:27 PM »

I mean, the act of lifting the tank up to detach the hose connection on the bottom puts stress on the Tee. Installing the new one will also require bending the hose out of place to make the bottom connection before dropping it down into place. Not a guarantee that it will break, but a risk and cost for a new tank that I wouldn't bother with. Is it that obvious? Is there a cleaner plug you could do?
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« Reply #3014 on: August 08, 2017, 08:25:58 AM »

There are 2 hoses coming out of the top of the tank. I might be able to put a T fitting in the other hose and have both go into one.

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