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    Car care 101 -- it took a lot of work to get our newest addition into shape. Everything looked pretty much original and with 71,000 miles, the undercarriage looked like it had not been cleaned since it left the factory. The wheel wells and suspension were pretty sad looking, but... after several evenings and a couple of weekends we went from this:



    To this:



    In addition to the cleanup -- also changed trans fluid and filter; replaced rear trans seal; replaced rear u-joint; flushed cooling system and replaced all hoses; new 180 degree thermostat; recalibrated fan settings; new belts; new sway bar bushings; sanded and polished curb rash on rims; and replaced the fuel filter. By far, the most challenging maintenance item was replacing the heater hose assembly -- lots of time and head scratching on that puzzle. Time to reinstate full coverage and go for the first ride of the season!

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    Looks really good! I need to do the same to mine.

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    Awesome! Looks great!

    I did a little cleaning while I had my rim and wheel well off to take out the air pump but not as thorough as you. I need to take the time and really clean everything.

    What paint did you use for the center of the break rotor and spindle arm? What parts did you take off?

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    Looks great man!!

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    good job, wish I had the time/facilities to do that on my car

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    Def looks better then how it was before. Wish i had the time lol.

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    What paint did you use for the center of the break rotor and spindle arm? What parts did you take off?
    I used Caliper Paint, just because of the heat factor

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    Quote Originally Posted by TempleU_WS6 View Post
    Awesome! Looks great!

    I did a little cleaning while I had my rim and wheel well off to take out the air pump but not as thorough as you. I need to take the time and really clean everything.

    What paint did you use for the center of the break rotor and spindle arm? What parts did you take off?
    Thank you! The hub, rotor and bearing support are all POR -- degrease, wire brush and painted with a small foam brush. The upper and lower control arms and sway bar are Krylon semi-gloss black. The caliper is High Temp Cast Blast.

    The only parts removed were the sway bar, caliper bracket, and ABS harness. I also removed the wheel well liner and cleaned out the front and rear well cavities.

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    Looks really good and further pisses me off that GM barely painted the cars structural parts. I mean, even the firewall is hardly painted

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    I'll take that as a compliment! I am somewhat of a "clean freak" and looking at all the rusty suspension parts just got to me. Probably end up on medication sooner or later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Car care 101 -- it took a lot of work to get our newest addition into shape. Everything looked pretty much original and with 71,000 miles, the undercarriage looked like it had not been cleaned since it left the factory. The wheel wells and suspension were pretty sad looking, but... after several evenings and a couple of weekends we went from this:

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    To this:

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    In addition to the cleanup -- also changed trans fluid and filter; replaced rear trans seal; replaced rear u-joint; flushed cooling system and replaced all hoses; new 180 degree thermostat; recalibrated fan settings; new belts; new sway bar bushings; sanded and polished curb rash on rims; and replaced the fuel filter. By far, the most challenging maintenance item was replacing the heater hose assembly -- lots of time and head scratching on that puzzle. Time to reinstate full coverage and go for the first ride of the season!
    i like this. ir eally need a cleaning like this in my car.

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