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    Excellent point on the fact that the original...

    Excellent point on the fact that the original damage shrunk the metal, didn't stretch it.
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    A couple of comments while we wait for the...

    A couple of comments while we wait for the master, MP&C, to step in.

    1. You don't need rapid cooling to shrink with a torch, the heating only will shrink a stretched area. The only effect that...
  3. Thread: wagon progress

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    Sticky: Do you think she won't notice when you put the...

    Do you think she won't notice when you put the patio table back on the patio? LOL
  4. Besides the "ghost line" problem, if you have any...

    Besides the "ghost line" problem, if you have any warpage due to welding, when you have a lap weld, that area is super stiff due to two panel thicknesses and cannot be straightened easily (if at all)...
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    You indeed have a TH350, and for whatever reason...

    You indeed have a TH350, and for whatever reason it has a TH400 style speedo drive. I don't know the answer to your question, but if you look up speedo gears at a website that sells them, you should...
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    Most any automotive paint store should be able to...

    Most any automotive paint store should be able to mix the Toyota color in whatever brand of base coat they sell (PPG, Axalta, Glasurit, Martin Senour, etc. Ask them if they can make you a spray out...
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    To change over to stock ram assist power steering...

    To change over to stock ram assist power steering on a trifive, you need the center link with p/s valve, the hydraulic cylinder and its mounting parts, a power steering pitman arm, a power steering...
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    With any power steering system, the "feel" and...

    With any power steering system, the "feel" and road wander characteristics are dependent on the valve that initiates the power assist. If the valve initiates too much hydraulic power too soon you...
  9. Thread: Passing it on

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    Most if not all rack and pinion conversions...

    Most if not all rack and pinion conversions require shorter aftermarket steering arms to get full or nearly full turning radius. This also quickens the steering ratio to more like what you'd expect...
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    Just to emphasize and make it real clear, the...

    Just to emphasize and make it real clear, the steering box and column for manual and factory power steering is the same for any trifive. The "power" part comes from a hydraulic cylinder attached to...
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    The 57 reproductions that look like true...

    The 57 reproductions that look like true originals have the same big/little diameter for the hose as the originals do.

    Note that the 55-56 a/c vents have the same 2-1/2" diameter hose barb on...
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    I knew that once upon a time, then promptly...

    I knew that once upon a time, then promptly forgot! LOL
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    With the LS6, you need to use a T56 from a gen4...

    With the LS6, you need to use a T56 from a gen4 Camaro and use its bellhousing or a Quick Time scattershield bellhousing for a gen4 Camaro. Anything else just makes things complicated. Use the...
  14. Thread: Price of argon

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    I'll answer my own question regarding the source...

    I'll answer my own question regarding the source of commercial argon. It is indeed from liquefying air and "distilling" the components. On the other hand, helium, another welding gas, is extracted...
  15. Thread: Price of argon

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    Holy cow! I knew helium had gotten expensive but...

    Holy cow! I knew helium had gotten expensive but hadn't heard anything about argon, and I haven't bought any in a while. Seems like last time it was $25-30 for a 125CF bottle. Does argon come...
  16. If you are going to remove the line and plug the...

    If you are going to remove the line and plug the master cylinder outlet (with the subsequent need to re-bleed), I'd double check that the line doesn't have a restriction/orifice in it as part of this...
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    Good luck and Happy Brexit!

    Good luck and Happy Brexit!
  18. I don't think you can have an internal leak in...

    I don't think you can have an internal leak in the throwout bearing. One side has brake fluid, the other side is vented to atmosphere. So it's going to be an external leak if there's a leak.
  19. I did some googling myself here, as I have a...

    I did some googling myself here, as I have a similar setup with a Tilton master cylinder (as opposed to the GM one) but a stock type GM throwout bearing.

    What I found out was that an OEM clutch...
  20. Your problem of losing the throwout bearing...

    Your problem of losing the throwout bearing stroke would seem to be leakage of fluid past the master cylinder seals back into the reservoir. The symptoms are opposite what they'd be if you had air. ...
  21. I don't think he's talking about the VIN tag...

    I don't think he's talking about the VIN tag itself, just the general area.

    The factory sometimes put a dimple where a hole might be drilled later. In this area, it might be for fasteners for a...
  22. Thread: Cribbing

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    I was under the perhaps misguided (or perhaps...

    I was under the perhaps misguided (or perhaps not) impression that a concrete block and a cinder block are the same thing. I found that for the most part they are not. Cinder blocks are made from...
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    What you see here is an example. Basically it is...

    What you see here is an example. Basically it is temporarily stabilizing/supporting a large or heavy object after you lift it or prepare to move it.

    The concrete blocks are a poor way to support...
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    If it is a pipe thread, then yes you used the...

    If it is a pipe thread, then yes you used the correct sealant. Have you tried tightening it more?
  25. Repro bumpers may not be as bad as you think. ...

    Repro bumpers may not be as bad as you think. And they may be a good economic choice compared to quality originals.
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