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    Stripped brake caliper mounting bolt hole

    I had to replace my right-rear caliper last week, but when I went to tighten the right mounting bracket bolt (towards the front of the car) it didn't feel "right." I decided to check on it again and now I can feel that the bolt hole appears to be stripped. I went as far as replacing the bolt...
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    Bleeding brakes on my '81. Pro tips anyone?

    After discovering the brake fluid in my vette was at least 6 years old, and seeing that it was no longer clear, I decided I wanted to change the brake fluid out. The method I was going to use was gravity bleed through the rear calipers first, but making sure the fluid never got empty at the M/C...
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    E4ME air horn gasket

    Anybody know where I can get an E4ME air horn gasket? Looks like I need to replace my TPS, and while I'm in there I might as well change the gasket as it appears to be leaking (see photos of wet gasket). Thanks! -Tatortot
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    Code 21: TPS test procedure help. Paging Gerry!

    After taking a break from working on the ol' vette, I'm back at it again. It has been throwing an intermittent code 21 (TPS). I have cleared the codes and it didn't come immediatly back on, but it has done this a couple of times now. I'm looking at the test procedure in the shop manual (page...
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    Poor MPG. Tune-up suggestions?

    I just filled the 'vette up today with 17 gallons. I calculated the MPG to be 7.74 mi/gal, which is obviously terrible. I do believe a lot can be attributed to driving habits. I rarely drive it, and when I do, it is very short trips around the neighborhood. Perhaps 5 miles at a time, some WOT...
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    Recommend jack and jack stands?

    I've decided I need a few more tools to really dig in on maintenance on my 'vette (it's an '81). Does anyone have any recommendations on jack and jack stand packages? Something that could ALSO lift my daily driver (2000 Olds. Bravada) would be great. I've been eying this on amazon. Any...
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    Dumb oil shelf-life question

    I have a 3-4 quarts of oil that I've had sitting on the shelf for 10-12 years or so. I just want to make sure it's still okay to use. Any chance the detergents/additives have separated from the oil? One is regular ol' Valvoline 10w-30, and the others are Valvoline "High Mileage" (or something...
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    Transporting car across country?

    My little sister is moving from Virginia to Oakland, California the beginning of next month. I've been given the task of trying to figure out if shipping her 2010 Yaris makes equitable sense. I've gotten a bunch of quotes from brokers (barf), but does anyone know of any good company that has...
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    Virginia Antique plate mount ideas?

    So I just got Antique plates for my '81, but the flippin' things only have upper mounting holes. So I guess this means I either affix the plates with double sided tape, or drill in to the plate itself. The drilling idea kinda sucks as the letters are centered lower on the plate than a normal...
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    FREE: 81-96 mirror glass Trunnion

    I bought this Trunnion about 10 years ago in a parts buying binge. :L Turns out it's for electric mirrors which my 'vette doesn't have. So, if you have electric mirrors from 81-96 and need a trunnion, let me know and I'll pop it in the mail for you. Shipping is on me. I have no use for it...
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    FREE: 81-96 mirror glass Trunnion

    I bought this Trunnion about 10 years ago in a parts buying binge. :L Turns out it's for electric mirrors which my 'vette doesn't have. So, if you have electric mirrors from 81-96 and need a trunnion, let me know and I'll pop it in the mail for you. Shipping is on me. I have no use for it...
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    Spare tire size?

    For the hell of it, I decided to pull the spare tire and see just how old it really was. Date code brings it to 1997. Yikes... I need to get a new one on there. The size on it right now is P205/75R15, which I believe is the stock size. Any reason to deviate from that size? I have a spare wheel...
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    Complete list of bulbs?

    Is there a complete list of all bulbs for an '81 vette anywhere? I have both the shop manual and assembly manual, but I'll be damned if I can find any bulb info. If you guys have a page number, that'd be greatly appreciated. I have my two rear quarter panel lights missing, and that tiny bulb...
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    Tire Pressure

    I have BF Goodrich Radial T/A's size 255 60R 15 on my '81 vette. The door tag says 35 PSI cold on the standard 225 70 tires (mine are the optional larger size). The MAX pressure for those tires is 35 PSI. What pressure do you think I should inflate to? I have them at 33 PSI right now. Thanks...
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    Code 21 & 23

    Check engine light went on briefly, twice. I took it for a drive and the light never came on again. Seemed to drive fine. It's been sitting for a while and I only take it out for short trips every few weeks. Anyways, I check the codes (first time doing this). When I grounded pin D&E there was a...
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    Daily driver: Need GM Part number look-up

    I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada. The outside ambient air temperature (in the overhead console) is reading incorrectly. About 20 degrees too cool! I replaced one of the sensors today, but no change, so I'm guessing it's the other sensor. The part number on the actual part is: 90477289 I can...
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    Loose hanging wires.....

    I'm digging deeper into the 'vette, and I'm finding more and more issues. Vacuum lines not hooked up, grounds not attached, etc, but I think I got most of it sorted out. Anyone know off the top of their head what these two connectors go to? The green one is taped to a bunch of other wires under...
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    Radiator desbris

    I was working on the ol' vette and I noticed there is a small forest of leaves at the bottom of my radiator. I cannot reach them even with a pole on the end of a vacuum. The A/C coils appear to be in the way. Is there any way to loosen it, or any other trick to get at these leaves between the...
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    Air snorkel ducting

    I noticed today that the two connecting ducts from the air snorkel to the air intakes are tattered and have holes in them. The parts I'm talking about are the accordion-like flexible connecting ducts. Does anyone make a replacement part, and if so, where? Also, the passenger side snorkel itself...
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    Grounding strap location?

    I was poking around my engine bay today, and I saw this grounding strap laying across the passenger side valve cover. It looks like it's attached to the back of the EGR or thereabouts. Anyone know where it should be hooked to? Thanks! -Tatortot
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