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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:30 am 
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2000 SSEi - SilverBullet - 78,000 kms, 4" "straight shot" custom headlight ram air inlet, TOGs, 1.9's, Lsd, 2.9-3.4"MPS 10-15 psi, Ported GenV, EGR eliminated, OR pushrods, oil volume kit, trani cooler & shift kit, Titanium retainers, 90 lb springs, 160 Stat, 42# injectors, Fuel pump voltage increase, Wideband O2, 3" to dual 2 1/2" Magnaflows, Snow Meth/water injection, after SC temp gauge, 255/50WR17, timing commander set 15-18*@WOT, 2 speed Fan over-ride, disabled DRL, Solid motor mount, Meziere Electric water pump, adjustable fuel pressure regulator, Drilled & slotted rotors/ceramics, GXP sway bars and STB, Upgraded and rebuilt transmission, Pioneer Bluetooth stereo with sub and 800 W amps, PB 13.5 quarter, (April 2014 car of the month)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:54 pm 
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well, the cladding was hardly my main concern once I got into it... I had a hell of a time lining up that fender. I have done several Bonneville fenders and none of them were this tricky. The fender I got was cheap because someone had already tried to take it off but didn't know what they were doing, and all the brackets were bent and twisted slightly. Secondly, it was rotted out on the bottom so I couldn't attach the two bolts at the rocker panel. Anyone who has looked for a 96-99 fender in the past few years knows that every single one is rotted there. Thirdly, since the car got hit in the front corner the bumper cover was smushed up there and making the corner light not fit right. therefore, alignment was a b-otch :banghead:

But it looks decent now! the perfectionist in me can't stand certain aspects of it, but certainly a cheap improvement over the original. Next weekend I will sand the bumper where the paint rubbed off and use a rattle can to make that look a little better til I can get another bumper. Then I will wash, do a quick wax, and get some pics :)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:34 pm 
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I fixed up the interior this weekend! :bwoohoo:

So you know how when you have AL7s, and you go to the junkyard and find a car with you leather color, at first you're excited. Then you see that the only nice seat is the passenger seat, which you don't need. This was one of those times. I found a car with my color interior and AL7s! But, the driver's side outside bolster was completely wrecked. Passenger side was in very nice shape.

So what do I do? I buy both seats. The new passenger side one is better than the one that's in the car, so that was a complete swap. As for the driver's seat, I had a theory that while the tracks and bottom seat cover are side specific, the seatbacks are not. So folks who have torn driver's side AL7s and have been searching for a cover to no avail, keep reading! I managed to remove the seatback from the passenger side seat that was in the car when I bought it, and swap it onto the bottom cushion and tracks that I got from the JY. And all the buttons/ functions of the seat work! It is a bit time consuming, but worth it if you are like me and have an old car whose PO did not take care of the leather.

Took over the spare room for a weekend...

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Tracks off. The tracks had to be swapped with the originals on both because the 96 seatbelts are different!

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Parts removed from the original passenger seat. The cover has to be peeled back to get the seatback out. FSM calls for the cushion to be completely removed, but the second time around I just removed the hog rings on the cover and smushed the cushion out of the way.

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The feet for all the tracks were rusted, so I painted them with this Rustoleum "rust reformer" paint before re-installing. I dunno, couldn't hurt.

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Me all haggard on the floor fussing with the hog rings :banghead:

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ahhaaa! got it out and putting it on the new bottom cushion!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:38 pm 
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In the meantime, I decided to clean up the interior nicely while the seats were out.

Mats before, tan sucks! it is not forgiving at all with stains.

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Use this stuff and a brush first on the bad stains.

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Then I put it in the wash. Whenever I wash these mats, I am carefuly to have as little tooth-to-carpet contact, the teeth on the back of the mats are quite tough and WILL damage the rug. So try this at your own risk, I put mine on the knits setting and arranged them thoughtfully.

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Carpets before

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Carpets after. Didn't have time to really scrub every little stain unfortunately.

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And I located a door panel :banana: boy that looks better than the clawed-up one.

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And then that's it! The driver's seat bottom cushion I found wasn't in the best of shape, but I think we all can agree it is better than the one that I had before :lol: The car is a nice place to be now, just like a Bonneville interior should be :)

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Wow! What a night and day difference.

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Dang! Interior looks great! - BC

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:49 am 
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Looking really good Rachael !!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:56 am 
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Nice improvement. Bless those organ donor Bonne's.

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Wow! Really cool to see the amount of work you have gotten done on it in such a short time. It's looking great! Did you use the same spray you used on the floor mats to get the stains out of the carpets? When the weather gets nice (hopefully soon, never know with this crazy New England weather....), I would like to clean up my carpets a bit.

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thank you all! It was fun taking all these rough parts and making them work. The donor car had been sitting in that junkyard since 2012!! it was not in good shape any more.

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I had the opportunity to detail the car this past weekend. I was visiting my parents, and they have a garage. After claying the car, I could finally see just how damaged the clear coat was. The fine scratches were very deep and my buffer/ pads couldn't get them out completely. The main problem was that I only had one yellow cutting pad. Once that was clogged I had to switch to orange, and that just wasn't strong enough. Still, the car looks much nicer than it did before, and quite respectable for a $700 car. I also did a much-needed coolant flush.

While I was polishing, I attempted to touch up the bumper. The color is Stone Beige Metallic, and none of the parts stores sell it. So I combined two other GM colors and got a result that is good enough, especially from a distance.

My hasty prep work. I got a little overspray on the corner light but the rest was pretty contained :-$

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And a dusting of Pewter because the silver is too bright by itself

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If you have a stone beige metallic car and are feeling cheap like I was, here's what I used.

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Spent a good long time with Menzerna Super Intensive Polish.

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Products I used, not pictured is the Meguiar's clay bar and a whole lot of microfiber towels.

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Finished. After having a dark color Bonneville, this color is not exactly a detailer's delight. But it looks well cared-for now at least. How do you get silver to pop anyway??

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I took the car to Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA for a little photo shoot. Here you can see the fender I put on and the bumper touch-up. The fender is slightly off, but most people say they don't notice until I point it out.

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Now my list reads:

LIM gaskets
SC coupler
Trans cooler lines/ trans service
Patch nylon fuel line (PO repaired it but wasn't as good at it as I am haha. Seeps a little at the union.)
Airmix actuator
Clear corners
Chrome exhaust tips

Then I'll be happy :)

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Looks great! I know what you mean about silver. My Bonneville never really popped. But Stewie, now he popped. Peter doesn't pop even though its dark blue. I've tried

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:31 pm 
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Thanks! Yeah, some paints are just nothing special. You'd think with all the metal flake in SBM it would be more dazzling... it does look better in person though. My snapshot digital camera has seen better days lol.

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Nice car, looks so good with those wheels. You did a great job bringing it back to life :)

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WOW. You can sure make a car look good! What kind of Michelin tires are those? Looking for new tires to put on my swoopies.

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I too wonder how you can make silver pop.

Also, swoopies look better on that generation than they do on the 2000+. Your car is amazing.

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