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    Very nice. I always wanted a cruise control on status light when I had the station wagon. But never really looked into it in depth
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    What I used to do with 8 track and cassette players is clean the heads, capstan and rollers with long swabs and denatured alcohol. That got things clean. The tape cleaners didn't do well. I am sure there may be better ways to do things now. That is what I did in the 70-90s.

    That is a good idea for a cruise control "On" light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Muscle View Post
    Very nice. I always wanted a cruise control on status light when I had the station wagon. But never really looked into it in depth
    Thanks Phil. I dont think it is very compicated to do. Just need to refrence the evtm and I am sure one can snag a switched ground or power and get a light to turn on with cruise on.

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    What I used to do with 8 track and cassette players is clean the heads, capstan and rollers with long swabs and denatured alcohol. That got things clean. The tape cleaners didn't do well. I am sure there may be better ways to do things now. That is what I did in the 70-90s.

    That is a good idea for a cruise control "On" light.
    I think that may still be the best way to clean them. I should have thought about all of this while I was bench testing the unit. Now that it is all installed I dont want to remove it...also I have no reason to do so. Just wanted to try the tape cleaner out as I forgot to (didnt even think of) cleaning everything before hand.

    If I am ever forced to pull the cluster I will pursue this. Small green LED that matched my alarm light and low fuel light will do the job nicely.
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    Holy shit... I know I have been away for a bit but damn, your car has had great progress! Very nice! I did the same thing, with going back to a stock cassette deck on GMGT. No need for fancy audio lol.

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    You still can use the swab and denatured alcohol to clean the parts when the stereo is installed. You will get allot of the dirt. Just have to be more careful and the swab has to be soaked so the lint will not get caught on anything. 5 minute job.

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    Have to clean all of the parts though, not just the head. The tape runs across a couple of guide pins, and on the capstan and pinch roller. Crud on the head makes it sound flat and dull, crud on the capstan and pinch roller can cause speed problems. crud on the pins just transfers back to the tape so it spreads through all the rest of the system.

    One of the issues with tapes now at this point in time is they can break down and shed the magnetic material which makes an absolute mess inside. Basically its the same mechanism as sticky steering wheels and other interior panels.

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    The tape cleaner I had used contained a cloth type tape and you add a cleaning solution to it. I think the idea is that whatever the tapes cloth touches it cleans or maybe moves the dirt around? Its all voodoo to me. I am just glad a junkyard picked 12 dollar radio worked!...especially one that I never really intended on installing but am now so happy that I did. Thanks for all the tips on cleaning. Certainly handy.
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    the cleaner tapes work OK for regular maintenance but when they get really crapped up it requires a little more work. usually that only happens on things that haven't been cleaned in a long time, or if you run a tape that is coming apart. I ended up with a bad tape on my reel to reel and it got brown gummy crap everywhere.

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    The tapes degrading and the belts melting are two things you have me worried about....
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    the belts are just a thing that has to be dealt with every couple of decades. Not so bad when you change them before they fail, but when it turns to that black sticky goo inside its a real mess to deal with.

    Tapes are hit and miss, certain ones are fine just about forever, others are crap. Ampex tapes especially seem to be bad for whatever reason. Cassettes are newer than the reel tape I have here, most of my stuff is from the mid 60s and mostly still fine. The tape formulas on cassettes are somewhat more stable too, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just have a look inside if you start hearing an awful screeching noise to make sure the pinch roller isn't covered in brown gak. If that happens, chuck the tape.

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    Been sitting on the ADTR Boxed upper (adjustable) and lower rear control arms since around September..life happened but just got to them today.

    I had purchased and planned to use spherical bushings in the diff ears but I found out Mustang ones are different sizes and just are too small to fit..so Everything stayed poly for the complete quadrabind rear end.

    Everything fit no problem...just a bit tricky to grease the upper arms upper zerk fitting. Otherwise it just plain worked.

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    New and old upper:



    And all installed and greased:





    And the sway bar fits up perfectly:



    They sure are nice and heavy duty feeling.
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    Cool!, how does it handle now?



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    ooo purdy. interested in how it handles now as well!
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    Nice! I imagine the ride will change a bit. I know when I had lift bars installed on the Malibu (they were almost the same), it completely changed the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitymerc View Post
    Cool!, how does it handle now?
    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Muscle View Post
    ooo purdy. interested in how it handles now as well!
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    Nice! I imagine the ride will change a bit. I know when I had lift bars installed on the Malibu (they were almost the same), it completely changed the ride.
    Supper was ready and I covered the car back up and have not drove it since.

    If I notice any difference I hope it is not a negative one.

    Reason I picked them up is to have the ability to adjust the pinion angle (if needed) to subdue the wheel hop I have experienced.

    I have to say my gut and neck are aching today. Havent been under a car like that since the trans install back in late March early April 2020. Its no fun working on the floor. Knee escaped the endeavor unscathed which is something I was worried about so there's a plus.

    Silly me...sitting on these parts for all these months and I could have ordered zerk caps...did it this morning. Will be in shortly to protect the grease fittings on the control arms.
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    Popped some grease zerk fitting rubber crap keeperouters onto the new ADTR rear control arms but haven't maneuvered the car out of the backyard to test everything out yet.

    Did manage to put some shine on her...to be honest it was shiny before. I just wanted to polish out some car cover wear marks and put on a nice coat of wax:







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    A great way to have such a nice day.
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    Got to say that is by far the best looking brown car I've ever seen.

    Also probably mentioned earlier in this thread, but what wheels are those? HPPs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywish View Post
    A great way to have such a nice day.
    Yessir.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arquemann View Post
    Got to say that is by far the best looking brown car I've ever seen.

    Also probably mentioned earlier in this thread, but what wheels are those? HPPs?
    Thanks.

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    Took the car out for the first time since October. It has been in the backyard since then due to personal medical reasons and winter. Also the first ride with the ADTR rear control arms. All seems good so far. I didnt experience any wheel hop yet. I was not going so hard either because it was the first time on the road in 6 months or so. Nothing seems loose and no clanking noises so I say thats a plus.
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