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    Default Washer fluid reservoir on California box mass air cars

    I was perusing Craiglist in various parts of the country and came across a California mass air-equipped 1990 GM. I saw in the picture of the engine bay that they have a specific washer fluid reservior that is designed to bolt up to the box CV/GM fender. Might anyone be able to get me a part number for this, or know where I might be able to find one? I'm currently running a reservoir from a 1990 TC. It works, but it's not molded in a way that will allow it to mount correctly.

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    Well, I have a later model panther one in my '89 to fit next to my mass air airbox.

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    Id be interested in finding one as well.


    I need a cali buddy to grab one from a yard for me


    This is how mine currently is (pic from 2009)




    Made a special bracket to support the front.


    EDIT. ON second thought it looks as if it may interfere with the fender braces....now to find a cali wagon to find out. lol
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    I don't suppose anyone has a 1990+ master parts manual do they? That would tell you what it is. I have 80-89 only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    I don't suppose anyone has a 1990+ master parts manual do they? That would tell you what it is. I have 80-89 only.
    I have searched for a digital version and to my knowledge, one doesn’t exist. Paper versions are out there but they aren’t as convenient and usually expensive.
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    The 80-89 is "digital" but looking at it I'm pretty certain it was scanned from paper.

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    I found a junkyard in Cali that was willing to ship one to me. It arrived this afternoon. It has some cracks around the mounting holes that I'm going to repair before I install it. It'll get a thorough cleaning beforehand as well. Part number is F0AU-17618-AA.



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    How much did that end up running you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 86VickyLX View Post
    How much did that end up running you?
    Too much. $65 shipped. I had to see one in person, though.
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    Baller....


    Id like to see it installed.

    Still wondering if it will fit with the wagon fender braces in place. If it does I am game for one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Baller....


    Id like to see it installed.

    Still wondering if it will fit with the wagon fender braces in place. If it does I am game for one.
    I doubt that they'd make an altered version for the wagon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 86VickyLX View Post
    I doubt that they'd make an altered version for the wagon.
    I agree with that 100%.

    Its possible that they just never installed the fender braces onto those vehicles... I haven't seen a picture of a 91 wagon from california to see if all the bits exist on the car.

    Once this one gets installed and we get some pics in I will be able to tell if it will all work together or not.
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    I bet they deleted the brace or both braces. I would love to know why those braces were engineered into the wagon anyway.
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    Rigidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    I bet they deleted the brace or both braces. I would love to know why those braces were engineered into the wagon anyway.
    I wonder this as well.

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    Rigidity.
    Why the wagon over the others cars. Same front end.
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    Why only wagons is the question I always wanted answered too. I don't think the police cars got them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Why only wagons is the question I always wanted answered too. I don't think the police cars got them either.
    What’s the whole point of the brace anyway. I’m curious since mine never came with one and on where do y’all get them from

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias View Post
    What’s the whole point of the brace anyway. I’m curious since mine never came with one and on where do y’all get them from
    Wagons only.

    It gives the front of the car another "tie" point between the fenders and the radiator core support.

    The core support is only held in with two body mount bolts and maybe 6 bolts per side to the corresponding fenders.

    Does it actually do anything though? Dont know but I have them on just because it does not hurt running it.

    Honestly you can easily make this yourself with some round tubing and a vice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post

    Does it actually do anything though?
    Yes. Put them on my coupe, haven't done anything else to the damn thing and it's a bit tighter on turns.
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    GM vehicles had an X brace across the radiator area for the same purpose. It was basically just 1/4" rod, nothing particularly magical. Likely could do that on a box and get some value.

    The basic construction of these cars is pretty flimsy really. Ever notice how the doors don't always play nice when its on jack stands? Tying stuff together at a right angle without a gusset (angle) brace does not lend itself to much rigidity, and the frames on these cars are constructed exactly that way. Many of them don't even have the extra ties across the front and rear end of the frame rails. Lincolns do, not sure what else got them. Cars without the diagonal bars from the engine crossmember back to the frame benefit from adding those for the same reason. I suspect handling gains could be made by creating an X brace under the car either in addition to or in place of the stock transmission crossmember too.

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