I just got done with my fourth change to my "new" (well, new to me)
camaro (Ahhh.. yes, the fun begin's :^)
I have been cruising eBay for the past few weeks
The first thing was that stupid power tailgate latch. The rear tailgate
was not closing properly (water leak) and upon closer inspection I
discovered that the motor has "lost" (sheared off) one of the mounts.
There are three bolts that hold the motor on, and two of those bolts are
rather close together. The farthest one was the one that sheared off and
the motor could "rotate" which kept it from pulling the rear hatch down
all the way. I tried to tighten the remaining two bolts (and bias the
motor to what I thought was the correct position) but then the motor
stripped out the drive screw when trying to close the door. A quick trip
to a local junkyard and $45 (WOW they want a LOT of $$ for those things
new) and a little R&R and I was all set.
The second thing was the gas struts that hold the rear hatch open were
FUBAR, so they needed replacing. Off to Autozone and $54 later, I had a
set, which was an easy install (once I found a pole that was the right
length, that could hold open the rear hatch while I worked on it :^)
The third thing I changed was no big deal, just the door handles (I
wanted them black to match the door opener, not the interior, which is
gray) and I don't know why it didn't come that way, because it just
The forth thing, I just finished changing out the 85 mph speedo/idiot
lights for the 100mph speedo w/gages and tach. This was a PITA (pain in
). It took me a little while to figure out how to get in there
and get it all apart. Then it was dropping the fuse box to get my hand
in to were the speedo cable was (to re-insert it) and dropping the
steering column to get the clearance to get the "pod" in and out.
I am happy to say that everything went back together (no left over
screws/parts) and starting the car shows that the gages/tach are active.
Humm.. if you are still reading this and have not dozed off, I do need
some help/advice. The Oil pressure gage is "pegged" at the high end of
the scale and I did not let the car run long enough to see the temp gage
rise (The Tach, Voltmeter, and Fuel gage seem to be correct).
Will I need to switch out the sending units for the Water Temp and Oil
Pressure ?? Anything else I should watch out for (I know, I know.. its a
fine time to ask that now :^)
Also, my next "adventure" is to fix the headliner, which has fallen down
(currently held up with some staples in various locations). My plan is
to remove it from the car, and use a spray adhesive, then a roller brush
to push it into place. While the headliner is out, I would like to
install the overhead console that I got off eBay. Has anyone ever
installed an overhead console ?? Tip's and suggestions are most welcome.
87 Camaro LT
90 Harley FXRT