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rawmacias
01-27-2012, 01:46 AM
Is there a formal Northern Cal chapter or just a bunch of norcal sc owners? I have tried to find info on get togethers , shows or runs to no avail. I've had my 93 sc five spd (58000 mi) since 95. Would be nice to be a part of . Live here in Merced, central Calif. Anyhow, it's great to see that there is still some interest in these cars.

SCDan35thANV
01-28-2012, 03:16 PM
I was kind of wondering the same thing myself. I am planning on starting my 35th up after the rebuild hopefully this coming week and would like to start taking it out. I live in the bay area in Burlingame about 10min south of SFO.

Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
01-28-2012, 04:04 PM
there are a few of us down here in san jose area we get together maybe twice a summer or so...we'd like to see some new faces

Ddubb
01-28-2012, 06:33 PM
We tend to be spread out alll around the bay area, there are a few non-SC Tbirds around here also.

I parked my SC at my cousin's house to repair the door striker .. havent seen it for over a month now !! :eek:


- Dan

Nando559
01-29-2012, 03:43 AM
Well since you are in Central Cali, it just so happens that I am in Central Calu also. I havent been to any "meets" yet but I have been out there with Dan. If everyone from the Nor Cal chapter is like him then this chapter is the one to be a part of. My SC is currently having transmission problems but as soon as I get her runni.g againmaybe we can meet up somewhere.

-Fernando

90scmxdream
02-01-2012, 08:15 PM
:)HI everybody I am always up for a superuge burrito if you guys want to meet up somewhere .jose

Ddubb
02-02-2012, 05:52 AM
Did somebody say Taqueria ???

:D


- Dan

SCDan35thANV
02-02-2012, 06:03 PM
I love me some Mexican food now if we can get my tune loaded and a couple last min things done I should be good to go i'll keep everyone post goal is for this Friday night to finally get it started...fingers crossed things keep going wrong, i.e. right now having throttle linkage issues but I think we got it figured out.

91BLOWNBIRD
02-02-2012, 07:08 PM
i'm always down for a night of hot gas...not sure bout my fiancee

Ddubb
02-02-2012, 08:30 PM
i'm always down for a night of hot gas...not sure bout my fiancee

It'll be a surprise ... just in case she asks if you brought home anything for her. ;)

- Dan

Nando559
02-02-2012, 09:21 PM
Well if I can get my SC to be reliable on a long trip..I'M IN for a MEET!!:cool:
Tacos sounds like a GREAT IDEA!!!!:p:D

-Fernando

91BLOWNBIRD
02-02-2012, 11:38 PM
mine is in the shop getting vbands, cutouts, new tips, and FMIC piping welded up as we speak...

so maybe if this weather holds up we can do something...or as soon as the good weather comes back (if it ever gets rainy :confused:)

Ddubb
02-03-2012, 12:37 AM
My car is still at my cousin's .. I am waiting for this donor SC to come in so I can shop a section out where the door striker is - my cousin insists on replacing the sheet metal, the previous repair job did not hold up when the door hinge pin fell out and the door slammed shut .. ehhh, but with a new TIG welder this thing should be welding much better, the 220 MIG blows through sheet metal like paper.

I am hoping to get it back by the end of February / early March, then I will be down to bring the SC around again. Its still driveable, I just dont want to delay on getting this thing repaired .. :D


- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
02-03-2012, 03:59 PM
oh i hear you sounds good keep us posted

90scmxdream
02-03-2012, 07:34 PM
:D Dan if you do not like tacos we can alwas go to hooters right on bascom y hamilton.LOL. jose

91BLOWNBIRD
02-03-2012, 09:41 PM
Jose always thinking outside the box ;)

rawmacias
02-12-2012, 05:46 AM
Finally able to get back to this thread and am happily surprised to see an interest in maybe getting a run together. It seems we're all a couple hr's ride from each other. Best of all some nice mountain roads between! It's up to us since there is no formal club. How about a near future run to Shaky Town (Hollister) or there abouts? Maybe on a Saturday , a month or two or three from now? Can swap info/parts, stories, ideas.

Ddubb
02-13-2012, 12:56 AM
Whats in Hollister ?


- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
02-14-2012, 12:41 AM
im down but why Ho Lister?

Ddubb
02-14-2012, 02:28 AM
Shooot .. I might go as far as Gilroy for some Sonic. :p


- Dan

SCDan35thANV
02-14-2012, 03:05 PM
I would be down but kind of curious why Hollister. The guy I got my car from lives in Hollister and ya there is an awesome off road park but not sure other than maybe some twisty roads, the missions, etc. just keep me posted. Exhaust is going on my bird today so might be taking it for a test drive if I can actually get a 45 degree -10AN female to female fitting that doesn't leak. I have bought two so far that were defects so hoping third one is the charm.


Dan

Ddubb
02-14-2012, 04:34 PM
For what the power steering lines ??


- Dan

SCDan35thANV
02-14-2012, 04:56 PM
Actually it is one of my fuel fittings. If I swap the fitting from the other side the leak transfers position so I know it is the fittings. Hopefully Gotelli's can get me a new 45 degree fitting and going to replace the male fitting that goes to my fuel filter as well just to be sure. Fingers crossed. It is a very small leak that you can barely feel if you wipe your finger around it. If replacing the fitting doesn't work I was thinking about using something like this http://www.purechoicemotorsports.com/index.cfm?ptype=product&product_id=187&prd187.htm what you think?

Thanks,

Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
02-15-2012, 12:31 AM
just got mine back from shop getting welding stuff done that I cant do because I cant weld :( ........yet ;)

check it out

http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?p=978783&posted=1#post978783

rawmacias
02-15-2012, 01:37 AM
Why Hollister? No reason, just trying to find a central meeting place that would be fun to drive to being that i live in merced and there is the guy that lives in armona(south/west of fresno). Sonic in Gilroy will work just fine !

SCDan35thANV
02-15-2012, 03:24 PM
Well just letting everyone know got the fuel leak fixed, exhaust is done and she purrs like a kitten. First real test drive the other night and wow she is a blast. Of course with the new motor and all, not getting on it, and working on the tune but sounds great. Ready for Sonic whenever everyone else is :)

P.S. will post up pics of the exhaust later this week when I get a chance to get it back up on the rack.

Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
02-15-2012, 07:36 PM
been driving mine around and I am ready

I have monday and wed mornings free

tues, friday, saturday and sunday evenings free

Ddubb
02-15-2012, 07:51 PM
.. makes me want to go pick up my car and take it for a spin !! I miss driving it already and this Chevy ive been driving is so slow plus my headlights keep angering other drivers because they are so bright !! LOL


- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
02-16-2012, 12:09 AM
lets go hijack your own car :cool:

Ddubb
02-16-2012, 01:18 AM
Yeah I can pick it up anytime, just let me know when you guys are all ready to meet up .. I am available most days .. go to school Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm .. but I am open all day Friday - sunday.


- Dan

SCDan35thANV
02-16-2012, 03:22 AM
hoping to put new tires on my bird this weekend but i am free after 6:30pm week days and free Saturdays and Sundays so let me know.

Nando559
02-16-2012, 10:37 AM
Well I'm still in need of a PERFECT transmission:(

Once its fixed, I willing to meet up anywhere(I know where watsonville & Monterrey is! ;)):D

-Fernando

91BLOWNBIRD
02-16-2012, 12:32 PM
so far it sounds like saturday or sunday evening is best for everyone

unfortunately i work days on weekends but maybe I can get a saturday off sometime

Jmat95
02-16-2012, 04:15 PM
Hey Jeff,

Did you get the drone out of the exhaust?

91BLOWNBIRD
02-17-2012, 12:16 AM
lol I put bigger tips on and it lowered the drone which helps but still debating resonator over muffler

and I still want cutouts :D

Also, I have march 30th off for Cesar Chavez Day it is a friday...maybe we can meet that day...?

Ddubb
02-22-2012, 04:00 AM
Well I'm still in need of a PERFECT transmission:(

Once its fixed, I willing to meet up anywhere(I know where watsonville & Monterrey is! ;)):D

-Fernando

Taking a detour can be a good thing sometimes. At least you know how to get to Monterey now, just 40 minutes out of the way. You know a cruise up 17 to Santa Cruz or Monterey would be great, just too many CHP to drive fast. ;)

I have the donor 89 SC at my house now being chopped up at the moment, I almost have the door striker section cut out completely to take to my Cousin the welder and get my SC patched up - but hes talking about his truck needs work now ( dents on the side, somebody punched or smashed the front windshield :rolleyes:, front bumper is missing, foglights are hanging alignment is messed up, tires wearing, check engine light on, check 4x4 light on, ABS light on, washer light on ... ) I could keep going .. but it needs some work and I might have to trade for work now, im just not sure about fixing all these dents along the bedside. :cool:


- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
02-22-2012, 01:53 PM
thats a lot of work for trade...

Ddubb
02-22-2012, 02:51 PM
... it goes both ways, cant remember how many times ive borrowed the Chevy truck to haul a broken down Ford .. LOL


- Dan

Nando559
02-28-2012, 02:44 AM
I think the Fusion told the F150 that Monterrey was nice, thats why it went in that direction..:rolleyes:

Well sounds like your booked for a while with work! But what else is new..right!?;)

-Fernando


Taking a detour can be a good thing sometimes. At least you know how to get to Monterey now, just 40 minutes out of the way. You know a cruise up 17 to Santa Cruz or Monterey would be great, just too many CHP to drive fast. ;)

I have the donor 89 SC at my house now being chopped up at the moment, I almost have the door striker section cut out completely to take to my Cousin the welder and get my SC patched up - but hes talking about his truck needs work now ( dents on the side, somebody punched or smashed the front windshield :rolleyes:, front bumper is missing, foglights are hanging alignment is messed up, tires wearing, check engine light on, check 4x4 light on, ABS light on, washer light on ... ) I could keep going .. but it needs some work and I might have to trade for work now, im just not sure about fixing all these dents along the bedside. :cool:


- Dan

Ddubb
02-29-2012, 05:54 PM
Looks like my SC repair is going to be delayed for a whole month, somebody decided to take a "vacation" .. but I can pick it up anytime.


- Dan

Nando559
03-01-2012, 09:36 PM
So I guess the question for the moment is..

Do we meet up just to hang around and meet as a "Nor Cal" Chapter OR wait until we all got our SCs' running on the road?:confused:

I know me and "someone" else are wanting to get a paint job soon!:rolleyes::D
I still have a small amount of body work before I can get mine done(plus transmission work) I'm hoping by April or early May I'll have my SC on the road and have no worries on breaking down or looking ugly:o

-Fernando

91BLOWNBIRD
03-02-2012, 12:59 AM
whatever works for me...just keep in touch on this forum

GONE14S
03-02-2012, 12:11 PM
I beleave the question was " why don't we get a meet together? ".

I suggest everyone re-read the reply's in this thread.

It's been this way since I can remember!

Kurt

Ddubb
03-04-2012, 02:00 AM
I beleave the question was " why don't we get a meet together? ".

I suggest everyone re-read the reply's in this thread.

It's been this way since I can remember!

Kurt

I *Believe* the original question was: "Is there a formal Northern Cal chapter or just a bunch of norcal sc owners?"

The answer is .. no there is no "formal chapter", just a bunch of owners. But we do tend to meet up at least once or twice a year - at least once a year I have attended some kind of event since 2005 or 2006, well at least we Invite everybody to attend an event, but not everybody always shows up. I have personally met most of the people in this chapter at least once a year and a few who are not on the internet, however I have never personally met you Kurt and a few others, but hopefully that will change this year. Most of the Tbird or SC owners I know of locally do not use these forums.

Nando - paint job never stopped me from bringin my SC along .. peeling clearcoat and all. I think you may be in store for a lot of work when you see the amount of dings and dents along the sides of the car .. I just finished the work on the 5 speed conversion for Gunn's Lemons Tbird LX and I am lined up to be doing a Clutch swap on another SC very soon. Sorry I havent got back to you, you know how busy things can get here, I am already looking at re-doing the vacuum lines on the Mercedes 500SL ( Cost me $300 for a few plastic elbows and lines, and a $80 Overload Relay that was keeping the car from starting !! ), just got an 06 Tahoe with a leaking water pump I think, and a BMW coming on Monday .. I think somewhere in between a Yukon Denali with a bad stepper motor on the MPH gauge, possibly tomorrow .. its always a surprise. I do enjoy working on the Tbirds a bit more. I am talking to a couple people about possibly parting out a 1996 Camaro Z28 and using the parts to rebuild a 51 Mercury .. :)

- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
03-04-2012, 03:18 AM
I just started a car club called South Bay American Muscle it has like 6 members right now...we keep in touch on facebook...we just went out for the first time friday night.

We have a 2012 stock 5.0, a from the factory 2007 Shebly GT, my SC, a 1968 Cougar Dan Gurney Special 302 J code slightly modded, a stock 2006 Pontiac GT 3.8SC, and my bro's heavily modded 1966 Corvette 383.

SCDan35thANV
03-04-2012, 04:19 AM
Very nice man..I have a friend who was supposed to be coming through with some tires for me but might be up for a meet as it sits. Let me know!

Nando559
03-04-2012, 04:40 PM
I didn't mean it would stop Us from meeting just saying the cars would look nice with a fresh paint job so people see our cars nice. Your SC at least has paint!:p I got primer all over the place with body filler here and there:o I'll post a picture later on. When my transmission was fine, having my SC looking worst than a junkyard car didn't stop me from driving and winning some traffic light races:eek::D As for your SC, dings and dents just means I have to keep my eyes open a lot to make sure I leave it looking like they never existed. So how does that car run with a 5 speed? No need to say sorry, I know how things are with you. So that's what was wrong with the Benz! I guess they are similar to our SC's in the fact that they break down due to on e stupid small part:mad: Judging by all the work you mentioned, I say you are booked as always:rolleyes:



-Fernando


Nando - paint job never stopped me from bringin my SC along .. peeling clearcoat and all. I think you may be in store for a lot of work when you see the amount of dings and dents along the sides of the car .. I just finished the work on the 5 speed conversion for Gunn's Lemons Tbird LX and I am lined up to be doing a Clutch swap on another SC very soon. Sorry I havent got back to you, you know how busy things can get here, I am already looking at re-doing the vacuum lines on the Mercedes 500SL ( Cost me $300 for a few plastic elbows and lines, and a $80 Overload Relay that was keeping the car from starting !! ), just got an 06 Tahoe with a leaking water pump I think, and a BMW coming on Monday .. I think somewhere in between a Yukon Denali with a bad stepper motor on the MPH gauge, possibly tomorrow .. its always a surprise. I do enjoy working on the Tbirds a bit more. I am talking to a couple people about possibly parting out a 1996 Camaro Z28 and using the parts to rebuild a 51 Mercury .. :)

- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
03-04-2012, 09:24 PM
Basically I introduced my club on here so that next time the club meets I will extend the invitation to the nor cal sccoa...reason for this is that the nor cal sccoa, as dan said, just doesnt meet up often or often enough for me.

Jeff

Bay_Bird93
03-05-2012, 01:06 AM
Sounds like everyone drives a ~~~ around here, including myself.

Ddubb
03-05-2012, 01:43 AM
Sounds like everyone drives a ~~~ around here, including myself.

LOL they are Fords. :rolleyes:

Hey your car is so clean already, all you need is a decent engine.


Nando - Yeah .. the 5 speed swap. It needs a dashpot when you put the clutch in the RPMs drop and the engine needs a little more air. Otherwise everything else went well, I just had to track down a connector that was connected but not bolted together, the fuel pump want turning on !! But the 95 runs with a 93 PCM and the m5r2.

The Mercedes sucks .. so you get a tiny vacuum leak, the o2 sensor reads lean and gives you a code "o2 signal short to power or ground" there are only about 20 DTCs in the MAS, it has a mechanical fuel distributor and electric idle control plus a 9th injector nozzle. The fuel injectors are operated by engine vacuum, so the engine sees more air and puts more and more gas into it. Somebody else adjusted the air/fuel at the distributor to compensate for the vac leak and I had to track down the original cause. When you touch any plastic on these cars, they crumble to bits. Yeah and the relay was intermittent but now it runs better with a simple relay, new vacuum lines and re-adjusted air/fuel .. it likes to read right around here <----> anything past that, and it cant compensate with the other idle air devices. Piece of junk Mercedes, you think Ford is bad, BMW sucks and Mercedes sucks.

Oh yeah and you dont buy a Mercedes shop manual like you would say a 1994 Thunderbird / Cougar EVTM and Shop manual. No .. its a WIS information system you have to pirate and crack the software to run on a standalone system with the network in feedback loop so it doesnt talk to the wafflestuffenheimmer or whatever you call them, and the electrical diagrams are 8 pages long for one picture that cover the model specific for all years they made that body.


Jeff - Sounds cool .. I need to make some kind of arrangement, too many things going on for a spur of the moment meeting.


- Dan

91BLOWNBIRD
03-05-2012, 11:54 AM
I feel you...I'll post as early as possible for next meet

rawmacias
03-06-2012, 09:25 PM
looking forward to meet. hope i dont miss it. i dont check forums to often. i seem to remember someone needing a no light moonroof switch? well i have one if someone needs one. also have 35th interior door panel emblems.

SCDan35thANV
03-07-2012, 05:22 PM
That was me looking for the switch can you email me pictures of it I found my old one but it is missing most of the plastic tabs that hold it in. If you can PM me some pics of the switch I would appreciate it hoping you have the cover as well as the switch because I have a ton of the rocker switches themselves just no good covers. If all is good how much would you like for it and I would be up for picking it up when we meet.

Thanks

Ddubb
03-08-2012, 05:15 PM
looking forward to meet. hope i dont miss it. i dont check forums to often. i seem to remember someone needing a no light moonroof switch? well i have one if someone needs one. also have 35th interior door panel emblems.

Well, if you drop somebody your phone number .. like Me, or Jeff or somebody who attends meets - you will probably get a call a few weeks in advance of an event to make sure everybody is coming. Or you can call me if you dont feel comfortable giving out your number just send a private message and I will give you my number. ;)

- Dan

Nando559
03-09-2012, 01:14 AM
DAMN! So in your opinion Dan, what kind of cars are best to own as in they don't break down as much? Doing regular maintenance of course:rolleyes:
I use to think Toyota but I'd rather have my car break down instead of not being able to STOP!!:p:D

-Fernando


LOL they are Fords. :rolleyes:

Hey your car is so clean already, all you need is a decent engine.


Nando - Yeah .. the 5 speed swap. It needs a dashpot when you put the clutch in the RPMs drop and the engine needs a little more air. Otherwise everything else went well, I just had to track down a connector that was connected but not bolted together, the fuel pump want turning on !! But the 95 runs with a 93 PCM and the m5r2.

The Mercedes sucks .. so you get a tiny vacuum leak, the o2 sensor reads lean and gives you a code "o2 signal short to power or ground" there are only about 20 DTCs in the MAS, it has a mechanical fuel distributor and electric idle control plus a 9th injector nozzle. The fuel injectors are operated by engine vacuum, so the engine sees more air and puts more and more gas into it. Somebody else adjusted the air/fuel at the distributor to compensate for the vac leak and I had to track down the original cause. When you touch any plastic on these cars, they crumble to bits. Yeah and the relay was intermittent but now it runs better with a simple relay, new vacuum lines and re-adjusted air/fuel .. it likes to read right around here <----> anything past that, and it cant compensate with the other idle air devices. Piece of junk Mercedes, you think Ford is bad, BMW sucks and Mercedes sucks.

Oh yeah and you dont buy a Mercedes shop manual like you would say a 1994 Thunderbird / Cougar EVTM and Shop manual. No .. its a WIS information system you have to pirate and crack the software to run on a standalone system with the network in feedback loop so it doesnt talk to the wafflestuffenheimmer or whatever you call them, and the electrical diagrams are 8 pages long for one picture that cover the model specific for all years they made that body.


Jeff - Sounds cool .. I need to make some kind of arrangement, too many things going on for a spur of the moment meeting.


- Dan

Ddubb
03-09-2012, 03:39 AM
DAMN! So in your opinion Dan, what kind of cars are best to own as in they don't break down as much? Doing regular maintenance of course:rolleyes:
I use to think Toyota but I'd rather have my car break down instead of not being able to STOP!!:p:D

-Fernando

.. as a Mechanic, I have to say that ALL cars are Equal oppertunity Money makers. They ALL break without routine maintenance and upkeep. Some have factory defects, some are just from wear and tear. There is no such thing as a 100% reliable car. Toyotas seem to be pretty good, but they do need work also, eventually everything wears out. Bearings are only made to go about 100k miles, so keep that in mind for wheels, you should change your coolant every 2 years, flush your brake fluid every 2 years, eetc .. but most people NEVER do these routine things. You can find just about any kind of car in the junkyard. :D

Also .. the Toyotas not being able to stop was due to the fly by wire electronic actuated throttle body - so when you press the pedal, it sends a signal to the PCM and the PCM tells the throttle body motor to move. The problem was a calibration in the PCM that was very sensative. What they didnt tell you is that every car that went in for a recall and pedal replacement, also got a PCM reflash / re-calibration. Also, this problem was not limited to Toyota, but also Pontiac .. but you didnt hear a peep about that, especially since GM was owned by the government after the bailout.


- Dan

Nando559
03-09-2012, 10:46 AM
Thanks Dan for your views and truths about cars. I've known about the 100k miles thing but didnt know about the different flush until this past year. I guess toyota is at the top of the list again. They seem to take abuse pretty good.

Kinda got off topic about the meet but anyone serious about meeting up, I think we should exchange numbers and meet eachother. Then have a big meet..all of us.


-Fernando

91BLOWNBIRD
03-09-2012, 03:24 PM
I have to agree with Dan that as a mechanic all makes are equal in quality it is just a matter or mileage, how you drive, and how well you keep up the maintenance

Nando559
03-27-2012, 12:56 PM
So did this "meet" just disappear or what?:confused:
My SC should be done by April. ;) I still got work to do on it but it will be running good enough to take out there..HOPEFULLY!:D

..Just thought I should update!

SCDan35thANV
03-27-2012, 01:19 PM
I was really looking forward to this but as of right now I have the snout bearing squeaking on my super charger plus some issues with my lights. I was testing my lights yesterday and now my passenger side brake light doesn't work but it comes on with my head lights. I switched the bulbs on the taillights to see if that was the problem but it didn't fix it. With the way it has been acting I wouldn't be shocked if I try it tonight and everything is fine :(. I did get my new tires though and I know my car is running rich because my oil smells like fuel. I am hoping to get these issues fixed soon in the next week or two and take it for dyno tuning would anyone else like to join me? I have been looking around and might have a guy to do it. If anyone else knows who is the best around here who is actually familiar with the quaterhorse and binary editor since Dito's is not however they said they would do it.

91BLOWNBIRD
03-28-2012, 09:57 PM
we havent decided on a date...most people werent going to be available until late spring early summer

91BLOWNBIRD
04-09-2012, 01:21 AM
My buddies and I are thinking Sonics on April 21...I am off work at 1pm that day...anyone interested...?

I am also thinking a dyno day soon...

Ddubb
04-10-2012, 01:47 AM
I should be down .. my SC is finally getting the welding work on the door jamb done this week - trimming the patch panel for the door striker repair, but hopefully it should be at least welded in place to drive around to make the meet.


- Dan

Jmat95
04-10-2012, 03:50 PM
I might be able to make April 21. What is with the Dyno Day? Where would it be TPS or some other place? Are you into tuning yet?

91BLOWNBIRD
04-10-2012, 09:08 PM
I am not into tuning it myself yet but I do plan to do so in the near future...It is running really well right now on the tune that Dave did for me

I handed my buddy his ~~~ in his 07 shelby GT ~270rwhp and 200lbs lighter than my SC they run ~13.7 1/4mi

Just want to see where it stands...it seems to be running a bit rich

I was thinking TPS for the dyno...they have a nice dyno now

91BLOWNBIRD
04-13-2012, 08:23 PM
So Sonics GI April 21...I'm thinking if anyone wants to meet in SJ first than we can drive caravan to Sonics

Dan's House or anywhere?

I am going no matter what cause my buddy's bday party is in gilroy that evening so who can and cant make it?