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91thundrchickn
04-05-2014, 02:56 PM
Hello there everybody my name is Steve just picked up a 91 SC last night I've been lurking this forum for about a week now with anticipation to pick up the Sc last night.

35thauto
04-06-2014, 04:43 AM
Greetings.... tell us about yourself , location & all. :)

superdadsc
04-06-2014, 10:47 AM
Welcome you are in the right place!!!

whitebird93
04-06-2014, 11:45 AM
Yes welcome, post some pics of the car!

91thundrchickn
04-06-2014, 04:59 PM
well I'm down in Poway born and raised in Encinitas, tow truck driver for a local company over here. I do everything for them, I do AAA services ,towing and I also have a class A CDL.I Drive there semi rescuing broken down rvs, and semi trucks.as for pictures my phone doesn't want to cooperate with uploading photos. I'll try tonight when I get on the computer and see if I can't get a couple up .the Thunder chickens pretty rough,its running well but overdrive is burnt.I'm pretty sure with the noise the tranny is making the rest of its about to go. other than that its only got 93000 miles on it .motor seems to be running pretty well but the paint is awful I spent about 2 hours sanding it last night and have got a long way to go.the interior is in pretty decent shape, driver seat leather is blown out , the rest of its starting to crack and fade ,a little conditioner might do the job. all the electrical so far seems to be working. I noticed that odomiter is not turning I saw that there's a little plastic gear that likes to break on one of the threads so I think that's the issue .the windows rolled up and down ,all the lights work. sunroof works .starts right up sounds great till it starts warming up and then tranny has metal rattling sound that sounds like a heat shield about to fall off. it seems to be boosting pretty well .I got on it a couple times ,did some burnouts in front of my house. looks to be putting out about 12 pounds when you get on it. I'm no stranger to the toolbox but I will say that the motors pretty intimidating looking.

91thundrchickn
04-06-2014, 05:03 PM
sorry about all the misspellings I'm using speech to text while driving to a call right now in the first line I tried to say I work for a tow truck company what I do for them is tow rv's and semis ,I also do AAA services like doing lock outs,jump starts, gas calls, tire changes and so on

91thundrchickn
04-06-2014, 05:26 PM
Wow text to speech is really letting me down.no more forum while driving

SuperCoupe007
04-07-2014, 10:18 PM
Welcome to the So-Cal Chapter!!!!! You have come to the right place to get information to help you keep you SC on the road. We all know how time consuming projects can be.
Look for other threads on the So-Cal chapter for wrenching meets and we can all help you get some work done on her. Looking forward to seeing you in the meets and helping you keep the SC alive on the road :cool:

Oh yeah, and see if you can share a pic of your SC with us :cool:

91thundrchickn
04-08-2014, 02:08 PM
Getting the thunder chicken smoged right now, the kid doing it looks so confused every time he gets under the hood, he had to ask for help when he was putting a probe in there...... lol

91thundrchickn
04-08-2014, 02:18 PM
As for pics, my phone won't let me? Idk, after I get done with dmv today will stop and take some time on the computer to get some up. She's pretty ruff, needs lots of love(money) soooo that being said I'm not sure how long she will be on the road, it sounds like I'm about to lose the tranny...... :-\ in idel she's making a vibrating metal sound, it sounds like a heat shield is lose, but I can't find anything, and it's really seeming like it's coming from the tranny. Any thoughts.

91thundrchickn
04-08-2014, 04:45 PM
Ok so failed smog, my nox was to high at 15mph, but perfect at 30? Hmmm so took it over to my friends shop,thru it on the lift and wow what a mess. The whole exhaust is a garbled news,bunch of patches and shotty welds...... found that noise though! That's a plus. Took it out with my mechanic to check tranny. No overdrive : -\ shifts fine in drive but nothing there after 50 in overdrive. Looks like I've got that famous burnt band....... so now here's my ~~~, this morning tried to start it to go smog and it took 3 time gasing it to get it to stay running, also at the same time my antilock light was on and the break peddle was stiff, it wouldn't depress and I had no breaks, at ten same time I noticed the a.c. was not lit and would not turn on?! So I turn it of and restart it and it's fine a.c. kicks on break peddle depresses, antilock light go's off...... it's done this to me about 3 times today now, every time it's the same thing.won't start, finally does with help from the throttle, anti light on and break peddle won't move and no a.c., turn off and back on everything's fine?!?!?!? ~~~? I will say it did sit in storage for a year b 4 I bought it a few days ago and this is the first time I've had it out... what do you guys think.

superdadsc
04-08-2014, 10:42 PM
SC'S are an awesome car. One with a lot of issues will cost a lot of money to get it right. You could be 10k away from being a 3k car. That's how it goes.
I bought a 89 with 29k on it only to find out that the new motor that was in it was built by someone who had no clue what they were doing. I bought a 94 that seemed great and out of nowhere the tranny goes.
I sold a 90 auto that I couldn't even sell for 2k on the forum and it was more reliable and dependable than both of my new SC's.
That's how it goes. The good news is that when you are done getting the car to a good mechanical state they will reward you with many miles and smiles. It just hurts the wallet. If you like to play with cars that seems to be the case. You pay to play.
God luck, find s good mechanic or do it yourself and when you are done you will be happy.

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 12:43 AM
thanx for the warm welcome guys. the chickens been nothing but trouble today. lucky for me iv got a good mechanic and i drive a tow truck ;-) my mechanic got it to pass smog and I was able to get everything squared away at dmv. then on the way home started to lose first, barley got it back in the driveway. time to find an aod. theres gonna be so many kinks to work out due to it being improperly stored for a year thats ok , im in no rush, I knew when i bought it that its gonna take time. cant say im not bummed though, had fun driving it today before it started to act up. ok time for some pics

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 12:51 AM
more pics, some from towing

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 12:56 AM
some towing pics

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 01:05 AM
more pictures

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 01:13 AM
more towing pics

whitebird93
04-09-2014, 02:14 AM
Very nice! i like the cement truck pics.

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 02:16 AM
thnx whitebird, was at a heavy haul training class, we were flipping stuff over all day

KMT
04-09-2014, 10:41 AM
Cement trucks are easy to flip when the load in the drum is positioned to act as a counterweight...
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--JZgqnbw1--/c_fit,fl_progressive,w_636/672053651437366957.gif

The trick is to get the truck back on it's wheels before the load sets up :)

Welcome & good luck w/your SC.

Ken

91thundrchickn
04-09-2014, 12:35 PM
Wow ken that's a cool gif

91thundrchickn
04-10-2014, 11:25 AM
Like to hear everyone's thoughts on what to do about my tranny? Also looking for driver side upper ball joint if you got one laying around.

KMT
04-10-2014, 11:44 AM
Steve:

I think you'd be best served by installing a fresh upper control arm w/new joint. The trans sounds like it may be in need of an overhaul - did you check TV cable tension yet? If it needs repair & you can do trans work yourself, you may want to talk to one of the forum sponsors, Alan at http://www.dirtydogperformance.com.

Good luck.

91thundrchickn
04-10-2014, 12:56 PM
Thanx kmt. For the fast response, not sure what I'm looking for on the tv cable. I was told by the mechanic I bought it from that it had no overdrive. so while I was out taking it to smog running it on freeway about 50 I threw it into overdrive just to check and it just pinned out the RPM's and I had nothing throw it back into driving it was fine.later in the day when all the fluid had finally warmed upI started to lose first gear and was barely able to get home I'm pretty sure after reading through the forum the OD band is gone which as I understand means I'm either replacing the tranny or rebuilding itI will definitely make contact with Alan thoughI think you're right about the upper control arm I might as well just replace the whole thing, now as far as me rebuilding the tranny that sounds a little scary I'm never undertook anything that serious before

sccrewzer
04-10-2014, 10:41 PM
welcome to the so cal chapter I'm close by in Escondido I was at the junkyard two weeks ago in chula vista seen plenty of a cars you could take AOD tranny from might get you on the road for cheap for now. when ever your ready I have a buddy that has a paint shop and give your bird a new coat.

91thundrchickn
04-10-2014, 11:58 PM
welcome to the so cal chapter I'm close by in Escondido I was at the junkyard two weeks ago in chula vista seen plenty of a cars you could take AOD tranny from might get you on the road for cheap for now. when ever your ready I have a buddy that has a paint shop and give your bird a new coat.

Wow sccrewzer thanks for the response bro, I work in esco/Vista every day, gonna have to say what up one of theses days, I'm new to the sc's didn't know you could put other aods in there? What fits? Sounds like you feel my pain....lol I just want to drive it :-( paint hookups sound great, I'm outta money for a minute, the irony, or sad coincidence is my wife's xterra has been sitting in the shop for the last year with a blown tranny.... :-\ after giving up on fighting Nissan to take responsibility, I shelled out 3500 for a good used trans, (new from Nissan was 6k) and spent the rest of my "extra" money on the bird. The day I was smogging and burning up my tranny I was handing my mechanic the cash for the xterra. ...... f m l, I really appreciate more info on the Chula vista yard, what fits? Maybe you have an idea on price? What am I looking at for paint? I'm down to help, would love to help, something I've been interested in. Down to sand,tape prep? Thanx again for the info!

sccrewzer
04-11-2014, 11:24 AM
Ecology auto wrecking is the name of the yard price of a transmission I'm not sure of but I know every so often they do a half off sale they usually post it on they're web site. Any tranny from a 89-93 tbird or cougar should fit but I'll have to research it to make sure the v8 trannys fit as well. a paint jobs varies depending on the amount of work needed but anywhere from 1200-2000 again depends on color and paint quality and work needed to vehicle.

SuperCoupe007
04-15-2014, 02:00 AM
Ecology auto wrecking is the name of the yard price of a transmission I'm not sure of but I know every so often they do a half off sale they usually post it on they're web site. Any tranny from a 89-93 tbird or cougar should fit but I'll have to research it to make sure the v8 trannys fit as well. a paint jobs varies depending on the amount of work needed but anywhere from 1200-2000 again depends on color and paint quality and work needed to vehicle.

Although I have not dealt with any paint jobs recently. I agree with sccrewzer that a paint job could run within that price range. The more prep (parts you removed or taping) you do for the paint facility the less time they have to invest, which in turn means a lower price. But 1,200 ~ 2,000 would be a really good quality paint job. Whenever you need a paint job consult with "35thauto" as he has had paint work done on his vehicle.

91thundrchickn
04-23-2014, 03:53 PM
Ok been busy.... the chickens in the shop now, replacing A arms, stearing rods, struts, break flush, new fan(was overheating) and getting a used aod. My mechanic has a hard on for the chicken and wants it back on the road just as ad as I do. So he took it in and is fixing whatever he finds and putting me on payments. ... my brother just moved back from Canada last week and said when it's running he's taking it to get painted. .. it's really amazing all the love and support I'm getting for the chicken.

superdadsc
04-24-2014, 07:30 AM
That's awesome! Looks like things are moving along quickly! The chicken will be looking good tearing up the streets in no time!:D

sccrewzer
04-25-2014, 09:02 AM
Nice! heading in the right direction.

SuperCoupe007
04-26-2014, 12:18 AM
Ok been busy.... the chickens in the shop now, replacing A arms, stearing rods, struts, break flush, new fan(was overheating) and getting a used aod. My mechanic has a hard on for the chicken and wants it back on the road just as ad as I do. So he took it in and is fixing whatever he finds and putting me on payments. ... my brother just moved back from Canada last week and said when it's running he's taking it to get painted. .. it's really amazing all the love and support I'm getting for the chicken.

AWESOME!!!!!! The Bird is getting lots and lots of love! :cool:
Hope to see it in person soon.