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Old March 2nd, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Final tweaks to the RRC SWB

OK I just finished up the last of the major stuff to get this pile thru inspection. It only fell off the jacks once.

Brakes; new pads and rotors all around
Shocks; threw the semi used Bilsteins under it. Springs OK (OME761/4)
New Bilstein steering damper, new rod ends, new drop arm ball joint. Remove harmonic damper. Clean and paint track rod and tie rod
Rebuild swivels, new bearings and pins.
New tires (Goodyear Dura Tracs)
Engine mounts
U joints front prop shaft
Tune up kit; cap rotor wires plugs
Oil change
Fuel filter
Wiper motor and wiper arms, blades, etc.
Replace fog lights
Replace corner lenses front
Bonnet switch for under hood lamp
Under hood lamp clean and replace bulb
ABS computer
Seat switch driver side
Remove window tint film
LF bumper end cap

Of course there's plenty more. Engine could use a head job or even a replacement as it is pushing some oil and the crank seals (both) are leaking pretty good. I have both a 3.9 and a 4.6 I could put in, but may opt for tdi some day.
Interior is pretty funky, torn driver seat and carpets need a good clean.
Have a skid plate and sliders at David Russel's house that are coming some time
Bushings could use redoing
Should do rear prop shaft u joints too
Transmission filter
Want to swap out metal sun roof for glass
Need to do something with the now oversize spare. probably a diamond plate shelf over the thing laying flat on the rear floor.
upper tailgate lock solenoid non op
ditto rear wiper
tore off the rear glass heat element in several places whilst removing tint film...need to repair.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 11:15 AM
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OK I just finished up the last of the major stuff to get this pile thru inspection. It only fell off the jacks once.

Brakes; new pads and rotors all around
Shocks; threw the semi used Bilsteins under it. Springs OK (OME761/4)
New Bilstein steering damper, new rod ends, new drop arm ball joint. Remove harmonic damper. Clean and paint track rod and tie rod
Rebuild swivels, new bearings and pins.
New tires (Goodyear Dura Tracs)
Engine mounts
U joints front prop shaft
Tune up kit; cap rotor wires plugs
Oil change
Fuel filter
Wiper motor and wiper arms, blades, etc.
Replace fog lights
Replace corner lenses front
Bonnet switch for under hood lamp
Under hood lamp clean and replace bulb
ABS computer
Seat switch driver side
Remove window tint film
LF bumper end cap

Of course there's plenty more. Engine could use a head job or even a replacement as it is pushing some oil and the crank seals (both) are leaking pretty good. I have both a 3.9 and a 4.6 I could put in, but may opt for tdi some day.
Interior is pretty funky, torn driver seat and carpets need a good clean.
Have a skid plate and sliders at David Russel's house that are coming some time
Bushings could use redoing
Should do rear prop shaft u joints too
Transmission filter
Want to swap out metal sun roof for glass
Need to do something with the now oversize spare. probably a diamond plate shelf over the thing laying flat on the rear floor.
upper tailgate lock solenoid non op
ditto rear wiper
tore off the rear glass heat element in several places whilst removing tint film...need to repair.
Is rear wiper shaft seized or motor is not working?

I have rear wiper mechanism and glass sunroof off of a 91 RRC.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 02:13 PM
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Thanks John, I have all I need. Just gotta get this tagged first.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 03:36 PM
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So this wonderful Landy is going to see dirt and tarmac again very soon? Awesome!
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 03:39 PM
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So this wonderful Landy is going to see dirt and tarmac again very soon? Awesome!
No that's the "something rusting in the grass" my sig refers to. I'll get you a pic of the actual vehicle...
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 03:59 PM
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Ah, understood. This cyber malarkey can fool you, eh? Ha ha! Looking forward to seeing pics!
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Old March 15th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Got tags. Rolling.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:10 AM
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Old March 20th, 2012, 07:04 AM
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Old March 20th, 2012, 09:45 AM
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Looks good Bill. A nice and clean RRC always puts a smile on my face.

BTW, those Duratracs fill in the wheelwells nicely.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 10:48 AM
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Thanks man. It holds up to the 50 foot test pretty well. Has it's share of minor dings and dents, but all are like shopping cart taps at worst. Amazingly the headliner is not sagging anywhere. I kinda warped the cowl panel by removing it and putting it back about a dozen times (gets pretty old quick) working on the wipers. Hard to tell once it's all screwed down.
Rear wiper OK. Found a nearby person with a nicer Westminster interior so I'll swap out the torn driver's seat bottom as well as the rear seats that have paint on them. Fresher door cards and the odd trim bits will make it more spouse friendly.
Took off all the tint film.
I think the sunroof drains are not working. When I put in the glass one I'll fix that.
All in all a nice rust free runner that I'm into for about 2500 clams.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Very nice Bill! Nice to see another RRC back on the road.

I just finished installing an ARB on my LWB, I just love the Rangies!!!!
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Looks great Bill! How hard is that cowl to remove? I need to get into mine.
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If this is the same RRC that you brought to HH, I thought it was very nice.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:19 AM
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How hard is that cowl to remove? I need to get into mine
Best with two people but I did it by myself several times so...
You need a #3 phillips long shank screwdriver, a 10mm stubby (1/4 inch drive is best) socket wrench, a 13mm socket for the bonnet bolts and the wiper arm nuts, and if you have a helper a second long handled screwdriver. Channel locks or 15/16ths for the shaft nuts on the wiper arms.
Remove the bonnet. Working alone leave it on the prop rod while removing the bolts. The bonnet will slide back onto stops. Don't lose the shim washers. Don't forget any disconnects. I just pulled it off the hinges, slid it forward and let it sit on the front. It's unweildy.
Open each front door and remove the uppermost #3 phillips fixing screw. Hire a 10 year old, a trained chimp or the Travelocity Roaming Gnome to reach way back under the side of the cowl to undo the (2 per side) 10mm bolts that attach the panel to the wings. I tore up my skin on the bodywork getting them out and took a week to heal all the scabs. If you have a radio antenna installed under the wing then plan on removing the entire wing, as you can't get to the bolt head with the antenna in place. That's a whole 'nuther set of heartache.
Remove the rubber seal strip thing, and undo the #3 screws along the front of the cowl. There are spacers under the outermost ones, so don't lose those.
Remove the wipers, undo the 15/16ths nuts, remove the plastic trims on the wiper shafts.
That's all the fixings.
Next you will compress the hinges and slide out the panel. Place your big screwdriver in the uper bolt hole of the hinge and rotate it forward as if the bonnet were attached. With your other hand pull forward and upward on the panel and it will come free. Once away from the wiper shafts, you can release the hinges SLOWLY.
You now have access to the wiper motor, the fresh air intake for the heater and your fan motor speed resistor.
Release the hinge springs by once again rotating them forward with your screwdriver pry tool, pull out the wire bail clip and release the hinge SLOWLY. Now you can remove the torsion spring to access the wiper motor.
Installation is the reverse, but the trick is to be sure the windshield rubber is on top of the panel so it can slide in under that seal. You may have to work it up and over the trailing edge of the panel.
Again, best done with a helper to avoid having to run around from one side to the other wiggling the panel and holding the hinge forward under load.
Best of luck.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Thanks for the detailed write up! I'll have to set some time aside for that.

Sounds....fun....not. :/
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:07 PM
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Well once done you can congratulate yourself on getting the second worst job on a RRC completed. Well OK maybe the third worst.
One trick I learned is to put a very small dab of body dum dum on the screw to hold it onto the screwdriver. This is for the replacement of the rearward screws that will fall into the door crack unless you have a way of keeping them secure while running them home.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:21 PM
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Old April 5th, 2012, 10:12 AM
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Got the newer Westminster seats. Guy threw in two doors, some glass and a few random odds and ends. Doors are shot from rust but have all good guts and cards.
I need a good, no great way to refurbish the leather. I am considering a couple of products which are all like $30 a pint.

------ Follow up post added April 5th, 2012 10:16 AM ------

One more thing about the cowl deck. If you have air tools, it makes getting the bolts on the sides out WAY easier. The other option is to just run a sawzall or a Dremel thru them and deal with installing new ones instead. If they're rusted in place, oh boy....
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