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    Thanks guys. Had a great time and was truly surprised.

    The pictures of all the cars on here are nice, but there is nothing like seeing them first-hand.
    2001 Firebird Convertible, V6 4A, Y87, All Black, Daily Driver
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    Congrats! I'm very happy you and all the others made it to the gathering. we definitely had a respectable number this year.

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    Haven't updated in a while, mostly because I haven't done much.
    I installed the poly bump stop kit from V6Fixit sometime this summer.


    Original Bump Stop (what was left)


    My Son Installing the New Spacer and Bump Stop


    Installed, hopefully forever.
    2001 Firebird Convertible, V6 4A, Y87, All Black, Daily Driver
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    This weekend I intended to install the heater hose kit from V6Fixit but failed badly. I also got new radiator hoses and an aluminum elbow since I would be flushing the system. So far I got the upper and lower radiator hoses installed.

    The upper hose was no problem but the lower was a pain in the ass because the spring clamp tabs on the radiator end were pointed down. Since my car is an automatic there was not much clearance because of the transmission line running into the radiator just below the radiator hose. I ended up cutting the hose which wasn't too bad, but then there is the stupid plastic clamp to undo at the center of the radiator to support the hose running across.

    The new heater hoses are not in because I could not remove the torx bolt that holds the factory heater lines to the inner fender because I just have a T-40 socket and dropped it twice because of the awkward reach under the AC lines and the lack of clearance with the AC compressor for the ratchet handle. The socket is now somewhere I can't reach it. Fortunately this was the first step so I had not undone any heater hoses yet. I gave up and just refilled the system.

    Dex-Cool is nasty stuff, this has only been in for two years/24K miles and has a lot of chunks in it. The radiator cap also had a lot of build-up. It may be that I did not get a good flush in 2011. I want to replace the heater hoses so I can install a tee and back flush the system.
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    Good luck getting the heater bracket out, I just broke mine so could get the lines out....lol

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    looking good, Ill be making an order for my bump stops here very soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyrs96 View Post
    Good luck getting the heater bracket out, I just broke mine so could get the lines out....lol
    Haha I replaced mine about a week ago and tried for about 5 minutes to get to the bolt. Then I grabbed a long flat head screw driver and a big hammer. Hit the to bracket on the inside, next to pipe and broke the rivets holding it together and when i did it fell apart and the hoses came right out. No regrets.

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    That's pretty much what I did.

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    Thanks for the tip, it may come down to that. We have a Harbor Freight here so I may see what they have before using the Thor method.
    2001 Firebird Convertible, V6 4A, Y87, All Black, Daily Driver
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    I couldn't get that off until I removed the motor. It was still a PITA. I cdut the hoses as a temp fix.

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