Back In The Saddle

So let's try this again... I've got my freshly welded C6
back from the shop and I'm ready to stab it.

As you can see from the raindrops on the case, mother
nature wasn't on my side. Oh well, I'll let the car (and
my borrowed Bud Light E-Z Up) be my umbrella.

After much less wrangling and numerous soakings from
the periodic dumping of accumulated rainwater coming
from pockets atop the wind-blown E-Z Up, the tranny was
in (the torque converter was correct this time).

Unfortunately the transmission cross member was not
cooperating (i.e. the frame holes weren't lining up),
so I decided to call it a day leaving the transmission
tail shaft supported by a jack stand.

After a couple of days' rest, it was time to show
that transmission cross member who was boss...

Here was the problem: the bolts in the rear transmission mount
slots were slid to their maximum and this was as close as I
could get to lining up the bolt hole. We tried ropes and brute
force without success. Help finally came from a well known
and trusted ally: Channel lock pliers.

Finally, the tranny was in and the cross member was
bolted in place. As an extra added bonus, the
passenger side header threaded into place effortlessly.
It was a good day.

With limited time, the next day was light duty: finish bolting
up passenger side header and install the seats...

It was nice to be able to do this. A few days ago I was wondering
if I was ever going to be able to do this: flashback to the seat
mounting stud debacle that took place while the tranny was in the shop:

Yeah, that's a pipe wrench. When you have to use a pipe
wrench to work on a car, you know something's wrong.
In this case, it was rust (and lots of it). After a good douching
with penetrating oil, only 2 studs came out via conventional
means (i.e. 2 nuts and a crescent wrench); as for the other
6 studs: 3 yielded to the gentle persuasion of the pipe wrench
and 3 broke under the not-so-gentle persuasion of the pipe
wrench. The last 3 needed to be drilled out and re-tapped
(lots of cussing that day).

But it was worth it. After all the cussing, twisting and drilling,

I was back in the saddle again.
Kudos to Rob Hollar on the reupholster job.


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