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Its been nearly 5000 Kilometers since the repair (yeah, fun June!).

She gets 23/24MPG city like clockwork, and Iv got her to 28.5MPG mixed!

But....

Theres a new problem brewing.

As of last week, it looks like transmission fluid is dripping out!!! :mind-blowing: .

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Well if it makes you feel better, the Shadow has leaked trans fluid as long as I can remember. :P

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Well if it makes you feel better, the Shadow has leaked trans fluid as long as I can remember. :P

And the trans is fine? Do you just add more?

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And the trans is fine? Do you just add more?

Yep, just keep an eye on the fluid.

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Is it leaking from the pan or the bellhousing?

Im not sure. She is due for an oil change, so when its on the lift will be the best time to investigate.

Im gonna take some pics today underneath.

Im not %100 sure if it is trans fluid, but its pinkish so seems most likely.

LOL

Ongoing saga!

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It looks like the leak is at the very front of the motor.

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Passengers side link is lose :scratchchin:

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While on vacation in Stayner Ontario, I visited a scrap yard, and got myself some nicer radio knobs, buttons and cigarette lighter from a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier sedan.

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Before and after:

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A little classier, nicer tactile feel, and better visibility at night!

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I am not even going to mention anything about polished knobs in this post. But yeah, they do make a difference. Did you know you can get billet aluminum HVAC knobs that will likely fit your control unit?

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Those do look much nicer Ted, which reminds me, I need to get a hold of some GMC Acadia knobs.

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Those do look much nicer Ted, which reminds me, I need to get a hold of some GMC Acadia knobs.

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I am not even going to mention anything about polished knobs in this post. But yeah, they do make a difference. Did you know you can get billet aluminum HVAC knobs that will likely fit your control unit?

:scratchchin:

Ima hit some local scrap yards this week and see what else I can scrounge up.

I want to get some kick plates, and spray paint them silver (saving my originals). :scratchchin:

In preparation for this, the other day I replaced all the screws holding the kick plates down. Most were completely rusted and badly degraded.

Would you happen to know the correct size of screw (cause I kinda winged it and got simular screws at WalMart). I would like to replace the screws holding down the plastic panel around the inside (where the door meets the car). They are skinnier and longer (yeah, whata setup!).

Im not that handy, but Im learning.

Update about that leak: it seems to have stopped mysteriously. New cardboard last 2 days, and its dry. WTF? :confused0071:

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Maybe it was' the Acadia, I or maybe it was just the stereo knob. I can't remember. Basically you hollow out one of GM;s chrome ring knobs, then sand down the LH knobs and fit them in, securing them with epoxy. It was a really cool mod. I have to look for it again.

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Project Achieva update:

The leak, whatever it was, has stopped. I had an oil channge done, and the bottom of the transmission is clean, no signs of leakage.

All the oil was accounted for also. :scratchchin:

I was up in Stayner Ontario again, and went back to the scrap yard for some more pickins'.

It seems that I forgot the "front/rear/right/left" knobs (that go under the main radio knobs) the first time around. Luckily, the poor Cavalier was still there, so I got them.

Also got the kick plates and rear ashtray from a 1996 Buick Skylark.

The ashtray replaces the black one I have now (already installed, and looks great), while the kickplates will be painted chrome :AH-HA_wink: (to be done tonight).

I also got the HVAC knobs, but they don't really work in the pre-96 dash. May play with them in the 95 Lumina.

The Oldsmobile script is from a G-body Cutlass coupe front bumper.

The Olds rocket emblems are from the rear clip of a late 70's full size Olds (forgot what exactly). They are now installed on my front inside door panels (ala 60's Oldsmobiles). It also had some amazing interior trim, but was infested with bees! I woulda braved it, but I decided it was too nice to pilage (and risk getting stung).

The RAM badge will make a nice keychain for a friend with a '97 Ram short cab/long bed :smilewide: .

Pre-clean-up pic:

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I mainly want to add some brightwork to the Achieva interior. Something Oldsmobiles in the past always had.

The buttons/lighter and ashtray make a big difference, and I hope the kickplates come out looking ok.

Being a purist, I am keeping all the stock bits. Everything I am doing can be reversed.

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I know what you mean about wanting to add brightwork. Adding the chrome handles, switches, gauges and shifter really brighten up the cabin in my car.

What are you using to paint the kickplates? Last time I used chrome paint it was nothing more than silver, and wasn't durable at all.

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What are you using to paint the kickplates? Last time I used chrome paint it was nothing more than silver, and wasn't durable at all.

I don't have it infront of me, but its a tall can of spray paint, that is appearantly chrome colored.

It was $9 at WalMart.

If it doesn't work, I can always get more kickplates and experiment. :smilewide:

I wonder if I could use it to paint the engine cover?

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I don't have it infront of me, but its a tall can of spray paint, that is appearantly chrome colored.

It was $9 at WalMart.

If it doesn't work, I can always get more kickplates and experiment. :smilewide:

I wonder if I could use it to paint the engine cover?

You need to use high-heat primer, paint, and clear coat for that. I got away with using regular silver for the lettering, but it's just a small portion and I covered the whole thing with 3 coats of high heat clear.

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You need to use high-heat primer, paint, and clear coat for that. I got away with using regular silver for the lettering, but it's just a small portion and I covered the whole thing with 3 coats of high heat clear.

Yeah, I figured as much. Its actually very clean. I bet i could just polish it up actually. :scratchchin:

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The radio is now more inline with the Achievas fancier predecessor, the Calais:

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Complete radio knobs...classy:

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Door emblems:

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New rear ashtray:

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Spray painting the kickplates (it went pretty well, and looks alright. Shiny!):

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Now, gotta wait for it to dry and see how it looks on the car!

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Looks good, the radio knobs are much more classy. The "chrome paint" looks more like bright silver...but not bad. I would put several coats of clear on it to protect the stuff from rubbing off, which silver/chrome paint has a habit of doing.

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One coat, and test fit. Looks pretty blingy...

Quick video:

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Hey not bad! Came out better than I though. Did you add some clear to protect the paint from coming off?

I'm actually pretty impressed with that chrome spray paint. They don't look chrome per say, but they do look like polished metal...which is nice.

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It doesnt really translate in pictures, but they look very shiny in person. At night, they are very visible under the courtesy lights. I didn't clear coat them. Im thinking of giving them a second coat of "chrome". First time Iv done something like this, so I dunno?

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Well I only suggest clearcoat because it will help protect the paint from coming off since that area will see foot traffic, and chrome paint has a habit of coming off.

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I've used the exact same chrome paint before on my '79 olds, clearcoat it....it WILL wear off unless you do.

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