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bchaffin72

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About bchaffin72

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    Learning to Fly
  • Birthday 11/07/1972

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  • Interests
    Classic cars, guitar and bass, reading.

Forever Pontiac

  • Gender
    Male
  • Year
    2005
  • Car
    Montana
  • Trim
    SV6
  • Engine
    3.5L LX9 V6
  • Style
    MiniVan
  • Color
    Silver
  1. Nothing to the car itself, but I have been working on building a secondary power distribution block for the computer and a couple other things I may want to put in. And I tore down a PC tower for the motherboard, hard drive, and a few accessories. I'm going to build a more compact and car friendly enclosure for it soon.
  2. bchaffin72

    Feds killed Pontiac...

    I was also noticing that the company that was GM Daewoo, in South Korea was renamed to GM Korea and the brands changed to Chevrolet. Technically, I suppose, those cars could count as re-branded Daewoos and still coming out of the same factories. Only the names have been changed to protect the incompetent.
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    Feds killed Pontiac...

    You mean this: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/junkyard-find-1988-pontiac-lemans/
  4. bchaffin72

    Feds killed Pontiac...

    Yeah, that version of the Tempest was Canadian only, but the one I saw was in North Idaho years ago, so it was either some visiting Canadians or a car someone bought in Canada and imported into the US. Either way, apart from the grill and taillights, it was just about a dead ringer for my mother's Corsica. And I drove one of the Citations, as well as the Phoenix. Don't miss either one.
  5. bchaffin72

    Feds killed Pontiac...

    My grandparents had a couple of Chevrolet Citations and a Pontiac Phoenix. Practically the same car. Swap the grills, taillight assemblies, couple trim pieces and, from the outside, you'd never know which had been the Pontiac and which a Chevy. The Chevrolet Corsica and revived Pontiac Tempest was the same deal. Same car, different grill and tail lights.
  6. Last few days I've been refreshing my memory on installing a secondary power distribution block inside the car, studying the wiring diagram for appropriate tie in points, and doing some mods to an older, but still adequate, PC tower. Come spring, I intend to install the car adapted computer and a touchscreen monitor into the Montana, powered directly off the car's system. Sometimes I am too much of a geek for my own good.
  7. Despite being a car guy, I can't say I watch any races very often. At one point, I would have been more interested in driving race cars than watching from the sidelines, but the condition of my spine the last few years would make that an uncomfortable task. Even if I could afford to race locally, I doubt I have the endurance for it now. I've maintained an old PS2 with Nascar Thunder 2004, Gran Turismo 1 and 2, and Need for Speed Underground for when I really need to get that urge out of my system in some form.
  8. I always loved late night road trips for just that reason. Especially long, empty straight stretches where you reasonably put your foot in it a bit and just hear music, engine, and the tires on the road.
  9. bchaffin72

    New Here

    Hello. Very nice car! Still relatively new here myself. Nevertheless, welcome.
  10. bchaffin72

    How cool is your wife/girlfriend?

    My wife is pretty cool. She generally is not into what many women are, and has generally hated what other people(including me) will try to guess that she wants. So, after we make sure our daughter is taken care of, we buy our own stuff. I let her have whatever she might want(and do as she will with the house), she does the same for me, and leaves playing around with the car in my arena.
  11. I managed a few small things today. Couple of bumper stickers, rear side window decor, and my favorite steering wheel cover, which had still been on the Caravan.
  12. Well I must admit, the two seat EXP was definitely a "single guy" car of my sometimes misspent youth.
  13. I've lived primarily in the US and Canada, and the one thing I did like about the older cars(aside from the fact I could do every job myself) was exemption from modern emissions standards. It brings a certain amount of freedom to mod up a bit, without violating laws or accounting for ECMs. Prior to the '02 Caravan, the newest cars I had ever owned were a couple of '85s.
  14. Being sold as I got married, moved around a lot and just couldn't keep up with them all was the way my old '60s cars went. I never had the high dollar, more desirable one's. No classic muscle cars. A 62 Dodge Lancer(push button automatic), 65 Impala wagon, a 67 Plymouth Fury II, and a 62 Corvair(purely a project car, sadly never finished).
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    REQUEST: Aftermarket oil gauge in Montana

    Not sure if there are unused ports in the heads, the manual doesn't have that info. I may have to physically look under the hood in the morning. The manual DOES show that the stock sending unit is next to the oil filter on the block.
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