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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2021, 10:02:08 AM »

     A few weeks ago the Chevy C30 did not pass its smog test for registration renewal.  Cause -- high nitrous oxide levels.  And so, I had to bring it to Stockton Autocare for carburetor adjustment.  At the same time, I had the mechanics look other annoying problems -- install courtesy lights (the C30 had no dome light or any other kind of cabin lighting), remove the old oil sender and install a new one (the oil pressure gauge was reading at maximum all the time), redo the parking brake cables and adjust, rebuild the windshield washer pump, remove the old hood latch bolt and replace with a new one (so the hood would stay closed), and remove the old water pump and crankshaft pulleys and replace them with dual and triple groove pulleys respectively (for another v-belt for future air-conditioning).
     The carburetor was successfully adjusted.  At the smog retest, the truck passed with the nitrous oxide level far below the maximum and only a slight increase in carbon monoxide (but still far below the maximum CO level).  All the other problems were solved, too, except for the oil gauge problem.  Even with the new sender, the oil gauge was not registering correctly.  Thus, if the sender was not the problem, the oil gauge itself was the problem.  A new one would have to be installed in the future.
     Total cost of the repairs = $600.90.

          Truly,
          Robert Bernardo
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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2021, 08:23:07 AM »

     New, chrome, rear step bumper installed, replacing the old, galvanized, rusty step bumper.  Wow, what a difference!  Shiny bling on the old truck!  Smiley
     Also I went to Street Rods Plus in Lodi, CA, and because they are the Vintage Air dealer/installer, I paid the big money for a custom Vintage Air system for the truck.  The parts (a.c. condenser, compressor, etc) are supposed to come in 6-8 weeks.  Then when they do come in, I will have Street Rods Plus install the system.

          More big money for the installation,
          Robert Bernardo
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« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2021, 12:25:52 AM »

...I paid the big money for a custom Vintage Air system for the truck.  The parts (a.c. condenser, compressor, etc) are supposed to come in 6-8 weeks.  Then when they do come in, I will have Street Rods Plus install the system.
     It took forever for the parts to come in... and when they did come in, it was in separate shipments.  But now that all the parts have been delivered to Street Rods Plus, I have to set a time for them to install the system, which would take a few days.  I wonder what their schedule is for December.  Smiley

          A Christmas gift for the truck,
          Robert Bernardo
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« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2022, 01:51:29 AM »

     The Chevy pick-up is now at Street Rods Plus in Lodi, California!  Installation of the Vintage Air conditioning will take about a week.

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2022, 11:34:24 PM »

     Well, more than a week...  Though I turned it in on a Monday, they won't start work on it until the next Monday!

           Truly,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2022, 11:09:03 AM »

     Last week Street Rods Plus was working on installing the a.c. plus other new parts I provided -- oil gauge, dash pad, dash pad bezel, and gear shift indicator.  That and replacement of all the bulbs behind the instrument cluster.  It was a good thing I had regularly visited, because Tim the mechanic needed guidance.  The Vintage Air vents were smaller than the original openings in the dash pad and bezel.  I told him that the vents could be adapted with some sheet aluminum provided in the Vintage Air package.  One vent could not be adapted (it was square but the opening in the dash was not square), and so, I ordered a new lower left a.c. vent from LMC Trucks, to be delivered directly to Street Rods Plus.
     A few days later I visited again, and most of the a.c. was in and working!  The dash pad and bezel had been assembled with the adapted vents; it looked beautiful!  All it needed was to be installed.  All dirt and grit that sat under the old, broken dash pad had been cleaned out.  New defroster sealing gaskets that went between the metal dash and the dash pad had been glued down.  No air leaks on the defroster anymore.  The new a.c./heater/defroster control panel had been installed in the dash.  The new HVAC unit sat under the dash, bolted against the firewall.  The a.c. had all hoses plumbed and tied down under the hood.  The modern Sanden a.c. compressor sat on the driver's side of the engine, looking shiny.  I took several photos and may post them here eventually.

           Ready by this mid-week,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
           Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
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« Reply #36 on: February 17, 2022, 02:27:22 AM »

     The a.c. is fully working in the Chevy pick-up now, and I've been driving around in cooler comfort during this warm month (February!) in California.  However, when the mechanics took the dash apart, I told them to get all the instrument cluster light bulbs replaced.  They did that, but at least 2 bulbs are still not lighting up.  It could be the old printed circuit board and/or bulb holders have corroded.  I've ordered a new board and 3 bulb holders from LMCTrucks.com.  When the parts arrive, I'll bring the truck back to the mechanics for them to take the cluster out and replace the old with the new.

           Still not right,
           Robert Bernardo
           Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
           Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.portcommodore.com/sccan
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