All posts by Cebu

Squeak is gone!!!

I’ve went in circles trying to find this high pitched squeak with no luck. I had used silicon grease on every bushing under the UMI Suspension System. There are a lot of zerk fittings using this type of tubular suspension and some of them are fairly well hidden from casual view. One good note all fittings were accessible with my particular grease gun that does not have a 90 degree angle.

With the expertise of my mechanic friend Dave he found the source of the squeak in less than 5 minutes. I guess I have a lot to learn still.

The culprit was the top washer end cap for the driver side Viking shock system. You can see in the photo where it makes contact with the frame.

 

Damn Squeak!

Tonight I pulled the driver side rear tire off and redid the brake calipers with brake quiet adhesive and lubricated the friction point with grease. As soon as I got off the driveway I knew the squeak was not fixed. Grrrrrrr!

Still Squeaking…

I pulled off the wheel again and applied silicon grease to the sway bar, lower A arm bolt and drove it around. I still have this freakin' squeak. The source doesn't seem to be coming from the front left as much. It's more so everywhere!

Hard to tell unlike before when it was very pronounced. This happens only when the car is moving. I can jump up and down inside the bed and this will not produce a squeak. I can push down on the driver front side and no squeak either (It used to using this method).

1970 El Camino Damn Squeak…

I took apart the front brake calipers and removed the pads. Added CRC Brake quieter and greased all the caliper friction points.

Took the ElCo out for a spin and the squeaking seems to have diminished by 90%. I consider that a success.

One note, I used my impact wrench and it seems to do more damage then it is worth. I'll be using my cheater bar and torque wrench in the future.

I actually broke a deep socket trying to get a lug nut off and I also lost a 13/16 lug chrome cap cover somewhere.

Friday night car meetup…

We went and checked out the local car meetup at Trinity Parkway parking lot. This is a cruiser based show with a few hot rods and other cars that didn't quite fit the general genre. We drove Josie in and left before it started raining. Unfortunately we still caught rain while getting a couple of subway sandwiches. It really did not matter since we just wiped her down when we got home.

1970 El Camino – Hood Time!

When I got my El Camino the previous owner had a cowl air induction style hood that he planned on installing. It was painted black primer so I didn’t bother installing it.

The original hood has damage under the driver side mounting bracket. The hood is fracked along the point. Last night with the help of a friend we mounted the replacement hood. I plan on getting it painted this week.

 

1970 El Camino…

Damn squeaking noise is driving me nuts. I removed the wheel which was an adventure in itself since the tire shop I purchased from tightened the lug nuts so tight I was unable to remove the wheel. I also wanted to check the disc pad and calipers but couldn't do that either. I ended up going back to the tire service center and had them remove the lug nuts and reinstall them each by hand torque specifications.

I did find another zerk fitting located on top of the A arm. I did not apply any grease to this fitting since I couldn't see it with the left front wheel installed.