The little things that make you go grrrrrrrrrr.....
Weekend before last I thought I'd install the steering wheel, but figured it'd be wise to make sure the horns were working first. They weren't. The problem looked to be the horn relay, and maybe the horns themselves (they barely managed a groan when the relay was bypassed), so both were ordered. Installation of the new parts didn't completely solve the problem, which was then traced to the turn signal switch in the column so out it came. At first I was amazed to find a replacement available at O'Reilly, but it turned out that the harness connector, although visually the same, was just different enough to not work. Sigh... so I took my old switch apart and managed to repair it. Horns working - check. Still waiting to install the steering wheel though just in case something else happens that it will be "in the way of'.
I was getting all geared up to install my headliner this past weekend. I had everything ready to go, then discovered that I was missing one of the plastic retainer clips for the center bow. Of course it's something I have to order.
So, I figured I'd swtich gears and work on installing the new seat upholstery. I'd done the rear seat recently and that had actually gone fairly well, so I expected the front seats to be relatively easy as well.
It took me hours
to figure out a way to get the hog rings in so that they'd actually capture the listing wire on the webbing strips inside the covers that pull down into the crevices on the seat bolsters. Once I finally got that done, I discovered that the whole cover needed to slide forward about 1.5 inches --- so I had to cut them all off and do it again. My poor old hands are beat to smithereens
So far all I've got done is one seat bottom. I still have the back of that seat, plus the complete other seat, to go. There's no telling how many hog rings I wasted trying to figure out how to install those, but my garage floor where I was working right now looks like an explosion in a chain mail factory.
So, if the parts come in this week perhaps the headliner can go in next weekend. Maybe I can get the seats done this week during the evenings after work. Maybe I'll install the carpet before or shortly after the headliner.
After that, it will need the rest of the exterior trim (rocker mouldings, drip rail mouldings), door 'furnishings' (handles, window mechanisms, weather strips, window trim), quarter windows, console and shifter, wheelsandtires (which I still need to measure for and decide on), glass and glass trim, bleed the brakes, charge the a/c, tags and inspection...
Sometimes it still seems like a mountain.