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Auto Glym High Definition Wax Kit

Auto Glym is a British company that is very popular in the UK, and only available to professional detailers in the UK.  Starting in 2010, they offered their products to the US and to the general public.  The HD wax kit can be found in select Wal-Mart stores for around $35.

I began with the Auto Glym High Definition wax kit.  It includes a can of paste wax, 2 sponge applicators, and a terry cloth.

First step is to wash and dry the car by hand.  Once dry, and in a cool location out of the sun, instructions say to pre-moisten the applicator with water, and add a small amount of wax to the sponge.  Next step is to lightly apply the wax to the vehicle, working in circular patterns.  Once applied, let the wax dry for about 30 minutes, and then buff off the wax using the supplied terry cloth.  It went on and buffed off very easy, with very little elbow grease.

Results were pretty impressive.  All of the swirl marks and haze were gone! And I now have a very deep shine.  The only thing it did not do was remove some scuff marks where my power antenna broke and scuffed up the paint, but I was not expecting it to fix that.

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Manual transmission sloppy shifting? Try a new shifter seat!


The shifter seat is located at the base of the transmission at the very end of the shifter.  Unscrew your shift knobs too. You will need to remove all the trim parts to access the shifter boot.  There are several bolts holding down the 2 shift boots to the body, remove those and pull the shift boot up and out of the way.  You will see the shifter base plate and the second shift boot:


Pull up on the shifter boot to expose the lock ring.  You will see two flat spots.  Push down hard on these, one hand on each flat spot. 


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SEMA 2008 Report

The SEMA show, or "Specialty Equipment Market Association", is an automotive aftermarket trade show started in 1963 and now features over 7000 vendors including original equipment manufacturers, media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers, and restoration specialists. It is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is not open to the public. Registration as media, manufacturer, buyer or exhibitor is required.

I have always seen pictures and heard stories about the show on the internet and TV, but was never able to go. This year I was lucky enough to have the help of 4x4wire.com to attend this event. I really wasn't sure what to expect, and went in with an open mind.

Once I arrived, I realized just how big this even was. It spans over 2 million square feet, both indoors and outdoors. The convention center was separated into multiple sections which included Tools, Car Care, Mobile Electronics, Business Services, Racing and Performance, Hot Rod Alley, Restoration, Trucks/SUV/Offroad, and Tires/Wheels and Equipment.

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Swapping a Toyota V6 for a Chevy V8 using Advance Adapters Bellhousing

Engine on Hoist

Using the Th350 would give me a little more shock protection on the driveline.  The automatic transmission will help cushion driveline shock.  And, I know it would hold up to V8 power.  But the gear ratios are pretty high, and the transfer case is huge.  Using the R150F would give me about twice as low of a gear ratio, and a more enjoyable driving experience with the 5 speed.  Plus my drivelines would bolt right up.  Cons would be buying a bell-housing adapter, and possible strength issues.  But the R-series transmission are used in Supras pushing 600hp and they hold up, so I'm not too worried.

First thing to do, of course, would be to pull the engine.  To make this easier for my situation, I decided to remove the front core support.  My truck is parked in my garage, which has a low ceiling and garage door.  I wouldn't be able to get the cherry picker high enough to clear the core support and not hit the garage door.   Plus, my core support was bent from a previous encounter with a tree.

After spending a lot of time drilling spot welds in order to remove the core support, I removed the engine.

With the engine out of the way, I prepped the engine bay for the V8.  I removed all the parts from the V6 that I would no longer need.  The only wires left were oil sender, coolant temp sender, tach wire, fuel lines, clutch lines, starter solenoid wire, and a few wires going back to the transmission (reverse indicator, 4wd indicator, and speed-o cable).  I also decided to paint the bay flat black since sometime down the road I will paint the entire truck flat black.

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