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There are a number of nice things about growing up and living around Key West , Florida but one that is not , is when your ride needs repair . The hydraulic clutch actuator started leaking on my 87 Camino with a Tremec TKO 5 speed about 5 months ago . Four years ago 464elky was able to rebuild it but it has gotten to the point that it cannot be rebuilt again . Keisler Engineering , where I originlly purchased the kit from is out of business but was able to purchase a new system from Silver Sport Trans that bought them out . The old style actuator is no longer available and has been replaced with a Wilwood system that looks good . Unfortunately , the size and install is more involved than the original . After a couple of shops had it for weeks I found another willing to work on it . They have been able to get the Wilwood actuator mounted to the firewall but the new style lines require pulling the trans . Now that the Keys have opened back up , it seems that everyone now needs their vehicles worked on so it is now sitting out in the sun waiting to be finished . This shop has had it for at least 6 weeks . With this pandemic , I know that many others have much more serious problems to deal with and I need to be patient but being without my Camino sure is a bummer :(
 
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That's pretty tough, Lenny. It's very cool that you were able to the parts through the connections to get it very close to what you had before. It would be nice if these shops could their ducks lined up and get it together. Takes a lot of patience.
 

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are you not a paying customer? i could be wrong but feel like dropping the trans and installing new parts shouldn't take 6 weeks. probably a couple hour job for a shop but maybe a day tops. i feel like there must be something else going on. i know even my buddy and i was able to do a transmission swap on his truck in 1.5 day in his driveway. if we had proper tools like a shop would have likely been done quicker. i know our biggest struggle was just getting the transfer case off the ground once we got it under his truck. i swear that transfer case weighed more than the transmission in that truck.
 

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To my long time buddy in traveling and Bench Racing, here we both sit now, with our most favorite rides not working do to people and parts, yours seam to be people an mine is parts that have caused people to give great delays. Lenny is a patient guy, well it seams Jay has learned to be OK with being feed BS when its really unorganized business methods. Lets hope we both get things put back together soon or is that sooner than latter.
 

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I guess now that the Keys reopened Joan must be ready to make you visit the mainland, so you better get it done soon!
 

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are you not a paying customer? i could be wrong but feel like dropping the trans and installing new parts shouldn't take 6 weeks. probably a couple hour job for a shop but maybe a day tops. i feel like there must be something else going on. i know even my buddy and i was able to do a transmission swap on his truck in 1.5 day in his driveway. if we had proper tools like a shop would have likely been done quicker. i know our biggest struggle was just getting the transfer case off the ground once we got it under his truck. i swear that transfer case weighed more than the transmission in that truck.
You are right Crazywolf . I called yesterday and asked that I be put back on the front burner . They said they would try to get it back in this weekend . Keeping my fingers crossed . Chuck you are correct and Joan last week suggested I go up to the mainland from the Keys and visit my El Camino friends to get out of her hair for a few days . I was able to take care of a few of my sisters affairs and visit with her close friends . Wasn`t as much fun with the 87 still in the shop for the hydraulic clutch , friends out of town and others still laying low but glad I went . I was there when the weather was being pulled up from Cuba and the Caribbean . For a few days , the sky was black with some heavy lightning displays and copious amounts of pounding rain . Hopefully things will change for the better . I sure miss my friends and attending one of our numerous get togethers .
 

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are you not a paying customer? i could be wrong but feel like dropping the trans and installing new parts shouldn't take 6 weeks. probably a couple hour job for a shop but maybe a day tops. i feel like there must be something else going on. i know even my buddy and i was able to do a transmission swap on his truck in 1.5 day in his driveway. if we had proper tools like a shop would have likely been done quicker. i know our biggest struggle was just getting the transfer case off the ground once we got it under his truck. i swear that transfer case weighed more than the transmission in that truck.
I did the same thing! Ratchet straps to get it off the ground high enough for my jack! I can't bench press transmissions anymore! Back in my younger days I would just shove the trans up in place and while the alighnment pins helped me out, I would hold the trans with one hand and start a top bolt with the other, once that one was threaded deep enough I could relax a bit! I miss the days of being bullet-proof!

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I work weekends for a parts store, usually delivering parts, and for awhile all the shops were laying off mechanics. They finally started bringing 'em back about 3-4 weeks ago but I can tell when I drop off parts that some shops are hurting for business because the shop bays are empty. When I had some insurance body work done 8 weeks ago, the rep (who we know) said they usually do 330k in April, they had barely grossed 130k this May and that was even after waiving customers payments for their own part of the coverage. I saved $1000 when they did it.

When shelter-in-place was lifted 4 weeks ago, the shops started getting slammed and had to bring back mechanics, but some had already moved on elsewhere. It's tough all around.
 

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hopefully they get it moving soon. i could understand it being slow if it was a friend helping you out in his free time but a shop should be wanting to get things in and out so they can get paid
I did the same thing! Ratchet straps to get it off the ground high enough for my jack! I can't bench press transmissions anymore! Back in my younger days I would just shove the trans up in place and while the alighnment pins helped me out, I would hold the trans with one hand and start a top bolt with the other, once that one was threaded deep enough I could relax a bit! I miss the days of being bullet-proof!

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hahaha we were using the ratchet strap to support it while we added more blocks to lift things higher. those are 37" tires on it so transmission was at least 2ft off the ground with about another 6 or so inches to go. this is where a hoist and proper tools would have made the job a lot quicker and easier but as usual we just make do with what we got and get the job done
 
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Sorry Lenny about the issues with your repair shop. Honestly you'd likely not fair any better up here on the mainland!! It is getting harder and harder to get shops both competent and reliable. And like others have noted as we all age we are not physically able to do repairs we could easily accomplish in our younger days. Hopefully you will be on the road again soon!
 

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Sorry Lenny about the issues with your repair shop. Honestly you'd likely not fair any better up here on the mainland!! It is getting harder and harder to get shops both competent and reliable. And like others have noted as we all age we are not physically able to do repairs we could easily accomplish in our younger days. Hopefully you will be on the road again soon!
Sorry to hear that things in Miami are also a little out of whack . I had a nice talk with the shop guy yesterday and he said they are hoping to have it on the rack the middle of next week . Said they unfortunately took on work that started as a smaller job that became a total engine replacement job on a 2 or 350 diesel truck . One of his mechanics is hospitalized ( non covid ) , and sadly may not come home . Building has started back up in the Keys and the other mechanic/carpenter was offered so much money that he left for construction work . He also said that just getting parts has become a hassle . They used to get next day deliveries and now it is several days or the week and it seems that so many wrong parts seem to another problem . I assume it is like this in other places . Many businesses have not reopened or workers are changing jobs . Except for Covid concerns , it is a great time to see K.W. without too many tourists and cruise ships . My wife works at a very popular/successful resturant in Key West that closed for some time due to Covid concerns . After successfully reopening , they are thinking about another closure as people keep causing problems for the wait staff , refusing to wear a mask or social distancing ( when not eating or drinking ) , and are so argumentative about the City of Key West/ State Of Florida requirements . Rude , obnoxious , lying behavior seems to have infected so many of them . Hopefully something will change soon . I wonder how things are in other places .
 
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That's tough Lenny. I hope you will get it Home soon. It's been a long wait.
 

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Hope it speeds up for ya. I just made the hard decision today to scrap a 2 week trip to key west next month. Hoping by May things have calmed down. We usually spend 2-3 weeks over Memorial Day and 2-3 weeks around Labor Day at the Galleon. What restaurant does your wife work at?
 

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There are a number of nice things about growing up and living around Key West , Florida but one that is not , is when your ride needs repair . The hydraulic clutch actuator started leaking on my 87 Camino with a Tremec TKO 5 speed about 5 months ago . Four years ago 464elky was able to rebuild it but it has gotten to the point that it cannot be rebuilt again . Keisler Engineering , where I originlly purchased the kit from is out of business but was able to purchase a new system from Silver Sport Trans that bought them out . The old style actuator is no longer available and has been replaced with a Wilwood system that looks good . Unfortunately , the size and install is more involved than the original . After a couple of shops had it for weeks I found another willing to work on it . They have been able to get the Wilwood actuator mounted to the firewall but the new style lines require pulling the trans . Now that the Keys have opened back up , it seems that everyone now needs their vehicles worked on so it is now sitting out in the sun waiting to be finished . This shop has had it for at least 6 weeks . With this pandemic , I know that many others have much more serious problems to deal with and I need to be patient but being without my Camino sure is a bummer :(
Silver Sport Transmissions took over Keisers operation. scratch that, looks like you already know.
 

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Hope it speeds up for ya. I just made the hard decision today to scrap a 2 week trip to key west next month. Hoping by May things have calmed down. We usually spend 2-3 weeks over Memorial Day and 2-3 weeks around Labor Day at the Galleon. What restaurant does your wife work at?
Yahoooo , Got my 87 back from the shop after it spent 9 weeks having the hydraulic clutch system replaced ! Took it for a ride several times and all looks good . Will put it up on the lift soon but fluid level has remained steady and it shifts fine . Rather than using some different fittings for the new lines , the shop ordered a new slave cylinder for inside the bell housing to go along with the new clutch actuator that mounts to the firewall . The Wilwood system is a step up from what I originally purchased from Keisler Engineering . If anyone wants to check them out , Google the new owners , Silver Sport Engineering in Tennessee . Woodsy , my wife works in the office for Blue Heaven Restaurant in old town Key West . The food ; especially , the brunch is excellent . It`s kind of a laid back ( mostly outside ) , place where a few feral chickens roam around . She also oversees a restaurant ( with a different menu ) , for the same owners on Higgs Beach ( ocean side ) , called Salute . Nice place for a sunset dinner . The Galleon is in a great location to enjoy the old town area . The ride around Key West was fun and sorry for the loss of business but is like it used to be years ago before K.W. got too popular . It has been pretty good so far with the lower number of Covid cases and we were lucky enough to be missed by Hurricane / Tropical Storm Isaisas that is going up the east coast of the U.S. now .
 

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That's very cool you got the 87 home. It's about time. I'm glad everything is going well. Have fun and enjoy.
 

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Great as I said on the phone and better now that you have driven it. 9 weeks that's easy I am 11 months and 20 days on the rebuild of mine and still months left on my end to go.
 

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That's very cool you got the 87 home. It's about time. I'm glad everything is going well. Have fun and enjoy.
Thanks to all of you for the good wishes on getting the hydraulic clutch replaced . Did not fully realize how much I missed it until I got to drive it again . Drove around the Lower Florida Keys and Key West for several hours enjoying and making sure it worked properly . My left leg was tired when I got home . I did not bang the gears hard but shifting was smooth . It was especially nice with so few tourists packing the streets , no cruise ships and countless mopeds constantly beep beeping their horns . People were casual and enjoying wandering around . Several would stop me to talk about the Camino , take photos and take a NECOA flyer back to their friends that owned one . Still need to get it on the rack for a good check but so far , so good ;)
 
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