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« on: October 01, 2017, 10:29:48 PM »

Hello,

Picked up this Steel Blue GT for next to nothing today. 1 of just 4638 Steel Blue Metallic Azteks made in 2001. One owner Texas car. Has a sunroof, HUD, DIC, Dual Zone, cloth interior, leveling suspension, tow package, traction control and the RDS CD cassette stereo with 10 speakers. 121,000 miles.






Hopefully soon I will get the hood painted and get it detailed so I can get pics with my friend's 1 of 473 2003 Rally. Laird was the hit of the local car show this past month.



It will be fun for hauling my mermaid tails though I couldn't find a green Aztek to match them, blue will do just fine.

I am sure I will have questions coming!
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 10:57:51 PM »

Welcome, and congratulations! That is one fully loaded Aztek. Looks to be in good shape.

What's this about mermaid tails?!
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2017, 02:58:00 PM »

Thank you none. I'm a mermaid! Smiley

Made Crystal Blue Persuasion (that name may or may not stick) her first modification last night! Added an auto-dimming rear view mirror with homelink and light.




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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2017, 06:04:01 PM »

Impressive! I have yet to start modifying my Aztek. Glad to know something like this can be done.

I like the nickname... goes well with the mermaid thing, and is also a nod to the Aztek's connection to Breaking Bad.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2017, 09:30:38 PM »

Woohoo! I just got a lead on a set of original factory accessory seat covers in a local junkyard on an AWD 2001. These guys are kind of jerks but I hope I can pour on the charm and they let me back in the yard to get them and see if it has any other goodies.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017, 10:36:34 AM »

You are quickly becoming my hero! Before long you will have every option ever made  Grin

The few. The proud. The Aztek diehards!
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 01:37:22 PM »

Yay, I get the fun of replacing the underhood fuse box this weekend. Power to the fuel pump fuse but it's not going to the relay like it should. Fortunately, it's an easy job.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2017, 05:43:27 PM »

I was about to type "I'd rather do that than tackle the thermostat"... but I do not wish to bring bad luck on myself  Grin

KNOCK ON WOOD

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I just finished replacing my thermostat & now I never want another project (other than upgrades). Everything has been easy on this car until that stupid thermostat project. Even the rear bank of spark plugs were cake in comparison.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2017, 06:32:03 PM »

I was about to type "I'd rather do that than tackle the thermostat"... but I do not wish to bring bad luck on myself  Grin

KNOCK ON WOOD

JINX

I just finished replacing my thermostat & now I never want another project (other than upgrades). Everything has been easy on this car until that stupid thermostat project. Even the rear bank of spark plugs were cake in comparison.

I was looking under the hood and yes, the t-stat looks to be a major pain!

I finally took her on the road today, still need to get the blessing from the state to use public roads that I paid for (but that's a rant for another time).


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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2017, 11:12:22 PM »

Did a junkyard excursion today, hoping to find a trans out so I could rob the 4th gear clutch hub shaft as mine is apparently sheared (no 4th gear  Undecided ) but no dice. Will order a new one and install it.

I did get a few little things for her today, like the cabin filter door cover which was missing. It's a little thing that no one will ever see but it makes me feel good that it's there again.



The rear brakes on the Mermaid are the originals! I need to address this soon but am undecided as to whether to go get all new drum parts or put rear discs from a 1998-2005 U van which appear to be a direct bolt on.  Wink I was considering seeing if an IRS from a Rendezvous would fit but it doesn't seem to after looking under an Aztek and a Buick side by side, looks like some different mounting points are on the Buick that aren't on the Aztek and not able to be added without some fab work.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2017, 06:59:22 PM »

Simply amazing! I can tackle replacing the filter door, but transmissions scare the crap outa me. Kind of amazing that you have the energy, skill, and motivation to do all these big things! Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 08:57:57 PM »

Simply amazing! I can tackle replacing the filter door, but transmissions scare the crap outa me. Kind of amazing that you have the energy, skill, and motivation to do all these big things! Keep up the good work!

 Grin Energy and motivation are the two that are debatable. hah! And thank you,. I do my best.

Since GTs never came with anything that actually said they were a GT, I added my own as well as a Heisenberg decal.



And the required tail shot. hehe  Wink Usually they are in the bag but I had to take them out for a pic.

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 11:39:32 PM »

Went to a junkyard an hour north of Austin and found 2 Azteks with good dashes so I grabbed one for my 'tek.




And a friend of ours that we often trade parts with found 2 'teks with the cargo net package and he sent both to me.




Also after a month since buying it on ebay for $20 shipped, I finally got a cooler.

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2017, 12:16:11 AM »

More pics of the cargo net system.




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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2017, 09:29:26 PM »

Looking better.



Before it got cold here in Texas, we replaced the dash!

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