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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2017, 07:15:52 PM »

Hey there Blue, I love that color! Unique, indeed. I have a 2003 but I really wanted a 2001. You found a good one with all of the options!

You are a hero! That dash replacement was a helluva undertaking! And you were able to get it all back together again!!

I see you had the instrument cluster out. That would be the time to replace any burnt out bulbs in your dash. I can't get over that it takes a soldering iron to replace them!!

I found a Tek in the junkyard that had the HUD and the better stereo. I considered taking those out, along with the instrument cluster, but my guess is I would need the whole wire harness too, to make all that stuff work properly. I did take the steering wheel with the radio controls, as well as the rear radio controls and speakers, figuring I can hook them up to a more modern stereo.

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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2018, 01:43:02 AM »

Hey there Blue, I love that color! Unique, indeed. I have a 2003 but I really wanted a 2001. You found a good one with all of the options!

You are a hero! That dash replacement was a helluva undertaking! And you were able to get it all back together again!!

I see you had the instrument cluster out. That would be the time to replace any burnt out bulbs in your dash. I can't get over that it takes a soldering iron to replace them!!

I found a Tek in the junkyard that had the HUD and the better stereo. I considered taking those out, along with the instrument cluster, but my guess is I would need the whole wire harness too, to make all that stuff work properly. I did take the steering wheel with the radio controls, as well as the rear radio controls and speakers, figuring I can hook them up to a more modern stereo.



Hah, I don't know about being a hero but it was a whole lot of work. Worth it though! Thank you for the kind words.

Nearly all my bulbs work, amazingly enough. The stereo has bulbs out, of course but we are considering either a Vibe/Matrix navigation unit or do something I almost never do and go aftermarket.

As far as adding HUD, DIC and such, that will be an undertaking and it may get done to our friend Laird's Aztek this year so we will keep everyone updated on how that goes.
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« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2018, 05:03:05 PM »



Found a friend today. Hah, first Aztek I've been able to park next to. Cool
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« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2018, 03:11:52 PM »


   I need to express my sincere respect for you taking in this poor, neglected thing and the incredible efforts at nursing it back to health.  It is kind of personal for me because it looks just like the car I've owned since 2001.  I found mine on a Pontiac dealers lot in Maryland when it was still a young thing and it's lived with me ever since.  Mine doesn't have the sunroof or the cassette player (just the CD player), and I've never counted how many speakers it's got, but it still looks like it came out of the same womb as yours.  It gives me hope that somebody might want to take mine in someday when I'm no longer around.  Cheesy

   The factoids you take the time and trouble to post are very interesting as well.  I don't know where those 1956 blue GTs ended up, 'cause I've seen very few blue Azteks of any kind for all the years I've been driving mine. And I've lived in Maryland, New Mexico, and now back in Texas since I brought mine.

   I have seen the color expressed as "Steel Blue Metallic" many times previously, but the original invoice on my car just called it "Medium Blue" and the 305D color code on my car is referred to as "Opal Blue Metallic", so I don't know.  However, I've seen the "Steel Blue" enough that I think it's good to stick with.

   You seem more than competent to deal with any problems you may have with your Aztek, but if anything ever comes up where you think my experience with a very similar car might be of help, don't hesitate to contact me and ask.  I will gladly tell you anything I know or readily admit if I'm totally clueless.  Best of luck with your endeavor.
 
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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2018, 07:09:57 PM »

Not much new. Replaced the 4th gear clutch hub shaft and still don't have 4th, thinking it might be the valvebody.  Roll Eyes


Hubby was out a couple of weeks ago and met another Aztek owner. Gotta watch him as he said she was very sweet. hah He helped her hold her hatch up as she loaded her car.


Finally got the windows tinted yesterday.  Cool
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« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2018, 11:15:04 PM »

Well, I finally got 4th gear fixed. Yay! New valve body and clutches did that trick.

Had a close call this morning, hubby went out and picked up a b-day gift for me and got about halfway back when the temp gauge was almost to the red. He immediately shut off the A/C and turned on the heater to cool it back down as he was close to home. He was lucky, 150 degrees blowing on him while it's 108 out! Anyhow, after a lot of time and cussing, he tracked down a corroded ground wire for the fans, they weren't turning fast enough to cool the engine. All fixed and running cool again.

The Service Vehicle Soon light came on, a high beam wasn't working. Bulb was good, had power to it but GM in their infinite wisdom instead of grounding the bulb, runs the DRL from the ground side back through the relay and fuse and somewhere around Robin Hood's barn to a ground that can't be found. I said screw it and bypassed the DRL and grounded the headlight bulb itself so it works, got inspection in a couple of weeks. I might fix it right if I can when the weather cools down.

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« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2018, 12:47:20 PM »

Well, I finally got 4th gear fixed. Yay! New valve body and clutches did that trick.

Had a close call this morning, hubby went out and picked up a b-day gift for me and got about halfway back when the temp gauge was almost to the red. He immediately shut off the A/C and turned on the heater to cool it back down as he was close to home. He was lucky, 150 degrees blowing on him while it's 108 out! Anyhow, after a lot of time and cussing, he tracked down a corroded ground wire for the fans, they weren't turning fast enough to cool the engine. All fixed and running cool again.

The Service Vehicle Soon light came on, a high beam wasn't working. Bulb was good, had power to it but GM in their infinite wisdom instead of grounding the bulb, runs the DRL from the ground side back through the relay and fuse and somewhere around Robin Hood's barn to a ground that can't be found. I said screw it and bypassed the DRL and grounded the headlight bulb itself so it works, got inspection in a couple of weeks. I might fix it right if I can when the weather cools down.



I know the solenoids in the valvebody are the weak link on these. I need to get them replaced on the Tek before one takes a dump. They have been upgraded since the vehicle production days.

Good info on the fan. I just had this exact same thing happen this week. 2 weeks ago over 4th of July had no issues though on a trip sitting in traffic. Just started out of the blue.
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« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2018, 09:35:26 PM »


I know the solenoids in the valvebody are the weak link on these. I need to get them replaced on the Tek before one takes a dump. They have been upgraded since the vehicle production days.

Good info on the fan. I just had this exact same thing happen this week. 2 weeks ago over 4th of July had no issues though on a trip sitting in traffic. Just started out of the blue.

I replaced all the solenoids as well for good measure.  Cool

Check the ground wire in the fuse box, you will need to remove the top of the fuse box (not just the cover) and unscrew all the 7mm bolts to access it. It will be in the gray box, you will see it when you remove the fuse box top to unplug all the connector boxes underneath. Ours was not only corroded, but burned slightly from the resistance caused by the corrosion.
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« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2018, 07:11:45 PM »

We were in Georgetown with the daughter this weekend and couldn't pass up this photo opportunity.

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« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2018, 11:28:30 AM »

Welcome brother from A-Body land. Lots of work to bring that girl back to roadworthiness. Only other big thing you get to look forward to is the C305-Ectomy. Its a fun job (NOT!).

You mentioned something about the Factory Seat Covers? You have a pic of them. Never seen them.
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