I believe I may have left out some more things that need to be replaced. Since the steering wheel turns right easier than it turns left, and what seems like a foot of play in the steering, I'm going to go ahead and replace the steering box with a quick-ratio unit for a Monte Carlo, so there's another $140 to add to my budget. The steering shaft inside the column is also loose, which leads me to believe that someone pounded on the shaft while trying to repair something, breaking the spot welds that hold the telescoping shaft together. So, even though I was able to replace the ignition lock and fix the turn signal/canceling cam/horn, I'll still have to replace the whole column. My God, I think the only steering component that I won't be replacing will be the intermediate shaft. So, that'll set me back yet another $60.
I also forgot center caps for the aluminum wheels. If I can actually find the right caps for these wheels, they'll be well over $100 for a set. I've also been looking at these caps for a Firebird
, which will probably fit, and would cost only $53 with shipping, but I'm not certain that they'll fit, so it'd still be a gamble. I'm still thinking of making a set of center caps, but the clips for them would cost just as much as those Firebird caps, so as of now, that's not really an option.
It'll also need a brake job soon, and I have no idea what that's going to cost, but it'll at the very least include new pads and shoes as well as a fluid change, but I may need new drums and rotors. Is there anyone in the Denver area who could help me with this?
I've never done brakes before, and if I bring it somewhere, it'll cost over $1000 to do all of this.
I'm getting a bit overwhelmed. I know if I take my time, it'll all happen, but an awful lot of it needs to be done quite soon.