I got the car back today. Night and day differance. Thanks to the new mark viii aluminum one piece driveshaft, no more clunk shifting into D,R, etc. shifts seem a bit more positive, and it seems to get the power to the rear wheels a bit faster, which could just be my imagination...the car also seems a bit faster...which could be due to my lighter wallet
New hub and wheel bearing passenger rear, new inner tie rods up front. Car drives nice, tracks straight.
As for the power steering which has always been stiff at slow speed, and OK but somewhat stiff at higher speed. EVO module was bad. Mechanic suggested that if he unplug IIRC the actuator, it would go to full assist and stay that way under all circumstances...I said try it and I'll let you know. Jury is still out on that one. It's OK, feels great at slow speed, like it should, but at high speed, it is a bit sensative. I guess I could get used to it.
Cruise control works again. It was the brake travel deactivation switch. He found the same thing I found digging into it, broken wires inside the switch, the contacts do not touch, etc. Because the switch is no longer available, and nobody anywhere has one and there is no aftermarket switch, he said he could rig up a toggle switch on the dash. I said sure. Once that was said & done, he goes "hey the brake light switch also deactivates the cruise, so it will still operate as normal" And it does. But I can also deactivate it completely from a simple metal ON/OFF toggle switch on the dash. I like that. It's cool to flip the switch off and feel the gas pedal release.
Next up was the fact that my emergency brake has not been functional in quite a while. cable was as tight as possible, and was barely moving the pistons on the calipers. Apperantly there is some sort of worm gear deal on the rear calipers, and if it is not installed correctly, it will cause problems and break things. This is the issue. So, new rear calipers happen next week, and I will have an emergency brake again. At that point I can do the hand brake swap.
After this is all paid for, the door hinge will be REPLACED...not re-pinned. New striker, welded up metal around the striker.
And then the whole car will get a new paint job.