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Post by 75X11 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:12 pm

I replaced the beltline weatherstripping on the truck today. I've also found why the new tailgate don't quite fit. I now see it has a number of plastic inserts that are supposed to go into the hinge points. As they are now there is about a 1/4 inch of lining missing. One thing that really has me stumped is trying to figure out how the underbed spare tire carrier was configured. Mine has nothing there, although I know that even with a rear tank they were used. The shop manual has no illustration nor mention that I can find.
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Post by Dr. Radio on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:22 pm

Maybe you can find some help here?

http://www.f150forum.com/
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:52 pm

Thanks, that looks like a pretty nice site. I'll do some searching first, and break the ice if nothing comes up.
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:13 pm

There were 2 different tire racks (underneath) for that truck. It bolted  just past the gas tank on both sides.  One of them would telescope out so you could access the tire easier, I'm not sure they were still available when your truck was made.

Are there any holes in the bed up front on the passengers side? There was a spare tire rack (optional) there also.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:04 pm

When I call up images of the tire carrier on Bing, the diagrams show what appears to be a diagonal bracket that with a small cross piece holds up the tire. It shows 3 holes for fastening the whole affair to the frame, but my frame only has 1 hole that is open and not used. There appears to be enough space between the floor of the tank and the bottom of the differential as far as ground clearance goes.
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:14 pm

Mine connects with only 2 bolts. One bolt is a regular hex and the other is an eye bolt you turn with the tire iron to remove the tire. Maybe the "caged" nuts on the frame are missing.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:09 am

You are supposed to throw the spare tire in the bed so you will have something to steal instead of them stealing your tailgate.

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:30 am

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are!    lol!


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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:13 pm

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Thanks for the link!  Very Happy 

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:53 pm

Well, now another bug. when the engine first warms up the temperature gauge is all over the scale. It finally jumped up to 9/10ths of peg. It looks like a new sender is in order. With the traffic jams in this town, the cooling system must be in good kip.
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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:06 pm

On the older Fords, in the manual, it shows to put the "sending" unit wire through a certain value resistor to get a half scale reading on the gauge, then you will know the condition of everything but the sending unit. There is also a CVR, (constant voltage regulator at 5VDC) that can cause fluctuations. This also causes other gauges to fluctuate as well. I've also seen a poorly grounded alternator cause gauge problems. With that said I with you on the sending unit.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:01 pm

Went to the auto parts store and went belt and suspenders. I thought since I would have to drain the system to do the sender I would get the thermostat and replace it too. The person working on it before used blue rtv on the t-stat housing and it was seeping rather well as has all the other units I have seen rtv used with. I use the non PC named gasket shellac that is named after the penny that proceeded the Lincoln cent. The bolts were loose and when I got them out and pulled the cover off, surprise, surprise, there was a new t-stat installed backwards. The sender goes back tommorrow.
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:36 pm

Indian Head  Very Happy 

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:09 pm

You could take the t'stat out completely, and use cardboard to cover the radiator. We used to call that a Kentucky Thermostat!  lol! 

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:17 pm

Kinda like the balding tires we used to call Oklahoma slicks!
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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:45 am

We called balding tires; "may pops"

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:23 am

I remember when I was a teenager, I got new Firestone Deluxe Champions on the front of my Buick, and recapped Firestone Deluxe Champions on the rear. I don't think you can buy recapped tires for a car anymore.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:10 am

MEZLAW wrote:We called balding tires; "may pops"  

That was what we called used trade in tires. A friend I worked with was setting his son up with a car and asked me about getting used tires. "Oh, a set of may pops." I thought he was going to hurt himself he was laughing so hard. His son got new, albeit inexpensive tires.  Very Happy 
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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:28 am

That was what we called used trade in tires.

That's right, and that's what I meant to say!

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:11 pm

I went to Harbor Freight to add to my arsenal and I was considering getting a bench grinder. Not a one in the store. Not even those tiny units they have that looks only useful to sharpen single edge razor blades. I did get a big socket set and a set of s-bend box end wrenches. I also found an assortment of big pop rivets with which to secure the missing fastener on the drivers' window regulator. I had been considering getting a code reader there, but the same units are sold on ebay for about $25 or more below HF's prices. I finished at the nearby Big Lots that had Nevella sucralose (splenda) for $3.60 a 10lb. sugar equivalent bag. It'll take a little bit to get the bubbles cycled out of the truck, it appears.
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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:17 pm

Also, Big Lots had 134A for $6 a can.
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:10 pm

The temperature gauge is getting mighty stable, the way the intake manifold is set up, the water can lose contact with the sender easily, but it is running on either side of the o in normal.
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:17 pm

it is running on either side of the o in normal.

Looks like you nailed it!  Wink 

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:52 pm

Now for today, fixing the burned out lights in the instrument cluster. I replaced the incandescents with LED 'bulbs'.
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