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Post by 35Z5 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:57 pm

What year/model truck are you working on???
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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:57 pm

A '96 Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer Extended cab. It has taken the place of my '88 Bronco II Eddie Bauer that was smashed up somewhat in a collision late last year.
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Post by 35Z5 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:52 am

Kewl, I have a '96 F-150 std cab, 8ft bed, 5.0 & E4OD trans... Was missing my '93 Lightning(sold to a friend) and it popped up on craigslist, brought it home for $1200... That was Nov '12 been messing with it on & off since... Tires, brakes, belts, hoses, cooling system flush, thermostat, AC charge, removed seat & carpet pressure washed, repl back window(was missing), new head liner, all four ball joints, tail pipe, trans flush, and probably half dozen other things I can't remember now... Still I don't have more than $1600 in it(yeah I gots connections)...
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:41 am

That's one nice thing about these trucks, you can more often than not buy the things at a decent price. I'm looking at a replacement carpet for mine. It has a few bad stains.
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Post by 35Z5 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:53 am

75X11 wrote:That's one nice thing about these trucks, you can more often than not buy the things at a decent price.  I'm looking at a replacement carpet for mine.  It has a few bad stains.

Mine had Coke & mud caked on it till it "thunked" when tapped, I pressure washed and hung it on the fence a couple days in the sun, almost like new...Give the whole carpet a good dose of Purple Power and work it in with a brush before the pressure wash, there won't be any stains....
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:11 pm

Well my fellow Ford fans you might like to see one of my Ford trucks which is 20 years older than yours.


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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:24 pm

Here's another view of my 1976 F100 shortbed;


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Post by 75X11 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:38 pm

Very nice looking truck! They just keep on going when you take care of them!
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Post by 35Z5 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:52 pm

Nice!!! Anything with a FE motor is a favorite of mine...

Around 15 years ago I had a nice '74 with a 360 but someone offered me more money than I could refuse...
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:09 pm

This truck has the 302 but I still own a 1976 F251 which I special ordered new and it has the FE. The first picture is my vendor space at Spring Carlisle with my living quarters to the right of my truck. I've sold several factory 3X2 aluminum intakes for FE's including one for Thunderbird. I have retained one factory 3X2 for myself. I also have a '66 Galaxie fastback with a 390.

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Post by 35Z5 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:55 pm

I've owned at least one FE since I swapped a 390 for the 289 & three on tree in my '64 Galaxie 500 Fastback, that was in April '69... Prior I had a '58 & '62 with 352...

One day while I was down at my favorite junk yard(run by Al Rudd, we used to talk about Ricky's racing go cart)he had a identical 'T-boned '64 with 32K mi that was 390 & three on tree(mine had like 75K mi)... I started at the radiator and bought every thing under the car for $300 and my 289 drive train in trade... A year or so later swapped in a 4-speed, eventually swapped back to three speed and sold it to my ex father in law in 1974...

Been into 428CJ since...
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Post by 75X11 on Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:39 pm

Dodged the yellow snowstorms (pollen!) outside and removed the hitch reciever, then got out my solder on battery terminal clamps ahd put them on. The previous owner had those kind you twist the cables up and put them beneath a clamp/strap on the terminal clamp. Thank goodness he was too lazy to put wd-40 or oil on the wires. They were dry and corroded. A brisk grooming with a stainless paint removal brush set that straight. Clipped up a bit of the old clamps to fill the solder cups in order to save the good stuff. Now to look for the set of tire hanger parts.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:10 am

Not having good luck on the hanger parts, but got a relay harness for my headlights that powers them directly from the battery using the original wiring as a control circuit for the relays. Ford trucks have a tendency over time to have the light wiring and switches overheat at any switches or connectors. This process burnt the wiring at my multifunction switch on my Bronco II. Also got some new headlights to use with the headlight housings I intend to install shortly. I found them at a nice price... http://www.ebay.com/itm/261444118915?item=261444118915&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME:L:OC:US:3160&vxp=mtr Can't do too much outside with the pollen so bad.
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Post by 35Z5 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:41 am

The new housings will make far more difference in light output than either bulbs or the relay mod... I'm not dissing the relays though, it's a good mod, resistance in the MFS will cause heat and burn the switch along with connector plug...

Problem isn't just isolated to trucks, any of the mid '80s up to(?) vehicles can have MFS issues... Daughters old '88 Turbo Coupe did same, and I'm doing mod to my '72 Comet this week just because...
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:26 am

The previous owner gave me a new set of housings. It seems one of his neighbors told him that a good rubdown with brake fluid would shine those old crystalline lensed housings right up.  Very Happy 
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Post by 35Z5 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:20 am

Yeah DOT 3 brake fluid works wonders to peel paint and soften plastic, DOT 5 Silicone fluid would likely help for a little while...

You can clean hazy lenses with rubbing compound and then a good wax and buff...  Will be much better but never like new ones...
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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:54 am

I've polished headlight lens but it doesn't seem to last very long.  I also have observed cars which are run through cars washes are more likely to have cloudy lenses.

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Post by 35Z5 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:41 pm

Once headlights haze, after cleaning you'll need to re-wax them once every month or two to keep them at their best... Prob re-compound again after a year...

I have a friend who does auto repair/restoration and he says the Wipe New advertised on TV is as good they say... Problem is the $19.95 plus shipping bottle is only about 2oz... I believe it comes with some 2000 grit paper to polish lenses before applying...

The local Walgreen does sell it though...
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:46 pm

Got out the replacement headlight housings and new bulbs and the relay harness and set to install them. One of the attachment points on the driver side housing was broken across the bolt hole. I keep a brass knife tip for my Weller iron for such emergencies. I cut some similar plastic fron the old housing and welded the broken portion back together.They are set up so you set the lateral aim and the vertical can be set after the assembly with the t/s and marker is in place. The harness was plenty large enough to route across the front. It is the same assembly I used on my Mustang, also using 9007 bulbs. One thing I have found to help care for plastic lenses that haven't gone flat, instrument cluster lenses, or to finish up a polish job is Kleenmaster Brillianize. I think they still sell it at Antique Radio Supply.
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Post by 35Z5 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Headlights have a protective coating that hazes in the elements(yeah lot of good it does), not same as polishing a instrument cluster or dial lenses, that are just clear plastic...

The coating seems stupid, nine times out of 10 the plastic park light lenses without coating look and emit light far better than the coated headlamp lenses...
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Post by 75X11 on Sat May 03, 2014 5:15 pm

Bought a Bissell little green today to clean the filthy upholstery in the truck. The worst area and the place I thought it was shot was the center seat back/armrest on the drivers side. I swear it looked like someone had poured liquid candle wax blended with factory dirt into the fabric and it was hard as plastic. the rest of the seats looked like they were splattered with every drink and whatever mystery fluids they could throw. To cap it off it smelled like a old dog that had only been bathed in rainstorms, if that. It's smelling a lot better, the armrest looks like tan velour. The liquified stains have been put on my flowers to make them strong. You'd think everything had been dipped in mud and dried looking at what it was pulling out. If you had been considering a cleaner for such purposes, I can heartily recommend this one. Still hunting for a spare tire carrier.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat May 03, 2014 9:10 pm

The spare tire carrier my day used to have was a hole thru the bed, a chain thru the hole and around the tire, and a padlock for security. Everytime you needed the tire, you had lost the key. But a good tire thief could still get it, no problem. You always want to make your spare tire easy to steal. It seems to bring good luck somehow.  Rolling Eyes 

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Post by 75X11 on Sat May 03, 2014 10:22 pm

That is my current setup without the hole nor chain. I want to stow the tire away to allow the use of the whole truck bed. Then I want to get some liquid bedliner and coat the bed.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun May 25, 2014 12:46 pm

Got out a polyethylene block, wrapped a cloth around and used some rubbing compound on the roof.  The previous owner apparrently wasn't much for washing the vehicle and had left the road film, pollen and anything else that would settle on the horizontal surfaces to turn into a patchy dark scale on the paint.  I swear the roof looked like it had delaminating clearcoat on it.  It was nice to see the metalflake copper finish coming out on it.  Now it's going to take a load of waxing to bring up a shine on it now, but it is at least one color.  Found a woodgrain molding for the dash on Ebay today.  A mama cat and her 3 babies came along to watch me croak myself working on the top.  I don't think they were impressed.
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Post by terrydec on Sun May 25, 2014 4:01 pm

I had a rattle that was driving me crazy.  I looked under the chassis, put shims in, made sure the tail gate was closed, everything I could think of.  I finally gave up and smacked the bumper with my hammer.  That's when I noticed a loose washer under a bolt holding the bed to the chassis.  Of course the bolt is frozen but a nail hammered under the washer stopped the noise.

Now as soon as I get the front shocks replaced, gas gauge working again and the AC fixed I'll be in good shape.  But at least I fixed the rattle.
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