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Post by 75X11 on Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:44 pm

The rear view mirror has a lot of silver going on it, so I got a new mirror. It's bracket is larger than the one in place now, so I have to remove the current one. It's always something.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:38 am

A few fixes are better than car payments.

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:13 am

That's the way I look at it.  Got any good recipes for removing a rear view mirror bracket? Very Happy
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Post by 75X11 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:13 pm

I tried using a heat gun like is suggested on the net. I'm sure the window would have melted before it came off. I got 2 adhesive kits and put the new one on the old one.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:56 pm

Is it one of those mirrors that stick to the glass? I used to use acetone to melt that glue. The hot AZ sun works well, too. Very Happy

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:02 pm

I couldn't even get the acetone to soften what had come out from under the bracket. Between that and the heat, I gave up. So now it is one of those things that only I can see. You know the feeling.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:14 pm

Boy, that is a tough one, huh? Can you get a single-edge razor blade under the glue and get it to move?

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Post by jerryhawthorne on Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:24 pm

A few fixes are better than car payments.

Really, 19 pages of repair problems, I'm glad you guys are younger! That stuff was more entertaining, not to mention less brutal on the body 40 years ago. 75, I do enjoy reading your saga of your pickup truck. I have never owned one but perhaps once a year need one, several friends have them and I can borrow for short hauls. I use to enjoy working on cars (back in the 60s-70s) not any longer.
Keep on trucking I'm enjoying the trip.
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Post by kb4yrc on Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:03 am

How are you enjoying your brand new truck ? ..... Gregg

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:52 pm

It aint new except for the high wear portions.  If I ever hit the lottery I might get another vehicle but I'm sure it wouldn't be new. A crook would have to slip a winning ticket into my possession for that to happen.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:49 pm

Well 75 at least it is keeping your body in shape. cheers I'm hoping you hit the big lottery!
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:38 pm

Well, driving home last evening, a shmuck tried to change lanes into the truck.  He also caused an air-out in the drivers front tire.  that locked my wheels to the left and the idiot stepped on it to move toward the center and I couldn't steer away.  I hit the brakes as hard as I could and just about drove into the oncoming lanes.  It smashed the front of the fender and took out the lamp housing.  Called AAA and they said they would have a tow there in 45 minutes.  The cops said that would be too long so they had a race to see whether the county appointed tow could get there first.  Guess who won, free or $130?  Now more fun...
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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:28 am

Sorry to hear about your truck. No

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:41 am

Try LMC Truck for a headliner.  They have stuff that you know will work.  When you get to their site you select the particular model and year range. That's a nice set. Those aren't hard to install and makes a big difference.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:29 pm

LMC does Ford now? I have used them a couple times for my Chevy and have been well-pleased. Sorry to hear about your truck, 75. Do you need a new fender or just some massaging of the original?

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:10 pm

The fender and the whole Headlight/turn/sidemarker. Maybe a rim also. the other truck hit me hard enough to air out my drivers front tire, locked my wheels to the left and dragged me back across the road.. The accident report is so screwed up I wonder if the cop was high on something.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:38 pm

I hope you're alright!!!

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:40 pm

There is one like yours sitting down by the dock. The owner is out on the lake. That would be a good time to lighten him up for body parts. Very Happy

Sounds to me like you are lucky all you need is some truck parts.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:13 pm

It looks like maybe the fender is fixable. You for sure need a new light assembly and a new tire. I can't tell about the rim. Is that scratches on the corner of the bumper? That is a nice looking truck. Good luck with the repairs.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:31 pm

I'd like to find another fender and just replace it. I'm sure I can find another lamp housing on ebay.
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:48 pm

The b****** that ran into me has changed his story 3 times.  This weeks version says that I had a tire to blow and swerved into his vehicle.  The witch that handles the claims has hung up on me once because my statement, unchanged from the police report doesn't jive with last weeks version of the other parties' statement.  they are sending a adjustor tomorrow.  15 minutes after he called me, my insurance co's rep called to say the other parties claim rep has already said she will not pay anything on the claim, even though my rep has seen both sets of pics of both vehicles, the police report and agrees it is obvious the other party pulled into me.  the claims witch hung up on him too.  I am going to have a special, short and bitter meeting with the adjustor tomorrow which I hope he will relay to the claims witch.
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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:55 pm

Did the other guy get a summons?

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:02 pm

No. the other guy was saying anything to get off the hook. Because there were conflicting statements, he didn't issue a citation. It took nearly two weeks for the imbecile to get the report written up.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:34 pm

I once worked with a local attorney and a group of Master Certified automotive technicians reconstructing accident scenes, primarily to prove or disprove mechanical failure.  We typically represented an auto repair facility of some kind.  We would work with auto manufacturers, tire companies, construction companies, state agencies all to reconstruct an accident.  We could tell if there was a fly sitting on the curb when the accident happened.  Lying by witnesses did no good, since we never heard either side.  We let the evidence speak for itself, as it could never lie.  This very situation is why we were called to duty.  My opinion is that you are in a tough spot, 75.  If you have comp and collision on your truck, you had just as well either fix it out of pocket and move on, or make a claim on your policy.  The age of your truck is not in your favor, as it will likely be totaled by the insurance company.  Were it me, I would seriously consider making repairs out of pocket and moving on.  It appears you are trying to teach a pig to dance reference the other party.  It is tough to deal with a liar.  It sounds as though the guy who hit you might be a high risk.  High risk insurance companies can be difficult to deal with.  These companies hate to pay claims.  They have lawyers on staff whose job is to make a claimant's life miserable.  

The point of the investigation likely to cause you the most grief is this.  Your truck crossed a yellow or white line, or otherwise ended up in a different lane of traffic than you were originally traveling, if I understand correctly.  This is the sticky wicket.  The other party can claim that you crossed the line, and you can claim that he crossed the line.  An accident reconstructionist could separate the buckwheat from the BS and settle the matter.  Short of that, it may be your word against his in the eyes of the law.  If you continue to pursue the matter, the other party, already suspected of being less than honest, could conceivably file a claim against you, stating the accident was YOUR fault, and try to collect on your insurance. And he could have all kinds of grievous, permanent injuries as a result. His outcome might not be any better than yours, but it might be inviting grief that you don't want or need. Good luck.

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