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Post by jerryhawthorne on Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:05 pm

75, the truck looks great! After your last post you should change the title to "Time after time". I suspect the little nagging problems will continue after all it is an old truck. Nice you enjoy sharing your pain. Exclamation
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:15 pm

Thanks, Jerry. If it gets you to post, It is worth it.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:30 pm

Don't get me wrong 75, in my younger years I have restored a 50 ford, two Mustangs, a 64 and a half convertible, a 65, a 912 Porsche Targa and a 70 911 Targa. I'm now in my older age not into not working on cars. My wife keeps me busy working on her sewing machines (computerized) and the occasional radio. I admire your persistance on the pickup and wish I had the energy.
Keep on trucking, I enjoy it!

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:55 pm

I took no offense from you at all. I started this thread to maintain some posting on the site during the slow times. I know it's old and that's fine with me. I don't continue it to perturb anyone and it can be ignored at will.
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:02 pm

I took a self tapping metal screw and put it in where the pinhole leak and that stopped it I hope good enough to get me home. I'll find out in the next hour.
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Post by 75X11 on Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:23 pm

It made it allright and sat for 2 days, then I got 5 ft. of 5/8 heater hose, a set of clamps and a gallon of prestone 50/50 and removed the leaking tube and capped off the remaining coolant to TB outlet with a short length of silicone hose and a 9mm case with the primer pocket soldered shut. Got to work with it all right and just checked the catch bottle and it almost drained it. that means it is holding pressure hot and vacuum cold and the air is about out of the system. $24 and change.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:18 pm

Just finished replacing the U-joints. Never have done that before, but there was a vibration when driving so I wanted to get it done before it started to get rotten out. It rides like a magic carpet now.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:33 pm

Does your truck have a center carrier bearing in the driveshaft? Those can get wonky and cause a vibration and/or a click/squeak. The bearing on my Chevy driveshaft gets bad every 20 years or so.

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:43 pm

Yes it does. It is free and stable. It's a machine shop job getting it off and on, so I left it for the time being. There were 2 joint bearings gone. The replacement joints have zerks too.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:44 pm

I take my driveshaft down to the local NAPA store and John presses it off and on for me.  The big problem with that is marking the driveshaft "halves" so they get "clocked" right when you put it back together.  If the driveshafts are not put back right, the thing vibrates like crazy!  Shocked

I was in a grocery store parking lot the other day waiting for the frau, when a later model Ford Explorer pulled in beside me. It had the telltale squeak from a bad u-joint. I mentioned it to the driver, who replied that it had been doing it "every since I've had it." I mentioned that he was in danger of breaking down. He replied that is was of no concern to him. He had triple-A. It would not cost any more to fix it after it broke than it would now. He figured he would get more miles before he had to shell out any money. confused

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:36 pm

I don't like the part where the vehicle breaks down when I'm out in it. Getting stuck in no mans land makes that a false economy. When I started. I got my freshly sharpened cold chisel and marked the orientation of all the components to one another. It had 2 ford joints and 1 spicer.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:03 pm

75, I know you will get it working eventually. I'm glad you enjoy fixing things. Give you another 12 years or so and you will be ready for a "new" car. Smile It gets a little tiring the older you get! Keep up the posts, it makes we wish (or not) I was a little younger.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:15 pm

When your driveshaft (and mine) were new, there were painted "clock" marks on the driveshaft so they could be aligned correctly on the assembly line.  With time, those marks disappear.  When I was restoring Buicks, my forte was to research the colors and to restore those "clock" marks on the repainted driveshaft.

Jerry, older vehicles give a person something they can actually work on. There is a certain satisfaction in that. The new stuff is nice to drive and all, but there is not much you can actually "do" to one. I wouldn't take a million dollars for my old Chevy truck. We have been thru a lot together and it's earned my respect. 75 has considerable history with his Ford pickup. He recently brought it back from the brink. I understand his affection for it.

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Post by jerryhawthorne on Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:25 pm

History with a car is important.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:10 pm

Good history with a car is what people memorialize. Bad history is typically not very long in duration.

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:56 pm

Replaced the steering linkages today. I'll take it for an alignment tomorrow.
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:47 pm

Aligned and completed.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:41 am

Were the wonky steering parts a result of the accident awhile back?  Or just the wear and tear of time?

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:39 am

Wear and tear, most likely. The rods were 1-1/4" forged steel bars behind a heavy metal skid plate. The ball ends were pretty loose.
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:17 pm

Got a new pair of tail lights on Ebay to replace the clouded old ones. I also got a license plate lamp housing to replace the missing one. Got that on Amazon. It would have been $14.65. Used my credit card points and it was .63 .
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:37 pm

Well, the unit is in the shop. They suspect it is the pinion bearing and that requires more equipment than I have to do the replacement. 5001 posts. Yow!
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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:30 pm

Had to replace the front wheel bearings in the 1996 Ranger, I don't think the previous owner ever repacked them! Fortunately this truck does not use the spindle as a bearing race, so the job wasn't too bad.
I just love this little truck! Very Happy

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:38 pm

Mine worked out to be the carrier and pinion bearings, and the passenger axle bearing. The probably use the same one on your Ranger. Very Happy
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:41 pm

Well, I replaced the shocks today.  The old ones looked like the factory units.  It has made quite a difference in ride and handling.  Spent the rest of the day mowing trimming and cleaning.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:09 pm

While replacing the shocks, I found the Differential had a wet streak beneath it coming from the front where the carrier bearing is. It goes back to the shop Monday to get that set straight.
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