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|08-13-2019 08:38 PM|
Originally Posted by locopny View Post
|08-13-2019 03:55 PM|
|locopny||ok...way up in the NE corner of the state near Canada. 250 miles or so away. Sure is a popular thing to do out here ... put those dealer stickers on.|
|08-13-2019 03:19 AM|
Originally Posted by locopny View Post
If I zoom in on this pic it says "Gregory Ford Lincoln Mercury. Cavalier, N. Dak."
|08-13-2019 02:54 AM|
|08-12-2019 10:04 PM|
I've been super busy, aka working a lot, so things have been slow on all of my projects. I haven't gotten any further on things on this one, but here are a few pics of some things.
Here is the bench seat sitting on the flatbed (with kick panel covers sitting on it). Overall it's in pretty decent shape for a 40+ year old OE seat and has the typical wear on the driver's side. I'm going to try to clean it up a bit and then I have a Mexican blanket style seat cover to go on it to pretty it up.
Here is the nearly mint blue headliner I pulled from the JY the other day. I'm almost disappointed it isn't white so I can stick it in the Bronco. I had considered just upholstering it and putting it in the Bronco, but since I can upholster any old headliner for that purpose, I'll just go find another one in decent shape and do just that. Or make one from scratch which might even be better.
Here's the vinyl flooring sitting in the cab. You can see the extra length on the passenger side sticking up and the rear folding forward. I'm going to make some cuts on the front side and pull it up as far as I can before trimming the rear, if I trim it at all. I figure the less I can see under the dash the better. I also liked the card they stapled to it, just in case you're an idiot and don't know the textured, somewhat contoured to the floorboard under the dash side goes up and faces the front.
Here's my little project I started on the hood. I still need to take it down a bit more in the spot I worked on for a short while, but you get the idea. Hitting it with the wet scotch brite takes off the newer rust and shows the older, deeper red rust. To me it makes it look more like an old, well used truck than just something that's been rusting away in a field... like it was. Hopefully the rest of the rusty areas will turn out well. The doors are "brightly" rusted, so knocking the rust down a bit will make it not so in your face "hey I'm rusty over here". After that I think I'll try buffing the good paint and see what that leaves me. If I was gonna keep it I'd probably do something similar to what @cobrajoe suggested and I'd take the bad areas down to metal and prime it all one color and redo the bed in black and put some fresh wood on it. But I'm not keeping it, so that's not being done!
|08-12-2019 09:29 PM|
Originally Posted by dash_cam View Post
|08-07-2019 07:42 PM|
|08-07-2019 05:30 PM|
I kinda wanna plant sod on it.
But seriously, I think if I lay a putting green on the flatbed that I could get someone who really likes to practice their short game to buy it.
|08-07-2019 04:04 PM|
|cobrajoe||Prime it flat black;some kid will want it real bad....|
|08-07-2019 03:07 PM|
Originally Posted by dash_cam View Post
Putting it that way sounds kinda dumb though, leave it bare metal or rusty bare metal. I just think it gives it a nicer look if I'm going to leave it unpainted. Some guys go crazy and clear coat it or coat the patina with oil or whatever gimmicky trick they read about online to preserve it. I'd much rather paint the thing, but that kind of defeats the porpoise of what I'm trying to do, which is maintain a razor thin profit margarine. I can't believe it's not butter.
|08-07-2019 09:40 AM|
|08-06-2019 11:49 PM|
I finished working on the floorboards. I had to hit them with a 60 grit flap disc to get my desired results as the wire wheels/cups weren't getting it done. I hit the areas I worked on with some rustoleum rust converter spray paint then topped it with some blue enamel. Once that dried nicely I muscled the jute and vinyl flooring over and laid it in the cab. I've left the flooring unfinished so the summer heat can soften it up and release all the creases. They sure over size the stuff though. It's shoved up under the dash as far as I can get it without cutting it up, which is right at that seam where the floor meets the firewall, and the back end of the vinyl flooring still runs halfway up the rear of the cab. It might even be enough to do a supercab.
I removed a couple of roof lights and had one of the screws snap off on its way out. It's gonna be one of those deals. The other three lights have free spinning screws, so I'll have to see if I can get someone to push up on them from inside the cab while I turn them and see if they come out. The new lenses have holes for the light sockets that are too small. They come with their own harness and sockets, which fit of course, but I'd rather not cut up the old harness as all the sockets are working and all the lights light up. I'm gonna try to open them up a little with my HF dremel wannabe. I tried using a razor, but there's not enough room to maneuver the blade and get things cut properly.
I went to the JY the other day and picked up most of the remaining items that I need. I got new side marker and turn signal lenses for the front driver's side. I got a nearly mint condition blue headliner. I was looking for something else in that particular truck and looked up and noticed how nice the headliner was, so it was a no-brainer, especially since the color matched and everything. I snagged a "finger cup" for the driver's side door panel as it's in pieces right now. I also got a cover for the steering column where it's bolted to the dash as that's missing as well. It's a different shade of blue I think, but it should work fine. I may run into some other things I'll need once I tear into the dash, but for now I think that pretty much covers it. I think all that stuff ran me about $25. Oh yeah, I also grabbed a wire that's factory for a dual horn setup. Do I need it? No, but it was there! It's basically a male spade terminal that tees off into two female connections that plug onto the horns with a long length of wire inbetween them with factory fasteners along the way that plug into the core support. Maybe I'll stick it on the Bronco and find another horn. Even if they're the same frequency I'm sure it'd at least be a bit louder.
Other than that I gave it an initial cleaning in the cab which consisted of wiping everything inside the cab, the doors, and door jambs of cobwebs, dead yellow jackets, and various insect corpses. I also experimented on the hood a little. I'll have to take a pic of it the next time I'm around it. Basically I wet sanded a section of it with some fine scotch brite and a bucket of water to knock off a lot of the rust. The deeper down you go the redder and darker it gets. It really changes the look of the "patina". It actually smooths it and polishes it like buffing paint would since that's basically what I'm doing. I think I'll do it to the rest of the rusty areas and see how it looks.
|08-01-2019 09:54 PM|
Woke up to a couple of boxes. That should be the last of all my deliveries for my various vehicles... for now.
I was able to get 5 new lights for the roof off Amazon for about $20 after tax. I had considered getting a different style of lens like the clear or smoked lenses, but thought the regular orange lenses would be best. If it had new paint and everything was fresh and shiny the smoked roof lights would probably look slick, but not on this rustina mess.
The box says 80-97, but I saw customer pics on the listing that literally showed guys with 73-79 trucks with these lights on them. That and, to me, they look the same as what's already on there.
My vinyl flooring also arrived. It's from ACC, but several sites resell it without specifying that. Of course, directly from ACC is the most expensive. I looked for the site with the cheapest price including the shipping costs. Shipping is not cheap for this big box! It comes with the vinyl flooring and jute padding to go underneath. That'll do, pig.
I still need to mess with the heater in the truck and get it functioning. You can hear a click over by the box under the dash when you turn it on, but nothing else happens, so I'll look into that. I've yet to really mess with things. I'll probably pull out the glove box and install the antennae from my 75 F150 that I saved. I knew it'd come in handy, but I didn't know how soon that would be. This truck has one, but it's snapped off at the base. Lucky me.
Once everything is done I'll try to make a couple bucks off of it and see what happens. I've tried to replace what it needs to run and drive and what I think would make this thing more appealing without going too crazy. Uhh... shit. lol With the price of buying it, getting it here, getting it running, and fixing up some things, I think if I can sell it for $1500 that I'd make a few hundred off it, but that's about it. Obviously I'll start a bit higher than that, but anything over 15 would be gravy. If no one buys it then I guess I'll start a business hauling crap off to the transfer station on my days off for extra cash. lol I ain't worried about it. Come on memaw, I'll take that couch to the dump for ya.
|07-29-2019 09:43 AM|
Not much progress at the moment. The vinyl flooring that I ordered is scheduled for an August 1st arrival. I'm gonna see if I can source some sort of material to make a new headliner from and I'm probably going to cave in and buy 5 new lenses for the roof lights. They all work, though a few are missing bulbs and 4 out of the 5 have no lenses.
I looked at the rear end back during the first couple of days I had it to see what gearing it has, but the axle tag is gone. My '75 had its axle tag, my 77 does (it's sitting on my dresser for some reason), and my Bronco still has its on the axle, so I'm wondering if the gearing's been changed. I doubt it though. The warranty plate on the door has the axle code 13J, which, according to Fordifications charts, 13 is listed an an open rear with 2.75 gearing. Based on my drive over to the machine shop with it I'm willing to believe it. My 77 with its 302 has the same gearing and even though this 460 has about 90hp more from the factory this truck sure doesn't take off from a dead stop much quicker. It'll spin the tires, which my 77 is unable to do (sad I know), but that's about it for speed.
Just thinkin' out loud.
|07-25-2019 09:31 PM|
|Handy_andy_cv64||I fricking hate wasps and yellowjackets. They come after you if you're standing too close with your back to them. Any time I encounter a nest, out comes the heavy artillery--I just do not mess around with them. I even had nests in side mirrors on a Sable I used to have. Driving down the road with the windows open and all of a sudden, I had totally agitated yellow bastards inside the car! I had to pull over, shoo them out, then hop in and peel out before they got back in with me. Got home, shot both mirror interiors with spray and tied grocery bags around them, waited a few weeks, and tore the mirrors down to remove the nests.|
|07-24-2019 07:35 AM|
I had to go pick up some wire cups for my grinder as everything I have has a hex shaft for use on my impact with an adapter. It's workin', but boy does it suck. Doesn't help that it's been in the 90's+ when I've been working on it. I'm not done, but it'll get there.
I took it over to the machine shop the other day and that ride was rough. The tranny seemed like it was a bit low on fluid before I took it over there as it'd engage and disengage gear somewhat randomly. Like I'd have to shift it into D from R and wait a good minute for anything to happen, then it'd just pop into gear and work fine. I assumed the converter was a little low, so I added a quart of atf and it was fine after that.
It's gonna need some different tires. These bad boys are definitely worn and have flat spots. It felt like I was driving on squares instead of circles, like a Canadian. Other than that it wasn't too bad. It accelerated. It turned. It stopped. Not too much else to ask of a 40+ year old truck that was sitting in a field.
I ordered new vinyl flooring for it rather than going with carpet. I think that's the better option for this particular truck.
|07-21-2019 06:55 AM|
|cobrajoe||Put a wire cup on your angle grinder.|
|07-20-2019 08:54 PM|
I started cleaning up the floorboards with my cordless impact using wire wheels. I don't currently own a drill and I try to get the most out of my tools. It was working well, but my little 2AH battery just doesn't last long enough. I'll have to pull out my cheapy HF corded grinder and put one of those flap discs on it and see if that'll work without removing too much metal. This is as far as I got with the cordless and two charges worth. I need to buy a 5AH battery.
The guy I bought this truck from had sprayed a lot of stuff on it to kill all the wasps. He missed some and there's one small nest being built right next to the e-brake. I'm fairly certain they've built something inside the doors as well, but I haven't gotten around to the doors yet. I've left the little nest by the e-brake alone as I'm not afraid of wasps in the sense that if you leave shit alone it'll leave you alone. Well after the battery was drained the second time I decided to take the little hand brush that I had been using to sweep out the cab and I smacked the nest off and ran inside to call it a day. lol. Little bastards.
|07-19-2019 09:08 PM|
I finished flushing out the cooling system. It's probably not perfect, but it looks a million times better. Once I filled the system with water the first time it just loosened up all the rust from the system sitting empty that whole time. I drained the radiator for the last time and then filled it up with a couple gallons of straight antifreeze and that put it about an inch down from the filler neck which is about right as far as the coolant level goes. It should mix up nicely with the rest of the water left in the system.
I took out the headliner and threw it away as it was trashed. Apparently the cab roof lights are OEM Ford lights. The wiring has factory Ford stickers and numbers on them, which I thought was interesting. Too bad only one of them has the lens still. Not sure if I can just pick up some replacements easily. That's not really a priority though, just a side note really.
I swept out the cab with a brush and removed as much of the loose rust as I could. It looks a lot worse in pics than it really is. There are no holes in the floorboards, except for where the PO put in screws to hold in their crappy carpet, so I just need to hit it with the wire wheel and then paint. I'm still not sure on what shade of blue carpet to use or whether I should just use vinyl. I do like the look of a nice, clean carpeted truck. I put the blue swatches up against some of the good blue paint in the cab to get an idea. Apparently my previous assumption of which one was gonna match when I was looking at them on the Bronco's hood wasn't quite as clear cut as I thought. Funny how memory works.
|07-19-2019 04:40 PM|
|ctandc||Back flush the heater core and coolant system. Cheap and easy. The "String trick" for valve seals is putting a length of rope / string into the cylinder via the spark plug hole to keep the valve from dropping. I like the air tool - easy and fast. Get a magnet tool for the keepers. They will always fall where you can't reach the damn things.|
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