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Originally Posted by blackpopracing
That's proper Hot Rodding, looks real!
That's proper Hot Rodding, looks real!
OK, it's proving difficult to fix the last few bits & pieces because I can't stop driving it, but seeing as all the grinning was making my face-ache I decided to hang the keys up for a few days & sort a few issues. the hot running was traced to the mechanical fan being too small/too far away/generally crap in traffic so I've ordered 2 x electric fans that will be mounted in front of the radiator (no room behind).
One other thing that bugged me was the radio, or the lack of one. The dashboard has holes in it for a Town & Country valve radio but they are expensive:
Around $300 PLUS shipping/tax/robbery charges and probably wouldn't work. So, being perpetually mean I wanted a low-cost fix to fill the hole. For the grand outlay of nothing, I came up with this:
The "dial" I printed on the PC onto photographic paper and sandwiched it between two pieces of clear plastic (an old CD case) the glued it into the dashboard from behind. The chrome knobs I found in a box and were mounted onto a couple of screws secured from behind. The "buttons" are actually a piece of wood, I cut it to size, then cut down to give the impression of individual buttons, including one recessed to give the impression that it is pushed in. This was all sanded to shape, primed, flatted & glossed then glued into place.
Okay, it doesn't give me music, but I prefer the sound of the engine anyway.
Just to close this off. Insured it with Brentacre who were really easy and thorough to deal with, happy to recommend them. Not been far in it due to a few problems:
1. Noisy fuel pump. Seriously, you can hear the damn thing over the exhaust! Following some good advice on here I'm replacing it with a Facet item, I got the whole kit (pump, elbows and insulated mounting bobbins) from a bloke down the road who bought it for a track-day car & never used it. This will be rubber mounted on a bracket that will also be rubber mounted to the underside of the floor.
2 Door locks. Really wierd, you turn the key to lock the doors & as you take the key out the doors unlock again. Turned out I'd fitted them on the wrong sides, in my deffence they do look pretty much identical, swapping them over cured that.
3. Battery wasn't charging. Again, more good advice on here showed I'd wired the alternator wrong.
4. Over-heating. It got very hot very quickly, so I could break in the cam I took the thermostat out which kept it cool. I discovered the timing was too far retarded so I suspect that was a contributing factor, checked the thermostat in boiling water & it works fine so I'll refit it and try it again.
5. Fuel gauge not working. With £20 in it nothing moved, added another £20 worth and it started to move up so I suspect the (new) sender needs bending slightly downwards.
6. Gear shifter. The amount of movement between P-R-N-D-2-1 isn't enough, you have to be very precise when moving the shifter. Relatively easy to sort by lengthening the arm on the gearbox, a job for the winter.
7. Exhausts. Still too loud........ It sounds great but gets a bit much when you boot it, again, another job for the winter.
8. Power steering pump needed, I'm hoping to hear about that this week, currently using a manual rack & trying to steer while backing out of the drive is painful..........
9. Electric choke doesn't seem to work. Not a problem when it's hot but I went out at about 8.00pm last night and it was a bit of a pig until it had warmed up, trying to shift into N from D at traffic lights was a challenge (see 6 above!!!).
So, what's next? I intend to keep it & drive it for a couple of years but I've already got an itchy welding hand so no doubt I'll be dragging home some wreck in the near future to keep the Ranchero company.
Absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!
that's looks real nice gary, colour suits it really well. hopefully there wont be too many bugs to iron out and you can enjoy it instead of fixing it.
Thanks, it has turned out really nice. One other job is to cut down the front bump stops, I fitted Aerostar springs (a common swap to give a 3 to 4" drop, when fitted with a Wurth steering rack conversion there is no detriment to the geometry) and there is only about 1 1/2" of travel before t touches the bump stops. There's bound to be some teething problems, I just want to get out in it to iron the bugs out!
best year Ranchero, best colour scheme for it, exceptional work Gary, you should be really proud of that
You e made a lovely job and should be proud of yourself. I look forward too seeing it in the flesh and saying hi. Supernats?
It starts, stops, steers & drives. Only thing left to do is the P/S pump which is on order (and refit the bonnet). I bought a universal exhaust kit from Summit, fitted well & sounds very nice.
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