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Old 08-05-2016, 05:22 AM   #5727
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Good Morning, Charles Thanks, Gordon, where's the master? You wouldn't want to "mind meld" with me, LOL there's all kinds of weird stuff in there. Here's the finishing of the crossmember.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:18 AM   #5728
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Lynne,
Sorry, I had a senior moment there, lol.
Terry,
You make these things look so easy, I know how difficult they really are.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:23 AM   #5729
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Man o man. When you look at how thin the frame is due to rust you have to wonder how it managed to hang together with a load. If it could hang together looking like that what was the capacity when it was brand new?
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Frank, Thanks!, I guess I've just been doing this stuff for so long I don't even think about it. Gordon, It's crazy how it all works, the problem comes in when a few things start to fail and you don't catch them and then an extra heavy load or an emergency maneuver and it all comes apart, seen a few of them in the shop, being an safety inspection station I always stressed to the techs to look long and hard at the frames and suspension mounts, people didn't like us when we failed a vehicle for bad frames but it was just a safety thing for sure. Even through I've fixed this frame and I believe it to be just as strong I won't haul heavy loads like I used to, I have the Tot'r for that, car trailer, snow plow ect is what I need it for. Painting POR15 on the frame today and reinstalled the fuel tank.
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Looks good Terry, and with the POR15 on the frame, that will pretty well stop any further rust from happening. We coated quite a few frames on the big trucks with the POR15 to eliminate the rust problem. You are right about it being a very messy job, but well worth the effort.
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Just heard one of the worst sounds after changing oil on my F150. When I closed the hood I heard a clunk, tink, tink, tink instead of the normal thud.

You guessed it. Got sidetracked when putting the funnel away did not put cap on the on the oil spout. Opening the hood the oil cap had disappeared. 10 minutes later still looking I got the trouble light out. Nothing! Crawled underneath finally and found the cap sitting on the motor mount.

Cap is now where it belongs and all is well, just the lost of about 15 minutes. Aren't senior moments grand? Not really! LOL
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Terry, how are you applying your POR15?

Gordon, I have 2-3 of those a week. Debbie's job is to keep me out of trouble

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Good Evening, Frank, I should have done this truck years ago, but didn't think it would last this long , its been totaled twice, once a Ford Explorer hit me in the side, then I hit a deer square in the front at 55 mph never touched the brake completely trashed the nose, that's how it got to be red and gold got a Donor truck and put it back together, needless to say I know this truck very well. Gordon, there are soooo many places for tools and parts to hide these days in vehicles I have lost a few wrenches ect to the gremlins. Lloyd, I'm brushing it, using a 1 inch chip brush they are short and I can get inside the frame rails, it's setting outside so I didn't want to spray and get it everywhere, that stuff just don't come off once it dries . I used one qt. on the frame from the cab back, I'll do the other part later when I get it on a lift. I need to replace the right side rear spring, it should be here tomorrow, of course it's supposed to rain.
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disappearing wrench's

I had the hood re-painted on my semi because a PO had done a poor job on it, one time or another, and when I picked it up from my buddy's shop, there was a 3/8 drive Craftsman ratchet, long handle, sitting inside the driver's door! I grabbed it up, thinking the guy's forgot it, and took it back inside the shop! They said, not our's, came out of your hood when we tilted it? So I kept it?
When the hood was tilted, to work on the motor, the backside of the headlight's was the perfect tool holder spot! And when you tilted the hood closed, If you forgot any tools, they would disappear into the bowels of the hood, never to be seen again!
Terry, the truck is shaping up, won't be long now! Great work! Rail!
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Rail, Thanks! it's getting there. Fed X just brought my right rear spring so I can get that installed today
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Terry,
Looking better with each pic, you should shoot the rear housing with rustoleum while you have it apart, will make everything look a lot cleaner, and you won't have to worry about the rear cover rusting through(I have seen this happen).
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Frank, yup good idea, I'm going to top coat the POR15 so when I do that I'll shoot the rear also. I used to stock a rear cover for these in the shop we saw alot with rusted out covers, this one has had two . Spring is all in that parts done.
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Good Evening, Right rear spring done, another job checked off.
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