When it comes to removing door cover retaining pins, a carpet bar works just as well as one of those fancy restoration tools that usually sell for $19!
It took some doing, but I started taking the interior of the car apart this week. Thanks to the idiots in Washington, I have plenty of time. I don’t think it sets a good precedent for our President to be negotiating with terrorists who are holding our economy hostage; end of sermon.
After a quick stop at Pepboys, I have to say something. In the past, going to this particular chain has been the WORST experience in retailing. They were slow lazy and often it took upwards of 20 minutes to buy an air freshener! Now however, it seems almost pleasant and friendly, with no rudeness and helpful employees. I got what I needed and headed on home. The first thing I did was drain the coolant, change the hoses, change the oil and filter and add some brake fluid. Fun times.
Finally with all that out of the way (and the yard mowed), It was interior time!
The passenger door is stuck and the window is broken so I have to get the door unlocked.
Once I got the passenger seat out, I realized that the shop vac was going to be a necessity. So I got to it.
So there you have it. I still have to take off the door panels, but luckily those idiots are still fighting. headliner and whatnot are next!
Last weekend I finally got my life enough in order to seriously start focusing on the stang. Of course I began by checking everything out slowly and ended up buying a new battery.
After checking the lights and whatnot, I bumped the key and the starter kicked right over! Yay! Next weekend I plan on replacing all of the fluids and check the hoses and lines. When my son was home we checked the plugs; now I’m probably going to give it a compression test. Plus the passenger door is locked and jammed so I’m going to have to open it. Stay tuned, I’ll take lots of pictures!
Hey guys! A lot of time has passed during which I finished the bodywork and paint for my chopper. I also completed some home repair projects and went to work occasionally. Also my son came home and decided to help the old man out.
We were having a good time until I realized that the solenoid was dead, ironically the same problem that probably lead to the car being parked. I’ve dealt with this before in my first stang, so no biggie.
Damian decided that since we couldn’t start the car, he could at least fix the trunk. I was fine with this and decided to sit back and see if he could think mechanically
So with a proud look on his face he slammed the trunk shut and announced that he’d fixed it. “Open it to be sure” I said. Sure enough, he couldn’t get it to open, because the striker for the key wasn’t touching! He was so embarrassed, but I just laughed and told him I was replacing all that rusted out sheetmetal anyway, but I appreciated the attempt. “Besides” I proudly said, “you only said you’d get it to close!”
Last weekend I took a little trip to Manassas Virginia to pick up some temp wheels for Roadi. It wasn’t a really big deal, but since I needed to be able to roll him around, it was necessary. I had spent all of the day before doing rather intensive yard work; so the idea of a long morning drive was not one I relished.
That all changed one I met Dan, a dyed in the wool ford guy and all around mustang fan. He must have had every ‘stang since the foxbody came out in his yard! We talked cars and life and I was suitably impressed. I definitely need to stay in contact with the guy.
Once home it was time for Roadi to get her new shoes. I have to admit, at the time I wasn’t enthused about the setup, not knowing what this would do for the overall look of the car. I needn’t have worried…
Man, its been a busy couple of weeks. I can’t always get a lot of time off, so it was nice to have a weekend to myself. I decided to start work on my car again, beginning with taking care of my brakes. Of course it would rain all weekend, so I had to sneak in a few hours of work.
I went looking for wheels and came up with several sets from craiglist…all sold! What the hell? Suddenly there’s a run on 10 hole aluminum wheels? Crazy!
I got up early today and headed to the salvage yard. I decided to try the original location and let me tell you,IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT! They had 6 totally unmolested mustangs all for the picking. I found one with easy access to the gate and went to work.
I was pretty sure that I’d be spending a big chunk of change on this. Two complete spindle/rotor setups? They were at least $250 for a partial on Ebay. but these cost me…$106. for both. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Those stupid bastards! I came up like Makelmore!
I got a few cosmetic things to take care of, not to mention getting the brake hose connections, struts and springs, but all I can think of is how every last one of those cars had its 8.8 5lug rear axle…
Anyway gotta go,my son is due back at his duty station and its a loooong drive! Laters!