Progress Thread The Tale Of Elsuperpinto (When it Rains in Texas, it does so on my days off!)

74stang2togo

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@74stang2togo Did you remove the bolt? I've been sitting here thinking about it for a minute.... I think the bolt for the clamp mechanism actually locks onto the main steering shaft through a half-moon notch in said shaft. Seems like I struggled with that for a little while thinking all I had to do was loosen the bolt, but it come apart pretty easily once the bolt was removed - you know since it wasn't physically stopping the removal of the intermediate shaft.... :cool:

I could be wrong and/or you could be done already! Better late than never - unless of course it's in this case!!

I dunno what vehicle this is from (looks like a Fox?), but this is what I'm talking about-

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I got the nut off the bolt, but the bolt won't budge. Dug out my Ford service manuals and they say to take the whole column out... screw that.

I'll be bringing some "persuasion" home from work for it.
 
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74stang2togo

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So... big plans for this weekend...

And none of it happened.

On Friday, when I got home from work, the male parental unit wanted his Suburban looked over and brakes attended to prior to a trip to Dallas, so I gave the ol' turd a good looking over and performed an ABS bleed I've been saying it's needed for years with my nifty new SnapOn scan tool (Yay! It actually stops like it should now!) And then it rained.

On Saturday morning I got up early to detail the female parental unit's 2010 Taurus and install new rear shocks... and it rained. The Suburban, however, made it to Dallas and back without incident.

On Sunday, I woke up, and it was raining. Said "screw this" and went back to bed.
 

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At least it didn't feel like 100+. There's something about working on the Parents' cars that helps cover the virtual rent. Back in the '70's (1970's) Dad would get/keep the SF Insurance checks whenever Mom would wreck her daily transportation and me and Brother would fix it. (4 times in one year if I can remember back that far). LOL
 

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wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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Kinda gives you a warm fuzzy feeling
Unless he is standing in the doorway eating a sammich say'n (with his mouth full) 'ain't it done yet?'
 

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Nothing much new to report. Saturday was spent re-organizing the garage and getting tools put back in the right places and two new tool boxes set up to make life easier.
 

74stang2togo

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HOLY CRAP! I was digging around my PC, going through it's three messy hard drives looking for something else entirely (I really need to re-organize these things... and back them up...) and I found pics from right after I bought the car!!!

The first several are all from exactly the way I bought it, the last one is from my first attempt to deal with the "hood question", where I enlarged the jagged 9" hole to clear a 14" air cleaner and look much cleaner.
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Pictures from my first days of ownership! HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT?
 

74stang2togo

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I also found this picture of my '75 parked next to my buddy Lyle's '65. This is after I'd riveted down the cowl scoop, but had not yet had it glassed in or primed. It also still had the Flowmaster 40s with dumps.
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74stang2togo

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Well.. it's been four months since I took the power rack out... and the manual rack still hasn't made it in.

Found a girlfriend, dated her awhile, and broke up. (Go figure.) Been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, or too tired to mess with it for most of my days off since then (or it's rained, what the hell happened to that damned drought?). Then the two weekends I had time... well... on one, I replaced the entire left front suspension of my mother's Taurus because my father decided to do his best Bo Duke impression by hitting a curb at 60mph and taking the damned thing airborne. Broke the LF wheel, bent the LF strut, and busted the LF balljoint while blowing out that tire and blistering the left rear. There went $600 I didn't have (and they damned sure didn't) on parts I'd just replaced the year before.

I'll get around to it someday... but that'll probably be to sell it. I want to buy a house this summer, and the money from getting rid of that old rustbucket would help, not to mention it wouldn't be an anchor to drag with me to the next place.
 

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Life always seems to find a way to take over, doesn't it? I've sure had my fair share of setbacks! On the plus side, I already have my house. But the flip side of that is the house seems to always take the time and money away from the toys. Adulting sucks sometimes!!
 

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