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Discussion Starter · #281 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 6

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Now there are no worries.

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I use a waterproof teflon based grease for the lower sliding section and clear silicon for the contact section.

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You won't have to worry about this switch for the rest of your natural now.

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Always test your work for no surprises later sort of thing. The switch should be open when the plunger is out.

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And closed when depressed.

Now for the plenum case itself.

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This is after walnut blasting it. It's so weak and shed so much loose plastic like a snake shedding its skin. It feels like it would crack in half easily enough now. This is the not so fun tedious, monotonous, pain the butt (have I made my point yet :unsure:) process of layering on fiberglass resign with sanding in between coats to build this back up. This is very time consuming and messy. Especially messy.

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You get the idea. The old plastic is basically entombed in resin all the while keeping its shape and critical dimensions.

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It's not perfect, but it'll do as my patience just ran out with this. I didn't know if I should paint it or clear coat it. If I painted it would be one contiguous colour but you'll know it's painted. If I clear coat it, you'll see the yellow in areas of heavy resin or all resin where the plastic broke away. I decided on clear coating it as you can still see the glass reinforcement in the original plastic on most of it. Looks more original that way.

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I laid the resin heavy in the interior. This really helped with structural integrity. It's really stiff now and doesn't feel like it would just crack in half.

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Discussion Starter · #282 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 7

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This is the mode door. It was really rusty before.

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This is the weatherstrip I used to seal the door sides against the mating openings.

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Works well, correct thickness and durometer for this application.

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Instead of the original rivets I just use all stainless hardware to assemble. Heaven forbid if this has to come apart again, but if it should ever have to, it'll be a whole lot easier than before.

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The top brace that holds the thermostats and mode door switch.

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That back brace is next.

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This is messy as the sealing is done by Automotive Bedding Compound and it's almost as bad as Butyl. This is very messy and smears and spreads everywhere. Ug...

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Discussion Starter · #283 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 8

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Now it's starting to look like a stable plenum again.

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This is the cooked blower resistor. I simply wet sanded all the burn marks off it and clear coated it. Looks pretty good and it is electrically intact.

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Both of these parts are ready to go back on.

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Next is the heater thermostat. These are the over the top unnecessarily complex water control devices. Ford would have been better running the Bowden cable to an actual coolant valve to throttle the temperature of the core.

This heater control valve has two needle valves inside along with a bi-metal thermal strip and diaphragm. They can be taken apart and sometimes cleaned as that's all most need. However if the diaphragm is ruptured just get a new or another one.

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Side hose clamp to install.

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Here you can see the heater thermostat bi-metal strip sampling air temperature inside the plenum. The idea Ford had with this is it would hold the heated air temperature out of the floor or defrost constant at your HOT- COLD setting. It would increase or dump vacuum to the coolant valve to control heater core temperature.

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Discussion Starter · #284 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 9

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The blower can go in next.

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Now for the blower motor cooling tube, err hose. I know they make a reproduction of it, but I like the heavy duty option of using a moulded heater hose. If you're interested, it's 9 bucks on Rock Auto. It's a Dayco brand. You'll only use a small portion of it.

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Like a glove.

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The inspection cover needs these bits and bobs added.

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Now originally the evaporator inspection cover was sealed with that bedding compound. Ug, no. I elected to use cork as a primary sealer.

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So with that ready, it's time to prep the evaporator core.

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First thing is to clean the copper tubes out of the evaporator. Then since Ford used a steel flare nut I have to clean the rusty threads inside. I tried a wire brush on the dremel but the corrosion is too intense.

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Discussion Starter · #285 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 10

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I had a tap to clean most of the threads but couldn't get that last couple, so I found a bolt with the same threads and used that to scrape out the last threads.

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I plugged the connections temporarily as this has a date with the hose to clean all the crap off it.

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Not to bad.

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Now that the outside is clean it's time to clean the inside. There's 56 years of old mineral oil in there that needs to come out. Here's a crude but effective flushing scheme. I used lacquer thinner and would fill, slosh, soak and then blow it out with compressed air. Rinse and repeat till the discharge is clear, then dry with compressed air.

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It's ready to go home.

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The inspection cover back on. The cork did a good job, but there was some spots where the plastic was bowed. With that I smeared a light amount of Ultra Black RTV atop the silicon. Just enough to seal without making it a pain in the arse to remove in the future if you need to clean the evaporator.

The mode door servo is next to go on.

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I checked the servo and it's still good and I couldn't see any cracks in the rubber diaphragm. I am amazed about that.

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Next the cooling thermostat can go on. The old one had the side broken, so I opted for an NOS one.

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To test this I lightly sprayed some brake clean on the last 6" of the probe and watched it click open and then let it warm back up and heard it click closed again. The adjustment arm altered the set point, so it's working.

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Discussion Starter · #286 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 11

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Like a total block head I forgot to test the heater thermostat. I guess I was so excited to see this thing going together it slipped my mind. To test these heater thermostats, there's a couple tests.

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First move the control arm lever toward the camera like so, then attach a vacuum hand pump to the vacuum sorce side of the valve and the heater valve should hold vacuum.

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Now move the control away like pictured and the heater control valve should dump all that vacuum to the coolant valve port, but since it's open it'll just dump it.

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However to be sure it's dumping all of it to the port, plug the coolant valve port on the other side and it should hold vacuum again.

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Now plug the vacuum source side of the heater control valve (yellow plug) and apply vacuum via the pump to the coolant valve port with the control arm all the way away from the camera. It should hold vacuum.

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Now flip the control arm towards the camera. It should dump that vacuum. It's dumping it inside the plenum in case you're wondering. This tests the action of both needle valves and the diaphragm. This passes.

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The thermostat tie bar can go on. So just to point out, when you move the HOT - COLD selector on the dash you are moving both of these thermostats and there is no blend door in these 65-68 HVAC systems. Each thermostat modulates the heating or the cooling of the heater core or evaporator directly.

I don't know why Ford made these so complex and they are a high failure rate. Plus you cannot get dehumidified hot air to the windscreen by design.

With that it wins the Chrysler Award and it's not a flattering award. Basically it's the engineering dunce cap.

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I like to use silicon hose as it will outlast me and the more items I never have to revisit the better.

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Next is the expansion valve. I use one for the Cougar / Mustang.

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Discussion Starter · #287 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 12

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There's two reasons why I use a different expansion valve. Whilst I'm for original engineering, sometimes it's so annoying it has to be changed. The full size expansion valve has the sight glass on the side of it. The problem with that is this on the firewall and nearly impossible to see, not less forgetting you are leaning over a hot running engine to get a glimpse. The other reason is that the full size expansion valve uses a check valve on the inlet. To this day I cannot find any supporting literature on why they put this on there. This also lends the problem of it uses an X fitting that I cannot find and therefore cannot make a new liquid line. The Mustang / Cougar valve solves all those problems as I add a sight glass right after the condenser and it's really easy to see.

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There's the liquid check valve.

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Here's an overlooked step. These are all old 45˚ single flares. There's a propensity for them to leak because the copper flare out of the evaporator is hardened copper and it's a hard brass expansion valve. Using this soft copper washers in between is a good insurance policy.

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Using a little Nylog Blue and you are guaranteed a leak free connection.

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I cleaned the copper bulb clamp for good thermal conduction.

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And that's the reason why I cleaned the copper lines coming out of the evaporator. Obviously I only needed to clean the outlet, but why not both. If you have poor thermal contact the expansion valve will not measure the temperature of the outlet gas and decrease the superheat allowing the possibility of flooding the compressor with liquid refrigerant and shortening its life. After I clamp everything tight to preserve the clean copper I brush on clear coat.

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I apply thermal tape to insulate that area.

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All ready to go.

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A little detail but I added the Bowden cable clamp to the cooling thermostat.

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Installed the cover.

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Discussion Starter · #288 ·
The Evaporator / Blower Motor Plenum Part 13

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Just to recap what this used to look like.

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Time to add the weather strip to the other side.

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Nothing fancy, but it will seal. I did drill the holes for the screws but forgot to take a picture. I'm sure I'll take the picture when it is ready to go on the car. Holy crap this was loads of work. I did truly save the worst for last.

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Since these were in the same bag as the expansion valve I might as well install these on the brand new York 210.

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It's still capped.

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These new Freightliner York 210's come with an adapter and can use either Tube - O fittings or Rotolock connections. I do like that. Since the charge port fittings I bought are Tube - O the Rotolock adapters can come out. In the past the York could be ordered with the head for Tube -O or Rotolock specifically.

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Lube up the O-Rings with Ester oil and install.

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It's funny the chassis is so monochromatic it looks like the fittings were Photoshopped in. However this system now has the R134a charge ports and no adapters from R12/22 ports.

This concludes this round.

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Discussion Starter · #289 ·
Testing the Flame -O- Matic C6 transmission

All this talk of the flames out of the transmission dipstick roasting that previous plenum had me thinking I've never tested that transmission. Since that engine hasn't run in a while I thought it would be good to stir its juices and test the transmission for a quick functional test.

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I rigged a quick ignition system and would run the engine off of carb clean or something along those lines.

I jacked up the back axle placed jack stands on both sides for safety.

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The transmission cooler line is a loop back into the transmission. It's short 10 second runs since there is no coolant with time to cool down between runs.

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I placed the transmission in solid green dot drive (remember this is a '66 C6 with a dual range valve body and the only year C6 like this). The first run the wheels engaged but it didn't shift and I had the throttle body manually set open for about 2500 - 3000 RPM's. Huh, then I remembered I'm an idiot and forgot to plumb the vacuum line from the throttle body to the stainless line that ran down to the modulator. Ran it again and this time two solid thumps in the chassis and the rear wheels went into warp with the engine around 3 grand.

So forward was a win. I let it cool down and last test was reverse and it went into reverse on the next run. So I'm feeling pretty good about my work on that transmission since it was a burnt basket case.

More to come.

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Discussion Starter · #292 ·
Door Hinges n Stuff Part 1

Once more unto the breach, or in other words here we go again with something that should be simple to do turned into a 4 day project.

It's getting close to test fitting doors on the body shell and so hinges need to be addressed first. Most of these derelict cars are so trashed and the hinges weren't immune. I started digging through the pile to find good candidates for restoration. I went through quite a bit before I found pieces to make a good set.

Next was trying to find a hinge kit for the full size cars. I looked around and found a couple but the pins were quite clearly too short. <scratching head> Plus I needed the rollers for the bottom hinges for the door opener detents as I think I found one that wasn't all the way seized, however it still wasn't happy.

I ended up settling on two Mustang door kits as it looked like it had the most potential. Potential yes, direct fit --> no. Hell no.

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The start of the project of going through trying to find parts and pieces to make 1 good set of 4 hinges.

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These were the kits and they were not cheap, hopefully they fit the Mustang well for that price.

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This was the best roller as it barely turned.

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Problem is there is rust between the pin and the wheel. Unless it comes out and cleaned or replaced it will just be problematic.

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This one was obviously seized and about half way worn through the pin! Good grief.

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Here's another problem I found from lack of lube. The detent lever on the left is really worn away. The one on the right is nearly virgin.

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It was nearly virgin because the plate was bent... for some reason... and it never made much contact. Easy enough to rectify.

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Then come to find out after stripping the arm, one bushing was magically oversized. I guess Ford had over sized bushings in case of machining mishaps. However this does me no good so this is scrap and dig out another one.

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To remove the roller pins I cut a notch into the wheel and simply was able to get the air hammer under it and drive it up. These things are in there and it takes some doing to get them out.

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1 of 2 piles of spare hinges to dig through and find good cores. It really pays to have spare parts/parts cars.

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Discussion Starter · #293 ·
Door Hinges n Stuff Part 2

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After finding 8 good pieces to make a set of hinges I blasted them.

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Install the new bushings. The only part of this that went to plan.

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Easy enough. Now for actual body colour to go on them.

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These are the first parts to get the colour of car. I am using all Napa 2 stage paint. I have all the parts primed here after metal etch.

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Base coat. This is Ford Sauterne Gold/Green with extra metallic added.

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I also needed practice as I have used the turbine sprayer or automotive paint in quite some time. So if I botched a section of hinge it wasn't the end of the world. The practice was more important.

I spray the primer around 4 PSI. The base colour around 2 PSI and the clear coat around 7 PSI. The primer and colour have almost no over spray, the clear coat does however, but it's not bad at that low pressure.

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The first vestige of colour for the car.

Actually my better half and I agreed it would be neat to have both the '66 LTD 4 door hardtop and this '66 gal 500 XL 2 door hardtop the same exact colour sporting both black vinyl tops.

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I removed the strikers from the body, stripped them and painted them chassis black and bought some better hardware than those goofy phillips head screws Ford had holding these in.

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You can now actually see the metallic in the paint in medium light.

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and in sunlight it really pops. I wanted a colour scheme that was bold to the point of you are either going to love it or hate it. The last thing after doing all this work I wanted is having a colour that's meh. :(

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Discussion Starter · #294 ·
Door Hinges n Stuff Part 3

Now for the pain in the butt part.

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The hinge pins for the Mustang are too long and the splines are too long under the head.

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On the lathe they go.

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I got them down to the stem dimension. However I have noticed on many of these old door hinges the pin working its way loose and the head was up on quite a few of them. Since these were longer I had a plan to alleviate that.

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I'll notch the pins at the bottom for a E ring and they will not work up anymore.

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Now to cut them down a bit.

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That's the idea.

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Now for the rollers and their pins. Well they too are both too long. The roller will need to be cut and I'll have to very carefully turn that small pin down a bit on the unsplined shank so it will press into the lower arm of the hinge.

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That was a bit tedious because they are so short.

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Discussion Starter · #295 ·
Door Hinges n Stuff Part 4

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I cut the rollers and now these should work.

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This is my fixture for blasting and painting those detent springs.

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Finally ready for assembly.

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And we have one complete set of hinges that work correctly now.

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I packed that small cavity between the bushings with semi-synthetic water proof grease with teflon and also the roller. This should be good for another 25 years with zero maintenance.

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I opted to try stainless hardware for the hinges in lieu of stripping a few dozen rusty door bolts, then treating and painting them all. I am getting excited about painting the body now.

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I am using a Belleville washer spring washer as the locking portion then a wider washer to spread the load. It is stainless so no worries about corrosion.

More to come.


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The 66 Galaxie 500 four door I parted out years ago had one rear hinge made out of aluminum. Was kind of confused by that. 1 out of 4.
Have you found any aluminum hinges on all of the vehicles you have gone through?


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Discussion Starter · #297 ·
The 66 Galaxie 500 four door I parted out years ago had one rear hinge made out of aluminum. Was kind of confused by that. 1 out of 4.
Have you found any aluminum hinges on all of the vehicles you have gone through?

Howdy Action,

Yuppers, we had a 1966 4 door post car as a parts car and the rear door upper hinges were made from cast aluminum. Our current '66 LTD 4 door hardtop have the same hinges in the rear doors. Now that '68 LTD 4 door hardtop parts car that recently was cut up for parts had stamped steel rear door upper hinges. Ford must have learned it was cheaper to stamp both pieces out of steel rather than cast and machine aluminum.


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The one I parted out only had one. The other side might have been replaced at some point. However all of them were painted body color. It was weird when I removed it.


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Discussion Starter · #299 ·
Boring bits and bobs- Part 1 Vents and Parking Brake Pedal

This is the please kill me now portion of the project, the parts that are as exciting as watching politics to redo, but are necessary.

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I needed two sets, one for this '66 gal 500 XL and one for the '66 LTD. Here's a stash to choose from. Geeze are these stiff to operate. The steel shaft starts rusting and expanding in the plastic and just binds.

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Drill out all the rivets and sand blast the door steel and rubber. Sand blasting takes off the oxidized rubber and leaves a soft rubber seal behind. It's like exfoliating, but for your car.

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New hardware to reinstall.

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This was the uncomfortable part, heating the potato chip and using ones hands to straighten out the flange flat again. The chances of it sealing flat are much greater than with a potato chip shape.

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4 are done and operate really easily now. I added some water resistant light grease to the shaft in the plastic sections.

Next up is the parking brake pedal.

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In digging through my stash of parking brake pedals I found differences. With that I had a look at what was already in the '66 LTD, the '68 XL, the parts car '68 XL and the parts car '66 gal 500. Turns out all the aforementioned cars came with the same pedal as the middle one. Easy enough, that's the one I'll use and just toss the other ones. I mean when do these fail?

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Interesting you can tell the difference. The other other non conforming ones came off plain jane '66 galaxie 500's. Hymmm.

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I removed the pad and the stainless trim. I sand blasted the pad and wow it looks brand new. Then polished the stainless trim.

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This stuff works really well on stainless.

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Discussion Starter · #300 ·
Boring bits and bobs- Part 2 Parking Brake Pedal and Body

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I use a cheap buffer and it does the job. You do not need anything fancy.

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I stripped and painted the body then added the pad, trim and handle. It was missing the rubber bumper stop. I bought an assortment kit and I found one that works well in this application.

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It's the little things that add up.

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I want to add a parking brake warning lamp and so I have enough used pieces and added the switch.

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Glad I check even the simplistic of devices. The black epoxy paint was so strong it prevented the connection to ground. A little surgical sanding was in order.

Now for the deck lid.

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This is the deck lid that came with this body, however it has the plain jane galaxie 500 trim and not the galaxie 500 XL trim. Plus it's a complete Bondo bucket. Sure it can be fixed and altered but in the interest of saving time, I have some other possibilities.

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It's going to be a disaster scene if that deck lid is stripped.

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This is the deck lid from the genuine galaxie 500 XL. It's a bit beat up, but I really do not see too much filler on this.

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Now I have brand new F O R D letters for the back, but I do not have the XL spear. I will have to go on a hunt for that or make one. However the one thing I noticed is the key lock is not recessed as in the other deck lids.

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