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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #360 on: November 10, 2014, 09:21:07 PM »
Boy, been a while.
I tried out the sand blaster today. I don't know if it is me, the glass bead instead of sand, or what, but it didn't go well. Took 45 minutes and didn't even get one of the largest leafs done. It does work, just takes forever. And I have it on the ground, which got old really fast. Don't know what to do.

I bought another tool. Got a decent floor jack off of Craig's List yesterday for $65. It will come in handy later on. Been using one of those little Walmart kind for several years. They work, but are a pain. Nice to have a decent one again.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #361 on: November 10, 2014, 10:14:18 PM »
Glad to hear you're still on the up and up..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #362 on: November 11, 2014, 08:47:52 AM »
Glad to hear you're still on the up and up..
... and working on your Pinto!

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #363 on: November 11, 2014, 01:44:54 PM »
Thanks.
With all the other stuff going on I just haven't had the energy  to do anything with the Pinto. Still dealing with wife's ex, he is out of the nursing home and in a hotel. He shouldn't be on his on though, they released him way to early. And his mind isn't all there. Sigh. Now he is saying he isn't moving back east yet, which means we are going to have to be his keepers. Starting to cause some issues. I am not the most patient person around and this is getting really old. He needs a day nurse really to help him with his meds, he can't keep them straight. Don't really know what else to do though. An assisted living place would be the best thing, but I don't think that is an option.
Spent pretty much all day Sunday and Monday dealing with him, had an hour yesterday at home during daylight so that was when I tried the blaster.The rate it went it will take a full 8 hours just to do the leaf springs. Unless it is a technique thing that I can improve.

I really wanted to get more done on the Pinto these days off, but I am going to have to figure out a way to raise the stuff I need to sand blast off of the ground. If I had an engine hoist that would be perfect, but the prices on those have just gotten too high. One of these days I will need to get one but can't do it right now. I just can't bend over for hours anymore.  I should just give up and take it somewhere to be done I suppose, or else totally give up and just reassemble it as is. I just don't want to start doing that though.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #364 on: November 11, 2014, 09:11:11 PM »
Thanks.
With all the other stuff going on I just haven't had the energy  to do anything with the Pinto. Still dealing with wife's ex, he is out of the nursing home and in a hotel. He shouldn't be on his on though, they released him way to early. And his mind isn't all there. Sigh. Now he is saying he isn't moving back east yet, which means we are going to have to be his keepers. Starting to cause some issues. I am not the most patient person around and this is getting really old. He needs a day nurse really to help him with his meds, he can't keep them straight. Don't really know what else to do though. An assisted living place would be the best thing, but I don't think that is an option.
Spent pretty much all day Sunday and Monday dealing with him, had an hour yesterday at home during daylight so that was when I tried the blaster.The rate it went it will take a full 8 hours just to do the leaf springs. Unless it is a technique thing that I can improve.
Russ I gotta commend ya, I would not put up with all that drama, keep the spirit up..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #365 on: November 12, 2014, 12:30:10 AM »
well, I am doing it for my wife. she is worth it.

I did buy a card table at walmart tonight. That should be plenty strong enough and high enough to blast on. And I took a quick look at the back of the car, I think I may have to change how I was going to make the frame for the fuel cell . I was going to run two pieces from left to right as the main support, but I think I might need to go from front to back instead. Not sure, I need to take a better look. Front to back would eliminate any chance of having it interfere with the leaf springs, which would be good so I don't have to worry about getting them back on right away..

I am going to try to get up early tomorrow and get something done with the Pinto. I'd really like to get the cell mounting stuff done at least. But getting up early is not something I am good at doing.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #366 on: November 12, 2014, 12:34:46 AM »
Oh, while I am thinking about it.
Please excuse any typos I may make. I am finally on some new diabetes meds, and my blood sugar count has gone way down. Still nowhere near where it should be, but about half of what it was. Anyway, my eyes aren't working so well, I will need new glasses once I am stable, but for now everything is a bit of a blur.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #367 on: November 12, 2014, 11:05:31 AM »
I can understand that!  My sister was a very brittle diabetic and the one thing I learned from caring for her was that a relative low could have just as bad an effect as a true low.  When she skipped her insulin (which was most of the time), her blood sugar ran upwards of 800.  Consequently, if it dropped down to around 300, she had the same symptoms other  people experience when their blood sugar bottoms out.  Her death at age 53 was largely due to her refusal to take her diabetes seriously.


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #368 on: November 12, 2014, 12:10:35 PM »
I have gone from the mid 400's to the low 200's. My A1C was off the chart.
Yeah, any significant drop messes up the eyes, and my equilibrium to a certain extent. Gone from being able to see the letters on this screen with no glasses to it all being blurred with or without them.

I ended up doing some more blasting this morning. I looked at the rear of the car and decided my brain wasn't awake enough to make decisions, so I didn't do anything with the fuel cell. I definitely need to get a water separator for the compressor.  Other than that I found that if I didn't pause things went better. I have three more leafs to go. Although I had done some of the others with the drill and a sanding wheel. I am going to need to get some leaf spring clamps.

 Funny thing is I have a feeling I am going to end up having to get new springs, but for now I am going to go with these and see what happens.

Even with the cool (for Phoenix) temps, I was soaked in sweat after an hour and a half. You wouldn't think that just basically standing still would do that.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #369 on: November 15, 2014, 11:37:46 PM »
Well, this is interesting. Not really related to the Pinto at all though. Although it may end up helping when I need to get larger parts/tools.
My wife is going to have to be helping her ex for probably several weeks. He right now has paid for a rental car for another week. I suggested to her to talk to him about giving us the money to buy her a car so she can get to him. He actually has agreed to give us $5000. I am really wanting to buy a Ranchero. Wife doesn't mind a truck type vehicle. She wants an automatic trans. Our Subaru has a 5 speed manual.

I have found several on Craigslist. Including a 72 that is in Parker. A 72 is the Holy Grail of Rancheros to me. Otherwise it will likely have to be a 78 or 79. There are a couple of older 60's models I wouldn't mind having, but if my wife is going to be driving it it has to have things like power disc brakes and ac. she might be talked into driving the Subaru as her car, but the clutch isn't easy for her to deal with.

It also has to be ready to go, no projects. I told her if it was cheap enough something like tires wouldn't be a big deal. But no none running/not fully drivable projects.

Another option would be an F100. I am trying to keep the thing older than computers, or else I would think about a Ranger. Don't really need or want a full size truck.

I found an interesting F100 on CL. A 1963 that has had a newer 4.6L engine.  http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/cto/4745889223.html
Looks really interesting, I emailed the guy asking about it.

I also emailed the guy in Parker about the 72, asking what he meant when he calls it a project. http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/4759372895.html
The Ranchero is what I really want, but the 63 F100 would be fun.

We are supposed to get the money on Monday. Wish it could be tomorrow. Going to be really stressed out.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #370 on: November 16, 2014, 06:44:11 AM »
I took a quick look at the Ranchero don't look bad, drivers door is beat in a bit but didn't see any rust but didn't look underneath, didn't open the hood or anything, it says it sat for 10yrs so I'm sure it needs a good service, tires look good. Going into town this afternoon to meet the wife for lunch after she gets off work, I can take a closer look and take some pics if you're interested in it.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #371 on: November 16, 2014, 07:44:10 AM »
I know your wife has physical problems... it seems to me that the Ranchero would be easier for her to get in and out of.  You also have the advantage here of Art (74PintoWagon) being there to look it over up close and personal.  I generally always assume that the seller rates his car a step above the truth, so it bothers me that the F100 seller says its condition is "fair".  Just my thoughts. 


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #372 on: November 16, 2014, 09:23:47 AM »
Thanks.
Art, I hate to put you out like that, but if you have the time I would appreciate a closer look. My main concern is if everything works and if it runs well.  If I had the cash in hand i would be on my way to Parker right now. I got the guys phone number, but I always hate to bother people until I have the cash in hand. This is one time where working the schedule I do is going to hurt. But I will see if he is available tomorrow afternoon.

Dwayne, the F100 is more of a "that would be cool to have" thing, but not practical really. At least that is what I am trying to convince myself. :-) the Ranchero is definitely not only more practical, but is what I really wanted.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #373 on: November 16, 2014, 11:06:44 AM »
I am rambling a bit here.

Am I being stupid wanting to get a Ranchero? the problem is that this is likely a once in a lifetime chance at this point to get another one, at least one that isn't a major project. And after the Pinto I think I am through with major projects. That was supposed to be a drive it and fix it up as I do thing. hahahahahahaha . We all have seen how that turned out.

Not the best fuel mileage for sure.
But darn it that is what I want. However I just don't seem to make the best choices.
On the one hand, getting something like a newer Ranger would seem the smart thing to do. But then you have to worry about things going wrong with it and then having to spend a ton of money to repair it. The Ranchero has a lot less that can go wrong and would be cheaper to repair because I can do it myself.

My wife says it is up to me. She will probably just drive our Subaru, although that is up in the air. I drive close to 40 miles each way to work, so it would be cheaper for me to drive that instead of the Ranchero.

Sorry, I am just so confused right now. And we need to make a purchase in the next week to 10 days. Has to be before Thanksgiving.

Would buying and driving the Ranchero, especially this 72, make me extremely happy? Heck yes! But does happiness override smart? I guess that is the ultimate question.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #374 on: November 16, 2014, 11:10:07 AM »
No prob Russ, he's been parking it in two places and I go right by both places I'm sure it'll be there today, I'll stop and take some pics and look at it better.... BTW, you wouldn't want to out here today the way the wind is blowing, LOL..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #375 on: November 16, 2014, 01:19:57 PM »
I'm a strong believer in following your heart.  There are very few good, reliable, late-model cars available in the price range you're talking about and, as you noted, repairs on newer cars can be very expensive.  If the Ranchero runs good, it's probably a good choice.  It will give you a bit more utility with it's truck bed, while still having the handling and comfort characteristic s of a car.  Personally, if I were in your situation, I'd go for it. 


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #376 on: November 16, 2014, 05:02:22 PM »
No prob Russ, he's been parking it in two places and I go right by both places I'm sure it'll be there today, I'll stop and take some pics and look at it better.... BTW, you wouldn't want to out here today the way the wind is blowing, LOL..

thanks, Art. I really would appreciate it.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #377 on: November 16, 2014, 05:07:24 PM »
Thanks Dwayne.
That is my thinking, I just always second and even third guess myself.

I just called the seller, the car needs an ac compressor and a wiper motor. And the gas gauge doesn't work. All should be fairly easy fixes. Most cars I have looked at online that have ac the ac doesn't work.  He said someone stole the wiper motor. And the gas gauge can only be a couple of things, sender/wires/gauge itself. I actually have an aftermarket on that I had bought for the Pinto before I got the fuel cell I can use if the gauge itself is bad.

The stuff he says is new has been put on after the car came out of storage, so recently. Not 10 years old new. :-)

I am just trying not to stress too much about this, but waiting like this is NOT one of my strong points.

The guy is retired, so I plan on being there around 1pm.  Art, how far are you from there?

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #378 on: November 16, 2014, 05:43:04 PM »
Well, it wasn't out there but with this weather I can see him not putting it out there, don't know where he lives but I'm only 6 miles from where he parked it.. BTW, did he say where he lived???..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #379 on: November 16, 2014, 10:50:15 PM »
Nope, he wants me to call him when I get close to Parker and he is going to give me directions.  I did ask.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #380 on: November 17, 2014, 06:44:30 AM »
Well, at least the wind is gone should be good for traveling, just too dam cold gotta stay in the sun.. >:(
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #381 on: November 18, 2014, 01:15:57 AM »
Well, I am now the proud owner of a 72 Ranchero. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

$3800. I have put $200 into it already. New battery, cables, and related. I am getting a 100 amp alternator this morning, the 24 hour Autozone didn't have one. The car acted like the battery was low from the beginning, and then at a rest stop on the way home I had to jump it. Good thing I took jumper cables with me. No other problems on the trip home. I don't want to mess with doing this one thing at a time, so while I have the money I am just giving it an all new charging system. Wish I could do that for everything else.

All the gauges and clock are not working, so most likely a fuse issue.

Steering is a tad loose, I need to look into that. I don't remember how the steering is setup on that year.

There is some rust. Doors in the rear lower corners for sure. Quarter panels the corner at the rear of the tires.  Likely there is more. The car had been repainted at some earlier point in it's life, but it was long ago. No signs of any major accidents. Just the dent on the door.

Bumpers are straight, but would need rechromed.

Needs new hood hinge springs, they barely hold that huge hood up.

Has a tow hitch.

I think the headliner was replaced, it is in too good of condition for that old.

got to replace the steering wheel, too hard for my delicate hands. I am going to use the one I was going to use in the Pinto for now. I'll have to see if I can find another one on Ebay.

Horn doesn't work, not sure why.

Plus the already noted ac compressor and windshield wiper motor.

Car runs like a bat out of hell.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

too keep this somewhat on topic, while I was at AZ buying the cables and stuff I saw and bought a gas gauge for the Pinto.

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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #382 on: November 18, 2014, 06:56:47 AM »
Well, I am now the proud owner of a 72 Ranchero. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

$3800. I have put $200 into it already. New battery, cables, and related. I am getting a 100 amp alternator this morning, the 24 hour Autozone didn't have one. The car acted like the battery was low from the beginning, and then at a rest stop on the way home I had to jump it. Good thing I took jumper cables with me. No other problems on the trip home. I don't want to mess with doing this one thing at a time, so while I have the money I am just giving it an all new charging system. Wish I could do that for everything else.

All the gauges and clock are not working, so most likely a fuse issue.

Steering is a tad loose, I need to look into that. I don't remember how the steering is setup on that year.

There is some rust. Doors in the rear lower corners for sure. Quarter panels the corner at the rear of the tires.  Likely there is more. The car had been repainted at some earlier point in it's life, but it was long ago. No signs of any major accidents. Just the dent on the door.

Bumpers are straight, but would need rechromed.

Needs new hood hinge springs, they barely hold that huge hood up.

Has a tow hitch.

I think the headliner was replaced, it is in too good of condition for that old.

got to replace the steering wheel, too hard for my delicate hands. I am going to use the one I was going to use in the Pinto for now. I'll have to see if I can find another one on Ebay.

Horn doesn't work, not sure why.

Plus the already noted ac compressor and windshield wiper motor.

Car runs like a bat out of hell.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

too keep this somewhat on topic, while I was at AZ buying the cables and stuff I saw and bought a gas gauge for the Pinto.

Russ
Congrats on the buy.. Steering box is probably loose, should be a screw and a jam nut on top you can take up the slack there, had to do that with the Falcon..
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #383 on: November 18, 2014, 09:04:23 AM »
Thanks.
I need to look at it while my wife turns the steering wheel. Should be simple enough to see where it is.
I ordered a shop manual on cd last night.
Looking online at parts I also found that the gauge issue could be the voltage regulator there. I had forgotten that these things have that. If the fuse doesn't fix it then I guess that is next.
going to see if it will pass emissions today.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #384 on: November 19, 2014, 02:24:04 PM »
Congratulation s, Russ!!!


You can't go but so far off-topic; after all, it's a Ford, isn't it?  One of the things I really love about this site is that folks are interested in your projects and interests... Pinto or not.  I'm looking forward to watching your progress on the Pinto, of course, but am also interested in what you're doing with the Ranchero, so keep us updated.  Again, congratulation s!


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #385 on: November 20, 2014, 09:34:33 PM »
Thanks,

I still haven't gotten any pictures.
This is a long work week and I am already wore out.
Hoping to get the stuff I have ordered for it in time to do most of the work next week. Short 3 day week, but I do have to work Thanksgiving, and not even time and a half.

Driving it to work is really fun. :-) Not totally sure, but I think I am getting a bit over 16 mpg. Just based on about how many miles I drive and how much gas I had to put in tonight to fill it.
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #386 on: November 21, 2014, 06:51:42 AM »
I do have to work Thanksgiving, and not even time and a half.
That's what happens when you work for a 24/7 operation, Thursday is the wife's Friday just another day, of course she's looking forward to it becuse she'll make money, lol...
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #387 on: November 21, 2014, 10:42:21 AM »
Working in a hospital, my holidays are whenever I celebrate them.  Will be working Tuesday through Friday next week but I do at least get paid a little more for working the holiday.  The exact same scenario applies for Christmas.  Will be off Saturday, Sunday, and Monday following both holidays so if we do any celebrating, it will be then.  Glad to hear the Ranchero is doing well.


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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #388 on: November 24, 2014, 10:06:22 PM »
Let's see. Good news first.
I can see again, sort of. I bought some 3X reading glasses at Walmart and I can see this screen pretty clearly now. Plus I can read menus again. Haven't been to work since I got them, I am hoping they help on that computer as well.

Took the Ranchero Sunday to show my dad. On the way home I saw a sky/baby blue Bobcat wagon on the road. Not sure of the year. Had one fender in primer.

Ok, now the bad news.

As I expected, my dad thinks the Ranchero is a POS. He didn't say that, he just said I could make more than it was worth by parting it out, and then he got online and showed me some "nice" Rancheros. Sigh.

And I was putting on a 3 point seat belt so my wife can ride in it, and I found serious floor pan rust. I don't know how I missed that when I looked under it in Parker. I am doing my side tomorrow, now I am expecting more rust.

I got my RetroSound radio installed. But the speaker thing I bought yesterday at Pepboys is bad on the right side. Almost no sound. Of course I did NOT test it before mounting it and removing/cutting the neon rings, so now I can't return it. The left side sounded really good for a $41 dollar speaker set. It is one of those two woofers and two tweeters in a wooden box with a handle things. I am debating trying to find a cheap woofer and tweeter that will fit, or just giving in and cutting the very expensive door panels for speakers. Can you tell I don't want to do that? Problem is that I have reached the spending limit on the Ranchero for now. Wife spent a bit of the money on clothes and Christmas presents. Oh, well. It did come from her ex, so I guess she is entitled to some of it.
This is the speaker thing I bought
http://www.pepboys.com/product/details/9250390/00748/electronics/car_audio/speakers/hardwired
I am seriously tempted to buy another and if only half works then combine the good speakers into one box.  If I do buy another I guarantee I will test it before doing anything else to it.

I guess the plan of attack for tomorrow is to install my 3 point belt, and add relays for the headlights. And hope that the rest of the dash stuff shows up, but I doubt if the speedometer I bought over the weekend will get here in time to do that dash this week. I really just want to take it all apart once and not have to do it several times.  I am worried that the gauge cluster housing is going to be as brittle as the Pinto ones are. Worst thing that can happen is I have to use the tach and gauges I bought for the Pinto. They are all rather cheap, so it wouldn't be a great loss, but something I would rather not have to do. I am really trying to keep the Ranchero essentially stock.

And still no pictures. :-( I worked on it from 7:30 AM til 6pm. Didn't even take a lunch break. I tend not to think about eating when I get into a working on car mode.

Thanks,
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Re: 2nd try at a Pinto-74 wagon this time
« Reply #389 on: November 25, 2014, 02:08:02 PM »
Sorry your Dad wasn't more supportive, but it sounds as if that came as no surprise to you.  That being the case, I wouldn't lose any sleep over his opinion.  Too bad about the Ranchero's floorpan rust, but I'm sure it's fixable.  I say keep following your heart, live your dreams, and move onward!  With a couple of projects to work on, you sound more upbeat than ever! 


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