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Suspension/Steering / quad shock OEM parts on rock auto
once upon a time, i had to replace the OEM horizontal shock in the rear of the 20th and had a hell of a time trying to find them in box stores.  I ended up measuring the lenth and bought a set that seemed to be called out for Jeep.

later on i was drilling deep into Rock Auto and as with any life lesson,,,, if only you knew what the  thing is called you might be able to find the part.

i sumbled across what appeared to be an identical looking ""cone"ish ended looking shock that rock auto had at that time dub'd as a "steering dampener".  I lookded at the specs and it was a match for these two tiny shocks and ordered a set , stored them back and later on installed them.  I called rock auto and had them update how they classified these shocks so people can find them easier and now they can be found under the following path............
car info.../ drivetrain / axle shaft dampener 

just fyi incase you too were wanting something that looked identical to the ford OEM ones.  they are 24$ ea by Gabriel pn 14039
Engine Tech / Power Steering Pump mounting bracket modification *ACTUALLY WAS OEM AT ONE TIME*
A long while back i posted a thread about my "white" coug now black i was building for my youngest boy chance.

I modified the power steering pump mounting bracket which in its natural form we all know,, the aluminum mounting bracket "surrounds" the pump itself and does not allow you to remove the pump unless you have the special tool to remove the pully.

I noticed the pump is bolted to the braket with 3 bolts and lets say at the 12, 4 & 8 o'clock locations viewing it face on.

I broke out my bandsaw and cut away the minimal metal in between the 4 & 8 o'clock position and got a lot of ball busting for doing so.
Fast forward to me taking vacation in 14' up to reading pa to do nothing all but enjoy time with my Bro' in law, my son's and a member here "jayandmustangs" aka "justin" as we all hit the vast wealth of junkyards.
I stumbled across a ford that i dont remember the car,,,, but from the factory it had this very same quality.

I am going to do a vid on it and also capture the casting number for the sake of information preservation / knowledge of this forum so others can make it useful if they like.

stay tuned.
Engine Tech / TWO PEICE oil pan modification & replacement.
I am going to be forced to replace my oil pan soon,,, its given me no choice.  its rusting out.
during my "Jumped time" project" i found out where my majority of oil leak was.  Two pin holes on the pass and one on the drivers side.  I mixed up some super sauce of epoxy and putty and jbweld and its holding for now.  seems to be what everyone else is doing for a somewhat semi long term repair.

In the meantime i am looking for a oil pan from someone so i can "make" it into a two piece pan,  This will help "future proof" so to speak the ease of which it is to access the bottom end in the future.  Anyone with a pan can call 304 772 4082 and ask for scott.

i put this thread here because i know there will be questions.  I have found a sheet steel product that is "H" shaped which is the key to enable this idea to move forward.  if this has already been done then pls share cause i will need all the help i can get.  Overall this will be an easy project to achieve.  Sketch up available if needed and i will likely do a vid on it at "i fix it all" on youtube.  Its my belief this solves a burden us fox body people have.
Engine Tech / 302 oil pan gasket
i ordered a mahle metal/rubberized single piece oil pan gasket but before i installed.  i made a template for future use.
if anyone would like to make their own gasket out of a material such as what i use ( KARROPAK).

i made the templated using "fish paper" which is a telecommunications part aka "fiber paper".

if anyone is ineterested in making their own oil pan gasket, i can mail this template out to you as long as you send it back.
it will fold up into a standard envelope so its not costly.  ask for scott at 304 772 4082 if you want to borrow it.

as for the front and rear part and sealing up things,, just follow my template and these two areas are wide enough to span the grooved out area where you would fill with silicone then use your flat gasket and button up the pan.

i guess what i am saying is i have a template for you to make your own "single piece" gasket out of materia you have.

happy new year by the way
Lounge / home made christmas gift idea
this may not be up everyone's ally but here is a gift idea that i honestly believe every house could use and it being appreciated for many generations to come.  simple tech always seems to win in the long run.  a good christmas gift for anyone , easy to make and nearly all the material you should have lying around.    pay attention to what i mention in the vid about making the total unit a tad bit longer to accomodate wide mouth jars.

Lounge / seeds
who here saves back their seeds from gardening>>?

I have *********WAY TOO MANY********** and its a sin to waste them.

I want this to be a serious topic for serious times by serious people who are not asleep.
I am considering a zero dollar cost idea to network us all together on one platform that will eventually piss off the globalists.
Engine Tech / cranks no start **Diagosed**
87 20th anny coug  5.0L 378,000 original miles

cranks no start.

fuel pres - 40psi during crank
spark tester at a random plug wire shows pulsating light
swapped remote ignitioin module (my mod to the TFI), still no start
Noid light inserted into an injector plug , during crank the light blinks very quickly

so it apears i have spark, fuel and injector reaction but still no start.

i was under the impression that if the hall effect was bad that my noid light would not blink but it is and in my opinion it seems to blink whay quicker than i expect during crank.  AS in i thought the injector would only blink when its respective stator would pass through the hull effect.  what i am seeing is something like several blinks during a rotor button single revolution. 

any suggestions or thoughts?  im swapping the dizzy tomorrow meaing i have rebuild one beause my standby unit never got rebuilt like i intended way back when.

i am very surprised that i have everything i need for the engine to  start & run.   an almost impossible situation again lands in my lap. 
Lounge / last minute CHRISTmas gift
this is the "wire can" invention by yours truly.

if you hand craft for Christmas, this would be a good gift for your diy kind of person in your life,

subscribe if you like,, i have a lot of various content,,, although it may appear raised garden bed stuff is my gig,, it actually enslaved me for almost a full year.

Engine Tech / after market Dizzy FYI *** IMPORTANT READ
my son is dealing with a lot of dizzy problems like others who have decided to use the box stores and lifetime warranty and so forth.  A few years ago his 88bird dizzy when bad and he did a core for a new one.  For unknown reasons he seems to end up going through one about every 10 to 14 months.  with a reciept its a simple swap at the parts store.

one of the key indicators your after market dizzy is giving you heads up its about to go bad is every so often your car feels like it just missed spark ,, engine may buck once or twice then the issue is gone.  This is what mason is seeing happen.  On my 1990 Bronco,, since i really dont do many mile per year on it,, i have had an after market dizzy in there and its just now starting to have a minor misfire as well.

getting back on topic.
Recenty mason dropped in another dizzy.  it went in like normal and all is well but within a 20 or 30 mile test hit, something did not seem right.  He got back home and pulled the dizzy.  The bottom of the dizzy gear was warn off (the size that faces the engine block "Pad" so to speak where you can see the oil pump drive shaft.  Also the gear on the dizzy was jacked up.  He is a steel on steel setup due to a new"er" explorer build i did for him a few years ago. 

He inspected his cam and it looked like it survived. He mentioned that he seems to recall that when he installed this dizzy, it seemed like the hold down clamp felt different as he tightened it down.  It was like the hold down clamp was "pushing the dizzy down into the engine as he turned the bolt.  He ordered up a dizzy and dropped it in and all is well to date.
He brought this faulty dizzy back home over christmas and i looked at it to confirm my idea was correct. 

SO.... here is the meat of it....

CHECK your new dizzy for one particularly important measurement.  I had suspected that the only way this could have happened is if the roll pin holding the dizzy gear on the shaft is located futher down the shaft.
i compared an oem dizzy to this faulty one and found that his faulty dizzy gear roll pin was about 3/32'' lower than its supposed to be.  The damage it caused was the bottom of the dizzy gear ate away at the engine block ear where the dizzy shaft drops into and as well the bottom of the dizzy gear and as a result the dizzy gear teeth themselves.

This caused us to look up specs on an oem 5.0L dizzy and to our surpise there is a huge amount of information on this topic as well as clearnces.

Hope this helps someone

Engine Tech / spark loss while driving - SOLVED
hello all!!!!!!!

87 20th anny Coug 345k miles all stock

- while driving engine will shut down.
-no loss of power to the IP, clock, warning indicators or speedo or elsewhere during the event of engine stop.  There is no warning of hesitation,, not bucking prior to the event,, no odd "feels" to speak of.  Its like someone just unplugged the car from the outllet,, it simply goes quiet in the cabin except for any accessory i may have on.   My tach does got to zero though (the 87 20th is the full digi cluster for those who dont know.
-I can not while coasting simply go to N and restart.
-I must coast over to the side, put car in P,,, turn Ign sw off then restart which it does each time.
-I do need to confirm if my fuel pump relay is loosing its trigger sig from the EEC or its high current contact power delivery,,, but i dont think so.  The fuel rail does not seem to "sound" like its repriming when i turn the key from off to forward again,, trust me i know what that sounds like.

-yesterday i confirmed something.  I coasted to the side of the road, put car in P, kept the ign sw in the run pos, popped the hood and removed the coil spark plug wire.  I reached into the car and rotated the Key Sw from run to start and as the motor is turning over , the coil is not sparking to the car or anywhere.   If i rotate the ign sw to the off pos then crank, sparks fly everywhere.  So.... i put the coil plug wire back on and start up and go about my day.  This is hapening without regard to engine temp, moisture outside, outside temp or anything,,, its just random and seems as though it only happens once or twice during a driving period of time.
**Simply put,,,, engine spark will remain absent until i rotate the key sw back to the OFF pos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-while driving i have beat the hell out of the steering col , inst cluster as well as wiggle tested harnesses within reach and no results.

A few months back i noticed that when i first start the car up, i can not tune into any AM stations for my regular Glenn Beck,, Rush L or Hanity shows.   The signal is totally washed out by engine noise ,, not static or anything ,, just a constant whine high pitch.   Eventually over the course of 15 or so min, the signal is  clear enough to listen to but ,,,, its like only 70% there with 30% engine noise.
Normally when i have an intermittent what appears to be electrical issues, i tune into an AM station with KeyON Eng OFF or KeyON Eng Running and perform wiggle tests on various connections while listening for voltage / current static induced by my interrupting any possible bad connections.  This helps me quickly narrow down particular circuits that otherwise an EVTM may not as quickly reveal.

So.. the reason i bring this up..............
Yesterday when i started my short trip,, my radio was acting up as it normally does but soon the AM band cleared up for the most part.  When i had my loss of spark,,,,, and did my prior mentioned test...... when i got restarted instantly,, the radio AM station was back to 100% washed out by engine whine or noise.  It soon cleared up again.

Final thought...........................
My son's 88 5.0L bird is doing the exact same thing.

Although i have not pulled codes yet,,, what i am starting to think is that perhaps my computer has reached the end of its life or is getting there. ,, or Maybe that diode that appears near the coil is faulty and is over clocking an EEC chip or over charging one of the 3 electrolytic caps on the EEC PCB,, or ...... nevermind.

thoughts on this very odd problem which simply fixes itself ??????????????
Misc Tech / phosphoric acid
purchase a gal of "food grade concentrated phosphoric" acid from amazon for around 45$ on a gallon.

do up 25% phos  75%water.

with little wire brush effort on rusted area, spray on and walk away.

im done doing anything else to rust, this stuff saves the day.

i blew through a gallon of it quick like spraying everything  could, now i have my second gallon to use for general purpose things.

this stuff is less hazardous as Muriatic  & Hydrochloric acid.

additionally, 10% phosphoric acide and 90% water kills weeds and keeps them down most of the summer.
Other Vehicles / 70 Karmann Ghia BODY ON floor pan resto and interior
we've got about 2300$ in the interior rework all in boxes ready to install but have body work to do.
its not all that bad but the typical day at the office for any VW fan.  this is the wifes daily driver we are working on.
once the inside is done along with interior color change, i will move on to exterior painting.

here is my youtube channel... on this car .

If and when you get to part 6,, i have a couple tech questions that are going to need addressed prior to wrapping up the inside.

i think with a full body rubber kit (thats what they call it) for 600$ and paint stuff at around 500$.. that should call it a wrap for this shade tree mech resto work. 
I am taking my first crack at phosphoric acid being used as a rust remover so i will be testing that out and posting the results.
The price point on "food grade" phosphoric acid is much better and since we are going to need to reduce it,,, i may end up with 2 gallons of somewhat safe to handle rust dissolving agent.

Lounge / notifications this new board shows
I come to the site
i look at new notifications.....  ok ,, i get it now.. the notifications is saying people have comments to a thead of mine.
Its a useless feature if you ask me... however....

i go to my thread
i read the comments and move on.

i keep on seeing new notifications pertaining to a thread i already viewed.

it appears this new board is set up where you have to manually acknowledge each individual notification by not going to the thread but you must go to a different tab called notifications to make it stop.

seems features like this are likely tied to facebook or something.....?

if we we are expected tolerate the fact that 66.6% of all information from nearly  a 1/4 of a century  and  over 2 thousand years of combined knowledge become missing,, the moving parts we have now should not be in error to this level of simplicity.  If i read a thread, my notifications should "self manage",, thats why we went to all this new social media platform,, right..?  its supposed to be superior to everything else.

What we have now is a board with words... and no supporting substance.