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Jeff

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About Jeff

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  • Birthday 11/30/83

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    2014 Ford Fusion SE
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    1.5 Ecoboost

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    Paragould, Arkansas
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  1. A week ago Friday I took my car in to the Ford dealer to have the oil changed before winter sets in. It was chilly and overcast and I was too lazy to crawl under it myself. I had them do the 39.00 works package or whatever it is. Well yesterday I decided maybe I needed to inspect and also check the oil. Oil level was fine, but I noticed the oil filter didn't look right when I looked from above. You can just barely see it from up top. Today, I put it on ramps and low and behold look at what they put on my car and left. Left for me to drive another half a year on(or thereabouts). It may be fine internally, but there's no way to tell without cutting it apart and the can is definitely weakened. I went to my store and bought an identical fl910s and changed it out and topped the oil back up. I wasn't willing to drive it one more foot with that thing installed on my engine. I have the proper filter socket to do this with and it's like $4. Maybe I'll buy their lube tech one. The filter on this 1.5 Ecoboost really can't be tightened by hand easily as there is lots of stuff crammed around it, but I never expected to see something like this from a well respected Ford dealer. I guess I'll be crawling back under it from now on again. Im taking this filter up there tomorrow to show the service department manager. I do not want any reimbursement, but he needs to know the type of lube tech he has employed and how low his standards must be. A damaged oil filter could be catastrophic to an engine. Rant over. Jeff
  2. Thanks! I agree! I couldn't figure out why he wanted to trade them. I kind of figured he'd want some boot too, but nope even swap. These wheels are like new too and had only 8k miles on them. I think I made out better in the deal, but he seemed to really want those black wheels I had badly. Jeff
  3. This happened this past Thursday. It was sort of an impulse trade. A guy posted on a Fusion Facebook group looking to trade these snowflake wheels from his Focus ST for the gloss black wheels that came factory on my car. He was semi local(150 miles away) and agreed to drive to me if I would pay to have the tires switched as he had some good year summer tires that he wanted to keep. I agreed to that and the deal was done. I think they look pretty nice compared to the black wheels that I really never cared for.
  4. Yessir, it's a 1978 C10 Custom Deluxe SWB. This is the first pic of it out of the carport since I started on it. It was a basket case....now it's less baskety(mechanically anyways). It runs and now stops again and with the new steering and suspension drives beautifully. Still looks terrible, but I'm about to work on that. Just about have the mechanics sorted. Not 100% sure I'm going to give up on the old inline 6. It runs really really well. I may just auto swap it and run the 6. Everybody puts v8s in these, but I dunno....it's starting to grow on me. Also, having to remove the engine mount and frame mount to run new steel brake lines is so stupid! GM should've known better than to put a hold down under all that mess just to get the old ones out, but no use in complaining now that I've already done it. Oh, I also dropped the tank and installed a brand new tank and sending unit. Since I don't have a dash right now I don't know if the sending unit works or not lol. Old tank was rusty inside and turns out had a pin hole in the upper half so it needed done. Jeff
  5. Well, Nick already knew this, but after giving it some lengthy thought and after offering it to a few folks on here with zero interest....I said goodbye to the 89 Wagon a few weeks back. I did not sell it. I gave it and all the parts to fix it to a co-worker who needed a car for his son to drive, but didn't have the money to purchase one. It became clear that while I had the best intentions to put it on the road....I kept shuffling it to the back burner. Rather than it sit in my back yard forever I did what I thought was best. I know that it will see the road again in the next few months as they were tearing into it last week to start repairing it to return it to service. I know it's not the update you all probably wanted, but there it is. I'll keep you all informed on it's progress. Jeff
  6. Well, not sure exactly where I left off, but I decided to tear into the rear diff to service it and put in new rear wheel bearings and seals. This truck has a factory 12 bolt mated to a straight six. Not too common, but not the first I've read about with this combo. Imagine my horror when I took the cover off and found water contaminated gear oil (not much left as it had mostly all leaked out) that also had gritty sand in it. So, what started out as a service, rear brake, wheel bearings, and seals job turned into an entire rear diff rebuild. I took the carrier and pinion out and inspected those. Other than the bearings being slightly chewed up...the ring and pinion and spider gears we're still in good condition. I took those to town and had my mechanic remove and press new bearings on both using the factory pinion shim. Most folks would probably elect to set it up from scratch, but I figured what GM used when new was good enough for me. While he had those, I used a pressure washer to blast all that crud out of the diff case and axle tubes. It took him a couple days to get to it done so while I waited I knocked the pinion races out and put new in. Also, put the new wheel bearings and seals in and rebuilt the rear brakes. I discovered my parking brake bar was removed and gone on the driver side and the actuator arm was just laying in the drum on the passenger. So, I rebuilt the entire ebrake system including all new cables from front to back and located a new brake bar. All my new steel lines are hooked up except for about a 6 foot section that I'll have to remove the passenger engine mount to install. Truck now has 100% new rear diff, brakes, suspension, and steering system. All done by me under my car port. It's been a long time since I've tackled a project like this. This may be my last full on restoration that I do myself, but I've saved a ton of $$ already. I'll be converting this truck to automatic so few weeks ago I purchased a rusty cab because it has a near perfect dash, auto column with tilt, auto pedal assy, all the factory AC parts minus compressor, and complete wiring harness. I should have all the hard to find parts I need to do the trans swap AND add factory AC to my truck. Next Ill be swapping the wiring harness into my truck since someone cut mine when they removed the dash. It won't be too long now before I can actually drive it with confidence. In early December it goes to have the new floors, cab corners, and rockers welded in. Paint will happen in spring most likely. Still don't know what color to paint it.
  7. The 350 drivetrain I'm putting in was free. My dad bought this van 8 years ago and it runs and drives great and is super nice, but he never could get the title to it and refused to spend the fees associated with a bonded title. After I take what I want it's going to the crusher. This thing has the dining table, seat that folds into a bed, TV, window shades, the works. Shame to see it go, but it's time to move on and part of it will live on in my truck.
  8. I've disassembled some more stuff on the truck. I've also got most of my hard lines ran for my brakes. The front cap needed to come off anyway since it was rusty. It also helped facilitate finishing the brake lines without having to kill myself doing it in cramped quarters under the truck. I also purchased a donor cab that was super rusty. It's from an 85 Silverado, but was complete minus seat...so it will donate the dash, complete wiring harness, auto column with tilt, all interior trim, power window and lock parts, and AC parts to retrofit some amenities into my heater only base model custom deluxe. Doors are the same internally from 78 up so everything in the rusty doors should swap to my doors relatively easy just gotta drill the holes for the wiring to pass through.. Also, before I put new sheet metal on, a good running donor 350 engine and auto trans out of a 84 GMC Vandura will be bolted in the place of that mighty 250 I6 which actually runs really well...so I'm a tad conflicted on that, but really want that V8 sound.
  9. I got the entire front suspension and steering rebuilt on the truck. New inner and outer tie rods and sleeves, new pitman and idler arms, new LMC truck reproduction lower control arms(only ones available anymore), one new upper control arm that I couldn't pass up for 14.00, and one rebuilt upper control arm using new bushings and ball joint. I also installed the rear shocks as well. I just thought I'd get away cheaper by rebuilding all the control arms, but unfortunately the lowers were both bent and couldn't be rebuilt. All in all, I'm about 465.00 in parts rebuilding the front end. I did the labor myself so not too bad to have a 100% new front end. I received my new proportioning valve in the mail yesterday. I'm going to start running the new lines tomorrow and then rebuild my rear brakes on the weekend. I should have it stopping sometime early next week. I also swapped those 10" wide wheels and drag tires for more appropriate rally wheels with decent roller tires. Here's how it's sitting now. Nice and proper. I'll update more as I go. Still need to rewire the truck, pull the rear axles, install bearings and rear seals, and service the diff, and finally install the dash(I found a complete unit about 2 hours away for $100 and I pick that up next Saturday) before it's really road worthy or really worthy of being road tested. Jeff
  10. So, some of y'all may know that I purchased a 78 Chevy C10 SWB Custom Deluxe several months ago. Well, it was delivered Friday finally. The truck runs and drives, but has absolutely no brakes. Further investigation revealed a truck as tired underneath as it was cosmetically which I expected. I did the brakes and bearings( short of plumbing them in) on Saturday with all new parts, but the state of the chassis and suspension parts gave me pause so I ripped it back apart today and started over. All the control arms will be rebuilt and new everything for the front end too. I purchased everything just about on RA at a substantial savings on closeout items. So, while the truck may look terrible right now, it should drive as new. This is where I'm at right now... Still a long ways to go and then rinse and repeat on the other side. The truck is pretty complete minus a dash and some severely hacked wiring that I'll need to sort out. Overall, for an impulse purchase...I'm relatively happy with it. Jeff
  11. If it's a good battery you should be fine letting it sit that long. My 89 wagon sat for 7 months before the battery completely died.
  12. I got one of my new rear shocks installed on the 14 Fusion this evening. I waited too late to start so I didn't tear down the other side as dark would've overtaken me. I bought Monroe Sensa Trac shocks and bought the upper mount from my local Ford dealer. My only symptom really was a squeak from the rear shock during turning maneuvers and also at highway speed the rear of the car seemed to want to wonder some. I'll swap in the other tomorrow after work. The LH shock looked fine once removed....however my noise is coming from the RH side so we shall see if this fixes my very minor issue. It wouldn't be an issue if I drove with my radio up more often, but it's usually turned really low which is how I heard the noise. The wandering or loose feeling I noticed a while back, and it seems others have experienced this and new shocks fixed the issue. For less than $120 I'll take the gamble. The car now has 47k on it and is probably close to the suspension needing some attention to keep it riding like new anyways.
  13. Finishing life....it's the great white North. We all know what happens to the cars that live in the North. Jeff
  14. Almost all of the lamps are working in the Impala again. Very rare to see one with this many lamps still functioning. Climate control module went dark several years ago, but still functioned. Lately recirculate mode was intermittent and so tracked it back to an issue with the control module. Instead of going junkyard part, I opted to buy a reman unit so that I could get the illumination back. This nugget was a pretty penny, but really looks sharp all lit up. Now, if I can only find some good stereo buttons to replace my dyed ones. One day I'll have the lamps replaced in the radio too, but for now I'll just have to deal with the one that's out. I'll likely upgrade it to a factory radio that has retrofitted Bluetooth w/handsfree calling and aux port...seller on eBay has these available relatively cheapish and retains the stock look and access to the vehicle settings. A few weeks ago I treated it to new lower control arms, inner and outer tie rods, sway bar links, and an alignment. This car is still doing great...I've put about 5k miles on it since repairing the engine and just really enjoy driving it. I'm 99% sure it's faster than my Fusion too and way more comfortable with that cloth bench seat! Jeff