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sucks you got to pull the motor back out but not hard to do! yes i'd replace all the freeze plugs! maybe pan gasket too while it's easily accessible Wink
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It's got a new pan gasket on it. F250 Highboy motor in a car, oil pan, pan gasket, and pickup changed.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 72FordGTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-October-2017 at 5:49AM

Good work, nice to hear the old girl running again.  Keep us posted.

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Made a custom driveshaft to work with the truck transmission. Wheels move when manually shifting the transmission linkage. Making a custom piece to make the passenger car shift cable work with the truck linkage. 
DSC_0001 by FordTorino73, on Flickr

The front brakes have all new lines. They were a pain to route, but the front brakes work. 
DSC_0007 by FordTorino73, on Flickr

Also started making an exhaust:
DSC_0012 by FordTorino73, on Flickr
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Rear diff seal also needs to be replaced as expected. Been working on the rear brakes also, but still have some rebuilding to do. There were some missing parts inside the drums, and someone had put one random 2 1/2" brake shoe on the passenger's side when all of the other ones were 2 1/4". 
DSC_0035 by FordTorino73, on Flickr

Headlights need new bulbs, but the electrical system seems to be all sorted out. Someone, either my grandfather or uncle, bypassed the heater core with a piece of extension cord. 
Untitled by FordTorino73, on Flickr

Put gas in the tank and discovered a hole, but hopefully it'll be able to move under its own power a bit soon. 


Edited by GTW - 14-November-2017 at 12:31PM
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extension cord???? Shocked
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Keep it Up! Looks like she'll have new life in her after all.... Clap
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 72FordGTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-November-2017 at 12:59PM
Awesome job Griffin!  That wagon will be back to life soon enough.  Keep us posted!
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Looking good!!! It's will be breathing in no time
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awesome work griffin...  love hearing about your work on this car
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Yes, either my uncle or grandfather bypassed the heater core. They both consider/considered themselves as mechanics, but that's debatable...considering that grandpa thought he could gain access to the transmission by taking the engine apart (grandpa's USPS mail route wore the transmission out and that's why the car was parked). However, if he had known how to change the transmission or had gotten it replaced, things might be very different today. Maybe grandpa will come up for Thanksgiving and see the progress. All he's ever wanted in his later life has been to see one of our old cars from 40 years ago run and drive again. 

We have forward and backward movement, though the custom shift linkage setup still needs some adjustment. Haven't tried to move it out of the garage yet. Brakes are still sketchy considering that the booster is cracked, the rears still aren't working yet (wagon specific parts mixup possibly, waiting for more parts to come in). The fronts kind of work, but without the booster and the discs are unclean and it still has old pads. The gas tank has been patched, but we are running it off a can until we find out what comes up out of the actual tank, checking for rust. Might move it a little more tomorrow and record it. 
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i always wondered why a head was off of it when you said the tranny went out? now i know!Confused
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It looks like you are making good progress!  Hopefully you can get it moving again for when your grandfather visits.
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

It looks like you are making good progress!  Hopefully you can get it moving again for when your grandfather visits.

We managed to do just that this weekend. The Torino drove under its own power for the first time since early 1979. Rear brakes are in and working but need to be bled, fronts work but still no booster, which is why we went slow. Got to press hard to stop it at the moment. Front discs still need to be cleaned and it still needs new pads up front. Forgot to mention in my post on the Facebook page that I changed the headlights and they all work now. Got some sort of wiring problem with the front left turn signal/parking light and maybe the instrument cluster bulb, considering the cluster bulb's not working and the front left signal/parking light isn't turning on. We'll figure it out, though. I'm just happy it moves now. 

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don't know that much but shouldn't you have that drive shaft balanced or have you. Just know my pinto was missing some weights vibrated like hell at cursing speed
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Great show!!  Glad you got it moving under it's own power, it must have felt great!!
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Originally posted by fordpower fordpower wrote:

don't know that much but shouldn't you have that drive shaft balanced or have you. Just know my pinto was missing some weights vibrated like hell at cursing speed

The driveshaft was balanced after it was spliced. 

And yup, it felt really good. 

Something seems to be wrong with the video embed on my end at least, so here's a direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2fddazxL88
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Originally posted by fordpower fordpower wrote:

don't know that much but shouldn't you have that drive shaft balanced or have you. Just know my pinto was missing some weights vibrated like hell at cursing speed
 
If my car was vibrating like that I would be cursing too!!! LOL
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Fun trick from the 80s...
Hose clamps/muffler clamps on your buddy's drive shaft.
Or use a hose clamp to attach 6" of mason twine with a 3/8" nut on the end.


Edited by Big Bird - Yesterday at 8:48AM
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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