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55 degrees outside, February 28! So I got to play a bit with the car. Mostly charge the battery, and take a leaf-blower to the cowl to get all the dried leaves out. Around the neighborhood and get some gas.
One thing I'm on the fence about is centercaps for the wheels. At this point, I have none. The wheels used the screw-on caps with ears, but they are old wheels, and I can't find caps with the correct spacing. Not a bit deal to re-drill, as I already drilled out some of the broken screws that were in them. 
Do I get the aluminum Torq-thrust centers, or find a set of the "Tower" style Ford caps from a Ranger/Bronco II? I'm drilling/tapping either way...
Decisions, decisions...
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Ranger caps:
 
American Racing Torq-Thrust caps:
Either way, drill/tap.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-February-2016 at 10:22AM
the ranger caps may look a little "bulky" on the car wheels, but not a bad idea! (i have them on my car trailer Big smile 15" aluminum explorer wheels Thumbs Up) but i think the aluminum a/r caps would look better, somewhere on ebay a while back i saw someone that makes those out of flat aluminum for the rear wheels Wink 
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Ford ran those caps on the aluminum "Outlaw II" style wheels on the ranger, and I've got a deeper dish to my wheels. Kinda thought they might be fun as they would look somewhat "Ford-y". Probably use the ARE caps though. I have seen the flat caps for the rear wheels, but want to match front to back.
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Well, been spending too much time at work and not enough time playing with the car. I did strip the factory paint off a set of the Art-Deco looking cast aluminum Mustang GT valve covers and attempting to polish them. Fun idea, but the die cast covers have all these little surface cracks (Look like Lacquer check) that are a PITA to sand out, and have factory primer/paint down in them. I have managed to smooth them out, but the aluminum has dark spots and light spots that won't go away...
So, instead of polishing them, I may paint them. Just not the factory gray (Not after sanding off the old gray, because that would mean all that effort was a waste of time Big smile)
So, that begs the question: What color? Or do I soak them down with some Ospho or Oven Cleaner and turn the aluminum dark (Magnesium color) and then polish them that way, which will hide the spotting in the aluminum?
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lots of different things you can do. what about black chrome? (it's not actually chrome) i was thinking of doing that to the rear vents on my vette
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Well, pulled the bench seat out today, (P.I.T.A.) and got the driver side bucket installed. Seat belt tunnel side looks stupid with the twisted plastic cover for the bench, but that can be fixed. Got to put the passenger side in, and then it's on to the console. Don't think I'll get to the floorshift this year, so I'm making a cupholder insert for now (Car NEEDS a cupholder anyway). Picked up a pair of the chrome basic Ford mirrors out at Syracuse sunday, and so the sport mirrors are on borrowed time!
And in the springs of the bench seat... Build Sheet! Unfortunately, it's in worse shape than the dead sea scrolls.
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^^^^This is something I've got to do, hopefully sooner than later.  I've got the bucket seat, seat belts to swap out.  I didn't realize there was a difference.  Did you have to drill new holes for the bucket seats, or was everything already there?

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The holes will be in the seat support already. You may have to put the clips/nuts into the holes as the earlier cars usually only got what they needed. Later on, they put all the clips in on all the seat supports.
If you put your seat all the way back, tap on the floor with your finger where the bolts will go in. If the clips are there, they will rattle.
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I might take a heat gun to the plastic cover and see what happens, as I have an extra set (Guinea pigsLOL)
Worst case, I have fun destroying them!
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Both buckets now in, pattern made for the cup-holder, console location and bracket install afterward.
Since nobody makes replacement console armrest covers, I may try wrapping it with vinyl...
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Clap Thumbs Up pics?
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

Clap Thumbs Up pics?
 
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:

Both buckets now in, pattern made for the cup-holder, console location and bracket install afterward.
Since nobody makes replacement console armrest covers, I may try wrapping it with vinyl...
aUTOKRAFTERS USED OT HAVE THEM.
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No current listing on Autokrafters or Mac's/Dearborn.
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Buckets in:
Chrome Mirrors:
I can SEE!!!
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Looking good!
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[QUOTE=californiajohnny]randy, something like this may be the thing for a cup holder to fit in that circular area Wink

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Plastic-Cup-Insert-for-Installing-New-Cup-Holder-1-1-2-Deep-x-2-3-4-Dia-/381576697395?hash=item58d7be5633:g:3RAAAOSwZG9WjIkb&vxp=mtr[/QUOTE] Actually picked up some stainless ones about a week ago at Syracuse Nats.
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Found a couple old pics of my Thunderbird from about 14 years ago:
 
 
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