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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mikko_, Dec 7, 2020.

  1. Looking great! And, another idea on the surface rust in the front might be something like Ospho. Not sure if anything like that is available there, but it is just a weak phosphoric acid. I was amazed what it did to similar surface rust on my C10 pickup. It went from orange back to blue just wiping it with a rag a few times. I can see if I can find before and after pics. I haven’t even buffed it or anything and it made a huge difference.

    Edit: Found a couple pics. I just wiped it on, let it stay wet, wiping it every few minutes until all the rust disappeared.

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  2. Mikko_
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    Thank you, it has definitely improved.

    Thank you.
    Haven't tried anything on the surface rust yet.

    Regarding the touched-up paint, it does blend in better now but in the future I might try a lighter blue but it will have to do for now.

    Thanks.

    I'll have to do some searching and see if I can find anything similar here that I can try.
     
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  3. Mikko, if you are missing that rear quarter panel trim and are looking for it I have a lead on a set. Send me a message and i'll give you the info.
     
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  4. Mikko_
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    Message sent.
     
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  5. Mikko_
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    Went for a drive today and Alice quit on me so had to call a tow truck to bring us back to my garage.

    While waiting I looked under the hood and the fuel filter before the carb is empty.
    Pump is still running so I guess the fuel line clogged up again.

    Might have to just open my wallet and go for a new tank after all.
     
  6. :( If you have to get one from the States, http://shoebox-central.com/, has them. I do not know if they are available anywhere else that would help with the high price of import duties.
     
  7. Mikko_
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    Dennis Carpenter also has new tanks, $359 I think it was.
    Not crazy expensive but shipping will probably be just as much and USPS aren't the fastest shipping company, usually takes about 1 month to get stuff over here.
    Fedex is a lot quicker with overseas shipping.
     
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  8. JeffB2
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    Here in the States some radiator shops can boil and pressure test your gas tanks too, it was less than $80 when I had mine done about seven years ago.It looked almost like new when it was done.
     
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  9. Elcohaulic
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    If you need a tank look into the RCI fuel cell. It would fit in the trunk and you could an eye on your fuel. I also like being able to pull up to any side of the gas pumps..
     
  10. Look up new tanks using the Ford part number, you should be able to do better than $359. The one for my '59 was $157 from Rock Auto in 2014.
     
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  11. My dad had a nice '54 Mainline with the 6 and 3-speed, same light blue. He traded in in on a '59 Ranchwagon in 1962.
     
  12. Mikko_
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    I can report that she is up and running again.

    I pulled out the tank once more earlier this week and couldn't find any blockage but there wasn't much fuel in it.
    Probably just got too low :rolleyes:
     
  13. WOW!:oops: I bet you felt like kicking yourself.:eek: Check the sending unit and if possible adjust it by bending the float rod. If not just mentally re-clock your fuel gauge.:cool: In the end it is all good and you know the car a little better.
     
  14. Mikko_
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    Felt a bit like I wanted to kick myself but while it was out I decided to flush it once more, couldn't hurt.

    I did replace the fuel sender the first time I had the tank out and I'm guessing the new one isn't calibrated correctly to the tank volume or something like that. For now I will just leave it as is.
     
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  15. Mikko_
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    Another thing that bothers me a bit is the transmission.

    When I put it in reverse it really slams it in, doesn't make any noise but the car really makes a "jump" when going to reverse. Something wrong with the trans or can I adjust it somehow?
    No issues when going to Drive.
     
  16. Boden
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    Boden

    IMG_5114.JPG just slapped a backyard flat black paint job on it. I’m completely in love. Exactly what I wanted.
     
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  17. Mikko_
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    Took a nice drive on some countryside roads today.

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  18. mcnally351
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    Very nice project. You do great work. Hit that fender with some comet cleaner, it will take a lot of the surface rust off. Keep it going!
     
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  19. Mikko_
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    The car has been acting up a bit lately: high fuel consumption, hard to start when hot or when it sits more than a day, idles rough sometimes and oil smells of fuel.

    After some reading on the Fordbarn I started to suspect the power valve so I took the carburetor apart and the power valve diaphragm was a bit moist on the underside which seems wrong.
    Replaced it and filled the fuel bowl with the carb sitting on the workbench and now the wait begins to see if it still leaks.
     
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  20. Mikko_
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    Doesn't seem to leak anything so put it all back together and took it for a testdrive.
    Now I'll just have to let it sit for a day or so and see if it starts more easily.

    Engine bay is a mess but just had to try out one of the old chrome aircleaners I have laying around :rolleyes:

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  21. Mikko_
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    And since I have a bit of "vintage car-ADD" I also put her up for sale.

    I have the itch for a Model A and if this car gets sold I will either put the money into:

    Alternative 1: A running 5-window coupe
    Or alternative 2: A roadster or RPU body for the chassis that is under my Phaeton body at the moment.
     

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