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Today was Excellent!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rob68, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    I spent today and yesterday plumbing my 58 F100. Clutch and brakes. I've never bent break line in my life but with the help of a tubing bender and a good round stout fence post, I got a new clutch line and new break lines. Had some issues with a leaking nut on the distribution block (could not get it to stop) so I bought a new line and it still leaked. By chance I found another block at a local u pull it and after comparing the two, found the original was bad. New used part and the leak was fixed. Bled the brakes and fired up the truck and drove it around the block for the first time!
    It was a blast! This truck has not been on the road for about 10 years. Still needs the clutch adjusted and the carb adjusted but it is one step closer to being my daily.

    SO THIS WAS REALLY GREAT but there is more:

    At the u pull it the they had a box of parts for the 58 I robbed the distribution block from.
    New parts.
    Spendy parts.
    Still in their bags parts.

    $60 out of pocket and I got:
    New window cranks and door inside handles $90
    Rubber for the wing windows $80
    5 new dash knobs at $7 each=$35
    7 new dash bezels for interior at $16 each=118.65
    New chrome turn indicator arm and knob $?
    2 Each wiper arms and blades $65
    2 Door seals $80
    1 pair tailgate chains $145 (stainless)
    total in new parts $613 (give or take) if I had gotten them from a catalog


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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,936

    Staff Member

    I can't help myself. I love those trucks. Such good proportions...

    And it sounds like you had a blast!
  3. 66slabside
    Joined: Jul 7, 2012
    Posts: 43


    Been lurking for awhile, have a un HAMB friendly 66 Lincoln Continental but love reading and learning about older cars. My first post here on the HAMB is to say AWESOME!!!! Back when I had a 71 Nova SS I was slowly changing the interior from brown to black using U Pull It parts and found a brand new in the box black headliner. It was a great find.
  4. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    Hey, I dig those Continentals. Big and Bad!

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,718

    Jalopy Joker

    you certainly did good. keep us posted with updates.
  6. McFly
    Joined: Oct 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,168


    Nice job! Great find on the parts
  7. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,457

    from Minnesota

  8. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    That first ride is always special, no matter how many times you have done it. Good job. :)

  9. looks bad ass buddy!
  10. motorgod7
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 136

    from chico,ca.

    Cool trucks, I bought a 59 from the junk yard last winter.
  11. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,709


  12. Hotrod1959
    Joined: Nov 3, 2007
    Posts: 694


    Very cool Rob. Love it when people resurrect these trucks.
  13. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,388


    Love those trucks as well. My brother wanted to sell me a rust free 59' for $900 and at the time I couldn't do it. Keep bangin', great score!
  14. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    Yeah, very happy. And I really needed door seals and the rubber for the wing windows. Those two things alone were a super score. The rest is just stuff I dreamed about getting some day. Icing on the cake. AND my wife is happy about it too!
  15. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,038

    from Dublin, OH

    Thrifty wins every time!
  16. Shane Spencer
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,161

    Shane Spencer

    damn dude what a find !
  17. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    Just a little update.
    It has been just about one year to the day that I took my 58 for it's first drive. One year of nearly no progress (time/money/new baby ect). So I have been dealing with the dreaded flat spot upon acceleration. Read tons of threads, rebuilt the carb (twice), done this that and the other with no luck. Well, I guess the machine gods took pity on me because after the umpteenth float adjust, point adjust, timing adjust, I'll be damned if it didn't run like a champ(or very nearly)! Hell Yeah! Took it around the street and it ran great. Still got to adjust the clutch play and fix the floors but if I had the $ I'd register it and drive to the Rustorama in Salem this weekend. Anyway just thought I'd share as I get unlimited inspiration from this place and it was from all the the excellent GEARHEADS on the HAMB and their info/tips that helped me.
    Thanks to all.
    Sorry no pics of the 2nd time driving it but the truck still looks the same as in the pics only with red doors now. I'll update as things progress.

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