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Had probably my last junkyard outing for the year. Some people use lovely days to walk in the park, others golf, I wander junkyards. Didn’t have anything in particular I was looking for, so I spent most my time ogling this 68 bird with a 390.

I’ve never been much of a fan of this gen, particularly the bizarre suicide 4 door variant this one is, but oldies in self service yards are always worth a look, and for some reason 60s Fords just always look more classy in white with black vinyl tops, also of the 67-69s the 68 had the best grille/taillight treatment.
 

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Looking at the oil crusted on the headgasket area, the engine is worn out.

That looks like the 390, and those only lasted mt about 60k between rebuilds. :(

One of my friends had one of those; the 4 door cars had suicide doors. :)
 

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I took this of my daily two nights ago. I thought it was an interesting mileage combo. Don't mind the SRS light. It's been there since I purchased the car 11yrs ago and it simply means that the air bags won't deploy in the event of an accident.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FaBPpZteuZ2FssNf6

In other news, I began doing demo of my front bathroom to remodel it. Unlike when I did my living room / dining room, and my daughter's bedroom remodels, I have a demo crew this time!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/woTafQA1v2q3gJzh9

https://photos.app.goo.gl/XxUVNf7CZT97bKbc8

https://photos.app.goo.gl/AiGYT2bEmHKSCsZz6

My house is older, built in 1960, and I was afraid of this, signs of termite damage. However, there are no signs of any active termite colonies. I'm thinking that the previous owners at one point in time either tented the house, fumigated, or the termite colony simply moved out. Out of all the walls I've torn down in the last 4yrs 11mo of living at my house, this is the only signs of termites - past or present - I've found.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9RfHYt1L43iwNvS86

https://photos.app.goo.gl/e3br8TLUAoZYCUCN7

https://photos.app.goo.gl/XSpqZN9vjwzVf9VN9

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FU8wdYxhq7M2sg7z8

In all these signs of termites, there are also dry and hard dirt trails that are throughout my bathroom between the studs. Is there any reason to believe that the structure of my bathroom is further compromised than this? How do I check for active termite colonies? Where would I check if I can check? My wife seems to believe that the colony(ies) are no longer active and that the extent of the damage is only what is seen, the structural damage is limited, and everything is fine to just greenwall (green drywall for bathrooms) back up. What says you guys?

Looking at the oil crusted on the headgasket area, the engine is worn out.

That looks like the 390, and those only lasted mt about 60k between rebuilds. :(

One of my friends had one of those; the 4 door cars had suicide doors. :)
Nothing a Modular or Coyote swap can't fix? :grin2:
 

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I love the Crew!

Bet they slept good, too. :)




The best way to check for termite damage is the Awl that comes with a screwdriver set; I use it mostly to line up things I'm bolting together.

The stud with the holes in the top should be replaced, IMHO.

You know anyone that does termite inspections?

I'd probably call somebody.


The old bird: A coyote or 5.2 swap in one of those would be nice. :)

They came with big blocks; there's plenty of room, IIRC.

With the radiator and fan out of my 63, I could stand in there to work.

I resoldered that radiator a half dozen times; a new one was over $500, in the 70's.
 

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I love the Crew!

Bet they slept good, too. :)
Thanks! They thoroughly enjoyed helping.

I'd have gotten further in demoing but I ran out of space in my trash can. All tile is pulled up, and the majority of the drywall is pulled up as well. My kids....especially my boy...are asking when they can go in and help some more. My boy keeps asking to go to Home Depot so we can buy a new sink. They did sleep well that night. So much so, that they slept in!

The best way to check for termite damage is the Awl that comes with a screwdriver set; I use it mostly to line up things I'm bolting together.

The stud with the holes in the top should be replaced, IMHO.

You know anyone that does termite inspections?

I'd probably call somebody.
I'll be doing that test. If it doesn't get pierced [very] far, I'll leave it. If I replace it, and the horizontal 2x4 across the top, it'll mean that I'll have to tear into part of my living room as well. I'll also have to figure out how to temporarily support the ceiling as that is a load bearing wall....

If I end up replacing this, it will be turning my $1,000 (estimated) bathroom project to a $2,000 (estimated) project.

The old bird: A coyote or 5.2 swap in one of those would be nice. :)

They came with big blocks; there's plenty of room, IIRC.

With the radiator and fan out of my 63, I could stand in there to work.

I resoldered that radiator a half dozen times; a new one was over $500, in the 70's.
That is a spendy radiator! Assuming radiator replacement 10yrs after vehicle purchase, so 1973, A $500 radiator then is $2,900 today!! :eek:
 

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I'll be doing that test. If it doesn't get pierced [very] far, I'll leave it. If I replace it, and the horizontal 2x4 across the top, it'll mean that I'll have to tear into part of my living room as well. I'll also have to figure out how to temporarily support the ceiling as that is a load bearing wall....

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That is a spendy radiator! Assuming radiator replacement 10yrs after vehicle purchase, so 1973, A $500 radiator then is $2,900 today!! :eek:


If it's reasonably solid, you can 'scab' another board in beside it, and you're good.

If it's crumbly, it will attract stuff, so I'd yank it. :( Termites are the worst thing there is, as a homeowner.

If it's load bearing, buy a 4x4, cut it to length where it would go, and support it with that.

Remove 1 thing at a time, and I'd move the kids out of the room first, with termite damage.

You just don't really know how bad it is yet. :(


But make sure the joist at the top of the wall, I can't remember what it's called, is solid. (Header?)

Nothing like bracing something, and watching your brace go right thru it. :)

I did that with a car on a jackstand once, lol. The 2x4 I put across the top to spread the force, about 1' long, went right thru the whole rocker, lol.
That car was held together by the rust.


Yes, the Tbird never got that new radiator; I'll be the old one was 10 pounds heavier when I sold it, lol.

I'd take the whole thing apart, clean it up, patch it, and solder it back together; it was solid brass, and copper tubes. :)

I don't think anyone sells a radiator like that these days, lol.
 

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A few years ago, I was getting ready to do my timing belt on my Honda when I realized that I needed a good torque wrench. Thanks to @Woodman's recommendation, I picked up a 250lbs 1/2" Tekton brand torque wrench for the job. I love it and it has served me well for that, and other jobs since.

Fast forward two weekends ago when I needed smaller torque wrenches for my wife's Taurus and her CATs replacement, I realized I needed smaller, better, torque wrenches as the ones I had just didn't cut it for the job. They're clunky, awkwardly shaped, and you have to "watch" them instead of "feeling" for them as they were the needle type rather than a clicking type. Yeah, they got the job done, but with much hassle than what was needed. It was right then that I decided that I needed to get new torque wrenches.

Having loved my big 250lbs Tekton brand torque wrench, I decided to pick up it's smaller sibblings, an 80lbs 3/8" Tekton torque wrench and a 200in 1/4" Tekton torque wrench.

In addition to the two torque wrenches, I also got myself a Tekton brand ratcheting wrench set. I went for the non-flex head type.

Best tool purchase of mine in a long time, IMO.
 

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I have both types, but I have to say, both have their places.

If I use the beam type, I can see if the screw is binding, or it there are issues like the torque bleeds off as a gasket compresses.

This is important on the intake manifold, for example.

A pop type is Great if none of that applies, like solid connections, or wheels. ( Yes, I torque lugnuts, lol.)
 

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Update on my bathroom remodel:

Demo is taking longer than expected simply because I've too cheap to order / rent a large dumpster from the trash company. I've been simply putting all my trash in our regular trash container and filling it only about halfway to ensure it's not too heavy for pickup as well as to ensure that we have enough room for our regular trash we produce normally. That being said, I've have found more termite damage.

This is the bathtub area which is also up against the exterior wall where this damage has been found. I know that a fair amount of wood will need to be replaced here.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4Lc6L8phsgEzdirKA

Left side, below the window. This piece of wood will definitely be replaced as will the vertical 2x4 directly next to the window.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/145cQA2tZAf9VQQN9

Right side, below the window. The vertical piece of wood looks like it will also need to be replaced

https://photos.app.goo.gl/rBxQWDQobPyBYpDW9

Top left, above the window.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EVRu6yHgw9Muxa3r8

Top right, above the window

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ma9aPw56abDVXaRC7
 

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So MadMikey and I went to Raceway Park for a halloween car show and had a fun time. In the end we both walked away with trophies. Pretty fun day
 

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Good for you guys! :thumbsup:

Was it a Thunderbird or Factory Ford class?

Joe
 

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Denny's give you a free meal, Build Your Own Slam, on your birthday. Since I came into work today I decided to get up extra early to take advantage of this and got me a free Denny's breakfast. I only paid for the coffee :).
 

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Good for you guys! :thumbsup:

Was it a Thunderbird or Factory Ford class?

Joe
Tried to respond to this earlier but the site was acting up. Neither one of us had joined/picked a class, and when they called our numbers and cars they were mixed with cars that were completely different. Like Dukes chargers (there were a few), a corvette gasser, a Foose Mach 1 and a few others Im forgetting. It was fun, a lot of people thought it was cool to see the cars and most even talked about owning them in the past. And a kid told his parents he wanted a car like the SC (he was maybe 5). I had a blast. Only thing I wasnt happy about was the wind threw my info board (yes Im that guy). It was sealed in a poster frame with a glass panel to protect everything. You can imagine how that went :smile2:
 
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