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About fordrodsteven

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    : North Andover, MA


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    All-round machinist, Hydro-mechanical technician, Took night course in auto body, Been working on cars & motorcycles since the age of 12.
  1. 1990 Claret - Abby's Car - Armchair Opportunity

    I would try a wet sand and then buff on the top first. you might be surprised at the results.
  2. I need a picture of the fuse block. 88 Reatta

    The diagram should be on the back off the door that you pull off. Otherwise try this;
  3. Requirement for a item price in the Buy/Sell forum

    I personally just blow past ads that do not list a price. Doesn't matter to me if it's a whole car or a car part. No price? I'm not wasting your time or mine. I completely ignore ads with no prices.
  4. P-A Barn Find

    What would I expect to see now happen to a car like this? Well, nobody wants to take on the expense and time of trying to restore it. As mentioned, the "good Stuff" is missing snd the car is of little value. This body then becomes a prime example of something that will end up in the hands of (heaven forbid!) someone who hot rod or "rat" rods it. I would then admire the car in that state. Maybe not everything gets restored and some get modified. I personally have no problem with that. I think it's it looks better moving down the road rather than being crushed.
  5. Reatta Owners Journal Donations

    So here is an interesting tidbit I have learned. My wife often asks me to buy things on-line. I frequently go to Amazon for those purchases. I have learned that if I go to Amazon through the ROJ. I can buy some small inexpensive item from the Reatta store then add on other items. (like the things my wife wants or parts for my other cars). When I do it that way the ROJ gets a commission on ALL my purchases through Amazon. This is a way I can help get some ROJ funding besides my donation directly to the site.
  6. Possible 1989 Reatta Purchase, "Needs Brakes," Worries

    That first sentence is "on the money!" My '88 had some brake issues. First it was the accumulator (5 years ago), then it was a pressure switch (3 years ago). I drove it with the ABS light for a couple years. I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of front leads/sensors for the front. No more ABS light! Brakes work fine now for the last three years and I bleed the whole system each year to purge out the old fluid. The hardest part of any of it was when I had to fabricate a setup to check pressures while troubleshooting the accumulator.
  7. Painting a Car

    I didn't ;look through this whole thread. I decided to mention what I once did just in case it was not mentioned earlier. I had a 1973 Ford Mustang MACH1 I bought in 1989. It had been repainted with a low quality paint job before I got it. I was pretty happy with it. Unfortunately The California sun and the Santa Ana winds beat it up pretty good (faded the clear coat). I brought it with me when I moved to SC. I was still pretty happy with it until someone at work backed his truck out of a parking spot in 1996. His foot slipped off the clutch and I then had to get a replacement hood, grille, and other associated parts. So... here's what I did. I went to the local Technical high school and met with the auto body teacher. We talked. He looked at the car. I did the did-assembly of exterior trim and lights and put the replacement hood on the car. (surprising how much the stripped down '73 Mustang looked very similar to a '69 Camaro). I dropped the car at the school in September (start of school year) and the instructor said it would take six months. He was true to his word. I picked up a nice looking Mustang in March. It wasn't perfect but I felt it was surely better than a paint job from one of those places that runs $299 specials all the time. BTW I got a quote from one of those $299 special places . He estimated the body work and then added the $299 for paint. Final quote $7,500. Anyway bottom line is I got a satisfactory paint job for under $1,000 and I felt that some potential future craftsmen got some training / practice and the high school kids were proud to take a picture in front of the Mustang when finished. (They also got some practice applying vinyl graphics)
  8. Diagnostics tool compatable with Mac ?

    ? - Reatta's have the codes readily available right from the screens. Check this out from ROJ...
  9. 1924 White Yellowstone bus Help

    I seem to recall seeing an article in Hemmings within the last year regarding the Yellowstone (white) trucks.
  10. 70 degree day here today. Took the Reatta out for a short drive. Very enjoyable! I removed the driver's side visor to make a repair to the floppy end. I also replaced the heater blower fan. Supposed to be cold and snow tonight. The car is back in the garage under cover.
  11. Note From the Administrator Of The AACA (and this) Forum.

    I must have missed something but... that really doesn't matter. I have seen your name a few times while perusing this web site. I don't know you nor have I ever corresponded with you but I'm glad you're here doing what you do. I just wanted to say thank you for all your work to start up and keep this GREAT forum going. I find the AACA forum to have a wealth of information with many many people who are very knowledgeable and willing to share and help solve problems. That's across all the different makes of cars and in the general discussion forum.
  12. Mulling over a barn find

    first off - I like your Reatta avatar! Anyway. If the caddy is nose in it could be picked up with a tow truck at the rear (rear wheel drive) and towed with the front wheels on the ground. If it is situated "nose out" you could jack the rear to get it onto dollies and then roll it out to allow a tow truck to pick it from the rear once it's clear of the structure. If you're trying to get onto a flat bed truck it depends on whether you want to have it dragged with the rear wheel not turning. Another option is to get under it, disconnect the shift linkage and shift it into neutral. Problem is you won't be able to steer ti because the steering wheel is most likely locked.
  13. Dual exhaust question & navigation help please

    The search function (magnifying glass) is in the top right corner of my screen. I have to say, though, that I feel it can sometimes be rather finicky. If you put any character incorrect or enter too many words it will just tell you that it didn't find anything matching your request. The flip side of that coin is if you only enter one word it will bring up everything with that word. With a little practice and patience you can usually find what you want.
  14. What was your biggest screw up working on the cars

    I helped a friend install a newly rebuilt BBC into his Caprice. We got it bolted in. I had someplace to go so I had to leave. I told him to spin the oil pump shaft with a drill to get oil pressure throughout the engine before giving it the first crank / start. He called me three days later to tell me he had no oil pressure on start up. I went to his house and we worked our asses off to replace the oil pump. When we got it back together I used a drill to twist the pump shaft for pressure. I then installed the distributor. I was having a little problem getting the oil shaft engaged. He suddenly realized that he had pulled out the shaft with the drill each time he started the engine after installing the distributor. We pulled the engine / pan / oil pump back out for nothing! I guess I should have had him show me what he had done when he didn't get any oil pressure.
  15. Modifying

    On some web sites instead of calling it modifying some people would call it mortifying! LOL. Actually I think some body mods are just fine. Those two ideas (the wagon or El Camino concepts) are interesting.