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#1550782 '73 1200 Coupe Project, aka Timmy

Posted by dimlight65 on 11 March 2018 - 04:49 AM

You must be loaded the way you use blue tape  :rofl:


Yeah, the $100.00 bills didn't have the coverage so he went with just tape.

#1550700 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 10 March 2018 - 01:45 PM

So, next weekend I will need to have my ass kicked if I haven't at least installed the rear brakes and shocks.  


Put a hold on that ass-kicking... brakes and shocks are installed.  Many thanks to John for doing a vast majority of the work while I trekked all over North Texas looking to trade the front shoes we had for the rear shoes we needed.


Hmm, I wonder of we could have used those front drums on the rear and had a ghetto brake upgrade...

#1549480 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 03 March 2018 - 05:14 PM

Before I rant, I want to thank John once again for all his help on this project.


Now, to the rant!  We have been getting a bucking futtload of rain around here in the last few weeks.  This has made it abundantly clear to me that the last, and most incorrect, thing one can say about a 1962 Ford Econoline is, "Those things sure are water tight!"  Today, while futilely trying to install a rubber seal around the steering and shifter shafts, I came to the decision that nothing absorbent shall be installed on the floor of this vehicle.  This means the carpet is right out and the camper bed/sofa is going to be made of steel instead of wood... if I even go through with that plan.  We'll see.


What I'm going to do is fall back and just concentrate on getting the damned thing back on the road.  I just went through my Google docs, "Van to do list" and pared it down from seven pages to three (and a lot of what's left is unnecessarily detailed breakdowns of the stereo amp and subwoofer installation and wiring, which is mostly completed, as well as ACTUALLY completed items like the zorst and purple knob installations).  So, next weekend I will need to have my ass kicked if I haven't at least installed the rear brakes and shocks.  

#1549011 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 01 March 2018 - 06:24 PM

I think Lockleaf hit it out of the park with "Statutory Grape" but I'm a bit of a sicko.  

#1548742 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 28 February 2018 - 02:31 PM

While we're on the subject of my purple knob(s), I ordered two more in the form of drawer pulls.  These, I figured, could go on the headlight and windshield wiper switches.  As soon as I clicked the "Confirm Order" button, I regretted it.  The seller is China.  I don't have any... I don't have a BIG problem buying from China, except waiting for China Post to get stuff across the ocean to me.  Well, to make a short story long, they arrived today and I swung by the shop to try them out.  THEY FIT!  Threaded right on and look pretty awesome... ok, they look pretty girlie to be honest, but they tie the room together with the other purple knobs.  I like them.


Oh, the spare tire came today too.  I'll get it mounted Saturday and then compare the new wheel to the others.  Stay tuned... or don't.  I'm not the boss of you.

#1546776 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 18 February 2018 - 01:54 PM

Those of you who are "painters," and thus sensitive to ham-fisted spray-paint users, may have felt a disturbance in the Force about an hour ago.  That was me painting a part I'd just built.  See, yesterday we found one of those cruciform lug wrench thingies at the shop.  John was about to throw it away when I suggested we zook a spline-drive lug nut tool into it for the van.  We didn't want to sacrifice the ability to use power tools at the shop though, so we didn't want to use the one which came with the lug nuts.  I looked on line and saw that the tools are available a-la-carte.  I found and bought one, then zooked it to said cruciform wrench and thought, "This thing ought to be bright orange so I can find it easier."  It is now fluorescent orange... as are my shoes and quite a bit of the welding/fabrication room.  Fluorescent orange is the oversprayingest damned stuff I have ever seen!  John's probably going to be pissed when he sees the place, but I think it was mainly my stuff what got powdered.  Oops.

#1543851 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 03 February 2018 - 05:07 PM

I'm not sure if we ever 'splained why we moved the zorst from center exit at the rear to this side shooter arrangement.  Trailer hitch.  We're going to install a trailer hitch after all.  Ok, that seemed like it was going to be a longer/more interesting story when I started typing.  Meh, deal with it.



And I see that my "Post Whoring" has, once again, pushed us to a new page.  *Sorry about that.











*And by "Sorry about that." I mean "I'm totally not sorry at all!"

#1542542 '73 1200 Coupe Project, aka Timmy

Posted by dimlight65 on 28 January 2018 - 06:46 AM

I sat in my coupe backseat once and pulled both seats back to see how much legroom there was.....so little room that in fact I had to call my nephew to come rescue me from the backseat because I couldn't reach the seat sliders on my aftermarket seats.

I can see the Bring a Trailer ad now:

"If you can stand the smell, this is the Datsun for you.  And you may keep the skeleton."

#1540328 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 15 January 2018 - 02:31 PM

Captains chair for the passenger? :lol:



Perhaps passenger doesn't want to see the driver's driving?


Actually, it is more to create a conversation pit sort of thing... and/or not have two MoG sitting on the sofa to watch the TV.  Hmm, I might have to make a dining table of some sort now.

#1540165 '73 1200 Coupe Project, aka Timmy

Posted by dimlight65 on 14 January 2018 - 09:16 AM

Massage a dent into the tunnel for the tray?

I assumed he meant "to move the seat over enough to retain the tray"... sort of thing.

#1539176 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 08 January 2018 - 03:02 PM


No entiendo.

Yeah, we're not technically using the word correctly.  We mean "to study or examine something in order to understand it."  Robert Heinlein meant for it to mean "to understand something intuitively."  But I often use words I don't fully understand when I want to sound photosynthesis.  



#1538116 Revival of the Chickenhawk...

Posted by dimlight65 on 02 January 2018 - 05:39 PM

Here's my new exhaust tip




We're debating flame-thrower or red LEDs in the eye sockets.  I don't think we can do both... we'll try, I'm sure, but I bet the LEDs get all melty.

#1537917 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 01 January 2018 - 01:59 PM





I went to the butt-ass butt-butt cold shop today to have a look at this again.  I took a measurement from the driveshaft to the muffler then transferred that to the big pipe.  Yeah, Houston... we have a problem.  Y'all see that weld where the hump in the 3" pipe begins?  That is where the muffler stub wants to intercept the big pipe.  Before I did anything permanent, I called it a day.  John and I will grok it again this Saturday.

#1536621 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 26 December 2017 - 04:48 PM

The item I purchased, for which the Y-pipe was needed, arrived today.  And, as the actress said to the bishop, it is much bigger than I expected.  I'm going to ask a cohort if he would be willing to swing by Summit on his way home to look for a proper Y-pipe... because this thing is really cool.  No, I'm still not saying what it is until we can post pictures of it!  Patience, grasshopper!

#1536200 '62 Falcon Econoline

Posted by dimlight65 on 24 December 2017 - 06:44 AM

I think I have decided to use the X-pipe on the Baja 1200.