Results from the Blackstone test. Â About 120 miles on the sample. Â Pics of the filter cut open were a couple of posts ago.
High metal readings. Â Way high. Â They say some of this could be the result of the engine “awakening from slumber” and washing out some corrosion. Â But it’s not all from that. Â Their words. Â Very cool because that’s what it is. Â They say if the oil pressure is good (it is though I’ll put a real gauge on it after the floor) and it runs well (it does) then do some quick flushes to clean it some more. Â Keep checking the filter and oil for metals and send another sample in 500 miles. It’ll need to get cracked open anyway but if I can put it off for a while that would be deluxe.
After putting some miles on and getting used to having a second car around the house we were looking to start a quickie refresh of the interior. Â Â Five or six years ago when we started the small batch manufacturing business we decided we really didn’t need two cars. Â It worked well for us to be a one car family. Â And we certainly didn’t want another car payment at the time. Â Now that the Focus is paid off we don’t want another.
The original plan was to finish the desert toy, a street legal class 7100 off road race truck and use that as a kick around car and desert toy. Â About mid way through that build Dad decided he wanted to pass the Mustang on to me as they downsized and moved back to civilization. Â Â The Ranger was sidelined to focus on the Mustang. Â It was meant to be easy to get back on the road. Â Which it was easy to get started and able to drive it. Â But not for long distances or being able to steer or stop. Â So a bit more was needed to get it back on the road. Â Turned out great.
Obligatory shade tree mechanic photo. Â The tree was a mere Festivus Pole when we moved in 10 years ago. Â Now it provides actual shade.
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Up until a few days ago I’d been enjoying cruising around, driving to work, running errands. Â I put over a couple hundred miles on it since I changed the break in oil. Â It drives like an old car. Â After I finished the steering rebuilt from the previous post I took it to the local chain joint for an alignment. Â Of the places near that could get me in that day they were only ones that would tackle it. Â They said they had an “old guy” that worked the alignment rack and he would know what to do. Â The toe and camber are pretty easy to set from my racing days. Â Setting the caster on this one was cumbersome so rather than spend the time I sent it to the old guy.
It’s going swimmingly. Â With the death rattle mostly fixed by the front bushing/suspension refurb a month or two back the only thing remaining on the front was danger steering. Â It was a good quarter turn on the wheel. Â I thought it might be the box. Â But it wasn’t. Â That box wasn’t in bad shape. Â I showed the teardown a few posts ago. Â What was left after cleaning was to seat the new bearings and install the reconditioned sector shaft.
I got the bearings from an industrial supply joint on ebay, $20. Â I got the lower shaft seal, Â upper worm seal and housing gasket from C&G Ford Parts. Â All in I spent under $40 on parts for the rebuild.
It’s been a long wait. Â Too long. Â My killer deal of a vise fell by the wayside. Â Amazon updated the deliver time to right about now, or more than two weeks from when it was originally due. Â That meant I had to go buy a vise locally (and pay retail). Â It was a similar promotion/package for a Wilton vise but not the bullet style. Â Bummer. Â But I needed a vise so I could get back to finishing the car. Â I got the free hammer and a different funky color but the vise was a simpletonic. Â It’s a nice vise. Â But it ain’t a bullet.