OK I'm sold, I need to do this ASAP! They look really good in action. Thanks for writing that up, the procedure is pretty much what I was expecting so I'll have to tackle this one next. I'm impressed how good they look.
I'm sold too, that is a really cool mod.
P.S. I'm sorry that you got robbed ... it sucks that people feel like they have to steal things like that.
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Thanks! I don't detail it as often as I should. First one of the year, actually. I'd like to do a twice a year detailing.
@Brian: When my father swapped an 04 steering wheel into his 03, I got his leather steering wheel and airbag. I would have reused mine, if it weren't for the fact that his has the colored emblem with the hexagon shapes at the top corners.
So far it appears my alternator has miraculously recovered. It's charging the battery no problem, now. Maybe the PCM reset had something to do with it? IDK. If I don't have to buy one, awesome.
I did wind up buying the Dayco belt I mentioned earlier from Autozone. Ran me 29.95 all said and done. Put it on after cleaning the pullies, it squeaked for three rotations but quieted down to silence after it settled in.
Part number is 5060883 and appears to fit both the 3.0 and the 4.0 engines. Great buy.
That belt dressing sure makes a royal mess out of the pullies and belt though. Brake clean is the only thing that would take it off. Ended up throwing my old belt away because it was just so gooey and nasty. Yuck.
The new belt seems to be working fine. So far, for some reason, it'll squeak briefly when it's started first thing in the morning, but after it's been run it's quiet as a mouse. I don't get it, but I'm still happy with this belt. I'll update that every so often.
Update on the fan: So far it's running reliably, no issues after I switched to the 60A maxifuse. I still need to hook up the AC, but with winter around the corner I find that a waste of time at this point. I'll do that in the spring. No rattles, no damage, no overheating, working great. I can't say I feel any more pep out of it, but that's not what I was aiming for anyway so, no loss in my eyes. Wanted a mod to do and make it easier to change belts. Both of those were accomplished so, that's a win for me.
The truck is going to stay in one piece for a while, btw. I'm helping my sister find herself a car after *ahem* accidents happened. That's a chevy, for you, though. Oval for life!
Thankfully she feels the same way, so a Ford is what we're finding for her. Found a rather nice 2000 Taurus SE with the DOHC engine. Rather nice car, too. She ticks over like a clock, with very little wrong with it. Transmission is in dire need of a change, fluid at least. It's at the 'waste line' where if you let 'er go any longer you'll lay it to waste. Thankfully we have that covered.
But anywho, not my car and not a Ranger so I won't clog up this build log with Taurus stuff. Gotta say though, I love the MACH stereo system. Want it. It also turns out to be the same color as my truck.
So, if I don't post much about my truck for a while, that's the reason. In the process of this car purchase, she's also asked me to teach her about cars, so she doesn't get ripped off and can do some of the basic things herself. Been doing a lot of this lately. I won't complain though, I enjoy it. If all goes well she oughta have it on Thursday. I'll post a pic of it next to my Ranger if any of you are interested.
Since I have a bit of a reprieve, I'm taking this time to finish up my center console. The whole thing is wired, save for a single switch for the door locks (however I'm contemplating something else for that....)
I at least have what will be the mounting for the switches. I have chosen a piece of aluminum flat bar from my local home depot, for a couple of reasons.
First, it's fairly inexpensive. 10 dollars, give or take a few cents for tax, for a 3 foot long, 1 1.5 inch wide, 1/8th thick strip. I don't need three feet of it, but in the future I will need more of this for mounting my relays under the hood, so the extra length isn't an issue, for me.
Second, aluminum is fairly easy to work with, not to mention it is already quite flexible. It won't be nearly as ridged as steel would have been, but steel does one thing that aluminum doesn't: rust. This means I would have to paint the steel, which then leads to wearing of the paint as time goes by. Aluminum doesn't have this problem. And later, if I find that the mounting is too flexible, I can always add some extra support down the road in a variety of ways. Although, anything is better than my first iteration of a switch panel.
I'm also considering a push button that pulls the ignition cylinder to ground. Reason being is, after 40 minutes the battery saver turns off. I'd like a way to re-enable the saver, but without wearing out my door switches. I found that placing the key in the ignition, not even all the way, therefor turns the battery saver circuit back on. Of course the same principle applies if I pull one of the door activity pins on the GEM to ground.
Here is a photo of the label if anyone wants to see it.
Hey guys, fear not the project isn't dead. Just been busy doing other stuff as of late.
Nothing really has changed, but I intend to get the console switch plate done here after a while.
Remember that Taurus I mentioned? That's been keeping me occupied. Perfectly sound car, but just needs some sprucing. Oil changed, faded plastic painted, new tail lights, new rear view mirror with dimming and a compass, headlights restored, etc.
It still needs a good wash and wax job, as well as a small interior clean (it's very clean as it is, just an OCD thing) and it's also in need of a transmission flush, which I'll be the one to do. That's going to require my full attention, and I expect that to be coming up right quick. I want that done as well as any other issues that may be present looked at and checked over before I tear into mine; after all my truck is what we're using to get the parts she needs.
So, that being said, that's what's holding the train up, so to speak.
However I did manage to get a bit of fun in the other day. Gold Dust's first flex, guys! Not the best in the world, but it's what I have around. The dirt mound is a lot more prominent from the other side. I plan on doing this again with snow on the ground in a few months.