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PostPosted: September 14, 2016, 11:19 am 
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Well done, Sir! Very well done! It's good to see another 5.0 Ford coming online!
Now that you're 90% completed, you've only got about 90% left to do... :ack:
Just kidding... But keep after it, you'll get there!
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Right on, now get out there and terrorize the neighborhood.
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Topped off the fluids and took it for a short rip down the ally yesterday with my daughter. It was fun, but a few hiccups became evident before I got it out of the garage. The major one being my brakes suck. Not sure if I didn't get all the air out, or have a leak somewhere, or what exactly, but I wasn't stopping quickly, at all, which caused the speeds to be low.

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Great to hear that it's moving. That's a big step. But... pics/video or it didn't happen!

Was the brake issue a spongy pedal that goes to the floor, or a still pedal that doesn't seem to do much?

Do you know what you will be using to clean/prep/paint your frame? I think I'm getting close to the point of having to do that, but I'm not looking forward to it and I keep waffling on how I want to accomplish the task. Might take it to a friends place across the straw curtain (saskatchewan border) to have him sand blast the thing after taking it all apart.


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PostPosted: January 16, 2017, 12:31 am 
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Posthumane wrote:
Great to hear that it's moving. That's a big step. But... pics/video or it didn't happen!


Guess it didn't happen then, and with the amount of snow we currently have, it won't be happening again for several months....

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Was the brake issue a spongy pedal that goes to the floor, or a still pedal that doesn't seem to do much?


I want to say the later, but I can't really remember. I'm not too concerned about it yet though.

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Do you know what you will be using to clean/prep/paint your frame? I think I'm getting close to the point of having to do that, but I'm not looking forward to it and I keep waffling on how I want to accomplish the task. Might take it to a friends place across the straw curtain (Saskatchewan border) to have him sand blast the thing after taking it all apart.


I don't. One day I'm doing chemical, the next I'm gonna sand blast it, the next I'm gonna take it somewhere to get blasted and then the next I'm back to chemical. Princess Auto currently has their pressure sand blaster unit on sale, I've thought about that route but I have a suspicious feeling my air compressor isn't up to the task. I talked to a fellow enthusiast and he said he built his own and it worked great. I looked it up online and they do seem relatively easy to construct, but I'm still back to having doubts about my air compressor. I think I've going to get a quote to have it sand blasted and go from there. The chemicals aren't cheap up here either. Either way, I think I'm going to end up paying.

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Get one of the sand blasters run off a shop vac. I've used several of those and they are awesome.

My compressor won't stay up with my sand blaster either so I've taken to borrowing one

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Get one of the sand blasters run off a shop vac. I've used several of those and they are awesome.

My compressor won't stay up with my sand blaster either so I've taken to borrowing one

Do you have any info or links for using the shop vac as a sandblaster. I've tried every combo of key words I can think of, and all I get is using it to pull media from a regular blasting cabinet.

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Hi Carguy. Do you mean using a shop vac to collect the sand from the sandblaster, or are you referring to some sort of sandblaster that uses a shop vac to power it? Sorry if this is a stupid question. In any case, are there any examples of what you are talking about that you could specify?

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Just as a reference, I have one of those Eastwood Sodablasting pots / kit. If you are not running a 3/4" or 1" line to the pot, with the volume to handle it at the rated pressure, the results are, to say the least, not stellar.
I did some digging and came across some info that made sense. If you are using a gun that "pulls" the media out of the pot, it requires a whole metric sh*t ton more air than the gravity fed guns. I saw one on Harbor Frt. for about $17. It does not have a large capacity for the media, but for the small areas we are doing, I think it may be fine. I'm going to pick one up during the week and try it out. I'll let you know how I make out. For what it is worth, if you do send it out, make sure they are folks that are familiar with blasting thin gauge materials.

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All the sandblasters I've used recently use a shop vac to supply the air feed not to vacuum up the media. There are several different brands in use in the neighborhood.

They've been normal looking blasting cabinets and have worked much better than my air compressor fed hand sand blaster.

They've also collected the media so you could re use it, up to a certain point.

I have a pancake air compressor and a gas powered job site compressor and even joined together they don't do a good job of supplying enough air to do a good job of sand blasting without lots of stopping to allow the compressors to recover.

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I think the "Armstrong" method is appropriate. I've owned 2 space frame formula cars and both were stripped down to mostly bare metal when I bought them used. Not completely stripped, but many of the welds were.

Do you have any heat in your workplace? If so, I would simply hand sand and scrub and then use either a dirty metal primer or a galvanizing primer ( with zinc ) and do it each section as you clean it up. Then follow up with a Rustoleum style gloss grey top coat. I forget the equivalent Canadian paint name.

Most of the frame is getting covered and you'll need to address chips and scratches from road use anyway. This style paint is easy to update and patch. Once the car is done people won't notice you painted the frame in sections...

Use some shade of grey so you will be able to notice cracks... Black is not a good idea for this reason, even though people often use it.

Oh, and big congratulations!! :cheers: :cheers:

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I did like Marcus said with mine. It sat in a hashed for a few years before I painted the frame. It wasn't too bad cleaning the frame up by hand. I used sandpaper and a wire brush, then rubbed down with acetone and brushed on some Tremclad. I used black, but I can see the wisdom of using something lighter. Also, the black gets hot in the sun.
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After a year of thinking about it, I finally mounted my exhaust.

It was really quite simple, cheap, and I think is a brilliant system.

Bought two universal exhaust hangers like so, for less than $2.50 each:
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Cut and bent the hanger part, and welded it on the exhaust:
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Installed a simple backing plate, and I'm good to go. Its quite sturdy, mostly out of site, "hidden" behind the exhaust tube, is easily removable, but has allowance to vibrate to its hearts content.
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Sorry for the crappy pictures, good old Samsung making their camera lens cover the lowest point so it gets marred every time I set it down.

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The mechanical fan "bolt", can someone please confirm the thread direction?

I'm having a tough time removing it and want to make sure I'm at least turning it the right direction. I understand its counter, so clockwise to remove.... :BH:


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If that is a reverse rotation pump, you will want to turn the nut in the direction of rotation to loosen. So counter clockwise.

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