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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:12 am 
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Pretty obvious but when you are double flaring the lines make sure you slide the fitting on BEFORE you make the flare. Don't ask me how I know.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:58 pm 
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I think we all did that one time or another

51504bat wrote:
Pretty obvious but when you are double flaring the lines make sure you slide the fitting on BEFORE you make the flare. Don't ask me how I know.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:34 pm 
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51504bat wrote:
Pretty obvious but when you are double flaring the lines make sure you slide the fitting on BEFORE you make the flare. Don't ask me how I know.


I've done that twice in one day!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:54 pm 
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Just want to congratulate you, this looks like a very complete project. Lots of help here on the forum, we’ve all
been there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:19 pm 
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Update: The car survived the winter outside under the tarp! I ordered some parts over the winter and decided to revisit the project back on Mother's Day. So, from what I can tell, this is ALL original. There is not a bit of wiring that is not the fabric-insulated stranded wire and just about every wire has missing insulation. Every bit of rubber hosing is either a goopy sticky mess or hard as a rock and very brittle. It does appear that the coolant was drained after it was put in storage. There was a nasty plug of crystallized coolant in the thermostat housing but it rinsed off and cleaned up well.

Question: I'm thinking of running a stream of water (garden hose) through the coolant passages to get any sediment/debris/wandering animals out. Is this a good idea? Is there anything I should be cautious of?

After this week, I should have a newly paved driveway and I'm hoping to convince my father to relocate the car to my house. It's hard to work on it when it is 40 minutes away. If I plan on spending a few hours working on it, I can only hope that I have everything I need. And if I have problems, I have to stop, research, place orders or buy parts locally, and then schedule another block of time to work on it. I lost steam on the last car because I couldn't tinker with it whenever I had the time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:09 pm 
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Back flushing it shouldn't hurt anything.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:51 am 
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If you have not purchased wiring I found the best price at frpartsstore in Ohio. I know it comes from bauer electric and is very nice with cloth covering. I can send you pictures of the dash harness if you would like.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:51 am 
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If you have not purchased wiring I found the best price at frpartsstore in Ohio. I know it comes from bauer electric and is very nice with cloth covering. I can send you pictures of the dash harness if you would like.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:16 am 
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But if you are planning future upgrades maybe you should go modern with a full harness replacement like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/114408795250?h ... SwS9NfYAdO Each wire is labeled every five inches as to where they go and you will also gain safety flashers and a fully fused system these older Fords lacked.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:14 am 
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If you go the wire upgrade route check out Rebel Wire. USA made and great tech support. Their wire, like most of the other replacement kits, are labelled every 6 inches or so. I use their 9 + 3 kit to rewire my '39 p/u when I converted to 12 volts. If you want to stay 6 volts I believe they offer the heavier gauge 6 volt kits as well.


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