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Bob Hopkins
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Posts: 282
From: BRIDGEPORT NJ USA
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 09-12-2003 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought this 56 Fairlane last year as a roller not finishedI know but Halfassed work!!! I looked at brakes last year when I rotated tires Pulled drums and glanced in "AH new shoesand cll's ahve newlooking cups" I though I would look closer the other night I had to pull front drumn for another reason,New Ford wheels are Hubcentric and old Ford wheels are Lugcentric, I looked at front shoes "****" the shoes are on backwards, so removed the shoes and cleaned the backingplatereinstalled shoes properly,ant though what bout rhe rest sure enough the other side is backwards too, check the rear *#*#@ it's worse he's got the 2 primary shoes on drivers side and the secondary shoes on pass side,glad I checked before I driven it much!!!!
Just rantin blowin steambeen workin on cars foe 40+ years and If I ain't sure I still look in service manuel

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 09-12-2003 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hear you! The previous owner of my Mach did everything except stick the trim on with nails.

For example, he ruined the trim around the headlight by tying it down with telephone wire instead of just replacing the missing screws.

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Bob Hopkins
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From: BRIDGEPORT NJ USA
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 09-12-2003 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at a couple car shows an a 57 Custom,and a 56 Fairlane had the side chrome held on with BIG screws 2-3 per piece of chrome,and the proper trim clips are available for resonable amounts the chrome is ruined you cant repair the chrome with the big holes

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 09-12-2003 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That bugs me too. I'm always looking at a real nice older car at a show and the owner has the trim on with rusted pan head screws. To save $2.50 they are willing to make their car look like total crap.

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From: Lakewood, CO, USA
Registered: Jun 2001

posted 09-12-2003 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had some of that previous mechanic fun. When I bought my 70 Maverick I had to drive it home at about 15 MPH because the brakes were so weak. When I tore it apart I found that someone had packed the wheel bearings with chassis lube. When it warmed up it had run all over the entire front brake assembly.

John

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KULTULZ
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Posts: 470
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 09-12-2003 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know what you mean. Years ago my younger brother bought a '67 Mustang and the front brakes pulled. Figuring it was a frozen caliper on one side, pulled the wheel and someone had cut the metal supply line and bent it over double...

What bothers me most at a car show (and I don't mean to offend anyone here) is a nice car you notice and you look under the hood and it has the radiator safety wired to the core support, a STANT radiator cap and a PEP BOYS battery.

Sorta like undressing a good looking woman and finding something that doesn't belong...

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69machI
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From: nova scotia
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 09-25-2003 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69machI     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Once I was working in a local shop that rents out bays so guys can work on their own cars. A guy comes in with a '77 Thunderbird to do some brake work. He wanted my opinion on the brake pedal feel. It was real spongy so I suggested that he bleed the brakes. He and his buddy put the car on the hoist and play with it for awhile. Soon he comes to me and asks if there is any spare brake line around because his is bulging when his buddy steps on the brake. I'm curious so I have a look and find that someone has replaced a 4 foot section of steel brake line with rubber fuel line! The worst part is this guy didn't notice anything wrong (except the bulge) and wanted to replace it with more rubber line.

You're right Bob. Some people should not own tools.

Trev

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Fastymz
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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 09-28-2003 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On my 65 some guy put an over sized scoop on it.He also used did an ok job with wiring the gauges.But he used all the of the same color wire.
Wait those are things I did.

My car was a mess too.It had all the bell housing bolts loose.No air cleaner and the guys driveway was all dirt.The coil was hooked right to the battery.The gas tank was full of rust.He CUT the plate off the dash that holds the dash pad on.Because he didn't want to buy a new dash pad.

But I'm sure if I ever sell it.Some one will be on here telling you guys of all the dumb things I did to it.

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