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  1. Los_Control's post in Makeshift Plastic Gas Tanks was marked as the answer   
    People have been using both metal & plastic gas cans since the automobile has been invented.
    Static electricity is certainly a possibility  I'm 61 years old, never in my lifetime had I seen or heard of a gas can igniting from static electricity.
    Under normal use as a temporary fuel source on a vehicle. ...... I'm not saying it is impossible .... just not very likely.
    My plastic gas can is sitting on my front bumper, using metal tie wire ran through the grill to hold it steady.
    I watch a youtube channel JohnathanW ... His job is a tow company that hauls, does recovery for the state/county cleaning up accidents on the roads. Including semi trucks.
    He builds his own wreckers and has since he was a very young man decades ago. He has built Hot Rods from scratch owns many rare old cars.
    Last week I watched him start up a 55 Studebaker, he just put the motor back together no gas tank yet. .... He used a plastic can on the cowl.
    Youtube is a very tough crowd, if you do anything wrong someone will call you out on it and tell you the proper way .... Even if they are right or wrong.
    Almost entertaining just reading some of the comments after a video. ..... Nobody ever complains about using a plastic can on the cowl for a temporary fuel source.
    It is simply accepted practice by tradesmen.
    Cutting, grinding, welding on a gas tank is dangerous .... static spark from a tank is possible I suppose under certain circumstances ..... would it be enough to light the fuel? Probably not. .... If the spark was in just the right spot at the right time & was unusually large .... possible it would light the can.
    It's also possible a airplane will crash into my house killing me ..... about the same chances.
    Just my opinion on it ..... best not to make something out of nothing.
  2. Los_Control's post in Temperature gauge sending unit nut size was marked as the answer   
    What I have on my gauge end side is a square nut & is 5/8" .... you wont get a flare wrench to fit a square nut.
    The insert going into the head is brass ..... 3/4 is to small .... 7/8 is pretty loose. .... Old brass that is wore out? Maybe .... or they did have some strange sizes back then.
    Pretty sure I just used a quality crescent wrench to remove mine .... maybe even a pipe wrench? I do not remember but it came out with no fuss.
    Not sure why you want to remove it .... if you have a limited amount of tools available .... you may want to wait until you get it home where you have more tools to work on it?
    Just not seeing why you would want to remove it when you are not prepared for it .... could turn into something bigger then planned on.
  3. Los_Control's post in The final gathering finished. was marked as the answer   
    I'm not familiar with the Bronco rear end, there are many rear ends that would work.
    The two most common choices are the Ford explorer & the Jeep cherokee.
    The explorer from the 1990's have the 8.8 which is pretty stout, would easily handle the HP  of the hemi, they are the correct width for your vehicle & have the same wheel bolt pattern. They have a long list of gear choices. ..... What gear choice are you looking for?
    I had a 1996 explorer sport that had 4:10 gears & would make a excellent Hot Rod choice.
    Or maybe you would want some 3:08 .... 3:55 for highway cruising? .... Jeep or Explorer would have them.
    My 1996 had rear disk brakes, a older model would have drum brakes .... again what do you want?
    Something I think is often overlooked, when you grab the rear end try and get all the E-brake cables & brackets to go with it .... they can be adapted to work for you.
    Just cheaper easier to get what works with the rear end then trying to piece it together later.
    Again I do not know about the Bronco Rear end, maybe it is the same 8.8 as the Explorer?
  4. Los_Control's post in Tiny hole in #6 chamber of head? was marked as the answer   
    That is a plug to locate tdc of #6 piston. .... 1 & 6 both are tdc at same time, while one is compression stroke other is exhaust stroke.
    They will fill up with carbon ..... use a nail & hammer & punch it out While you have the head off.
    I punched mine out with the head on, then when I started it the carbon chunk got caught in the exhaust valve seat & sounded terrible until it was pushed out through the exhaust ..... I would not recommend or do it again myself ..... maybe drill it out into small powder.
  5. Los_Control's post in 1947 p15 sedan 12 volt conversion was marked as the answer   
    Time is money, I have more time then money. Having the brackets already made is well worth it.
    I read a review someone did on the cheap generic wiring harness's available.
    His qualifications, He works at or owns a shop that builds Hot Rods .... he has used all of the brand name wiring harness & he could nit pic little things about all of them.
    He had a project where he wanted to try one of the cheaper generic wiring harness ....
    His end results was, The wire grade was acceptable, the fuse box will work .... he was satisfied with it for that project .... shop truck? He would use them again.
    Not in a $50k Hot Rod, but on a project appropriate for the cost.
    I bought a cheap $50 harness from Amazon .... I agree with the guy with what I have seen. It is decent wire, well connected to the box, not going to fall apart.
    We can make this work dependably.
    My issues with it would be different then yours. ...... I have a truck with a stomp starter (no starter system) vacuum wipers. Very basic wiring needs.
    My goal was to de-pin the connectors from the box & wire it the way I wanted.
    Cheap box, the wires are in there to stay .... thats a good thing .... unless you want to modify it.
    It has 2 relays for turn signals & 4 way flashers ..... I can not use as is, can not move the wires around ..... I can cut, splice new wiring though.
    The box is labeled with a sticker, ..... it is wrong & does not match the way the box is wired. .... pull the sticker off, the lid is stamped, I saw sun roof ... does not match our cars.
    But the box & wiring will work. ..... You just need to pay attention & wire your car correctly, label as you go.
    The fuses are so cheap, when I pull one out, they box is tight and grabs the prongs of the fuse ... the plastic fuse cover pulls off ... you need pliers to remove the prongs individually. ...... You need to replace the fuses with a known quality brand .... I imagine the relays also .... Box & wiring is solid though.
    They have lots of wire .... I'm excited about that ..... Hard to buy that amount of different colored automotive wire for $50.
    I'm cutting out my box, creating a custom box using the wire .... again can use as is.
    Just saying, you can use the cheaper generic wiring harness .... you will need to work for it .... name brand will be easier.
    I've decided I'm cutting the wire loose & building a custom fuse block I can modify as needed ....
    If you can find a wiring harness made for your vehicle You are golden ... I personally will build one that fits me.

  6. Los_Control's post in Transmission oil after rebuild was marked as the answer   
    (SAE 75W-90, SAE 80W-90, SAE 85W-140 etc.). The first number of the designation specify the oil viscosity at cold temperature, the second number specifies the oil viscosity at high temperature.
    So if your transmission calls for 80-90 .... 85-140 .... not quite 80 in cold temps, a little thicker .... the 140 is just how high the oil will perform under high heat.
    It will out performs 80-90
    EP oils may be either mineral or synthetic base. They contain EP additives, rust and oxidation inhibitors, anti-foaming agents and demulsifiers. The viscosity of EP oils according to the ISO grading system is between 68 to 1500.
    Use the chart below, The higher the GL, the more protection you will get.
    Designation of gear oils by performance
    American Petroleum Institute (API) established a performance grading system for gear oils (mostly automotive gear oils). According to the system gear oils are designated by the letters GL (Gear Lubricant) followed by a number 1,2,3,4 or 5:
    GL-1 GL-1 gear oil has rust and oxidation protection effect but it does not contain extra pressure (EP) additives. the oil is used in low load applications only.
    GL-2 GL-2 gear oil contain more additives than GL-1, but without EP effect. It is used in medium loaded worm gears.
    GL-3 GL-3 gear oil possesses light EP effect. It is used in non-hypoid gears.
    GL-4 GL-4 gear oil possesses moderate EP effect. It is most widely used oil.
    GL-5 GL-5 gear oil possesses high EP effect. It is used in hypoid and other highly loaded gears.
    This is how I make up my mind, I want to use the best oil I can for a reasonable price.
    I'm using 85-140 GL-5 from walmart for $25 per gallon & smiling about it.
  7. Los_Control's post in Horn Switch Disassembly was marked as the answer   
    Obviously a truck is different, but mine has a factory bullet connector down by the steering box .... so unplug it there & pull it out ..... I would guess cars would be similar.
    Will be a bit of a pain to fish it back through ... probably need some wire to pull the wire back through.
  8. Los_Control's post in Rearend was marked as the answer   
    I think someone somewhere can give you the exact answer .... Long story short, you just need to try it & see.
    @Booger makes a good point on counting the the bolts to see if they are the same.
    Another issue could be the axle shaft diameter & spline count ..... Possible your axles will not fit this hogs head.
    I remember back when I was 25 years old, swapping one out in a hour or so on a 1960's dodge truck without a tapered axle in a hour or so.
    Only suggesting it is very likely it will work because how close they are .... small chance it wont work .... in 1 hour or so you can find out.
    No idea why you want to change them. 4.1 is what my truck has, great around the town or farm, 50mph probably top speed stretching it. Good for a race car in a 1/4 mile track.
    The 3.9 is better for highway use .... maybe 60 mph? .... I dunno but more highway friendly then a 4.1.
  9. Los_Control's post in Advice needed was marked as the answer   
    You will find as many opinions on oil as you will find forum members.
    My opinion on oil is that any oil made today is far superior to what was available when these cars were built.
    Non detergent oil had it's own problems causing sludge in engines.
    It is considered bad news to switch to detergent oil if you have been using non detergent ..... will loosen the sludge as it cleans the engine, the sludge can get picked up in the oil pump screen blocking oil flow.
    Just saying, I want a detergent oil.  While I work on my truck I only drive it in the yard so far. I have changed my oil 3 times with 10-30 Castrol GTX.
    Before I hit the highway, I will drop the pan and clean the sludge. I have no clue what the previous owner used though ... may be no sludge.
    The past year I have stopped using Castrol oil. Seems to be a good oil. The way they make it, products they use .... the oil always looks dirty.
    This pissed me off because I literally drive 4k-6k miles per year .... I change oil spring & fall twice a year, never gets 3k miles on the oil .... always dirty.
    I switched to walmart super tech brand oil. Sounds cheesy .... super tech in my area is made by Mobil one. Exact same oil just package for walmart & sold for a cheaper price.
    Real happy with it so far, been a few months since I changed oil on my daily driver & it looks clean.
  10. Los_Control's post in Recommendations Needed was marked as the answer   
    If it is stainless steel trim and you have it, good chance someone can save it.
    My ss grill bars on my truck were smooshed flat. In a couple hours messing around I was able to get them looking pretty good.
    If it is not something you want to do yourself, maybe find a old school body and paint shop, one with a older worker that remembers this type of work .... They will enjoy fixing it.
    It can be welded, hammered out and polished.
    This may be your best choice if you actually have the original trim.
  11. Los_Control's post in Dash brace? was marked as the answer   
    This makes sense to me.
    I bought the same radio with same bracket. In my truck there is nothing close enough to mount the bracket to.
    I believe I will need to make a bracket to mount it to the firewall.
    Possibly this is why the poster brought up the steering column bracket, thinking the radio would mount to it.
    Just did a quick trial fit, that bracket as is, is worthless to mount the radio in the truck.
    Should be simple enough to fabricate one though. Is a tight fit to get the radio in there.
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