Category Archives: DIY

Today on This Old Truck

I’m refurbishing the interior door panels today.

Well, maybe I’ll get one done. The deeper you get into something the more problems you can find.

I went to YouTube last night to figure out how to remove the spool handle for the window, and despite the guy knowing that every spool handle came off the same, he was wrong. Instead of a clip to remove said handle, it was a Torx head bolt. Luckily, I have an abundance of tools.

The other problem I’ve run into is a bit of upholstery that has given up over the years, probably to heat. Things wear down. There’s no helping it.

Separation Anxiety

And so I have an armrest sitting in front of the wife’s bread box with Gorilla Glue (not a sponsor) setting up and a couple of paper/chip clips bag holding it all together.

This is a high dollar operation.

I’ve taped up and dropped the first coat on the main door panel for now.

It is 11:34, and now I wait.


13:14

That door is done.

It came out loads better than I thought it would.

And now, on to the other door.

Before and after.

Because you’ve seen the first one, the other is pretty much the same, so I won’t bore ya.

Yep. I was able to get both doors done and still have some time this afternoon.

There’s a lot to be said for doing things yourself. It’s not just saving money. You try new things and learn new things. Believe me; I mess up often enough, but there’s a lot of knowledge in mistakes.

It might be the paint fumes talking, but it’s been a pretty good day.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Car Stuff

I’ve been working on a problem with the A/C in our 2011 Ford Escape today. It was one of my projects on my list and I’ve gone as far as I’m comfortable with.

I did replace the blower motor relay. What a pain!

I checked all the fuses, relays, switches, etc. that I know about and I think I have a major part that has failed or a switch has failed that works that part.

I know! Buy a new car! Easy peasy! 2011 is just too old.

No.

Because it’s dependable, it’s still good on gas for a V6, it’s still in good shape, AND it’s paid for.

I own it outright. Title in hand.

If it wouldn’t run now that would be one thing. But it’s just good transport.

I can drop the windows and open the sunroof and have that 55 MPH A/C for now.

I did find a great link for Ford fuse box diagrams. Very nice if you’d like to check it out.

FUSE BOX LINK

So I am going to have to call Mr. Bruce. He’s my A/C guy. If he can’t fix it or it proves too costly and isn’t worth keeping her then I’ll think about going into debt for another car.

I get the Ranger’s problems fixed and this one can sit and be a cool day car. As long as it still runs proper.

This is just me getting things out of my head. A nothing post really. But this is my spot and I’ll post what I want.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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