Category Archives: DIY

Truck Stuff: 1999 Project

This whole refurbishment of this truck is an ongoing thing.

I have a lot of cosmetic stuff to do. Chips in the paint for the most part. I’m actually thinking of a light spray over the major scratches and a dot here and there for the chips. Then a good buffing.

Not a lot of structural damage, amazingly, and not a lot of rust at all for a twenty plus year old truck.

It has been hot, and I didn’t want to do it. Today was a nicer day, and when it’s cooler, I spend a good deal of time in the garage.

Today I went with the fender flares that have been sitting in the garage for at least two months. (She may or may not have been eyeballing them at that time.) They’re a nice stainless steel and black rubber set that should last a long while with care.

I also did a bit of painting on the lowers under the doors and the front part of the bed with bed liner paint. It improved the looks and may provide some protection.

The plastic bumper covers are in surprisingly good shape but faded from their original gray. I went with black this time around. It suits the color scheme.

It’s nice to get out and improve and create. To do it myself. To get dirty again. Although, the shower did feel excellent.


I’m glad the weather is starting to change. It means more time for me in the garage/shop. I guess I may as well start getting things together.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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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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