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Sometimes

Well, that wasn’t it. It was a fouled plug.

Sometimes I feel like giving up, selling the truck, and buying something else.

The strongest steel is forged in the fire of a dumpster.

Some wise person on the internet.

But with car prices as they are I don’t want a new bill for the house. I’ll figure it out eventually.

That’s it. (Hopefully) Thats the post.

Oh, and uh, Happy Father’s Day to all you fellas just trying to hold it together.

You are not alone. We’re all in this together.

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Short and sweet, if you have the ability and the knowledge to DIY your car maintenance, do.

I had a bad oil pressure switch in the Ranger, and after watching a couple of videos, I realized that these guys (and one gal) weren’t working the same engine. All the others were on the bottom, mine in the back, up top. Easy fix. A booger to get in.

THAT is Anti-Seize Lubricant #81343 if ya need a new shade for out on the town.

I also swapped a couple of plugs I think were fouled from my leak. Hopefully, this will fix the problem of the rough starts in the morning. But we will see tomorrow.

An oil change and some clean up later and I am hopefully good to go.

I saved time and I saved money. I also enjoy doing this myself. Experiences may vary.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Pile It On

I started early this week working on Sunday. Today the scheduler piled more activities on my already packed schedule, and I know this can’t continue. I can’t continue doing it. Something has to give.


And it looks like something is trying to. I have more small problems with this truck, and it’s only love that’s keeping us together. I think there’s a song about that.

Crap.

I think it’s a short or possibly a bad fuse. Hopefully, nothing more difficult. But the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) method is best. Start at the easy end and work your way to more complex.

It seems to have corrected itself for now, and nothing else seems wrong. No leaks. The oil level is good. The temp is good.

Probably nothing. Maybe something.

Bruce is old and temperamental. Hence the name.

It’s just one more thing in an already hectic week.

Pile it on.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Guter Samstag

Today has been long but worth it.

I was up at 5 AM and off to finish my closest store for work. It was only five or six activities but with help being scarce a Saturday morning was called for.

After that, I headed home to work on a problem with Dad. My truck has been sitting. It started smoking a while ago and I was afraid to drive it.

Dad

We were willing to disassemble the entire engine and figure out the problem. I could go into debt on another car payment. But that’s not favorable.

Dads is an old shade tree mechanic. He can listen to an engine, smell the exhaust, taste in the air what’s wrong with it. It just takes him awhile sometimes.

Twenty-five dollars later, Blue Devil is, if not a lifesaver, a wallet saver. We followed the directions and fifty minutes later the problem was solved.

And Bruce is back on the road. The Escape still has no air but Bruce does. I love this truck. Manual V6 and lots of distance to cover. And cold air. Thanks to Pop.

It was a good Saturday.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Thankful

Y’all know what tomorrow is. I have a lot to be thankful for.

A home. A family. A good job. So very blessed to have all I have.

I complain to much about what happens and not the results of what happens good or bad.

I need to change that. I will change that.


The boss called me today about my new part-timer, and she’s the lady I mentioned the other day.

He asked me if I was going to talk her up to him. I told him I didn’t need to. She’ll show him. I have all the faith in the world in that. She impressed me when we worked together years ago.

I’m thankful I’ll be getting some help.


I’m thankful that at fifty-three years old, I’m still working and learning.

I learn little things to make my days easier at work every day.

Tomorrow morning I’m learning yet another thing on the truckβ€”oxygen sensors.

I have splurged and bought ze fancy French onez.

Bank 2 Sensor 1 is failing, causing the fuel system to work in a closed-loop, according to the log.

I don’t understand all of it, but I know where that oxygen sensor is and how to change it.

This is causing misfires. I can’t feel them but the OBD can read them. The truck starts a little rough but settles in quickly after starting out if the drive. My MPG has actually increased by .5 miles per gallon.

If it weren’t for the OBD reader and a check engine light, I probably wouldn’t notice.

It’s good to learn new things. I feel like I’m tweaking this here and there and I can’t really complain about twenty-two year old parts failing.

It happens.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Run

I was in two locations today for work. I left the second one to head out to another city for my daughter’s ring ceremony at school.

The road I took was Flat Rock between Heath Springs and Camden, SC. It’s a good run. Easily twenty miles, and today, I pretty much had it to myself.

So I could open the truck up and run. No traffic. No other cars. No cops, luckily. (Nothing against the cops, everything against a ticket. πŸ˜‰)

So I ran. It’s just a simple happy thing: a radio, a straight stick truck, and an open road.

Not a thought in my head for twenty miles.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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1999 Ford Ranger Project: A Day Off

I have to admit I did not have an enjoyable morning. The shudders and stutters are back.

I drove around a bit, and things cleared up. I was thinking that it might be bad plugs or wires again. But these shouldn’t have gone bad within the time since I’ve changed them out. I’m going to check them, but I did some research tonight and I may have found the culprit.

From what I’ve read on the Ranger Forums and a few other places in conjunction with some 1-A Auto videos, I believe I have seen all my symptoms for this being the problem.

I worked ahead today to lessen my load Thursday and Friday.

Tomorrow, I’m going in.

And a day off wrenching will still be better than a day on the floor in retail. Also, it’s a paid vacation day, and I need some time in my hands and out of my head.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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1999 Project: Lights

I worked over a good bit last week, and I set a little money aside for this. I needed more light on the road. I bought these Bruce these.

Priced a bit higher than I usually buy.

I’ve been thinking about going full LED/HID on the truck. I don’t even know if there’s a difference between the two technologies. I’m old and the eyesight ain’t what it used to be.

PRICEY!

Running the roads before dawn and with the deer running, it’s already risky sometimes. So here I am.

Before

This took a bit longer than I expected. The problem is that this isn’t just a simple screw the bulb out and replace situation. I had to remove the entire assembly. It’s a PITA. The headlamp assembly is probably one of the more secure I’ve come across. They put some thought into it for it to be this difficult.

I’ve got to say though; it’s a learning experience. Now I know what to expect when I change out the actual assembly around Christmas. The wife is gonna take me what I want for Christmas and this is it.

I plan to install smoked covers all around. Fog lamps, headlights, and tail lights. I like the look. It’ll make Bruce better looking.

After

I don’t think you can tell much difference in the lights right now from the pics. I’m sure I’ll be able to once I get behind the wheel in the dark. Which I’ll be testing as soon as the sun goes down.

Anyways, I had the chance to spend the afternoon in the garage doing something I enjoy.


These made a world of difference. The headlamp assemblies are so old the color is off.

But when they’re replaced, it will be about perfect.

And…

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Truck Stuff: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Well, it ain’t too cold yet, but the mornings are a bit chilly. Riding along in a truck with no heat, fogging up the windows until you get a balance between cracked window air and inside air, is a challenge.

I’m going to give 1A Auto a shout out tonight because I will always go to them first when I’m looking to do something mechanical or otherwise with Bruce.

This is a basic heater core flush and isn’t even the correct video for my truck but I have done this before and needed to refresh my memory.

DIY Pro Tip: If you’re gonna go to YouTube looking for answers, watch a couple of different content providers and see what works and what doesn’t.

Start with something simple. Believe me; even the pros won’t have all the answers you’re looking for online.

Just because they say this is what your vehicle should have, it may not. Keep looking.

Find someone that you’re comfortable with following their instructions.


I called around before doing this, and I got some prices that were outrageous to me on something so simple.

As I’ve mentioned before I also have the best shade tree mechanic in three counties for a father, and sometimes you gotta let the old man help to make him feel useful.

He thought there was a problem with the heater control valve.

He thought it wasn’t working, so he learned something today. That valve opens when the fan control is turned on, closes when turned off.

Heater Control Valve

Not all cars, even from the same manufacturer, are made the same. But you’d be amazed how much crossover there is in a lot of parts and interior/exterior body parts and pieces.

Mazda B-2000/Older Ford Rangers for example. This is a pretty good article explaining a lot of that.


Bruce is a pretty basic truck mechanically. I know where my limit is, and I keep pushing it every time.

Sooner or later, I’ll have a completely rebuilt engine if I keep going like this.

Heater core flushes are pretty basic affairs. I have heat. I had to write tonight, and this is what happened today.

You guys and gals that want to DIY you can do it. You are going to mess up. You are going to buy the wrong part. You may even screw up a major part. But don’t let that stop you.

I still remember almost crapping my pants when I didn’t really know about the firing sequence when I did a tune-up. Things happen.

Learn from your mistakes and pass the knowledge and the errors onβ€”everything you do wrong is a learning experience.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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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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