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05-28-2014 11:05 PM Fan Update
It's not the fan that broke.

The wiring through the mechanical thermostat was done incorrectly, running full current through the thermostat contacts instead of the relay. Result: fried contacts and no voltage to the fan.

I've ordered a new electronic thermostat switch to power the relay. It should be here soon and I'll be back on the road.

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05-28-2014 10:54 PM Added some storage/workbenches
I'm waiting on some repair parts to be delivered and had a lot of salvaged plywood and 2x4 material on hand, so I thought it would be a good time to add some shelves and workbenches. You can never have too much.

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05-20-2014 12:00 PM Always something to fix
The radiator fan on the coupe has died; I'm trying to source a new one.

The pickup truck is leaking gasoline from the fittings on top of the tank. I need to drop it and see what is old and worn out.

And I used some salvaged lumber to build some more storage shelves for the shop.

BTW, that door is sealed and never used. I should have filled the hole with concrete block when I had the chance.

About 144 sq. feet of additional storage is always welcome.

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03-30-2014 05:20 PM Odds and Ends
The Desoto was back in the shop for a while and is now running well and parked back in the owner's parking garage. One place wanted $200 a month for storage.

I have the coupe back in to fix some sticky door latches and a few loose wires.

I also finished work on a new shop truck purchased non-running from a police auction. Among other things, I had to fix a hole in the driver's floor pan and repair the seat springs and took the opportunity to add a little sound insulation before the new carpet went in. My daughter helped me with some of the repairs just because she's a good daughter.

For now, that's all I can do in the shop for the next month as I prepare to open my seasonal business for the summer.

Hopefully, I will sell the coupe and put be able to put the money toward fixing my wife's '39 Plymouth and the '36 Auburn and I need to free up some room to finally get that Triumph TR3 out of my Mom's garage.

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02-21-2014 02:34 PM Dammit
I got the seat all ready to go back in (on the floor, the fixes I did make it comfortable to sit on) and thought I'd clean the vinyl floor mats before I did it. So I pulled up the rubber mat and saw a small oval of rust. More investigation revealed several holes in the floor pan. Based on the appearance of the corrosion, it looks like the previous owner wore a hole in the floor mat and spilled a bunch of change in the hole (mostly pennies). The coins worked their way under the mat and the padding held in the moisture. The result was totally preventable corrosion with many small holes where individual coins lay and one big hole the size of my hand.

Floor pans are funny animals. They are not very flat, but have corrugations for strength, channels for routing wire bundles and lots of curves. The best fix is to cut the bad metal out and use a patch panel. The problem is that there are no patch panels for these trucks, only a full floor pan for a significant amount of money.

Alternative two is to visit the boneyard and cut out my own patch panels. The weather is too nasty and my arthritis is too bad to crawl around to do that.

Then there's alternative three, just fabricate some panels myself. If this were a hotrod or vintage vehicle, I would take my time and do it right and replicate all the angles and curves.

But this is a P.O.S., 180,000 mile shop truck that already has a dent in the door I'm not going to fix. So I'm using alternative #4 shown at . It just needs to be functional and that's all I'm going to do.

The plan is to use POR-15 followed by a layer of fiberglass cloth followed by a second layer of POR-15. I know that the purists among us will object, but in this case, this is the best solution to the problem.

And here's the completed repair.

Cost: POR-15 - $50
fiberglass cloth - $8

POR does offer a $20 kit for doing this that includes the POR-15, fabric, de-greaser and metal prep. That would have been sufficient for this job.

UPDATE (3-11-2014):

I'm all done. Floor and seat repaired, new carpet. Runs well, overall in good shape for such a neglected truck.

Altogether, about $1500 in cash invested and way, way too much time.

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