From: "Jim Bielecki" <bieleckj freeway.net>
Subject: Re: Don't Do What I Did
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 21:28:01 -0400
> From: Chris Hunt <Chris Peake.com>
> Subject: Don't do what I did ;)
> After my wife complaining that my '94 Ranger 4x4 SC highboy rode too rough
> I decided to replace the shocks. With 92,000 miles they were in need ;)
> The rears went in just fine (after lowering the spare) so I started
> on the front. After a squirt of liquid wrench I started on the lower left
> shock bolt. With a 1/2" socket wrench I proceed to remove the combo
> nut/washer and snap.... Went to Pat Goss's Shop (The guy on
> MoterWeek and Radio) and a real mechanic cut out the old shock mount and
> put in a bolt-in, Installed the supplied shocks and repacked the front
> bearings for $250.
This happened to my '93 Explorer too. After I snapped off the mount, I took
it to my Ford dealer who picked up a new lower shock mount from a nearby GM
dealer (!) for $16.00. The service manager said that this was a common
problem on GM trucks, hence the affordable and readily available mount kit.
What I thought was going to be a major repair turned out to be almost
> From: Chuck Badger <chuckbadger netscape.net>
> Subject: Re: [ 42 volts (some info)]
> This sounds very similar to the arguments used to make the change over from 6
> volts to 12 volts back in the sixties. Higher voltage, lower current, smaller
> wire can be used to support the load for less money. The downside back then
> was that everything went to 12 volts, not just a partial change over. JC
> Whitney sold a 6 volt to 12 volt converter for many years so that those with 6
> volt systems could use the new radios and tape players in their vehicles.
<Quote of my original message reduced to this reference>
Sounds like what happened with my 1962 Porsche. I wanted to run some ham
radio stuff, and for a while just had a 12 volt battery that I charged up.
I saw the 6 -> 12 volt converters and for a while thought about it. Then
with the help of my brother-in-law we did the easiest thing. Just convert
the vehicle to 12 volts. Not much was striclty 6 volts anyway except for
bunches of lights (tail, head, panel). In the process made the headlights
"nasty" 100 watt mains. They would slice thru anything!!. The generator
was available in a 12 volt model (later engines used it). The ignition
system was left alone (who really needs a ballast resistor anyway), and
the starter was left at 6 volts (with the implied warning not to crank
for very long!!). The vehicle is now a 12 volt model. The marvels of
Bosch electrictal systems. They just don't make 'em that way much
p.s. The radio had a 12 <-> 6 volt strap. Changed it over quite nicely.
Tom Watson Generic short signature
tsw johana.com (I'm at home now)
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 08:30:36 -0400
From: Chris Hunt <Chris Peake.com>
Subject: Don't do what I did ;)
I've always put A-S on wheel lugs as I believe the 100 pound setting for
most Fords is wet.
Pat's Shop is about 2 miles outside the Washington DC Beltway in MD. Take
the Route450 east, turn left at the sign for seabrook elementary
school. The road ends at a Amtrak line, the shop is on the right.
>From: "parker brooks" <whoz primary.net>
>Subject: Re: Don't do what I did ;)
>Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 11:09:42 -0500
>where is his shop?
>AND (hope this ain't stupid), is putting anti-seize on wheel lugs advisable,
>or a no-no?
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