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So I have been busy trying to set up my new air compressor. I started with PVC pipe and realize the hard way that it was a mistake, A fitting explode when I open the valve with 155 psi in the tank!...
Thankfully the debris didn't touch me. I learn also that black iron pipe should be use for air tool delivery, insurance could refuse to insure you if you use PVC or even copper...
Yikes ! .. That will get the heart pumping .. Nice compressor BTW (by the way) ..
It looks like you've already been putting it to good use
When I was stationed in Germany after Viet Nam I had a 60's Mercedes that had a windshield wiper switch on the floor that would make one pass with the wipers every time your foot touched it .. Pre-intermittent wiper switch
John I can't imagine driving that Mercedes here in Florida if I had to press the switch all the time, specially with all that rain we have lately, better have to learn how to play drum, that will help!
Well I also learn I should keep the helmet when welding, closing my eyes was not enough, I feel like sunburn all over my face!...I knew it could be bad but not that fast! live and learn..
I removed the steering column, there is so much play, does anyboby know if there is any way to rebuild those?
Looks good .
Where is the play coming from? It's rare that the column itself has play. Usually the play is in the rag joint. steering box or suspension.
The columns can be rebuilt, its just usually not necessary.
The most common area for play in the column is the lower bearing. OEM pieces are still available but Bronco Graveyard has a neat lower bearing kit that replaces the plastic support with a real bearing. Column Bearing, Lower
Where the rag joint attach on the steering column, this is where I have a little play in any direction. I can't see any accessible bearing, I mean nothing like the pic from Bronco Graveyard.
I am going to take a picture, maybe the steering column that I have is missing soimething!
Mike, maybe the steering column that I have is missing soimething!
You're probably not missing anything.
Some columns have a lower bearing, but a lot of columns have just a plastic bushing that pops into the end of the column. Even new, these bushings have a lot of slop in them. I guess Ford figured the rag joint would hold everything in alignment.
The Bronco Graveyard bearing is an aftermarket unit that works really well and takes all the slop out. It doesn't resemble anything that was NOS.
Here is the lower part of my steering, there is a black plastic bushing who was in the outer tube, but no sign of lower bearing!!!...
It looks like I am going to replace the steering one day by an Ididit, but until I have the money is there anyway to fix it?
Mike do you think the lower bearing from Bronco Graveyard will fit because it say it will fit Ford F series from 1976-79?
I don't mind if I have to weld it.
Your column has my sympathy! It looks like it's had a hard life.
Actually that plastic piece is the 'bearing'. Your column isn't missing anything.
As abused as that column is, I don't know if the JBG bearing would fit, the ends pretty beat up.
In this case, I would just get a replacement plastic piece and let it go at that. I know LMC has them. #47-0797 Lower column bushing $4.95.
I find a set of connecting rods, I think this is a really good deal if nobody else bid on it.
But since I am the only one bidding, is there something wrong I didn't see???
Does the length of the rod is too short??
I did the math and the difference with the original is only 0.3mm or 0.0118 of an Inch.
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