Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 03:50:27 -0700 (MST)
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Subject: fordtrucks61-79-digest V2 #31

fordtrucks61-79-digest Wednesday, January 21 1998 Volume 02 : Number 031

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cd players ["Nathan B." ]
Re: Tailgate Latch ["Daniel H. Jenkins" ]
[none] []
Re: Not so High End Audio [CandyDMan ]



Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 23:22:47 CST
From: "Nathan B."
Subject: cd players

I installed a sony cd player in my 1976 Ford F-150. Only had to cut the
plastic trim piece in the dash and the unit slid right in. I used the
same kit that came with the cd player for my escort. Their is a bracket
attached to the back that supports the unit. I have never had any
problems with it skipping.....except for some of my cds that have seen
better days. I purchased the kit through Crutchfield. They are a very
good company to deal with. They sent the kit, wiring harness, and good
instructions free of charge. Hope this helps.



Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 20:56:25 -0800 (PST)
From: "Daniel H. Jenkins"
Subject: Re: Tailgate Latch

Yeah, on my 77 F150 there is a plastic clip. Mine broke too and I
couldn't open my tailgate. :( I took it down to my mechanic, asked him if
I could epoxy it back together, and got told to hold on for a sec. He
went inside, grabbed a tiny plastic part, and installed it in less than 30
seconds. I don't believe that I have ever seen one in a parts store, but
you might try finding on from Ford. Good luck, and if you have any more
questions feel free to ask.

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Daniel H. JenkinsFood for thought: John Milton
djenkinshonors.unr.eduwrote _Paradise_Lost_; When his
Honors Programwife died he wrote _Paradise_
University of Nevada, Reno_Regained_...


Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 20:44:04 -0800
Subject: [none]

>> The only Ford parts I would wanna soak in it are non-metallic ones.

>I don't think that cast iron would be very likely to be dissolved by a 5%
>solution on acetic acid. Aluminum OTOH might be a little more dicey.

It's not a question of being dissolved by the acidity, but of being
consumed by the electrolytic reaction.
Like I said, a single metal in a non-metallic container is probably O.K.
2 dissimilar metals in an acid is likely to be trouble.

>> > I have several thermostat housings in a can of vinegar right now, and
>> >bubbling away having a fine time. But what's happening? Will they just
>> >melt?
>> Yes, eventually.
>Sometime next millennium ;-)

But the next millenium is only 2 years away.
As long as He's getting those bubbles, *something* is going away.

>Don't forget that in an acid/base reaction the acid is neutralized by the
>base to yield salt and water. It doesn't take alot to neutralize a 5%

But its not an acid/base reaction, it's an electrolytic reaction, which
is not at all the same thing.
The acid in Your car battery isn't neutralized by using the battery...
It's the lead plates that get changed, not the acid.

>> as a trade-off in the process. Copper and zinc, copper and nickel, and a
>> large variety of dis-similar metals in an acid will consume themselves
>> away making electricity...

>The post says housings, not thermostats so I don't think he has created a

Sorry, it does say housings, doesn't it? That's my mistake.

Even still, cast iron and zinc will react, althought much less vigorously
than the copper/zinc reaction I described.
You got my curiosity up (I doesn't take much) so I went out in the garage
and rounded up a coffee can and poured some white vinegar in it.
I hung a broken cast iron bracket in it and my DVOM reads this "battery" at
about 0.18 volts...

He's still got a battery, just not a very good one.

Happy motoring,


"Ok. Anything for a weird life."
-- Zaphod Beeblebrox


Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 02:00:22 EST
From: CandyDMan
Subject: Re: Not so High End Audio

>I used an '89 Mustang stereo in my (hold on to your seats) '81 Rabbit
>convertible. Fit perfectly. Yes it did take hours to figure out the color
>coding on the cut wires. I do have the amp, but I did not install it.
>Mistake. The thing works, but it doesn't have nearly enough oomph for a
>convertible (or probably my truck for that matter). As time allows, I plan
>on pulling it again (which will be fun with the clips that snap into place)
>and figuring out how to connect the amp, and then install it in my '62

It might not be powerful enough for your convertible, but my friend's car is a
'76 Mercury Marquis--much more space than your '62 truck has in the way of
passenger compartment. Should have plenty of oomph!



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