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After a few months of inactivity, I finally did something worthwhile and tedious on the F100. I retrofitted my original non-locking hood release cable to fit my locking hood release handle.

First I knocked off the plastic to see what I was working with. I was happy to see that there was a little small ferrule attached to the handle shaft, which is just what I was hoping to find.



Then I brought out my grinder and took off the handle shaft, leaving the ferrule on the wire.




And finally, after grinding off the excess material, the ferrule fit inside the lock like a glove. My apologies for the blurry picture.




Locking hood release handle installed.

 
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Good thinking Fordzilla! I was thinking of doing something similar to mine. Good write up and pics too. Great job!
 
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Good thinking Fordzilla! I was thinking of doing something similar to mine. Good write up and pics too. Great job!
Thanks!

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Yes! Good writeup. Might be able to use that some day.
 
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:12 PM
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Thanks! I figured it would be useful. Most people just swap to a new non-locking unit, but I wanted to add the locking release, and they're hard to come by at my local junk yards. One thing that wasn't mentioned is that you will need to get a new cable swage for the loop that attaches to the outside latch. They can be found at most any hardware store.

 
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Originally Posted by Fordzilla80 View Post
Thanks! I figured it would be useful. Most people just swap to a new non-locking unit, but I wanted to add the locking release, and they're hard to come by at my local junk yards. One thing that wasn't mentioned is that you will need to get a new cable swage for the loop that attaches to the outside latch. They can be found at most any hardware store.
I had to replace my engine a few months ago because it locked up. I was told and we (both myself and the engine shop) that something was poured into the engine. I usually lock my doors but my wife has a habit of not so a locking hood release is what I need. They aren't Fort Knox but might persuade someone in the future it's not worth the effort.
 
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:00 PM
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That's a perfectly valid reason to install one. I installed mine because the truck I got my interior from had the Security Group option on it, and I already had the locking glove box, so I wanted to add the rest of the stuff as well to give my truck another option it never came with.
 
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No pictures, but I coverted the old r14 ac to r136a (the most basic one, just the bolt on adaptor), and put a can and a half of freon in it. The freon was 50 bucks, never letting anyone else do that.
 
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:45 PM
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i havent had a chance to do anything ,been busy working.
i got fed up with the company i was workin for.
driving a quad axle dump with poor brakes bald tires , and a non functioning power steering pump.

i quit wen and made a phone call to a company i used to work for , and was in a triaxle on thursday.
and went from 14 and hour to 20. and spent most of the week on prevailing wage jobs. ......$32 and hour.

now i may be able to afford some parts for my truck and finish one of my bikes.
 
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:45 AM
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Went to the junkyard Sunday morning...it was a little toasty out here in Phoenix. Harvested some cool stuff off of this '80 Lariat...



Picked up all kinds of stuff. Woodgrain fog light bezel, Lariat radio bezel with clock, Passenger fender, in-bed spare tire bracket and a couple of carbs. Came home and slapped the fender on...finally got the front of my '85 cleaned up and straight. In search of a bumper and stone guard now.

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:47 AM
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I hear you there! I had to do some stretches after being up there hunched over for about an hour.
 
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I wet sanded the outside of the truck bed with 220 grit sandpaper last night. I finished the passenger side and about half of the drivers side. Another day of sanding and I should be ready for the next coat of primer. Actually it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, even with all the runs and orange peel. I'm not going to do any sanding on the inside of the bed, just epoxy priming. I'm going to spray the inside of the bed with a spray-in bed-liner once the truck is painted.
 
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:36 AM
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Installed a new battery, locking gas cap, bought new spark plugs but it started raining before I could install them.
 

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