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Old 09-23-2016, 09:47 AM   #261
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2.5 miles last night, local golf course for a quick round.


One of my goals for the year.
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:10 PM   #262
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Latest addition, hands off straight down the road driving.

Fabbed up the 2 mounts, 2) 2" square u bolts and 2) 1" round u bolts, and a vw stabilizer.
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:40 PM   #263
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Latest addition, hands off straight down the road driving.

Fabbed up the 2 mounts, 2) 2" square u bolts and 2) 1" round u bolts, and a vw stabilizer.
I'm sorta ost here. What are you accomplishing?
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:46 PM   #264
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I've added a steering stabilizer. It firms up the steering, got rid of some wobbles.

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Old 10-02-2016, 10:33 AM   #265
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I've added a steering stabilizer. It firms up the steering, got rid of some wobbles.

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I must say that your pick-up is looking very nice. But I must also say that there should be no "firming-up" necessary after a simple, yet thorough front end rebuild on a '41 Ford pick-up. If your steering stabilizer has "gotten rid of some wobbles", that stabilizer is only masking some other obvious oversight. DD
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:43 AM   #266
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Thanks for the kind words and info.

Understood, I read up quite a bit about steering. 75 year old steering can always use some modernization. It was well worth the effort in my book.

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Understood, I read up quite a bit about steering. 75 year old steering can always use some modernization.
I'm not sure that I fully understand your statement. Are you implying that because steering is 75 years old and non-modern, that "some wobble" is inherent with the design, and therefore inevitable during operation? If so, let me tell you about the completely stock, yet soundly-maintained front end in my 1940 coupe (essentially identical to your front axle system) which has seen north of 100 mph more than once......with NO HINT of ANY wobble or other bad habits. If my front end showed any tendency to wobble or twitch in any way, I'd be troubleshooting in a heartbeat to find the cause. These front ends were rock-solid when they were new, on crap roads. No reason they should need a stabilizer today. DD
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:28 PM   #268
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Good to know. I implied that I would like to have 1 on my truck, take it however you'd like.

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Old 10-02-2016, 12:38 PM   #269
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doing doughnuts on the golf course....tsk...lol....pickup is looking great.....thanks for taking us along for the ride....Mike
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Old 10-02-2016, 03:03 PM   #270
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doing doughnuts on the golf course....tsk...lol....pickup is looking great.....thanks for taking us along for the ride....Mike
Thanks Mike, been a lot of fun.



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2.5 miles last night, local golf course for a quick round. One of my goals for the year.
The big question when I play golf is did I start with the same ball I ended with? I used to change every three holes when I was better. But you couldn't pick something more frustrating than golf to do! Makes any person say all the bad words they know.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:48 PM   #272
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But you couldn't pick something more frustrating than golf to do! Makes any person say all the bad words they know.
So very true!!!

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Old 10-02-2016, 08:53 PM   #273
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I did the same .. Maybe its your choice of words, but.. Its not a stabiliser its a steering damper. Don't use one to mask a problem, HOWEVER a great addition just in case something does go wrong and a steering wobble occurs, and it can in straight axle. happened to me in a [then late 1990's] "modern" truck I used for work on the fwy. Once you have experienced it you never want to have it happen again!
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:19 AM   #274
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I did the same .. Maybe its your choice of words, but.. Its not a stabiliser its a steering damper. Don't use one to mask a problem, HOWEVER a great addition just in case something does go wrong and a steering wobble occurs, and it can in straight axle. happened to me in a [then late 1990's] "modern" truck I used for work on the fwy. Once you have experienced it you never want to have it happen again!
Good points, wording on the the old interweb is always a crap shoot. LOL

I was excited about putting a VW product (my steering damper) on my old ford

On another note while looking over my engine compartment, I happened to notice I never finished my DIY Battery box. Brought it into my shop this morning and did a quick and dirty powder coat on it. It'll look much better now.

I also was able to make it to the local Dog n Suds. 10 miles roundtrip with the wife, she held on well. Great ride.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:25 PM   #275
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Hey
I just finished reading your build thread again. I'll have more questions when I go back and re read as a couple came up. My first question, now that you've done a lot of fabrication, with your new skills, would you have repaired your frame?
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I just finished reading your build thread again. I'll have more questions when I go back and re read as a couple came up. My first question, now that you've done a lot of fabrication, with your new skills, would you have repaired your frame?
Hard to say, I got a great deal on the frame, the time and frustration saved was worth the few $$ for the frame.
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:24 AM   #277
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Been having fun on the shake down runs, at least that's what I tell the wife.

300 miles or so and no major complaints, hasn't left me stranded yet.

I carry a led light, light blanket, full set of wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.

Made it out to my Radio Control flying field and had some fun.

Be putting it away for the winter this weekend and setting up the booth again to finish the bed and rear fenders.
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Old 11-09-2016, 11:58 AM   #278
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Just read through your thread. Great work! I'll be following the future progress. Where (generally) in IL are you? I'm always looking for nearby barners (and RC flyers).
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Old 11-09-2016, 12:11 PM   #279
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Just read through your thread. Great work! I'll be following the future progress. Where (generally) in IL are you? I'm always looking for nearby barners (and RC flyers).
Thanks, up by grayslake area.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:50 PM   #280
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Let the surgery begin! Next pile of rusty gold. Dragged out a table form the corner of the garage. Built this probably 20+ yrs ago. LOL

Decided on the tailgate first, I can truly say the tailgate is all original to the truck.

I'll let the pics do the talking. Top and bottom tubes are from the bed sides.

Just have it in mock up stage, til after the metal treatment and than weld her up.

The '39 bed sides are on the table now. I'll be using flat pcs from the original bed sides to do all the patches on the '39 bed also.
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