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 Posted: Wed Dec 22nd, 2021 02:28 am
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Well, after some shopping and lunch with the wife, I decided to install my new thermostat and gasket and fill my cooling system with fresh Prestone coolant.  AGAIN.  What, you say?  Didn't you just do that when you changed your heater core?  Yep, sure did!

I purchased a Motorad "fail-safe" thermostat from RockAuto along with a FelPro gasket and picked up 2 gallons of Prestone All Vehicle Concentrate for the heater core project.  At that time, I installed a flush tee to help burp the system of air when refilling.  That worked beautifully.  Unfortunately, the plastic cap on the flush tee cracked on the way home from work the very next day and allowed all my new coolant to spray all over the engine compartment, causing the fail-safe thermostat to lock in the full open position.  This is a one-and-done situation; meaning once the thermostat locks open, you throw it away and install a new one.  So, I went to Menards and bought a BRASS cap for the flush tee (problem solved there), filled the truck up with water and determined that I hadn't blown a head gasket or something.  RockAuto sent the new thermostat and gasket (second purchase) in record time so I installed it today.  Once again, I have exceptional heat and a cooling system that works as it should.  I've got to say, I really am impressed with the Motorad "fail-safe" thermostat.  I fully believe this feature saved me from toasting a head gasket or worse.  Does it suck to have to replace it again in only a week?  Yeah, pretty much.  But that $7.00 thermostat saved my engine and so I go on record recommending the Motorad #7244-192 fail-safe thermostat for your engine.



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 Posted: Sat Dec 25th, 2021 03:15 pm
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Merry Christmas, everyone!



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Poor Grandma, always getting run over...

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LOL :-)



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 Posted: Sat Dec 25th, 2021 08:17 pm
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Yeah, she has luck about as good as mine!  LMAO



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Michael, so you are saying if it was not for bad luck you would not have any luck at all? LOL  :-P Merry Christmas everyone.



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Mike69 wrote:
Michael, so you are saying if it was not for bad luck you would not have any luck at all? LOL  :-P Merry Christmas everyone.
Yeah, pretty much!  Kind of like that song they would sing on Hee Haw back in the late 60's ~ early 70's: Gloom, despair and agony on me...  LMAO



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Deep dark depression, excessive misery?



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Actually, this was yesterday:  Installed my winter wheels, washed my red powder-coated brake calipers and gave the truck a much needed hand washing.  Then I scrubbed my American Racing wheels and tires, prepping them for winter storage.  I usually do this around the middle of October, but things kept getting in the way.  Luckily, we've had an exceptionally mild winter thus far, so my custom wheels didn't see any snow, salt or sand.

Also, my son and I got the garage cleaned up last week and the trash service hauled all the junk away.  He is now storing his ATV on his side of the garage since his Chevy Avalanche won't fit.  This will keep that pricey new ATV out of the weather and less likely to be stolen.

I MAY do other things to the truck over the next couple of days, or I might just kick back and rest a bit...



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Needed to pick up some 2x4's, railing balusters, rebar, & a handrail for some of my projects when I am on vacation in 1 week, so the Ranger got to be used as a "work truck".




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Rangers make good work trucks!  Sounds like you are getting ready to do more home improvements!



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mhoward wrote:
Rangers make good work trucks!  Sounds like you are getting ready to do more home improvements!
I need to fix the handrail to the basement & my wife wants me to add a second handrail on the other side of the basement stairs.



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Well, that doesn't sound too difficult.  You seem to be pretty handy with such things, so have fun with that project!



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Started setting up the side marker lights on the Grille Shell, similar to the side markers on the Raptor except these will be mounting in the sodes of the grileel Shell under the headlight line.

I JB Welded a thick fiber washer to some 1/2" PVC Pipe.
Now I am trying to contour the Pipe to fit the Grille Contour, I drew some lines now determining just how to cut a curved line in the pipe.

Any ideas excepted !

An aftermarket auto dimming mirror is up next on the list, after that... moving the Radio outward, painting some Heater Vent Louvers to replace the black ones in the Radio Bezel.



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Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !
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