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#2131 Gerowen

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 01:45

FINALLY!

 

Got my wife's Ford Taurus squared away today.

 

2006 Ford Taurus

3.0 litre V-6

171,000 miles

 

Have had one headache after another with this car.  Finally got it all up and running this evening.  Had to replace brake lines a week or two ago cause' some of them rusted out.  Then she wanted her drums painted purple, so I decided to oblige.  Well when I took one of the drums off I discovered one of the brake shoes was cracked in half, so I went ahead and replaced all 4 of the rear brake shoes (disc brakes on front).  Not only that, but when I took it out to test the replaced brake lines, I discovered that it had a new problem, a miss on one of the cylinders.  Based on its behavior I figured it was a bad coil, so I replaced the coil, and also replaced all 6 spark plugs because when I checked them before while diagnosing the issue, one of them was burned pretty bad (the mis-firing cylinder), so when I replaced the coil I replaced the spark plugs as well.

 

So today I replaced the coil, replaced all 6 spark plugs, replaced all 4 rear brake shoes, and painted her brake drums purple.  Just took it out for a test drive, and it's awesome, drives like a brand new car.

 

The new brake pads mounted, and the broken one in my hand.

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First brake drum mounted after being painted.  I also painted the axle end-cap flat black to try and prevent the wheel from corroding/rusting to it.

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First wheel mounted after being painted.

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#2132 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 03:05

FINALLY!

 

Got my wife's Ford Taurus squared away today.

 

2006 Ford Taurus

3.0 litre V-6

171,000 miles

 

Have had one headache after another with this car.  Finally got it all up and running this evening.  Had to replace brake lines a week or two ago cause' some of them rusted out.  Then she wanted her drums painted purple, so I decided to oblige.  Well when I took one of the drums off I discovered one of the brake shoes was cracked in half, so I went ahead and replaced all 4 of the rear brake shoes (disc brakes on front).  Not only that, but when I took it out to test the replaced brake lines, I discovered that it had a new problem, a miss on one of the cylinders.  Based on its behavior I figured it was a bad coil, so I replaced the coil, and also replaced all 6 spark plugs because when I checked them before while diagnosing the issue, one of them was burned pretty bad (the mis-firing cylinder), so when I replaced the coil I replaced the spark plugs as well.

 

So today I replaced the coil, replaced all 6 spark plugs, replaced all 4 rear brake shoes, and painted her brake drums purple.  Just took it out for a test drive, and it's awesome, drives like a brand new car.

 

The new brake pads mounted, and the broken one in my hand.

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First brake drum mounted after being painted.  I also painted the axle end-cap flat black to try and prevent the wheel from corroding/rusting to it.

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First wheel mounted after being painted.

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Confess, you're just posting this to make us all feel useless and worthless :p



#2133 Gerowen

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:02

Confess, you're just posting this to make us all feel useless and worthless :p

Nah not really.  I've been taking all these pictures to share on Facebook anyway, so I figured I'd post them here in the "car" topic as well, :p



#2134 +mulligan2k

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 11:10

Nissan 350gt - think of it as a 350z with two extra seats, although mine was sold in Japan with 'skyline' branding. Its also sold under the Infiniti arm of Nissan as the g35

 

I've swapped out the standard rear bumper for a replica of the 'ken style' rear, an option available at factory

 

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#2135 Gerowen

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:31

Nissan 350gt - think of it as a 350z with two extra seats, although mine was sold in Japan with 'skyline' branding. Its also sold under the Infiniti arm of Nissan as the g35

 

I've swapped out the standard rear bumper for a replica of the 'ken style' rear, an option available at factory

 

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Looks sharp, :-)



#2136 Gerowen

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 02:46

Started work on re-painting mine today.  Using Krylon Dual Paint+Primer True Blue Gloss.  It was T-boned at one point so the driver's door is actually from one vehicle, and the driver's side fender is from a different one, so the door was green, the fender was silver, and the rest of the truck was blue.  I used my tail-gate as a test bed just to see what it looked like since it's a work truck cause' the tail-gate will get beat up anyway.  Total amount of money spent on the painting job so far, including tape and stuff, about $15.  I had tried re-painting the door/fender with "Dupli Color", but the stuff was bad to splatter and run, and the Krylon seems to work 100% better.

 

All photos can be clicked to enlarge.

 

It's a 1999 Dodge Dakota Sport.  Here's a photo I took today of the front fender on the passenger side to show what it's "supposed" to look like.

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Here's what the driver's side looked like a couple of years ago when I first got the truck before I started working on it and fixing it up.

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Here's the tail-gate sanded and stenciled with painter's tape.

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First coat of paint on the tailgate.

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Tried painting the letters by spraying red paint into a bowl and spreading it on with a q-tip, but the paint dried too fast when I tried spraying it into a bowl, so I instead just made a stencil and painted over it.

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Tailgate done and put back on.

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My buddy Wes working the sander and re-discovering the original color of the door.

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Me working the sander for a while.

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Applying paint to the door.  After doing 3 coats on the tailgate, we only had enough to do about half the door, so I'll pick up a couple more cans and blend in to finish the lower half, fender, and the rest of the truck.  The color is close enough that I'm happy so I'll do the door and fender first, but then I'm gonna do the whole rest of the truck cause' the old paint looks pretty rough in places, plus it is a little bit different with a little bit of a glittery effect, so I'm going to re-do the entire truck in this one uniform color.

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Edit: Here's the paint I'm using.

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