Archive for August, 2010

I was the ebay high bidder on a used gas tank for the Ranch Wagon. It came out of a 1958 Edsel Bermuda Wagon, and was in very good shape.  This particular gas tank is interchanges between the 1957-58 Ford Wagons, 1957-58 Ford Rancheros, and the 1958-1959 Edsel Wagons.  The top side which is usually rusty beyond use, was just surface rusted.  It was quite a surprise to find a tank in such good shape, and for a decent price. New tanks were reproduced around 8 years ago, and have since been discontinued.  The remaining tanks are sold by parts vendors for about $450 dollars!

It also came with a good filler neck as well.

The car cover I usually keep over the car was getting ripped on the jagged Right hand door.  The door had been so damaged in the accident in 1969, that the outer skin protruded out wildly, and the jagged edges were quite sharp.  I had ordered and received a new cover but wasn’t about to put it on until I had done something about the door.

Today was that day.  I left the hinges bolted in the door jamb, but removed the bolts holding the door onto them.

Just by removing the door, I have dramatically increased the value of the car, and home values of every house within a 3 block radius of my home.

I will be putting on the new door I got last week so that the local cats won’t decide to make it their next penthouse.


I have installed the good door.  The door post needs some tweaking on the latch side, as the collision damage has dented the area in. This will be easy to straighten so I am not worried too much.

Bob has done it again! He found and forwarded me a craigslist ad for some ’58 Ford Ranchero Parts that will interchange with my Ranch Wagon.  The ad was posted by a fellow in Idaho, who was coming down to Woodburn Oregon for the All Ford Drag & Swap meet.  He was listing some parts he was going to be bringing down with him that were left over from his own ’58 Ranchero restoration.  I called him and after a nice conversation, a deal was struck between Laroy & I for the following parts:

2 doors

2 fenders

Hood hinges

Radiator support

Heater Box,Blower Motor with Housing & Plenum

Emergency Brake assembly

Seat Tracks

Front Cross member for a V-8

Laroy and his lovely wife Donna would be staying the night in a Hotel near my town, and would meet me the day before the swap meet so I could pick up the parts.

When I met up with these folks at their Hotel, they were the kindest people you could ever want to deal with. Although their long trip to Oregon was met with both 100+ degree weather, (and some jerk who cut them off on I-84, causing their loaded trailer to shift and a large gas pump slamming into the back of their nice tailgate,) they were smiling and friendly.  The parts were everything I had hoped for. Laroy & Donna live in north western Idaho, which is desert country. That is the best place to find great sheet metal.  The parts were beautiful. The doors were nice and solid. No rust. The Fenders were already striped and found to be solid and again,no rust. They had typical door dings, but no collision damage.  The rest of the parts were clean and functional. It was a delight to find kind and honest people who were willing to meet up with me BEFORE a swap meet.….and they both helped me load it all into my truck!

They have alot left on the trailer, including another set of doors, a RH fender, a complete rolling chassis, a couple of engines, axles,ranchero bed trim, lots of bins of smaller stuff and 2 nice old gas pumps.  They will be at the All Ford Swap meet in Woodburn Oregon on Sunday, don’t miss ’em. Their prices are great, the parts are clean, and you won’t meet nicer people.

Fred Flintstone Floors

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

I took the front seat out of the Wagon today.  I wanted to get the factory rubber mat that covered the floors removed so I could really get a good look at the floors:

There was plenty of debris, pine cones, pine needles, tattered remnants of floor mat and an old pull tab Olympia Beer can.

I rolled the garbage can around to the side of the car and and started tearing up and tossing the rubber floor covering.  This stuff traps moisture between the floor boards and the floors and does more damage than its worth.  I will be replacing it with sound deadening and carpeting when that time comes. Probably around 2019.

Before cleaning up LH floor board:

After Cleaning the LH floor board:

I did both left and right had front and rear floors.  Here is after the complete scraping and vacuuming out of the floors:

Oh, one interesting thing I found under the front seat was the factory Radio Delete plate for the Dashboard. I guess my car was ordered without a radio. I stuck it back in its place, which covers the radio opening between the heater controls and the glove box.  My wagon also does not have the factory dash clock.

I am completely wiped out. I am sore in places I had forgotten existed on my body. I feel how those floor boards look.  Extremely Sorry.

I’m not to worried about the floors though. The EMS sheetmetal business I posted about earlier has all the panels I need, and they are complete panels, not just patch panels.

Here are the replacement Panels I will need, directly from the EMS website:

Lh & Rh Toeboards:

Lh & Rh Front Floor Pans:

Lh & Rh Rear Floor Pans:

Transmission Tunnel:

Lh & Rh outer Rocker Panels:

I will also need inner rocker panels, but they are not pictured.

Hey. Fred Flintstone’s car had no floors at all.  So why should mine?

New Clean Sheetmetal Source

Posted: August 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

I found this sheet metal reproducer. Its called EMS Automotive Products. I have placed an order for a RH passenger side door jamb as the one on my car is completely rusted out. The price was extremely fair and looks like a very good reproduction.  I can’t wait to get it.

This company also has the Inner & outer rocker panels. I will need these for the RH side.

I got ambitious tonight. I pulled the car cover back and decided to take a peek under the hood. I had only really glanced in there before, knowing that it was all going to be gutted and a different engine used.  I grabbed what was left of the Hood, which was merely laid on the open engine compartment.  The RH Hood hinge had long ago rusted off its mounting, unable to hold up the rusty hood any longer.  I set it off to the side and really looked at this car:

It was scary. The kind of Scary that stays with a man for a long time. It was rusty. Jagged.  Weathered.  Tired. Gutted. Sad.

Alot of pine needles compacted in clumps all over had held moisture over the  years.  It rusted most anything they had come in contact with.  Battery trays & their Battery areas in general corrode due to the years of battery acid & battery sweat taking their toll on the metal. However this panel was completely gone.  In fact the battery was still connected, and dangling from its cables in the area that used to be its perch. The whole area was gone, exposing the RH tire and wheel. It also corroded the RH front crossmember area:

The Battery Tray Area. Or lack thereof.

The Rusted out Crossmember:

Scary, huh? But I know its all fixable. With time, money, patience, money, experience, money, good friends, oh….and Money.

An Ebay find

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

I was the winning bidder on this NOS (New Old Stock) 1958 Ford Back-up lite kit.  It was unopened, and factory sealed.  I was the first person to ever open it.

The lights were an accessory option, and could be bought over the counter to ad to your 1958 Ford.  The kit included both Left and Right light assemblies, complete wiring harness, hardware, and a template on where and how to cut holes in the rear backing plates to mount them.

It will be a LONG time before I ever get to use them, but its nice to purchase items and stow them away.  Atleast that is what I tell myself.