|Abe looks towards California|
(Downtown Boise, Idaho)
|A Final Tune-up|
Mud flap and trailer hitch
|Storage space for tools and repair parts|
By making a couple of adjustments I have also been able to address the issue of the Ranchero running hot. The addition of a manual override switch on the electric fan allows me to turn it on before the thermostat switch does that automatically allowing the fans to come on at a lower temperature, should I think it necessary. I have also moved the setting on the thermostat switch down so that the fans come on earlier on their own. This has helped greatly. Once we're on the road I may make some additional adjustments to the thermostat setting to keep the fan from running too much.
I performed a final tune-up on the Ranchero and set the timing for a setting that I hope will optimize fuel economy. The air fuel ratio was adjusted to a setting to maximize fuel economy yet avoid overheating.
At this point there were some jobs I could not perform. In addition I wanted somebody to review my work. Off I went to the downtown Boise Big O Tire Store for an alignment, brake bleed, a check of my work and a general safety check. In examining the car the mechanics discovered that the driveshaft was an inch and a quarter too short. This apparently happened before my acquisition of the car and when the transmission had been changed. Along with the new transmission a new driveshaft was put in. This driveshaft was too short and out of balance. I had to have a new driveshaft made and installed. I'm glad I did this because I would hate to have discovered the problem in the middle of the Nevada desert. In addition the car drives much better.
|Discovering the drive shaft is too short|
|Lincoln contemplates the Ford|
(Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho)