1967 Family Patrol Project

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Postby RiverPatrol » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:38 am

Kids + cars = outrageous insurance rates, for a reason. So sorry to hear this! Glad Joe is okay. I recall that my sister totaled the families '65 Mustang, and I totaled my first car, a '67 Cougar within a week of getting it in '79. My brother totaled a '57 Chevy panel wagon. Of course we were all fine, but the cars weren't. Kids are rough on cars, even when they were built tougher.

No surprise that you are considering moving some of the herd, I've been thinking the same for a while now also. Best of luck with that.
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Postby faux40 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:42 pm

Well, there is a reason why modern cars use dual master cylinders... Luckily Joe was not hurt. But I'm heartbroken...
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Be safe and upgrade your master cylinders!

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Postby RiverPatrol » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:22 pm

:o Ouch! It hurts to look at it! Glad Joe wasn't hurt! I'm heartbroken for you too! :(

I don't know that I could blame the single circuit master, unless it wasn't working. When everything is adjusted and working correctly, I can bark the tires slamming on the brakes.
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Postby faux40 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:26 pm

I don't know the cause yet, but the pedal happily goes to the floor at this point! We won't be driving it until I figure it out and fix it!

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Postby Flaggoni » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:22 am

John, I’ve got a very nice radiator-support from a 69 that can be yours for shipping cost.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:52 am

I've got one from a '67 that has the correct removable grill - '68 and later had the integrated grill. Also available.
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Postby faux40 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:21 am

Man, I love this board! You are awesome! Thanks! I think we're going to start the reconstructive surgery Sunday... Then we should know the full tree vs. Patrol results!

Thanks!
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Postby faux40 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:19 pm

We started the reconstructive surgery this week -- Well, the take apart, wonder and worry phase! The bumper is a mess! A friend is going to take a hack at straightening the bumper... it's pretty stretched, but who knows! Also the radiator support is pretty banged up.

Even more excitingly, I learned that the engine & trans moved a whole bunch during the bump!
The alternator pulley smacked the radiator shroud
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The fan dug into the radiator a little... no leaks from it and the fan seems solid.
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And, the most worrying thing -- The shifter briefly moved forward a couple inches.
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The engine mounts appear undamaged -- Could the rubber stretch that far?

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Postby RiverPatrol » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:38 pm

Wow! :o :shock: That's a whole lot of movement! I've seen similar damage on radiators and shrouds, never paid much attention. Guess I know why now. Radiator core moving backward due to tree, engine moving forward due to inertia. The shifter movement is a surprise.
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Postby faux40 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:04 pm

Well, on another note, my neighbor popped by with the semi-repaired bumper. A whole bunch of stretching to the metal. Despite being much, much straighter, it's still really rough.
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But, since he wasn't satisfied with the bumper, he got a little crazy and made one from scratch! What a fantastic surprise! It's like Xmas morning!
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On a related note -- I need some good close-ups of the lower mounts on an original bumper. The ones on our little Patrol were super mangled!

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Postby moore_rb » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:10 pm

Yikes... :(

I would imagine the "movement" was actually the body being pushed backward. I doubt that the powertrain shifted much.

Sorry to hear about all the mishaps John. Not sure what I'm going to do when our oldest hits driving age next year.... I'm thinking maybe I'll just send her off to military-school, instead 8-)
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Postby dustin3n » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:10 am

I kinda like the new bumper. Keep us posted.
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Postby faux40 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:02 pm

I have a couple of updates --

First, Thanks River! My lovely wife picked up some parts from River over the Thanksgiving break... Now we can get working on Aerogirl again! Almost even the right color... almost!
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Next, the carcass of my old Frontier went away today -- Kinda sad. We bought it when it had 9 miles on it. Today it has something like 165k or more! It was still running well until the teenager won! On the bright side, there is now actual room in the driveway for aerogirl!
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Happy to get back to work on it... Body work and brakes!

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Postby faux40 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:05 pm

Oh yea -- On a space related note. Is anybody interested in a set of split rims? Set of four. Need to be cleaned up, but they may even be originals... Hey River! Are these original Patrol split rims?
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Shipping is probably a bear, but if you're interested, make an offer.

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Postby RiverPatrol » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:26 am

Yes, those are indeed original split rims. They even have the tabs for the mystical hubcaps.

It would seem that your teenagers are thinning your herd for you.
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