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Old 03-29-2010, 01:03 PM
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Carb Rebuild from 7734 upside-down

and backwards...

Here is a few pics of the inside of what was supposed to be a "newly rebuilt carb" the company I work for had just paid $250 for (in fact, I had to finish installing it to get the truck home -- so it was supposedly "that fresh.") Couldn't believe what I was seeing.

Note pic "carb7.jpg" as it shows a gasket on the housing -- and on the power valve.

You just never know what you're going to get these days at the ol' auto mechanics shop...
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:17 AM
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Now some torque thrusters, a subwoofer, stacks coming up behind the cab... Nice work, it looks like a beast
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:03 AM
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Roger the new power valve gaskets split into two after being run for a few hours.

I've rebuilt my carb on the sprint trice times now and every time I take it apart the power valve gasket looks like what you have..

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Old 03-30-2010, 10:14 AM
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Roger the new power valve gaskets split into two after being run for a few hours.
Then the new gasket they installed grew in thickness too (while under compression), since the new gasket in my kit was the thickness of either of these two I found on the carb.

FWIW, The truck ran with this carb for only 45 minutes (the time it took to drive from my work to my house) and then I had to take it off again. Somebody else here (at work) had installed it after getting it back from the repair shop and I only hooked up the fuel line when I took possession of the truck.

The shop obviously did a piss-poor job. No attention to removing other old gasket material from all the raised sealing flanges.

Anyway, as the old saying goes -- if you want something done right, you got to do it yourself.

Sadly this saying doesn't work for a shop since it doesn't say you can make a profit doing it right. Shops clearly have only so much time they can spend on things, so the cut what corners they can, I guess.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:42 AM
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Definately doesn't look like they took the time to do it right at all. Sucks to spend a nice chunk of change on a repair that isn't effective due to sloppy, crappy workmanship. Some shops get it and some don't.

I still remember the shop I took my original Falcon to in San Diego to have them rebuild my front end. This was a chain store {Winston Tire} but the manager was 1st rate. The day I picked my car up, this lady was in saying that what she brought her car in for wasn't fixed. The manager jacked up her car and creepered under it for a few minutes and then came back up. He asked the lady if the service mechanic showed her the parts he replaced. She said "No". He looked at her copy of the work order as well as the shops copy and then called the mechanic over. Asked him point blank if he had replaced the parts on the car that the repair called for. The mechanic said that he sure did. The manager said "No you didn't. You're fired. I don't employ liars OR lousy mechanics". The manager apologized to the lady, had her car pulled into a bay {to begin the real repairs} and told her the repairs were on him. Even had 4 new tires put on for free.
I went for an extended test drive and stopped back by a couple hours later to let them know I was happy with the work and the ladies car was just getting done. I asked her what she thought of what happened and she stated in no uncertain terms that as long as that guy was the manager there she'll never take her cars anywhere else for service or repair. Ever.

Sadly, there are fewer and fewer examples of good customer service like this every day.
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Brought to you by the letter "Q"

I assume that "Q" would stand for quality, as opposed to quick, which seems to be more common these days than quality is.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:09 AM
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I assume that "Q" would stand for quality, as opposed to quick, which seems to be more common these days than quality is.
While I agree with your sentiment, "Q" was the name of the cat I had a few years back. Helluva good cat and he was always bringing me "things" {and leaving them on the back porch, lol.}
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:41 AM
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Well, I was able to finally build the new bed stake-sides yesterday before the heavens opened up. I also finally took it on its first drive since I brought it home 2 months ago -- almost to the day. It drives so much better now for some reason.

One thing I didn't experience when I drove it here from work 2 months ago, I did experience yesterday (and prepared for by ordering the part). There was brake bleed/fade. So the master cylinder will have to get swapped out - and bled - soon.

I have not done a full brake inspection on this yet, but was debating whether to take it someplace to have that done -- since most places will do this for free (lift it and yank the wheels and point and say "See you need this, or that" in hopes you'll just say "Do it"). My problem, as some of you know, is the lack of flatness at my place to get out the jack and lift this beast in the air. It does not fully fit into my carport. It's got a very long wheel-base.

I need to do this sooner rather than later, so I'll be looking into my options this week.
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i really like this body style! if you ever need welding, i have access to the sno isle weld shop every day in the morning again freakin sweet truck
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Thanks for the offer Tyler. I was a production welder for about 5 years and I have a small mig welder at home and access to some big units (mig and tig) at work anytime I want to use them.

And yeah, I always liked the earlier Ford trucks from about this era all the way back to the 50's. Had a '56 F100 Panel for over half my life and a '50 F2 before that. And I have a '67 and this '78 now (goes without saying; more trucks than one guy needs). This '78 isn't the straightest, but it's pretty rust free. Will be put to good use this summer, that's for sure.
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