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  1. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    So, I did buy a bottle of Super Duper Flush Yer System, but I forgot to use it. I talked to my uncle, who's been rebuilding Chevy Impalas since the '60s, about my flushing technique (pulled the thermostat, put the thermostat housing back on, poked the hose into that, ran water into the system...
  2. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    Okay, I've got the new radiator, new water pimp (yes, pimp), and new thermostat. Radiator's drained. Thermostat housing is off. Flush now through the thermostat seat? Wait until the pimp is off the block? Or is this when I sacrifice the chicken and make a Jackson Pollock with it's innards...
  3. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    For what it's worth, I set that brake every time I get out of the vehicle.
  4. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    New fun, this morning. Emergency brake didn't let go. The pedal popped up to the released position, but wheels didn't get the memo. Goosed the gas and got moving, been driving normally since, but this is the second time it's happened. Just not excited about it. Much more common is the sensation...
  5. Volkshook

    Chrome Custom Ford Ranger 5-lug Rims w/ Tires

    Well, I mean, that's how much I know about anything with a radiator, so... 😂 That's why I'm here. 😁
  6. Volkshook

    Chrome Custom Ford Ranger 5-lug Rims w/ Tires

    Karmann Ghia is the model. It's a Volkswagen, and a lot of fun to drive. A V-8 would ruin it, though.
  7. Volkshook

    Chrome Custom Ford Ranger 5-lug Rims w/ Tires

    I didn't have any problem with the way they looked. I think they looked nice. They're just not as practical as stock. It's the same reason I never got my Bug, Bus or Ghia lowered, though I love that look: I still have to drive it.
  8. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    I actually pulled the drain plug out the other day when I made that first attempt to drain it, but I confess I didn't add any pressure (don't have a pressure tester...yet). Actually, a friend of mine has generously offered the use of his shop on Saturday, so we'll see if I can have better...
  9. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    The Waste Management transfer station is just a little way down the interstate, and that's where the O'Reilly's guy suggested I take the old stuff. I do think I'll look into a couple more Homer buckets from the Home Despot, though.
  10. Volkshook

    Chrome Custom Ford Ranger 5-lug Rims w/ Tires

    The tires sold, so... No longer available.
  11. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    It's my Ranger and I'll cry if I want to.
  12. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    The hell?? I have places to drive between now and when I can possibly change out a water pump or a radiator. Does this mean I'm risking my engine if I use my truck to go to the places I need to go? 😭😭😭 I miss my Bug.
  13. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    Now for my excited-face.
  14. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    Well, the pressure test at O'Reilly's showed a leak in the radiator itself, so a new radiator was already on the shopping list. *sigh* So how do I drain the system without getting antifreeze everywhere? Or should I just assume it will get everywhere and be ready for the hazmat cleanup?
  15. Volkshook

    Project "Ricky"

    I really hope this is the appropriate place to put this. There is SO much information on these forums, and I don't doubt that a lot is essentially repeated in a hundred different places, but I'm so lacking in confidence and experience that I'm getting a bit overwhelmed looking for a better way...
  16. Volkshook

    What pull behind Camper?

    This was one of my thoughts, too, which led to my bringing the question here to people who don't have that same concern :)
  17. Volkshook

    What pull behind Camper?

    For added clarity, I had no difficulty getting them off of the donor vehicle, no issues with threading, and no one at U-Haul actually inspected the bolts on the bar.
  18. Volkshook

    What pull behind Camper?

    New stupid question: I found and acquired a receiver and draw bar (as named above) at a wrecking yard. I pulled it from a 2002, and while I didn't get the wiring, I did get four bolts and the six backing plates/shims that were on the donor vehicle. Went to U-Haul today, to see if I could get a...
  19. Volkshook

    Automotive technology you miss.

    I despise how modern cars are designed around the idea that I'm not bright enough to put on a seat belt without my car insisting that I do (don't bother reminding me that some drivers aren't). Every time I drive my wife's car, I find myself constantly repeating things like, "Shut up, ya daffy...
  20. Volkshook

    Automotive technology you miss.

    They do make the rockin' world go 'round, after all.


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