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#4045136 - 01/27/20 11:00 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
bluejay_32 Offline
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One thing I've been meaning to ask you because it's been confusing me. WRT = With Regard To? I've not encountered that abbreviation before.
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#4045144 - 01/28/20 12:03 AM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: bluejay_32]
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Originally Posted By bluejay_32
One thing I've been meaning to ask you because it's been confusing me. WRT = With Regard To? I've not encountered that abbreviation before.

You could use it as that, yes. That is an accepted acronym variation. Primarily though, and the way I use it, WRT = With Respect To, thus:

"...WRT is an acronym for with respect to. This is internet shorthand for saying "I want to respond to a specific point made earlier in this conversation." WRT is ideal for steering a conversation in the direction you wish to take it."

In my daily work life it is a well known and used acronym; thus I suppose I use it without even thinking about it, assuming that everyone is aware of it also. laugh
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#4045252 - 01/28/20 11:08 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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Got home too late tonight from work to take another look at the F450. We had one of those arctic blasts come our way late last night, so it was both cold and dark. Bleech. Don't know how y'all in the North do it. laugh

Therefore I decided to work in the attached garage, as it is always warmer than the outside (even in summer it seems). I thought I'd show The 5-O a little attention by replacing the broken cluster bezel and B pillar trim.

That's when I noticed the err of my ways ... somehow between the salvage yard and home the right most mounting flange was broken off:


I've said it before, I'll say it again: kruft. So what to do? I decided that this irked me less than the broken section that lives above the steering column and below the gauges (because I see the break every time I drive her, which means every day).

The lesson here being to be even more careful than I already am when bringing your parts haul home from the yard... fundamental stuff.


Edited by av8or1 (01/28/20 11:42 PM)
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#4045254 - 01/28/20 11:10 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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I cleaned it up just a bit:


And decided to save the vents that were already mated to the new (but now broken too) bezel as spares:
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#4045256 - 01/28/20 11:13 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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I began removing the existing bezel:


And here is the reason I am doing all of this BTW:
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#4045260 - 01/28/20 11:18 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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After installing the original vents into the new-to-me bezel, it went in easily. Done. For now. Sigh. I'll have to get another one the next time I'm at a yard, but this time perhaps put it in the floor board of the front seat of the truck for the ride home. laugh

Anyway I noticed for the first time that the bezels and vents are date coded:


That was from the original stuff, since The 5-O is a 2010, naturally. The new stuff has a 2011 stamp:


Huh, interesting. Didn't know that about Panthers...


Edited by av8or1 (01/28/20 11:24 PM)
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#4045262 - 01/28/20 11:20 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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Finally, the original B pillar trim pieces that came in The 5-O have some fairly noticeable scratches in them, so I picked these up during the most recent salvage yard run:


They need cleaning but are in better shape than the ones I have, so I'll install those sometime in the immediate future.

Thank you for reading,
Jerry
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#4045264 - 01/28/20 11:25 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
bluejay_32 Offline
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Originally Posted By av8or1
Got home too late tonight from work to take another look at the F450. We had another arctic blast come our way late last night, so it was both cold and dark. Bleech. Don't know how y'all in the North do it. laugh

I'll take this over August.
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Originally Posted By Rob Gordon
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#4045268 - 01/28/20 11:31 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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I had another car that had a similar bezel setup to a Panther. It was also missing a tab like that, except it wasn't gone, it was just broken off of the panel. It was the source of a rattle in the dash, so I took and ran a thin bead of RTV on the dash shell and on the broken edge and let it set up firm before putting it together. That cured the rattle and saved an otherwise perfectly good panel. You couldn't see any of it when assembled, and because I let the RTV set up before putting it together, it didn't prevent the panel from being removable in the future.
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#4045270 - 01/28/20 11:47 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: bluejay_32]
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Originally Posted By bluejay_32
Originally Posted By av8or1
Got home too late tonight from work to take another look at the F450. We had another arctic blast come our way late last night, so it was both cold and dark. Bleech. Don't know how y'all in the North do it. laugh

I'll take this over August.

Good God man, you're a masochist! I'll trade ya though ... you take our winters during your summer and give us your summer for our winters.

Works for me! laugh


Edited by av8or1 (01/29/20 12:02 AM)
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#4045272 - 01/28/20 11:48 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: BigMerc96]
av8or1 Offline

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Originally Posted By BigMerc96
I had another car that had a similar bezel setup to a Panther. It was also missing a tab like that, except it wasn't gone, it was just broken off of the panel. It was the source of a rattle in the dash, so I took and ran a thin bead of RTV on the dash shell and on the broken edge and let it set up firm before putting it together. That cured the rattle and saved an otherwise perfectly good panel. You couldn't see any of it when assembled, and because I let the RTV set up before putting it together, it didn't prevent the panel from being removable in the future.

Well done BigMerc! double thumbs
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#4045422 - 01/29/20 10:31 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
bluejay_32 Offline
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Originally Posted By av8or1
Originally Posted By bluejay_32
Originally Posted By av8or1
Got home too late tonight from work to take another look at the F450. We had another arctic blast come our way late last night, so it was both cold and dark. Bleech. Don't know how y'all in the North do it. laugh

I'll take this over August.

Good God man, you're a masochist! I'll trade ya though ... you take our winters during your summer and give us your summer for our winters.

Works for me! laugh


I'd like just May/October all year.

Actually, that sounds suspiciously like San Francisco, and that's a whole different dubious endeavour. I got nothing against San Francisco (my best friend lives there), except it's on the wrong end of the country, and every once in a while the ground gets down with House of Pain.

I couldn't deal with that.
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Originally Posted By Rob Gordon
NOW GET YOUR PATCHOULI STINK - OUTTA MY STORE! MOVE IT, LARD-ASS!

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#4045532 - 01/30/20 08:41 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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I swear, the things folk do to their trucks (and other vehicles for that matter) ...

That lil' jumper-the-fuse stunt caused other issues with the trailer wiring, which is where the flatbed sources its running light power. However with a little detective work I was able to track it down and restore the runners on Da Beast:



So that done, I'll try to get the inspection completed tomorrow after work. It'll likely be Saturday though if I'm realistic. Friggin' flatbed lights and their sockets though ... they wanna disconnect and dangle more than they want to remain connected and illuminate! No wonder I found so much duct tape holding them in place. And whoever strung all of this kruft together wasn't exactly free-flowing with the amount of electrical wire supplied in this particular implementation either. But I digress...

Gotta keep at least one of these trucks online while the heavy lifting associated with restoring Ol' Blue continues to live on the radar.


Edited by av8or1 (01/30/20 08:53 PM)
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#4045536 - 01/30/20 08:47 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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With the F450 running lights issue under our belts, I decided to finish off the interior work on The 5-O tonight. Get it out of the way dontchaknow.

This was/is the original pax side B pillar trim:


Whoever rode in that seat sure carried some heat.

I then cleaned up the donors from the salvage yard:


And popped those into place, easy-peasy. I disregarded the temptation to retain the original trim as "backups." I was proud of that development and even more pleased that I managed to toss them in the bin. That's progress! Right Stu?
rofl
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#4045538 - 01/30/20 08:49 PM Re: Jerry's Crown Victorias [Re: av8or1]
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In other news, the machine shop gave me a call today. They stated that the stem seals showed up on a truck this morning. Thus our cylinder heads are assembled and ready for pick-up. They mentioned that if I was willing to wait until tomorrow that they would paint the exhaust for me with some CVT and cycle it through the oven, no cost. I said ok. Why not? We're here, right? laugh

So hopefully I can get off in time to head over there tomorrow after work. TBD.
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