Progress on the Tip-Over jig and some new parts…

Made progress on the tip-over jig this weekend. Got the 4×4’s and 2×6’s mounted, the plywood cut and temporarily attached. Need to cut a few 2×4’s and drill and bolt everything together onto the 2×6’s. Once the jig is built, I will jack up the car enough to remove the front and rear suspension components then I can lower it onto the jig. I also need to fab up some door jigs. I bought some square tubing at Lowes, just need to weld on a plate to attach to the door striker location and the door hinge mount. I will be picking up an electric hoist that I will be able to use to help “tip” it over as well as lower it when I need to. Hopefully I can get it “tipped” over next weekend. 

Ordered and received a new front floor support for the drivers side. Also just ordered the 1 inch shorter seat pans from NPD. They are the only people that sell them that I can find, and when I went to buy them a month ago they had NO stock, and looking tonight they had some in the FL warehouse so I bought them! 

New car!

Who would have thought simply taking in the SHO to get a screw removed from the tire would have me driving away in a 2016 Showroom Floor Ford Fiesta ST?! Story time!

Hop in the SHO and start it up, peek over at the radio and see the TPMS for the back right tire is at 10 PSI. Great… Hop out, grab an air gauge and test it, 34 PSI. Okay then, lets check the front right. Ding ding ding, 10 PSI. Not sure why the head unit had it swapped, but at least I know that a tire is indeed low. Fill it up, and see if maybe I can get lucky and spot the problem. I can, and its a nice screw right in the tread, well whats left of the tread, as my tires were getting pretty worn (Kinda sad they only lasted 15k miles, but they were crappy tires and most people I have talked to said they had about the same mileage out of them…) Anyways, take it to Firestone since I didn’t want to have to go to Ford (Mullinax chipped my Fusion rim and would take the blame, saying there machines wouldn’t do that…I’m sure the grease monkey is more than capable though…) Go in and they are booked for the day (it is the Monday after Christmas afterall) so I schedule and appt for the next day. Decided to run over to Ford (Prestige) and see what they can do. I get told it’d be about 30 minutes, nice!

As I go to sit down, I decided I’ll go test drive some cars. Get out, get some fresh air and have some fun. Up until this point all I wanted to do was get the tire fixed and go home. I was NOT test driving for a new car, just to go out and drive. I started with a new Explorer with the EcoBoost. Not bad I must say! Comfy and lots of features. Then moved onto a Flex with the standard 3.5L non-EcoBoost. I liked it, had plenty of get-up-and-go, even for not having the turbos. After talking some with the sales person, I realized even though they were nice cars, I didn’t want to move up to something bigger than my already large boat of a car. Before we went back inside, I got talking to the sales guy about a smaller car, like maybe a Focus ST, but they didn’t have any (small dealership in old peoples town) so we went into the show room. He wanted to have me talk to his boss to see what he might be able to do for me (even though at this point I was still just using up time) , while waiting they guy fixing me tire comes over and says due to policy, they could put a plug in the tire but not hot patch it since the tread was so low (and it really was…probably around if not past the legal limit…) so I said sure, just plug it. I didn’t have 2k to drop on new tires (thanks Ford for have 19″ fat tires that almost no one carries…) by this time the manager came over and we talked a little and I said how maybe I want something smaller than the SHO, but something with a stick to make it  fun car. Then I spot the Fiesta ST. Showroom floor, White Platinum Tri-Coat, Black 17″ Rims, looks sweet! I took a seat in it and fell in love with it. I knew from right then I wanted it. I fit comfortably, hell I felt like I had more room than in the SHO! Seeing a possible sale, my sales guy brought it out of the showroom after moving a nice looking F150 off the showroom as well. I take it for a spin and having some troubles with the clutch (little stiffer and the contact point is much different than that of the T5 in the ‘Stang) but I loved the way it drove, the way it took off, the way it corned, everything! When we got back I sat down for the paper work on it.

It was higher than I wanted to pay, but after really going over the SHO, I realized how all the little things really added up. The flaking clear coat on the hood and front bumper. The PO’s accident damage to the front bumper, the rust bubbles on the roof from the hail damage 8 months prior, the fact that the tires were practically bald, the after market head unit which the frame had a slot meant for a non-nav car’s screen making basically an oval hole into the dash, the partially blue carbon fiber wrapped dash, the not-in-the-best-shape seats, the fact that the paint had swirls and scratches that for the life of me and my DA could not remove, the accident damage from when I was rear ended (which was reported as major damage, and what really made the value of the car go down…)

I ended up talking them down 1.5K and made them throw in the ST rubber mats and walked out the door with one of the best cars I have driven! Now I just need them to replace the silver calipers with the red ones it is supposed to have since the 17″ Ebony wheel upgrade package (which I have) is supposed to come with red calipers…

And here it is shoved in “The Ranch” so that I can detail and apply 
Pinnacle Black Label Diamond Coating

More floor pan carnage!

Got most of the driver side floor pan removed, started out removed a good chunk using my plasma cutter (what an AWESOME tool!) The more I dug into it, the more I found that needed replaced (always the case with a classic!) I discovered the toe kick needed replaced, as whatever they had used before on the floor covered the rust quite nicely… Under the toe kick I found the torque box was pretty rusted and almost rusted through on the bottom! In addition, once I had most of the torque box cut out I discovered that the floor support could use replaced as well. Where it is overlapping the front frame support behind the torque box it is rusted through, and overall the support is pretty bent and beat up from the years of jacking. 
Instead of working above my head/face to finish removing (and eventually welding in) the torque box, I decided to move the timeline up for getting the 67′ set up on a tip over jig. Instead of paying around 2K for a professional rotisserie, I will be building a “tip over jig” which attaches to the front and rear of the car, and using some 2×6’s and some plywood will allow me to “tip” over the car on its side. While building it, I will post up my designs. Until then, I need to swap sides between the 67 and 73 so that I will be able to tip the 67 against the wall and not the middle of the floor.