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by john keefe
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: New Seat Belts?
Replies: 8
Views: 40

Re: New Seat Belts?

Wish I had time to junkyard, but I did find this site, and I can picture some of the models working (maybe with a little alteration, especially the receiver end, if that "cable" type is not rigid enough): https://www.seatbeltsplus.com/category/3-Point-Retractable-Seat-Belts.html#/filter:be...
by john keefe
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:15 am
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: New Seat Belts?
Replies: 8
Views: 40

Re: New Seat Belts?

I haven't found any manufacturer's cite which provides for the Merkur, but there are several "universal fits" which seem to have almost the same reel, webbing, etc., but not the correct receiver clip and steel bracket used in ours. I'll have to look at mine more closely to see if one of th...
by john keefe
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: New Seat Belts?
Replies: 8
Views: 40

Re: New Seat Belts?

I was thinking that too, but it might be expensive. And, I don't know if modern seat belts need some vulcanization or other chemical reinforcement for the fibers to be considered "safe," or what material to spec for the upholsterer if they don't do that regularly. Was hoping there's some c...
by john keefe
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Re: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)

I would have been a LOT harsher, and contacted BAR, etc., etc. except my Mom was really concerned about how they'd react, and what that might incur for future services. Remember, they're the only game in a small town... Since I'm not there all the time with her, and I usually find out post-facto abo...
by john keefe
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Re: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)

Horrible. They just wanted to sell her a brand new car. You got it. The shop manager and service writer weren't thrilled that I was taking it back, until I BS'd and told them my nephew was probably going to buy it, 'cause he thinks he can rebuild the battery himself, and then Mom will be looking fo...
by john keefe
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: New Seat Belts?
Replies: 8
Views: 40

Re: New Seat Belts?

Has anyone done a swap with new replacements? Who/What did you use? Did it bolt in, or was some creative alteration required?
by john keefe
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Re: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)

I get incompetency or ignorance... at least that can be usually cured with education and pride of work. It's the outright greedy, unscrupulous crap that gets me going. Unfortunately, its something I see too often being a GC, and opening up walls or figuring out why something's wrong, and wondering w...
by john keefe
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Re: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)

Yeah, my Mom asked me, "Oh my, do you think they could have made this mistake with other people?" Uh, Mom, it ain't no mistake. Not limited to automotives, either. Have an A/C unit that stopped working last Spring, not too old. I did some research, and had a good idea, but I used this one ...
by john keefe
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Ford Hybrid Battery Rip-off (long story)

So, my 92 year old Mom, who's tough as nails and still active, had a battery problem with her 2008 Escape Hybrid. She took a fall, and wasn't able to drive for a few weeks. When we recently tried to start it up, got all the lights, IP, headlights, etc., but no start. I didn't have my code scanner, b...
by john keefe
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Rottler P69 Porting a Lima Head
Replies: 3
Views: 17

Re: Rottler P69 Porting a Lima Head

Very cool, especially considering how long it takes to get even close to that with hand porting the head alone. I wonder if those cut-ridges will get smoothed out with a finer bit/stone. IIRC, though, there's a long-standing debate whether leaving those ridges improve flow by inducing tumbling aroun...
by john keefe
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: General Discussion & Intro Forum
Topic: New Seat Belts?
Replies: 8
Views: 40

New Seat Belts?

30+ years on these seat belts. None are frayed in either the XR or the Scorpio, but they're faded and probably a little brittle. That many years, abuse or not, can't be good when you really need them to hold. I don't want to go to a full-on Sabelt, Sparco, or other race-type set-up, but I don't thin...
by john keefe
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Power Steering Whistle
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Re: Power Steering Whistle

Thanks for the info, guys. Will hopefully have some time in the next few days to look at it, probably get a rebuilt/reman.
by john keefe
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Speedometer issues
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Speedometer issues

My experience with that ticking, is that your speedo connection to the IC is not engaging properly. Try a couple times to get the cable end fully buried into the receiver. Could be that the receiver hole has worn and is no longer square enough to hold the speedo square end in place. Or, the cable is...
by john keefe
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: T5 Clutch fork....
Replies: 78
Views: 507

Re: T5 Clutch fork....

When's it on the road? A TON of work, and great documentation with the pics. Not being a smart-ass at all, but aside from the satisfaction of accomplishing it, was it worth it to get away from the cable linkage? BTW, your vid looks like a decades old, stock Hollywood clip used for hospital IC scenes...
by john keefe
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Power Steering Whistle
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Re: Power Steering Whistle

Seal kit, or whole new pump unit?