Episode 1: ’79 F-150 Startup
Join Matt and Steve as they try to get a 1979 Ford F-150 started up after it has been sitting in a New England driveway for quite some time.
Matt and Steve are back at it. Last time, we installed a DJM 4″ drop suspension in the front of our shop truck. Now it’s time to do the rear suspension. DJM has supplied us with a “flip kit” for the rear axle that should bring us down 6″ in the back. Matt and Steve wrap up the DJM Suspension install and put the shop truck project back on track. There will be snow. There will be fire and flying metal. There will be coffee breaks.
What do you do when there’s four feet of snow and no end to winter in sight? Go racing of course! Matt, Steve and Chris shake off the winter blues and fire up their motors. We take a trip to visit A.M.E.C. for some spectacular wheel-to-wheel action on the frozen lakes of Upstate New York. Finally, a reason to look forward to Winter……..
Are you sick of heading to the alignment shop every time you replace something in the front end of your car? Want to do a custom alignment for weekend of racing, or to get better tire wear? Break free from the rack! Now you can do four wheel alignments from the comfort of your own garage. Come watch Matt, Steve and Chris tackle at-home alignments. They’ll show you how easy (or not) it is to line up your wheels.
We’re back, and we’re going to be finishing up our at-home alignments! This time, we’ll show you the Watkins Smart Camber Gauge, and how you can use it to properly set caster and camber on your ride. We’ll also show you the Longacre Toe Plates. There great for quick and dirty toe adjustments when you’ve just got to get back out on the road… or the track.
The boys are at it again, rescuing another old Ford out of the New England woods. This time, they’re stuck with a spun rod bearing. What is rod knock? Which rod is knocking? Matt and Steve will show you a simple test to find out which bearing has gone bad. Now they just need to figure out a way to get themselves home.
The Shelby Daytona is down for an unexpected head gasket repair. Worse yet, once it was apart we found that the cylinder head had cracked in several places! Does this mean that our head is junk? Are we going to have to settle for a used head of “questionable” quality? Is Steve going to miss out on the morning doughnut run? Of course not! We’re going to fix it, and we’re going to show you how!
It’s a great day in the shop. With the Daytona cylinder head back from our welder, we’re ready to push in some new valve seats and start our at-home ‘port and polish’ job.
The boys from Garage X return to Nashua Engine Rebuilders, where Jesse Maynard walks us through the in’s and out’s of basic cylinder head porting. These guys are the pros, and they’ve been building motors for about a hundred years. If you need automotive machine work, Nashua Engine Rebuilders is the place to call.