Got to wrench on the truck a little more today. Did an oil change with some Valvoline MaxLife 5w-30 and a new motorcraft oil filter. Reinstalled the air cleaner and all the hoses associated with it, and took it for a drive. It runs surprisingly smooth, but it has some down sides.
It has a terribly dirty and disgusting interior, I want to just trash the seat, carpet, and headliner all together. The drivers door panel is missing, the window crank is missing and looks like the receiver end is broken, so the window is stuck in the down position, the door handle is missing so you have to open the door from the outside. The passenger side has a door panel, and everything is there, but the window crank just spins and isn't hooked up to anything lol. The headlight switch looks broken, there is no handle for it and the rod is pushed up under the dash, so you can't turn them on. The turn signals dont work at all, dunno why. The blower motor doesn't turn on in any position (I didn't expect the AC
to work, but i expected it to atleast blow lol). The horn doesn't work, the Cruise control doesn't work. The list goes on with the interior lol.
The exterior isn't as bad, but has some issues. The passenger side mirror is broken and needs to be replaced, the truck originally only had 1 front tank, but there is a locked gas cap on it, and i think they couldn't get it off, so it looks like they put a hole in the back, installed a rear tank and plumbed some junk hose to fill it. But I tried to put some fresh fuel in it and it leaked from the filler neck real bad. I only got a gallon of fuel in before I said screw it. I don't even know if its pulling fuel from the front or rear tank, I have no key for the front locking gas cap, and there is no switch on the dash indicating it. So the fuel gauge could be reading from the front tank, but sucking gas from the rear etc. Who knows until I dig more into it.
But I went and put some air in the 10 y/o tires, and took it for a drive out in the country, the alignment is terrible as it feels really darty, but it surprisingly does well at 55mph. Lowish RPM's, doesnt seem to struggle or anything, but i was afraid to take it any faster until I know more about the truck, and had some better tires on it.
The trans seems to shift when its not suppose to, when you floor it, it just revs, but never shifts until you let off a bit. Must need to adjust the lever to the trans. It also had some clanking sound under harder acceleration, where it almost sounded like the fan was hitting the radiator, but its not. It eventually went away, the more I drove it.
I know thats a lot of info, but its a work in progress.
Some pics out in the country we have. Commiefornia aint all
that bad, its got some sights, ill tell ya.