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September 1998 Homegrown How-Tos

Posted in How To on September 1, 1998
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Das Boot
I noticed that the boot between the pitman arm and the drag link had torn off, so I made a new boot from 3/4-inch heater hose. I separated the rod and pitman arm and placed a large washer over the drag link end to cover the opening, then I cut a piece of hose a little taller than the distance between the end and the link. I topped it off with another washer to seal it, then tightened it up. It's still holding grease!
Dave Nothstein
Colorado Springs, CO

Bad Vibrations
I have a '79 Ford 4x4. The brake caliper was worn out and vibrated when I would hit a bump because the clips that held it in place wouldn't stay tight. I took two 1/4-inch washers and welded them to the caliper at the top lip to keep the clips tight and end the vibration.
John Koelzer
Onaga, KS

Crack Problems
The windows were all cracked in my soft top, so I cut them out (both the sides and the back), then pulled the top down behind the front seats. Next, I removed the backseat and made a tonneau cover from plywood, sewed what was left of the top to the sides, and used the domes to fasten the top to the plywood. I left enough material for two domes along the rear quarters for a contoured look. It was also very easy to build a hinged trunk in the plywood for access to storage.
Brian Longmire
Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

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