The new ride!

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  1. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    I feel like a parent who has sent his kid off to college. The new owner of the Monaco sent me some pics today. She made the journey without incident to Boston. He seems very happy to have her. So odd seeing your baby through the phone in somebody else’s hands....

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    On a good note. This last weekend we pulled the Caravelle out to decided it’s fate. She’s been sitting needing fixed this last year. We went all out detailing her this last weekend! Complete wash, polish, wax, ceramic coating, interior cleaning, and chrome and plastic polish.

    We dropped it off at one last local mechanic to try and repair. Holy shit! She’s running again! I noticed when we pulled her out some coolant was missing. Before taking it in, I filled it back up. Turns out she had a hole in the radiator, and was tripping a sensor being low. I’m not gonna pretend like I even remotely know much about this 80’s fuel injected car..... LOL.

    Any way, Ned radiator installed, filled back up and she’s running almost like a top again. Still has a somewhat dead spot in the throttle. But she’s driveable again.

    Now somebody doesn’t want to get rid of her...... LOL

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    The FL summer sun is starting to show its face again. Had to make use of all the empty space in the garage. Got the fleet all out up inside. There’s even a Newport in there somewhere...

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    monaco75 Senior Member

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    We have a yard again! LOL

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    monaco75 Senior Member

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    She does look good posed in the now vacant yard too! LOL

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    300rag Waiting out the storm FCBO Gold Member

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    What's with all the leaves in the yard? Is it fall down there?
     
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  5. monaco75

    monaco75 Senior Member

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    It’s fall year round here. One thing I’ve really grown to hate is these trees here lol. Usually get the worst this time of year, and actual “Fall”.

    We gave up on trying to clean em up. 5 hours later it’s exactly the same.
     
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  6. MarPar

    MarPar Meat Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    She sho does...:thumbsup:
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I am cheap. I ride around all day fixing this stuff in my head. After reading on the internet and sorting through 90% of the keyboard complainers. I figure how the system or part works, find the failure point.
    On my wife's Jeep it was blown fuse so I replaced it, blew another, then in true truck driver fashion (Peter stop reading) I jumped it with a piece of #12 house wire and the compressor ran about a minute and was very hot. That put enough air in system that it worked like it should. Then checked the tank ( behind the rear seat, yes your infant is perfectly safe with a 220 psig tank of nitrogen at their feet)
    Much like A/C system, suck it down to remove air and moisture. Refill with A/C grade purge nitrogen with low/no moisture.
    My wife also has patience to allow a few days to sort the problem, instead of woosh of to the dealer or mechanic. By doing that she also saves the constant complaining about the job they did or didn't do.

    In simple terms "I'm cheap"
     
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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    300rag Waiting out the storm FCBO Gold Member

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    I don't see a problem. This is my replacement chart...

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    78Brougham Deplorable FCBO Gold Member

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    Does the wrench come with the optional fire extinguisher? :rofl:
     
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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    I always carried a few 1/4-20 x 1-1/4 HHMS in my bag to make sure I got home. Circuit Breaker universal replacements. And I used them. F*** the wiring.
     
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    And then I wonder why all the wiring and electronics in the first gen is all F’ed up!! LOL
     
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    Baby’s first bath!! LOL

    So cute, the water sets of the sensors in the door handles. Acts like I’m tickleing it when spraying it down. Found that kinda humorous... Ha!

    couple observations. Is this truck plastic?? Everything feels so fragile to me compared to me old rigs. I know it’s crash safety stuff to explode off Incase of impact, but man....

    The grill is a BITCH to clean!! The whole front end really. Almost gotta crawl on the ground to clean the front air dam. Wheels are a bitch too!

    Luckily no big surprise to find on our first time intimate together lol. Found a light scratch in the passenger door, and a small one on the drivers fender. Both should buff right out. Honestly their so light, I probably took delivery with them on it.

    I may send it off to a professional place for a complete detail/paint correction/and ceramic coating in the future. She has a few imperfections in the factory paint. Need to price it out. Honestly really doesn’t need it, but it’s the new “baby”. Gotta spoil it.

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    Thank to the trees it will only stay like this for an hour tops. Not gonna bother drying it. Water spots are better than the yellow tinge from all the pollen lately.
     
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    Looks very nice!
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    AND that's an easy grille to clean.
     
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    MarPar Meat Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    A freshly washed truck and no hose in the pic?? For shame lol

    She looks great, Zac!! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. monaco75

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    Got a freebie for the truck last night. A factory tonneau from another customer at the dealer. Has a small pin hole in it but hell, free is free! He was getting a fiberglass cover to replace this one.

    May still search for a better one, but this factory cheap one will do for now. I’ll see if I can patch the small hole.

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    MarPar Meat Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Hot damn, Zac! I would definitely keep that one! I've seen that the factory covers are one of the better ones. Put a little goo in that blemish if you need to and rock it for a while!
     
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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    Know what you need to do.?
    Black powder coat the big shining honker and turn it into the Zach Midnight Edition.

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    What have you done to her besides tint and the Tonneau cover?