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- The Ford Pickup Diary
all the mods and repairs in chronological order
on 16 Nov 2018 by bjoern author list
Every single modification and repair on the truck since I bought it and until I sold it.
I bought this car in Houston, Texas in April 2000. It's a 1988 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck with the 5.0l (302ci) V8 engine (EFI, 185hp). April 2000: The cab was in pretty bad shape when I bought it. I had to replace the floor carpet, the front seat bench and the driver's seat belt. May 2000: As one [read more]
The brand new car for the brand new family
plenty of room in the 5008
on 06 May 2011 by bjoern author list
This is what the car looked like right out of the factory
We got the 2010 Business Line model straight from the factory. It features a 1.8L 110hp common rail four cylinder diesel engine and an electronic manual gearbox which allows for manual or automatic shifting. The manual shifting takes place either with the shift stiock or the paddles on the side of the steering wheel, but requires no clutch pedal in [read more]
Installing a low license plate in the front
Cleaning the nose with low plates
on 06 May 2011 by bjoern author list
Dropping the license plate to below the air intake cleans the overall look of the nose and protects [...]
When I drove the Miata in Texas, I never mounted the front license plate, as you can see on the first pictures:Of course, this is not allowed in Germany. I nevertheless wanted to keep the nice, round nose of the car free from that ugly plate, so I started out by bending some stainless steel pieces into shape:They stick up [read more]
- NB comboswitch installation
to install a 99+ comboswitch in the 90-97 dash
on 13 Apr 2011 by bjoern author list
The cruise control man switch takes up a full slot in the dash. This article describes in detail how[...]
If you have cruise control and a defogger, you run out of options if you want to install an additional switch (e.g. fog-lights) in the dash without losing the stock look: The second generation Miatae (NB, 1999 and up) have a cruise control and fog-light combination switch: That switch seems to be shaped to fit exactly in the same location as the [read more]
- Triple VDO gauges
three VDO gauges under the radio
on 13 Apr 2011 by bjoern author list
After the stock double-DIN headunit was replaced with the single-DIN Empeg, there was room under the[...]
Since the OEM Pioneer MSSS stereo died two weeks after I bought the car, I decided to install the Empeg MP3 player. In contrast to the double DIN MSSS unit, it is a single DIN unit. So I have room for a triple gauge assembly from VDO:The project in its beginning stages.This is the finished gauge pod. I think it [read more]
- Audio Installation
Installing the Empeg, amps and Hakuna-style subs in the Miata
on 13 Apr 2011 by bjoern author list
A complete make-over of the Miata audio system. I added Kappa two-way speakers to the doors, subwoof[...]
This is the center dash before I started opening it up: This is what it looks like all open: I took the occasion to install triple VDO gauges in the space under the empeg. After it is all wired up, it's almost ready to receive the gauges and the empeg: Notice the new Kappa in the passenger door. For the subwoofers, I took [read more]
- Interior modifications
bling bling for the interior
on 13 Apr 2011 by bjoern author list
Making a classy car even classier. Vent rings, wood trim, gauges, chrome, influx center console and [...]
This is an ongoing project to enhance the very "understated" interior of the Miata. Vents before: Vents after: I also installed parts of a wood dash kit for doors  and dash,  making a classy car even classier:  The empeg MP3 player with subs in the parcel deck and the triple VDO gauges are [read more]
- Gauge Cluster Modifications
Adding a wood-grain touch to the gauge cluster
on 13 Apr 2011 by bjoern author list
For me, the roadster-look is all about wood and chrome in a car. So I found a cheap way of adding so[...]
This is how it all looked before I started: I took the cluster out and disassembled it: This, by the way, is the German cluster I used to get the speedo from and the 'real' oil pressure gauge. I took the gauge faces off to see how new faces would be installed: I took this opportunity to install a speedo that [read more]
- sponsored 1997 Ford Escort
Reinigung Zimmermann sponsored this car for the BSV Luckau
on 19 Aug 2008 by bjoern author list
As a compensation for commuting to and from practice/games with the BSV Luckau handball team, I got [...]
It's not a pretty car and with 60hp it's not fast (despite having a turbo). But it has lots of room and gets me where I need to get. Besides, I got it for free, Diesel, tax and insurance paid, so I won't look under the gift-car's hood It has already almost 200,000 km (just [read more]
- Conservation with Mike Sander's
Applied the famous rust prevention grease
on 07 Jun 2004 by bjoern author list
A carefully executed preservation of the complete frame and body and all cavities are essential for [...]
It's a big messy job! Hidden cavities are made accessible by small holes. The grease is applied at approx. +90C. A thoroughly dry car is compulsary before starting work. The grease is hot and you apply it with high pressure. It flows everywhere and no matter how hard you try, you end up being all covered in greae, hair [read more]
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