Sunday, June 19, 2016

Installing a garage cord reel light just like Grampy had

My grandfather had a cord reel light in the middle of his garage when I was growing up. We used it a lot working on cars. I always thought that light was really cool.

It hadn't really occurred to me to put one in my garage until I was thinking about inspecting my mustang's bottom side and realized I needed a light that could go under the car for that.

As soon as I started thinking about having a light for inspecting the underside of the car I realized I wanted one of those reel work lights like my Grampy had.

I did a bit of searching on Amazon, looking at led ones first that were really expensive, but finally finding this classic style Craftsman Professional one with a 30 foot cord.

The directions said to make sure you installed it within two feet of an outlet. 

I cut and mounted a piece of 2x4 on my garage cieling attached to the boards that hold up my garage door opener. I then screwed in the included hook and hung the light. 

I was too conservative in my distance measurement  from the outlet the first time I installed it so I took it down, took down the board, and re-mounted the board further out. I like this better. 

30 feet is more than enough distance for anything I will ever need to do. :-)

I am really happy with my new light. It reminds me of good times with my Grampy.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

1968 Mustang Fuse Box location and a few dial pics

I found out yesterday that a friend has an engine lift and engine stand he is willing to loan me so I have been researching how to pull the engine today.

Today my in laws took the chairs they were storing in my garage while they were selling their old house and buying a new one to their new place, so I have room in the garage again.

I took a few picks of my fuse box and dials tonight, still getting a feel for the car.

The stock fuse box on a 1968 mustang is located way up about as far as it can be under the dash, just to the right of the steering wheel. Mine looks to be original for the car. I will be replacing this with a newer style one.

It looks like there might be a bit of foil behind one of the fuses?

The radio on this car looks to be original as well, or at least old enough to be. I may keep that, I am not sure.


Pedals and rust. 

Hurst shifter. 

Steering wheel.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hood stuffing in my 1968 Mustang restmod project car

The front of Lola's hood near the latch is stuffed full of this cotton like substance.

Closer picture of some I pulled out with a screwdriver.

I don't claim to be an expert on these cars, but I am reasonably certain this stuff doesn't belong there. Amoung other things it seems like a huge fire hazard.

My best guess is there was a mouse, or family of mice, living in Lola's hood at some point.

I am going to have to take the hood latch off the get the rest of it out, but that can wait till I take the hood off the car. For now it's just one more item to add to the to do list I need to start.