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Old 06-25-2006, 06:56 AM
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Goodies from the salvage yard

Howdy All,
Yesterday I went to some salvage yards and I found alot of what I wanted. However, 7 salvage yards and only 3 crew cab F-250/350 ( 2 at one place, 1 at another), and they were pretty well stripped. I got switches for the driver side door window controller since I destroyed mine somehow, found a factory Ford rubber crew cab mat(Internet 153.00, I paid 27.00 w/ tax ), a gauge cover (Speedo, tach, etc...), a nice Ford zip up cover for the owners manual, insurance card, and business cards, a spare tire mount for the side of the bed (hate getting under the truck) and two 3rd brake lights. One going on my truck and the other on eBay. Anyone priced those things from the stealership??? Yikes. Total for the day........67.41. My wife doesn't know what shopping is!
My next trip I plan to get the electric fans, I know there is some disagreement out there, but I haven't heard of anyone one detonating an engine yet with the set up. Please let me know if there is somebody out there.
Now for the questions.
1) I seemed to recall hearing about a switch on the brake pedal assembly that when it goes out costs (ballpark) 800.00? Does anyone know what I am talking about? If so would you pick one up at the junkyard as a spare?
2) Any idea how to keep the 3rd brake light & bed lights from getting so hot that they melt the plastic and wiring? One employee at the junk yard said that almost all of our trucks he gets has that problem.
3) Does anyone out there want to get rid of their back seat cup holder? If so I am interested.
4) Between the 3 trucks I could walk away with a set of 4 Michelin XLT's. They all looked good, no indication of road hopping, uneven wear, and no signs of dry rotting. If I recall right the place said all tires $9.99. Would any of you pay the 40.00 some odd bucks for them? I am wary of doing it.
Have a good evening, off to tinker on the truck:thumbs
See ya',
Craig
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:04 AM
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2) Any idea how to keep the 3rd brake light & bed lights from getting so hot that they melt the plastic and wiring? One employee at the junk yard said that almost all of our trucks he gets has that problem.

Craig
you can get LED bulbs, little to no heat is generated from it. i have never had a regualr bulb melt out though.

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the biggest cause for heat is resistance so keep things clean. if it may be a problem then i think i would glance at the fixtures often and maybe pull them apart, clean them with break, electric motor cleaner, then re-coat them with dialectric grease, not regular grease!!
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Thanks for the replies fellas. Is there a particular vendor y'all use to get LED lights from?
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http://www.superbrightleds.com/carbulb-notes.htm

i dont use led's as of yet. heres a link to get you started..
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I noticed that some of the tail light bulbs get so hot that they don't melt the plastic, but they cause it to kind of shrink and bubble inward......sucks!
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