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  1. If its not a leaking roof rail (or plug if you do not have the rails), or the radio antenna, it may be the windshield.... In this post: https://fordtransitconnectforum.com/topic/7409-water-on-passenger-footwell/
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    Transmission/clutch related noise?

    I don't know if the TC bearings require "packing" with grease.... But, when I was first learning about cars, I changed a wheel bearing but didn't know how to properly pack the bearing. It failed about a month later.... So it may not have been the bearing that failed, just the installation. Here is how...
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    Transmission/clutch related noise?

    Sounds like a wheel bearing to me. Disengaging the clutch or turning changes the load on the bearing and therefore the amount of noise. And if one has gone recently, the other one is certainly suspect.
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    I have been on both sides of this fence. I had a pickup truck that I took to the car wash once a year in the spring (to wash the salt off) and a hot rod that I washed weekly and waxed about six times a year. My motorcycles get washed often, but only waxed once a year (They are a PITA to wax), I have only had my TC for a few months, but the first week I had it, I gave it a good wax. While doing so, I was surprised to find a build sticker still on the roof! Apparently the dealers don't wash the roofs of vans. Anyhow, my plan is to hand wax it at least twice a year and wash it about every two weeks. As @Jaymz said, I have started using 303 protectant on the plastic and I really like it. It seems to hold up better than others I have used. I'm a fan of Meguiar's products ( I used the professional glaze on the hot rod), so I will be using their basic cleaner/wax on the TC. I agree with @BSUPC about Dawn detergent, not good! I use cheap powdered clothes detergent. A few of my hot rod buddies, swear by it. It seems to work ok, but I am not as sold on it as they are. But it is really cheap! I don't plan on cleaning the engine bay often. Maybe once a year. I probably will just use a simple degreaser like Simple Green. I have used Gunk engine degreaser aerosol spray in the past, but its a little too strong for normal maintenance. @Fifty150, I think I will give your method a try. It might get me to wash it more often. Getting the step stool out to wash the roof, tends to cause me to find something else to do!
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    What a waste of a beautiful 1959 bel air!
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    the OH CRAP tote

    I keep a roll of TP in a waterproof bag in my tote. I guess that makes mine a true Oh Crap tote!
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    New Owner - Camping/Traveling Ideas

    Congrats on your new TC and welcome. I know I like mine, so I am sure you will. too! A lot of plumbers use large diameter PVC pipe mounted on the roof rack to hold pipe. Depending on the size of the reels on your fishing poles, a 4 or 6 inch PVC drain pipe might hold them out of the way. You could mount the pipe inside using the holes in the roof supports or outside. Definitely consider a sun shade for the windshield. That monster piece of glass up front provides a great view, but really catches a lot of sun in the summer. (Bugs and stones, too!)
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    Gen 2 Steelies

    Yep, I hear you. I spent some time researching it. Here is a link to an aftermarket lug nut with the shoulder on it, for future reference. Dorman 611207. It turns out that my stock lug nuts are two piece with a cone that spins on the nut. They seem to work ok for holding the cap on. However, my caps are from a Crown Vic Police Interceptor which has a 114mm bolt circle. So I had the bend the tabs down to the 108mm. They seem to be staying on. There are a couple of guys on the Focus forum that are running them. I'm not sure if they would work with the Ranger caps you have pictured. Your spikes are definitely cool, but I would probably hurt myself on them!
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    New 2019 TC Wagon Titanium semi-conversion

    Congrats on your purchase! Hey look at the bright side, get all the bugs out now and it will be trouble free forever.
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    Fan Resistor Connection Is Oxidised

    I have had to do this on an old hot rod I built. First you have to find a good connector the same as what is damaged. That is probably the hard part. Junkyards can be a source. Then with an ice pick or paper clip pull out each of the individual terminals in the connector. Then its a case of cleaning up the oxidation of the terminals/or replacing them and reinserting the terminals in the connector. It is a big pain. If the connector wasn't visible, I would have just spliced the wires from the salvaged connector.
  11. LOL Yes sir, but I realized I was getting too old to compete... It just wasn't fun anymore.
  12. Well not much of a story. I was living in Kansas City and we had a two week period when the jet stream dipped down from Canada and brought negative temps and snow. My diesel tractor would not start so my wife and I had to shovel the driveway by hand (it was a large one). We both had jobs that we could not call in, so we had to clear it to get the vehicles out of the garage. During the first snow fall and driveway clearing, she twisted her back and was out. The next three snow falls, I was on my own. So the exact moment occurred halfway through the fourth shoveling when my feet slipped on the ice melt from the last snowfall and I fell on my butt. At that moment, while still sitting on my aching butt, I yelled out loud "THIS IS B*** S****". Got up finished the driveway and starting making plans to move. A year later I was in South Carolina.
  13. It was one of those day in Kansas City, that convinced me to move! I still remember the exact moment when I had enough...
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    Gen 2 Steelies

    I haven't like the hubcaps on my 2018 XLT, since the day I bought it. (They reminded me of snowflakes!). So after a little bit of research, I decide to go with center caps and possibly trim rings. Originally, I was going to go with black wheels, but it looked too much like a cop car. I still haven't decided on the trim rings. But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
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    6F35 tranny rebuild at 62k

    @Eddy Kilowatt - Sorry you will have to wait to get your ride back. But a 3 year old vehicle with a free, rebuilt transmission sounds like a good deal to me! If it takes another 60,000 to crap out again, you win!