Share
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 27

Thread: Ford F150 vs mice!

  1. #1

    Default Ford F150 vs mice!

    I couple of weeks ago, I bought a 1996 f-150 off of a friend of mine. He told me it hardly ran because it had a bunch of chewed up wires from mice or rats. It has 110,000 miles on it and has a 5.0 liter with the 4r70w trans. My friend traded it for some race car parts and tried to get it running, but had no experience in fixing wiring problems. He told me he would sell me it for 800 dollars. I have a 2 year degree in automotive technology/repair and am good at fixing electrical problem so it seemed like a no-brainer. After looking at it, I jumped on it.

    I was lucky enough to have good friends with a car trailer and a f-250 power stroke. It took a come-a-long and my friend busting his balls to get the thing on the trailer. He was the only one strong enough and with the motivation to do it. If the truck would of been just an inch bigger, it wouldn't of fit.

    The truck would start, but it ran like CRAP. It ran very rich and wasnt firing on all cylinders. After checking a few things, I found that the coolant temp sensor had an open in the wire and caused the computer to think it was -40 degrees so it was dumping fuel in like there was no tomorrow. I found 6 wires chewed up behind the engine that took out the coolant sensor, the throttle position sensor, and a few injectors. After fixing it, It started and runs smooth.

    Sadly, I'm not lucky enough for that to be the only problem. I have found wires chewed up around the transmission, the oil pressure switch, and some wires up under the dash. I had to pull the whole dash out to get to the wire that fed the passenger side window motor. it also needs a brake job, an alternator, and a trans fluid change. It smells kind of burnt, but isn't discolored. it also needs a radio. Im not complaining though. its still dirt cheap and I will probably be able to sell it for a profit if I don't decide to keep it instead.

    I don't have any pictures of the broken wires on the engine and transmission.

    picture 1: the dash in all its glory. I'm just pulled it out today and haven't finished inspecting all the wiring.

    picture 2: Ain't she pretty? It has a 3 inch lift and the big meaty tires. Even the body and frame have very little rust, especially for a ford.

    picture 3: The wire that made me have to duck tape the window up when it started raining.

    picture 4: The antenna wire. Its hanging on by a thread.

    picture 5: Looks roomy without a dash in there. also, notice the patch of carpet the little bastards devoured.

    Picture 6: Nothing like a good DVOM and a bright flashlight to track down bad wires.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2855.jpg 
Views:	415 
Size:	53.7 KB 
ID:	5236   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2856.jpg 
Views:	405 
Size:	32.1 KB 
ID:	5237   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2862.jpg 
Views:	392 
Size:	30.3 KB 
ID:	5238   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2863.jpg 
Views:	401 
Size:	37.7 KB 
ID:	5239   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2866.jpg 
Views:	404 
Size:	43.3 KB 
ID:	5240  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2885.jpg 
Views:	359 
Size:	48.4 KB 
ID:	5241  
    Everlast lx225
    Hobart Handler 210 with spool gun
    Hobart Stickmate LX
    Thermal Arc 400GMS
    40 amp Northern Tools plasma torch
    130 chicago electric tig welder
    90 amp chicago electric flux mig
    10"-22" Grizzly lathe
    15"-5.5" Grizzly vertical end mill

    In need of nice TIG machine. drooling over PowerTig 250ex

  2. #2

    Default

    Man those little guys went to town on the wiring. I've never heard of a vehicle with that much wiring eaten up. I bet there are a lot of terds everywhere.
    Power tig 225lx
    Hand tools up the wazoo.

  3. #3

    Default

    I have been told that the insulation in the wires are at least partially soy bean based. They seem to like it. I'm still finding turns and half eaten nuts in the weirdest place. The carpet smells of piss so I'm going to pull it out and pressure wash the piss out of it along with using plenty of bleach.
    Everlast lx225
    Hobart Handler 210 with spool gun
    Hobart Stickmate LX
    Thermal Arc 400GMS
    40 amp Northern Tools plasma torch
    130 chicago electric tig welder
    90 amp chicago electric flux mig
    10"-22" Grizzly lathe
    15"-5.5" Grizzly vertical end mill

    In need of nice TIG machine. drooling over PowerTig 250ex

  4. #4

    Default

    I wonder what makes Rats think electrical wires are nutritious?

  5. #5

    Default

    I use moth balls and dryer sheets. For some reason they can't take to smell. I have a car I don't drive in the winter and notice it started smelling like mice. So I put 4 boxes of moth balls in there and the next day I saw a hole in the cover. The little bastards bailed ### out of the car and ate their way through the cover. As a note I have a story. I much as I hate what they do I saw a mouse one day under the hood on another car and I grabbed him. I was going to step on him when I looked in his eyes and connected to him for a sec. They only do what they have to stay out of danger and the elements. I felt bad for him so I just tossed him in a bucket and dropped him of down the road. I know laugh it up.
    Last edited by Cippee; 02-19-2012 at 02:32 PM.
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool 300
    Everlast PowerPlasma 70
    Lincoln Powermig 215
    Magnum SG Spool Gun
    Don't jump on my Gomba

  6. #6

    Default

    Hey, I'm an animal lover. I couldn't kill one like that either. Ill have to keep the mothballs in mind.
    Everlast lx225
    Hobart Handler 210 with spool gun
    Hobart Stickmate LX
    Thermal Arc 400GMS
    40 amp Northern Tools plasma torch
    130 chicago electric tig welder
    90 amp chicago electric flux mig
    10"-22" Grizzly lathe
    15"-5.5" Grizzly vertical end mill

    In need of nice TIG machine. drooling over PowerTig 250ex

  7. #7

    Default

    Yeah me too. It's funny though you think they are going be some big ugly beastly mouse from the damage they do. When you see them they are very small. The one I caught was only about 2" long. They are very small that is how they fit in such small places. I know some mice are bigger but most are small.
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool 300
    Everlast PowerPlasma 70
    Lincoln Powermig 215
    Magnum SG Spool Gun
    Don't jump on my Gomba

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Eastern Oregon
    Posts
    681

    Default

    It's the chipmunks I have a hard time doing in, even though they invade the house and make a mess on everything, but:

    I hates meeces to pieces!
    Penncrest Buzzbox - Infinite amp control! Man the 70's were good.
    Everlast Powerplasma 60 - Reliable unit, cuts well.
    Everlast i-MIG 250P w/spoolgun - Really smooth, plenty of cajones.
    Everlast 250EXT - Sometimes it just takes a kick in the balls...
    Everlast 255EXT - Just started playing

  9. #9

    Default

    Nice clean looking truck.
    Looks like it will be a fun wiring project.

    Quote Originally Posted by welderdude View Post
    I have been told that the insulation in the wires are at least partially soy bean based. They seem to like it. I'm still finding turns and half eaten nuts in the weirdest place. The carpet smells of piss so I'm going to pull it out and pressure wash the piss out of it along with using plenty of bleach.
    A mechanic buddy of mine told me the same thing about the bio products and mice smelling it in the insulation.
    He said since they started using it they have fixed quite a few problems like that.
    Consistency is a good thing....unless you're consistently an idiot.

    Miller Matic 185
    Thermal Dynamics Pak Master 38xl
    Everlast 250EX

  10. #10

    Default

    Are chipmunks about the same as small squirrels? We don't have chipmunks in Texas, that I know of.

  11. #11

    Default

    There is the occasional chipmunk around here too. they look just like little squirrels and can stuff a crap load of stuff in their mouth. its kinda cute

    back on subject,
    I finished going through the dash wiring harness and luckily found no chewed wires. I just have that wire pictured in my first post and a couple vacuum lines that supply the HVAC system. I also took the time to cut out an aftermarket remote starter/ remote door unlocker. Who ever tried to install this needs to step away from anything involving wires.
    Everlast lx225
    Hobart Handler 210 with spool gun
    Hobart Stickmate LX
    Thermal Arc 400GMS
    40 amp Northern Tools plasma torch
    130 chicago electric tig welder
    90 amp chicago electric flux mig
    10"-22" Grizzly lathe
    15"-5.5" Grizzly vertical end mill

    In need of nice TIG machine. drooling over PowerTig 250ex

  12. #12

    Default

    I'm a mechanic and found the people that install remote starters for the most part shouldn't even be allowed to wire a doorbell. So many problems trace back to the remote starters.
    Everlast PowerTig 250EX
    Everlast PowerCool 300
    Everlast PowerPlasma 70
    Lincoln Powermig 215
    Magnum SG Spool Gun
    Don't jump on my Gomba

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Eastern Oregon
    Posts
    681

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cippee View Post
    I'm a mechanic and found the people that install remote starters for the most part shouldn't even be allowed to wire a doorbell. So many problems trace back to the remote starters.
    As a handyman and remodeler of old houses, some of the stuff I've seen is downright scary. I'm all for people DIYing, but even pre-internet it wasn't all that hard to go to the library and check out a Time-Life book and learn how to do things right.

    And getting a little closer back to topic, I just found a spot in the romex near the heater that has been chewed down to the copper by some #@$$% rodent.
    Penncrest Buzzbox - Infinite amp control! Man the 70's were good.
    Everlast Powerplasma 60 - Reliable unit, cuts well.
    Everlast i-MIG 250P w/spoolgun - Really smooth, plenty of cajones.
    Everlast 250EXT - Sometimes it just takes a kick in the balls...
    Everlast 255EXT - Just started playing

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Litchfield Park, AZ
    Posts
    370

    Default

    Some parts of Arizona have issues with pack rats loading their cars with all kinds of junk and eating the electrical equipment. I hope this does not happen to my cars.
    Miller 252
    PowerTig 250 EXT
    Evolution Rage 2
    48X6 inch Belt Sander w/ 9 inch Disk Sander
    ...

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Eastern Oregon
    Posts
    681

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DVA View Post
    Some parts of Arizona have issues with pack rats loading their cars with all kinds of junk and eating the electrical equipment. I hope this does not happen to my cars.
    Had a friend that bought a 48 Packard from around the Prescott area I think, the passenger compartment and trunk were pretty much solid pack rat nest. They must not have liked the insulation from back then though, as I recall it didn't take much to get it running.
    Penncrest Buzzbox - Infinite amp control! Man the 70's were good.
    Everlast Powerplasma 60 - Reliable unit, cuts well.
    Everlast i-MIG 250P w/spoolgun - Really smooth, plenty of cajones.
    Everlast 250EXT - Sometimes it just takes a kick in the balls...
    Everlast 255EXT - Just started playing

  16. #16

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cippee View Post
    I'm a mechanic and found the people that install remote starters for the most part shouldn't even be allowed to wire a doorbell. So many problems trace back to the remote starters.
    They would probably screw up a doorbell as well. They need to stick to AAA batteries and little lightbulbs. anyways, I got the dash halfway put back in currently.

    here are some more pictures.

    Pic 1. I found this nice little suprise while I was taking out the rest of the remote door locker/ remote starter. these wires feed a little lightbulb in the door.

    Pic 2. This is where the remote door locker was spliced in to the door locks. This person used the cheap plastic crimps and still screwed it up. they were hardly holding on. I'm amazed the door locks still worked. I soldered them back together and used heat shrink tubing on them. the picture shows it right before I soldered them back together.

    Pic 3. this is the column shifter. It had a crap load of play in it because the factory plastic bushings were worn out. I made a new set out of 3/4 inch sch 40 pvc pipe that I turned down to the proper size. I used epoxy on the outer part of the bushing to hold them in place.

    Now i'm off to finish putting the dash back in it.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2895.jpg 
Views:	357 
Size:	38.9 KB 
ID:	5286   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2897.jpg 
Views:	361 
Size:	47.2 KB 
ID:	5287   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG2909.jpg 
Views:	2292 
Size:	51.0 KB 
ID:	5288  
    Everlast lx225
    Hobart Handler 210 with spool gun
    Hobart Stickmate LX
    Thermal Arc 400GMS
    40 amp Northern Tools plasma torch
    130 chicago electric tig welder
    90 amp chicago electric flux mig
    10"-22" Grizzly lathe
    15"-5.5" Grizzly vertical end mill

    In need of nice TIG machine. drooling over PowerTig 250ex

  17. #17

  18. #18

    Default

    fixed many tractors and combines with mice damage, those little critters will get through the smallest holes and make serious damage
    Gil
    powerpro 256
    lincoln 185

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Eastern Oregon
    Posts
    681

    Default

    May all your surprises from here on be good ones.
    Penncrest Buzzbox - Infinite amp control! Man the 70's were good.
    Everlast Powerplasma 60 - Reliable unit, cuts well.
    Everlast i-MIG 250P w/spoolgun - Really smooth, plenty of cajones.
    Everlast 250EXT - Sometimes it just takes a kick in the balls...
    Everlast 255EXT - Just started playing

  20. #20

    Default

    It looks like you are coming along quite well with your project, keep up the good work.
    Consistency is a good thing....unless you're consistently an idiot.

    Miller Matic 185
    Thermal Dynamics Pak Master 38xl
    Everlast 250EX

Similar Threads

  1. 1936 Ford Schoolbus with Cummins 5.9 NV4500
    By Tacoma747 in forum On Road Fabrication
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 08-20-2013, 08:27 PM
  2. The Porkchop Express. 99 Ford E350.
    By 225 in forum Truck, Car and Bike builds
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-10-2013, 05:10 PM
  3. 1946 Ford Coupe project
    By willida in forum Truck, Car and Bike builds
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 01-17-2013, 08:13 PM
  4. Project #1 Ford 9 inch rear end Narrowing Jig
    By Buzz in forum Hobyist Projects
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-01-2012, 07:04 PM
  5. Ford Bronco rock crawler
    By ScratchStart in forum Off Road Fabrication
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 04-29-2011, 07:05 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •