Changing The Fuel Pump On A 1996 F150

If you have to change your fuel pump my first word of advice is take it to a shop.
If you are one of these do it yourself people (idiots) like me then here is a detailed tutorial on how to perform this task.
There are two ways to do this and neither are very good.

The first way is if you have access to a lift and a proper jack you can drop the tank and the procedure should take about 1 hour.

The second way is to remove the truck bed leaving the tank in place.

I went with the second.
Okay so now that  we have established that you are doing it the second way, lets get started with this tutorial.

First you should know that I have a knee that is not co-operating in any shape form or fashion.
So go sprain your knee and that way you can do it just like I did.

Step one – Remove the negative cable from the battery.

Step two – If you have a bedliner remove it from the bed.

Step three – Remove three screws in each of the filler necks. They hold the filler necks to the bed.

Step four – Crawl under the truck and realize that you have the wrong socket for your impact wrench. It requires a 3/4 inch socket.

Step five – Cuss (curse for you proper speaking folks) I found words like motor scooter, mother father, and you son of a biscuit work best.

Step six –  Get the right socket and crawl back under the truck.
Step seven – Remove the six nuts that hold the bed down, be sure to get lots of dirt and dust in your face and eyes.

Step eight –  Unplug the tail light connectors, making sure you get plenty of dirt and debris in your eyes again.

Step nine –  Work the bed back until you have enough room to get to the fuel pump.

Step ten – Unplug the electrical connector that powers the fuel pump.

Step eleven – Remove the fuel lines from the fuel pump. This step requires a special tool and a lot of cussing, unless the fuel lines come loose easily. Mine did not.

Step twelve –  Remove the plate that holds the fuel pump in place. Use a non-ferrous punch or chisel to do this so you avoid sparks.

Step thirteen – Remove the fuel pump assembly from the tank.

Step fourteen – Once you have removed the fuel pump assembly, remove the float assembly from the fuel pump.

Step fifteen – The new fuel pump comes with a little plastic wedge place it around one of the lines and using a flat head screw driver, gently pry the lines out of the old fuel pump.

Step sixteen – Cut the wires to the fuel pump (red and black wires) and toss that sucker. Be sure not to cut your sending unit wires (smaller yellow and brown wires).

Step seventeen – Insert the tubes into the new fuel pump, may have to push hard to get them in.

Step eighteen – Connect the fuel pump wires with the butt splices that should have came with your new fuel pump.

Step nineteen – Reattach the float assembly to the new pump.

Step twenty – Put your gasket (should have came with the new pump) on the assembly and work it toward the top.

Step twenty one – Make sure to put the new strainer on the bottom of the fuel pump.

Step twenty two – Put the fuel pump assembly back into the tank. There are two tabs you must line up to do this. Make sure your gasket is where it needs to be.

Step twenty three – Reinstall the clamp ring that holds the fuel pump assembly in place.

Step twenty four – Reinstall the fuel lines and plug the wiring harness back together.

Step twenty five – Reinstall your battery cable and make sure your fuel pump is working.

Step twenty six – If fuel pump is working reinstall the bed of the truck.

Step twenty seven – Once you have the bed of the truck installed and all the connectors hooked back up, and the filler tubes back in place and screwed down, drink a cold beer.

Step twenty eight – Figure out how much this is worth to you to have to do again and then next time you need to have this done, hire someone.



One Fine Day In The Oval Office

Friday 11:00 Eastern Time

We enter the Oval Office to see a despondent Joe Biden talking to a morose Barack Obama, when Donald Trump walks into the room.

Donald Trump: Hey guys, YOU’RE FIRED!

And conservatives lived happily ever after.

The End.

Donald you’re doing it wrong. At least this part.

Trumps Inauguration and Why I Think He Is Doing It Wrong.

Make America Great Again

The media is making a big deal out of all these A-list or so called A-list performers that are turning President Elect Trump down as far as performing at his inauguration.
I understand why some of them are, they are liberals and have always been so what’s the big deal, I would not expect them to change their views for someone they do not support.
I wouldn’t. If I were a musician and had been invited I would not have appeared at Obama’s nor Clinton’s inaugurations, because of my personal beliefs. 
I may not support these musicians or in some cases auto tune specialists views but I can respect the fact that they are sticking to their guns (or no guns).
In my humble deplorable opinion I think P-E  Trumps should send people out to bars and conventions, state fairs, city fests and such, find the bands or performers who are trying to make it big, the unknowns (like the ones that voted for him), the ones who haven’t sold their beliefs out to the recording industry yet. Use them.
There would be plenty of very talented guys and girls that would be willing to play for him just to get their names out there.
Then not only would there be good music but another boost to Trumps ego would be that he helped get these people noticed.
I know some people might think they would crash and burn on a big stage like that but has anyone been paying attention to any of the Super Bowl half time shows lately? They have all sucked.
Since he has gotten to the top and won the race it seems as though his team has been reaching out the same way Hillary’s team did before the election.
Screw that!
It wasn’t the A-list that got you elected Donald. It was the unknowns, working class, deplorables, the little people that had no voices in the media or government.
You called on us to help you win the election, why now can you not call on us to help you with your inauguration?

Make America Great Again.

It’s Time To Make America Great Again.

A lot of folks look at the election as a Republican victory and Democrat loss. But let’s face the facts. Last nights elections was not about Republicans and Democrats, it was about America and putting America first. Some folks don’t like Trump, well neither do the establishment Republicans or Democrats.

Last nights elections was about a movement and a message.
We the people are tired of establishment politics.

We are tired of politicians pandering for out votes only to forget all about us as soon as a lobbyist walks in the room with a check in his or her hand.

We are tired of business as usual in Washington D.C..

We are tired of being reminded that if we disagree with someone it’s not about the issue, it’s about race, religion, sexual preference, national origin or anything other than the issue.

We are tired of working and paying taxes only to watch politicians give our money away to other countries (some that want us dead) only to watch people sleep in the streets and go hungry here.

We are tired of our veterans being treated like illegal immigrants and illegal immigrants being treated like heroes.

We are tired of being punished for being successful and watching people be rewarded for not trying.

We are tired of political correctness, especially when it is in the face of our own demise.
Think about this, the Clinton’s, the Obama’s and the Bush’s are all globalists, that means they put the U.N. first and America last.
For the last 28 years a global agenda has been being pushed on us without our approval and for some without our knowledge.
While we were caught up in the battle of the Rs vs the Ds America was being sold to the highest bidder.

We took America back.

We notified both parties that we are not going to take it anymore.
Politicians are elected public servants, not elected officials.

They answer to us, not the other way around.
It is up to us to hold them accountable.

Trump can only do so much, he will have to fight uphill against both parties.

Trump may have placed an R in front of his name for this election but make no mistake about it, he is as close to a third party candidate as we could get.

I’m not going to say that Trump is the savior of America, because he isn’t, but he is a step in the right direction.

We need to put petty differences aside and vote and if necessary fight to put America and Americans first.

That means roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, stand up for your fellow man, help your neighbor, take responsibility for yourself.
Look at the big picture, the future not just about the here and now.

Now let’s hope Trump lives up to his promises and hold him accountable if he doesn’t.

God Bless America. Because we need it.


It’s That Time Again

Here in the South, the milky way starts showing up in the early part of June until late October. So I naturally, on moonless nights break out the old camera and try to capture pictures of it.
Now I’m not great, and I am sure if I practiced with Photoshop and or Lightroom I could make these pictures better but the truth is, why would I want to post pictures that have been edited.
These pictures are what I see when I photograph the night sky here in Shelby Alabama.

Light Outdoors

The first picture is a higher iso about 6400 with a shutter speed of 20 seconds the neighbors stupid streetlight washes out alot of the image but you can faintly see the milky way.

Light Outdoors

The above picture is 1600 iso and 20 second shutter speed the brownish color on the trees is the result of the neighbors street light, the blue and green colors are a result of my fountain in the front yard.

Light Outdoors

Same setting as before. The camera I am using is a NIkon D3300 with the 18-55 kit lens attached.

Light Outdoors

My goal is to eventually purchase a 12mm 1.8 or less lens and find a good dark sky spot.
Unfortunately here in Alabama dark skies are getting harder and harder to find.

Light Outdoors

So for now I will settle for sitting in my driveway and taking pictures like this.
One thing about it looking at one of the tendrils of our galaxy makes me realize that we are just one tiny speck in a group of trillions of stars and light years of dust clouds.
When you think of how many galaxies there are in our universe, one can’t help but think there is no possible way we are alone.
In our galaxy (even though there is no way to accurately measure it) there is an estimated 4 trillion stars. In all these stars there is an estimated 398 billion solar systems.  So the odds are that there are at least 398 billion planets in the habitual zone of their stars (suns).
Odd are very likely there is other life forms out there and the simple fact they don’t try to communicate with us proves they are probably intelligent.

If you have any thoughts on this I would love to read them in the comment section.




Freakin Jury Duty.

Well crap salad on a Sunday, I have been selected for freaking jury duty. Me, jury duty? What the everloving blue eyed hell?
I feel sorry for anybody that is brought to trial while I am on jury duty. Boom! They’re guilty. Period. Now give me my sammich and let me go home.
Unless it is some big shot that is willing to pay me millions of dollars, then they’re innocent.
Yes sir. I can’t be had but I can be bought.
I have several questions before I can be on stinking jury duty.
Will they serve beer?
Can I record the trial for my blog?
Can I pick the method of execution in a death penalty case?
Do I have to stay awake?
Do I have to wear pants or is it acceptable to wear just my boxers?
Will they have sammiches?
Oh well time to perform my civic freaking duty and try to fry some crook.

Reflector Telescopes

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Reflector telescopes work by way of a concave mirror that reflects the image to a smaller mirror that you view with your eyepiece.
Reflector telescopes are usually cheaper but bulkier than refractor telescopes.
However they are very popular due to the fact that you can get a much larger scope for the same amount of money usually the only lens that will be associated with the reflector scope is the eyepiece.

Refractor Telescopes

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When most people think of a telescope a refractor is what they think of. Two or sometimes 3 pieces of glass in a tube where you look through on end and out the other.

State of the Union.

What is this country coming to?
A couple of years ago a dumb ass racist took pictures of himself burning the American flag and others of himself holding a Confederate Battle Flag of Virginia, then goes into a black church and begins killing members.
Results. Everyone comes out to ban the Confederate Battle Flag of Virginia.
Because in their noodle brained assessments it couldn’t be that this kid was a dumb ass and full of evil. It was because this flag made him do it. So the flag must be banned. All Confederate memorials must be banned. The city council of Memphis even tried to dig up the bones of a dead Confederate soldier and his wife (for good measure I guess) to move them to another cemetery. Probably because people that visit the grave of Nathan Forrest would all go out and commit violent race based crimes.

This year we have muslims running around carrying out their own versions of jihads against American citizens and our government continues to say  it’s not islam that is the problem it’s guns.
According to our government and liberal pinheads there would be no crime what so ever if we just banned firearms. Of course these are the same people who say that Republicans have a war on women, when the very causes they support have done more harm to women than any imagined Republican slight.
Islam teaches women to be slaves to their husbands, brothers, fathers and sons. Women are objects that can be traded or sold and if a woman is raped she must have at least four men to testify that she was in order for it to be heard in court. Otherwise she is subject to being stoned to death.

European countries are now living with the results of their stupidity by allowing muslims free access like they have. Rapes, honor killings, murder in general, beatings and other violent crimes have increased exponentially.

A police officer was shot while on patrol in Philadelphia by a muslim man who insists he shot the officer for islam.  Yet the mayor of Philadelphia uses every lie at his disposal to try to separate the jihadist from islam.

My questions are;

When are our elected public servants going to start serving the public?
If we can ban a flag because it supposedly incites racism, why can we not ban a religion that incites murder?
Are liberals ever going to figure out that bad people commit crimes?
Anything can be used as a weapon, whether it be a gun, knife, hammer or potato fork.

People in this country have lost every bit of their common sense.

While I am standing on my soap box here, I am going to take this time to piss off a few others.

The use of the word hero. This has been way over played kind of like the word racist to the point it means almost nothing anymore.

No one seems to understand what that word truly means. A hero is someone who saves lives, who sacrifices for others, someone worthy of being looked up to, some one who does the right thing even when they know they could die for it.
The police officers and fire fighters who went into the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001 (after it was attacked by islamist) knowing the building could collapse on them at any moment are heroes.

The young men and women who volunteer their lives to our military so a bunch of corrupt politicians don’t have to instill a draft and force our kids into servitude for their political gain are heroes.

Not some egomaniacal publicity hound like Bruce Jenner who may be brave in your eyes for changing his appearance.  He can legally have his name changed to Kaitlin all he wants but until he grows an extra rib, a set of ovaries and swaps a couple of chromosomes, he is still a he.

Yet here we are supposedly civilized and more intelligent than the generations before us and we can’t seem to see the big ugly truth staring us right in the face.

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