Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Custom Lincoln Navigator Work

A good friend and customer of ours has a very nice Lincoln Navigator. One of the nice features of this SUV is the power running boards. When you have the door open, they are extended. When closed, they tuck under the body.





















One of the terrible design flaws of these power running boards is this.











This is the rear pivot for the board to go out and in. It is made of crap metal that corrodes in the rust belt. The really kick in the balls part is this pivot is not available from Ford, anywhere, no part number, nothing. Well. It is available. If you want to buy a entire running board assembly to the tune of about $1800 bucks. No, that isn't a typo..

So this is what we did.....












Another good friend and customer is a Machinist by trade. We discussed the piece. He asked questions about how much room, how strong and then he went to work on cutting and milling a piece for it. The finished product was perfect. Not one adjustment needed to make the board fit and move properly.

So the Mod I, MK I prototype is now mounted and a second, for the driver side, is being built as I type.



EDIT>>>>>I don't make these for sale. Long story short the CAD file is not in my hands and the machine shop won't work with me on releasing it or building more.

3 Comments:

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Alan said...

I dig your blog. Looks like you run into some really cool stuff.

I'm one of the guys behind Team Resignation; Hope to see you at the Blago Never Say Die 500!

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would you consider making another bracket like this? i do not want to buy a whole running board assembly! how can i reach you to discuss?

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger B.j.Ruland said...

We may, you can contact me at our business email, williesrepairllc AT centurytel.net

 

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