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Old 09-10-2018, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default '94 Hardbody 4x4 farm truck

My last farm truck died beyond my willingness to resurrect it.

Bought this a month or so ago.

Fresh home. Filthy, dirty and neglected.







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Old 09-10-2018, 07:26 PM   #2
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Sheet metal is straight.


Dash is uncracked. Protected by a UV resistant layer of filth.


Seats to be addressed.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:30 PM   #3
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Done:
Timing belt
Water pump
Thermostat
Radiator cap
Coolant hoses
Hose clamps
Gaskets
K&N Air filter
Fuel filter
Oil filter
Spark plugs
Ignition wires
Distributor cap/rotor
Ignition coil
V-belt
Idler pulley
Brake pads
Brake shoes
AC fixed and blowing ice-cold
All fluids
3rd brake light cleaning, straightened fixture and new bulb
Tail lights, oem repros
Pick N Pull new drivers side rear window and latch
Pick N Pull new interior panels (x2)
Pick N Pull license plate light housing, pigtail and new bulbs
Pick N Pull oem bottle jack
Pick N Pull bed liner locking discs
Windshield wipers
Battery
Battery tie-down
Lug nuts
eBay Nissan oem clean factory floor mats
AC behind glove box cleaned out and flushed, drain tube reamed
Cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning.

Right now I'm looking at gutting the suspension and redoing the whole thing. Shocks, torsion bars, leaf springs, bushings, motor and tranny mounts, all of it is tired and worn.

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Old 09-10-2018, 07:35 PM   #4
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Been working on it.






Cleaning up nice inside.





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Old 09-10-2018, 07:38 PM   #5
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Also addressed my Fred Flintstone hot engine air circulation issue from no Nissan oem or aftermarket chassis specific replacement for the transfer case rubber (or leather) boots.

However, by measuring and eye-balling, I ordered a Crown Automotive J5353263 Transfer Case Boot (currently $20 on Amazon). You have to drill two (2) holes and punch three (3) holes to install slick as hell. No trimming or other mods necessary.

Crown boot, base listed as 4 X 8".



Before:


Finished installation. Don't have the leather trim (yet) but that "could be" a Nissan boot it fits so nicely.



Finished with center console removed.


You just put the Nissan trim ring up one full fold of rubber on the "pyramid". Then punch/drill your holes where required. I drilled the rubber for the two (2) factory studs, and punched it for the three (3) factory screws. Note the factory forward bracket in the pic, that had to be removed for install, or you'd have to trim the rubber boot.


The rubber does not stick out on the left, but it is just under the lip of the trim ring. Plenty of overlap for clamping down securely.


You can see the oem screw goes right through the rubber.
Note: That damn trim ring is SHARP. Non-finished at the factory. I cut myself, then sanded the entire circumference of the ring before proceeding with installation.


Getting all civilized in my cabin.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:09 PM   #7
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Yep. Been emailing and will be sending my oem leather boot to Redline this week. I'll keep you posted.


Still need that clean steering column cover.



Appreciate you being so hospitable to a newb.


Just ordered a bunch of suspension components from 4x4 Parts dot com/Automotive Customizers. Gonna fix the squish, squirm, bob and weave.
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Cab's got the normal king cab sag, where the cab body line doesn't line up with the bed on yours it looks like the drivers side cab sagged but the pass. side looks ok. Couple of big washers on top of the body mount will level it out.


Looks good so far !
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Cab's got the normal king cab sag, where the cab body line doesn't line up with the bed on yours it looks like the drivers side cab sagged but the pass. side looks ok. Couple of big washers on top of the body mount will level it out.


Looks good so far !
Thanks for the tip. I'm taking the truck to my mechanic to get the suspension refreshed, I'll add that to his list.



Appreciate the compliment, it's coming along. The truck was a "huntin' truck" parked in the pine trees. Good bones buried under crud and neglect. All maintenance of every sort long overdue.



I never did warm up to my Chevy farm truck. Sold to a buddy for a grand.


This Nissan's a keeper.
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Nissan had a problem with the rear cab mounts on the king cabs, I've done it on 2 of mine both were sagging. Just remove the rear cab mount bolt, comes right out from the bottom, nut stays in place in the floor, jack up under the cab, use pc of wood on jack, raise it slightly enough to slip a large washer between the floor and the mount, lower the jack and put the bolt back in.
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