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Old 03-17-2020, 01:05 AM   #31
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today i limped the truck to the end of the block, and left it at the shop to get the rear brake line replaced.

i told them "no rush", so it could be a few days, but they churn stuff through there.
couple of young dudes...
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Old 03-17-2020, 03:49 PM   #32
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Old 03-22-2020, 07:00 AM   #33
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Cool thread! Keep going!
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:53 AM   #34
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I like the blue colour, very nice. Those water/cloud-like decals they put on cars back then are interesting, don't you think?

Are you going to clean the carpet, or replace it? I wonder if you could clean it really well, and then spray some dye on it.
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:57 PM   #35
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I like the blue colour, very nice. Those water/cloud-like decals they put on cars back then are interesting, don't you think?

Are you going to clean the carpet, or replace it? I wonder if you could clean it really well, and then spray some dye on it.

Yeah, I dig the graphics. funny how things change, because back in the 90s i thought they looked stupid... it's unfortunate that there's no way to replace them when someone does a full restoration.

In regards to the carpet... NO.
it's so nasty, it's not worth the time & effort trying to save it.

only keeping it around to use as a template, but i think i'm going to go with vinyl instead of carpet. I've had several trucks with vinyl, and i've rather liked it... especially in the winter.
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So i finally got to drive the truck today, with brakes.


It's been over 20 years since i've driven a hardbody, but man... that thing feels like it's bogged down in wet concrete....

before i took it to the shop, i jacked it up and verified the auto hubs weren't locked.
After work, i'm going to an empty lot to see if it will shift in and out of 4.
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Old 03-23-2020, 09:17 PM   #37
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See how well it rolls down a slight slope in neutral.
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:40 AM   #38
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See how well it rolls down a slight slope in neutral.

my driveway is a large slope. i let it roll backwards a few times today, and it's just as sluggish. tomorrow, i will look more into that.


Today, I pulled the the drop in bed liner, in order to remove the tail lights (more on that later), and actually see what the bed looks like.



The camera really downplays just how much dirt was packed underneath the liner...













Extensive damage around the wheel arches as i had expected, but the center is still solid.

considering the bedsides are pretty thrashed as well, this looks like a good candidate for a flat bed.


Once the tail lights were removed, i found couple more tenements, that needed to be demolished.




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Old 03-26-2020, 02:54 PM   #39
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got some time yesterday to jack up the rear end, and... Yep...
can't turn the rear wheels.

Gonna see if i can get the drums off tonight.


Plus the new blower motor is out for delivery, so i should be able to put the dash back together.


also need to track down a couple wiring issues.
at the rear i have blinkers, but that's it.

Step one will be to remove the ancient trailer harness.
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I have a drop-in bedliner in my truck, I bought it used back when I bought my truck. I did some sanding and maybe even used some rust converter, and primer, and painted the whole bed with black paint. It hasn't held up that well though. These days, I think my bed has some holes in it near the wheel wells.

Drop-in bedliners sure hold dirt and moisture underneath... and I've heard that all the vibrations from driving can rub through the paint. I do like the look of it on mine, and I like the plastic as it doesn't scratch things I put in the bed. Other than that though, spray bedliners seem to be much better.
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