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Old 05-03-2020, 05:26 PM   #71
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You sure are fighting a good fight PooPu, keep it up.
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Old 05-03-2020, 06:59 PM   #72
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Nice work man, keep on going
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Old 05-06-2020, 04:12 AM   #73
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Yesterday i went to pick up my air compressor, and put the truck on the freeway for the first time... that was interesting...
Not the scariest 100 miles I've ever driven, but def top 10.


suspension is super loose, and gets really noticeable above 50.
ball joints are already on the list, and shocks should be here tomorrow, but I'm noticing something in the rear.

When I'm backing up, or making tight turns, it sounds like someone is banging on the frame with a hammer.

Initially i suspected the drum brakes (since they've never been my expertise), but it's more of a clunking than a dragging noise.

I'm thinking the u-joint might be binding, due to movement of the axle.

I'll have to look into it more this weekend
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Old 05-06-2020, 05:35 AM   #74
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Do you have a spare tire hanging below the bed? If it's not cranked up all the way it could be swinging around clunking. That wouldn't be a dragging noise though.
Just a thought.
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no spare tire.

it is clearly driveline related, as the truck doesn't move smoothly in the above scenario.


also worth noting, when i set the truck down after doing the rear brakes, there was an audible "clunk" from the rear suspension, on the drivers side.



This informs my suspicion of axle movement.


you ever see that old clip of the car with wobbly wheels bouncing down the road?
that's what the truck feels like right now. LOL
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Old 05-06-2020, 10:22 PM   #76
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Sounds like u-joint
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Old 05-06-2020, 11:06 PM   #77
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Also check the leaf spring bushings.
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Old 05-09-2020, 07:59 PM   #78
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Workin on the shocks today. this is a job i always dread, because while it's rather simple, the mounting hardware is rarely in good condition...


Front lower bolts wont budge. i've been soaking them with penetrating oil for several days, but no go. guess they will have to wait until i do ball joints and bushings.


Rear was going along swimmingly, until the very last bolt...
it's always the last.


stud twisted off of the drivers side upper mount.
you can see in the picture, it was almost off too.






I was working it back and forth, adding heat and penetrant, and it was going along smoothly... i was threading it back in to clear the nut when it let loose.


These studs do not appear to be easily replacable, and i don't currently have enough power in my garage to run my welder, so i'm going to have to figure something else out.


Here's the rear shocks for giggles...


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Murphy's law at it's finest. Have you thought about moving south and/or west? Around here rust is that brown stuff that forms on your exhaust after 20 years.
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Murphy's law at it's finest. Have you thought about moving south and/or west? Around here rust is that brown stuff that forms on your exhaust after 20 years.
i grew up in so cal. i don't live here by choice...

once my kids graduate, i'm out of this hell hole.

4 years to go...
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