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Old 06-17-2018, 01:52 PM   #26
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After the last post, I got my throttle cable adjusted, got the truck insured, got a license plate for it, and drove the truck home. It made it too!
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:56 PM   #27
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Some people will probably hate me for this, but my truck is pretty far gone, and not original at all, so I donít feel to bad about it. I installed a stereo system: a $10 alpine head unit that I found at goodwill, $25 speakers from Walmart, Masonite door panels (for now). I also installed a cb radio. I put an old 6x9 that used to be in my dadís ranger where the original center speaker would go, and wired that up to the cb. I havenít decided exactly how to do the antenna yet, probaby a 108 inch whip if I can find one cheap.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:00 PM   #28
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Hauled my first real load in the truck today. About 800 pounds between concrete, mortar, and lumber for my eagle project. I would say she handled it like a champ, except that I had vapor lock leaving the lumberyard and had to spend 20 minutes getting it to cool off. Also, painted the valve covers and air cleaner flat black.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:04 PM   #29
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Update on my vapor lock issue- I tried replacing the gas cap, but it vapor locked again. Then I tried wrapping the headers. That actually came out really nice, and it keeps it a lot cooler under the hood. It still vapor locked. Then I pulled off the gas cap, and there was a ďthunkĒ from the gas tank releasing a vacuum. So thatís two defective gas caps in a row. What Iíll do is drill a small hole in the gas cap. Iím not worried about it at the moment, however. Pictures will come later, but I have the interior disassembled to do cab corners, rocker panels, and a few floor patches.
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:11 PM   #30
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New cab corners installed
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:15 PM   #31
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I spent 8 hours today working on the truck. Scraped off all the old bondo, made some patch panels (still need to be welded in), and started cleaning up the paint and surface rust. I also removed all the trim, badges, marker lights, and the front bumper. The bed was already moved back from the cab corner work.
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:11 AM   #32
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Good looking project. Keep at it.
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:21 PM   #33
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Went ahead and took off the grille in preparation for painting, and while it was off, I installed the led lights I took off the Subaru I just sold. Just a piece of bedrail attached to the radiator support, and four lights attached to that. Run with a relay and a toggle switch in the cab. They should shine through the eggcrate grille, while still being relatively invisible while turned off.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:13 AM   #34
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Yesterday I went ahead and bought my own Mig welder, and last night, I finished welding in my patch panels. After a little bondo work and some maksing, I was basically ready to paint. Iím doing thinned rustoleum, with Japan direr, out of an hvlp. I got up early this morning and got one coat of primer on the truck before it got hot. Iíll need to do a little bit of final bodywork now that I can see the imperfections, and then Iíll spray another coat of primer and start adding color after that. Itíll be two tone- blue with white between the trim and a white roof.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:52 PM   #35
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I like the idea of lights behind the grill. I may have to steal that.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:33 AM   #36
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I like the idea of lights behind the grill. I may have to steal that.
They do work really well. I also did it with my dadís Ranger and my Grandpaís F100. You still get the extra lights, but without having to go with the off-road look.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:38 AM   #37
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After spraying two coats of gloss white on the sides, tailgate, and roof (forgot to take pictures), I got the white sections masked up, and sprayed a coat of gloss royal blue this morning. At first I though the color would be too dark, but after seeing it on the truck, I think it looks perfect. Iíll spray a second coat tonight, let it cure for 24 hours, then take off the making and see how it looks. Btw, Iím using an 8:7:1 mixture of Rustoleum, acetone, and Japan drier. The Japan drier really hardens up the (normally soft) rustoleum, and itís givin really nice results for a sub-$200 paint job. (That figure also includes body work)
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:44 AM   #38
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I was having problems with the carburetor that came on the truck, which I had already rebuilt, so I went on a search for another one. I ended up going to a speed shop nearby, and after talking to the guy for a little bit, I got a really nice rebuildable core- a thermostatic choke quadrajet. I also went to OíReillyís and got a rebuild kit, so $25 for the core, $21 for the kit, and $3.50 for a can of carb cleaner totals about $50 for a good, rebuilt quadrajet. Iíll end up converting to manual choke, like I did on my current carb, and hopefully itíll run well.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:43 AM   #39
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Paint is sprayed! I got up this morning, put on a final coat of blue, and started to clean up my mess. After letting the blue bake on for a few hours, I took of the masking, and the truck looks GOOD. There are a couple of spots thatíll need to be touched up, but Iíd say itís pretty good for a $100 paint job in the driveway, especially considering itís a two tone scheme. Iíll start putting her back together this weekend and post some more pics later.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:04 AM   #40
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[QUOTE=but Iíd say itís pretty good for a $100 paint job in the driveway[/QUOTE]

I'd wear that 100.$ paint job all day! Nice work bud.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:58 AM   #41
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I got the bed put back on last night, and bolted it down this afternoon. I also got the floor painted so I can put carpet over it. She looks a lot better when sheís put together.
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:01 AM   #42
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I'd wear that 100.$ paint job all day! Nice work bud.
Thanks! Itís definitely looking a lot better than when I bought it
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:22 AM   #43
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The truck looks great for a $100 paint job! What size tires are you running?
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:04 AM   #44
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The truck looks great for a $100 paint job! What size tires are you running?
Iím running a set of LT285/75r16e tires. They were the cheapest used 32Ē tires I could get ($75). If I start driving the truck more, I think Iíll invest in a set of LT245/85r16e tires. Theyíll be a little skinnier at the same height.
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Iím running a set of LT285/75r16e tires. They were the cheapest used 32Ē tires I could get ($75). If I start driving the truck more, I think Iíll invest in a set of LT245/85r16e tires. Theyíll be a little skinnier at the same height.


Nice! Do they rub at all?
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:15 PM   #46
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Nice! Do they rub at all?
I havenít had any problems with rubbing at all. Of course, I also have the c20 stance, so they might rub on a c10
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:15 PM   #47
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Got some more work done putting the truck back together. I cleaned out the gas tank with vinegar and some old trampoline springs, then put it back in the truck. Itís much cleaner inside now. I carpeted the floor- it was $10 for a 5x12 piece of carpet from a salvage store nearby. I cut it out and put in in with self drilling sheet metal screws. Itís not perfect, but itís pretty good for $10. My dad pained my rear bumper- and also lettered the dealer name. I put my spare tire back in- still need to paint the wheel to match the rest. Finally, I painted and re-installed the grille. There were a couple of pieces broken out from the eggcrate, so I found a wood paint stirrer that was about the right size and epoxied in new pieces before I painted it. Again, it isnít perfect, but it was a $4 can of spray paint versus $70 for a new grille.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:52 PM   #48
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This will be the last update for awhile. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I've been extremely busy getting ready to go off to college. Since my last post, I put the interior back together, touched up some of my paint job, worked a little bit on my trim, and installed a new edelbrock 1406 carburetor. However, it isn't quite road ready yet. I still need to tune the new carburetor, I need to build better brackets for my 3 point seatbelts (I already bought the steel, I just didn't have the time). Some of the turn signals stopped working after paint, so I think I need to go back and check my grounds. One of my headlights is also dim, it is most likely just a bad ground as well. The kicker is that my front crank seal went out right before I left, the irony beingn that it is a $4 part online. I went ahead and parked it back in the stall where it was when I was first getting it running and driving. I put fuel stabilizer in, closed all the vents and windows, locked the doors, chocked the wheel, released the parking brake, disconnected the battery, and put it on an automatic float charger. Hopefully, I can connect the battery and fire her up come winter break, so that I can fix the issues I laid out and get her back on the road. I guess this could also be considered a sort of one year progress as well. I bought the truck sometime in late August or September last year, and it is August 13 today, so slightly less than a year.

Edit: The pictures do not show where it is parked right now. It is much more protected in the place where it sits currently.
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:06 PM   #49
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Job well done!!!

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