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Old 05-04-2016, 10:35 AM   #26
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The price tag on this baby just keeps going down!
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:51 PM   #27
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I as well have used a pressure washer on the carpet. I think I have even taken them to the car wash a time or two as well. Whatever works. Lol.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:29 PM   #28
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grab the kenwood 1665's off of amazon. great speakers for the money.
Thanks, I was wondering what would work. I'll bet the rear speakers are in the same shape.
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:28 AM   #29
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Got the seats out and the old underwear that was stuffed behind them out as well today. Pulled it out for the first time since I brought it home too. The air should help!
Hang the old underwear on your rear view mirror. Gives the truck character. 😂
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:13 PM   #30
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Got the interior out today. Found a small area of surface rust, but I'll clean it up and por 15 it.
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:15 PM   #31
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Not sure about this carpet. May have to replace it and the headliner too.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:30 AM   #32
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I have a truck that was in similar condition as yours. I power washed the carpet and it turned out much, much better looking. However, I wish now that I would've just spent a little on new carpet.
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:48 AM   #33
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Carpet is relatively cheap. I would recommend putting some sound deadening stuff in there now. I regret not putting it in mine when I redid my interior(color change).

Nice truck. Should be pretty nice when its all cleaned up.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:21 PM   #34
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Carpet is relatively cheap. I would recommend putting some sound deadening stuff in there now. I regret not putting it in mine when I redid my interior(color change).

Nice truck. Should be pretty nice when its all cleaned up.
I've got samples headed my way now. I washed it at a car wash, but it just has to many stains. I have got it in my shop though to use it as a guide to cut holes in the new one when I get it in. When I get off nights this week the bed is coming off!
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:43 PM   #35
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Got my bed bolts out, wires off and such then saw the goose neck ball was welded to the nut, no way to screw it off. Had to go get the portable torch and cut it off and by that time all my help had left so I was forced to improvise. Thanks to a come along and a large pecan tree, I got her off.
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:41 AM   #36
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Not sure about this carpet. May have to replace it and the headliner too.
Mine looked the same way as yours except where my seat bolts down. The carpet had been wet and left rust stains and also a stain on the trans hump that I couldn't get out. I was going to replace mine but soaked it down with degreaser and then used my truck wash soap in my hot water pressure washer and it came out pretty good considering. I might just put it back in to buy me some time. I will post some pics later on my thread.
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:34 PM   #37
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Been busy with work, grandkids, and the hill farm, but still had time to get a little done. The windshield was broken and leaking on the passenger side so I got it replaced and the dually rear end out. Got rear shocks and an ac delco fuel pump on the way. Can't see not replacing it while the bed is off. I'm about ready to see things going back together.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:19 AM   #38
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I'll have updated pics this week, but a safety lesson first. I was working in the shop last week and dropped a very heavy air header on my finger. I was in a hurry to get to work so I just wrapped it up and left. The next morning I realized I messed that thing up. I should have went to the Dr for sure, but it's healing and they aren't talking about cutting the tip off anymore. So, let's watch for those pinch points!
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:57 PM   #39
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Ouch! Glad the Doc is going to leave you intact!
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:53 PM   #40
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Back to the truck, I got a 4.10 geared rear end to replace the dually axle. I went ahead and took off the bumper and hitch and stated cleaning the frame up so I could paint it. Looks like I need a new spare winch so I can keep a spare in the right place too.
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:38 PM   #41
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Progress is looking good. Why the desire to loose the training wheels? You mentioned it in you initial post but I forgot about it until seeing the SRW axle.

Does your truck have a hot start issue? The original design injectors on our motors are AWFUL and notorious for causing long crank/no start conditions. I'm starting to develop it again on mine and was wondering how yours was doing.
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Progress is looking good. Why the desire to loose the training wheels? You mentioned it in you initial post but I forgot about it until seeing the SRW axle.

Does your truck have a hot start issue? The original design injectors on our motors are AWFUL and notorious for causing long crank/no start conditions. I'm starting to develop it again on mine and was wondering how yours was doing.
I like the looks of the fleet side trucks is the only reason I wanted to make the change really. As far as hard starting, I've not had any problems, but the longest drive was about 40 miles home when I bought it. Since then just to move it from the shop and back a few times. I'll keep an eye out when I get it back on the road as a daily driver.
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Old 06-29-2016, 03:50 PM   #43
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Got the rear end cleaned up, painted and put in. Used ac delco hd shocks on the rear just like the front. Have a new ac fuel pump to put I while the bed is off too. The 409's? So many projects so little time.
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holy smokes! three of them, very cool. now you just need some dual quad intakes.
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Old 06-29-2016, 04:54 PM   #45
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holy smokes! three of them, very cool. now you just need some dual quad intakes.
I have a 65 impala coup that was a 396 car originally I planned on putting one in. Maybe one day lol.
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i guess a 3 dueces manifold would be awesome too!
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Not a lot of pics, but got a lot done. Put in the new fuel pump and put the new hyd brake like 4wd on then started on the doors. I took the latch out of every door, cleaned and lightly lubed them. The roller pins were broke so l knocked them out. Have to get new ones and change the pins and bushings out in the front doors. The latches all looked about like the one pictured, but they open nicely now.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:37 PM   #48
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Got off today and drained the transfer case, there was very little fluid in it and it looked about the same color as what was in the trans. They were both due a change a while back I'd say. Tomorrow, finish up the trans filter change then finish up the doors. Have to bolt up the actuators that broke from the door frame. Hopefully I'll be ready to get her painted up soon.
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:39 AM   #49
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Ghah! ...those latches. I really appreciate the level of detail you're putting into going through this truck.
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Ghah! ...those latches. I really appreciate the level of detail you're putting into going through this truck.
Thanks, when I got it I thought I'd be done by spring, but I want it reliable and the more I get into it the more I find that needs to be done so I'm in no hurry. I keep telling myself the end result will be worth it!
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