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Old 10-10-2019, 01:09 PM   #76
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Re: EagleChief's 1971 Build Thread

Just read thru your thread, good to see you making progress. I'll keep following.
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:12 PM   #77
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Thanks, Boulder! It's definitely a slow progress... but, progress.

Brought my rotors into work today and had them turned in our machine shop. Man, they are nice and smooth now! Upon further inspection, one is an original style with the groove in the middle of the rotor. The other one was a solid rotor, no groove. So, I'm assuming it was replaced at one point. It was still in pretty good shape, but I went ahead and had it turned down some, too.

Not sure when I'll get them put on, we've got a busy week ahead. Sunday may be my first chance, unless I can get to them tonight.
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Old 10-28-2019, 10:43 AM   #78
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Somewhat of an update -

Re-greased the bearings this past Thursday night after I got the wife and kids to bed. So, I worked from about 11:00-11:15 until about 12:30 am to get the bearings re-greased, and installed and the rotors mounted. First time I have ever attempted doing this, so it was a slow process. Everything seemed to go ok, at least to me.

Saturday morning, I go out to install the new brake pads. Everything fought me all morning. It was an extremely tight fit trying to get the calipers back on. I had enough issues that I finally took a break, went and had breakfast with the family, then came back out and wrestled with it some more. Finally got the calipers to go on. Had my son come out and help put the tires on, which was a lot of fun.

Skip ahead to after lunch - go out for a test drive. Truck won't start. Battery is dead, even though it's been on a trickle charger. So, run to the parts store - new battery. Truck fires up. Pump the brakes a few times to get the pads to seat on the rotors, then slowly roll out of the garage.

At slow speeds (rolling at less than 10mph) I can hear the brakes rubbing. I was thinking it was just the pads forming to the rotors and getting seated. But, when I tried to stop from a higher speed, say 35-40mph, I got a major wobble in the wheels. The first time I felt it, I thought it was a warped. But, when I tried it again, it was a pretty bad wobble in the front end. I don't remember feeling it in the brake pedal when it was worse, but definitely felt it in the steering wheel and through the front of the truck.

Got it back to the house and in the garage, but didn't have time to look at it.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-28-2019, 08:40 PM   #79
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Re: EagleChief's 1971 Build Thread

Maybe something going on with the wheel bearings? Too loose or too tight?
Hard to diag long distance.
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:24 AM   #80
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Maybe something going on with the wheel bearings? Too loose or too tight?
Hard to diag long distance.
I understand. I know it's difficult to tell without seeing/feeling what's going on. I was just fishing for something that may be common knowledge to most, but is easily overlooked by a first-timer.

The only thing I can think of, is maybe the bearings are not fully seated on the spindle shaft. I haven't had time to pull the wheels back off and look at it, yet. That'll be the first thing I check when I do... make sure the rotors/bearings are seated correctly. Other than that, I don't know.... may have to take it to a shop and have them go over it.
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Old 12-31-2019, 12:08 PM   #81
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Well, finally got a chance to get get back to the truck. In the midst of the brake issue, I also had my new tires losing air to the point of going completely flat on the front. Took it back in to the tire shop, they didn't replace the old valve stems. They swapped those out and all is good. In the meantime, while driving it, I still have an issue with the wobble up front. I did figure out that it is on the front passenger wheel.

I'm kinda thinking now that is the suspension, ball joints, something along those lines. After my last post, I did recheck all of the brake components and made sure everything was seated and secure. Which leads me to think it could be ball joints.

So, one thing led to another... I started to order ball joints. But, ended up finding a front end rebuild kit on sale for $155. New ball joints, tie rod ends, adjusting sleeves, etc.

Well, since I'll be removing the spindle to do the ball joints, might as well upgrade it while I'm there. Since the springs will be coming loose, let's go ahead and upgrade those at the same time! So, now I'm awaiting a shipment of a 3.5" / 5" drop kit with a front end rebuild kit! HAHA!

Hoping I can get all of that done in a weekend, and replace the steering gear box at the same time. That should take care of any handling, drivability issues for a while.
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:24 AM   #82
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Nice plan! It is easier to do it all while you are in there.
You're really going to like how it looks and drives with all those fresh parts + the drop.
If you don't have a sway bar, now is the time to add it.
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Old 01-02-2020, 04:11 PM   #83
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Thanks! I am looking forward to it, for sure.
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:41 PM   #84
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Got almost all of my parts in. Missing the drop spindles, which were on backorder. Supposedly (at last call), they were going to arrive to the store on the 22nd (yesterday), and then ship out from there. I'm waiting on a tracking notification and may have to call back to make sure I get one.

Other than that, the truck has just been sitting, collecting all of our recycle-able cardboard. I did pick up a few things from ECE's closeout sale. I had placed an order for new lenses (front and back), but they were out of the rears, and only had 1 of the front marker lenses. So, I'm getting new gaskets for the front/rear light housings, and flasher relays for when I upgrade the fronts to LED.
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Old 02-05-2020, 12:08 PM   #85
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Finally got my drop spindles yesterday!! Woohoo! Now to figure out when I get some time to get it all installed.
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Old 02-17-2020, 05:48 PM   #86
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Plan for now - work on the suspension rebuild this coming weekend. Should know by Wednesday if that's a go.

*fingers crossed*
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:40 PM   #87
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That's a lot of fun! I hope you have a powerful impact wrench. I did mine years ago with cheater bars and my son standing on the a-arms.
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Old 02-25-2020, 04:24 PM   #88
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Spent this past Saturday swapping out all of the suspension parts! Man, what a chore that was! It took us almost 11 hrs to complete, and, we didn't even complete everything. But, the 3.5"/5" drop is done, for now. And, as I write this up, the truck is at the shop getting an alignment.

I didn't get any pictures, unfortunately. But, I will have some before and after shots before too long.

Everything about the truck fought us tooth and nail. It took way longer that we anticipated! First off, the driver side upper ball joint was basically welded in. It took us about 1hr 30 minutes to get that ball joint out. We ground the rivets out, used chisels, a torch, spacing wedges, screw drivers, hammers... you name it, we used it. It. Took. For.Ev.Er!! The passenger side wasn't as bad, but still took us probably 45 min to get it out.

For the back, ended up just replacing the springs. Kept the stock shocks and left them in the stock location. Don't judge - it was late, we were tired and worn out, and we needed to get out of the shop. Boss showed up to lock up as we were finishing up. I do have the relocation brackets for the rear, and new shocks. But, getting to the rivets on the upper mounts was not going to work at that point. Eventually, I'll bring it back in and we'll remove the bed to make it easier.

But, in the end, it is "done". It looks SO much better! I'm extremely happy with the results. The ball joints were original, and completely destroyed. The tie rod ends were not as bad, but were still pretty much gone. Now, with new stuff, the truck is much tighter and more smooth.

Next will be the steering box and I need to go through the rear brakes.
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Old 03-13-2020, 04:44 PM   #89
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Alright... so while working on the suspension in the last episode, saw that the front brake lines were almost shot. I mean, almost to the point of rupture and losing brakes! So, new brakes lines were ordered. I still had the braking wobble after the last work and alignment, so went ahead and ordered new rotors from Rock Auto.

Well, I have the passenger side done. New line put on, new rotor on. Next will be the driver side, then on to the rear brakes. Flush out all of the old fluid, then finally be back on the road! Hopefully.
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