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Gregski 05-26-2015 11:06 AM

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of course nothing's easy but everything must be black, so we used some Denatured Alcohol to wipe off the ol' swivel sticks and tapped them off so that they could be painted black, just using the same semi flat black we used under the hood on the engine bits

to slide them in was a pain, I did not know weather to lube them up with the Rich recommended white lithium grease or slip them in dry, so I split the difference and lubed one up and left the other side dry, LOL

in the pics the sticks are still not slid in all the way, (as I came to find out when I went to mount them)

rich weyand 05-26-2015 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Gregski (Post 7185896)
Thanks Rich, LMC Truck wants $60 or $70 bucks for the '78 kind

Here it is:
http://www.classicparts.com/1973-78-.../#.VWSibUZ_yao

rusty76 05-26-2015 05:08 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Radiator Support
 
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Originally Posted by Gregski (Post 7185283)
Found one today, $30 bucks! Not perfect but still very solid under that surface rust in the bottom corner. Got it off of a '79

Nice score. Me jealous....lol.

Gregski 05-26-2015 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rich weyand (Post 7186287)

glad you shared the link cause I thought you meant Classic Industries, a totally different company, though it's the same price they don't charge tax

http://www.classicindustries.com/pro...ts/t70841.html

greg64 05-26-2015 11:43 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Anatomy of a Visor
 
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Originally Posted by Gregski (Post 7186169)
so The Greg decided to cut one crispy crusty visor open and see what it is made of

Anatomy of a Visor? are you serious? it's just a ....

oh wait I see, cool thanks, I did not know that's what lurked inside them little rascals ...

Hey! You found the visors I have in my 64. That's something I need to fix one of these days...

Gregski 05-27-2015 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Gregski (Post 7185632)
gauges going in...

in the end here's the verdict

Speedo - works

Water Temp - works

Oil Pressure - works

Tachometer - works but is inaccurate

Voltmeter - does not work

Fuel gauge - is missing

Well after threatening to buy a new used voltmeter on eBay, today mine started to work!

Chaplain 06-02-2015 03:17 AM

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Updates!

Gregski 06-02-2015 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Chaplain (Post 7194914)
Updates!

LOL, The Greg was hurtin' for dough at the end of the month so he had to lay low for a week or so, I mounted the huge clutch pedal spring but there was not much for a picture opportunity

but as of the first of the month he has already ordered the following

1. Brand new fuel gauge

2. Another used Tach off of eBay (for $45 bucks I had to take the risk)

3. Brand new Holley carb tunning kit [more on this later] but it does involve a Test so you all may wanna study up, hee hee

greg64 06-02-2015 02:11 PM

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Rusty, how did your visors turn out?

Gregski 06-03-2015 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by greg64 (Post 7195408)
Rusty, how did your visors turn out?

LOL, they're great!

Gregski 06-03-2015 08:49 PM

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what do we have here, looks like our replacement new used Tachometer showed up

don't mind the Amazon box, I bought it off of eBay for $45 bucks, using the buy it now option, now I either got really taken if it does not work, or I scored majorilly as a new one is $150 bucks

about to put it in, so wish me luck...

Gregski 06-03-2015 09:14 PM

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well the replacement Tach appears to be working, it may be 75 RPMs off but that's assuming my used digital timing light is spot on, I will have a friend at a shop compare it to his timing light so we know for sure, but hey it's just a truck so it's good enuff for me

rgunlock 06-03-2015 09:31 PM

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Good enuf for you means money well spent. Great progress against your to-do list!

hatzie 06-03-2015 09:55 PM

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Sell the other one. Someone will buy it even though it's off a bit. It works and it can be re-calibrated... For that matter so can this one.

greg64 06-03-2015 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Gregski (Post 7197182)
well the replacement Tach appears to be working, it may be 75 RPMs off but that's assuming my used digital timing light is spot on, I will have a friend at a shop compare it to his timing light so we know for sure, but hey it's just a truck so it's good enuff for me

Good deal for $45!

Gregski 06-04-2015 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by rgunlock (Post 7197210)
Good enuf for you means money well spent. Great progress against your to-do list!

thanks, still tons left to do, I would make another list but I'm afraid you all would hold me to it, LOL

Chaplain 06-05-2015 08:13 AM

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Make the list...and share it.

Gregski 06-05-2015 08:04 PM

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suga'
... yes please

special thanks to Rich for recommending Classic Parts, got a great price on this brand new fuel gauge, even the back studs are labeled

now off to install it

rich weyand 06-05-2015 08:10 PM

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I flipped the resistor over so the contacts were on top, and put star washers under the nuts so the resistor wouldn't lose contact so easily. Common "failure" mode that gives 1/4 reading when full. Take it out, tighten the connections, works again. Infuriating given how much digging you have to do to get to it.

Gregski 06-05-2015 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by rich weyand (Post 7199738)
I flipped the resistor over so the contacts were on top, and put star washers under the nuts so the resistor wouldn't lose contact so easily. Common "failure" mode that gives 1/4 reading when full. Take it out, tighten the connections, works again. Infuriating given how much digging you have to do to get to it.

You my friend are the Dean of College of Truck Knowledge!

Gregski 06-05-2015 08:34 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - 74 to 78 Gauge Cluster Swap
 
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I hate this West facing garage the sun is right in my face and right in the camera lens

We got ourselves an electric oil pressure gauge, a volt meter, a TACHOMETER, and a new fuel gauge....

Fuel gauge is in, this 74 to 78 gauge cluster swap is officially done!

Thank you all for your help

Gregski 06-05-2015 08:44 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Period Correct '74 Radio Knobs
 
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Originally Posted by Titomars (Post 7148173)
Technically those knobs are not period correct to your 74. If you care about such things. the correct knobs would match your headlight knob.

That was one of my problems with putting a Delco back in mine. I am the anal type that would only do so if I had the correct knobs. Guess what I could not find any the weren't an arm and a leg to buy...

well I hope you approve cause I had to meet a feller in a shady Rico's Pizza parking lot to get these, but you know The Greg he gits 'er done!!! and sometimes even the correct way, hee hee

... now who did I loan that Bon Jovi cassette to back in the summer of '86?

greg64 06-05-2015 09:00 PM

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Glad to see it all back together. Right or wrong, I like the knobs on the radio.

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by greg64 (Post 7199782)
Glad to see it all back together. Right or wrong, I like the knobs on the radio.

Thank you, me too

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:07 PM

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So Greg it's been like 10 minutes since you completed your last project, what are you going to do next...

I don't know guys... I am kinda tired, so I think it's BED TIME!!!

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:09 PM

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if you all recall the bottom of my bed is toast, so it's time to replace it with the bottom from that donor bed I bought for $40 bucks a couple months back

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:11 PM

Re: Restoring Rusty - Removing the Bed
 
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when I took the donor bed apart I noticed the sides are indeed welded to the bottom portion in the rear corners of the tailgate

below I am showing you what needs to be cut

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:12 PM

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alright, here we go...

Tailgate Off!

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:18 PM

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as you know I am a one man circus act so I am going to attempt to take the bed apart in pieces whilst on the truck, piece by piece by piece

first to come off will be the driver side wheel well, but to get that off we need to remove the front strut bar thingie and the mud flat thingie behind it

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:20 PM

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alright about a dozen bolts later and a good stump with my foot and the rusty driver side inner bed fender was off

as you can see the inner fender has seen better days, nothing a man with a welding gun couldn't fix, but that man aint me, plus we have a replacement waiting in the corner of my garage from the donor bed

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:23 PM

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probly best to remove the tailights before the hard concrete floor removes them for me

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:26 PM

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so after undoing about 5 bolts between the cab and the bed side and another 2 or 3 under the bed by the cab, and another 5 or 6 in the back of the bed underneath, it was time to cut off them welds

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:28 PM

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only to realize there is another weld behind the tailgate hinge, time to remove the hinge and cut that one too, what a pain

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:32 PM

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and there we have it, drive side is off

I am pretty pleased, no broken bolts, and I did not spin any of those weld on nuts

the key to this operation is lubricant, (for you aka beer, and for the bolts, ie PB Blaster) unscrew a bolt a couple turns, then screw it back in, I don't care how easy it is coming out, you are building up heat and dragging a bunch of rust and grime into the threads, so screw it back in, then back out again, and you won't break any of them

more importantly this side is in really good shape, just surface rust and dust, other than that very solid

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:33 PM

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this is what the weld on section looks like when the side is completely removed as you can see it indeed was welded on, not the greatest picture quality but you git the idea

Gregski 06-05-2015 11:34 PM

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Yes this Clown act did get this side off by himself, it can be done fellars!


Gregski 06-06-2015 01:14 AM

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so after dinner we pressed on and got the passenger side wheel housing off, this side is rusty but solid, man that metal is so thick, it is awesome good ol' AMERICAN steel, we may not need the donor for this side

Gregski 06-06-2015 01:15 AM

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and then the unthinkable happened we ran out of beer, and we had to stop for the night, so here I am drinking my wifes' white wine as I type this, don't you dare judge me, or there won't be any future updates ~ JK

rich weyand 06-06-2015 01:45 AM

Re: Restoring Rusty
 
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Originally Posted by Gregski (Post 7199754)
You my friend are the Dean of College of Truck Knowledge!

Well, I know what I know, and when I don't know I mostly keep my mouth shut, though I do get caught out once in a while.

Mostly it depends on whether or not I have had to do something on my own truck. If not, I only know what I've read.

Glad I got the info to you in time for you to use it!

greg64 06-06-2015 10:07 AM

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Wow, lots of work done there! Are you going to paint the bedsides while it's all apart? And how are you going to re-weld the joints you ground out?

Believe it or not, my original bed floor looked worse than yours.


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