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Old 04-04-2019, 06:51 AM   #126 (permalink)
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There was a time when "winterizing" your car meant taking the doors off. So you could get out fast if it started to go through the ice. Not much fun at -40, but no worse than an open sleigh or (later) a snowmobile.

There was also a custom of parking a junk car on the ice in the spring. Somebody, usually one of the service clubs, would run a pool on when it would disappear. Probably frowned on in these environmentally conscious times.
My kids love riding on the ice since they dont have to be in car seats/seatbelts
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Old 04-09-2019, 09:06 AM   #127 (permalink)
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I've been working out the truck and trailer a little bit more now that the weather is getting nice. Last week I got it out to move a Rendezvous for a buddy and ended up getting a flat on the trailer from a nail.

PRO TIP- when the jack you keep in the truck for changing tires takes a shit while jacking up the trailer you can take the pipe-style jack off the tongue of the trailer and use it to jack the trailer up without even getting under it, by jamming it under the rub rail. I wouldn't recommend reaching under it in this configuration though.... I think I will build an adapter that will capture one of the stake pockets with the proper mount for the jack on it so I can more safely do this in the future.

I also hauled a well-picked over parts truck, a Ram D250, that I had sold to the same buddy, to the junk yard. Winging the trailer in behind his garage and around the trees was a little bit of a challenge, but totally doable. If you've been paying close attention you'll notice that the trailer was missing the dust caps on the driver side. One came flying off just going down the road (my fault, I must not have tapped it in fully) and the other one I pulled off and ruined trying to make the wrong size dust cap work. However, I had a spark of genius and found that 1989 Ram D250 dust caps are the same size as those on my trailer's hubs. With this I avoided spending $30+ on the right caps.

Rendezvous on the trailer. We had also stacked 40 or so sheets of tin under the car on the trailer so it was a HEAVY load.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #128 (permalink)
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As part of hauling all of this stuff I had horse traded for a set of Goodyear Duratracs (265-75 16) that are pretty much new and a set of 16' 8 lug chrome second gen wheels with junk tires. As soon as i finished all of this up I got back to the shop, dismounted the junk tires, cleaned up the wheels, popped some new valve stems in, and mounted up the Duratracs. They look SWEET! I think the chrome wheels and more aggressive tires really work well on the truck and for not really shelling out any money I think they're perfect. I've also had Duratracs on multiple vehicles and absolutely love the performance I've gotten out of them, so all around I'm happy.

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After washing up the tires and the truck
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So after all this care for the truck the cheap chinese HEI module in the distributor conversion I did decided to take a dump. I swapped it out with an Accel performance HEI module and she runs better than ever. The wiring job isn't super pretty but with the space I had available it was the best I could do.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:27 AM   #129 (permalink)
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This morning on the way to work I picked up a piece of metal in my brand new left front tire! The day had started out nice, I had even stopped to take a picture of the truck on the way because it was such a beautiful morning. I have a rope plug in for now but will repair it properly tonight. This is a little frustrating considering I mounted these around 72 hours ago!

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This plug kit has saved my butt more times than I'd care to count. As you can see, it's the best $15 I have ever spent.
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The culprit. They are demoing an old building near work so I am guessing this is part of something that fell out of a dump truck transporting debris from the site
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Love seeing an old truck like this still being used like made to. I wish all these guys that complain about their 400hp\800ft.lb diesel being too slow while towing could get a chance behind the wheel of a good condition older truck with a load behind it and appreciate it for what it is and get new appreciation for their trucks capability lol.
No kidding, my first truck was a 78 D150 with a 318/auto and 3.21 gears. It sucked to tow with, but got the job done never the less. It makes my "low" output 350/650 Cummins seem incredibly high output.

Keep on with it OP, that's a damn good looking truck in green.
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No kidding, my first truck was a 78 D150 with a 318/auto and 3.21 gears. It sucked to tow with, but got the job done never the less. It makes my "low" output 350/650 Cummins seem incredibly high output.

Keep on with it OP, that's a damn good looking truck in green.
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Thanks man! I love keeping this truck on the road. It's no speed demon but it gets me where I need to go and looks good doing it!

Whenever I'm in a hurry to get somewhere I just take my 6.7 anyways
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:23 AM   #132 (permalink)
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I've been incredibly busy with work and life again so I haven't been doing a whole lot to the truck and trailer but I have been doing plenty with them.

The day I mounted up my newly fixed tire it snowed so I tested out the repair that way
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After this I moved a buddy's XJ to scrap. I brought the tires/wheels from it back to his house and when I went to start the truck to leave the starter was toast! fortunately the local parts house had one in stock so him and I threw that bad boy into the truck in about 20 minutes in the snowy, muddy, windy driveway. It was a joy, huge props to whitneyj for helping me out with that! If he hadn't I wouldn't have been able to use the truck and trailer that night to run and pick up a G300 for a different friend.

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I also had to runt the lawn mower down to the self wash to hose the many pounds of mud off after I buried it in the back field at my shop dumping clippings
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One odd thing that I now need to address is the starter circuit. When the starter was going out I believe that it was drawing more amperage than normal through the exciter wire at the starter relay. Once I installed the new starter the relay smoked out the next day. With work I've really only been in town on weekends so I didn't have time to rip the harness apart and swap out the harness and relay, but the place where the failure occurred just happened to be the parking lot of a junkyard that has an identical truck. For the long term fix I scavenged a replacement relay and harness (to the tune of $5) but for the short term I rigged a momentary toggle to the exciter wire since I was short on time. I tossed the toggle in the ash tray so it's out of sight, can't be bumped by accident, and I can just replace the ash tray when I fix it right.

When I harvested the new relay and harness I compared it to a newer truck and found the newer one used a waterproof Bosch relay instead of this stamped steel one. Has anyone had issues with these old relays? Does anyone have anything good to say about them? I grabbed the original style relay and harness in the heat of the moment but now I can't really think of a reason to install it as opposed to upgrading to a newer Bosch sealed relay with waterproof base. Any thoughts? The wiring will be really easy, all I should need to do is supply fused standby power from the battery, supply ground, pull the start signal from the key to latch the relay, and send signal from 87 to the ignition system and the starter exciter wire with a diode on the exciter wire to protect it from backfeed when the key is in the "run" position.

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Old 05-28-2019, 10:35 AM   #134 (permalink)
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Updates! I've been getting my use out of the old girl lately. I picked up a Decked storage box for the bed, which will be a nice alternative to the cap in winter. I also used her to take a couple loads of branches from the shop to the dump from trimming a couple tress in back of the shop.

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After- my plan is to restructure the parking situation back here so everything is a little less cluttered.
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There is nothing wrong with either style starting circuit, they are basically the same, just the relay is changed. If you are getting resistance, check for voltage drop, check all the connections, replace any suspect wires and make sure the grounds are in place. At the minimum there should be the main ground cable from the battery to the engine block, the smaller, usually 10Ga, wire from the ground on the battery to the core support and another ground from the back of the intake to the firewall. Also pay particular attention to the fusible links and any repairs that have been made there over the years. The biggest improvement you can make is using the '88-'93 starter which is a huge leap over the old Chrysler gear reduction starters.
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There is nothing wrong with either style starting circuit, they are basically the same, just the relay is changed. If you are getting resistance, check for voltage drop, check all the connections, replace any suspect wires and make sure the grounds are in place. At the minimum there should be the main ground cable from the battery to the engine block, the smaller, usually 10Ga, wire from the ground on the battery to the core support and another ground from the back of the intake to the firewall. Also pay particular attention to the fusible links and any repairs that have been made there over the years. The biggest improvement you can make is using the '88-'93 starter which is a huge leap over the old Chrysler gear reduction starters.
I'm not all that worried about the circuit itself, I'm building a new harness to replace all of it based off of what I pulled from the junkyard truck. All I was curious about was is anyone has seen better reliability out of the newer style relay or the old one. With the new one being sealed better and a more universally available piece I believe I will use that. I've been crazy busy with work so I haven't had a chance to rip the harness out and replace it. She still has the ash tray toggle, which actually makes a great theft deterrent, whoops
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A couple more updates! I've been using the truck as much as possible and even with the little quirks shes still been damn reliable. The alternator shit out pulling a woodchipper home to chip up debris from a fallen tree but she still made it home before the battery was totally dead! I tossed an alternator and voltage regulator in for good measure and shes been trouble free since. I also just pulled a blown up Subie in to scrap for the SIL. I love this truck.

Pulling the uncle's dump trailer to get rid of the big limbs from the aforementioned tree
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Busted the trailer out to scrap the SIL's Subaru
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I used the winch setup from earlier to load the car up. By myself I was still able to have the thing loaded, strapped, and ready to roll in under 20 mins. That 5k HF Badlands winch doesn't owe me a thing, it's been super reliable and saved my ass more than a few times.
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And if you remember the lift I picked up a while back and had started working on: it's finished and working well! Right now our 35 is up on it while we get the car driving again.
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That Subaru doesn't look all that bad from this side from a distance.

Why did it go to scrap?
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That Subaru doesn't look all that bad from this side from a distance.

Why did it go to scrap?
She ran it out of oil and seized the engine. It was really rough and also needed brake rotors, calipers, 2 wheel bearings, and a bunch of other miscellaneous work that made the juice not worth the squeeze. The whole thing was stupid rusty too, to the point of having structural issues (thanks Wisco). A good friend of mine is a Subaru Master Tech so we definitely pursued all options. I thought about buying to off her to flip with my buddy but I just don't have the time.
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Used the truck and trailer more the last couple weekends. I ran a straight 6 with the powerglide trans over to my good buddy whitneyj's place. I also trailered my tractor to another friend's house to clean out some trees and old landscaping in his backyard. That led to all the refuse going on the trailer and getting hauled out.

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Engine, trans, and dolly in the bed

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Well a bit of a setback yesterday. Since I had a few extra minutes before work I decided to clean the truck up a bit. Did a quick interior detail, threw some new wiper blades on, replaced the dash LEDs that I installed in a previous post because they were all trash (poor quality) and decided to top it all off with a run through the car wash. All went well but when I exited the car wash the truck decided to stop running- no spark. Water must have gotten into the distributor and fried the pickup. I tried a coil and an ignition module but no dice, still no spark coming from the coil even though I had good power and the module is grounded properly.

So I enlisted the help of my buddy and his fourth gen to pull my trailer. The winch setup I put together early in the thread made quick work of yanking her up on the trailer and we got it all done in time to meet the rest of the guys for dinner.

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Back to our regularly scheduled hauling! I dropped a new distributor into the truck, half-ass timed it, and set out to drive 45 minutes north to rescue my buddy. He is the one who hauled my ass home when I was broken down. He needed to get back to his shop from where he works. His beater is a Chevy Colorado and the ignition system decided to stop recognizing the key when he got to work that day so he was doa. I had to stop at his shop on the way up and grab his trailer for this since I had mine loaned out for a homecoming float.

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With that done and now back into the swing, I loaded up a junk straight truck box that had been sitting and rotting away behind my shop forever.

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That same day I borrowed out my trailer and some of my time to another buddy to go pick up a Suburban he bought to use as a plow truck this winter. The 3 hour round trip went off without a hitch. It is a non-runner currently due to rusty fuel lines, thus the need for my trailer and the winch. The rig looks pretty good behind a truck worth 10x what mine is.
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I removed the last piece of junk from behind my shop, for now. This was a large and very dated 1.1 million BTU DeVilbliss air exchange unit that was never hooked up due to the efficiency of the shop and how cost-prohibitive it would have been to run the unit. I stole the motor off of it, just in case, and loaded the rest up. For the short term I took the middle portion of the ducting out and put the cap on what was left. I plan to cut it all off flush at the building, cap it, and side over it eventually. I can't just remove the ducting all together as there is still vent structure inside for booth inlet.

Old unit in its place
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Loaded up and ready to head to scrap
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The back of the shop now has so much more room for activities!
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With all this new useful room I can park all of the trucks, trailers, etc. in a neat area instead of having junk parked all over the place to where some things are blocked in and you need to move three things to get at what you want.
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AND for some exciting news: I traded one of my bikes off last night for this 1999 Ram 1500 Sport edition. I am excited about this because my plan is to spin this up as another plow truck and will be able to stop driving the '85 in winter. Ultimately I hope to tear the '85 down to give it some love/resto work, this is the first step in that process.

The body is rusty as hell, but mechanically it has quite a few new parts and low miles (117k). I got it home without incident and threw some new headlight housings at it, replaced a gas tank strap, put in one of my aftermarket radios, deleted the front plate, and chopped the exhaust off. I will add a glasspack to the exhaust and replace the RR wheel cylinder as it is weeping out some fluid (all the brake lines are new, so it should go fairly easy). More to come with this one!
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The '99 is getting there! I snagged a plow frame and wiring harness that will work with the 2000 Series straight blade I already have for it for an unbelievable deal on Monday. So over the last two nights I installed the harness and frame. The harness took some doing because when I opened up the dash to run the in-cab portion I found the worst remote start/alarm system install I have ever seen. It took me a few extra hours to sort out what they had all hacked into and put it back to stock. After that was done it was just some tidying up with a liberal application of zip ties. The frame install went really fast as I had a hand from my old man. An extra set of hands for fitting up the push beam weldments and frame brackets is invaluable.

New harness and push frame with another set of impacts I picked up. I found the impacts at a pawn shop, I already have a 1/2" Gen2 but I wanted the 3/8" and with what I paid for the whole set the 1/2" was basically free.
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Testing out the new tools by disassembling the frame.
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Absolute mess of a remote start install. The contact block they used for power distribution was just hanging out under the dash. I can't believe this thing didn't turn into a barbecue.
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Once I got the remote start sorted out the only lasting damage ended up being a couple repaired wires in the kick panel harness.
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Nice work. I've had to chop out old security systems and remote starts more than once. Hate that shit.
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I pulled that same brand alarm system out of my MIL Tahoe after it did bbq the dash. Probably had the same installation tech...

Nice seeing the work you put into your trucks, and the work you do with them!

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Old 10-25-2019, 07:30 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Nice work. I've had to chop out old security systems and remote starts more than once. Hate that shit.
I've done worse things, but not more frustrating things.

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I pulled that same brand alarm system out of my MIL Tahoe after it did bbq the dash. Probably had the same installation tech...

Nice seeing the work you put into your trucks, and the work you do with them!

Yeah, not sure if the installer was drunk and high or high and drunk. Thanks, I appreciate it!
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:52 AM   #150 (permalink)
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More work on the new truck!

The first order was tires and wheels. I decided that the badly corroded set of KMC wheels and the weather checked General tires needed to go, so I listed the KMCs and started looking for options. I found a set of late third gen aluminum wheels on FB marketplace for $50. These were perfect because they matched the size of a set of take off BFG Rugged Terrain T/As I had available to me from a buddy who had gone bigger. That said, I picked up the third gen wheels and threw a case of beer to my buddy for his take offs. That all worked out at just the right time, because a guy hit up my FB ad for the KMCs the day I listed them. I pulled them off that night and met him the next day.

Since the tires and wheels were figured out I turned to a few odds and ends that needed attention. Th most pressing was that I found a stripped out stud on the front left hub when I was taking off the old wheels. I decided to just throw a hub at it and keep the original as a spare. The hub itself didn't seem that bad but the passenger side is new, so I'm guessing that one isn't far behind. To compound that, I'll be asking a lot out of it with the added plow weight, so it seemed to make sense. I also had a leaking right rear wheel cylinder. I replaced that and rebuilt the brake assembly with new shoes, hardware, etc. The brake lines from the front junction at the frame to the back had been replaced, so it was a fairly easy job.

Granted the truck is mechanically solid, the horrible rust on the front fenders is something I wanted to address. I knew there was a girl local to me who was parting out a second gen. As it happens, she had swapped on black fenders that were relatively rust free- at least at one point. So I hit her up and worked out a deal to get both front fenders and the truck bed toolbox for $40. The caveat was that I pulled the parts and helped them dismantle the rest of the truck in preparation for it to go to scrap. We found a day that worked for all of us so I ran over to grab my parts and help her and her husband pull the truck's transmission and transfer case. Once I had the parts back at the shop I tore into the front end to swap out those fenders. Even though the brake lines from the frame junction back were new, the lines from the master to the ABS block and the ABS block to the frame junction were original. They were so crusty they looked like they would crumble into nothing the second I breathed on them. I replaced the garbage with some new copper nickel lines so I won't need to worry about them for a long time. Since the fender was off also took the chance to undercoat the frame and inner structure to try to get ahead of the rust. When I had that all finished up I ripped out the plastic bedliner and installed the new toolbox.

New late third gen wheels and new to me BFG tires. The tires that came on the wheels were junk due to being slashed.
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Old KMC wheels and General tires loaded up in the 85 ready to go to their new home.
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I took the Brodozer to go pick up my new fenders and toolbox
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Old driver's side fender removed and new brake lines mocked up.
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New fender installed.
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