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  • #76
    Showing signs of improvement, but Comet and Scotch Brite?
    Patrick & Tammy
    - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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    • #77
      After years of sitting outside with no cover, it had amassed an impressive buildup of crud over the entire body. Now it feels smooth to the touch again and it has a slight shine on all panels.

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      • #78
        After a few bumps in rhe road, this project is back on track. Up next, the engine is coming out. We'll see what happens next.


        I picked up the wheels and tires from a Craigslist seller, priced at $500. The wheels are 17x7 and 17x8, with 215/40 17 tires on the front and 255/40 17 tires on the rear. The tires show very little wear.
        Last edited by Cammin; July 11, 2020, 05:04 PM.

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        • #79


          Good news. I picked up a low mileage 350 ci. GM crate engine from a local rebuilder for $800. Whenever I get time, I'll swap the short block out with this engine.

          The next big project will be to replace the front and rear floor pans. Any current recommendations on floor pan suppliers for these models?
          Last edited by Cammin; November 10, 2022, 06:26 PM.

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          • #80
            Finally have an update worth sharing. Purchased a 6v-53 Detroit Diesel blower for $100. After a good bit of searching, I found that Joe Blow Speed Shop in Australia makes bearing plates for these blowers (https://joeblospeedshop.com). Now, I'm researching fuel options that include three deuces and electronic fuel injection. Will need adapter plates to marry the blower to the engine and whatever fuel system I land on. I expect that my crate engine will work, if the boost stays on the conservative side. Will update when more progress is made.

            The Stoner T series, on Hemmings' website, makes me want to hide the blower under the supercharger hat (image below). If not familiar with that build, I'd consider it a must read.





            https://www.hemmings.com/stories/201...people-part-18



            https://www.hemmings.com/stories/201...people-part-18


            Last edited by Cammin; April 8, 2021, 12:53 PM.

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            • #81
              The Blower Shop. Guy who owns it is a solid guy.

              https://theblowershop.com/
              Doing it all wrong since 1966

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              • #82
                Here's a pic of the front of the blower:

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                • #83
                  Look who's back in the game! After more stops and starts, I've replaced the rear passenger air shock with a new KYB shock, along with painting the brake drum using Rust-Oleum farm implement paint. Moving to the rear driver's side this week to do the same work. Next I'll move up front to replace the shocks there. This Winter will be reserved for getting the vehicle running again, hopefully before Spring arrives.


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                  I picked this air cleaner up last weekend for $100. It's an unused replica with a new air filter still installed. Will route a pair of ducts to it when the time comes.


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                  Last edited by Cammin; November 8, 2022, 07:34 AM.

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                  • #84
                    Replaced the rear driver's side air shock with the KYB shock and painted the brake drum. While I was painting the drum, I cleaned and painted driveshaft with the same Rust-Oleum implement paint. Whoever designed that front, upper nut location is not getting a Christmas card this year.. Moving to the front shocks next.


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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by Cammin View Post

                      It certainly is, so I'll be following your suggestion.


                      I'm planning to tear apart the suspension and replace the rubber components with polyurethane, over the winter. So, a Harbor Freight hydraulic press may be in my future.


                      Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. It may take a little time, but it will be nice when finished. I've got something unique planned for the bed, you'll just have to wait and see.

                      ALSO REPLACE the window / doors seals it will come in there BAR NONE these cars / Trars are known for it and thats called the Smugglers box Lid in the front of bed

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by Limey SE View Post


                        ALSO REPLACE the window / doors seals it will come in there BAR NONE these cars / Trars are known for it and thats called the Smugglers box Lid in the front of bed


                        I'll add that to the 'To-Do List' . Thanks for the info, Limey SE .

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