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  • After that I attached the fuel tank ground and bled the rear brakes. That all went well until I went out the next day and and noticed brake fluid dripping on the Nova. I figured it was just from spillage from filling the master cylinder so I washed the Nova and put the drip trays under the truck and parked the Nova back under it. Guess what? More brake fluid!

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    • The paint was never perfect but it is still very frustrating, especially the second time. A closer look at the master cylinder tells me its been leaking out the back for a while. I ordered up a new one today.

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      Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
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      66 Mustang GT Project

      92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
      79 Chevy Truck Project
      1956 Cadillac Project

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      • Last Sunday, we got the bed back on the truck. It wasn't easy or pretty but its back in place. I still need to bolt it down.

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        92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
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        • looks like a good excuse to get a forklift
          Doing it all wrong since 1966

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          • Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
            looks like a good excuse to get a forklift
            You're not wrong!
            Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
            74 Nova Project
            66 Mustang GT Project

            92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
            79 Chevy Truck Project
            1956 Cadillac Project

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            • As I have been working under it while on the lift, I have been wondering about the shape of the drivers side frame rail just under and behind the cab. The lower edge is not square and has a rounded look as you go from the bottom part (which I think should be flat but isn't) as it transitions into the vertical bit (which looks fine). I also notice that there is a wave/kink right under the cab mount bracket.

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              74 Nova Project
              66 Mustang GT Project

              92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
              79 Chevy Truck Project
              1956 Cadillac Project

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              • Once the bed is back on we have alignment issues on the drivers side.

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                Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                74 Nova Project
                66 Mustang GT Project

                92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                79 Chevy Truck Project
                1956 Cadillac Project

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                • Well Crap! The frame is bent! Which is a crying shame because it is totally rust free and really nice otherwise. Maybe it can be fixed. Maybe I should get it running so I can drive it to a frame shop! Maybe I should push it into a lake. We will see. For right now, I'm going to do the right thing and pretend I didn't see it (credit to VGG) as it really won't stop me from "running & driving".
                  Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                  74 Nova Project
                  66 Mustang GT Project

                  92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                  79 Chevy Truck Project
                  1956 Cadillac Project

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                  • Looks like someone hooked it sideways.
                    I use an equipment trailer for a frame straightener. Block and chain parts to stay and jack up the dip.
                    maybe the frame shop rather work on it boxless.

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                    • Not sure it's sitting on there right? If you didn't notice it dog legging on the way home, I wonder if it's really a huge problem. This was from page 1:

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                      I can't really tell from your latest pics, but the gap from bed to cab seems not as much as this in the newest pic (edit for clarity - in the new pics the gap seems smaller) ? Can you loosen everything up and shake the loving bejeebus out of it? I mean, it did used to look like it was aligned okay... can you move the biscuits corner to corner or end to end and see if it changes with the biscuit location?
                      Last edited by Beagle; July 16, 2021, 05:22 AM.
                      Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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                      • The frame being pretty much rust free, makes me think a trip to a reputable frame shop would be in order before a front end alignment.... should be a pretty straightforward fix for an experienced shop... get a quote first though...
                        Patrick & Tammy
                        - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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                        • Originally posted by 74NovaMan View Post
                          As I have been working under it while on the lift, I have been wondering about the shape of the drivers side frame rail just under and behind the cab. The lower edge is not square and has a rounded look as you go from the bottom part (which I think should be flat but isn't) as it transitions into the vertical bit (which looks fine). I also notice that there is a wave/kink right under the cab mount bracket.

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                          I took another look at it this morning and in addition to the kink directly under the body mount, it seems that there is a significant bow in the bottom of the rail about 12 inches forward at the lowest part of the frame... Bob may be right, that a frame shop may not want the box on for this...
                          Patrick & Tammy
                          - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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                          • Thanks for the feedback guys. Here is a picture of the other side showing the deformation:

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                            Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                            74 Nova Project
                            66 Mustang GT Project

                            92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                            79 Chevy Truck Project
                            1956 Cadillac Project

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                            • Originally posted by 74NovaMan View Post
                              Thanks for the feedback guys. Here is a picture of the other side showing the deformation:

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                              Where it is rusty and deformed on bottom, on top it might look like that too. I suspect 6”-foot from where it is on bottom

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                              • With all of the demo'ing that Bob and family have done, I'm sure he has seen almost every conceivable angle in which a frame could be distorted!
                                Patrick & Tammy
                                - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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