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  • silver_bullet
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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...

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  • Beagle
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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?
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  • Deaf Bob
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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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  • 74NovaMan
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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".

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Once the bed is back on we have alignment issues on the drivers side.

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  • 74NovaMan
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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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  • 74NovaMan
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    Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
    looks like a good excuse to get a forklift
    You're not wrong!

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    looks like a good excuse to get a forklift

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  • 74NovaMan
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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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  • 74NovaMan
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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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  • 74NovaMan
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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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  • 74NovaMan
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    I also replaced the axle vent line while I was at it. The original was to crispy to bend properly after lowering.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    I'm fairly happy with how they turned out but this was certainly another on of those "Cheap LS Swap My Ass" moments. The extra line at the tank is apparently some sort of vent so i did this with it:

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  • 74NovaMan
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    In keeping with the new plan to only do things that are necessary to make it run and drive we are going to pretend we didn't see that for now. Fuel lines will be needed for the running and driving thing so that was next on my list:

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  • 74NovaMan
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    I've been doing a few things on the truck in the past few months. The first thing I did was notice something else that needs to be done. Need to rework the bumpstops. I probably need to remove some metal and shorten the rubber substantially. I'll need to be careful not to remove the steering stops that are part of the structure. This is at ride height:

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