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  1. No real updates, being laid up with restrictions sucks, another 4 -6weeks left but figured I'd post to keep the crickets at bay. Still planning on full suspension build. Some good news, my new welder has arrived, although I can't lift it at the moment but it's here ready lol, and the fender flares are here as well. Iv got the time to really look and study my plan of attack for this build.
  2. Alright, pre mvi done, have a list, can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Few more repairs needed and she will be legal, on a side note, coming home from pre mvi, lost power, and the truck was dieing, left me stranded on the road. Engine not picking up fuel, just changed the fuel filter a week ago with a genuine cat filter. Did a couple of roadside checks, blockage all led to the filter, even siphoned fuel up through the feed line and blew back through into the tank, lines were clear. The filter I had removed prior to the cat replacement,was a carquest fuel filter that was on the truck since before I bought it, and made the trip home from Ontario, and some running while here, amazing the filtration difference in filters for the same position. The cat filter might just be too effective in filtering fuel, lucky I wasn't alone and had help from Tom and Tab, new carquest filter, bled out the injection lines and away she went. Made the rest of the journey with no issues. Also a note on the cat filters, the oil in this big ol' diesel was black as tar when I changed it, fresh oil and a pair of cat filters, the oil looks as if the truck has never been ran since the oil was dumped in. It has had several starts and a few hrs of running time and a trip to and from the shop since the oil change and it's still clear.
  3. The black one, F350 crew cab Long box, he lives in Timberlea I believe, when he isn't in Bayer's lake, he is at the timberlea Tim's, can't remember his name, western crew cab , doesn't use it in the winter, he built it ground up, has a few old fords
  4. Deck is now repaired, Still some dialing in with hyd line routing, but it's functional, had to try it out and loaded the little truck.
  5. I'll be in once I get these projects under way, and I have a 3 ton Chevy wrecker I'm designating as an offroad recovery vehicle.
  6. Here is a pic of the truck leaning, and the broken Torsion bar Was mocking up and taking measurements , figuring out ride height and looking at the angles of everything, here is a slightly higher than ride height guestimate ,it should sit a couple inches lower than how the pic was taken, I was originally planning afront spring shackle like a jeep yj or samurai setup, but after i saw how high it is came up with some rear shackle options that should keep it a bit lower
  7. Nope, not rusty, was not a clean break, but more shatter type break, just suspect they aren't made for heavy compression/ extension and are over 30 yrs old , and they are so tiny, like the thicknesses of a coil spring
  8. The little truck told me it is time to put the SAS under the front, Last night, while on a dirt Rd putting along , was a really big bang, then a clang and something big jammed under the truck enough to lift it momentarily. As I pulled over and stopped, thinking of the sounds of broken stuff over the years initial thoughts was the exhaust ripped off, but the truck wasn't any louder, so my reasoning said , and I told Russell , as we were getting out, I bet that was a Torsion Bar let go, and sure enough , looked under the truck and the pass side torsion bar was missing, it was late night and dark but walked back and picked up the torsen bar/ new prybar, . Drove the truck back home slowly. Limping, leaning and avoiding every pebble, stick or leaf I encountered on the way home for fear it would send our heads into the roof if we hit. Truck made it home and will commence work as soon as I finish the towtruck
  9. The issue is that the flex and length , the gap between cab and box, the sliders will end up crunching the body panels, might get away with making 2 piece sliders maybe
  10. Sliders are tricky on the old Ford's due to so much frame flex.
  11. Yes, have to be close for gas to be present and no wind. Also going from flux core to gas you need to swap the polarity of your machine
  12. We had no kids for a day, our off road exploration adventure started at the Radar Base, and went from there. We traveled some trails around there , then we went over to "Grandaddy hill" and went up, then some moretrails from there, turned back on 2 different trails, but will attempt once my truck is Matified to suit. Had a couple of questionable muddy encounters. Lots of crawling, and we tested out my photography skills lol. Here are the pictures from our exploration Date. Damages include the pass side mirror lens fell out, and I lost my car Keys somewhere. Fun day , we got home around 20:00
  13. Haha, should be fun little truck, still not a powerhouse, but at least it will be able to maintain speed, and have a little left over for other things
  14. Not much progress, but iv decided to yank the z22 engine and trans, it has a couple little issues that I'm too cheap to fix, I have a nice running 302 and TOD trans. It's not a powerful 302 but runs nice and clean with that trans should drive nice. HP and torque ratings are 135hp and 246ftlb/tq.
  15. Cool, and I hear ya on pics, I find it very hard to stop and take pics, I usually think after iv got home and recapping the day, damn that would have been a great pic
  16. When it's up and running, I can take ya out on a call or two, of course after the pandemic clears up
  17. Yep, all the time, if ya get a run up to cape Breton or into newbrunswick, after ya already put in 5 hrs of your shift, by the time you get to your destination, the driver ends up being out of hours. Or even heading down to Yarmouth, that would be around 7 hr round trip in a towtruck including loading, and unloading and driving time, easy to run out of hrs while on the job so the sleeper pays for itself, rather than turn down the job or cut into the expense of the job with motel or accomadations. here are a couple local trucks with sleeper bunks
  18. Nope, most heavy towtrucks have sleepers, but mine is kind of light being only single rear axle, I'd say the med duty trucks are not as common to have a sleeper, but most of the heavy towtrucks with tandem or tri axles have a sleeper
  19. Thanks, it cleaned up pretty good, the interior was a positive point of decisions to purchase this truck, I also have some pics of this truck when it was rebuilt in the 90's. It has an interesting history with alot of sitting around. There is a Toromont Cat reman engine in it, and I don't believe there is much for milage on it, it's showing 150,000kms on it. And I don't think it was a tow truck its entire life, but am not sure of its previous history
  20. Those seat belts look awesome!! Love the man on tractor logo
  21. Here ya go, in its current state, interior is finished up for now and back together, and body is going to have to stay faded yellow for now. It's down to the final details, a couple of mounts and some minor repairs on the deck
  22. It's factory, but it's also the same piece in the other brands. They all stamp their p/n on them. But made from the same manufacturer, and are interchangeable between them. Just letting ya know if you need to replace a lens or switch, not to limit your search to just ford. Makes it easier to find in multiple applications
  23. Nice scores!! That dome light isn't a ford product, however a optional piece supplied to major car manufactures, I used to have a bunch of those here , I took them out of Chevy vans, and Cadillacs, but have seen them in Ford's and the odd dodge. The truck is looking real good!!
  24. Thanks, more progress today, got the headache rack bolted down, it used to just sit in the stake pockets but was partially torn out , did some drilling, rerouting wires, fixed some wires going to the lights on the headache rack in the process, did some body adjustments on the fender, the pass door was binding slightly, waiting on some engine mounts and some sleeper bunk mounts and a new pair of front signal lights. After those items were finished up, I did some more polishing , here is the before and after
  25. Got the truck home, Shop did everything I asked them to, yesterday I saw that the antifriction pads were missing in the rear location of the deck. Ended up getting a sheet of UHMW ( Ultra High Molecular Weight ) polyethylene. It's a very dense very slippery surface , used between the aluminum deck and the steel subcarrier. It was a bit of a chore to cut but I got it cut and placed in the plate. I have enough uhmw to replace all the pads and the strips . Then onto wiring , the deck side marker light have been out since iv owned the truck , so now they are operational, also the upper signal lights didn't have brake lights, found the issue, made some wire swaps and now they function with brakes and signals. I put my youngest to work on polishing. And she did pretty good. Few more minor things to do, more updates as they get done
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