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ovrlndr

'82 Bullnose

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I’m living 4x4 by reading your folks’ posts these days.  I haven’t even got my Tow Hooks on yet!  
But all is good.  Yesterday we got her son and his gf moved out, the lawn cut, and got switched from Eastlink to Bell. Not just playing the switch-eroo game, recently there’s a signal problem on our street Eastlink hasn’t solved yet.

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4 hours ago, ovrlndr said:

You might have a bad joint or bushing making the clunk maybe?

I have to jack up the front end and re-validate the hubs and the ball joints. Whatever it is has gotten worse since my initial detection. At that time, nothing "obvious" was present when inspecting the balljoints, hubs, linkage, etc. Doesn't mean it hasn't loosened up though!

3 hours ago, sar4x4 said:

switched from Eastlink to Bell

Good call! Fibe internet has been hosting this site for the last several months ... I love it.

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When I picked up a replacement pinion yoke I also took an '81 brake booster to hopefully fix my hissing noise. 

New booster cleaned up and replaced,. Hissing noise gone 🙂

 

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Got my evil on the old steering box....I forgot why I bought the pitman AND box together...pitman for the SAS, and because there was no clearance between the pitman arm and box to get a puller in. So I cut it LMAO.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, autumnwalker said:

😱 was that just to pull the pitman off?

yup, there was not enough clearance to get my puller on. Boxes are cheap and plentiful so it was worth it just to get the truck up and running again

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I noticed the truck was sat crooked parked on the level. Seems the drivers side is lower and I can't see any breakages, and the mounts/body bushings are not bent or corroded.

Weird. IDK if it happened before or after Drill Road. So I'll pull out both coils to see what they look like, maybe swap them to see if the lean moves. I also cleaned up the yellow HD coils just in case I need to swap them out.

 

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That is quite a lean! Hopefully it's something simple like the springs and not anything else.

Are the frame rails leaning the same?

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Doubt it's the frame as it's braced at the front with the winch tray, and these have a big engine crossmember near the coil towers.

My gut feeling is these coils.

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Had an hour to spare so I upgraded my washer/overflow bottle combo to a later aero nose style that I snagged waaaaay back when I was at Kenny's....one of those, that might be useful for a couple of bucks type of deals lol.

The Bullnose bottle is smaller, doesnt have a mount, the overflow pipe just fits loosely in the bottle and the lid wasnt sealing, so it was constantly empty.

I had to modify the bracket a little so the bottle slots into it, but another good excuse to play with the welder 🙂

oh, and I found the reason why my battery wasnt charging, and it wouldn't turn over....the clamp fell appart when I touched the cable lol

 

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Nice! Little upgrades like that make a huge difference in satisfaction and feeling good about the operation. Might be nothing to others but priceless for you. Another easy upgrade is the alternator from 2g 65a to the 3g130a. When I did the red Ford I used a Windstar application for the alternator, grabbed a pigtail from the junkyard and swapped the vgroove pulley from the old alt to the new Windstar alternator. 

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Priceless upgrade and repair!  🤗

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Good stuff! You're really doing a lot of good work on the ole girl. Need to get on a trail again soon.

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I need to get to the bottom of the lean on the driver's side. I replaced the coils with the mystery spare set, and that helped little, but it's still down on one side. With the RC coils sat on the garage floor, I can see one is taller than the other by 1/2", one is banana shaped.

I know both front sides of my cab are down a little because of the door and fender gaps. it's not the body mounts as they measure the same all around. So I'll address that by pushing the 2 pivot mounts outbound to raise the cab mounts, and put a cross brace in.  But surely that isn't causing just one side to be down, and not by 1.5" ?

Maybe it's just time to bite the bullet and buy some new Skyjacker 186 Softride Coil Springs.

https://www.partsengine.ca/186-vp-skyjacker-70.aspx?gclid=Cj0KCQjw6uT4BRD5ARIsADwJQ18b89cf8RngdEWpNFP8nDQy4H-19capmBmPieExwXcgN-8SuU3IFlkaAk2XEALw_wcB

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It's factry.....I'm really happy with how it turned out, and it's a lot sturdier with the bracket 🙂

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Check your spring tower , they are known to fatigue and stretch up , also worst case scenario they trap rust on the back side and frame gets thin . 

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 , is there a body lift in your truck, have they collapsed the rubbers or pulled one through so it is sitting improperly on the mount? Have to check and determine weather the frame/chassis causing the lean or if it is the body creating the lean.

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