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post #121 of 135 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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It fired up today! Woohoo! I then tried out the Duraspark box I picked up off of eBay and it also worked. I think I'm going to leave it on b/c the original one looks like it's been cooked in the desert for 35 years, but that's b/c it has (if it's the original).

This is the 1st time running it since I did the 3G upgrade. The voltage measured 14.21. It did squeal when I first got it started, but I think that was b/c I had to crank it a bit and discharged the battery some. I will have to check the belt tightness though, but didn't think of it after I put it back in the garage.

It's also the 1st time running since I hooked up the heater core and the intake manifold heat plate. Didn't see any leaks!
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That's always an awesome feeling, congrats
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The weather report said it was going to be 60 and sunny today, so I thought it would be a good day to take a vacation day. It ended up getting to 65, so it was a good day. I had started the floor insulation the evening before, so I finished that up, then installed the carpet, settles, seat, dash pad, cleaned up all the stuff out of the back, then went for a short drive.

I still have some trim and glove box door to paint and install, but it's shaping up. I didn't know if I would like the gray seat since I went with black for the plastic parts, but I think it looks okay.

There was some kind of silver colored, about 1/8" thick material on the floorboard of the rear seat, but it was moldy looking, so I threw it away. I think it was designed to allow water to drain underneath it to the rocker panel area. So, I had some foam board and decided to use it in that area.





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Congrats, looking good. Hope I can get mine that far.
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Lookin spiffy! I can only hope my carpet installation goes well
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Thanks guys. The way I did mine @I6-Kid was to get it centered up side-to-side and pushed all the way to the back corner where it rises up to meet the bed, then check to make sure it is lined up going towards the front. I then anchored it with the seat belt bolts to keep it from shifting and worked forward. I wish I would have had the little utility knife I carry at work (the ones they sell at the counters at Harbor Freight) to cut the bolt holes, or a hole punch. I think it would have worked better than the regular utility knife I had. Anyway, sharp blades are your friend. I had to take the passenger side seat belt bolt out to get the carpet over the shifters, but I set a heavy bucket on the carpet to help keep it from shifting while I did that.
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Thanks for the tips @SRWillis ! I hope to get mine installed soonish, but I was waiting til I wouldn't be tromping inside the truck working so often
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Looks nice!!! I really need to replace mine too.
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Took a little much-needed time to clean my work bench off. It's a little cluttered again now, but at least I could use it to mix the Bondo.



I got the Bondo over the welded areas, smoothed out and primered. Have spot putty on it now, but here's the before pics.





I also changed the starter relay to a Motorcraft b/c I've had it stick occasionally.
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Well, fixing the cracks got me side-tracked into doing some more bodywork. So I've been working on filling the holes where the visor had been fastened and some dents and spots where the 3-4 layers of paint had cracked. I really should be working on the rear u-jount and checking the front wheel bearings, etc. Sure can tell where the visor had protected the paint from the desert sun!







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Bodywork is one thing I really need to learn. (Mine needs it too). What a cool skill to have.
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Bodywork is one thing I really need to learn. (Mine needs it too). What a cool skill to have.
Nothin' to it! Course you haven't seen the finished product yet.
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Well, fixing the cracks got me side-tracked into doing some more bodywork. So I've been working on filling the holes where the visor had been fastened and some dents and spots where the 3-4 layers of paint had cracked. I really should be working on the rear u-jount and checking the front wheel bearings, etc. Sure can tell where the visor had protected the paint from the desert










I've gone way out of order restoring mine.... Still gets done eventually...And you knock out something that bugged too. Win.

Always tomorrow to check wheel bearings and such.
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I really need to to body work on mine....yours looks nice!!!!! Any chance you are selling your visor?

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....yours looks nice!!!!! Any chance you are selling your visor?
Thanks, but sometimes I wonder if it will ever get there. I've thought about selling it, but I don't know for sure if I want to. And shipping would costly.
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