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Core support is officially out! Time to get things cleaned up and put back together.


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Did some more cleaning today and started to put in the new headlights. Other then the core support, all the other metal looks ok, so I washed, dried, and installed new speed clips. It was nice to get 25 years of dirt off the headlight support, lots of areas you could never get to with it installed. I hadn't planned on new lenses, but it's just so easy with everything out so I pulled the trigger.



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More progress! Just about all the parts are in, so next steps will be clean up the engine compartment, refinish some metal parts (brackets, battery tray) in chassis saver, then put it all back together.



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Got the water pump off today (and thermostat housing), it was really gross. I'll need to spend some time cleaning before putting the new one in.
I also attempted to pull the coolant plug from the engine block and it promptly rounded itself. It's a 1/4 inch pipe plug style, so I have no idea how to get it out. Any thoughts?



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Updates!
Working on my saginaw swap. It's surprising to see how small the OE pump is, it's no wonder they struggle with bigger tires.


Took a load to the metal recycling center


Happy to see that my core support mounts are solid.


Getting the old mounts off was a B!TCH. Took a big recip and a crowbar.


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Pump swap is done (mostly). Ignore the high pressure line, just sitting there after mock up.


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Got in a bit more work recently. Finally got the engine coolant plug out, what a pain...
Other then that delay things are going back together pretty easily. New core mounts are in along with the new support. All hardware is being replaced at the same time. Finally starting to look like a truck again!



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Not much action here for a bit, but I have a bunch of parts with my local sand blaster, should have them back tomorrow ready for coating. Nothing fancy, just a brush on product. It's mostly random brackets, the mount for the airbox and the battery tray. Other than surface rust and junk they're in good shape.

I picked up a nicer heater for the garage too, so it should be easier to get out there and work more often.
 

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Progress on parts! Here's the steps from straight off the truck, to after sand blasting, to rust protected and painted.


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Looks good. Didn't see your post about the block drain plug until now - I had the same issue. Used an extractor bit from the Irwin set I bought. One in this kit:


It fit perfect in the drain plug without any drilling. A little heat and it came right out.
 

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I used a very similar kit, but I basically had to drill all the way through the plug to get it out. I later tried the extractor on a smaller bolt I broke on the core support and it promptly snapped... Guess some of those bad Amazon reviews were right. Oh well, it served its purpose.

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Intake tray is back in and a/c parts are being test fitted. Need to figure out the large hose though, new part doesn't seem to match.


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