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Actual Work

Worked a few minutes in today while home for lunch. I am rebuilding the steering column. There was a crack on the column where the three retainer bolts attach to that needed welding. The rag joint was toast from power steering fluid leaking all over it and the turn signal did not catch when turning left, so the best bet was to just rebuild the whole thing.

I've installed a new lower bearing and I am cleaning everything up for a fresh coat of paint. I hope to have it reassembled for the end of the week - my son is getting antsy to go for a ride again.



 

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DeathMobile1 and Deathmobile 2

I have had Deathmobile1 since High School (19 years ago) and restored it in 1996. It is a NY truck, so even after replacing most of the body panels, it is in poor shape.

Once I have the Bronco operational and certain parts swapped over, I will put Deathmobile1 up for sale. It is a solid truck with lots of good stuff, but rust and only three seats is does not fit my life at this time.

 

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Hehe, ya, raising your post count is always a good thing.:thumbup Dunno what shocks Rick is running, but he has pretty good flex. I'm running the "Doetsch Tech Pre-runner 8000" shocks that came with the Superflex kit from JBG. Can't offer an opion on them yet, the BKO has been in the garage since I put them on.:doh0715:
*Edit - forgot to mention....glancing at the newbie questions area and helping out there can really bring your count up.
 

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I am going to run bilstein 7100 series shocks - I want to be able to adjust the valving - especially with the dual front shocks. I am going to get an F-250 shock mount and see how it will line up, to me it seams like a cleaner solution.

I need to install my lift kit - deavers springs - and then flex it with no shocks to get my measurements for bump stops, limiting straps and shocks.
 

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Sweet, if you're doing limiting straps....are you going to do one for axle twist too? When I talked to a driveline shop, they were insistant straps for axle twist are a must for real off-roading.
 

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What shocks are you running? Do you think that they really help articulation?
I'm running bistein 5100's and get decent flex but that is a radius arm issue. The Deaver coils I put on about a year ago are a great improvement over the superlift ones I previously had. For good flex the arms need to be much longer. Duff e-arms in the future for me.
 

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Upholstery Shops

For my VA friends - any recommendations on upholstery shops? I picked up my 79 captains chairs (fully operational and complete!) the other day and now it's time to get them covered in white vinyl.
 

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I've used one shop, but can't remember the name (big help). It's just off 495 at Edsall Rd exit...the exit for the Bowl America. When you take the exit, you immediately take a hard right down the service road like you are going to the furniture store and it's right down there.....if any of that is useful, I'll be shocked.:toothless The two things I remember about the upholstry getting done was that it was VERY expensive butwas better than new.
 

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Finally some progress

Ok, so it has been a while. Here is what has been done so far:

1. Installed Dennis Carpenter door panels. BKO came with just one and it was in poor shape. These are much nicer than the hard, painted plastic ones that were the only ones available 16 years ago when I restored the F-150.

2. Installed the High Back Captains Chairs.

3. Replaced driver side valve cover gasket - it was leaking like a siv. Valve train is very clean and supports my theory that this is a rebuilt engine - not a spec of crud anywhere and when I turn off the ignition, it shuts right down. Nice and tight.

I went with an Edelbrock neoprene gasket and stainless studs. It has chrome covers now, but I will be replacing with powder coated stock ones.



4. Installed passenger ball joints, universal, new spicer spindle, timken bearings, sound deadening disc & warn hubs. T-bird caliper, new poly bushings and 4" Deavers coil is next for this side and then it will be on to the driver side.







5. Purchased a third row seat from a 2010 Tahoe in black leather with three shoulder belts. This will work great for the kids. Now selling captains chairs and will be installing 2007-2012 Tahoe leather front seats. This will be way less expensive than redoing the original Ford seats and will match up directly to the new back seat.

6. Hydroboost - I have done more research on this than imaginable. Since I have AC and limited access to junk yards, I have been looking to source the parts on line. I now have sources for all parts and will take back the F-350 stuff and get a reman hydro from Napa and rear disk kit from JBG.

One quick question though - would a Hydro off of a 2001 Super Duty be better than the Astro hydro? I am fabbing the brackets, so that is not an issue.

Between owning my own business and two kids, things are going very, very slow. Throw in the international trips I take every six weeks and this is gonna take forever - oh well!
 

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Dog Shot

He likes the soft bench - too bad it is being replaced with a Tahoe third row. He also likes sleeping between the two front seats. I do not have a console installed and it makes getting the kids in and out much easier than the flip up passenger seat. That pass through is just about useless IMHO.

 

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Wow got some work done that's for sure. There was a Bronco on eBay I saw a while ago with suburban seats front to back. Now the nice captains are coming out.....drooolllllll........

As for the SD hb? I'm not sure but you could look through attached thread or pm OX1 or one of the other guys in the thread.


http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=195352
 

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I am going to pass on the SD HB - I can go with all 1978 Lincoln Mark V parts - HB, MC & Pump. I have one correct bracket to mount the Sag to the 400 from a Mark V and now I am on the hunt for the adjustment bracket. I will also go with the Lincoln AC set up as well.

I am happy to be keeping it all in the "Ford Family" under the hood. The seats are a different story..................
 

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Wow... and I thought I had a "clean" foundation to start from, lol. Beautiful truck man, and very jealous of your progress! Moar pics, please?
 
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