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    Bug bomb it, kill all critters and air it out for a week, lol...

    I'd keep the existing glass in it because less leaks. But if it's free then I'd snag it anyway and just throw it up into the garage rafters for future use if need be. Just my .02
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    Fuel tank is empty. Lol

    I would be trading my rear glass for his, because it's coming from a parts truck that the guy plans on keeping around.

    I've already started spraying the truck down with spider killer, tomorrow I'll be spraying the underside and working on wrapping up the rest of the small details.

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    Success by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    That is what success looks like.

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    I got those broken bolts out finally, one of them took the nut with it. Don't care.

    I got the shock bolted in, got the torsion bars aligned and cranked up as high as they can go, and took the truck down off the jackstands.

    Then I did a silly thing...

    2019-04-19_08-27-14 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    I don't think this truck will actually go fast enough to need those hood pins, but I felt like it was necessary. I bled for those too, a tiny sliver of metal caught the tip of my finger.

    Tomorrow will be the maiden voyage. I've finished everything I need to in order to drive the truck, the only things left are cleaning and the tires.

    I've decided I'll be putting the old door cards back on for now, it's going to be a while before I can make new ones, and I'm in a hurry to get this thing on the road. I will be modifying the old ones slightly, just removing the extra vinyl from the top where it's cracked and leaving the top edge of the door as painted metal. I'll post pictures once I've got them back on.

    I'm excited.

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    Did a few things to the truck, there's not much left to do anymore. I pulled the horn apart, it was corroded and dirty and the foam isolator pad was basically turned to dust. Shop towels and Super 77 work just fine to make a new isolator. lol

    2019-04-24_11-01-38 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    That's when I realized the horn sounded weak, this truck needed a little bit more bark.

    2019-04-24_11-01-47 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    And I mounted the cheap off-road lights that came with the truck, they aren't great quality but at least one of them is nice and bright. I still need to wire up a relay and mount a switch inside the cab, but the lights are there and look halfway alright.

    Yes, they look crooked. I hadn't tightened them down yet in this pic.

    2019-04-24_11-01-58 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

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    are you driving it much ?
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    Haven't driven it yet, it's been a busy couple of weeks and I need an extra hand to finish the last two things. The truck does run and will move under it's own power, but the timing is still off just a little and the brakes need bled (again) before I'll drive it on the street.

    I work all this weekend, but I'll have Monday and Tuesday off. Monday I'll have an extra set of hands to help me with both of those, and Tuesday I'll (hopefully) be able to get the new tires on and start driving it.

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    I washed it today.

    2019-04-29_07-13-33 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

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    It's still rough as hell, but tomorrow I will have that extra pair of hands and be able to get everything done on the truck.

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    are those rocker panels rusted as bad as they look?
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    Not bad, aside from the rockers. Even if patch pieces aren't available, it doesn't look like they would be too hard to duplicate with a shear and brake.
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    They're rusted worse than they look. Lol this truck has Bondo over rust in quite a few places, and the bed was beat to hell and is now half body filler. The paint job that was done before had zero prep work and is peeling all over, but the color match was on point so it's not super obvious.

    I've got rocker panels that are for the larger Dodge trucks and Ramchargers, they match the curve of the rockers but that's about it.

    My plan is to either use that sheet metal to make new rockers, or just put some 3x5 rectangular tubing in their place as rock sliders.

    Both of those options will have to wait a little bit, as a welder is required for both and the truck doesn't need rockers to drive.
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    Update! Took the truck on a test drive, if it can be called that....

    I made it less than 10 feet before deciding to pull it back into the garage. Zero brakes, zero parking/emergency brake, and a few too many backfires. (I still haven't adjusted the carb or set the ignition timing)

    So I decided to finally open up Schrodinger's drum brakes and find out if the cat was dead or alive... Definitely dead.

    Driver side

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    Passenger side

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    IMG_20190509_211901835 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    IMG_20190509_222247848 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    The drums measured at 1/16" over the maximum, and the backing plates are extra crusty and rotted away at the edges. This is going to end up being really fun....

    But my taylor wires came in yesterday, and I got those on the truck last night...

    2019-05-11_01-00-55 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

    I'm quite proud of the routing, and the zip-tie plug wire separators. It just needs a legit cleaning and it'll look great. lol

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    IMG_20190517_181603082 by Ben Stryker, on Flickr

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    Drum brakes are done. My hands hurt.

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    you need some,,,,,, well a lot of that rust killer stuff. you knock off the loose crap, then brush it on the frame and anything rusted, it drys black and stops the rust in its tracks.

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    I'm not worried about it that much, because this truck isn't going to stay stock. The front half of the frame has barely any rust, and most of it is surface rust. Once I have another decent body and frame, the drivetrain from this one will be yanked out either stabbed into the new truck or rebuilt for a spare.

    That's when I plan on buying some 2"x3" rectangular tube and a welder, build a new rear section of the frame. I'll have a set of one ton axles by that point, and I'll be able to plan for and build the spring perches for them.

    The most I'll do right now is plate the current spring perches and the one hole in the frame, but I'm not going to put a ton of extra effort into the parts that I'm planning on just cutting off later.

    Besides, who needs bump stops?

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