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post #145 of 155 (permalink) Old 11-06-2019, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Swapped steering boxes and drag links...not sure it did anything, really couldn't give it a road test. Supposed to be ugly weather the next couple days, so I'm giving it a rest.

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My light bulb came on late last night, albeit very dim...

I need to rough check the alignment, the tires were worn funny (to the inside of all places), maybe the toe is all screwed up and that's causing the weird handling?

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My light bulb came on late last night, albeit very dim...

I need to rough check the alignment, the tires were worn funny (to the inside of all places), maybe the toe is all screwed up and that's causing the weird handling?

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Tow out will do that and give you sketchy handling so I agree get the old girl aligned.
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Tow out will do that and give you sketchy handling so I agree get the old girl aligned.
Not to mention the tapered lift blocks I pulled from the front axle screwing with the caster(?)...

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A quickie measurement using some boards against the front tires...98-1/4" front and 97-1/4" rear. That's roughly an inch difference between six inches in front of the tire to six inches behind the tire...and toe out.

So once the weather clears, I will jack up the front, get it perfectly straight, get it adjusted better with a slight toe in, and see if it drives better...

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Well, it's inspected. Have to figure out the handling issue, but the main hurdle is done...I can work on it when I have time.

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Added some side boxes tonight...picked these up for $25...

Not enough daylight to do a lot during the week, just keep plugging away with little things. Might try getting the tailgate mocked up and hung...



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Well, took it to work today, about 100 miles round trip. Overall good experience...the wander is better and the brakes have stopped hanging up (maybe they just needed driven?)...developed an oil leak on the driver side of the engine (back by the crossmember) that in need to figure out.

I've decided the next step is kingpins, whether they need it or not (pretty sure they need it), then little stuff till spring. Then I will order a redhead and full 2.5 or 4 inch skyjacker with all new springs and bushings. Once that's done, have it aligned. Until then I will drive it locally on the back roads and maybe once in a while to work...it's not a primary driver, so no big deal to wait.

Overall, only scared one old lady in a Subaru today...must not have liked the thought of me following her! The thing does good on fuel for sitting on 35s...a lot better than my 2500hd Silverado does in stock form.

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Took my mud flaps off, primed and painted the bracket and reinstalled that today.

Installed these aluminum hoop steps I bought months ago on amazon prime day...turned out good.

Pulled the rear driveshaft to grease ujoint and found the yoke loose on the NP205. Read up a little in an old Chilton's and they basically stated to torque to 138 pounds. The tricky part was the 1-5/16" socket. Not sure what that actually means...wear, just loose?

I cut the vent door down so I could get rid of the draft...that went good, turned out well. The biggest hurdle was reaching some of the screws.

I readjusted the doors, WOW that was a major improvement. My only issue is I can't get the driver's door pushed rearward far enough. I'm thinking I'm going to take it to a body shop and have it done...

And the absolute most incredible thing happened today, my Wife went for a ride with me in my "hunk of junk" today!

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Ok, I attempted to insert a pintle hitch in the receiver and it wouldn't go, the shoulders are too square. What does everyone else do, grind the pintle hitch to fit?

This same pintle has fit fine in every other receiver on every other truck I've owned. Can't change the receiver, the PO welded it on, boxed the frame, etc...

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Well, determined my leak is the windshield...it's leaking like a sieve between the glass and the gasket, body to gasket is good. So I got to get that sealed...watched it running in as I was driving in the rain today.

I did experience something interesting with my wild steering...the steering won't center going down the road, but backing up it will straighten right out! So I'm guessing the caster is out of whack...as well as too much toe in.

Overall, it's to miserable to do any real work...I'm going to work on door panels, painting the emblems, headache rack, winch mount, and the like.



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