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11-24-2019 11:53 AM
sdeeter19555 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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11-23-2019 07:11 PM
sdeeter19555 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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11-20-2019 07:33 PM
sdeeter19555 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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11-13-2019 08:18 PM
sdeeter19555 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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11-12-2019 05:57 PM
sdeeter19555 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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11-07-2019 07:38 PM
sdeeter19555 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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11-07-2019 03:46 PM
sdeeter19555
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Originally Posted by myother4x4isaCJ7 View Post
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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11-07-2019 12:06 PM
myother4x4isaCJ7
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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.
11-07-2019 07:55 AM
sdeeter19555 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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11-06-2019 08:09 PM
sdeeter19555 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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11-06-2019 12:40 PM
sdeeter19555 Got new skins, they helped some with wandering...

I think I have multiple issues...I think the steering box is bad, I think the front calipers are not releasing.

While they were swapping tires, I tried to spin the front hubs and I couldn't spin either one. I think this may be just a sign of bad calipers as the truck stops fine...they look like the original bendix calipers. I will wait to see if I make any progress with the steering, then replace the calipers.

The steering is still weird, feels disconnected from the road. On a flat road it tracks ok, but on a uneven surface all you do is constantly correct for it following the road surface. In a sweeping turn, it feels fine...so I think it has something to do with the steering gear box, even though I adjusted it; it may just be worn out.

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11-04-2019 08:18 PM
sdeeter19555 Cowling and wipers installed....one less thing.

Added five gallons of fresh fuel...the fuel gauge does work! Had almost 3/4 tank when I bought it, if the guage is right. I'm going to put another five in it to make sure, also got some Howes Diesel Treatment because I don't know if this is summer fuel or winter fuel, could be home heating oil for all I know...

Tomorrow is tierod end...maybe the drag link. Tires Wednesday, then inspection bound.

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