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Well, I did some cleaning of the wiring...redid the wiring for the fuel heater and FSS with solder and heat shrink. Hooked up the wire to the KSB after I determined it had voltage with the ignition.

Moved to the alternator, secured that wiring better. They have installed a stand-alone voltage regulator...they cut a flat trailer connector apart to make the flipping connector! I ordered the actual connector for the regulator, plan to redo that wiring this weekend.

I pulled the temp sending unit for those aftermarket gauges and installed a plug...still got to do that for the boost tubing.

Tomorrow I'm expecting a delivery from Summit. Bunch of exhaust hangers and clamps and split loom. Ordered transmission mounts tonight, mine are like goo? If that split loom comes in, I'll spend an evening covering all the wiring...they took most of it off for some reason.

I then added bolts to the rear bumper supports, need to get a couple short 1/2" bolts for the frame mounts.

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Oh, and I discovered the bushings for the wiper linkages were brittle, cracked, and disconnected. So I ordered new bushings...already have the cowling off, took me a few minutes to remember how the wiper arms came off (it's been 23 years since I messed with this generation of Dodge)....

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And I need the spring that pops the hood open when you hit the hood release. I'll have to source one of those from a junk yard since they don't seem to be available from LMC.

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And I need the spring that pops the hood open when you hit the hood release. I'll have to source one of those from a junk yard since they don't seem to be available from LMC.

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Found this spring in stainless steel from Detroit Muscle Technologies...they have a batch of small soft parts for our trucks.

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Well, I did some cleaning of the wiring...redid the wiring for the fuel heater and FSS with solder and heat shrink. Hooked up the wire to the KSB after I determined it had voltage with the ignition.

Moved to the alternator, secured that wiring better. They have installed a stand-alone voltage regulator...they cut a flat trailer connector apart to make the flipping connector! I ordered the actual connector for the regulator, plan to redo that wiring this weekend.

I pulled the temp sending unit for those aftermarket gauges and installed a plug...still got to do that for the boost tubing.

Tomorrow I'm expecting a delivery from Summit. Bunch of exhaust hangers and clamps and split loom. Ordered transmission mounts tonight, mine are like goo? If that split loom comes in, I'll spend an evening covering all the wiring...they took most of it off for some reason.

I then added bolts to the rear bumper supports, need to get a couple short 1/2" bolts for the frame mounts.

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Your truck should have had a stand-alone voltage regulator from the factory, 89-91 had that still the connector is weird!!!. Trans bushings turning to the consistency of gummy candy is a common issue too.
 

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Your truck should have had a stand-alone voltage regulator from the factory, 89-91 had that still the connector is weird!!!. Trans bushings turning to the consistency of gummy candy is a common issue too.
I had read the external regulator might have been there, but I don't know why they cut the old connector off and ran their own wiring? I might pull that wire out of the harness and replace it so it looks better.

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I had read the external regulator might have been there, but I don't know why they cut the old connector off and ran their own wiring? I might pull that wire out of the harness and replace it so it looks better.

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Make sure the regulator case is clean so it makes a good ground, also good to run a wire from the case to the alternator ground so they can talk to each other better.
 

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Make sure the regulator case is clean so it makes a good ground, also good to run a wire from the case to the alternator ground so they can talk to each other better.
Previous owner ran a 6ga ground wire from the alternator, to the block, to the frame, and then to the regulator. I would call it a spider harness if it had more legs.

I need to beef up the grounding from the battery...it's a single 4ga or 6ga wire to the block. Seems too light for this application.

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Does anyone have a suggestion for a trashed lower steering column bushing?

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Work tonight...wiring that voltage regulator connector in and putting the wiring in wire loom...

I also figured out the exhaust isn't meant to be a straight pipe! They just didn't put the muffler in, which makes the over axle piece too short, and causes it to hit the spring and frame! So I guess I'll see if I can legally dump under the bed or if I can use what I have to sweep out before the rear tire...


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I guess alot would depend on your local muffler laws on how it's supposed to be ran, both of my trucks dump in front of the rear axle. Also both of them have a open center muffler so there is no restrictions which is good for performance and mpg's.
 

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Well...

Checked the front and rear differentials and transfercase, the fluids looked good (look like gear oil and it's clear), my guess is synthetic. Once I have this on the road, I will swap those out.

I greased it while I was at it...found half the joints installed backwards (zerk facing the wrong way). So I will have to knock both driveshafts out and grease those at some point. I also had to coerce the grease in the kingpins with a knocker...they hadn't been greased in a while, but the expelled grease came out clean.

Speaking of fluids, would the 727 have been atf+4 by this time or still Dex III? Does the power steering use ATF like the older trucks of that era?

I also learned a long time ago to check all the vents, and I found the transfercase vent plugged which might explain a slight weeping of the seals.

Knowing my trans mounts are coming tomorrow, I took the skid plate off and got the bolts loose for the mounts. Not a bad job, but the mounts are like jelly or soft foam rubber and the bottoms are compressed to about 1/4" thick.

I also made a bushing for the engine-mounted exhaust hanger...took the old bush and sleeve out, cut an exhaust hanger bushing to fit and pressed it home. Probably won't last, but at least I can get the exhaust hung.

And as for the exhaust, the more I study it, the more I think it is not right. Unfortunately they crimped all but one or two joints. I'm hoping once I get the trans mounts in, it has more room. I will take all the clamps off and try to twist it where it needs to be...I also ordered a very small muffler (12 inch body, straight through design) and a 90 degree sweep so that I can get it in right or dump it right before the rear passenger wheel.

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Well...



Speaking of fluids, would the 727 have been atf+4 by this time or still Dex III? Does the power steering use ATF like the older trucks of that era?



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Use dex 3 atf and I’ve always used the same in the powersteering with no issues, you can use powersteering fluid but I like the simplicity of keeping things the same. Atf+4 can be used in the trans but it thinner and has additives your trans has no need for plus it is more expensive.
 

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Use dex 3 atf and I’ve always used the same in the powersteering with no issues, you can use powersteering fluid but I like the simplicity of keeping things the same. Atf+4 can be used in the trans but it thinner and has additives your trans has no need for plus it is more expensive.
Thanks, that actually makes my life easy...I have 2/3 of a pail of Schaeffer SAT that needs a use...

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Ordered a set of Falcon ATW3s, 315x75r16...be here Monday, probably won't install them until mid-August once I get the rest of the work done and it's ready for inspection.

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Transmission bushings are done, had to loosen the actual transmission bracket to slide it forward to get the new bushings lined up. Otherwise that was a decent upgrade. The OE pucks were jello outside and still somewhat solid inside, but they were still crushed down quite a bit.

Afterwards I installed the windshield linkage bushing, that solved that problem. I found one of the washer nozzles had the clip broken off so I JB welded it into the cowling...this isn't a show truck.

And finally, the exhaust is done. I studied it again, and with what I had existing; it was easier to pull everything behind the rear axle and dump it in front of the rear tire. I loosened the turbo clamp, attached the block mount, loosened all the clamps, moved a mount, added a new mount, made a new mount, and twisted everything into position. Turned out great! No wiggle or touching...

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Transmission bushings are done, had to loosen the actual transmission bracket to slide it forward to get the new bushings lined up. Otherwise that was a decent upgrade. The OE pucks were jello outside and still somewhat solid inside, but they were still crushed down quite a bit.

Afterwards I installed the windshield linkage bushing, that solved that problem. I found one of the washer nozzles had the clip broken off so I JB welded it into the cowling...this isn't a show truck.

And finally, the exhaust is done. I studied it again, and with what I had existing; it was easier to pull everything behind the rear axle and dump it in front of the rear tire. I loosened the turbo clamp, attached the block mount, loosened all the clamps, moved a mount, added a new mount, made a new mount, and twisted everything into position. Turned out great! No wiggle or touching...

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Does your truck have a muffler? I find straight pipe before axle exit gets annoying on the highway.
 

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Does your truck have a muffler? I find straight pipe before axle exit gets annoying on the highway.
It's got a 12 incher to make it legal now...straight through with a single baffle. This truck isn't all that loud, maybe that will change under load.

I doubt I will see much highway in the truck...

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I got the cowling back on and wipers installed, they have the wrong wipers on the arms, they are too long. They are shot anyway, just something else that makes me scratch my head...

I got a lot of the battery wiring sorted out this afternoon...I've sort of come to the conclusion that they had either a battery blow up or they had one boil over, the inner fender is pretty well acid washed, and any wiring that had a non-weatherproof connector or splice is corroded. That might explain the regulator wiring buchery. I shortened the ground wire and put a good end on it (I thought the end was loose, it fell off with a little tug), added another ground wire to the block, cleaned all the ground connections on the drivers side of the bay...found some spliced running lamp wiring that needed fixed. I'm getting a solid 14.8VDC at the battery, so that's pretty good in my book.

All in all, it's coming along. I've got three connectors that are a mystery that I need to sort out (two are AC related, I might just delete the AC as it looks to be in shambles), I have the brake light switch to figure out, and I received that kit to rebuild the turbo.

Once the brake lights and turbo are figured out, the next step is tires and inspection...a lot of it will be fix in the fly.

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Any interest in a 4-inch mid-pipe back over the axle, no hardware? It's in PA...come and get it before I Craigslist it. It's an aluminized MBRP...no hardware, just the pipe.



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