Build Thread 94 4.9 short bed single cab

InlineDave87

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Little more progress this morning on the tear down of the truck... its nice that my wife is actually happy im making the time to work on the project truck and she doesnt feel it cause im waking up early on the weekends and ready to call it a day when her and the baby get up... shes actually looking forward to seeing the truck put back together once i get done repairing everything
 

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InlineDave87

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Well with it being Easter Sunday i had to start my morning cleaning up the back yard. Then i got an hour in with my truck before heading to the store for a few fun water sprinklers for my daughter to play with since it such a beautiful day here in south texas. Happy Easter everyone!
 

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InlineDave87

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Well i was half looking for some seats for my truck in a classified ads app and found these 2005 mustang bucket seats... they obviously are not a direct fit but i can build something crude and then refine it once i get closer to driving it... this will allow me to only take one passenger with me fishing and the middle open to cary a furry passenger or put one of them travel fridges like the truckers have for long road trips
 

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InlineDave87

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Found a surprise on one of the fuel tanks! Lol hence why i just want to go with a rear mounted tank only... and then i made some more progress today getting some of the accessories off and either out of the way or just completely removed so that it could be replaced... im gonna have to organize my garage again to make sure there is plenty of room for when i pull the engine out and put it on a stand so i can work on it
 

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InlineDave87

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So i got the top end taken apart, when i pulled the valve cover i was surprised how clean the engine was internally but the last two rocker arms were oddly a different color... well when i got to pulling the intake manifold off i found that last bolt in the back had been snapped off... so with that there would have been a vacuum leak at that rear cylinder and was probably causing it to run rough... the cylinder walls look great if you ask me with plenty of life still left in them... im thinking my bottom end is gonna be good, cylinder head is reusable but i got another better one on the way, exhaust manifold seems solid, so they will be reused... what you guys think?
 

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InlineDave87

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Now with the engine and transmission out of the way, the labor of love is gonna start... sanding down the frame, clearing out the fire wall so that it can be cleaned and painted... the foors on the cab to be patched up and then also to remove the cab so the frame underneath can also be cleaned of rust and painted... hell if there is a chance i may just get the bed of the truck off too and send the frame to get checked to see if it is bent... cause right now its looking like it is but i could be wrong
 

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InlineDave87

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I got a suspicion now that my frame might be tweeked... when i was pulling the fenders there were stacks of washers under the ps fender 2-3 and ds 1... i got all the jack under the frame at the same level or as close as the can be and the truck still looks a little off... i hope one of my local body shops can straighten out a frame... ill have to make sure all the bushings are good first tho and if its still an issue then wheel it to get fixed
 

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Not to hard to check the straightness of your frame with a helper doing some diagonal measurements in the front frame section at fire wall forward use the matching factory frame holes on each side, then do the back section from back of cab to bumper mounting, last do the whole frame front to back. Compareing your measurements if your with in an 1/4 inch is ok I like getting them closer at 1/8 to zero. Cheap Harbor Freight porta power would probally get it done. Best of luck
 
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