got the dash pad in the dumpster. it's starting to look like a functioning vehicle again
got the knuckle off the '84... slight play in the ball joints.
on the right side replaced both upper and lower ball joints, installed new spindle bearing, installed new u-joint on the outer axle shaft, removed shock and spring, removed the nut from the radius arm, started to drop the right axle, but the bolt is seized in the axle pivot bushing sleeve. it was dark at that point, so tomorrow the gas axe comes out.
I actually did it yesterday but I replaced my passenger door found out my power window doesnt work because of wiring in the cab need to install my new driverside power window motor. I also found an uncut Ranger XLT bezel, needs a little bit of love but Ill fix it up real nice, but then I wont use it so ill sell it to someone whos hurtin for one. Got me a tach as well I just need to figure out how to pull my headlight and wiper ***** off without breaking.
Installed a new gas pedal. The original plastic one broke in half and I had a nice chrome/rubber one out of a 70's Jeep Wagoneer. Took the assembly down, drove the pin out and it was pretty much a perfect fit. Best of all, I had it on hand so it was FREE.
Not today but 2 weeks ago I put new calipers and pads on the front, $77 total.
I just need to figure out how to pull my headlight and wiper ***** off without breaking.
For the wiper, use a hook-like tool to depress the spring holding it to the
****, then just pull it off:
For the headlights, it depends... some ***** can be removed as described
above, others are glued to the stalk and need to be removed by reaching
under the dash and pushing a button on the switch itself, releasing the ****
+ shaft as a single unit. Something similar to:
Note, the switch in that pic is upside down from how your switch should be
installed; your wires should connect on top, I believe the button is on the
bottom but may also be on top. It's a mechanical button that releases a
To add to my post the other day, I ended up taking off my bent up rear bumper and replaced it with one in better condition. I wasted a little paint, but I think this one will work much better for the little towing I do.
Tomorrow I'm swapping in my instrument cluster w/ tach, and changing the dash trim around so that all of it will match and look pretty darned good.
...Gotta start me a build thread soon, got good things coming!
Aww man ya beat me to it, I was gonna help him out....oh well, you have pics, I didn't. lol
Today I wanted to take my truck to the carwash to clean all the gunk and oil off the engine, frame, suspension components, etc., but I ended up deciding against it....instead I grabbed a broom and decided to clean out from behind my seat and sweep out all the dirt, brush, etc. that gets inside.
Ended up only sweeping a little area, most of my time turned into let's-clean-up-the-underhood-wiring-time. I will say, I did clean it up quite a bit. Looks good if I say so myself. Oh and I found the connector that plugs into the seatbelt latch so the FASTEN BELT light will come on...cept one, the wire is cut where it goes into the latch, and someone snatched my buzzer long before I got my truck. Oh well, all stuff I can fix.
And I do think the lights on my Autometer gauges look at least a little brighter after I added that ground. I suppose since they ground through the dash supports (and by extension, the cab), they can benefit from having two grounds, the one from the engine to the firewall, and from the battery to the frame...
-replaced my master break cylinder for the second time in 1 year today hopefully this one wont break, still need to bleed the breaks a little more I think as they feel a little spongy (peddle goes halfway down befor I get any breaking power)
-replaced the thermostat, now I can actualy get the truck up to operating temp in 5 min of driving instead of.... well never.
-stuck 2 12V led lights onto my hood (facing into the engine bay) so that if I have trouble I just turn them on and I can see the whole engine bay (makes working on it easier too).
next project, finish cleaning the engine of all the built up and cooked on grease so that the winter work will be easier.
If you're talking to me, I don't have those pics (of the headlight **** stuff). The
first diagram is from Franklin2's gallery, the second is just something I found
via google. You have the same pics I do in this regard.
Depending on how things go, I might change my oil today if I can afford it. I've had the same oil and filter for most of the year, though it's Rotella T 15w40, so I'm not making a big deal...besides I've leaked out most of it since it's getting out somewhere I've yet to find...
My Cherokee has a warped valve cover (I'm going to try and replace it today as well)...it's leaked out enough oil by now that the oil looks brand new, even though I changed the oil way back in the early part of this year.
Today I received my radio ***** from Lgwilson (Thanks man!), so I stuck them on the truck. They look great! Makes my interior look more complete. Now I just need to get the headliner and seat redone, get new carpet, and repaint and install the trim panels above the arm rest, and my interior will be finished.
Then I have no choice but to start on the Mechanical stuff.
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I just replaced the A-pillar trim and the interior trim around the windshield on the '81 today. I managed to crack my damn dash pad in the process of pulling it out of the truck. Not a happy camper about that but at least I have more laying around.