Joe, for what it's worth, I did not find a local machine shop to ream mine either, but I did find an independent alignment shop that had the equipment and knew how to do it. I dropped off the spindles, new bushings, and pins and they were a perfect fit the next day!
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On the adjustable reamer the cone goes in the bottom to center the reamer, you set the adjustment to the correct size with the upper & lower nut and then feed the reamer down through the bushing.
Well, I've searched the web for a reamer in 1.129 size (the spec is 1.129 to 1.131). I mic'ed my new pins, and they're 1.129 just like Ross said. I haven't found a reamer that size, adjustable or otherwise.
On another note, we had the granddaughters over for a while this morning so I got them all in the cab with me. It's a tight fit, and the littlest wasn't happy after a short while (which I kinda expected).
So, when I was mounting the flag holders to the bed, I also secured two chairs back there. One is for my son and the other for a granddaughter to be named later. Probably the 3 year old. We can strap her car seat to the chair if needed.
Then, of course I had to test drive to check the security of said chairs. I continued the drive until I hit a milestone. No vehicles were damaged in the hitting of this milestone.
I tried to get a pic just as the odometer turned, but that's gotta be as unsafe as texting while driving. She had 25,720 on there when I got her in July, 2011. Of course the speedo cable was broken, so I have no idea what the true mileage is. Not exactly a daily driver, eh? Haven't quite caught up to Ross and his wild adventures to and from Truckstock.
To be honest Joe, I worry about the little ones in the cab or elsewhere -- be safe!!
They won't be in the truck without seat belts until the parade starts. And then, if I hit 5 mph it will be unlike last year. I want to have the 10 year old next to the door, and she has enough sense not to open the door!
If one is strapped into a chair on the bed, her daddy will be watching her. I think we're good, but I understand your concerns.
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