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First ride

Grace took me for a short ride today for the first time. Not ready for a road trip yet, but we went to moms (a 2 block ride) then up the road about a mile or so. As I passed my neighbor a 1/4 mile up the road, he was smiling big and waving. Just about that time the muffler fell off.. lol..
That is the only incident in the 2 mile round trip... I am happy.
This pick was taken at mom and dads this evening.
Wife took some video, I will try to post it later.
Notice my redneck fuel tank bungee strapped to the front bumper...
 
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It's a great feeling, and 45 MPH is part of the whole experience. Not too many of these on the road, even on cruise night.
 
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Man, it was awesome! I felt like the cat that caught the canary...
 
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Congrats!I bet that was an awesome feeling!Lookin good!
 
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Video of my first ride with Grace. My phone takes video in quick time format which sux so I had to redo it to windows media file and it now has weird green flashes... anyway at least it is video...
 
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Very cool, thanks for all the picture's and video.
 
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I have have been busy lately with little time for posts but I have made some progress. New spring pins and bushings in rear including shackle pins and bushings. I thought about three hours would get it done, but it took me 6 hrs. I put new springs under the front along with new pins and new frame pins and bushings. I expected to spend 3-4 hrs there but it turned into 7 hours. Required heavy hammer repeatedly applied. Had to torch right side frame pin to get it out because it was stuck tight in the bushing. I didn't see that coming as it is supposed to pivot there. She sits nice and level now. I used a 10 leaf spring that was listed to fit 56 F500 panel. Worked out great.
I also adjusted the valves. So quiet under the hood now. I love it. Runs better too. Fixed leaky exhaust manifold gasket and installed a glass pack muffler (sounds nice) and rebuilt carb. Got a few new pics of progress.
 
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Oh, the keg is just sitting there for the pic. I wanted to see what it would look like. It is at the welding shop to get a filler spout put in and fix a place to put a float for the gauge. For now it get its fuel from the 5 gallon can sitting behind the cab.
 
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Hey Gene,
Your wheels look great & safe! It's fantastic that you got it running.
I like the beer barrel side gas tank.

Looking good over there.

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I sort of like the bare frame look. Albatross' frame was bobbed just about where your angled braces hit. That was to clear the tail-end of the dump bed when it lifted. Surprisingly, it's still a bear to turn around in a city neighborhood. Just ask the neighbor with the brand new brick mailbox monolith.
 
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Great progress! I love the keg and the wheels.

Thanks for sharing the pics and the video.
 
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Nothing new accomplished lately. Cold weather came and budget dried up for now. But at least she is drivable. Need to fix heater blower though
 
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Looking great like the tanks.
 
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Awesome Truck, came along fast, whatever happened to it, I love these bigger old trucks
 
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I still have it. I drive it to my neighbors house now and then. Can't commit to a particular plan so far for finishing her though. I love driving it.
 

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