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03-28-2005 10:51 PM '53 AD extended cab how-to62
I finally got around to working on the bed. I had restored it to stock condition in about 1990 so it is in very good condition already.

For my king cab, the bed needed to be shortened 12". First I drilled out all the spot welds on the stake pockets and removed them. Then I took my saws-all and just cut off a foot - sides, wood, strips and all. Then I welded the stake pockets back on (photo 1 & 2) by spot welding in the drilled out holes. The trace shows that the fenders just nip the pocket flanges.

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03-23-2005 07:40 PM MII power steering rack seal tool 2
Photo 1 is a closeup of the wedge and the tips of the arms. The tips slip into the inside of the seal then the nut on top of the bar is turned pulling up the wedge which spreads the arms, the tips engage the seal and it pops right out.

Photo 2 is a shot of the 'pelvis' shown the 1/4" dowel pivot pins and small pieces of plate and tubing used for the pivots.

The new seal is installed by dropping it down inside the tube and tapping it in place with firm taps with a hammer on a long 1/2" socket extension. Be sure to get it seated. Easy to let it be a little out and it will pop clear out and dump the fluid! No harm done and easy to re-seat but a hassle to tear it all apart.

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03-23-2005 07:36 PM MII power steering rack seal tool 1
MII power steering racks are very popular on rods and junk yard parts are common. That's all I use but it is mandatory that it be rebuilt with all new seals and gaskets. Kits are available at all auto parts stores and come with all the lip seals, O-rings seals and gaskets to do the deed. They also come with a great exploded diagram of the rack that can go in your car data book as reference material once the repair is done.

The only tough part of the build is getting to the inner lip seal on the passenger side of the gear. Photo 1 shows where it is located and it requires a specialty tool to get it out. Can't do it with a big screwdriver, don't ask me how I know that!!

Photo 2 shows an annotated over-all view of the puller I welded up out of my scrap metal bin. Of course that is a "Nut" not a "Not"!! I think you can make out the parts in these two photos. Photo 3 shows it laid over.

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03-21-2005 12:20 PM Mysterion comparison
Here are some shots of the core that Dave Shuten got form Mark Moriarity. As you can see that although the new car is awesome, it is not a very accurate rendition of Roth's original. The first shot is the raw piece that Dave inherited and photo 2 is a comparison of body and frame details to a mirror image of Roth's car. The cars are to scale and the white lines are parallel to indicate the differences.

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03-21-2005 12:03 PM Mysterion comparison 3
And another. Sorry only loading one picture per page but I am getting errors with multiple pictures.

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