Got a new tool for the shop, a aluminum Racing Jack. It is sooooo nice to lift without having to crawl.
Put the sway bar in place with clamps for placement of holes to be drilled. Still working on floor tyranny cover and others. Also, working on emergency brake cables. Using the original hand lever and cables from ford explorer. One the first try the cables actually connected, but after
tabs are welded to frame for anchor points the cables will probably have to be cut. work in progress....
Doors look ok after holes filled sanded and primered. Will work on lower rust problem after I do a couple of days or more of welding practice. Had to move steering wheel over one and a quarter inch to the left. When you have a bench seat in a truck doesnt matter all that much but a bucket now a different animal. Where I want the seats to be the wheel wasnt. Remove column again for the direction indicator lever fell out. Screw came out. Did figure out the no start switch. The two elec tabs on the right short when in park and nuetral. The other two only in reverse, for bach-up lights. The floor plate has a new hole for the column. Raised it up two inches. So now the steering wheel and shift lever not so close to dash. Also makes for a better position to a sitting driver. All this back and forth, up and down, in and out wears a fella out..
I have screw holes in the doors from rear view mirrors. They put on those big retangular crome jobs that look like big ears on dumbo. The things got rusty and had to come off. I got the idea of turning a screw in the holes and then grinding it off, with a hit from the MIG. I did two and it came out ok, I think??? The lower door hindge hole is longated because the pin was attempted removal by drill bit. Didnot work. Im going to put a quarter inch copper tube and have the welder guy fill it up.
Layed the mud on the bed sides taking out the waves. Looks pretty flat to me. Made some brackets to weld on firewall so I dont have to drill holes. Sawed a piece off a extra brake leaver to weld on for extra 2in for proper brake pedal position. Working on mounting braces for wipers motor assy under dash.