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08-07-2008 01:42 AM brakes
Once the booster and all that was in place and working properly..I had some weird issues with the brakes themselves.

What brakes basically?! They went out almost. They would barely work even with me standing on the pedal.

That was solved by replacing all the wheel cylinders and brake shoes. I also had the drums turned while they were off.

After a couple of tries at adjusting them out...they work fine. They are not self adjusting.

In the background of this picture, you can see some yellow shocks. I replaced the shocks all the way around with monroes (gas magnum rear and sensa tracs front). That was the best thing I have done for the suspension and handling so far.


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08-07-2008 01:39 AM booster
I am not exactly sure of the order of things, but...

I installed a brake booster, dual reservoir master cylinder, and a vacuum canister under the cab of the truck. I wanted to keep it looking fairly stock under the hood.

The only thing you can see under the hood are two vacuum lines. The original one for the vacuum wipers and a larger one (seen in pic on this side of the carb) that goes down to the vacuum canister.




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08-07-2008 01:32 AM forever ago
Wow! It has been a really long time since I updated this. I have had a lot of health issues and then could not get into the journal. Jon finally fixed it for me.

I am semi-OK now. Just trying to let everything heal up and stabilize again.

I think a couple of years ago I had just started installing the poly spring liners. I do not have pics of that part, but they are completed.

The truck has just been mostly driven since. I will start some updates here in a minute to sort of catch this journal up.

EDIT: I relaize now...that I seriously need to take more pics of what I am doing on the truck. I will update and post what I have.

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03-02-2006 01:56 PM still waiting
I am still waiting on the parts to come in. The trim rings are all that are here so far. The parts I need the least!

The truck is my daily driver for now, so its kind of dirty.

Do they look ok?

Update 5-02-06: Still having some health issues. The truck is completely on hold for now. Once school is out I hope my health stabilizes enough to do a little work at a time on it.

It is partially taken apart. Some of the poly spring liners are in. I have a lot of other parts sitting here waiting on me.


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03-01-2006 01:44 AM slight delay in plans
Well..there is now a slight delay. Not for the usual reasons though. I have decided to go drive to the supernationals in Knoxville, TN if at all possible.

To that end:

I just put on some used Goodyear tires and the stainless ford "baby moons" that came with it. I put in a new O'reilly auto battery. I (well...dad) rebuilt the Holly 2100 carb. I put in new sealed beam halogen headlights. They make a huge difference. The old lights were called: "a candle in the wind" for good reason!

Next on the list is to remove a few leaves from the spring packs. That will lower it about 2" as well. Its a blast to drive, but rides like a 50 year old truck (even with new shocks).

3-1-06 It now has a tail-pipe. The spring poly pads are ordered. When they get here, I will remove a few leaves. New wiper arms/blades are ordered. Beauty rings are ordered. I have a clear in-line fuel filter to put in.

I need to adjust the E-brake to hold a little better. I have put close to 500 miles on it now. Its a lot of fun. Its not quite a daily driver...its an almost every daily driver. My Explorer sits most days now.

I need/want front and rear sway bars. I need to find a set of seat belts (Gray or Black). I will keep after it, but I want to go to the supernationals.




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