APEowner
APEowner UltraDork
6/10/24 9:22 p.m.

In is better.  They'll both wear tires but out will make it darty and unstable.

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/10/24 9:49 p.m.

In reply to APEowner :

Thank you. 

 

Mirrors I got are useless on the pass side.... Grrr

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/11/24 8:43 a.m.

Opinion time. Grill is berkeleyed.

 

PO's side. (and it gets worse in places....) 

Mine

 

Hit the whole thing with a scotch Brite to "brush" it?

 

Install as is?

 

Get it sand blasted and clear coat/clear powder coat?

 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/11/24 8:59 a.m.

Can you do us a favor and tape it in place and get us an overall view of it in place so we can help you determine what finish would work best

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/11/24 9:44 a.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Possibly this evening. I am kinda thinking either leave it as is, or brush the whole thing.

Recon1342
Recon1342 UltraDork
6/11/24 10:15 a.m.
java230 said:

Opinion time. Grill is berkeleyed.

 

Get it sand blasted and clear coat/clear powder coat?

 

Yes. I would go one step further though, and get it powder coated a gunmetal/graphite color. I think the darker grille color will make the body color and roof pop.

Shavarsh
Shavarsh Dork
6/11/24 12:41 p.m.

I would leave it. It's a nice small project for future you to have fun with in a year or two if you still care at that point.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa MegaDork
6/11/24 12:53 p.m.
Shavarsh said:

I would leave it. It's a nice small project for future you to have fun with in a year or two if you still care at that point.

Agreed.

Still have enough bites of elephant to finish without making more.

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/11/24 1:38 p.m.

Thanks Guys, I will prob install as is. I can deal with grill later (although it is a pain in the ass to get in and out!)

Front end is nut and bolted. I hate tapered ball joints.....

Cotter pins are in on all but one, which got safety wire.

 

ddavidv
ddavidv UltimaDork
6/11/24 4:26 p.m.

I don't know about IH, but Ford anodized their aluminum grilles. That has to be stripped off before doing anything. There are products that will do it (I own a bottle of some magic crystals for that purpose). 

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/11/24 7:41 p.m.

In reply to ddavidv :

 

this is definitely stamped aluminum. It was probably chromed after the fact

APEowner
APEowner UltraDork
6/11/24 10:38 p.m.
java230 said:

Thanks Guys, I will prob install as is. I can deal with grill later (although it is a pain in the ass to get in and out!)

Front end is nut and bolted. I hate tapered ball joints.....

Cotter pins are in on all but one, which got safety wire.

 

I hope this is a before picture.  That pitman arm is loose on the box.

APEowner
APEowner UltraDork
6/11/24 10:38 p.m.
java230 said:

Thanks Guys, I will prob install as is. I can deal with grill later (although it is a pain in the ass to get in and out!)

Front end is nut and bolted. I hate tapered ball joints.....

Cotter pins are in on all but one, which got safety wire.

 

I hope this is a before picture.  That pitman arm is loose on the box.

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/12/24 9:31 a.m.

In reply to APEowner :

I did tighten that up, but I could only get on it with channel locks, it must be 1 3/8" or so. My box wrenches stop at 1 1/4"

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/12/24 10:10 a.m.

Grill installed. 

Drivers side doesnt fit great. But its in for now.

 

Trying to figure out rear shocks. Upper Mounts seem like they are in a super awkward spot.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/12/24 12:41 p.m.

Grill looks awesome as-is, and really lends a finished look to the truck. Damn I'm happy to see this coming together!

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/12/24 12:44 p.m.

I see nothing wrong with the grille 

I can't see the shock mount though 

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/12/24 1:23 p.m.

Tranny is very grumpy. Hunting and not locking up it seems. If I shift it's OK once it's locked (or found the gear?) 

Also leaving a good puddle of fluid.... 

golfduke
golfduke Dork
6/12/24 2:09 p.m.

engine oil or trans or both?!  How easily can you move those shock mounts back?  I agree, they look way too far forward. 

 

 

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/12/24 4:34 p.m.

In reply to golfduke :

Probably both, but the big puddle was definitely transmission. Refish tint for sure.

I might as well make new ones if I'm going to move them. I'm not sure how the factory setup was, but they do seem very far forward. I also don't have very much room for a shock however

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/12/24 4:39 p.m.

That thing has a 4 speed auto? And lockup converter? Can't be a stock trans....

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) PowerDork
6/12/24 4:41 p.m.
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) said:

Grill looks awesome as-is, and really lends a finished look to the truck. Damn I'm happy to see this coming together!

+1

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/12/24 6:23 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Three speed, it's a torque flight 727. I think it's probably not lock up. It's just like it's hunting for gears I guess?

java230
java230 PowerDork
6/13/24 8:28 a.m.

Trans pan is dry.... 

I'm really. Hoping it's not input shaft seal.... I don't want to drop the trans. I put 3 more quarts in. 

 

Engine oil almost looks like it's between the block and head? 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/13/24 8:45 a.m.

If it was a small block Chevy I tell you to change your valve cover gaskets and look at the rear China Wall on your intake gasket

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