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Thanks, I spent every spare moment for about 2 months working on it, still needs huge amounts of work, but it goes down the road.

Actually, I firmly disagree that all older vehicles ride better. A 2019 Ram 1500 Limited with 22" wheels and air ride is one of the best riding vehicles I've ever driven. My Legacy I picked because it was a excellent riding car. Yeah, the older cars rode comfty because they were heavy and comfort sold back then. And a big yes to many modern cars not riding as well as they might...

I also drive on some VERY crappy roads. No gravel, but almost 1/2 hour on buckled sealcoat full of tight esses, one lane bridges and rail crossings... Now with gravel filled washouts, and worse buckling from the flooding. Plus, going about as fast as she'll go. So my assessment of "If a vehicle rides well" is maybe excessive. The suspension has to be tight, but supple enough to corner over violent uneven terrain (er, road?), and to deal with tiny bumps from potholes and cracks and huge rolling swells. Ride quality is coupled with not only softness, but performance. A buttery soft ride alone is not going to support the kind of driving I do.

The ride IS improved on the truck even with 2500 springs over the old 1500 springs and the bags. With some work to quiet some of the rattling over the sharp bumps, it will be an enjoyable daily driver.

Hopefully this explains my "anal retentiveness" concerning ride quality: it stares me in the face pretty hard every day going to work.
I thank you for chronicling your adventure so that we may enjoy the ride with you, even if it doesn't ride like the boats of the 70s :thumb:

Your fortitude (or insanity :)) to stick with this is something else. If you lived in my neighborhood I woulda loved to have helped. As crazy as it seems at times (all that rust) it also sounds like fun..... so long as someone else is paying for it - lol.

REALLY enjoy the pics! :thumb:
 

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When was the last time you guys rode in a late 60s, or early 70s full size, 4000 lb Caddy, Lincoln, New Yorker, or even a Bonneville, Impala, or station wagon of the same era? TR, you spoke of an air ride suspension, and lets just say that's cheating. I'm not saying "all" modern cars ride like crap, just the bulk of the common cars. 'Specially when they accumulate some miles. And the newer PUs don't count either, cause they're on a full frame W/ rubber biscuits, and have some weight to them. :2cents:
 

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My full frame diesel 1500 truck has been one of the worst riding vehicles I've ever experienced. My parents 1991 full frame 1500 v6 2wd truck is one of the best riding and handling trucks Ive ever experienced.

I used to bomb around in corn fields in a Lincoln Mark IV with a 460 when I was 12. Great fun and it didn't seem to notice the terrain, but it turned like a... boat?

Unsprung weight from the 4wd components?

The tank is leaking again :facepalm: :shots:
 

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The tank is leaking? I can't believe it's because of rust, from what appears you've done an excellent job of rust removal and proofing. Is it leaking from the sending unit o-ring, on the top, when the tank is nearly full?
 

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I thank you for chronicling your adventure so that we may enjoy the ride with you, even if it doesn't ride like the boats of the 70s :thumb:

Your fortitude (or insanity :)) to stick with this is something else. If you lived in my neighborhood I woulda loved to have helped. As crazy as it seems at times (all that rust) it also sounds like fun..... so long as someone else is paying for it - lol.

REALLY enjoy the pics! :thumb:
Don't know what to call it either. Stupidity has been tossed around. I really appreciate the support, I know its just words typed at a computer but knowing that SOMEBODY out there is entertained/cares/will see it makes it better.

Joeq, tank is leaking from the epoxy repair suggested by a co-worker. Not bad enough to puddle yet.
 

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The brakes in the rear began hopping bad in corners, had a suspect warped drum when I started. Figured I'd replace the guts and see what happens.

Well yeah they bounce. Also heard shushing noise from passenger side, the axle seal is leaking pretty bad and piling brake dust up on the shoes to create the noise.

So I'm having the drums turned, going to drive for a couple days with the turned drums, if it is still trash I'll need drums and axle seals. l have to tear it apart and see if the axle shaft sealing surface is within tolerance to see if I need an axle too. And or bearings. I'm really hoping this isn't a pain to do...

Once I got the truck done started on a different project I really need done, buttoning up a skid steer that's been torn apart since 2009. So the late nights continue. But if have the skid steer mobile and out of the garage I might have enough room to pull an axleshaft out of both sides in the garage instead of the driveway.
 

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So I installed the turned drums two nights ago. There may not be bounce, but I did get it to bounce with an unreasonable beating. Still inconclusive if the drums should be replaced. Did sell the old topper the truck came with, took some beautiful pictures with it on as one last hurrah.

Today into work everything is fine. Coming home.. different story. Shushing/screeching noise back with a vengeance, doesn't change with braking now, so it may be drivetrain related. Definitely something wrong.

The brakes locked up twice on me in traffic. You know that feather stop you do where you are rolling into queue at a stop light? Wham. Stops like someone stands on the pedal. Unpredictably, if I might add. Alarming popping/grinding noise coming from the front end turning/articulating at low speeds also which is new. Back to the jackstands...
 

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^ :hehe: ^

You tell an amusing story. :thumb:
 

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I can’t believe you sold the topper :Get_him: Censored

Grin, I’ve never had much use for canopies myself...I like to use my trucks!

I understand about the projects been trying to get the brakes unstuck on my monster CASE 680G backhoe and am running out of time before it’s too cold and wet to run at nearly 20000 lbs it doesn’t like soft ground:thumb:

Good luck on the triage hopefully some simple inexpensive stuff and you’ll be on the road.
 

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This lil biscuit was broken free hanging up in the pad in addition to some very stiff slider pins. Pieces of it must have come off and went through the pad, didn't do it alot of favors.

Lubed up the pins again and put it back together. I just went through the brakes less than 2 years ago so it was nice to visit again. If these brakes were relatives I'd upper deck the toilet for sure.

It's possible that this is where the brake locking and popping and snapping was coming from. Not going to drive it to work until I can test it. Wheel bearing seems okay.
 

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Does the rust just blow around in the wind back there on nice days making the skies red?


I thought things rusted badly here in the Pacific NW..you guys back east take the cake!
 

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Did you get your backhoe going?

I've been truck shopping, I admit. My spirit is a bit broken.
 

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Did you get your backhoe going?

I've been truck shopping, I admit. My spirit is a bit broken.
First...if you're truck shopping don't look ANYWHERE near where you live! YIKES - find something that was out west or down south!!

:popcorn: BACKHOE

Well - the backhoe got moved up by the shop - but the brakes are stuck so I had to brute force it in low gear and floored..can't work on it 300yds from the shop!

Things a 20,000lb brute with air brakes - right now I believe i have a rusted or gummed up actuating rod as the left brake pedal won't release.

The Brake Pedals are supposed to be "pinned" so that you can remove them for servicing the individual sides of what appears to be the actuator assemblies (I'm no backhoe mechanic and don't know the terminology is the same as autos)

But long ago some y0-y0 put fully threaded bolts instead of shanked ones and I got the left side to loosen up but the right side which has to be removed to remove the left side is frozen up and the head turns just a skoosh but the threads don't - so we all know what that means - it will snap like a fresh green bean I try to wrench it too much, and the "hot-wrench" won't work because there's this nice rubber boot about 1/2" from the bolt passage...its always something...lol..

So I put some liquid wrench on both sides a couple days ago and need to get out there with a sledge hammer and pry bar and see if I can knock it thru yet...hard spot to swing a hammer with force.. I may get the air chisel out with the flat bit now that I think about it!

Thanks for asking about the backhoe..you gave me a good idea! :thumb:
 

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First...if you're truck shopping don't look ANYWHERE near where you live! YIKES - find something that was out west or down south!!...
I strongly suggest anybody looking for a rust free vehicle look in the SW desert.

I'm from Michigan (rust central) and when my Michigan mom comes to visit me in Vegas she comments all the time on how nice the cars are. It's not that people here take care of them better. It's that there is no salt ever and hardly any rain. My 2006 has zero rust. Where its parked, I get a build up of leaves in the fender well between the well and the fender. And when I clean them out about once or twice a year they are bone dry and no rust. Besides people hammering on their 4x4s in the desert and rubber rotting like tires, batteries and windshield trim and paint fade, vehicles are solid here. Mine (never garaged, never seen salt):

https://www.dieselplace.com/forum/155-site-information/158-introductions-new-trucks/125325-lets-see-what-your-ride-looks-like-93.html#post9811512

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Rambo's Ride. I do have 6 years of experience as a heavy equipment repair manual author and have some experience at a hydraulic shop. If there's something I can help with, let me know. Looking at the parts breakdown for what your working on can give you some perspective. Hope you can get that bolt out of there.

MP, that is a gorgeous truck. The millennial in me however feels that the bumpers should be black instead of chrome, perhaps with teddy bears strapped to it so that we don't damage bicyclists or wildlife. Im jealous for sure!

Ahh truck shopping. Its more than just red rust, its red balance sheets!

Essentially, I have no savings to use on a vehicle purchase unless we are talking sub $1000. So whatever I buy has to be financed totally. Once the car is gone i can afford sub $400 a month payments. The truck's market value (maybe $3000 if they didn't see this thread) is whatever downpayment I could afford. Credit is already tapped out and taking a hit from excessive debt to income. Was tough to get a loan for the car, and I bought the car for under book with prime credit and no negative equity.

Probably the smartest thing to do would be get rid of the car and redirect to pay off my student loans, which would take two years with more free monthly capital so I can then overfinance myself on a tangible asset... Which should be my house, because I am paying interest only on 50% of the loan because I can't afford to live if paying on a full mortgage.

I'll just teleport to work it will be fine.
 

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Rambo's Ride. I do have 6 years of experience as a heavy equipment repair manual author and have some experience at a hydraulic shop. If there's something I can help with, let me know. Looking at the parts breakdown for what your working on can give you some perspective. Hope you can get that bolt out of there.

MP, that is a gorgeous truck. The millennial in me however feels that the bumpers should be black instead of chrome, perhaps with teddy bears strapped to it so that we don't damage bicyclists or wildlife. Im jealous for sure!

Ahh truck shopping. Its more than just red rust, its red balance sheets!

Essentially, I have no savings to use on a vehicle purchase unless we are talking sub $1000. So whatever I buy has to be financed totally. Once the car is gone i can afford sub $400 a month payments. The truck's market value (maybe $3000 if they didn't see this thread) is whatever downpayment I could afford. Credit is already tapped out and taking a hit from excessive debt to income. Was tough to get a loan for the car, and I bought the car for under book with prime credit and no negative equity.

Probably the smartest thing to do would be get rid of the car and redirect to pay off my student loans, which would take two years with more free monthly capital so I can then overfinance myself on a tangible asset... Which should be my house, because I am paying interest only on 50% of the loan because I can't afford to live if paying on a full mortgage.

I'll just teleport to work it will be fine.
First, love your writing style. Funny without being overdone. Ya make this reader feel your pain :thumb:

Second, those bumpers of mine are stainless steel 100%. The "chrome" sections are highly polished to look like chrome. And the other sections painted to match truck. All from the maker. And that back bumper has a higher towing capacity than the truck itself. Front one, behind the plate, is made to fit the 16.5 Warn top dog winch of 2006. Idk what they have now.

https://reunel.com/ Beware of the price shocker.
 

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Wow. Spendy is right. They look good. Lots of bumpers exert some severe micro***** aggression vibes, yours are definitely tasteful and work oriented. And in today's money cost more than my truck did when I bought it.

Thanks for the compliments. Its not a horrible situation all in all, just frustrating. Need to make a decision if I want to keep struggling with this and potentially save money, or translate that effort into side work to pay for a different truck.

When I put the oil cooler on years ago, I put the grill in wrong. Popped the plastic lip above the rad support and tightened everything down, added some washers. That reduced front end noise some over bumps. I have a shock bolt I need to shim up and tighten to reduce that noise in the back. Fuel door bumper is gone, there's a rattle there.

Tightened the leaf spring ubolts a final time.

Braking seems normal now, noise gone, but pulling to the drivers side, hopefully goes back to normal or I'll need to replace the pads. I discovered an oil leak under there, which needs to be addressed before I put thin winter oil in there.
 

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Wow. Spendy is right. They look good. Lots of bumpers exert some severe micro***** aggression vibes, yours are definitely tasteful and work oriented. And in today's money cost more than my truck did when I bought it.

Thanks for the compliments. Its not a horrible situation all in all, just frustrating. Need to make a decision if I want to keep struggling with this and potentially save money, or translate that effort into side work to pay for a different truck.

When I put the oil cooler on years ago, I put the grill in wrong. Popped the plastic lip above the rad support and tightened everything down, added some washers. That reduced front end noise some over bumps. I have a shock bolt I need to shim up and tighten to reduce that noise in the back. Fuel door bumper is gone, there's a rattle there.

Tightened the leaf spring ubolts a final time.

Braking seems normal now, noise gone, but pulling to the drivers side, hopefully goes back to normal or I'll need to replace the pads. I discovered an oil leak under there, which needs to be addressed before I put thin winter oil in there.
Yea, those bumpers were over $6,000 iirc. I got those in a different life. Truck too. One where / when money was flowing....

On "if ya should", Idk. I mean, if you can't afford to buy something new, then you are buying another person's problems. Simply meaning, you won't be buying "problem free." Ya won't actually know what problems you are buying. So it's really about what you can afford and what your abilities are. In every situation I have been in with nature, that mother always wins. You are fighting mother nature with all that rust - the inevitable. But if you can't afford to buy one not rusty, not full of its own issues... :confuzeld

My Michigan mom comments on her 2011 that is rusting away, saying she maybe is gonna buy a new one because she hates seeing all that rust. Which I remind her, you'll see it on that new one too in a few years. Other than the rust, her 2011 is a solid vehicle. But of course mother nature is working on that.

My m.o. has been to buy new and keep for 15+ years. But I moved from the salt states and so I can do that. Anything used there is gonna be rusty underneath. If you do decide to buy new, consider Vegas. We are better than the coastal states for used cars because not even salt air. Also, depending on your own state laws, NV used cars carry sales tax ONLY if purchased thru a dealer. So if you buy from here private party, NV won't ask to remit the sales tax for your state.

If you do stop all this work, I'll understand.... and miss the daily chuckle. :)
 

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Correction above:

"If you do decide to by *USED*, consider Vegas...."
 

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My GF has family in Vegas, was there last year around this time. Had an excellent time, miss it. Only gambled $22 on "Kitty Glitter" and "Wizard of Oz" machines but saw a lot of sights. Was practically breaking my neck looking at mint 90's vehicles a few times. Would have been nice to pick up something there but already had paid for a round trip ticket.

I've had my truck for sale pretty much constantly for a year. Yesterday, someone seemed intent he was going to trade straight up for a rebuilt 366 big block and TH400 trans with a transbrake for my truck so he could have a winter beater. I was like, getting more information from him on and off all day to try to figure out where he could even get close to half of what Im asking... Nope just a standard rebuild. Ok. Looks like another $500 Craigslist motor bud? Goodbye?

Other notable trade offers were a 1999 GTP and an 1989 diesel F350 (that guy still asks me), a bunch of gas pre obd2 GMT400s.

Truck seems to be running okay, tank is not really even leaking anymore. Driven it to work a whole bunch. Last night vacuumed it out and emptied all the straps and muddy chains out and a bunch of debris from an estate sale a year ago. OCD kicking in for a whole interior detail.

Just waiting for the next thing to break so I can complete a Rock Auto order...
 
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