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Finally got her running again after starting a simple heads pull to drill out glow plug remnants about a year and a half ago.
Ended up doing new heads, ARP head studs, new injectors, new SSD glow plugs and new harness, new(ish) exhaust manifolds (thanks Texas!), etc, etc, etc.


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Pulled the batteries and had them tested. Ghey said they're taking a full charge but testing as bad. This was at autozone, so I'm not 100% on it. Gonna bring them to interstate, because I actually trust them.. just gotta wait for payday. Also gonna rewire it. I don't like the cables that are in there. Definitely corroded.

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Swapped in the new Flight Systems PMD and relicated it to the front bumper behind the plate. Fired right up. Gonna test her drive her in the morning. Fingers crossed.

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Pulled the cd player in anticipating of deleting it with a dash pocket and media player head unit. It's so nice to be able to do this in a minute without any tools. I usual work on VW/Audi...So, half a day to get the stereo out by pulling most of the dash


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Needed Bluetooth to avoid getting tickets and to be safe. $75 from Crutchfield and came with all the installation bits, even the dash pocket to delete the cd player. I'm happy.


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Replaced the crimped rubber portions of the fuel lines from frame rail to the engine bay with new hose and hose clamps. Those water-holding crimps were rusted out, but the hard lines are solid. A dremel with a cutoff wheel was all it took. Don't try that with gasoline fuel lines!!! I was reminded that I'll have to do something about the driver floor pan before too long. I might just do a cut and patch. We'll revisit that one later. And I noticed the front drive shift is in desperate need of a u-joint... also something I'll revisit later.


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Well, looks like there was a soft spot in the return hard line after all. Just behind where I cut it... of course. I think I'm going to bypass the hard line altogether from just forward of the lift pump to the FFM and same with the return line. Eventually, I'll get the tank dropped and check the lines back there too. Just no time to have the truck down right now. The fun continues.

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The saga continues. I cleaned up the hard line with some coarse sandpaper and there is no soft spot. The leak was from the hose. The 3/8 sells to be a little loose on there and the clamp is letting a little leak come through. I pushed the hose further onto the line and added a second clamp, but I'm still seeing a little weeping. I think I'll just have to get some AN fittings and adapters to mate up to the threaded fittings and bypass the entire hard line system forward of the lift pump and the coupler on the return line. Our i could just buy the new factory lines...i think I saw the pair for about $130 on rock auto. I was thinking about forcing some 5/16" fuel hose on there.... that would probably be the best first alternative as far as cost goes... I'm getting laid off again next week, so.... I'll have time.

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Took her on her maiden far from home voyage since I put her back on the road. Everything went well, but there's still a stutter when going uphill with half a tank or less, which makes me think the tank sock is crudded up or there's crap in the tank.... either way, I'll have to drop the tank at some point. But overall it was a great trip. Only a couple hundred miles or so. Also had a giant commercial 2 door fridge strapped into the bed and we made good use of the 3 person seating in the single cab.
Going to Maine to pick up my car trailer in the morning.


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Yesterday I went up to Maine to fetch my 24ft enclosed car trailer from my sister's place. I was thinking about the stuttering/ misfiring issue and I made sure to keep the tank full. No problems on the way there. On the way back, I ran into the issue again with 3/4 tank and had to pull off just before getting home. Couldn't get the lift pump to run. Popped the tank cap and I figured out at least one of my problems....Obviously it's not a vented cap, regardless of what the parts guy said. Huge vacuum in the tank. I let her cool down for a while and started her back up after having fiddled with the lift pump connections. She started up and ran well enough to get the 5 miles home.
Today I did an oil and filter change, ordered a new lift pump, got a proper diesel cap off my buddy's junked 6.5, noticed a weeping brake line in the engine bay (to deal with later), and ordered my 2 gauge pod with boost and transmission temp from glowshift. I already have the boost bolt adapter for the upper intake and was going to use a junky boost gauge, but I decided to splurge.
Got 11mpg with a ~4000lb trailer. Not bad. And with the electric brakes, it was a breeze.


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Found out why the passenger window stopped working....I'll probably buy 2 new ones since the driver side is likely not far behind.... and yes, there's a piece of wood (from a crappy old window box planter) and a folded up carry out drink tray in the door holding the window up now. 😁😁😁
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Yesterday I installed the new passenger window lift plate. Driver side was actually already replaced by p.o., along with the motor and regulator. A pleasant surprise.
Today, I went to Wally World and purchased a pair of 6.5" Scosche speakers for about $29 including tax. A little drilling and a little crimping, and voila! New door speakers. They sound great. I used only 3 screws to mount them, as the 4th was lining up with the motor and I didn't feel like repairing the 1st speaker and I couldn't have them mounted differently on either side. OCD at its finest. Just gotta replace the rears someday and it'll sound like a brand new truck.
And I've attached a beautiful picture of the temporary window support just before I removed it. I have no shame.
A new set of Firestone Transforce HT2 tires will be here tomorrow.
Sometime soon the installation of the GlowShift 2-gauge pod with boost and transmission temp will happen.


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Well, not today, but tomorrow morning... I've got the morning off, so I'll be installing the new tank and sender and the new Leroy pre-LP filter kit. Fingers crossed that it'll go smoothly, but I already noticed the bolts they included don't fit the filter base. I'll have a full review once everything's in place and running for a bit.

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Ok, got the new tank in and the rubber lines attached to the sender. Just gotta install the Leroy pre LP filter system and run hose to the return line up at the intake. Anyone have the Leroy system installed? Where exactly did you mount it? Thx in advance.

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