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Old 03-27-2013, 02:54 PM   #26
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Here's the hub with the 9/16" studs installed.



A comparison shot of the 1/2" vs. 9/16" studs.

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:56 PM   #27
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I did manage to get the used Hydroboost Valve and Master Cylinder installed.

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:56 PM   #28
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I sent my distributor to Don Gould at FBO Systems http://4secondsflat.com/Contact.htm. I was given stellar advice and customer service. I have read other places on the internet that some folks did not have as good of an experience as I did. Some people butted heads with him pretty bad. I had lots of questions for him and he always seemed willing to answer them and even pointed me in a different direction a time ot two, which ended up saving me some money. I like it when sales people are not out to squeeze every last penny out of you. He was very good at getting me what I needed, not just what I thought I needed.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:00 PM   #29
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Last hitch home -


I had a few hours to kill at the shop the other day.

I got the Red-Head box in place.



I got the hydroboost lines routed. (The old original 94 F-Super Duty lines) This is not the final set-up, the next time I am home I will take them and get some new hoses made up and run them on the driver's side of the master cylinder for more valve cover clearance.



And I got the new carb bolted down.



This was my progress for the last couple weeks. Not as much done as I wanted, but it was still forward motion.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:05 PM   #30
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It's looking great man. Good to see some progress. Some is always better than none. Keep on keepin on.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:05 PM   #31
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This pretty much brings me up to date.

I have some fittings and small misc. parts that I should be receiving over the next couple days to finish the fuel line and filter install, stab the distributor and fire her up again.

I need to finish the brake lines and have new lines made for the power steering and hydroboost.

She's getting closer every hitch.

Questions, concerns and I hate to say it .... opinions. I am sure there are a few things I missed trying to cram all this in at the end.

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:06 AM   #32
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So you don't have to dig through the thread to find all the information here are some of the specs:

Front Axle: 78-79 Dana 44 High Pinion (3.54)
Rear Axle: 95 Ford 10.25 LS (3.55)
Engine: Stock Re-man 360 FE w/ Edelbrock Performer 390 manifold, QFT SS-680 Carb, D.U.I HEI Distributor re-curved, Long Tube Headers
Transmission: NP435
T-Case: NP205
Tires: Summer- 37-12.50R16.5 Goodyear MT's on Slot Mags Winter- R85-16 Buckshot Mudders, studded & siped on Outlwa I's

I know the gears are way to high, but it's what I got for now. I also want to try and keep the RPM's managable on the highway.

I hope to build up a 390 or 410 sometime over the next few years to replace the 360
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:08 AM   #33
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I was able to finish up a few small projects last R&R. The brake lines are in and hooked up. I think I may have to pull the new M/C back out and bench bleed it. Hydro boost lines are done, Jackovich did a decent job. Fuel line is finished. I stabbed the distributor, primed the fuel system and she fired up. Ran real rough, but she fired.

I was able to break out the timing light before I headed out of town Friday morning. It was running rough because the timing was way to retarded. I got a pretty nasty backfire through the carb too (hope I didn't blow the power valve in the new QFT carb). I still need to get everything dialed in with a vac gauge, but she atleast starts and runs.

With the timing light, I set the timing to 12 BTDC and she idles way better. I am going to order a piston stop tool and some timing tape to make sure the timing marks are correct and easier to read.

I may pull the distrubutor and advance it one tooth because I had to turn it a lot to get it where it is now and it is binding up the plug wires a bit. Or, I may just move the wires around on the cap.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:47 AM   #34
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Nice work Man!.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:03 AM   #35
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Nice work Man!.
Thanks.

It has taken way longer than planned, but should be a decent rig when done.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:34 PM   #36
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Back on all 4's and running again. Doesn't look any different, but hey, we like pics right....




Also got the rear bumper quickly bolted up. I still have to try and get the twist out of it and do some bracket work so that it mounts with more than 2 bolts. This was mainly just to get it off the shop floor.



Quick rant.... The mid 90's F-series bumpers do not fit as well as some sites say they do.... **** internet!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:48 AM   #37
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Looking good, I like the buckshots better
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:13 AM   #38
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Looking good, I like the buckshots better
Thanks

I like the buckshots too. They have been re-studded, siped and are mounted on a set of solid aluminum wheels (like the A.R.E. Outlaw I's), all ready for next winter.

I know Ground Hawgs are not the best tire out there, but I have wanted a set for a long time. Not sure if I'll ever find a decent set of used ones.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:23 AM   #39
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No work on the 4X4 lately, summer is too busy with family "stuff"...

I did get a chance to work on the 2wd a little last hitch home between dipnetting and processing the fish.

I put a different set of tires on her, something just a little wider and lower profile. They are not 3/4 Ton truck rated tires, but she never gets worked anyhow, only driven around a bit.

I pulled the steering gearbox the other day. Got it cleaned up a bit and replaced the sector shaft seal. No more power steering fluid trails all over the place. Now to tackle the oil leaks....

Gave her a bath (got rid of all the tree sap)


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No real progress, but I have been gathering a few parts.

I have most of what I need to install the electric fuel pump. Just need to gather some of the wiring components.

The wife bought me some new weatherstrippin for Christmas. Beltline, channel run and vent window, so the door windows should be all sealed up good once I get it installed.

If I would actually get off my duff, there really isn't much to do to make it drivable. Finish bleeding the brakes, get the bugs worked out of the hydroboost, adjust the carb, set the timing and a few other odds and ends.

Was busy last summer and fall with working on the house and getting it sold. Been busy this winter getting settled into the new place.

Hopefully I will have some time soon to work on it again. She looks mighty cold burried behind the snowbank....
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:22 AM   #41
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I got those tires and wheels off my burb fiannaly , I will pull the tires and we can meet up .
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:37 AM   #42
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I got those tires and wheels off my burb fiannaly , I will pull the tires and we can meet up .
Sounds good man. I get home the evening of 1/3.
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Ahh ok I head back to work on 12/31 I will get them broke down and put them on the porch and PM you.
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No worries. You going up for 2 or 3?

If you are only going up for 2, go ahead and put them in the garage if you got the space and I'll grab them from you when you get back.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:44 AM   #45
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i'm going up for 3 .I'm doing 3 and 1's for the foreseeable future we are short handed
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Here are the pics of the progress so far.

The Airtex E84070 pump and pre filter installed.


The adaptation I did to install the Hobbs Switch and Oil Pressure sending unit.



Things starting to go together.


Power Steering bracket and pump installed.



The relay on the passenger inner fender.



I need to go get the connectors for the power wire. I thought I had some, but I thought wrong...

Just a couple more wires to hook up, install the sheave and fan, a little tidying up, and she should be ready to fire back up.

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Did a little work with the carb trying to get the truck running a little better.

I adjusted the timing to 12 degrees btdc, adjusted the idle mixture screws because it was running lean. I set the screws at 1 turn out and she immediately ran better, a bit rich, but better. I leaned it out a bit, about a quarter turn in. Still a little rich, but way better.

The vacuum is at 19, but not super steady, the needle is vibrating.
I'll work on it more a bit later.
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Getting closer... This was the first time I have been able to start the truck from "cold" and not have to mess with the throttle. Simply pump it one time to set the choke, hit the key and she roared (ok, not really a roar...) to life. As the choke opened, I tapped the throttle and the RPM's kept decreasing just as they should.


I think the vibrating on the vacuum gauge is the rattling of the PCV Valve. Just for kicks, I pulled the hose of the PCV Valve and the vacuum gauge immediately jumped to 20 and the vibrating needle was smooth as could be. Is that normal, or does that mean there is something wrong with the PCV Valve?
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Unfortunately, this little gem is leaking...



It'll be fun to work on with the power steering in the way.
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Over the last couple weeks I was able to get my grille shell and inserts mounted up, as well as my refurbished mirrors.



I still need to fill the mounting holes for the old mirrors.



Thanks again for the instruction sheet twinzilla.
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