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    #61
    Originally posted by frickn yahoo View Post
    whats left to do before the maiden voyage?
    I got the crossmember put back in tonight along with hooking up the triple stick shifters...

    SOOOO all that’s left for it to hit the road is brakes (picking up front lines in the AM and hopefully the last fitting to plumb into the handbrake), bleed the clutch, grease zirk fittings on the steering, and driveshafts!! Going to drop by the driveline shop in the morning as well and get the ball rolling on that. Tomorrow night I plan to have the clutch and brakes full of fluid and working, then make the last couple cuts to get the trans tunnel plate back on over/around all of the shifters. At that point it will be waiting for the driveshaft (only doing the rear right now to get it on the road and see what other bugs I will have to sort out). I’ve gotta take it to my buddies shop to redo my front upper shock mount anyhow so we’re gonna flex it back out there to get front driveshaft measurements.

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      #62
      Originally posted by I Bleed Blue View Post
      Cases tucked up quite nicely in the frame rails, not handing down too low being that there's roughly 3/4" to the bottom of the cab floor, so they're about as high as they'll get.
      I'm half done with my crossmember setup but I may start from scratch and use this as a baseline instead. I haven't been super happy with how mine is turning out design wise. 2x4 box? what wall size?

      88 Ford F-turd50 IDI Crawler

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        #63
        Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post

        I'm half done with my crossmember setup but I may start from scratch and use this as a baseline instead. I haven't been super happy with how mine is turning out design wise. 2x4 box? what wall size?
        1.5 x 3.5 .180 wall

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          #64
          It's almost time!!! All of the shifter linkages are hooked up and working properly, trans tunnel is back together, interior is in, front end is "aligned" and greased, and clutch/brakes bled. I am going to rebleed to brakes tonight after letting it sit for a day since this morning I felt it and didn't love the way the pedal felt before I left for work.

          Driveshaft guy texted me and he's getting to work on it so maybe it will move before the weekend!!!

          A couple of notes on the clutch bleed if anyone else is doing that atrocious job. The external slave for these trucks CANNOT be bled like any other hydraulic system and are a pain. After a half an hour or so of trying to bleed it at the screw like any normal clutch I gave up and hit the internet. There's a common thread of people having issues with them... What I found worked best based off a couple of different forum threads and a little experimenting was this:

          Step 1 - Remove slave cylinder from the transmission as well as disconnect it from the master cylinder line.
          Step 2 - Fully compress the cylinder to expel any fluid you had in it along with air.
          Step 3 - Have someone else slowly fill the slave while you release the pushrod out. Keeping the fluid level above the actual cylinder walls (basically keep the "bowl" that the line goes into full of fluid so air doesn't get into the slave itself).
          Step 4 - Once you get the slave completely full of fluid and your hand hurts from keeping it pressed in and slowly letting it out, ensure the master and line are full then reconnect the line from the master and install the drift pin.
          Step 5 - Create new words as you struggle to reinstall the slave into the shift fork and the transmission.
          Step 6 - Put a 2x4 or hammer handle between the floor and the clutch pedal. Until the clutch system has no air in it, pushing the pedal to the floor or cracking the bleeder screw will only put you back to square 1 and asking yourself why you didn't leave the truck an automatic. With the cap off the master, press the clutch pedal 50ish times and evaluate how the pedal feels and check the throw at the trans.

          Since I don't have my driveshaft in yet I cannot confirm but the pedal feels good, disengages the clutch, and allows shifts but I will reassess once it has driveline in.


          Now a couple notes on the ORD triple stick for the NP203/205 setup.

          They do not come with instructions, just a couple of pictures that almost show you enough to halfway figure it out. It is relatively straight forward but equally confusing at first when you are looking at it all lying under the truck.

          If you have not already installed the NP205 into the truck or even attached it to the 203 adapter... save yourself 20 minutes of playing surgeon and cussing at inanimate objects by installed the arm that connects to your rear shift shaft. It's a bear to get to once installed and getting the nut on the bolt is an absolute b$%ch!!!

          Also, leave the bolt that holds the shifters themselves to the transmission loose-ish to move the individual shifters easily to connect the linkages. Some of the fits are tight when getting the heims and bolts onto there, so give yourself what play and room you can.

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          HMU for all of your alignment needs 😎 I'll bring my zipties and hoes and we'll have you on the road in no time!

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          The truck still will need both window regulators and see why the blend door is stuck on defrost... but otherwise it's back together for now!

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          Also going to clean the steering wheel because its gross lol

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            #65
            bah....the steering wheel is clinically clean compared to mine...
            88 ranger extended cab hack job pos. with captain cave pig diesel technology. ridin on 60's. with whatever the fawk tire is needed. and stuff.

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              #66
              good work on this critter btw
              88 ranger extended cab hack job pos. with captain cave pig diesel technology. ridin on 60's. with whatever the fawk tire is needed. and stuff.

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                #67
                Originally posted by bobbywalter View Post
                good work on this critter btw
                Thank you! I appreciate it 🀘🏻 Ready to send it down the trail

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                  #68
                  Got all of my rock lights finally mounted and wired last night! Man I should have done that so much sooner! It's better than daylight now under there haha, and all for $35 for 10 pods off amazon, a relay, wiring and switch I had lying around in the parts department (shed) πŸ˜… To say that I am itching to drive it now is almost an understatement! Seriously cannot wait to get my driveshaft so I can get this POS on the road and see how good/bad it drives 😁😣

                  I've got to do a couple things to my 7.3 this weekend, so this basically being done for now gives me a chance to address a couple items I've been ignoring on the other truck.

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                    #69
                    Which lights did you buy? I kinda want a set, altho i never put any in because theres no night wheelin at the local parks. Still would be nice to have tho, cuz everytime im out in the woods at night, its cuz someone is broken and were doing a recovery. Precisely when youd need them the most!
                    Last edited by reptillikus; 1 week ago.
                    88 bronco // 96 bronco // 96 f250

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                      #70
                      Originally posted by reptillikus View Post
                      Which lights did you buy? I kinda want a set, altho i never put any in because theres no night wheelin at the local parks. Still would be nice to have tho, cuz everytime im out in the woods at night, its cuz someone is broken and were doing a recovery. Precisely when youd need them the most!
                      They're the san young 78W off amazon. They were on sale for $35 but are now back up to $55 for 10, still not a bad deal. Our local OHV parks do not allow night wheeling but trails such as the Rubicon and Fordyce where I'll be headed is where they will be putting in work! Also just cruising down the highway at night for looks lol 😎🀣

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                        #71
                        Ok thanks, got em bookmarked. Ill probably pick up a set when they go on sale again. You never know with amazon, sometimes something cheap is great, and sometimes its cheap cuz well, its cheap!
                        88 bronco // 96 bronco // 96 f250

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                          #72
                          Originally posted by reptillikus View Post
                          Ok thanks, got em bookmarked. Ill probably pick up a set when they go on sale again. You never know with amazon, sometimes something cheap is great, and sometimes its cheap cuz well, its cheap!
                          LOL no doubt! Only time will tell.

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