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    little blue truck - 1985

    I picked this truck up from my good buddy who has owned it for many years. Now I have something to wheel while I hoard parts and cut up my Tacoma for tons. I'm pretty excited about this truck (If it isn't clear I am not Aaron and did not build this truck).

    It's an 1985 with the 22R on propane with Hooker header.
    37" Creepy Crawlers on beadlocks
    Dual cases - 4.7s in one, transfer case e brake
    Front axle: trussed with hydro assist, 5th stud, RCVs, 5.29s, and a Detroit. Bastard leaf pack
    Rear axle: Welded 5.29s. Chevy 63s

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    An easy shakedown run determined that I needed to bumpstop the front to keep the ram and oil pan from playing too hard. I also need new front axle seals and to chase down engine oil and power steering leaks.


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    Last edited by Wulf; 08-10-2020, 11:57 AM.

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    First order of business last night was to raid the scrap bin and see what I could come up with to bump stop the driver side. I flexed the truck out with my engine crane and found out that the front DS leaf inverts so I based the bumpstop placement off of that so they don't self-destruct so quickly. I still had more up travel before the ram would hit the pan.

    I decided to place the bump over the truss near the oil pan on the driver side. I found some 3/16 pieces to make work.


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    Last edited by Wulf; 07-22-2020, 03:59 PM.

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      #3
      Pussy. On my last truck I used the tie rod and drag link for bump stops. Saves fab time.

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        #4
        Step 1: buy some degreaser and pressure wash the shit out of that thing.

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          #5
          Originally posted by YotaAtieToo View Post
          Step 1: buy some degreaser and pressure wash the shit out of that thing.
          I can't even look in it's direction without getting covered in oil and grease Sounds like a good plan to me.

          The power steering pump and ram are leaking on the front and I think the half moon seal on the back is leaking. Back of head is very wet. I have both on the shelf with a rebuild kit to make this pump a spare but haven't gotten there yet.


          It steers pretty well when it has fluid in it

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            #6
            I consider my 3.0 oil leaks a plus, at least I know the front portion of the frame won't rust away from NJ winters. !
            89 Toyota Pickup

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              #7
              Originally posted by Aisin View Post
              Pussy. On my last truck I used the tie rod and drag link for bump stops. Saves fab time.
              It looks like this one actually leaves the pavement, and isnt used only to troll for ass down at the local truck stop
              Every major institution is against you and will let you die!
              - Tim Dillon

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                #8
                "No Step"

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                  #9
                  Took the truck out to play on Saturday despite not having done a whole bunch to it. I did the valve cover and half moons so it would stop leaking oil all over the damn place. I have yet to build a bump mount on the pass side or replace the steering pump and ram.

                  When I went to load up the truck the steering was realllly funky and felt like it was binding in a couple spots. After checking to make sure that everything looked good and there was no binding or contact with the tie rod, drag link, and ram I sprayed the hell out of the u joints in the shaft between the column and the box and it cleared up. Aside from that issue and the steering intermittently feeling weak the truck did great and is a blast to drive.


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                    #10
                    Tore into things this past week so I could get to the leaky steering pump and ram.

                    After pulling the ram off I realized that the one sitting on the shelf won't work in this application because the body OD is larger and it's an 8" ram vs the 6" on the truck. decide to put the old one back on because it seems to have stopped leaking out the wiper seal anyways. I guess the little bit of 5W30 I had to add to the system when I ran out of PS fluid on the trail had a good seal conditioner in it

                    I drilled out the flow restrictor on the new pump and can't really tell a difference at idle but at 1000 RPM it seems to move a little quicker.

                    After 30 minutes of cranking the wheel back and forth I stopped seeing bubbles in the fluid and figured it was good to go. I shut off the engine and it puked fluid out of the reservoir... Then the new pump started whining when I backed it out of the garage.

                    I drilled out the flow restrictor on the new pump and can't really tell a difference at idle but at 1000 RPM it seems to move a little quicker. Not very happy with the steering effort, even with the hydro assist it seems to require more effort than my Tacoma on 35s but I'm not seeing any binding issues
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Slander View Post

                      It looks like this one actually leaves the pavement, and isnt used only to troll for ass down at the local truck stop
                      Just saw this comment. His truck looks mint. Mine was a wadded up raisin. I used the bed sides to pivot around trees.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Aisin View Post

                        Just saw this comment. His truck looks mint. Mine was a wadded up raisin. I used the bed sides to pivot around trees.
                        You ever going to make a build thread for this mythical truck?
                        Every major institution is against you and will let you die!
                        - Tim Dillon

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Slander View Post

                          You ever going to make a build thread for this mythical truck?
                          Busy buying silencers right now. This was the shitbox I was referring to.
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                            #14
                            I like this thing. If you get around to it, post up some rear end/bed photos. I'm curious about the bedsides and tube underneath.

                            Need to name that thing the Screecher in ode to blue haired screechers. Everybody wants to flog one.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by MT-TOY View Post
                              I like this thing. If you get around to it, post up some rear end/bed photos. I'm curious about the bedsides and tube underneath.

                              Need to name that thing the Screecher in ode to blue haired screechers. Everybody wants to flog one.
                              Is there anything specific you'd like to see?

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