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Springtime in north-central MT. Gack. Took one look and went back to bed this morning...
Messed with the bed some more. Welded the graft onto the passenger side, which turned out a little less wonky than the drivers side. Did some more research on lead body filler. Worked on petrified wires some more. Not much else because it was cold. This winter hanging on is getting re-friggin'-diculous! I am going to start working 4 10 hour shifts so I might get whole blocks of time in the daylight to finish thid thing up finally.Temp Easter morning...
Way to make him feel like a popcycle.
-2 F this morning. It's great.This time of year we would expect a bunch of snow but temps are normally more tolerable. This steady down cold is not right.
Put some new front brake pads on. Slapped my front tires back on in hopes to roll the truck forward to drop in the engine and I found my brake line re-locate brought the new brake hoses to close to the tire . One of those decision points where you can run something kind of dumb or swallow your pride and do it right... I cut off the brackets again and welded them back on the side of the frame 90 degrees in the 2WD/IFS style. This got me even more available down travel and I also had the hard lines from a 2WD in the shed so I used those instead of bending the 4WD hard lines around.This left plenty of room and the brake lines are healthy and out of harms way.Also replaced the 40 year old, gooey, seeping clutch soft line while in the engine bay. Maybe now I won't have to bleed my clutch slave every time the weather changes.
40 degrees this morning and heavy wind peeling the snow off! Unfortunately there was a small pond under the truck. In an effort to stay dry I decided to just put the header on and get the truck that much closer to making noise. Sprayed the gasket with the high temp copper sticky last night and let it tack up by the wood stove. I had the NWOR header loose and ready to go but I ended up going with the old header that came with this truck. It is the same size and setup tri-y as the NWOR, just with a slightly thinner flange so I didn't have to mess with the factory manifold studs. It also blocks everything off so I don't have to use air injection block offs or anything. It's never been a bad header so I might as well use it again . No idea who's header this is though...
But he has no house note.
Great lookin' engine bay, me likey.
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