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    1. gmanpaint

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      So the work continues a little everyday after work. It's slowly getting there. :)
      I am not trying to bore anybody to death here, but keeping track of the work I do, and how I do it, helps me recall info, and it might help someone searching.

      Ok, with that said, here is the latest update on Pugly.

      The new pass side knuckle turned out great. I cleaned it up, painted it, installed the BJ's (lower nut 90 ft lbs) upper then lower. Almost forgot to install the upper grease zerk before the axle went back in. lol

      So as I said earlier, the C-clip eliminator mod spring needed replaced. I quicly discovered I was right and the old one used was way wrong, and the reason I had some side to side slack with the axle going in/out of the diff. Pics below show the old on left vs the new on right. Man that thing took forever to get over the spline ends. The outer seal got replaced, splines got cleaned, and new grease, then put back in the diff.

      Now that is done, the rebuilt spindle could go back on. I cleaned and painted it as well. Some anti-seize to the back of it, and bolted it right up nicely (45-50 ft lbs). I could instantly feel the spring doing it's job, as I had to push on the spindle some to get the spindle nuts on. :thumbsup: I have to run a little emery cloth over the bearing seat still, but I waited until it was back on to do so. When installing it back on, I never know what can happen, and I figured, might as well wait for this step.

      So now for the Moog 2pc adjustable caster/camber bushings. I removed the Drivers side with the air chisel with flat blade. A little at a time as I went around the bushing lip, and it slowly raised up, and eventually out. Pass side had a stock 1.30* bushing, and the drivers side had been replaced with a 2.0* bushing about 6-7 yrs ago. Cleaned up the holes on the arms for the new ones, sprayed a bit of PB for slight lube, then tapped the new bushings in set at N-0, which is a neutral position, and the slots in the bushings point side to side (front to back) on the arm. If they are installed like this, the alignment shop has a base starting point to use with the pre-spec check. To turn them, a 35mm socket works best, if your doing these Moogs yourself. When you doing ball joints, these bushings HAVE to come out to get the knuckle off or the top BJ stud hangs up, and the knuckle won't come off. ;)

      UPS says new coils are arriving today (late afternoon/early eve usually when UPS shows up), so I can get them in. I have to tear down the parts rig for the stock coil seats still, as I can't find my originals anywhere. :( This delay will mean I need another day to wrap up this portion of the suspension work.

      I want to show you what happened to the knuckle from the loose rotor hammering away at it, from the blown inner bearing. Pic below shows the old damaged knuckle with the inner brake pad keeper chewed away. Then the new knuckle for reference.

      More pics and updates as they happen. :salute:
       

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    3. gmanpaint

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      Starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. :)

      Skyjacker 2" lift coils arrived last night, and I got them installed. Pretty much a pain to do alone to get them to fit. They are about 2.5" longer then stock. I compressed them close to the stock coil lengths, then removed the shocks, sway bar, TRE ends, & calipers. Pushing down on the TTB ends as I was squeezing the coils in, was no small feat to accomplish. I learned the hard way the coil compressors have to fitted just in the right place to get the coil on, and to get them off. All that (to me) was still better then removing the RA's for more droop. (I so want a set of long arms after all this.)

      So with the F-150 coil seats removed, the rig sits an additional inch higher then before, but that should settle over time. I'm happy as that is exactly what I was after. :thumbsup:

      Alignment is tomorrow. With the adjustable bushings set at Nuetral/zero, there is a bunch of positive camber in it. I haven't checked the Toe yet, but will in the morning, and hopefully it's not too bad. Just has to go a couple miles to the shop.

      I was afraid to do the brake lines just yet as it has decent brakes now, and I can't miss the alignment. I will do that once it is back home.
       

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      Set the toe as close as I could to 1/8" in, and took it to the alignment shop today.

      They loved the 2 pc adjustable bushings, and the fact she is a clean old gal. They had no trouble getting it right the first time. Wheels even return to center effortlessly. Miracles do happen. :)


      Added bonus....The Steering wheel is back to straight again. (Heep steering shaft mod) :thumbsup:

      Have to get the front brake lines swapped and system bled still, then the rear shocks get changed next. The lower intake gasket has to be done as well, but I need a little break from her right now. I have other things to wrench on! lol
       

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      It's nice for now Jon, But I will have to take it back after the coils settle down.

      Seems all these years of dealing with the leaking gearbox has finally taken it's toll on it. There is now a little play in the box. To replace or just deal? :scratch:

      So I was about to replace the brake lines with the stock Napa lines I picked up, when I thought to myself..... This is stupid, I need longer brake lines to accommodate the 2" lift. When the longer front shocks go on, the travel will increase even more.

      So... What stock Ford brake hoses, fit these caliper banjo's, bolt up to the hard lines, and are longer then stock? :dunno:
       
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      Scavenged some parts off the 94 Limited for Pugly today.

      Door seals were in like new condition (shocker) so I got all of them off.

      Rear leather bench seat is in perfect condition, so I get to swap out the cloth seat and have all leather now. Got the Drivers seat out, then got stuck on the pass seat. :(
      Stripped the T-50 seatbelt bolt as it was so frozen, even the 700# impact wouldn't budge it. Broke out the big breaker bar, and, well... thats all she wrote. Was gonna cut the seatbelt arm off, but the seat wouldn't go forward far enough, to get to the back bolts. Said Ok, screw it, front seats stay, and so does the nice dark brown carpet.

      Got both side mirrors, Headlight assemblies, tail lights and harness's. Purple Limited grill, and perfect condition running boards off. Front axles, drivers side knuckle, steering assembly, one good auto hub (lol), Drive shaft, rear carpet and rear saddle style floor mat. Tomorrow, front drive shaft and T-case.

      Leaving engine & Trans alone as someone I know needs it. Hopefully they come get this thing in the next few days. I'm tired of looking at it, so I know my neighbors are too. lol
       
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      So I have found that on this day, I can't bleed brakes alone. Pedal is still soft and goes all the way to the floor with only a slight bit of back pressure. Guess an appt is needed at a shop.

      My fuse just isn't as long as it used to be I guess. :banghead:
       
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      Lol. My success with self bleeding is mixed also. I've even used a vac pump for this.
      I still think the best results are with someone pumping the brakes.

      Either way, your getting your truck back in to great shape. Not to worry, its only money. ;). I just take my truck in when my mental cup fills up also. I think its the smart thing to do. Not worth laying awake at night frustrated.
       
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      I tried my vac bleeder, and then a gravity bleed. Went thru a full big bottle if fluid. Left some red dna here and there. Said enough of this crap. lol

      Win some, lose some. Ain't but a thing.
       
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      So I felt something weird on the front end. I had to inspect it, and see what was up. I got the pass tire up, and spun it. it didn't spin easily at all, and acted like the brakes were ever so slightly applied. Hmm, ok, off with the wheel for a closer look.

      Removed the manual hub, and seen what looked like graphite collecting on the spindle. Hmm... that can't be good. So off came the caliper, and rotor. Bearings were fine, rotor was fine, WTH is going on here? :scratch:

      So I decided to clean all the grease off everything for a good look at the surfaces. Out came the pail and Lacquer thinner and cleaning brush. Once clean, everything looked fine. So I took some emery cloth to the spindle, to make sure it was smooth. Then I repacked the bearings, and installed the rotor. Spindle Nuts went back on fine, but then I seen the issue. I was pulling the parts out of the cleaner pail one at a time as I needed them, and it figures, it is the last parts that had the issue. :crazy:

      Apparently for some weird reason, the half round clip that goes on last, was so tight, it was digging into the side of the last toothed washer/keeper. I had to stop and think about this for a bit. I compared that half round clip to another I had, and sure enough it was thicker. It worked fine on the old spindle, but not the new one. I kind of remember having to tap it on. Weird stuff man. I used the other spacer, and had a spare toothed washer on hand. Thank goodness I'm a pack rat with parts. :D

      Can't say I have ever seen this happen before, have you?
       

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      I had replaced the rear shocks on the other rig recently, as one had leaked the gas out.

      Still had one good shock just sitting around. I returned a part to Amazon, and they gave me an option to use my refund towards another purchase. So I got another shock. Pugly now has Rancho 9000xls on all 4 corners. :D
       

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      I have

      It's not the C clip that is rubbing. You have the wrong spindle seal (or too many parts in the seal) and the splined washer is rubbing against the end of the spindle tube. Check to see if the spindle bearing seal has a little lip extending out form the surface of the spindle face. Get rid of it, especially if you have the graphite spacer on the axle shaft. This will allow the axle shaft to extend out a little further so the splined washer doesn't rub
       
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      Turn them around so the adjuster is facing forward. That way you won't knock the adjuster knobs off :)
       
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      The other c-clip was forcing it against it. Your right about the axle not coming out as far as it should. I thought about that when I was looking at it, but thought I was imagining things. I took the old spindle to it, just to check and see if it was different in lengths even. lol

      The new seal I installed does indeed have a lip that protrudes out. :( Gonna have to wait another day for that job. The thinner C clip is working for now, but it is still in there firmly.
       
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      So I took the spindle off. The seal that goes on the end of the spindle is the same as the other 2 spindles I have. That seams fine, as it matches.

      The seal on the end of the outer Pass axle looks to have a larger lip on the ext side. This might be what is pushing the spindle out too far? The new splined washer is already cut in half almost. I am afraid what would happen if it cuts all the way threw and it breaks off. :eek:

      Can I run without that axle seal for a while? Will the spindle seal keep it clean enough to not worry for a few days? Nobody has the axle seal around me, and I have to order one.

      Edit:
      I ground off a bit on the end of the spindle in hopes it would give room for the splined washer. Took it for a spin, and instead of grinding, it was whistling loudly. the faster the wheel spin, the louder the whistle. :(
      So I removed the splined washer, put the c clip back in, and am running without it. I can only think this washer and clip holds the spindle nut form coming all the way off in the event it comes loose. I normally torque the spindle nuts at 150 lbs, but cranked this one to 175 lbs. Hopefully it is alright until I can rebuild a spare spindle completely.
       
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      The washer should only move when 4x4 is engaged
       
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      The manual hub is spinning on something. I had to file it smooth on the inside as it was getting chewed up by something.

      Storm came thru, knocked out the power. Im sitting here in a store lot writing thus, and some chick just slams her car door into mine. She jumps in her car and takes off without saying a word or anything. . Biotch!
       
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      Ok, back home. Power is back on, but no webs yet.

      Good call on the hub Phil. Some A hole locked it. I never thought to look at it as I didn't do it. SMFH. Im so aggravated I went thru all that, cut up a spindle, ruined 2 splined washers, canceled all my appointments today, all for that.

      Now i'm wondering why it was squeaking so bad with the hub locked as everything on that side was turning. Front diff is still stock open, so whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??? :crazy:
       
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      Cause the washer was rubbing against the end of the spindle?? or bad U joint??
       
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      I took the washer out, was still squeaking loudly and changed with rpms. I believe it was the back of the hub tube rubbing, as it had fresh rub marks.

      I'm perplexed as the next person on that.
       
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      Still have the graphite washer on the stub shaft? The inner 'hole' has a beveled edge that should sit against the axle flange (that could also cause the 'short shaft' syndrome making the spline washer rub)
       
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      I will have to take it apart again tomorrow and have a look. When I did all the repairs work, I replaced the axle seal with a new one pc replacement. I also replaced the seal on the spindle. I bought a new spindle seal today to compare them, but they are identical. I didn't swap em.

      The ujoints we're also fine, but I have a set of the spicer 570x I can install as well, just in case.

      Thanks for all the help Phil. I really appreciate it.
       
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      Nice day out, so I installed the Limited Rear Leather split bench seats, & door panels. Pugly is now an XLT/Eddie Bauer/Limited 1st gen Hybrid. :D
       
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      Temps have rose into the 90's and with high high humidity, the inside of the rig was hitting 150* easily. With the windows rolled down at high speeds, it was still over 100*. Stopped in traffic, and I get heat sick. I looked like a strawberry from heat rash a couple days ago, and hurled when I got out of the rig. I just can't do this anymore, and after two summers in a row of avoiding being in the rig in the afternoons, it had to be addressed. The main hose had a hole and evacuated the system. Time for new parts!!

      So with the help of a good friend (Benji) and RockAuto, the A/C works once again. :)

      We replaced the accumulator, and main hose. The orifice tube Rockauto sent was the wrong size, but the old one was fine. I cleaned a bit and reused it. With a new manifold, vacuum pump, and new coolant, we charged the system after dropping the mercury level to -30. Let it sit for a spell, and it held. Cool! At idle, the temp coming out of the vents is at 45*, and drops into the 30's when cruising. I can live with that. LOL!

      So it looks like I need to change the 185* T-stat a few degrees, as temps climb very fast now with A/C running. The sever duty clutch helps, but the lower T-stat should help even more. I might venture out more now in the afternoons....... Maybe. :D
       
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      Not sure which direction you plan to go with the t-stat, but I found a lower temp t-stat can cause the engine to actually run hotter. If it stays open, the coolant can flow through the radiator too fast for the heat to transfer from the coolant to the radiator. That was the case with the built 460 in my Ranchero. It ran coolest with a 185* stat vs a 170something or 160*. On the other hand, I drove my '78 F100 with a 400 all one summer without a t-stat. It failed on the interstate one day in June, and I didn't replace it until I needed heat in Nov.
       

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