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Yes I added the extra Ramcharger steering brace.  And put larger, and proper attaching hardware as well.

I did have one of the power steering box bolts come loose.  My guess is that another one is loose as well.  I'll pull it off to double check, and perhaps lock tight them in place this time if I find them loose.

Thing is though I have wedged my pry par in and around the steering box and it all seems tight and secure.

Quote from: POLARACO
Now you have to get it to stop straight

That's the thing...even though the left side is doing most of the front does not pull....???

Well it was a beautiful sunny day here today, Probably about 10*C (50*F) in the sun, so I climbed around under the front of the truck with my pry bar and start trying to find the source of the clunk/bang.

After about 5 minutes or so I finally located my noise.....turns out the rad support bolt had come loose.  Both had backed off at least 1/2".  So I drained the cooling system, removed rad and shroud, and then contorted myself to be able to hold a wrench on the top of the bolt, and then tighten up the nut from underneath with a long extension and ratchet.

I had used a couple used stover nuts when I assembled it the first time, but clearly they had lost their "stover" and were just regular nuts. ;)  So I tossed on a couple new stover nuts and torqued it all down.

Hope that eliminates that noise.  :)

Quote from: POLARACO
And the caliper is not frozen up?  Sometimes they can go bad out of the rebuilders shop

Could be....I'm goign to have my neighbour help me tomorrow and see if I'm getting good pressure to the caliper, and maybe run the piston out farther in the bore and then crank it back down and in.  Maybe it will work something loose and it will function properly afterwards?

Having some brake squeal and wear issues on the crewcab.

Drivers side is wearing fine, inside and outside pads are making contact fine. But pass side is hanging up and both pads are not engaging properly. I have cleaned caliper track surfaces of all paint and debris. There is a little bit of wear on the caliper brackets where the inner pad rides, but I don't think it's enough to cause any "hang up" issues. Everything looks good, but that one side refuse to work properly.

With the drivers side doing most of the front braking I now have a warped rotor as well...:whyme:

Also the front end is starting to develop a "clunk" or ""bang" when I angle up to get a line on backing into a parking spot.  When I turn the wheel to either side, left or right, and start to back up and turn the wheel to adjust my angle...occasionally it will make this noise.  

It doesn't have to be a full lock turn to make the noise either.  Had it make the noise today when I left work, making a left out of the parking stall....first time it's done it going forward.

Going to have to climb under there tomorrow and see if I can find what's going on.

General Mopar Discussions / ECO Diesel Ram 1500 Test Drive
« on: January 08, 2015, 06:15:47 PM »
That is very cool Steve....Thanks for sharing!

Quote from: Snotty
Not offensive, just confusing.

I know...just bugging you....

General BS and Laughs / NOS Super-lite
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:23:08 PM »
That is such a beauty of a car...Congrats!!

Quote from: Snotty
Change the title of this post - wrong year listed.  (Not to mention Dodge did not build a Cummins truck in '84.)

Done....Hope it's less offensive now....

Also decided I would build some winter front inserts for the grille.

First I made templates out of some thin cardboard.  You only need to make one for the upper, and one for the lower and then just flip them for the other side.

I grabbed some of that corrugated plastic sign material from a Home Depot when they were clearing out the seasonal summer plants....Free!  

I just drilled a couple holes, and then used some long zip ties to hold them in place.

Today I decided to get my lazy a$$ in gear and get a few things done on teh crewcab.

I first swapped out the transmission mounts in poly back to the good old rubber.

Then I installed all new bearings, races, and seals on the rear hubs.  I had one bad seal, and an inner bearing that looked a little dicey.  I ordered everything in National Brand...since the info i could find on-line stated that these were still made in the USA. ;)

And the brass drifts I purchased a year or so ago again came in handy when installing the new races.  Brass drifts, and a 2lb brass hammer should be in everyone's tool box. ;)

General BS and Laughs / MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:35:30 AM »
Hope everyone had, or is having, a great holiday season with friends and family!  Best wishes to everyone!

Rear brakes have been squealing and giving me issues since I got back from my winter haul trip.  I tried adjusting up the star wheels, but only one side would hold the adjustment.  So I decided to get new adjustment hardware kits for both sides.

I decided today I would get this done...friggin rained like crazy, but oh well...if you live on the 'wet" coast and are afraid to get wet, then you will never get anything done on your vehicle. ;)

Here's the kit and the parts I replaced.

When I pulled the LH side I found the inner seal is shot already.  It appears that the inner bearing is starting to go.  Think on my winter haul trip things got hot enough to cook the inner seal....thank goodness for the arctic weather we were driving in or I could have toasted that hub!

I will be ordering all new inner and outer bearings, and seals, and probably a spindle nut kit to get rid of the nylock nuts and keepers.

General Mopar Discussions / 1965 Coronet on e-bay....
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:42:17 AM »
Quote from: dana44
hide-away headlamps (1966 Charger), noted in the write-up.  It is a very nice looking car.

I glossed over the write-up but did not pick out that info.........

General Mopar Discussions / 1965 Coronet on e-bay....
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:48:55 PM »

Now I don't have a large knowledge base on the early B-bodies, but to
what I do know about these early B-bodies is that the coronet did not
come with the hide away headlight grille.....only the 66/67

This is a beautiful car, and the grille conversion looks very well done.  And I kind of dig the look!

POLARACO2014-12-11 01:54:12

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