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PostSubject: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 12:18 am

Ive been contemplating parking the truck up for a while. That way I can fix up the body right instead of my redneck rick bondo job I have right now lol. Do my 5 spd and 4wd swap at that time too. Probly stick a turbo on her. Some new paint and do up my exhaust. Maybe a flatbed, maybe a stock box. Probly get a ranger or s10 or something to ride around for the time being. Basically just want to fix my truck up some and build it up just the way I want it. What you guys think? I could probly squeeze a few more years out of it before the body rust becomes too much of a safety issue. Keep in mine I got college this fall. I will say this, it has been stone reliable and has been getting a pretty consistent 21 mpg lately. Ive also done a lot of maintenence on it over the last year. New starter, couple new gps, new brakes all around, new tires on back, new fuel filter, oil changed (bout time to change it agian), flushed the cooling system, other stuff I cant remember lol.
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 7:49 am

if it were me i would just start with a different platform.. i have seen your body style done up and there isnt much out there for them.. for what your gonna sink into buying a running truck to beat around in your could buy a none running older or newer truck and have a better platform to start with.. when you start having problems with suspension parts rusting through the frame is pretty much to far gone..
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 12:35 pm

the frame on this truck is as solid as the day it rolled off the assembly line. The front end is pristine from having been coated with oil for 17 years lol. The reason the hanger busted was because of the design of it. Its like its made to collect dirt and salt and other crap.
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 3:56 pm

Id have to second that. The body is to far gone and your gonna put a 5 spd and 4x4 under it would it be cheaper jus to find a truck. I know its your 1st truck but still
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 9:54 pm

well its not so much that its my first truck, its more that it was my gpas truck for about 10 years before I got it, and I have a lot of memories in it. Its put in alot of hard days and deserves to be fixed up. Sometimes ya just gotta look away from the money side of things.
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 10:02 pm

well if thats the case then you dont need my aproval.. i have done my share of sentimental work for people.. sometimes the joy overcomes the hard work of making something like that new again
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 10:05 pm

yea. and among other things, ive always wondered what my truck looked like when it was new lol
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 10:08 pm

lmao... its called google..
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 17th 2010, 10:12 pm

lol, i doubt someone took a pic of my truck when it was new and put it on google
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 19th 2010, 3:27 pm

yeah man i say go fer it.
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 20th 2010, 10:07 pm

i say go for it but dont 4x4 it lol
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 8:38 am

y not? I have had a few people suggest getting a 4x4 truck and putting my motor into it. I dont really wanna do that, cus all the 4x4s around here are all beat to hell and rusted worse than mine.....
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 10:08 am

turbo 7.3 drag truck.. lol.. gonna have to lower it a little though..
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 12:18 pm

cuz if i would redo it i would have it the same as my gpa had it
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 8:43 pm

007jimmy wrote:
turbo 7.3 drag truck.. lol.. gonna have to lower it a little though..

lol lowered trucks are for guys that cant get it up
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 8:45 pm

Jared Olson for SO IL wrote:
cuz if i would redo it i would have it the same as my gpa had it

take the lights off the cab, put the stock bumper back on, change the blue all to the same shade, and add some rust holes and mine would be the same as gpa had it lol
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 10:31 pm

If you intend to follow through with the restore then you'll need to park it to be able to complete all the work. Ask yourself an honest question, can you realistically afford to get it done before college starts?

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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 11:26 pm

i never said anything about having it done before college starts...............
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 21st 2010, 11:32 pm

If I were you I would do it. Find something you enjoy driving until the truck is done and bear in mind that it is a long process but it will pay off in the end.
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 22nd 2010, 1:33 am

yeah if your gonna be going to college i wouldnt be driving something that had sentimental value to you... alot can and does happen at college.. lol.. drunk frat kids going around damaging other peoples cars to just random bumps and dings.. plus you dont really need anything to interfear with your school work.. if something isnt going right with the build then its gonna totally take your mind off school..
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 22nd 2010, 12:00 pm

johnboggs21 wrote:
i never said anything about having it done before college starts...............

No, you didnt, but I can tell you from experience, when you go to school, your money goes to school. I know more people then I care too who went to school while they had a project going and none of them finished, and for the same reason. Money.

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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 22nd 2010, 8:12 pm

my schools pretty much paid for. I actually have 500 bucks extra in scholarships Smile
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 23rd 2010, 1:43 am

well after lookin at the major reconstruction thread on FTE for about 10 minutes i went out and peeled back my carpet and found this:


needless to say, when im done the carpet is going out and ill put some of the bedliner stuff in the floor of the cab. Dang carpet was wet underneath, but hey what can ya expect when theirs a hole in the floor lol. Oh well, nothin some sheetmetal and creative welding cant fix.
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 23rd 2010, 12:52 pm

yeh.. least you didnt pull a fred flinston.. that happened to me in the choptop last year.. went to get in and the carpet darn near sank to the asphault..
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PostSubject: Re: thinkin bout parkin the truck   June 23rd 2010, 1:04 pm

yea grandpas old escort used to be like that lol. it got to the point that the seats werent even attached to the floor anymore lol
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