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Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
« Reply #50 on: July 29, 2018, 08:02:48 am »
I finally made some backing plates and got the mirrors on my doors. I had to curve the plates to match the shape of the door skin. I also drilled the screw holes under size and dimpled them to get a little more surface when I tapped them.  The doors look like Swiss cheese where all the past mirrors have been. :P
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #51 on: September 8, 2018, 06:51:58 pm »
    It's time to do something with this nasty broken center box. As usual,  somebody has sat on it and cracked it up and the top was a hacked up piece of plywood. This TD will probably never be a show queen so I'll  just put lipstick on the pig as is. I had to scrub and scrub to get all the nasty off. Had to re-engineer a hinge and brace the back where it was cracked up the most. I just went back with a better made plywood top that I'll cover when some interior work happens.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #52 on: September 9, 2018, 06:35:53 pm »
    Apparently, a PO of my RC also replaced the cracked lid with a wood lid. But, he wrapped it in the same upholstery as the seats. So they match. It's worked for me so far.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #53 on: September 9, 2018, 08:10:52 pm »
    That looks nice Jim, I like the contrasting colors. I'll probably just go with the same blue vinyl to match the rest of the interior.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #54 on: September 12, 2018, 09:24:06 am »
    sweet ride! I love the colors and look forward to seeing you make it yours!
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #55 on: September 22, 2018, 06:25:39 pm »
    I know it's a little overkill, but when I found how bad the pivot bolts had rusted solid, I tore it all down, lined up the brackets better, re-tapped the threads, added stainless hardware and FINALLY put in grease fittings!
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #56 on: September 24, 2018, 05:05:29 pm »
    Good work. I'm doing similar work on my 77 Trialduster.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #57 on: September 24, 2018, 05:43:11 pm »
    Your ahead of me, yours came with a 440. I still have to put mine in there, lol. Have you got a build thread, I'd like to see your progress.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #58 on: September 24, 2018, 10:14:03 pm »
    No thread. Maybe I should do one. I'm not rebuilding everything at the moment.  My plan it to get in to safe driving condition.
    I just replaced all the rubber in the break system, calipers, cylinders, &  hoses.  Just rebuilt the hood release cable.  Just bought a "new" a/c control panel. I need to rebuild the transmission, will be getting to that soon.  I don't want to rebuild the engine at the moment, still evaluating that.  I made a mistake years ago and put too low gears in the axles, 4.56. So my gas mileage is about 6 mpg. The truck is white, I would like to paint it  dark metallic green, with a white roof. But, that is a long way off. I finally got a back seat. All the seats will need upholstery.  I took the carpet out years ago, I will replace that.

    That's where I'm at.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #59 on: October 14, 2018, 02:44:54 pm »
    It's drivable now so I need to get the basics squared away like a flat tire.  Since I have 8 lug axles I need to have a spare to match. I could just throw it in the back in the inside mount but I have the swing away tire carrier. The plate and screw were missing and the hub size was way off. I fabbed up a larger hub rest, a clamp bar and put a 3/4" screw to hold it.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #60 on: May 4, 2019, 07:33:19 pm »
    Warning: this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days.
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    I guess it has been a little while since I've posted any progress. :-\

    All I got this time is the new LMC bumper.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #61 on: May 26, 2019, 01:50:13 pm »
    I'm just now finding the time, to try the plastic chrome strip around the windshield. The one Safelite had, didn't work because the locking round portion didn't extend down in the gasket far enough. They gave up and used a plain round black lock strip. The one from LMC did the trick.

       
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #62 on: May 27, 2019, 08:47:32 pm »
    I don't think the top has ever been off, but it has now. I just pulled it the old fashioned way. That made the roll bar go in a lot easier, even though it wasn't easy!
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #63 on: May 28, 2019, 02:49:39 am »
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #64 on: December 3, 2019, 10:12:13 pm »
    Paying tribute to my lack of focus, I jumped into tearing down my spare 727. I picked up a spare big block transmission and 203 transfer case at a swap meet some time back. That way I can rebuild things without having the TD down till I'm ready for the swap.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #65 on: March 28, 2020, 11:12:25 pm »
    Well so much for not having it down too long. I pulled the crusty 318 and then dropped the trans and transfer case today.  I separated the trans and transfer case and noticed the splines were 30 to 50% worn away. The donor unit seems to have lot less wear.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #66 on: May 2, 2020, 10:35:47 pm »
    I have the rebuilt transmission and transfer case installed now, but I had to clean up the engine bay before I finish the motor. I had to scrub the dried mud before I could prep and paint.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #67 on: May 10, 2020, 07:41:27 pm »
    I'm putting things back together,  but the battery tray was gone. I've got a good spare, but it has a support rod that the old one didn't have. My fender has two round holes that don't really look like they will take a sheetmetal nut. What should that end of the rod bolt into? My parts manual seemed to show some kind of fastener, but didn't reference it with a description or number.
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #68 on: August 4, 2020, 11:56:30 pm »
    Cant wait till I can Work on my TD.  I am stationed in Germany right now and my TD is in Oregon. 

    Looks Good on the progress.

    As for the Battery tray support, I have seen attached straight to the inner fender bolted to sheet metal also the same but with an actual reinforcement. I know its been a couple months since posted what did you go with?
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #69 on: August 5, 2020, 08:38:52 pm »
    I couldn't really figure out what fastener I was missing for the fender. I just threaded a piece of phenolic for the inside of the fender so it wouldn't spin when I tightened it, won't rust either.

    Thanks for serving your country,  when you getting out?

    I hope you have that TD hid from all those rowdy rioters!  Lol
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    Re: '79 Trailduster Phase 1: maintainence/upgrades
    « Reply #70 on: August 5, 2020, 11:29:50 pm »
      The TD is out in the country my buddy has 15 acres, well hidden?  I have 6 yrs till I hit the good ole 20yr mark, but only a couple yrs left till done here in Germany. at lest once I get stateside I can work on the TD have a w200 parts truck ready to donate to the cause. :D
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