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1987 R30 "Rusty" Ton Dump RESTO

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by MrTrux, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. MrTrux

    MrTrux Junior Member

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    My boys and I finally go the cab on the frame. Was a real challenge with two 10 year olds but we won the war.

    Also got the wheels and tires in. I jumped up to 17" eagle wheels. Polished outer and bought new inner steels that I had powder coated black. Went with BFG All Terrain KO2s 235/80/17. Think they will help this little 2wd in the dirt. :)

    I also ditched the fan and put a new pulley system on to fit the power steering pump I got. Guess I am going dual electrical..... also installed a riser, salad bowl, and new holley TBI. POR 15 the air cleaner and got a K&N filter top.
     

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    Okay with this post I am now up to date and current.

    Just got all the metal and I'm really impressed with how well it fit for being LMC metal. I have no complaints.

    Had to bend and form the core support a bit but nothing out of the norm. I know my cab is way out of wack. I have pics of monster door gaps at the pillars. These doors fit much better than the original ones. That said I still have a lot of work to do to get the gaps I want.

    Be a few days before I update I just ordered all the front grille and moldings. I want to put the front end all together before I tighten down and start on floor and rockers.

    Just have a fear if I don't I will get it back from paint and front end wont fit lol.:gathering:
     

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    Cool build. You going to put a dump bed back on? Oh and just FYI, that hood looks terrible, I'll take it, just so no one here laughs at you. I'll send you a very nice southern stock hood to replace that hood with that thing sticking up in the center, lol
     
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    Looking good so far. Just my opinion, but I think this truck would look great with a flat bed.
     
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    thanks man
     
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    yes a rust bucket for sure......hate being hard headed. Should of got a new cab....but I guess I need to learn....
     
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    Yes I'm putting the dump body back on. Its in storage till I get the truck painted and driving again.

    I will take my black eye and teasing and keep this hood but thank you for looking out for me and having my back from the baddies....:)
     
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    I agree a flat bed would be cool but I have to stick with dump body. We are looking to get 15 to 20acres and I feel naked without a dump truck and backhoe on land.
     
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    Awesome work so far, looking forward to future posts.
     
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    Thanks a lot.
     
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    Snowing and blowing in Indiana today so I decided it was time to tackle a broken cab nut. Not sure how everyone is fixing this problem but here is what I did.

    Measured like mad and made a square cut inside the cab along the support rail. Found out the bracket over the nut stretched out and was allowing the nut to spin.

    Cut it off on both sides and reformed the bracket to fit tight again.

    I welded it back in...what a bitch...so tight to get my fat fingers and a welder into. It will hold and I think ill wait till cab goes back on for last fit before I weld cover back on.
     

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    Some more pics of the rust and why this project started. Core support was gone on both lower sides.

    A few more parts for front end showed up so threw them on but I'm still waiting on more to finish up the front end.

    Also noticed the spacers are not sitting square on the mounts so will pull them off and enlarge for a better fit. Not sure if necessary but OCD is a bitch....
     

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    I like your build and i would daily a dump truck if I had one so I agree with keeping it a dump. Nice work on the cab nut. I ended up bolting all the way through from the inside of my current cab with long carriage bolts but I plan to weld the nuts to the cab supports through some holes before I put it on.
     
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    If you need a dump then by all means keep that sucker! The cab nuts are a fairly common issue and most people do exactly what you did, cut an access hole do you can repair it.
     
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    Didn't like the way the shims were sitting on the Energy Suspension cab mounts so I enlarged all the shims to over 1 inch. I'm much happier with the results now.

    Can see in pic where it was cutting into mount.

    With weather front grille parts were delayed till Saturday.
     

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