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Catbox's 1979 Camper Special

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by Catbox, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. AuroraGirl

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    Wanna trade boxes?


    on a serious note, @Catbox could you go to the engine oil cooler for in your 1978 shop manual? page 6b-11 in 1980, so should be 6b section for yours i would think. this is 1980 page: 20200725_110902.jpg

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    I looked for that page in my manual @AuroraGirl and I do not have one like it.
    The cooling section in mine only shows a bunch of different pulley setups for the various engines that come in these trucks.
     
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    Nothing under the engine section? Check the index for engine cooler if anything like that is in the back? I'd appreciate it. But thank you for looking as it is
     
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    I looked through the whole engine section, bubkiss.
    Then I looked for something on the radiator and it was just text.
    No mention of an oil cooler.
    Odd.

    When I have more time, I will look again.
     
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    The other morning the boy got antsy and decided to put the Cherokee steering shaft into our truck.
    He did a swell job as the truck drives like a champ according to him.
    I have yet to pilot it after the install.

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    Then I had a few days off.
    The exhaust that is under the truck was cobbled together without guidance from me.
    It was a mix of what was under the truck and what we had around the house.
    It was just kind of hanging sort of under there.
    Not rad and you can kind of see it dangling under there.
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    So not liking that crap, I decided that we should rip all that off and just have the down pipes from the stock manifolds to start with.
    From there we formed a plan to run just a simple set of dual pipes to the rear axle with what I have around the house from collecting parts and pieces here and there.

    Many years ago I purchased a dual exhaust off of a 4x4 truck from the headers back.
    At the time I just wanted the Flowmasters that were in the pipes.
    So we had all the 2-1/2 inch piping in the backyard.

    From the Mustang exhaust I picked up for for the truck that was stuck up under it, we had the mufflers and welded tailpipes. We pulled that all out and set it aside for later.
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    I remembered I had a Flowmaster H pipe kit in the garage that was supposed to be for a truck that got wrecked and sold off. So out that came.

    Here is some of the junk that came off the truck.
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    Once it we were done with the demo work, we could see what we had to work with.
    It would have been much better and faster if we were working with all new stuff, but this is just a temporary set up until I pull the trigger on a set of headers and a new 3 inch set of tubing.

    We cut everything apart with the chop saw and that made a ton of work much easier to deal with.
    Max was trained up on how it works and I set him loose.

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    Here we are trying to figure out how we want to terminate the pipes.
    We started with thinking we would reuse the 4x4 tail pipe ends (which is what he is holding) by angling them towards the side of the truck or out towards the tire.
    We didn't use them as you see it here...
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    This butt connector was what I was going to use before I remembered the H pipe kit was in the garage on a shelf. We ended up going to 3 different parts stores to find all the stuff we wanted.
    And then we didn't even use them.
    You can see the flex pipe to manifold connection as well.
    Cheesy, yes. But it works like a champ for now.
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    Here you can see the muffler and what we settled on for the tail pipe.
    We cut the second bend off the tailpipe and just angled them out from under the bed of the truck as much as possible.

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    Here is the finished product waiting to be hung.
    It is all straight and level now after the clamps and hangers were installed.
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    And a short video of it running.
     
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    Sounds cool! :cool:

    Sry not down with your flex pipe but how about that steering shaft? Care to elaborate?
     
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    My sweet sweet flex pipe.

    I still haven't driven the truck since he put the Jeep steering shaft in the truck.
    He is 17 and watched a video on YouTube.
    Then 30 minutes later, we had a fresh steering shaft in the truck.
    He is a smert kid, but this seems to be a simple and easy to do upgrade.

    @Maxwellvis said it feels tighter, but there is room for improvement.
    He said it feels like the steering column lower bearing might be the sloppy point we have now.
    If we are going to get that deep, we may as well put the tilt column we have for it in there...
     
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    Mhmm very curious.
    I can't believe your curiosity doesn't make you wanna drive it. I bet it's a way different steering feel and that you would be a good descriptor and would tell me if it sucks and changes the personality of your truck or??

    So let's have it huh...inquiring minds want to know!

    Lol wat gives?
     
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    It doesn't change the feeling of the truck at all unless your rag joint was toast. It just replaces the rag joint with a universal joint that keeps it from having any slop. There is a sticky for the steering shaft swap in the steering section here: https://www.gmsquarebody.com/threads/retro-mod-jeep-intermediate-steering-shaft.1812/unread
     
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    We had some time the other day.
    So the slop we feel now is from a loose pitman arm.
    That will have to be replaced as well.

    Our rag joint was done for as well.
    The truck only feels loose on the freeway as it is fast enough to have to wrangle the thing down the road. I witnessed this the other day when we went and picked up another hood for his '55.

    @Rusty Nail I tend to let the boy drive it.
    It lets him feel like an accomplished mechanic as I trust him with my life.
    That and I haven't really needed to go anywhere with the truck.
    So it slips my mind...
     
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    Max sure likes improving the truck. Everyone needs a kid like that in the house.
     
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