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Clifford the big red truck

Discussion in 'Under Construction' started by lothar863, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. lothar863

    lothar863 Junior Member

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    I kinda started posting on my intro thread which can be found here

    The truck is a 1989 r3500
    7.4 TBI
    TH400

    Cliff notes
    Got the truck and it ran but pour out coolant
    Dropped the transmission and replaced rear freeze plug
    Replace freeze plug drivers front
    Replaced rear main seal
    Replaced oil pan gasket
    Replaced battery wires
    Reconnected AIR injections and smog
    Fixed original puke tank
    Cleaned up under dash wiring
    Remounted Brake controller
    Installed new head unit
     
  2. lothar863

    lothar863 Junior Member

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    Started today with replacing the rear speakers
    I am not sure if they were original or not but they did work.
    Looks like there will be room for some subs behind the rear seat

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  3. lothar863

    lothar863 Junior Member

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    I also tried to replace the fuel tank switch with the one that came in. the bump on the connector blade was in the wrong place. I held the switch to the contacts and it did work. So i filed down the bump only to find that the switch was faulty. To work on the RH tank you have to hold the switch down. I have another one coming.

    After that i set off to look at the driver side door and see why the power locks didn't work and the window was slow.
    After removing the panels I found more of this orange wire. a previous owner must have had 1000' of this crap because he used it for everything. I don't know why he cut the lock wiring and spliced in this garbage.

    It looks like they too were unhappy with the window motor because they cut the door panel.

    The motor didn't need replacing the guide tracks just needed lubed.

    Power locks now work on the drivers side and the window moves fast enough.

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  4. lothar863

    lothar863 Junior Member

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    It was more of the same on the passengers side
    wires cut and spliced except this time it wasn't just a bad connection but an entire wire was disconnected.
    Door was hacked on this side as well.

    The window motor on this side was bad so i replaced it the right way by removing the regulator and put a new dorman motor on it. I reinstalled it and lubed the guide tracks and the window rolls up and down like it should.

    I had ordered 3 new window switches (since only the drivers side moved) so this door will get a new window switch and I ran out of crimp connectors so I will have to wait to put the panel back on.


    I now have the rebuilt transmission and a new torque converter back from the shop and I am hoping I can con someone into coming out and giving me a hand getting it back into the truck.

    Then I need to get the transcooler mounted and plumbed.

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  5. kenn

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    fixing someone else's " short cuts" seems to be a popular pastime with these old trucks

    my 77 had all electrical connections made with duct tape, some with wire nuts, some without LOL
     
  6. Snoots

    Snoots Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    There are splices that are heat shrink with solder in the middle and a sealant on each end. I'll try to find the link.
     
  7. SDJunkMan

    SDJunkMan Full Access Member

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    How do you like those Kicker speakers? I need to get some new speakers for my truck.
     
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    animal Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice work :waytogo:
     

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