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  1. I wish, no. 1400 in steering, brakes, maintenance items. I just bought the truck so I'm replacing all the broken/warn out items. Working on finding the correct parking brake cables right now...
  2. I'm doing the HD steering. No damper, then adding in the steering stabilizer. Which looks like I can just use the one meant for the truck I have 1400 worth of parts to order this week. Next weekend will be fun! I have to adjust the steering box play and order the bushing I think.
  3. That's the part that is confusing me! We just found out my buddies 95 has the dampener in the same spot as mine, then another 97 i just ran into had double ones on the axle. Are there two different y type steering setups? And the 3rd with double dampeners on it would be a lifted HD version for bigger tires? so technically 3 on these trucks? I guess Ive never really got into steering as much as I thought not working on trucks and mostly cars all my life.
  4. So I went to order parts....but I went out to look and my dampener is flipped up and it doesn't look like any photos. Its been a long week so maybe Im just tired. But is this a 3rd gen setup under this truck???
  5. I have to redo mine, they look stock with 241k miles, since I just bought the truck I've search high and wide to see which ones are the best bang for the buck. And yes, crap shoot is the term that best suits. Rockauto seems to be the best to get them, but they have two types that will be sent out, one is good, the other is not as good. Napa over charges for the same ones, moog has changed theres from like 5 years ago, and they are not as good as the old ones unless of course you get the old stock, which is unlikely. This is just what I've come across for info in the past 2 weeks.
  6. Debated, but its not bad enough for the month it would take me to swap them. Maybe if I slowly gather the materials for a 98.5 to 2001 swap with suicide rear doors id do it. But I think the mounts are different Maybe after 1997 then. The 1997 had them. I have one on the passenger side. But the bed is rotted out on the drivers side. Going to tackle that when its not raining and do some patch panels spot welded for a temp fix.
  7. Looking up into the sky through my bed! Driver and passenger side front mounts are bad, centers are cracked, rears are fine. And this is a reason why you should not take off your inner fender liner.
  8. So I have finally brought my truck home a couple days ago, its taken almost 2 weeks since I have bought the truck!!! I have a list to follow and repair items, junk yard items to look for ect. Today Im starting off with the Drivers side door latch, THIS IS THE WORST I'VE SEEN. and yes that would be JB weld. WHY? No idea, but I can confirm it will not fix this apparently. I also have rust at the base of the seats, it looks like the vapor barrier was off the drivers side door for a long time. The panel was not attached when I got the truck, and the previous owner said he did not remove the barrier. So of course the drivers side has rust and water damage under the carpet, down below the cab mounts in the front are gone, going to be working on a way to lift the cab about 4 inches up to weld new ones in. The bed has a tennis ball size hole by the wheel, they had removed the inner fender that projected it. So today we are taking advantage of the sale at pick n' pull to grab a list of parts from the gassers that are in there. Hopefully get a door I can cut apart and weld into mine without changing the color. Im going to measure the thickness of the floor and see if I can save it, but I think long term its going to have to be cut out. I try not to patch over rust, I'm not the best welder, but the Hobart 140 works okay with gas. And I have plenty of grinding and sanding discs. Cannot wait to get this thing on the road. I have not posted because there's been no need due to the amazing search feature. So I figured I would do update threads instead since all my questions are already answered.
  9. Looking at the package deals. I have not fully inspected it yet. I am looking where I can post a thread of the restoration of this rig and do a massive photo shoot with all the issues. Lol. Just wait for the photo of the door......
  10. Dedication and perseverance! Thanks! Going over about 140 pages of info on here for the steering :'(
  11. We made it back out with the 1995 Cummins (Hildi) and we stopped at the Orileys dist. Center on the way and picked up a ESS. Priced out ball joints (they are really bad!!!!) They had 1 ESS in stock. It was meant to be. We started by checking the harness, I found 2 wires that were cracked and arching(they were touching with the jacket blackened a bit) by the bend on the block, they were just a tiny bit melted, just enough for the wires to touch, i think this took out the sensor some how. I put the loom back together and fired it up. No tach, no speedometer, no check engine, water in fuel, ect. So no pcm function. Unplugged the speed sensor and I gained back the speedometer, and lights. So I went to work cutting off half my hands with the sawzall so they would fit in between the sensor and fan. I brought mostly standard tools, of course the nuts and bolts were metric.....replaced the sensor using a cigarette pack to set the gap. Fired up the truck, the tach was working, i didn't even test drive it, threw all the tools in the back, said goodbye to my brother and hit the road! Had to be back 85 miles away through Seattle to see my wife at the hospital. The drive back was white knuckle. The steering in this thing takes a champion driver with 3 world cups to drive. It was all over the road. 55 mph all the way back, and 63ish in the 70 zones on the straight aways. At one point we had about 5 Dodges back to back with their engines roaring down the freeway. We made it all the way back, I pulled in at around 930 waking the neighborhood up with the 4inch straight pipped exhaust (this thing needs to be quieted down!!) So today I'm going to be jacking up the front and making a parts list of all the needed suspension and steering components, bushings ect. I know I'm new to the forum, I try and include the issues, what fixed it, I've seen this on the forums already, but every truck that might have the same issue internally might have a different fix. So I like to post it again so others can find it easier and hopefully track down the issue quicker.
  12. Update. Im headed out in a bit, to the truck to trace wires, printed what I needed. Also picking up a new multi meter since I dropped and broke mine last night. This site is great for info, thanks for having an awesome community.
  13. Major reason I need a truck, I haul a lot of scrap 2x6 pallets to build furniture it looks a lot nicer in the summer, trust me @winter-yard-art. Im also getting a car hauler and a smaller tractor to work on the side with. Shops actually cleaner inside, tracking down a speed sensor, dodge wants 350, but its 4 days out. Napa 180, autozone idiots say its 22, i said thats the gas variant, they told me THEY ARE THE SAME!! No. Im sorry to hear about that, I read some other posts. Hopefully everything is getting better. I also read down below on the main page, herbal supplements. I started laughing because I use Braggs to manage my diet, otherwise I'd be over 300lbs with a face full of junk food.
  14. I hate that I can never clean up before starting a new project. The wife always yells at me for cleaning the shop too much, well......no one else is going to clean it! She says: I don't understand how a person and clean so much, and for so long and never have it finished. No sense in the arguing, but when you so many hobbies you just end up buried haha
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