Spent better part of a day putting in the screw in weatherstrips. Seems like every screw fought me. I also bought new floor strips for the weatherstrip that butts up to the doors. The screws were to short but I found some sheet metal screw and used those. Got em all in and thought maybe the heads stuck out to much so I test closed a door and sure enough those wouldn't work. I was able to get a couple shorter screws to work but it's not quite right. Typical.
Since I had earlier put in a black headliner, I decided to use the black door panels that I had laying around. I really liked the look of the black with the bronze until I put in the carpet. Ugh, looks to orange. Now I wish I had put in black carpet. Oh well. All in all I'm pretty happy with the results. Especially for the amount of money invested. Still a few things to wrap up inside, but it's close.
Update: I've been wanting to get some miles on my truck. Couple weeks ago set a goal to drive it 200 miles that week. I know, sad that I'd need to set a goal to drive my truck. Anyway drove it to a buddy's place 75 miles away. Took all back roads there and back. Ran great. (plus another 50 miles bumming around the area here) I did hit a nasty set of railroad tracks that shook the truck pretty good and shoved the rear vertical arms of the shocks into the bed. Bent em pretty good. I shoulda took a picture of that, didn't think of it at the time. Clearly I miscalculated the installation of those. Anyway I pulled them out, straightened them, then cut 2 inches out of the middle, welded them back together with some reinforcement. I think they're good to go for now.
Last week I drove it 180 miles to the Detroit area and back. Took it on the expressway about 70 miles total. Ran great. Got it up to 75MPH. At 75 it's turning about 2500 RPM. Seems perfect to me. The truck felt a bit floaty at that speed. The sweet spot seems to be 67 MPH at 2100 RPM.
Planning on taking it up to Coleman Michigan to pop in on the guy I got the motor from. He was a nice guy and wanted me to show him the truck when it was up and running. Of course that was pre-pandemic. Seems like a good place to turn around and head back. Looks like about 90 miles from here. I recall there was a stovebolter or two from that area. If I can remember who and where they are maybe we can meet up.
Planning to change the steering grease. Got new grease from fellow 'bolter DrDoug. I also ordered an anti-sway bar from CPP. Should be here in another day or so. Not sure when I'll do those projects.
Changed the shifter knob. Barb liked this one! The crappy plastic thread insert stripped out so I made up an aluminum one.
Last edited by Just Mark; Mon Jun 15 2020 06:56 PM.