Author Topic: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover  (Read 40602 times)

Offline Engineer

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2013, 07:35:38 PM »
I approve of this project. You may continue. :)
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Offline big bear

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2013, 08:41:51 PM »
wow man..what a killer story,and build. the truck is so nice looking. least for my area in ohio haha. i know i would have been all over those bench seats you pulled out. i cant find a set anywhere .

Offline rhino

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2013, 12:32:22 PM »
wow man..what a killer story,and build. the truck is so nice looking. least for my area in ohio haha. i know i would have been all over those bench seats you pulled out. i cant find a set anywhere .

Thanks. where abouts in Ohio? I still have them.


After I tackled the floor, I moved on to the brakes suspension and chassis. I started with the front. Completely gutting the front end. putting in new Ball joints, bushings, springs, Brakes, calipers Cleaning and Re-packing the bearings with Amsoil grease. I freshened up the steering  with newt tie-rods,  center link, idler arm Pitman arm, a new P/S gearbox. Then finished off with a new set of wheels. 



























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Offline pholliday1

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2013, 02:54:27 PM »
Is there a new grill 89-91 side by side headlight grill in your future?
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Offline big bear

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2013, 04:17:03 PM »
No prob. I'm east of cleveland.where exactly you located?

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2013, 04:53:38 PM »
Is there a new grill 89-91 side by side headlight grill in your future?

Nope. I keep the stock grill,  I just put my own little customizing twist on it.

Offline Trimmy

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2013, 08:54:51 PM »
Nice build. Im in Ohio also, and have more tore apart in the garage. Im in Brookville which is the Dayton area.

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2013, 08:03:11 AM »
Nice build. Im in Ohio also, and have more tore apart in the garage. Im in Brookville which is the Dayton area.

Ah Yes. Someday (sooner than Later) I'm going to visit your Beautiful town and pick up my new 32 Ford Brookville roadster body.

Offline rhino

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2013, 08:39:56 AM »
Until I get my Brookville roadster. I guess Ill keep going on the crew cab.  After doing the front I went to the rear. After taking off those heavy Im heavy Drum brakes from the 14 bolt. I swap them out for a set of disc brakes. I bought caliper brackets from a offroad website.
 I put on new calipers pads and rotors from a 78 k20. I made my own Brake hose brackets and put in new bearings and seals in the full floating hub. I was contemplation installing new 3.:73 gears But in the end decide to keep the 4:11 that were already in there. while I had it apart I installed new carrier bearing and pinion bearings and seal. Then added Amsoil Gear lube



Got the wife out to bang on the studs.








































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Offline silverj

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2013, 05:50:50 PM »
Any plans for an e-brake, like eldorado calipers or anything?  By the way very nice build!

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Offline rhino

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2013, 06:15:07 PM »
No plans for ebrake. I dont use em. they tend to stick and cause more problem than there worth. at least in my area.

Offline silverj

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2013, 06:18:44 PM »
I can not pass inspection here without one.

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Offline oneIwilly

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2013, 06:28:18 PM »
Man, that looks nice. Now I have to go search craigs list for some nice leather seats for my truck!

Offline rhino

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2013, 07:18:03 PM »
I can not pass inspection here without one.

Yea we don't have any inspections here. if we did I betcha half the junk on our roads wouldn't pass.

Offline rhino

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Re: The Wife's 88 CrewCab Makeover
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2013, 07:20:16 PM »
Man, that looks nice. Now I have to go search craigs list for some nice leather seats for my truck!

They sit so nice too. way better than what was in there and better than my 86 shortbed.