I'm overdue on this one. I picked this 521 up from Jrock over a year ago. The main motivator was that I just bought my first house and it requires quite a bit of maintenance . remodel. So I figured I needed something better than my wagon to haul around lumber etc.
As I said, I'm a bit late on the thread, so we'll have to see what I can dig up for progress photos.
Here are a couple of the photos I based my purchase on,
Jrock dropped it at Jeffs house where it stayed for a couple months or so while I transitioned to the new house, So no work done then.
Jeff and I did the initial start up in his driveway, lots of chatter. Jeff realized the motor had thrown a lash pad, we fixed that and it ran much better. Until it started spewing white smoke. Realizing a head gasket was in order, I towed it up to my new place.
Straight into the garage for a head rebuild. I don't have any pictures but there wasn't really anything to see. Standard head gasket job with some valve lapping and all the other maintenance type tasks that it takes to get one of these relics back on the road. Brakes cylinders, clutch cylinders, electrical gremlins, etc. etc. I really just wanted it on the road asap for the home depot trips.
Straight to work once it was running, dump runs galore!
Hit it with a pressure washer, AKA patina gun. It did quick work of peeling off the loose layers of the 4 or so different colors the truck has been.
As well Carter hooked me up with some wheels and tires from his 620. Thanks a gain Carter. I like the stock wheel look quite a bit and will likely switch back eventually but it wasn't worth any tire swapping.
Also, I'm missing a stock center cap if anyone has spare to get rid of.
various new bits, custom battery mount, etc.
Nice to have a truck for parts runs :-)
Spent a lot of the summer rebuilding the new garage. Straightening the structure, redoing siding, electrical, paint, etc. Ended up taking more time than intended.
Started having electrical issues. Started digging into the harness. Both my reverse light sockets look like this!!!!!! Yuck.
Anyone have a tail light harness?
Chasing harness issues resulted in this, ended up driving it this way for a couple weeks since my wagon decided to rod knock at auto-X and I needed to get around.
Turns out there was loose plug pins under the dash. Decided to just take it all out. Going to restore the truck from the inside out, mostly because I'm not sure if I'll ever get to restoring the exterior since I plan on using the truck for truck sort of things that can result in damage / wear. But I want the interior to be comfy.
I found a wrecking yard with an older 521 with the all metal dash, got it shipped over and dropped it at the powder coaters along with some JBC parts.
Since I have to drive the 521 while I rebuild the wagon, I decided to do a push to get the interior done and and some of the other daily driving annoyances.
First up, King pins. They were shot, lots of vibration above 40mph, Kinda scary on I-5.
14 hours later, I can say WTF!!!!! That was a terrinle experience. Everything was seized, all of it. Everything, No really.
I brought the spindles to work to press out the king pin. 17,000 lbs of force was required to break them loose. Finally got them though.
Reassembly was much easier, who knew these started as slip fits.
Back where they belong, test drive felt great, no more vibrations. I may have mad them a bit tight since the steering won't return to center 100% but that will probabaly wear in quick.
So, 14 hours total, but next time I'm sure I can do it in 10 but, that irrelevant because I'm NEVER doing that ever again.
Next up, carpet before re-installing the dash. POR-15 first.
As well, gearing. The 4.38 rear end is unbearable on my commute. There happen to be a 720 king cab at the local yard with 3.7's.
Now pushing to get whats torn apart, back together.