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Old 08-10-2017, 04:22 PM
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Haven't really taken any pics lately of the truck. I run a machine shop for the College of Engineering, I'm a Master Plumber, and I teach Plumbing School (2nd year apprentices), so this truck stays busy making me money, and helping friends.

"Mods" to date:

1. LT285/65R18 Falken Wildpeak AT3w tires.
-i like them

2. removed Flowmaster, put in 2 old glasspacks with some turndowns
-do not recommend, major drone

3. got 2 seat covers from "Dirt Cheap" that actually fit really well. $2.50 due to a messed up stitch from the factory
-for less than 3 dollars, can't complain. plus, i know how to sew

4. folding bed cover
-wish i had gotten the kind that has a tool box under the front panel, but it is still one of my favorite additions.

5. crapload of scratches. luckily its a work truck, not a "get laid" truck


i really need to regear. goal is 35" tires and some kind of lift. debating 4.10 vs. 4.56, but the e-locker has to stay (its the only reason i bought a 2wd). Also picked up a rubber floor in pretty good shape for free, debating if i want to go through all the trouble to switch out the carpet.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:38 PM
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just noticed that all the pics i have taken semi-recently of my truck have something to do with work

about the trailer pic, thats not my house. and we dug that thing out of the weeds where it had sat for about 15 years. 2 tires held air, and got me home. $300 score
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:04 AM
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Just a couple pics of it clean (took it through the car wash for the first time in about 6 months, haha). Added a programmer, took off the airdam, and thats about it.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:18 AM
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decided to build a little underseat bin in the back. something simple and effective. my side cuts aren't perfect, but it'll do the job. going to roll like this for a bit, making adjustments until i'm happy with the result. then i'll pull it back out, sand/fill, and probably spray it down with bedliner to blend in.
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Old 07-26-2018, 02:36 PM
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Nothing special, just my SCT settings. Realized I've never waxed this truck, so I also picked up a clay bar kit and some wax. Dreading the work, can't wait for the results I also have a random orbital that I am going to try out (i have some leftover body panels from a black 94 f150 I may practice on).



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Old 07-30-2018, 02:38 PM
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working on wax, a little at a time. clay-barred the front (hood, fenders, grill, bumper), then threw down some wax. also clay-barred the windows. damn, this is gonna take awhile.... roof is next (or i'll never do it, haha). then one side, then the other. or i may kick the wife's rig out of the garage, and get it done faster (sun heats up that black really fast). first time using the random orbital, and i wont go back. this thing has saved me some sore arms. just a harbor freight special, except this one was $2.00 at a farm auction (used once).






My mom came up to visit, so i had to take a few of her new '18. she sat down with an option list, and this is what she told ford to build. started with a 5.0 lariat, and add/deleted options to taste. not sure how many lariats have have heat/cool front seats, but no console (she says consoles don't belong in trucks ) plus she wanted seating for 6. i have already threatened to swap wheels when she isn't looking, haha.
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Old 08-03-2018, 12:13 PM
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Took 3 days, but i clay-barred and waxed the whole damn truck, even the bumpers. Got rid of 95% of the "pin-striping by oak and cedar"






Next is to take off those crap n-fab steps. looks a lot worse when the rest of the truck is clean, haha.
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well, i think i'm going to give the lowered look a try. closest i ever been was my old explorer, and all i did was "decrank" the torsion bars so it wouldn't look nose-high.

but then i just put mud tires on it again

then did a shackle/torsion bar lift.

still miss that fun little rig, RIP

anyway...
Found these locally on facebook for $40



Now I am going to keep an eye out for some Belltech 25001 lift/lower struts. if i can't find a used set in a reasonable amount of time, I'll just buy new. I like that it gives me the option to go up if i change my mind. planning on just a 2/2 drop with some different tires (stock wheels, i like them). right now my truck is exactly 2" higher in the back, both sides, with a full tank, and my "normal" tool load in the bed. (measured from ground to fender lip, centered over the hub, guided with a square to keep it perpendicular to the ground)

3 of my "bucket list" vehicles include:
-street truck
-hot rod
-black suicide door lincoln

since i dont have the funds for all that, i'll just turn my work truck into my favorite parts of the 3
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just happened to find the tire size i was looking for on FB. they were pulled off a brand new rig with only 300 miles. dude literally drove to the tire shop from the dealer and got bigger tires. so i got 4 with 300 miles, and 1 with zero miles (matching spare) for $450 total. not too bad. unfortunately, my spare wheel is a 17. so the next trip is the junkyard to find a 5th matching wheel so I can start doing 5 tire rotations.




now to find the belltech struts, then i can swap everything over. kind of excited, i usually lift everything. figured what the hell, i'll try a lowered vehicle, see how i like it.

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Old 11-29-2018, 11:33 AM
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those tires grip so damn good i can't hardly "bark" second gear anymore. decided to wait until after winter to drop the back, because I usually put about 6-700 pound of concrete sacks in the bed for traction (i double-bag them in trash bags so in the spring I can use the concrete for various projects). ideally, I want to drop the front and back at the same time so i wont have ***-sag when hauling stuff.

in the meantime, I'm doing little projects. made a phone holder mount. got this mount for bike handlebars at a flea market for about 2 bucks, and like the phone holder, just not the mount. some pondering, and I came up with this.








I stuck it down temporarily with "command" strips to see if I need to modify anything.

what I learned: need "thinner" adhesive, maybe some double sided tape. the foam adhesive is too thick, and pushes the rubber tray up more that I would like. also, I am going to coat the visible surfaces with bedliner for better grip, and match the interior a little better.

placement is great, i can change songs while keeping my eyes on the road. it is also in a sweet spot for taking video of moron drivers.
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