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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
welcome to the taco adventure! :cool:...
this is my old truck of 25+ years aged, the picture is from a couple of years back...
it currently has almost 262,ooo miles. (now has 275k on 10-31-22)

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The truck is still on the original clutch parts, except for the hydraulic master/slave that was replaced last year because that 3rd pedal would not fully return from near the floor after reversing backwards, and had to pull it back up proper with the toe!
the clutch bearing is making a wee bit of chatter, but nothing too pesky at the moment, awhile back it was diagnosed as the source of this insane gremlin rattle that popped up a few years ago (more ranting on that later!!)

it also has diffrent shoes onit currently... truckin' with Michelin defender LTX, which are MUCH less road noisy on the concrete trails than those GoodYear duraTrac are, but the Michelins are not great wheelin' in the blizzards like those duraTracs were
 
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
So I started with this black aluminum oxide and the blast outofabucket setup.
The Project going nowhere in a hurry... That chassis primer put on a couple years ago did not come off easily as the rotten Toyota coating did, which is a good thing I reckon!
But it's chipped a bit with that rusty dimple in spots so it needs a redo

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Got this far...


This tool setup with some sanding drums maybe worth a try for the full removal of that chassis primer without that blasting media shooting back at I getting everywhere!
Gonna cost the truck some more coin
I will have some other uses for it on the porch, so that is a bonus
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
Found this grease on muffler
Looks like it came from driveshaft slinging it
Should I be concerned?
IMG_20220710_115355_361.jpg it's on the fuel tank side as well
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
Uh oh... spotted Another one of those rocker rubber rocker flaps came off underneath it all
...will have to spray inside rocker area and rubber cork it

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rustcure CF3k sprayed inside rocker panel area
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spray inside rocker bottoms passenger front.jpg

new rubber cork stopper plug bot @ ace is the place
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
So how long are the taco drum brakes good for
Adjustments?
Cleaning?
Lubing?
Removing drums that are seized?

 
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
... need to get some fresh 7-ton stands for the rig and get those front wheels off

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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
Juiced up the taco today with 77$ of the finest of shell fuel with the ethanol blended 87 octane
17.7 gallons got the rig another 460 miles to 261757
Haven't juiced it up since the end of June I reckon
Added 6oz of that yellow lucasOil fuel treatment
That stuff dispenses so much smoother at 95F temps than it does at near or below freezing temps, go figure!
 
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
... am trying to replace part 47131 on this diagram
the brake pedal switch cushion part that just arrived the other day

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i cannot tell if its visible in this picture of where exactly the cushion is supposed to go, the old one might have fallen out (I did not know what it was at the time found on the mat)

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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
... how much nasty foreign road particle matter do you reckon can get into this unplugged opened rear brake drum peep hole over a 4k mile stretch on paved roads (for the most part)

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new peep plug install
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
the trucks AC is getting taxed out there today in the high 90s
i feel that it ought to blow colder but IDK... don't have a thermometer to check onit
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
original brake shoes look decent with meat on 'em still

IMG_20220720_120025_819.jpg Driver rear brake drum removal today, it finally came off!
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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
Juiced up the taco today with 77$ of the finest of shell fuel with the ethanol blended 87 octane
17.7 gallons got the rig another 460 miles to 261757
Haven't juiced it up since the end of June I reckon
Added 6oz of that yellow lucasOil fuel treatment
That stuff dispenses so much smoother at 95 ambient temp in Fahrenheit than it does at near or below freezing temps, go figure!

juiced up the taco @ BP in the flood plain known as Pacific jct. 72$. ... down to 409c now before discount ... 5$ less from last week :eek:
17.8 gallons of 87 octane got the rig another 460 miles (again) to 262217
i am still on the hunt to get a 500 mile onna full tank... is it impossible feat 2 do?
 

JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
Picked up a new roadmap so I don't get lost wheelin' on those treacherous hawkEye trails

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JayQQ97

MW surVivor ... MT. 285k miles
carFax records indicate the last engine coolant full exchange done 144k miles ago, the radiator and block was drain/fill at timing belt/water pump schedule 65k miles ago
so i should get the whole system cleaned and filtered out, plus check condition of that lower radiator hose that is still the original one, the top sprung a nasty leak 144k miles ago when the coolant system was purged last several years back
got that scheduled with a 10 per cent coupin for next week on the 27th...

https://www.bgprod.com/services/cooling-system/
 
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