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post #11 of (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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So, to combine this thread with my other, where my 89 blew a head gasket...

now what?!

It has been WAY TO LONG in coming. Darn near 2 years now. My truck is (so close to) back on the road. I finished the engine swap. and swapped over a ton of parts that were better than the ones I had: heater controls and bezel, tail lights, seats, visors and mirror ( anybody want a "wink" style mirror?), door cards, driver's and passenger's side window switches, brake master lid with functional float switch, idler arm and tie rods.

The clutch master failed the first time I pushed it in. Had a spare on the shelf, since it had a one time falure in the past. Drove around for about 20 min before the fan pulley siezed. ARGH!!!. Back in the garage again to swap it out for the one from the old engine. Had a little fun today trying to drive around the trees behind the house. It's been raining so long that the trails are really greasy. Sure missed my truck!

At this point I want to swap over the a arms (bad bushings) and shocks, and get an alignment. Tags and insurance are all that is keeping me from driving it now.

Soon I'll post regarding spare parts available...
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post #12 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Forgot a little story about a foolish guy in a hurry to drive his truck.

When I first pulled out of the garage, the power steering pump was howling pretty loud. With out turning off the engine, I popped the top. Dry. Topped it off, still running, and it quieted down. "Good," I think. Then I read the bottle! !@#$*^*(#^^&@! BRAKE FLUID! Off to the internet. No, they are not compatible.

I disconnected the return line into a 5 gallon bucket, jacked the front tires off the ground and, without starting the engine, manually pumped 3 quarts of new PS fluid through by the following method:
1) Top off reservoir.
2) Steer full left.
3) Top off reservoir.
4) Steer full right.
5) Repeat for half an hour.

So far so good. Only time will tell.
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