Great thread and build project! I've enjoyed reading through it all over the last couple weeks. I especially liked the info on the Dana 60 front end as I will be going through some of the same stuff with mine.
I looked at my D60 front axle yesterday and thought about doing some work on it, but ended up working on the Mustang instead.
Wiring is not my favorite topic. In fiddling around with trying out the FiTech on my Mustang a few weeks ago I ended up having some wires near the alternator start arcing. I shut down the car but then lost all power after shutdown. No interior lights, no headlights no dash lights, nada.
In reading up on the mustang forums I visit I found the right wire to start tracing I knew I had a good battery providing 12v. I found that the main black wire with the yellow stripe starts at the hot side of the starter solenoid and runs into the main connector at the firewall had no voltage at the firewall end. In tracing the wire I found where it was completely broken close to the alternator.
I cut out the bad section and wrapped the wiring up again, happy that I had power back.
Isn't electrical stuff fun!?
It's the best!
I've definitely gained an appreciation for those with deep knowledge of the systems on these trucks and on Mustangs. The wiring diagrams and books are good for getting a high level understanding but getting a simple explanation such as "the main black wire with the yellow stripe that starts at the hot side of the starter solenoid and runs into the main connector at the firewall provides power from the battery to the fuse box, ignition and..." is easier to understand than the digrams and pages in the factory manuals.
I'm not a guru but try to help others in areas I'm able to. Back when I worked on Mustangs all the time I used to be able to identify all the nuts, bolts screws etc on a Mustang w/o needing to label them cause I was just that familiar with their sizing, use etc. Not so much these days, but I spend way less time on that now since both my hobby vehicles are mostly restored to the point that I want them to be.
I posted in the "What have you done with you crew cab lately" thread about it being fire season. We get warm, dry Santa Ana winds that blow from the desert to the sea which unfortunately coincide with destructive fires all to often. I think a majority of them are arson because we've had these winds my entire life in so cal but the proliferation of fires is a more recent trend. (Last decade or so)... but there were certainly destructive fires like the 1991 Oakland firestorm when I was younger.
I vacuumed the cypress tree "leaves" off my trucks windshield, cowl and rear engine compartment that showed up thanks to all the wind we've had. That's the extent of what I've down with my crew cab lately
I also pulled the railroad ties out of the back of my truck that I'd had in it for a few weeks.
Either arson or negligence. It seems like the average level of smartness has gone down and personal responsibility has evaporated.
Looks like the truck is working for a living now! Am I the only one who sorta misses the smell of real creosote coated ties?
Am I the only one who sorta misses the smell of real creosote coated ties?
Brings back memories just imagining it...
It does! Every once in awhile I find an old post or tie and man, it just reminds me so much of tagging along with Dad when I was little. Plus the stuff worked, the new stuff is like most environmentally safe stuff...
I know what you mean. Same thing happens to me.
Plus the stuff worked, the new stuff is like most environmentally safe stuff...
...it doesn't work worth a crepe'
My follow up post to it being fire season...
More of my truck doing truck stuff! I hauled 2 different loads of sandbags last week.
On Tuesday night I'm guessing I had about 50 sandbags totaling 2,500lbs in the bed. No decent pictures due to it all being done under the cover of darkness. We filled about 4 trucks full of sandbags, mince being one of them, to take over to a friend's house that can benefit from them due to erosion concerns from our recent fire. The weight definitely made a difference in the way the truck rode. As you can see in the picture (from Sat), the front end sat higher than the rear. I could actually feel the truck laboring to start off the line but it still had decent power. I didn't notice much of a difference in braking but I'm typically pretty conservative with braking space and distance at all times in the truck.
Saturday morning I redid all the sandbags that I've had in my backyard for the last three years. 42 bags in total ranging from about 40-65lbs with an average of 50lbs. (I weighed a few of them on a bathroom scale to get a good feel for the weights and varying fill levels.) I dropped the newly completed bags off at the fire station down the road for anyone else to use. Hopefully, someone in need appreciates finding already completed bags. I'll benefit by no longer having the loose sand blowing around in my backyard.
Here's how it looked loaded down Saturday morning with 2,000lbs.
For reference here's how it looks w/o anything in the bed