'74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby ruggedcoast » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:55 am

OrthmannJ wrote:Nice! Being able to drive your rig instead of having it hold down the driveway is worth getting excited about!

Sure is! I've driven it several times now to work and other activities. It has its quirks for sure but is very driveable so I'm really happy with that. It's not really any worse than my '88 I've driven for 8 years :lol:
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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby ruggedcoast » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:59 am

Earlier this year before digging into all the shortbox stuff I quickly fixed up the exhaust on the cheap. I didn't want to spend any real money or time on it but the PO had true duals running glasspacks dumping under the box which were undriveably loud to me. I got basic $40 Walker mufflers and threw 'em on. I wanted to put in an H-pipe but there was no simple way without replacing most of the pipes. It actually sounds amazingly good! Reasonable volume, but you can definitely hear it's an old big block coming.

Here is one side done. You can see the far side has the old setup.
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And both sides complete
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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby ruggedcoast » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:19 am

Today I got the tailgate and bumper mounted. I got the tailgate along with that shortbox and red/white cab and had never used it.

The latches needed attention so I took everything apart and greased it. I also needed to adjust the strikers, etc.
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Eventually it was all setup and working well.
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I also mounted the countour bumper again. Ready to work! I needed the tailgate to start using this thing properly.
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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:00 pm

Looks good, be nice to start using it on the regular.

I don't mind loud exhaust, but not too loud in the cab and I hate drones. Walkers are good for the money, have a stack of them myself -never know when you need a muffler.

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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby ruggedcoast » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:36 pm

I lost all turn signals and brake lights today. After some basic troubleshooting I found the issue to be the fuse block. Time has not been kind to this thing!
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Only one fuse had any power to it. Clearly all that corrosion has ruined almost all the connections. The good news is I quickly made a jumper from the one powered fuse over to the tail lights fuse and that's all working again temporarily. I will need to replace the whole fuse block very soon.
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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby maddogjohnson » Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:29 pm

That looks like a perfectly good fuse box to me after 40+ years :) and I have to say I like your idea to connect the bed lights using a trailer connector.

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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:04 pm

Same thing happened to my 73 RC right after I got it running. Everything is great, go to leave work one night and only half the lights worked. Pulled the fuse block and it wasn't quite that bad, but wasn't great either. After some scrubbing and a LOT of Electrix all was good.

Are you going to replace it with a stock block or new ATC style?

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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby ruggedcoast » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:05 am

Bullistik8v92 wrote:Are you going to replace it with a stock block or new ATC style?

I ordered a generic ATC style 6 fuse block from Amazon. Will let you know how it goes. The jumper wire has been very flaky but seems to be working steadily now. I'd like to get this fixed properly soon.
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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby OrthmannJ » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:23 pm

It's always something isn't it? At least you are able to rig it so you can drive it while you wait for the new fuse block to arrive.
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Re: '74 4x4 Crew Project Thread

Postby ruggedcoast » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:26 pm

It's been a while since I last posted. The good news is I am daily driving her still and enjoying it too. I haven't replaced the fuse box yet but I'm half way into the Dana 60 to replace the brakes and seals. I also picked up a Sterling 10.25 rear end to replace the Dana 70 in there now.
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