77 Crewcab Build

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:23 pm

The hardware thing isn't a big deal, it's just the aww shucks factor!

You were going to use a 80's vintage tank right? Fortunately since I'm using a newer frame it opened up my options a little. With a stock 73-79 frame it's a lot harder. I also really wanted a poly tank which further limited my options. I'd be ok with steel if I had to, but the Bronco tank will work out well I think.

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:32 pm

Got the grill inserts in finally. Sort of...

Image20190804_135407 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr

I thought I had enough longer 10-24 screws to put some holes in the center section but I didn't. So once I get those I'll be able to put the last 4 screws in and put the entire assembly back on the truck.

The one real drawback about trying to get the intercooler and the condenser all to fit behind the stock grill and keep the hood latch, etc. is that I won't be able to remove the inserts without taking the shell off. But I am hopeful I won't need to replace the inserts any time soon.

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby somethingclever » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:52 am

looks good...

73-75 grill inserts are my favorite with some west coast junior mirrors
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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:31 pm

I can't say I dislike any of the 73-79 inserts, but I am fairly partial to the 73-75 inserts. First thing I got to drive was my Dad's hiboy, and I think I've owned more 73 and 74's than any other year truck probably for that reason.

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:52 pm

Finally got all the correct hardware to finish up the inserts.

Image20190810_181806 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr
I used 10-24 screws, washers and nylocks (stainless so they won't look terrible after 2 seconds in the rain) and drilled holes into the center support on the shell. With how much I cut off the inserts they're a lot lighter but still rigid so everything is pretty solid. Hopefully I won't get any odd buzzing from the lack of screws in the middle of the insert. I think it'll be ok.

Image20190810_190438 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr
All of it installed for good now. At least I hope it's for good.

Next up is figuring out how to get the stock hood latch and grill support to fit back in with everything.

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby maddogjohnson » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:27 pm

Looks great!

I especially like the amber park light lenses. I'm not sure why I didn't change mine over to amber sooner because it looks so much better than the white lenses in my opinion.

Have fun with the hood latch. It can certainly be a pain to get everything lined up properly. I have some more adjusting that I need to do to mine. Unless you close the hood slowly and softly you'll have trouble unlatching it. If the hood is slammed down, the latch arm that locks onto the hood will slide back and get hung up, then I need to slip a spare 2-3 foot floor jack upper handle over the end of the hood latch to get it to unlock. I forgot to tell the A?C shop about this so when I got it back from them last week I needed to unlatch it with the floor jack upper handle.

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:53 pm

Thanks.

I agree, I prefer the amber lights. Not sure why, I don't really dislike the clear lenses but the amber just seems to fit.

Yeah the hood latches are a pain. The regular cab's hood latch is tight, you have to thump the radius on the front of the hood while holding the handle or it just won't open so I feel your pain.

Image20190811_133345 by Patrick Oilnut, on Flickr

I built this quite a while ago before I even had the intercooler mocked up. It's close, but not quite right. I think the first angle needs to be 90* even and the lower angle where the latch actually mounts needs to be maybe 105-110* to follow the angle of the cooler core. The holes I punched need some adjustment. I could probably make this one work if I had to, but I'm going to try and sneak back over to my old shop and bend up a new one. Then try and get the latch mounted and adjusted.

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby Bullistik8v92 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:10 pm

I have the material cut for the hood latch bracket but haven't had the opportunity to get it into the CNC brake yet.

In the meantime I've been doing a little more prep work for the wiring. I have the 05 chassis harness pined out and found the correct matching connectors for the back of the harness so it'll be just like Ford built it. Also ordered a bunch of replacement light sockets and such.

This is another, tons of time with not much visible progress part of the project I always want to just power through! I'd like to have the bulk of the wiring done in the next few weeks, but I've got a bunch of little stuff to do on the Freightliner and trailer in the next couple weeks and I've got a bunch of meetings at odd hours coming up at my real job.

I don't mind working at a real job but you know it really cuts into my free time!

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Re: 77 Crewcab Build

Postby OrthmannJ » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:50 am

Bullistik8v92 wrote:I don't mind working at a real job but you know it really cuts into my free time!


:lol: I know what you mean!
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1994 Explorer XLT
1978 Bronco Ranger XLT
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