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1979 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck Restoration

Discussion in 'Classic Dodge Trucks - Pre 1981' started by jumbreit, Oct 7, 2012.

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    I got the sway bar links on, the bushing seemed a bit big and the hole too small. And since I already had the rod attached, I just cut the bushing and put it on. I was surprised how much the bushing compressed once I started to tighten the bolts.
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    EDIT: I just noticed that I have them 'backwards' from how they are from the factory...not sure if it'll make a difference and not sure if I want to go back in and change them.
     
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      Decided to test fit the bed sides from the ‘74 bed, fenders from a ‘67 bed and the original tailgate.

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      • LocuMob

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        I love that the bed was the same for so many years, makes it easy to replace parts (when you can find good ones!)
         
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          I'm going to be annoying and post an update almost every time I do something but I'm really psyched that it's finally come to this moment.

          I pulled a marathon session on Saturday until 3:30am. Got the driver side stacks lined up and drilled in the holes for the mounting brackets. The door is just sitting in there with tape around the A pillar to keep it in, just wanted to see how it looked. I should have the doors and hood on tomorrow. Still need to work on the alignment a little, I've got the front on jack stands so it may look a little high. Rear's probably going to sit high for now because it's got a W250 rear spring set in.
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          I spent much of the afternoon finishing up the wiring for the interior and replacing the bulbs. The red dash lamps are actually LED's. I got 6 for $17. I only needed 4 and wanted to do the left guages but it uses a different bulb. I may just modify what's there to use what LED's I have. I also took out the blue covers and it really brightens up the regular lamp lighting.

          I went with red to continue with the 'Red Nite Express' theme.
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          I also got some LED cab running lights to replace the ones that were on it to save me from having to fill the holes. However, running the wiring is going to be a nightmare because I was stupid and took out what was in there (I wasn't going to put running lights back on).

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            running the wires for the cab lights is easy....a coat hanger, run the wire from the sun visor hole, and down the A pillar. Not bad at all. Great progress.
             
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              Coming along nicely. Side steps look pretty cool
               
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                Thanks. Unfortunately only one original chrome step survived. I have to non chrome sets from the other 2 beds I have so I’ll probably cut holes and use those.
                 
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                  The chrome steps can be added anytime and shouldn't hold you up....
                   
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                    I just went through your whole thread. Great job you are doing here!

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                      Getting a few more bugs worked out to where I can drive it around the block at least.
                       
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                        "Dear Santa......I wanna set of Lil Red Stacks...."
                         
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                          Thanks, maybe if I was doing a genuine Lil Red, but above my pay scale for my Lil Blue.....:moparsmiley:
                           
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