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Inching closer today.

I figured out the power steering pump. The low pressure return line hose clamp was crappy and worn out, and wouldn’t tighten. I’ll bet I was sucking air in. I replaced it with a Terrain Tamer clamp and all is well. No more moaning and groaning.
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Since I had the dash apart I replaced the antenna.

There is a factory radio delete plate there now but speakers cut into the door, and some horrible a$$ bent wire masquerading as an antenna. Someone obviously had a radio of some sort in there in the past. I couldn’t get it to loosen so a disc grinder helped solve that problem.

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New manual antenna in place and the end parked in the dash for whenever I put a radio up in there.

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This morning I got up, drove out to the barn, checked all my fluids, packed tools and FSM’s for the road, swallowed hard, and drove up to @davegonz ’s house to wish him a happy birthday. I have noticed in my limited drives that when letting off the throttle or putting the clutch in, the engine would drop below 600 RPMs and stall more times than not. I got up to Dave’s and adjusted the idle up to around 750...
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And everything smoothed out. After getting his 1HZ turbo 80 fired up for the first time (yeah Betty White), I then drove 20 minutes back down to work and everything is fine. She pulls hard on the highway and is a pleasure to drive.

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Advice time: I would like to paint the shift knob numbering white like it came from the factory. I tried using a white Sharpie paint marker and frankly the quality sucked. Any better advice? When I wiped the excess off the top of the knob, it left a thin white film over everything. I’m sure that will wear off with shifting, but any better suggestions?

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@Paco, of all the shifter subtypes, I like the one that came on the truck the absolute best. The five-speed one linked above definitely matches the T case, but for every day driving I like the factory shape the best.

The one I dislike the most is the one that we always see for sale here in the US, it is gray, with a recessed ring around the shifter numbers, and it is overall much, much smaller. I have one on my h55 converted FJ62, and I’m going to try it for a few months and just see how much I actually hate it.
 
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Bbracket said: "The one I dislike the most is the one that we always see for sale here in the US, it is gray, with a recessed ring around the shifter numbers, and it is overall much, much smaller. I have one on my h55 converted FJ62, and I’m going to try it for a few months and just see how much I actually hate it."
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The Denso throttle return springs came in from Maarten at Cruiserworld. The dang things were really expensive (20 bucks per spring)!!! But I wanted to give new OEM springs the best chance to fix the twitchy throttle response.

Here is a 30 year old compared to the brand new one. I slipped them in place and the throttle definitely feels less twitchy. I drove on some bumpy roads around the ranch trying to emulate the same conditions that would make it a buck uncontrollably, and it definitely seemed a little bit smoother. I think that, as others have mentioned before, one of the rare dampeners would really fix the problem, but this certainly seems to make it a little more drivable for now.

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Grant’s still enjoying it. I can definitely see us driving this truck at Roundup in March.

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Dave, they come in an annoying rubber sleeve, which makes the inner spring a total pain in the rumpus to put on. I took them out for the glamour shot.
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@coldtaco Yes, they are a single spring with a rubber boot over top of them. You need two of them.

I would say that my throttle response is at least 50% better. It will still buck and jump on really bumpy stuff, but I’ve definitely driven smoothly over some things that previously had made it buck uncontrollably.
 

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