PO had only partially installed a replacement F engine so not a whole lot was left to remove, unbolt, etc to get the engine out. Ended up using a strap in the back, between the block and bell housing and a chain up front where the water pump/fan attaches.
Yeah, you can never get the original skin back once it's panted over. That, and I don't have the extra coin laying around to do a full resto. I have zero body work skills and the bed is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. My uncle got every penny's worth out of this rig.
So, I got nearly all of the body mounts I need, save for the two front cab mounts. When I look at the offerings on-line, like SOR, their mount has a nut welded to the top part of the mount, as opposed to the round edged OEM mount I removed from the truck. Bolt's broke so I had to nudge them out.
Question: does anyone have 2 front mounts they want to sell (and/or a business I can buy them from without having to buy an entire kit?)
The original with rounded top :
What I found on SOR (does this fit into the rounded hole on my 45?)
A few more odds and ends to remove and the frame will be ready for the frame shop to verify it's good to go. Bought a bunch of dollies from Harbor Freight to move stuff around, like the frame. Rated for 1000lbs/per. I don't think I could be build 'em more cheaply?
Getting the underside nearly ready for paint. Question: what should I do about the center support channel that, I am quite sure, has plenty of rust hiding inside. The ends are open but you can't get anything in there. I am considering drilling a few holes to insert the Eastwood Internal Frame, rattle can, rust eating paint with 24" tube and nozzle. Thoughts?
Eastwood Product. I purchase it directly from their website. Much cheaper than Amazon.