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  1. #21

    Enkeiavalanche's Avatar
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    Piermont,NY, back in Northern NJ now, But may be in IL soon....


    Keep us informed.. If I get to that cruz night again I will take so me pics for ya..
    08 Z71 Avalanche Mods to date: K&N CAI,Hellwig Swaybars and End Links, Corsa Sport Exhaust, Superchips Programer,IPCW LOF & 3rd brake light and tails, AMI Gas door,Show Hooks and Door locks, Enkei Wheels, with Pirelli tires, StreetScene Bowties, Grant Steering wheel,Muth signal mirrors,SSBC Big Brake kit,Huskyliner Mug gards,Floor mats and Hood shield, McGard Lug nuts and locks, Bedrug, Cervini's Ram Air hood,35watt HID Fog lights, Sylvania bulbs all around ZXE's Highs and Lows, WhiteNight Back up lights,Sirius and HD Radio, SnugTop sitting on deck now Got a Softopper on now,Tempress Boat Hatches.... New Bilstein shocks are on... New Mods coming soon..... X

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    Well, no pictures today, but I got the bellhousing attached to the transmission and I'm now trying to figure out the pin to hold the clutch mechanism in place. I also swapped out the seals on the master cylinders for the brakes and clutch and got the clutch cylinder mounted in place. The radiator has been installed as well. I can see the bottom of the trunk again with some of these parts back where they belong. I will put up more pictures tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, I need to find and fix the source of steering play and positive camber on the Ford because my insurance company wants an inspection submitted to them within 2 weeks.

    2008 FORD F350. My new all-around truck.
    2001 Silverado Reg. Cab Not-So-Base -- SOLD
    2003 Avalanche Z71. No Cladding. Check out my Mod thread. - Crashed. Will be rebuilt soon.
    1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500 - Work in Progress
    2003 Sierra 3500 Duramax. The Newer, Better Work Truck -- FOR SALE

  3. #23
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    Far West, Oregon USA,
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    Is the Ford rack & pinion or box?
    1988 Chevy C-3500 2wd (no pic)
    350 c.i. 5.7 L Stock Block, 4 Bolt Mains
    L-31 Vortec Heads, Edelbrock Cam & Intake,
    Holley 650, Flowtech Headers, Magnaflow exh.
    Jet Trans 700R4, B&M Ratchet, 4:10 gears,
    3" susp. lift kit "shadetree"
    No rev limiter, No speed limiter lol

  4. #24


    The ford has a steering box, which is the cause of the issue. All of the play in the steering wheel is in the input shaft to the box. I tightened the preload to limit the play as best I could, but it is a common issue with these fords (even on new ones such as 2010s) to develop play on the input to the box. The only real fix is to replace it, and only one aftermarket company makes a box that is known to not repeat the issue. The pitman arm and everything after the box seems to be in good shape. Ford seems to call the play within spec whenever someone goes to a dealer for this issue, so I think I will leave it and hope that whoever inspects it realizes that it is 'within spec'.
    Last edited by pmf608; 06-21-2011 at 04:10 PM.

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    Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
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    That looks like it will be a lot of fun once running!! keep us up to date.

    And as a ford/gm fan the 7.5L is tough as nails... and litterally will run till there is nothing left of it. though it is a THIRSTY pig. about 10mpg if you drive it like an old lady going to church. but for $1100 i wanna kill you and take it LOL..... good luck with the business!


    1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4X4 with 330K miles and counting (Hunting rig).

    2009 Saturn Aura XE (wifes car)

    2011 F-150 Crew 4X4

    "Hold it to the floor till you see God.... Then Brake!!!!"

  6. #26


    Well, I forgot the camera in the truck tonight, so I will post up today's pictures some time tomorrow. I started to fix some of the wiring on the Spitfire today (It had some wires burn at one point, fixed by insurance but not very well), and I should be done that in a couple of days. I also installed the new fuel pump that it came with. I need a new headlight switch and stop light switch, but other than that it seems to be pretty good so far. More to come tomorrow.

    And on the ford, I am in search of 2 new tires for the front to pass inspection, and I will probably buy some backup lights for it tomorrow since whoever installed the bed decided it didnt need them

  7. #27


    Are you considering changing the color? A British sports car looks better in British Racing Green! Just a thought.

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    I will almost definitely be repainting it at some point, but that could be a long way down the road. It has a couple of rust spots that were 'fixed' with bondo and need to be done properly, which won't happen until I buy a welder. Once those spots are fixed, its up for paint. I've got lots of time to think about it, but it will probably be either red (it was originally red) or British Racing Green

  9. #29


    Today's Update:
    I have most of the wiring fixed. I just need to pick up some more heat-shrink tomorrow and everything that was critical will be done. Once that is finished, I will start on putting the transmission back into the car. I found out today that somewhere along the way, the anti-run-on valve that is designed to prevent the car from dieseling was removed, and the wiring for it taken with it. I'm not too immediately concerned about it, but I might order the parts and put it back in once the car is running. Here are some more pictures I took yesterday, no new ones today.

    And onto the Ford, since I've been covering that in this thread too... I checked it out to figure out what is leaking on it today - looks like left side valve cover and either the valve cover or cylinder head is leaking oil on the right, both at the back of the engine. The leaks were noticeable because they had apparently been left for a long time and coated the bellhousing in oil. I cleaned it up so I can get a better idea of where its leaking. As a side note, it has a rectangular hole in the bellhousing with the metal from it bent downward, like an inspection hole or something. It looks like it came like that from the factory, but you can see the flywheel through it and it is something I have never seen before.

  10. #30


    Time for updates:

    Today I finished up the wiring repairs, replaced the brake light switch, repaired the melted hose for the manual washer fluid pump, swapped the clutch pedal spring for one that can return the unloaded clutch pedal, and hooked up a temporary headlight switch until a new one can get here.

    Tomorrow's plans include putting the transmission back into the car and replacing all of the light bulbs. I'm getting excited... once the transmission is back in, install some new fluids, and I should be able to start it up.

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