Workin’ on my ‘80 Pete 359.....Cummins 350 Big

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I am going to document my progress.
So,
Never had a rig before. Been wrenching since a teenager. Figured this was a neat project.

I have so far replaced all the air lines from the RTO-12513 box to the shifter. I bought 1/8” lines to replace like for like, and pieced everything together before finding a kit online that was not only color coded, but also 5/32” upgraded! Dag nabbit!!!!

Then I aired up and a rear driver air bag went kaboom. So I bought two new air bags. Guess what? The old bags were so crappy, the bolt was rusted in and spinning. I had to go buy a cordless grinder to get em off.
Ok, two new bags. Guess what?! Needed a new leveler valve. FedEx delivers tomorrow.

Still need to replace the two bags in the forward driver.

Holy cow, bob tailed and with 5psi those two bags lift a good 6 inches!

I bought some mudflap hangers, a pair of mudflaps and some safety clips to hold em in. Looking good.

Then I replaced the clapped out tail lights with some bright new gazillion LED jobbies.

I meed two new single post double sides fender lights. You know, rounds with amber in front and red in back.

I put in a D4 or 4D battery because I had a brand new one and it works great. I will mount the 2 group size 31s as backups.

Waiting on a guy to buy another project from me so I can buy new shoes. I will take the nasty old Alcoas to Fontana, CA and get em polished up real nice and then put the new shoes on. Tall rubber, old school.

I took the ratty old license plate mount off, removed the smashed light fixture, straightened, sandblasted and painted it. Installed two nice bright LED lights in it. Got me a nice thick copper Historic Vehicle license plate mounted.
 

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I tried to work on it yesterday in the constant drizzle of rain. I got the airbag leveler installed and plumbed up. Now the truck raises up and stays up.
I say tried because I am trying to lose weight due to pre-diabetes and my wife gave me some pills that are supposed to be healthy. It made my head soin and heart race. I felt like I just got off a whirly kind of ride.
Almost puked.
 

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Well, looks like I can’t work a picture post or something. Maybe my head is still wonky from those diet pulls.
 

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I needed 47791477924779347791new ends on the battery cables. Here are pictures of mid-install. New lugs installed but heatshrink not shrunk yet. I had a brand new equipment D4 Caterpillar battery so I stuck it in while I recharge the group 31s. Anyways, I was gonna put the battery in one way and realized the danger of a positive terminal right under the aluminum box lid and rotated the battery. It will fit better with the group 31s back in. Also, the cables lay in better this way.
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Ok, ordered new LED running lights for the front fenders and they were an exact match. Happy with that. Still need to pull the mounts off, sand and paint.

I got a new oil filter, coolant filter with additive, fuel filter, and am waiting on my buttload of oil. Holy crap! A lot of oil!!

$275 for a new rear window and gasket installed coming by Wednesday.

I actually sold the Holland 5th wheel to some Canadians.

Repaired another air leak in the dash. Cracked hoses.

It is almost to where I can drive it and not be on the lookout for Johnny Law!!

I am on vacation starting tonight for two weeks. Hopefully I can get things covered.

Pics will come as I get this stuff on.
I know you pervs like Truck ****.
 

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I used a cordless grinder to get these fender lights off. My first plan was to sandblast it, smooth the pits with some filler, prime and paint. But nooooooo, some jackeagon had welded on it and did a poor job. No big deal, I can TIG it back together. But noooo, because I dropped the broken piece and can NOT find it. Instead of wasting time, I am ordering new ones from the interwebs.

So, no new running lights for the moment.

Phooey!
 

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