Restoring '99 4X4


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My pops passed about a year ago from dementia and his truck sat in my sisters garage for almost two years. No one wanted his truck, and then I decided I'll eventually restore it, so I got it running and drove it out to my land/farm in Hartford, OH. I installed manual locking hubs, new brakes, flushed the radiator, changed the fluids and eventually got it inspected (I live in PA) and insured. About two weeks ago, I decided it time for the restoration project, something my pops would be happy to see if he were here. The only problem, I never did anything like this before, but I'm mechanically inclined and figured, why not.
He oiled the frame often so it's not as bad as most, but after carefully inspecting the frame under the cab, I decided that the project would be half-assed at best if I don't remove the cab. I'm searching for instructions, but can't find anything related to Cab Removal. It doesn't appear to be too hard, just time consuming. Also, It's hard to find frame cross members and I may fabricate my own. Heck, I may even think about trying to produce enough to sell, since there seems to be a demand b/c a lot of parts are discontinued. Nonetheless, I added some pics and will continue to add pics along the way. Anyone that removed a cab and can give advice, I'd appreciate the guidance.

Lastly, I found a great product called Rust-Grip. Google it, it's an amazing product and I'll be applying it to all metal. Chlor-rid is used first (after surface prep) that removes all salt molecules. I spoke with Warren at superiorcoatingsolutions.com and he provided the spec sheets and walked me through the process, which is pretty easy in comparison to any other product I was considering so far.
 

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Cool truck, I have always liked that pretty rare color.
 

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It has a Limited Slip rear axle, AXLE Code F7 = 7.5" L/S 4.10 ratio

So a 3.0l V6?
I think the 4.0l all got 8.8" rear axles
 

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Sorry about your father Grubber. Mine went the same way about 2008. It's great you're fixing up his truck, I'm sure he'd be happy for that.
Good luck with it, looking forward to seeing your progress and maybe learn a few things too. The how to tech has a wealth of information, as does the forum.
Welcome to TRS :)
 

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Love the step side and the color.

Sorry about your Pop. I got my Grandad's BII from his estate and am fixing it up. Makes me smile every time I fix something on it and think of him.

It wonderful how a vehicle can do that isn't it??
 

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Break it right the first time. Fix it better the next time.
4.0's did get the 8.8 all the time from what i've seen. That was one of the best factory colors imo.
 

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Okay, sorry for the delay - Here’s my current status and some info to pass along.
Gas Tank - Removed
Rear Axel - Removed
Cab Mount Bolts - Removed
Cab Interior - Removed seats, center arm rest, cup tray, and carpet
Hood - Removed
I found that propane is a waste, get MAP gas or use a torch if you own one. I found that it’s much easier to remove bolts after heating them. Im dealing with a lot of rusted bolts due to road salt. So far, the Cab Mounts bolts were the biggest pain. I couldn’t find a tool for the bottom washer, but large channel locks worked. Note, the bottom washer is flat on the sides and can usually be spun by turning the bolt, which will allow to get a good bite on the flat side of the washer. My channel locks were large enough that they wedged against the side of the bracket mount as I slowly turned the break bar. By the way, I used PB Blaster on all bolts for two days prior and got them red hot before removal.
I mentioned Rust-Grip above, we’ll my drivers side cab floor is slightly rusted with a few small holes. Here’s going to be my fix:
If the link didn’t work, just search You Tube for Rust Grip Meshing video.
More pics and details will follow as I disconnect wires from cab.
 

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Dang! That is some serious rust. I'll stick with acetylene myself, gets hotter on less gas and can be fine tuned better. I think places that use propane are more like into extreme heavy use, it takes a bigger torch and a lot more gas(although it's cheaper by volume, maybe also not as explosive)
Looks like you're making some notable headway though :)
 


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