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Formally Introducing... Red Fred the Rusty ol Flatbed

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by nitroguy, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. nitroguy

    nitroguy Full Access Member

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    Thanks for bringing it back up. Fred has been an awesome truck! To the point that I've sold all my other vehicles, Daily Driven Fred for a year, and now bought another IDI (Smokey Pete) to let Fred live out his days as a farm truck.

    The journey has been a good one.

    After I left off, the 38gal tank did indeed solve all my fueling issues. But then I went in for an alignment after seeing crazy uneven tire wear, and they declined to do it because my front end was too sloppy. After getting a quote of almost $2k for ball joints and tie rod ends ( :eek::eek::eek::eek: ) I bought the parts and did it myself (and found a new shop).

    But because I'm a glutton for punishment, "ball joints" turned into ball joints, tie rod ends, shocks, brakes, new brake fluid, new transmission fluid, new TRANSMISSION (found a used one that came out of a wrecked truck, and my old one would pop out of first and third on deceleration), new clutch, new seat, wheel bearings, new heater core and I think a few other things I'm missing. Talk about scope creep. But I learned a ton about my truck. It was also soooo nice to have my shop to work in! Hooray for barrel stoves.

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    From there he got put to work. When I wasn't commuting with Fred, he got loaded up.

    Lots of loads of firewood.

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    Some dirt bike excursions when things would slow down a bit.

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    And dump runs every other Thursday (but no, I didn't throw the seat. Found a buyer for $50)

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    After all that work, a bath was needed. A cleaner wax, a finish wax, and some new tires and he cleaned up waaaaay better than I expected.

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    Although, I should say, it's a 10ft truck. Looks great from 10ft, but closer and you definitely see the defects.

    Next up on the list is:
    -mount up a used plow I picked up and all hoses and hydraulics
    -new vacuum pump, my brakes are SKEEEETCHY. So firm they're scary.
    -new steering box. Steering is all over the road.

    All in all, I'm loving it!!!!
     
  2. u2slow

    u2slow bilge rat

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    $2k to rebuild TTB is quite standard, sadly. Most shops use similar book-time software, and they quote with premium parts because the margin is fatter when the % is applied. DIY is the way to go - beat the system.

    I love the looks of a truck with a good load of firewood onboard :Thumbs Up
     
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    I'll bet that you don't have a lack of riding areas either.
     
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    Purdy after the wax job!
     
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    Oh yeah!!! Here's the last ride I did of the year. Pretty unbelievable stuff.

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    Thanks! Cleaned up way better than I expected.
     
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    Wow, I had no idea that was average. Yikes! Makes me glad I dove into it and figured out how to do it myself for a few hundred bucks!
     
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    Parts on the way... 9037FCCB-ADB7-4035-A2B9-54F2E38C02BC.jpeg 9E1B3C62-DBF6-4161-A4F9-AAEA07FB7F1B.jpeg
    That’s a sharp bull, same color as mine!
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    classicdieseldesigns.com

    everything is 10% off through monday using code "classic10" at checkout.
     
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    Sounds good. Dropped you some PMs.
     
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    Fred is looking clean after that wax! Even the tires got a nice shine on them with the country back drop.
     
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    Niiiiice! Snazzy bull you got there too! Yours is definitely straighter and cleaner than mine!!

    Seeing that pump headed my way....I might have to change course. I'm building a 91 for a customer, and the pump WAS going into his. But man that looks nice. Might have to pick up a second and stuff that one in my truck. Maybe even Smokey Pete. Man, decisions decisions.

    Too many trucks....
     
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    It looks like a GREAT time! Maybe I'll actually take mine out to Colorado this summer. It's harder to ride with ATVs, but I also don't like to "ride like you're racing" either.
    Nope. Not true. Only not enough time.:Thumbs Up
     
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    Yours runs so it’s wayyy cooler haha
     
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    Sometimes the truth hurts, doesn't it?:rotflmao
     

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