1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Front Cab Mounts

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by HammerDown, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. HammerDown

    HammerDown Full Access Member

    Posts:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Location:
    Glenolden Pa
    Well, my truck will not pass Pennsylvania Inspection because both front cab mounts are rusted away (not the frame mounts but under the floorpan corners) and it's ugly under there.
    Question...I asked a fella I know from a body shop about it, he said..."Ray the parts are cheap however, to do it right the Cab must come off and you're looking at 100 hours in labor alone" $$$$$
    Any truth to that?
    Because it's not inspected and after 31 years of owning her (since new) my truck is now parked.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
  2. rewbrooks50

    rewbrooks50 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    66
    Likes Received:
    68
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2016
    Location:
    Forney, TX
    Sad
     
  3. Macrobb

    Macrobb Full Access Member

    Posts:
    2,072
    Likes Received:
    977
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2016
    Location:
    North Idaho
    Just a thought... I have pulled the cab mount bolts out before and jacked the cab up(with everything still attached) by a couple of inches, enough to mess with the cab bushings.

    Seems like you might be able to pull bolts, jack it up, grind off the rivets(or torch them off), pull cab mount, install new one and bolt it on with everything in place.
     
  4. HammerDown

    HammerDown Full Access Member

    Posts:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Location:
    Glenolden Pa
    I should have made clear, it's not the frame mounts but the sheetmetal under the cab that is rotted away.
     
  5. HammerDown

    HammerDown Full Access Member

    Posts:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Location:
    Glenolden Pa
    Very, actually kind of heartbreaking.
     
  6. DaveBen

    DaveBen Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    1,306
    Likes Received:
    233
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Location:
    Ukiah, Ca
    Get a new cab and move your stuff into it. Will be cheaper than 100 hours of body shop time.
     
    Macrobb and Thewespaul like this.
  7. david85

    david85 Full Access Member

    Posts:
    4,049
    Likes Received:
    314
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Campbell River, B.C.
    Yes, it's true.

    Sorry...

    EDIT: Have a good look at the floorpan everywhere trailing behind the front tires and follow it back to the rear cab corners. Chances are that area is also toast.

    If you want a truck to survive being wet-sandblasted with saltwater, then you need to spend more time with a powerwasher under the truck than on the visible painted areas. Then wait for it to dry and coat it with an oil-based undercoating. Even after restoring mine, I still use Fluidfilm on all the hidden areas. Spray it up inside every drain hole you can find, while you're at it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
    chillman88 likes this.
  8. david85

    david85 Full Access Member

    Posts:
    4,049
    Likes Received:
    314
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Campbell River, B.C.
  9. HammerDown

    HammerDown Full Access Member

    Posts:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Location:
    Glenolden Pa
    Mine look worse, sections of floor are gone and the cab is sitting on the frame rails.
     
  10. HammerDown

    HammerDown Full Access Member

    Posts:
    2,002
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Location:
    Glenolden Pa
    You're assuming for decades of ownership I haven't hosed the undercarriage. After ever snow storm and from road salt I would indeed wash the underside.
    One thing I regret not doing since day one was...I should have gotten under there with a bug sprayer loaded with WD40. I believe that would have helped some.
    But it is what it is...maybe time to sell for parts, and there a tons of good parts on my truck. Heck, no one ever used the rear bench seat!
     
  11. IDIBRONCO

    IDIBRONCO IDIBRONCO

    Posts:
    3,071
    Likes Received:
    1,567
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Location:
    edmond, ks
    I guess I can understand why it wouldn't pass inspection now. At first, I thought that you were talking about the cab mount bushings.
     
  12. david85

    david85 Full Access Member

    Posts:
    4,049
    Likes Received:
    314
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Campbell River, B.C.
    I guess you could source a different cab but even a perfect cab would be a lot of work to swap everything over. What is the rest of the body and frame like?
     
  13. Shadetreemechanic

    Shadetreemechanic Full Access Member

    Posts:
    1,556
    Likes Received:
    125
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Location:
    Monteagle, TN
    Jc Whitney used to sell replacements that you can weld or screw into place right over the old ones. I would certainly do that before scrapping. 100 hours is for restoration grade work, you should be able to throw some new cab mounts under there for less than 10.
    It won't last forever, but selling for parts and new cab are pretty extreme options. there is middle ground.
     
    HammerDown and Scooch like this.
  14. nitroguy

    nitroguy Full Access Member

    Posts:
    63
    Likes Received:
    37
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Location:
    Kalispell, MT
    While we are talking extremes, you could always just move.
    Montana doesn't inspect cars at all - heck four-wheelers and horses are street legal here!

    I mean, Montana is prettty full, so I wouldn't come HERE, but I'm sure other states can be at least a bit cool like us. ;)
     
    The_Josh_Bear, hce and Macrobb like this.
  15. nj_m715

    nj_m715 government's finest Supporting Member

    Posts:
    375
    Likes Received:
    63
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Location:
    NE of Atlanta
    just "move" the registration to a new state
    my moped is registered in new hampshire because GA doesnt require registration so I can't drive it in states that do
     

Share This Page