Man am I falling behind schedule. It's been difficult to find spare time to get out in the garage between work, my newborn, daily chores, and house work - oh and just life in general. Just not enough time in the day.. or well enough mental capacity before feeling overwhelmed and ready for a nice glass of whiskey.. then I most certainly get nothing done.
I was able to get the battery mounted in the truck and cables ran..which I could have sworn I ordered a new mini starter since I new I'd be removing the current, behemoth P.O.S. to rerun the wires
. But it was nice to get that squared away and fire her up again
The lower fender bolts were cut out, new nuts welded inside, and sealed back up (no images of that process, sorry).
Almost have the driver side floor pan welded up. Going to stop by Eastwood after work to pick up more wire and consumables, since the welder ran out
I started fitting up the Flowmaster 40series exhaust system, but I'm having some alignment issues with the tail section not lining up ... like at all
. It looks like the over the axle section and the tail pipe should use the factory hanger location to support and connect the two, but that's not the case. I'm sure I'm just missing something and need to take a step back and reevaluate. But after the floor pan is finished and I have the undercoating on the body, I can focus my attention back to the exhaust system. Which is really least of my worries -obviously.
Agenda to get the "dirt-goat" on her test ride to find any gremlins:
-Finish Floor Plan
-Fit and finish exhausts system
-Reinstall fuel cell/run fuel line
-Install jute/carpet/seats/door panels (Touch up around dash/steering wheel)
-Fabricate block off plate for A/C system and factory wiring harness location (have templates made, need to get more some sheet-metal)
-Reinstall Fenders, hood, etc.
-Readjust suspension, alignment
Then I feel as if I'll be at a point where I can continue to make improvements and not have long "down-time".
This is really my first "large scale" vehicle project. I've always worked on/modified my motorcycles and cars, but nothing of this nature really. I figured I'd be a lot further than I am, but similar to my house renovations I did last year - I should have made sure to triple my budget and at least double my projected time.