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post #1 of 26 Old 12-23-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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What in the world is this thing and what's it do??

I have a part on the driver side right up near the firewall and I have no clue what it is, or what it does. There are hoses coming from it, 2 lead from it and go beside my frame then shoot up into my bed where holes have been cut by previous owner. There's a wire going from it into the cab (not from the hoses but from the part. Any ideas on what it does?? It's close enough the front of the bed where there's not enough room to fit a tool box in and I'm wanting to remove it but scared what it might do when I go to cutting and unbolting the things in my bed
Here's some pictures of it in the bed, up by the frame and in the engine of the part itself.







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maybe an aux. pump for an in bed dump box? is my guess.

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It has a trailer lights plug in there too, also inside the truck there's a vacuum gauge, I think that the wire leading into the cab is what is hooked to the gauge. You think me cutting those hoses and shortening em to underneath the bed could hurt anything? Also the trailer lights I'd like to keep so I'd leave in laying on the bottom of the bed when I'm done for future use. Should I plug those hoses up after I cut them and what should I plug them with?


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It is def not stock, obviously. where does that steel line go to? and the other rubber line that you can see go under the vacuum booster? I can see the quick connects, but there is no way that is for a dump, those clamps would not hold 100 psi. where do the trailer lights plug into?

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On second though : you do have a single cab dually, built for towing. if the trailer lights plug into it, could it be wired into the brake lights? and is there a vacuum line connected to it, or just a gauge?

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I really and truly have no idea, but yes those lights are wired into my brake lights I believe, and there may be a vacuum line too but im not too sure if this is it, I don't know very much so all I can do is pictures. Here's one of the gauge and something that's beside it that you can pull
more pictures and I'll reply to the other questions once these dudes get uploaded, the other rubber line goes around the motor, above the vacuum pump and above and down the passenger side of the alternator down and I think it goes into somewhere near the radiator? Or somewhere by the back side of the radiator. I'll show more in pictures, my finger pointing towards the line


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Could it be a mickey mouse setup for towing a trailer with air brakes?
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Here's where the steel line goes
Here's me following the rubber hose, it going over the vacuum pump
Then it heads to the alternator
Now it heads down the side of it and into somewhere near the radiator I think? And it's hose clamped onto something I can't see it but can feel, here's some pictures of it but hard to see if you can even see it.
Here's my hand pointing towards it but it blocks it off from view now I'm not sure I took any other pictures but I'll keep looking


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Forgot to link hand in on last picture lol


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Oh Ya here's it going down the alternator towards where the picture above shows


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