Alright, so today I got new rotors, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and went to pick up my track bar. I drove 2 hours to get the track bar and on my way there the guy said he wouldn't be able meet until an hour after I'd get there, ended up waiting 2 hours after showing up just for the guy to say he couldn't meet. Soooo, I went home empty handed.
Buuuut, I got a few other things done. Such as:
Bought new rotors and mounted up the brakes, the rotors on the solid axle I bought were in rough shape and the 2wd rotors are different. 2wd brake pads/calipers DO fit on the 4x4 axle.
I wish I never took the brake lines off the calipers, would've been less of a mess and no brake bleeding involved.
Got the drag link mounted up, I was lucky enough to get the stock 4x4 pitman arm, I got that on the night before.
This is when I went to go get the track bar. Left at 3, didn't get back til 9.
Then got back to work on the rivets for the 2wd coil buckets. My method for getting the rivets out was to grind an X into the rivets, then used a harbor freight air chisel to get into the lines of the X and tear each 1/4 of the rivet head off. Then I used a needle-tip/pinpoint chisel to push the rivets through the holes. Worked pretty well!
This is with the top 4 rivets out, then there's 2 more on the bottom. 1 on each side of the bump stop. I was able to grind the heads of some of these completely off then push the rivets through with the chisel again.
Got one side off!
These rivets have been through hell
Bolted shock mounts up
Here's everything that's come out of this, plus some.
Got the brake lines bolted back up
And a beauty shot after cleaning the garage up a little.
Not sure if I'll finish it up or not tomorrow or sunday but all that's left is:
Mount ABS sensor, I wasn't sure where exactly it went. But I think I've got it now.
Get a track bar/mount it
I stripped a nut on my drag link so I'll steal one off the 2wd drag link
Add some power steering fluid (my leaked out somehow, for some reason the cap doesn't want to stay on)
There's also a few brackets I'd like to remove from the 2wd I-beams just so they don't hit the axle if it flexes too far. But they're all bolt on.
I don't have shocks yet, but it'll be fine until I get some.