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Old 01-29-2013, 06:06 AM
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I spent about 4 months trying to find the right truck, not easy finding a good one here in NH. When a decent truck would come up, it would be sold same day. So when the 97 xlt came up, I ran to check it out with cash in hand. The purchase experience is a whole nother story. 97 XLT regular cab, 69K mi a couple small rust holes in front fenders and a couple small dents in the bed sides, some rust on the base of the tailgate, and thats it for body rust. Rockers are solid, wheel wells are solid. I have some exprience tig welding and have a Lincoln PT 225, looking forward to the body work once mechanicals are decent, that is next winters project. At the advice of this site I did a deep dive maintenance... Oil, trans fluid flush, international cps, fuel heater delete, fuel filter, thermostat housing leak turned into a water pump replacement, stearing gear was leaking so replaced with AZ rebuild, tie rods while I was there, front break lines and hoses. Appears this truck sat a bunch based on frame scale rust and mileage. Plan is to pull the engine within the next week to replace the oil pan, manifolds (rusted), up pipes (bolts like toothpicks), engine mounts, front and main seals. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but a lot of it has been PM. Overkill? Maybe, but the goal is to build a reliable rig to tow my boat. I've got some questions of what more I should do while the engine is out, but I'll post them in the OBS section below. Anyway, I'm very impressed with the deep knowlege of the membership here, great site! Thanks
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