- We performed a once over final inspection of the truck, noting final punch list “to-do” items. The goal of the inspection was to secure any last loose wires and prepare for starting the engine.
- We started the engine for the first time in ~10 months.
- While the engine was running, we evaluated air pressure, air dryer, brake lights and brake function.
- We test drove the truck; all worked well.
A brief recap of the highlights of our rebuild:
- Removed bed from truck
- Cleaned frame, cab, and cab interior
- Removed spare tire crane and lowered air filter assembly to aid in integrating hab as close to cab as possible.
- Replaced corroded air tank
- Replaced air dryer
- Repainted frame
- Repainted cab
- Refurbished many truck parts by removing, sand blasting, and powder coating or painting them (front bumper, rear bumpers, fenders…)
- New marker lights
- Installed new under bed box for storage aft of fuel tank
- Created custom roof rack with integrated ladders
- Added stiffeners to forward fenders to flatten their side profile
- Repaired door hinges and straightened cab doors
- Powder coated rims, rebuilt wheels, and put on new Michelin XZL “0 mile” tires (including spare)