I know it's been a long ass time since I gave you guys any updates but it's been too freaking cold to sit under a truck for hours only to get up every few hours to buy Yet Another Tool I Don't HaveTM or smash your hand with a tool or on the truck itself.
So the mechanic is wrapping up. 6 hours on it. Had him do the front axle boots while I watched so I could learn. And I learned a lot that's not in the manuals so this was money very well-spent. The previous owner had the zippered boots on there and I'm not really surprised because they're easier to replace but will let water through if you don't do it right (and the previous owner didn't). Also took the opportunity to check the brakes while it was apart and they might as well be new.
Also had him replace the parking brake. Discovered that the previous owner did NOT keep up with lubrication maintenance which tells me that he didn't keep up with other maintenance either. The parking brake was also ground down until the rivets had significant wear. No worries, I didn't do it since they didn't grip anyway. Got the pads off and the rest of the pads on the brakes just crumbled. That said, the metal shoes themselves are worth keeping since you can get brake/rivet kits and recycle the parts.
Also had him go through and hit all the rest of the lube points under the truck since he had a tube of my grease loaded. I'm glad I did because not only did my grease gun not have a flexible tube/hose (which I would have needed), it was my understanding that there were 17 lube points when in reality there are 30. Again, money well spent.
Yeah, I could have done the rest of those things on my own but I learned a lot and now it's off my plate. Up next is some standard maintenance: oil change (22 quarts), oil filter change (2), fuel filter change (3).
And now, the juicy bits: pictures. I thought I'd take some pictures just for you guys. Not even for myself, you guys. You know I love you guys, right?
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