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 Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande" 
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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
I believe I used it too? Could have been Mark's, but Danny's bit has lived a long life already.

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July 9th, 2016, 8:29 am
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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
I think the pitman arm is steel, the high steer arms def are and the knuckles are cast so that explains the difference in speed based on the materials. Those cast knuckles are soft. Not strong either apparently, I know someone that broke em :mrgreen:

I've lost track but its def been around! I'll take $5 donations if you've used it to replace it :mrgreen: Its a snap on, I believe was about $50 but that was many moons ago.

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
I already ordered a new one through ruff stuff. Consider it a donation for the advice and help so far and to come.

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July 11th, 2016, 2:21 pm
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I used it but then bought my own... there are two different depths to use it for depending on the tie rod end

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The build has hit a delay... a very welcome and exciting delay


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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
Hot damn! Congrats buddy!

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Hand down the most expensive upgrade you'll ever get for the truck! Congrats you two!!!

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
After that welcome delay I was able to get a little work in. Dual battery tray is in, new saginaw pump and rebuilt steering box is in, high steer arm on passenger side and DOM steering links in, new driver side window and felts, and the front shocks were moved up.
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I even got it out of the garage finally
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The steering worked great at carnegie and the sag pump is much better then factory. BUT THEN. I proceeded to crack (almost entirely around) the tailshaft housing that bills the zf5 to the transfer case. I thought it would an easy fix like the automatic trucks but it turns out is not. The tailshaft housing does bolt to the trans and can be replaced, but you need to completely disassemble the innards of the trans to do it.

So the truck is back in the garage. Right now I'm leaning toward trying to find the tailshaft housing and have a trans shop to put it in and rebuild any parts of the trans that need it. Other option is to find another zf5 and bolt it in but then I have an unknown condition trans unless I buy areman. Kind of a bummer but at least I know the trans will be solid when it's back in.

Slick rock is probably out, but I'll aim for a snow trip or Novemberish Hollister run.

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
After that welcome delay I was able to get a little work in. Dual battery tray is in, new saginaw pump and rebuilt steering box is in, high steer arm on passenger side and DOM steering links in, new driver side window and felts, and the front shocks were moved up.
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High tech alignment
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I even got it out of the garage finally
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The steering worked great at carnegie and the sag pump is much better then factory. BUT THEN. I proceeded to crack (almost entirely around) the tailshaft housing that bills the zf5 to the transfer case. I thought it would an easy fix like the automatic trucks but it turns out is not. The tailshaft housing does bolt to the trans and can be replaced, but you need to completely disassemble the innards of the trans to do it.

So the truck is back in the garage. Right now I'm leaning toward trying to find the tailshaft housing and have a trans shop to put it in and rebuild any parts of the trans that need it. Other option is to find another zf5 and bolt it in but then I have an unknown condition trans unless I buy areman. Kind of a bummer but at least I know the trans will be solid when it's back in.

Slick rock is probably out, but I'll aim for a snow trip or Novemberish Hollister run.

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
It's a bummer, but the repair won't be hard if you pull it as a unit and reinstall it as a unit.

Also I have a spare seat(s) in the bronco that I can put your name on. :) I'm sure the girls will want to hang out in Murphy's again if we get a trip going.

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
You're right its not a hard repair. I just don't think I'll get it fine by then. I have the days off and will still go. I'll just hitch a ride with someone.

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
So I finally started pulling stuff apart. T case separated easily thanks to the damage :mrgreen:
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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
You buy the new piece yet? I think you said you have to pull the trans and split it in 2 to replace that tailshaft?

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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
Haven't bought it yet. But yea I have to pull the trans out and gave a shop split it. While it's apart I'll have them replace anything in the trans that's needed. Then I'll know I have a good solid trans when it goes back in.

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October 26th, 2016, 12:22 pm
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Post Re: Ptack's 89 F350 build "The gringo grande"
I'd bet that damage was something contacting the tcase (either the tcase hitting a rock or the drive shaft being too long and binding the case under compression. Possibly the previous owner damage too. With using our trucks so seldom, I'd say a rebuilt zf5, with a skid plate under the tcase, and shafts that don't bind under compression, will out live our rigs. :thumbsup:

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