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Old July 31st, 2014, 01:31 PM
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A friend has entrusted me to rebuild his SIII 88". Currently it has a galvy frame with axles under it, 2.5 petrol engine, rebuilt trans, bulkhead and rear tub in place.

I have all the skills to put it back together, but I am wondering, is there a standard convention as to how to do a rebuild? In other words, do you work on each system one at a time, one area at a time, etc?

My thought was to focus on the engine and it ancillaries, then brakes, steering, clutch, electrics, etc working through each system one at a time.

Any thoughts on past experiences are appreciated.
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My view is that what you want to do is not put it together beyond the bulkhead and rolling chassis with drivetrain until the very end. The body really gets in the way and other than stupid stuff like the lights and radiator, there is very little to do on the rest of the truck. That being said, I would want any system or item to the standard I was shooting for before bolting it to the vehicle and I would want to do it in an order than makes some level of sense. IE start with the axles and springs so you get a roller (shocks should wait until you are close to done as you need weight on the truck), then add the drivetrain, then add the bulkhead, then starting bolting everything to the bulkhead and go system by system (ie brake lines together, wiring together, steering together). This is why you see people driving projects around the yard with only the bulkhead and chassis -- everything else is largely superfluous to the operation of the vehicle.
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Ron, that is pretty much where I am starting.
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No, you're starting from the opposite. You have a nearly completely assembled body with no systems in it.
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I would do steering, brake lines, fuel lines, wiring, clutch lines, in that order. I would pull the body first, but that is just me.
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No, you're starting from the opposite. You have a nearly completely assembled body with no systems in it.
There is only a bulkhead and tub. The doors and window-less frame were only put on for transport, no seatbox, etc is installed.

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I would do steering, brake lines, fuel lines, wiring, clutch lines, in that order. I would pull the body first, but that is just me.
I'm not trying to argue but the tub only gets in the way of of the rear harness and brake lines and nothing else on that list?
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If it helps, I have a 90 frame rolling on bare axles that we use as a dolly during frame replacements. You're welcome to it if Randy is done with it.....
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I'd have to agree with Ron, pull the tub and do the entire drive train before putting the tub back on. While the tub is not really in the way of accessing those things from the bottom, things can go much easier and quicker with unhindered access from the top as well.

But then, I'm getting to be an old fart and crawling around on my back just isn't what it used to be.
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I agree with Ron, the body is in the way...
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Brakelines and rear wiring are a lot easier to run w/o the tub on there.... BTDT....
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Galen take off all body parts like everyone suggests. But DO NOT get rid of any nuts, bolts or washers until you have found replacements that work. Do s/s brake lines first when stripped down. Then you could pit the tub back on as everything is straight forward and accessible if you can get under it easily. I have done a few of these and so have a lot of parts and stuff left over if you need something. Give me a holler.
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As said, body off until the end. It does make access much easier. For example, imagine only the bulkhead on and doing wiring in lieu of leaning across from the outside or sliding in and out a thousand times.
Set bulkhead, have it running/driving prior to adding body. Also, if painting, hang each piece individually for paint prior to reassembly for a factory job- no overspray, etc...
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