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Chris In Milwaukee

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Couldn't save it for the next weekend you decided to stay there? Or trying to avoid the wife?
Ha! I’ve been planning this since well before I bought the MINI. Replaced the booster and master cylinder over the winter, but when I found that bleed points were a pile of rust (if not rusted off), I looked at the rest of the system and it was a wreck. I had planned to pick a week off over the summer to do it, and this is the week. The truck barely costs me anything to own and it only costs me about $115/yr to insure since it’s the “cabin car”. It’s a handy beast to have around.

And I’ll need my wife to help me run lines, so she’s not off the hook.
 

Chris In Milwaukee

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So glad we don't have to worry about rust. That looks miserable to work on.
It’s nasty stuff. OMFG.

it needs a lot of work, but it’s a cabin car and gets driven about 20 miles a year on average. I can wait for something to fall off before replacing it. It’s great for trips to the lumber yard, though.
 
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Chris In Milwaukee

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I. Hate. Drum. Brakes. I have to be a goddamned octopus to put these things on. Got the rest of the hard lines removed/reinstalled today while the truck rained tetanus down on me. And then fought with the drums for what seemed like half a day. The second one went in less than half the time.

Tomorrow I get to install the hard lines from the rear pumpkin to the wheels and bleed them. #neveragain

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Dig that awesome corrosion. I don’t think the rear brakes even worked the whole time I’ve owned this thing after having taken everything apart (some of it took itself apart).

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kasnerd

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talk about a rust bucket. I get nervous when I see rust on a bolt after it starts creeping from one side.... that's like the whole everything covered in rust. how much for 1000gal of fluid film?
 

Dukestaco

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I. Hate. Drum. Brakes. I have to be a goddamned octopus to put these things on. Got the rest of the hard lines removed/reinstalled today while the truck rained tetanus down on me. And then fought with the drums for what seemed like half a day. The second one went in less than half the time.

Tomorrow I get to install the hard lines from the rear pumpkin to the wheels and bleed them. #neveragain

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Dig that awesome corrosion. I don’t think the rear brakes even worked the whole time I’ve owned this thing after having taken everything apart (some of it took itself apart).

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How long was that at the bottom of the lake? Holly shit Batman.
 

kasnerd

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How long was that at the bottom of the lake? Holly shit Batman.
right? shit looks like it was salvaged off the Titanic. Its...melting. No drugs required.

edit: you need a hot pressure washer in your life if you are living in that kinda environment.
 

Chris In Milwaukee

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My RAM truck was in a wreck that put it out of commission for several months. Insurance wouldn’t pay for rental beyond the usual time period while the police were working the accident investigation (fatality involved), so I bought this thing with 180,000 miles for next to nothing. A lot of hard Wisconsin well-salted miles. Drove it until I got my truck back and then relegated it to cabin duty as a utility vehicle. It spends most of its time sitting in the garage. Rusting. Every seal is dried out and dripping, every bushing is beat, ball joints spewing grease, and it does look like it was recovered from the Titanic site. But when I need to make a run to the lumber store, it starts right up and I can put the seats down and carry a shit load of timber. Now I might just be able to stop with it all. It’s been a learning experience. Makes the 4Runner seem like a walk in the park. This truck is basically on life support.

My 4Runner and the wife’s Jag have unlimited car wash plans with super duper underbody wash (Hence the tag line), a necessary item in Wisconsin. Hers is aluminum, but mine isn’t. Gotta keep the salt off as long as I can lest it look like this poor soul at 200K.
 

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My RAM truck was in a wreck that put it out of commission for several months. Insurance wouldn’t pay for rental beyond the usual time period while the police were working the accident investigation (fatality involved), so I bought this thing with 180,000 miles for next to nothing. A lot of hard Wisconsin well-salted miles. Drove it until I got my truck back and then relegated it to cabin duty as a utility vehicle. It spends most of its time sitting in the garage. Rusting. Every seal is dried out and dripping, every bushing is beat, ball joints spewing grease, and it does look like it was recovered from the Titanic site. But when I need to make a run to the lumber store, it starts right up and I can put the seats down and carry a shit load of timber. Now I might just be able to stop with it all. It’s been a learning experience. Makes the 4Runner seem like a walk in the park. This truck is basically on life support.

My 4Runner and the wife’s Jag have unlimited car wash plans with super duper underbody wash (Hence the tag line), a necessary item in Wisconsin. Hers is aluminum, but mine isn’t. Gotta keep the salt off as long as I can lest it look like this poor soul at 200K.
Minimum requirements are go, turn, stop. Doesn't need to be in that order or done in certain time frames. lol

Don't forget your time. You can always make more money, but not more time. So good onyou with the flatbed idea. Someone feeds their family fixin that nonsense...let em have at it. Whatever you were trying to prove about wrenching is gonna cost you in busted knuckles and missing finger tips (fuck drum brakes).
 

Chris In Milwaukee

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Minimum requirements are go, turn, stop. Doesn't need to be in that order or done in certain time frames. lol

Don't forget your time. You can always make more money, but not more time. So good onyou with the flatbed idea. Someone feeds their family fixin that nonsense...let em have at it. Whatever you were trying to prove about wrenching is gonna cost you in busted knuckles and missing finger tips (fuck drum brakes).
Just wanted to see if I could do it. Would have been more fun with an Arizona truck! Once upon a time I dreamed of a frame-off resto. Not after this. No way, josé.
 

Chris In Milwaukee

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Got everything assembled and bled the lines today. Still the pedal goes to the floor, so there’s either air in the ABS box or master cylinder. I ran out of time, though, and headed back home. At least the hard part is done. Now see what kind of critter I can find that can super-bleed the lines and stuff in between. Suggestions welcomed.
 
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