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POPER 11-14-2012 10:22 AM

The Slow (But Steady) Transformation
This past Friday I finally got my new headlights I ordered off of eBay - the sun was already setting but I was too excited and went out to put them on the truck anyways. I installed the left one without any issues (other than a broken tab, but that's getting worked out with the seller), and when I went to swap out the right headlight I realized I had to replace my front bumper sooner than anticipated...
The bumper was bent up enough to hold the headlight in place, so I had to wait until the next morning to search the wrecking yards. I picked up a complete bumper assembly off a '96 in great condition for $200 even. Things were going all too easy during the swap though and I hit another ro - even though the '96 and '01 have the exact same bumper, the front two mounting brackets are slightly different. The end that bolts to the frame horns did not line up but the end that bolted to the bumper was the exact same, so I just figured I'd take off and use the brackets from my original bumper - easier said than done...

Tools required to remove bracket from bumper:
Socket wrench, silicone lube, pipe for added torque, more silicone lube, vice grips for when the carriage bolts became useless and just start spinning, more silicone lube, and eventually an angle grinder.

After this experience, I took a drive out to the hardware store and picked up some new nuts, bolts (hex, not carriage), and washers to reinstall the bumper to the brackets. Also, since I was going through all of this trouble, I decided to pick up a can of Krylon satin black spray paint to spruce up the top plastic piece on the new-to-me bumper and the custom mesh inserts. I think it made a huge difference in appearance and will be doing the mirrors, taillight covers, rear bumper plastic, door trim, and possibly the honeycomb grill as well.

Final product (the CARR steps were installed last weekend):

Note: Those tires and rims were installed at the local CT between bringing home the bumper and getting back to the install, meaning I had to drive the truck through town looking like it did in the first picture :hah:

FPSweet 01-21-2013 10:04 PM

Looks sweet, can't wait to see more updates

Chally1971 02-15-2013 11:00 PM

Real nice ride! Those headlights make it look mean. Love to see more Pics:smiley_thumbs_up:

panhead 02-18-2013 01:57 AM

Looks really good. Your truck looks like a 3/4 ton from the front.

Howells 02-18-2013 02:29 PM

Looks good. Wish the body on my truck was that clean.

jeepfan93 11-14-2013 09:52 AM

Those look like the same lights i got. Do yours have adjusters? Mine don't and I can't see a way of adapting my buckets to these lights.

POPER 11-16-2013 05:53 PM

Sadly no (get what you pay for I guess). Luckily mine line up just about perfectly to where they should be when I checked them against the garage door...
As for an update on the truck, I did the exhaust: Flowmaster Super 40 1 into 2 with 4"x20" SS tips out the back. I'm looking for a fairly low mileage engine to swap now though since it's been misfiring (cylinders 2 and 3) for almost a year and has just now started to backfire and stutter when up to temp.
We'll see if I can bear to sell her after all that or suck it up and keep it as a toy/hobby truck lol.

Revel Performance 11-16-2013 06:27 PM

looking very good, can't wait to see more :)

the persuader 11-18-2013 01:53 AM

That's a good looking ride!

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