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AlohaRam 12-27-2012 04:00 AM

Lifting Cab & Body off Chassis to Replace Rusted Exhaust System
 
My (Recently-Purchased) 2002 Ram 1500 4.7L 2WD...

http://i47.tinypic.com/t62bfa.jpg

Apparently, this truck was run through SALT, which caused corrosion damage to most metal of the under-hood components...

http://i46.tinypic.com/30ac9x3.jpg

and Entire Exhaust System.

http://i47.tinypic.com/2rpek55.jpg

There is no way I am going to be able to remove those exhaust manifolds, without breaking a few (if not all of the) bolts.

So, I decided to remove the Bed & Cab, to have full access to the engine while doing the inevitable, extracting broken bolts from the cylinder head.

Let the dissecting begin...

http://i47.tinypic.com/2ew175u.jpg

Floating Bed...

http://i48.tinypic.com/2r603sw.jpg

Half-Naked Truck...

http://i50.tinypic.com/2rzqqvk.jpg

FYI: Really easy to lift the bed on these. It took me a leisurely 2hours to remove the rear bumper and bed.

That was all the spare time I had today... and will begin to tackle the cab removal tomorrow.

Gonna be playing TETRIS in my mini-garage...:doh:

http://i45.tinypic.com/dewrr6.jpg

gonefishin776 12-27-2012 08:11 AM

Good work. I had to do that to my f-150 to get to the fuel pump in my driveway. Took four of us to lift the bed off and set it in the grass. We didn't have the fancy crane you have. It was tempting to drive around with the bed off! it looks cool haha. Good luck with that cab!

AlohaRam 12-28-2012 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gonefishin776 (Post 968500)
Good work. I had to do that to my f-150 to get to the fuel pump in my driveway. Took four of us to lift the bed off and set it in the grass. We didn't have the fancy crane you have. It was tempting to drive around with the bed off! it looks cool haha. Good luck with that cab!

Thanks! :smileup:

... I don't have 4 friends I can count on, LOL ... so that crane is my best friend and doesn't require beer.

AlohaRam 12-28-2012 06:44 PM

2-hours to remove fender-wells, radiator, air-box, engine-harness... another 2 hours worth to do and the cab comes off :)

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...26599932_n.jpg

Lift-off squence: ACTIVATE! ... haha

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...38592607_n.jpg

AlohaRam 12-30-2012 03:04 AM

Teeter-Tottering up till enough clearance to roll chassis out from under...

http://i45.tinypic.com/2ahxis9.jpg

There's the 34" clearance I need...

http://i50.tinypic.com/sxdjsl.jpg

Full access, that's what I am talking about...

http://i47.tinypic.com/21jsves.jpg

Turned the first nut, and the stud broke... sign of things to come...

http://i50.tinypic.com/s10mlz.jpg

You ever seen an iron block shed it's skin?

http://i46.tinypic.com/2zhqsus.jpg


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