So i have a small update: rain sucks. It wont stop! We got ~12" of rain last week, with more coming next week! So i do have some real progress, but thanks to mother nature its been slow.
Youre probably wondering why i lifted the bed to do all that work, when i couldve done it all w/o removing it. Well, it has something to do with this:
Youre looking at a 2ton hydraulic dump conversion kit.
It converts the stock truck bed into a covert dump bed, which is pretty awesome. Bought it last fall and with working on the green bronco never got around to installing it until now.
It came with a ton of Gr8 hardware
a whole bunch of wires, connectors, 200a circuit breaker, hydraulic hose & fittings, all sorts of parts
the pump is a pretty nice piece, and has a built in 3qt reservoir. Its designed to run on ATF which is convenient.
So here's where i goofed. This kit is a 'universal' kit because it fits like 20 years of these trucks. As i later discovered, there was a specific kit available direct from the manufacturer (Pierce Arrow, Inc) that wouldve worked better, but oh well. The primary difference is in the hinges, anyway, which ill get to in a moment.
So i need to notch the end of the frame for clearance for the hinge. This is the point of no return, as im also cutting off the hole for the rearmost bed bolt.
So today the rain broke long enough for some buddies to swing by and help set the bed back on the frame so i can begin!