With the bed done id like to get the truck inspected (as i have work piling up that i need it for), but after 15 years, the Banks exhaust i had on here was falling apart and had been patched back together multiple times. Well finally the muffler rotted out and broke:
As a quick fix, i just eliminated it and threw an elbow on there so i could drive it to the exhaust shop
Its a total brodozer look and i hate it, but it was sufficient to drive to the exhaust shop to get a proper exhaust made anyway
So now ive got 4" stainless all the way from the downpipe to the tip, along with a new stainless muffler as well
Nice and quiet, for a 4" pipe anyways.
So from there it was just a matter of stopping and filling up the rear tank, so next week i can finally drop the front tank out of the frame rails
I bet you didnt think this would fit, but it totally does, and with room to spare:
And the new rear tank holds an honest 38 gallons
Its way out of inspection (was due in august), and i still need to get my water/methanol injection reinstalled, but at least she's a driver once more!
The next part of the project is lighting. I need to wire up the bed, but i also need a place to put my license plate, trailer plug and reverse lights
I spent some time staring at that space, and started thinking about just building a panel to house my lights & plate, similar to what a traditional dump truck might have
Mocking up in steel:
Brand new Ford wedgelock pins.....
...means i can rewire a new trailer 7-way, to plug directly into the truck's harness
...and this gray 8-pin connector is the plug for the original bed's tailllights. The plan is to rewire the bed lights to plug directly into this using some more wedgelock pins and connectors
...and with all wires ran, the panel is now installed!