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Not really sure as I did not try to disassemble the caliper other than pulling the piston out and replacing the seal and dust boot. Never tried to remove the park brake actuator but i will fool around with it some this weekend and see if I can get it working. Kind of screwed if not since I can't find a left rear caliper. I do have my "parts car" so I can scavenge one temporarily Lol. I'll let you guys know what I find.

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Got the brakes all done up now. Not sure why I could not get that last rear piston back in the caliper but I got the tool from NAPA and second try, it went right in.

So now I have a broken stud and two boogered up ones. I have replacements but can't figure out how to get the new ones in. Is there a trick to this? Brakes, caliper bracket and rotor are off the car but I can't figure out how to get the little shield off the back side. There are four bolts at the back but these go inward so I can't remove them. I can turn the axle but there is still metal impeding the new stud from sliding in. I think this is why two of the studs were messed up. I think a PO must have knocked them in and boogered the threads in the process.

Any tips appreciated.

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It's been some time but I ran into the same problem, looking at a major tear down I think. What I did on mine and it is a bit crude. I used a cut off tool and made two slices in the dust guard and simply bent the material back, rotated the axle to line up and replaced the studs through the "notch". I then bent it back into place and was done. Crude but it worked and caused no issues other than good studs, any everybody likes a good stud!
 

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hessmess said:
It's been some time but I ran into the same problem, looking at a major tear down I think. What I did on mine and it is a bit crude. I used a cut off tool and made two slices in the dust guard and simply bent the material back, rotated the axle to line up and replaced the studs through the "notch". I then bent it back into place and was done. Crude but it worked and caused no issues other than good studs, any everybody likes a good stud!
Thanks Dick. I saw a video on Youtube and that guy did the same thing. Going to try that later.
 

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So I did like DIck said and cut the dust shield enough to get the studs in place. Naturally this was not the last hurdle because the "correct" studs I got from Rock Auto were wrong. Not the first time something from there did not fit. Went to several local stores and none available until O'Reilly which had them in stock. Love that place; they seem much more knowledgeable than the other chains.

Got all three in without a hitch, so on to the next project.
 

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I took the Trooper down to GA and back to pick up some wheels from another planet member. I checked the mileage going down (mostly back roads and 60 mph or less) and I got 24 mpg. Pretty happy with that.

On the way back I took the interstate and got a little over 21 but that includes about an hour and a half of bumper to bumper crawling in Atlanta........dang I hate that place!
 

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Wow, 24! That is awesome
 

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Steady, slower (cruising) speeds do wonders on these. Remember, they were built when the national speed limit was 55 MPH. Many have an orange 55 on the speedometer. Dennis
 

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Glad you finally put some miles on that engine. Last time I took my SpaceCab down the road I got 23. That was the best I have ever done, that was running a steady 75.
 

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DSUZU said:
Steady, slower (cruising) speeds do wonders on these. Remember, they were built when the national speed limit was 55 MPH. Many have an orange 55 on the speedometer. Dennis
Yeah its got the orange "55". I thought they would never change that ridiculous speed limit back in the day.
 

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So I got these wheels off the carcass at Pull a Part. Someone painted them black obviously but I am debating as to whether I will try to strip the paint and polish them up or maybe add another coat of satin black paint. Seems that a lot of vehicles have black wheels these days and my trooper does have black bed liner type coating along the bottom sides of the vehicle.

What do you guys think? Would you leave them black or strip and polish? Of course any paint will scratch...
 

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I would go with the cleaned up black myself
 

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I would go with the cleaned up black myself
Yeah I might put one on to see how it looks. Definitely easier that way. The spare had not been painted so I can also try to polish that one to see how they come out.
 

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Anybody got any advice to quiet ticking valves that are properly adjusted? Just to recap the head and valves are new as is the Jerry cam. Only thing not new here are the rockers themselves and the tubes they ride on.

BTW I know these motors do have the sewing machine sound, but mine seem to tick a bit louder. Oil pressure is excellent.

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Decided it was time to do something about the exterior of the vehicle. The only real damage to the vehicle when I got it was a boxed right rear corner. Never done body work before so I picked up one of those stud welder/slide hammer things from Harbor Freight. Took a little trial and error and a crap load of studs since the dent was pretty bad and not just one bend. Crunched in pretty good. The area up to the body panel line will be black bedliner material anyway so it did not matter to scrub away the paint. Also got some new mud tires for the old painted rims I got at the junk yard. I'll post more pics as I get further along.
 

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So did you use the stud welder thing to pull as much of the dent as you could, then smooth over with Bondo? I've yet to try any body work either, but am always interested.
 

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So did you use the stud welder thing to pull as much of the dent as you could, then smooth over with Bondo? I've yet to try any body work either, but am always interested.
Yeah its a pretty cool tool. I think with a fairly simple dent you could make it go away completely. Of course you have to have touch up paint. For mine that area from the top line of the repair is all going to be bedliner spray anyway so it did not matter since I don't have to match the old faded paint. You can see the before and after in the pics above. The dent was challenging because you can see it was crunched in many directions and not a simple dent. Pretty happy with the result and frankly given what I am going to do to it, it should not show anyway. I'm also curious how well those paintless dent removal things work. The ones where you glue the rings on and pull them with a slide hammer.

Will post more pics as I progress
 

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Looks Great! Can't even tell it had an "owie".
 
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