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    Default Help with resto

    IM restoring my 85 high serria truck and I was kinda wondering if anyone has any advice on things that I should beef up or replace. Any and all advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.

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    Default 2 or 4WD?

    Either way, replacing the cab mounts is a must. Are you going down to the frame? Pretty good trucks to start with, plenty of parts availability, etc. I'd recommend Dynamat on the interior floorboards http://www.dynamat.com/products_auto...roduction.html and perhaps Lizzard Skin http://www.lizardskin.com/ on the undercarriage. I don't remember if the 85's had the improved hood or if they needed stiffeners to keep the hood from bending.
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    If it's 4wd then you need to brace up the frame where the steering box mounts. They sell a plate to weld on & you can also get a brace that bolts in behind the box (using the steering box bolts) & goes inwards to the center of the crossmember. This was a weak area especially if you lift it. FYI--85 body style had a good hood. Aftermarket sheetmetal parts are cheap & plentiful but find a place local as shipping will kill you on fenders & doors. Also I should have said almost all parts are available aftermarket. Just do a search on the web & you'll find a ton of suppliers for these trucks.
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    Almost all parts are interchangeble from 81 thru 87. I was never a big fan of those auto-locking front hubs. I would replace with a set of manual ones.
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    Vectrax 7x12 band saw
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    Thanks alot everyone I ment to say above that it is a 4x4. I bought 2 doors, 2 cab cornors, 2 rocker panles, 2 fenders, 2 fender wells, all OEM for $200 from my uncle All I need for the body parts is a 8' bed and tailgate. Thanks agen..

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    Quote Originally Posted by m.k.swelding View Post
    Thanks alot everyone I ment to say above that it is a 4x4. I bought 2 doors, 2 cab cornors, 2 rocker panles, 2 fenders, 2 fender wells, all OEM for $200 from my uncle All I need for the body parts is a 8' bed and tailgate. Thanks agen..
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    building one i think

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