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    I keep asking questions about my truck throughout the forums, figured I'd just start a build thread. I'm working on the name still. This is my 2nd D-50 but I did very little to my first one (regret getting rid of it). I'm building it to be my daily driver, and while I plan to keep performance primarily stock, I am going to rebuild nearly everything. I'm still deciding on how much body modifications to do, but I'm definitely repainting and doing new wheels. First and foremost, got to get it running. I bought it with a blown head gasket and found out it has newer head, without the jet valves!!! Not sure how much the previous owner spent on that but I'm not complaining. Vehicle came with the 2.0 but someone switched it to the 2.6. Got myself a weber carb and conversion plate. So far planning on just keeping the stock mechanical fuel pump.Click image for larger version. 

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    That last picture is the red I'm planning on painting this. Kandy red on a black base.

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    Can we pull mine in the booth to?

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    I absolutely despise body work. Only reason I'm painting at it all is because it's 2 different colors. I'll let you use my booth but you gotta do the work on both trucks. Haha

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    Great color choice. Looks like a good clean truck to start with. Those wheels look okay to me but yes some newer ones would be a nice touch. Good luck on wheel selection as the six lug leaves us quite limited with selections.

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    Yeah I've noticed that CRV. Until I find what I'm looking for I'm going to paint mine black. I agree that they aren't bad, but the gold isn't really my favorite. It really is a pretty clean base. Only major dent is on the hood and it came with a while new hood. Thank god, like I said, not a fan of body work.

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    Update! Motor back together and going back in the truck today. I've decided to do the elimination on the balance shafts. Figure I can always put them back in if it bothers me that much. I have a set of polyurethane body bushings I'm going to put on the cab mounts and I'm hoping that might work with the new suspension to make it tolerable. Should be driving over to the body shop tonight! Pictures to come!

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    Wow, that was fast. Can't wait to see that paint on your truck. Just live a little ways away too! Are you sure you won't paint both trucks, lol.

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    I think that candy red and polished gold wheels with low pro blackwall tires would pop. I can picture it now.

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    I'm still thinking I want to paint the wheels black. I'm going to leave em gold until the paint on the truck is done. However, I don't like them the way they are right now. We'll see if the paint changes that.

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    I just saw that you're in Spokane Brad. I was born in Spokane. Lots of family in that area. Closest to you is in Waverly... Right outside of town. I'm in Lewiston next weekend.

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    I was just in Lewiston last weekend, chukar hunting above the Snake. Fantastic country but my ankles hurt just thinking about how steep those ridges are! By the way, that color you selected is great, can't wait to see it on the truck!
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    I'll make sure and get plenty of pictures posted. Any body guys know prep for this kind of job is going to be extensive so it'll be a few days. I love the Lewiston country. I grew up fishing on the snake and still enjoy camping and hunting all throughout the valley. I'm hoping to retire at a house in Clarkston that my dad and I bought years ago.

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    Ya I was Lewiston also last summer. Came barreling down that big huge hill into town and it was hotter then hell, lol. Went to visit an old friend I have known for about 20 years. She stopped in Lewiston to see her aunt who lives on the edge of the golf course there. It is a nice place, just was really warm when I was there.

    I moved to Spokane around 1994, originally I was born and lived in the Bay Area, CA. most of my life until I moved north. Not sure I agree with the snow that much here though.

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    Haha my wife is from Santa Rosa. Lot's in common I guess. My area just got 13 inches of snow so even primer spraying is on hold. I think I got a picture to post hang on

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    I have an extra hood I'm going to prep and spray to practice on. I'll post pictures in a few days, see what yall think.
    Drove out to the body shop. Still a few things to work out but damn this thing is quick. Nearly stock and still quite a bit of get up and go. Way more than my old toyota or my last 2.0 r50

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    This was 2008 - record year 108in...................Looking across street during whiteout
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    UPDATE: Adding the photos of the motor rebuild that I was going to upload 2 weeks ago, haha.

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    Should have taken pictures before I took it apart. Couple little things I need help with. Small vacuum line coming off the distributer. No idea where that goes. And the fuel system was messed up when I got it. I'll post pictures but I'm having a hard time routing the lines. Got one line going from tank to pump. One from pump to carb. Then I have one coming from the canister labeled "to ac" going no where, and one going from canister to tank. The one that says "to carb" on the canister has no line on it. Is it possible thru had the "to ac" line run to the carb for the return to tank? Does any of that make sense or do I need to get pictures?

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    Did you look at the first gen manual for the lines?
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    Manual isn't helping me out all that much because my truck came stock with a 2.0 (g52b) and I have a 2.6 (g54b) installed. That plus the aftermarket carb makes factory manuals sort of obsolete.

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    the 2 lines on the vapor canister - one went to a bowl vent on the original carb to the canister for vapor recovery. The other was a line that drew the recovered vapor from the canister to the carb after warmup - that fitting was on the firewall and went to the air cleaner. Look at my gallery pics on how I have it hooked up - since Geronimo is an 1980, his canister only has one line out of the top, but you get the idea. For the dizzy vacuum, use a port on the weber above the throttle plate - that is ported vacuum. That port should be on the valve cover side of the carb.
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    Pennyman, as always, you're awesome. Couple of quick clarification questions though. The dizzy vac line is perfect, thank you. The carb has two full size fuel line ports. One is obviously the "In" line for fuel feed, then there's another one directly under it, I'm wondering if that's either the vapor recovery, or the fuel return that you're talking about. The "To ac" line I was talking about earlier likely went to that fitting you're talking about on the firewall (that's about how long the hose is) but there is no fitting there anymore. I'm wondering which one I should actually be sending to that open port on the carb. I'll check out your gallery and see if your pics help clarify at all.

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