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American Powertrain Systems
Transmission, Manual, Tremec TKO 600, 5-Speed, 1 1/8 in. 26-Spline, Ford, V8, Each
Ford Performance Parts
3.5L, 365 Horsepower, EcoBoost Crate Engine Kit from Ford Racing
Jim Weimer Rod Garage
53-56 Ford truck frames are made of fully TIG-welded 10-gauge steel for strength and durability, Complete MII hub-to-hub kit with double adjustable coilover suspension upgrade, Parallel four bar kit, Universal panhard bar kit.
JKS Manufacturing
Front Track Bar and Sector Shaft Reinforcement Kit Features
LMC Truck
Come to LMCTruck.com for all your truck parts and accessories needs. LMC carries truck parts for Chevy, GMC, Ford, Dodge trucks and more.
Matco Tools
RPT102 - Cooling System Tester
QuickTime Inc.
RM-8086, Bellhousing, SFI Approved, Ford 3.5/3.7L to TKO 500/600, TR3550, Mustange T5
RockAuto.com
MEVOTECH Part # KIT99 - Supreme - This kit includes 10 components, Front; RWD; Ford F150, Old Body Type
Stampede Truck Accessories
TAPE-ONZ Sidewind Deflectors, Smoke, 4 DR.
The Industrial Depot
The Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware and Shop Supplies

Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> TODAY OUR 1955 F-100 IS GETTING AN AFTERMARKET CHASSIS AND ALL NEW SUSPENSION. THEN WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE SMALL YET POWERFUL FORD ECOBOOST ENGINE AND FIVE SPEED THAT'LL MAKE UP THE DRIVETRAIN. AND WE'RE SHOWING YOU HOW TO PRESSURE TEST YOUR COOLING SYSTEM COMPONENTS. IT'S ALL TODAY HERE ON TRUCK TECH.

(RYAN)>> HEY GUYS, WELCOME TO TRUCK TECH. TODAY WE'VE GOT OUR '55 F-100 IN THE SHOP. NOW THE TRUCK'S BEEN IN THE BUILDING FOR A WHILE, BUT NOW WE'RE READY TO REALLY KICK THIS PROJECT OFF RIGHT AND GET IT STARTED. I THINK YOU GUYS ARE REALLY GONNA DIG SOME OF THE STUFF WE'VE GOT PLANNED FOR TODAY. WE'VE GOT BIG PARTS OF THE DRIVETRAIN AND A SOLID FOUNDATION TO SET OUR CHOPPED CAB AND NEW BED ON, AND SOME SUSPENSION PARTS TO CHECK OUT. NOW IN CASE YOU GUYS DON'T REMEMBER, THIS IS THE F-100 THAT WE PICKED UP AS SOMEBODY ELSE'S ABANDONED PROJECT. THEY'D ALREADY CHOPPED THE TOP AND DONE A BUNCH OF

BODY WORK TO THE CAB AS PART OF THEIR PROJECT PROGRESS. BUT THEN THEY LOST INTEREST, OR SOMETHING CHANGED, AND THE TRUCK CAME UP FOR SALE. SO WE SCOOPED IT UP TO PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF.

NOW THE FRAME ON THE TRUCK HAD ALREADY BEEN MODIFIED. SOMEBODY'S HACKED UP THE CROSS MEMBER AND WELDED IN A COUPLE OF NEW ENGINE MOUNTS. I'VE ALSO SEEN A FEW FATIGUE CRACKS, AND THERE'S NO TELLING HOW STRAIGHT THE ORIGINAL FRAME IS. SO WHEN IT CAME TIME TO MAKE A DECISION ON WHAT TO

DO FOR A FOUNDATION FOR OUR OLD TRUCK, WELL WE COULD EITHER KEEP THE STOCK FRAME, CLEAN UP THE MODIFICATIONS, REINFORCE IT, AND GET READY FOR A NEW ROUND OF SUSPENSION MODS. OR WE COULD GO WITH SOMETHING THAT'S MUCH BETTER IN THE LONG RUN. SO WE DECIDED TO GO WITH AN ALL NEW FRAME AND PICKED UP THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE FROM JW ROD GARAGE.

NOW THEY'VE GOT A SETUP FOR A FOUR LINK REAR SUSPENSION AND A MUSTANG TWO FRONT SUSPENSION. IF YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE '53 TO '56 FORDS, YOU KNOW THAT THE WHEEL ISN'T CENTERED IN THE WHEEL WELL. SO WHEN WE ORDERED OUR FRAME, WE HAD THEM MAKE A COMMON MODIFICATION, AND WE'VE GOT ERIC FROM JW ROD AND GARAGE HERE TO TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS THING.

(ERIC)>> WHAT WE TYPICALLY DO IS MOVE THE FRONT CROSS MEMBER FORWARD ABOUT AN INCH AND A QUARTER JUST SO THAT THE WHEEL LOCATION IS A LITTLE MORE AESTHETICALLY PLEASING IN THE FENDER. SOME OF THE OTHER COOL FEATURES OF OUR FRAME IS THAT IT'S MADE OUT OF ALL 10 GAUGE STEEL. WE TIG WELD THE ENTIRE FRAME, EVERYTHING'S FULLY GROUND. WE ALSO INSTALL THE NUTS IN THE FRAME SO YOU CAN

MOUNT THE RUNNING BOARD MOUNTS. WE DO A MOVABLE TRANSMISSION MOUNT, WHICH WE JUST TACK WELD IN SO YOU CAN SLIDE IT FORWARD AND BACK ON THE TUBES IN ORDER TO MOUNT ANY TRANSMISSION YOU WANT. THAT'S AFFIXED TO OUR TUBULAR CENTER SECTION HERE. IT'S GONNA GIVE YOU A LOT MORE STRENGTH THAN THE ORIGINAL FACTORY FRAME CROSS MEMBER.

(RYAN)>> NOW THE CAB MOUNTS AND THE FORWARD BOX MOUNT ARE IN AN OE LOCATION. EVERYTHING WILL BOLT RIGHT UP, AND THEY'VE ADDED A RELIEF TO THE REAR FRAME RAIL FOR AXLE CLEARANCE SO YOU CAN RUN AT A NICE, LOW RIDE HEIGHT IF YOU WANT TO. NOW THESE GUYS MAKE MORE THAN JUST '53 TO '56 F-100 FRAMES.

SO TELL ME WHAT ELSE YOU GUYS DO AND HOW YOU DO IT.

(ERIC)>> WELL WE MAKE ANYTHING FROM FORD, CHEVY, MOPAR FRAMES FROM '28 ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE '50'S. ALL OF OUR FRAMES ARE FULLY WELDED IN A JIG. WHEN WE CAN, WE USE ORIGINAL FRAMES AND BLUE PRINTS TO TRY TO GET THEM AS PRECISE AS POSSIBLE.

(RYAN)>> NOW IN ADDITION TO FRAMES, THEY ALSO MAKE AND SELL SUSPENSION COMPONENTS.

WE WENT WITH THEIR PARALLEL FOUR BAR AND PAN HARD SYSTEM FOR THE REAR. THE BRACKETS AND LINKS ARE MADE IN HOUSE. EVERYTHING IS TIG WELDED AND LOOKS REALLY, REALLY NICE. TO KEEP THE REAR END OF THE TRUCK SUPPORTED WE WENT WITH VIKING PERFORMANCE DOUBLE ADJUSTABLE COIL OVERS WITH A 10 INCH SPRING WITH A 225 POUND INCH RATE. FOR THE FRONT SUSPENSION WE WENT WITH MORE OF THEIR PARTS.

(ERIC)>> THESE ARE OUR TUBULAR FRONT CONTROL ARMS THAT WE MAKE OUT OF AN INCH AND A QUARTER TUBING. WE'VE GOT BRAND NEW UPDATED POWER RACK, VIKING COIL OVERS FOR THE FRONT AGAIN, ALSO DOUBLE ADJUSTABLE WITH 600 POUND SPRINGS, AND OUR STANDARD SPINDLES.

(RYAN)>> NOW ALL THIS STUFF ON THE TABLE IS

GOING TO BE A HUGE STEP FORWARD FOR OUR OLD '55 F-100. IF YOU GUYS ARE INTERESTED, CHECK OUT THE JW ROD GARAGE WEBSITE. ERIC, THANKS FOR BRINGING ALL THIS STUFF BY AND GIVING ME LOTS OF WORK TO DO.

(ERIC)>> GOOD LUCK!

(RYAN)>> THANKS, SHOULD BE FUN. THERE'S REALLY NO LUCK NEEDED. AT THIS POINT IT'S LIKE ASSEMBLING A FULL SIZE MODEL.

NEW PARTS ON NEW PARTS AND IT DOESN'T GET ANYMORE STRAIGHT FORWARD THAN THIS.

NOW NONE OF THESE PARTS ARE PAINTED OR POWDER COATED. THAT'S BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE THE

THING FULLY ASSEMBLED, ALL PLUMBED, AND BRACKETS WELDED ON, AND THEN SEND IT OUT FOR POWDER COAT OR PAINT.

AND THIS IS JUST FOR MOCK UP SO WE CAN MAKE THE TRUCK A ROLLER. NOW THE FRONT SHOCK USES A BEARING MOUNT INSTEAD OF A BUSHING. AFTER INSTALLING ONE OF THE SIR CLIPS WE CAN INSTALL THE BEARING AFTER WE APPLY A LITTLE ANTISEIZE SO NO CORROSION HAPPENS IN BETWEEN THE STEEL BEARING AND THE ALUMINUM HOUSING. WE'RE ALSO APPLYING SOME TO THE THREADED SHOCK BODY.

NOW THIS THRUST BEARING, OR TORRINGTON BEARING, BASICALLY ALLOWS THE SPRING TO ROTATE ON THE SPRING SEAT EASILY. IT'S BASICALLY A BUNCH OF LITTLE BEARINGS STACKED UP AROUND THE PERIMETER. AND WHEN SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN THESE TWO WASHERS,

ALLOWS THE SPRING TO ROTATE NICE AND SMOOTH. A LITTLE BIT OF ANTISEIZE ON IT WILL KEEP THINGS MOVING FREELY. NOW LIKE WE MENTIONED, THESE SHOCKS ARE DOUBLE ADJUSTABLE, MEANING YOU CAN ADJUST THE SHOCK FIRMNESS OR ITS RESISTANCE TO MOVEMENT IN BOTH THE COMPRESSION, OR THE DOWN STROKE, OR THE REBOUND STROKE. AND THE 600 POUND RATE SPRINGS BASICALLY SAYS THAT IT TAKES 600 POUNDS TO COMPRESS THE SPRING ONE INCH. THAT'S HOW COIL SPRINGS ARE RATED.

ABOUT READY TO INSTALL THIS THING. NOW THE TUBE ON THE REAR LEG OF THE CONTROL ARM IS JUST A HOLLOW TUBE, BUT THE ONE ON THE FRONT IS THREADED TO ACCEPT THE COIL OVER MOUNT BOLT. I'M USING A RATCHET STRAP TO HELP COMPRESS THE

SPRING A LITTLE BIT SO WE CAN GET THE CASTELLATED NUT ON OUR SPINDLE. NOW ONE THING WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT WITH OUR NEW CHASSIS IS COST. WITH THE BRAND NEW FRAME AND ALL NEW FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION COMPONENTS, WE'RE SITTING AT ABOUT $6,000. THAT'S REALLY NOT THAT BAD ONCE YOU CONSIDER ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO THE FRAME AND ALL THE NEW PARTS WE'VE GOT. PLUS IT'LL ALLOW US TO HIT THE RIDE AND HANDLING FAST FORWARD BUTTON, AND GO FROM THE MID '50'S RIGHT

INTO THE MODERN ERA. ALRIGHT, NOW WE'VE GOT OUR SUSPENSION INSTALLED AND MOCKED UP. EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR THE TRACK BAR, OR PAN HARD BAR. NOW THESE FOUR LINK BARS IS WHAT CONTROLS THE AXLE'S LOCATION AND POSITIONING FRONT TO BACK. BUT THE PAN HARD BAR IS WHAT LOCATES THE AXLE LATERALLY. NOW THIS END IS GOING TO GET ATTACHED TO THE AXLE HOUSING TUBE, WHILE THE OTHER END IS GONNA GET WELDED TO THE FRAME RAIL. BUT THERE'S NO POINT IN WELDING IT ON NOW SINCE WE DON'T HAVE AN AXLE. LOOKING PRETTY GOOD THOUGH!

(ANNOUNCER)>> AFTER THE BREAK WE'LL TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT OUR ECOBOOST POWER PLANT. AND LATER, HOW TO CHECK YOUR COOLING SYSTEM FOR LEAKS, STAY TUNED.

(RYAN)>> HEY GUYS, WELCOME BACK TO TRUCK TECH. NOW WITH THE CHASSIS OF OUR '55 F-100 COMING ALONG NICELY, IT'S TIME WE PAY SOME ATTENTION TO THE DRIVETRAIN THAT WE'VE GOT PICKED OUT

FOR OUR CLASSIC TRUCK. NOW WE KNEW RIGHT AWAY WE WANTED TO KEEP FORD POWER UNDERNEATH OUR FORD HOOD. SO THAT NARROWED THINGS DOWN FOR US RIGHT AWAY. AND WE KICKED AROUND IDEAS LIKE A VINTAGE HOT RODDED FLAT HEAD, A NEW DUAL OVERHEAD CAM COYOTE FIVE LITER, A STROKED PUSH ROD VEIGHT, OR SOMETHING WITH A SUPERCHARGER STRAPPED TO THE TOP OF IT. BUT WHAT WE ENDED UP GOING WITH WAS A VSIX. NOW BEFORE YOU THROW YOUR DRINK AT THE TV SCREEN OR YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN, YOU NEED TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

AT WHAT'S UNDERNEATH THE CRATE. THIS IS FORD'S THREE POINT FIVE LITER ECOBOOST TWIN TURBO VSIX. IT MAKES 365 HORSEPOWER AT 5,500 RPM, AND 420 POUNDS OF TORQUE AT JUST 2,500 RPM.

IT FEATURES DIRECT INJECTION WITH THE FUEL SPRAYED DIRECTLY INTO THE COMBUSTION CHAMBER, AND WITH FUEL PRESSURES OF OVER 2,000 PSI. IT'S GOT AN ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED THROTTLE. SO THAT MEANS NO MORE CABLES, JUST A FOOT PEDAL WITH A SENSOR IN THE CAB. THE TURBOS ARE SMALL BUT WATER COOLED FOR DURABILITY, AND TO KEEP TEMPS DOWN. THEY SPOOL UP QUICK AND MAKE ABOUT 12 PSI OF BOOST. IT'S EVEN GOT A FACTORY OIL COOLER TO KEEP ENGINE OIL TEMPS DOWN. NOW TO GET A CLOSER LOOK AT ONE OF THESE WATER COOLED TURBOS, I WENT AHEAD AND PULLED ONE OFF. LOOK AT THE TURBO INLET, THE PORT IS TINY, IT'S EVEN SMALLER ON THE MANIFOLD SIDE. AND THE TURBINE AND THE COMPRESSOR WHEELS ARE EQUALLY AS SMALL. BUT WITH THE SMALL PORTS AND THE SMALL TURBO, WELL IT VIRTUALLY ELIMINATES ANY TURBO LAG. THIS THING WILL SPOOL UP LIKE RIGHT NOW. AND ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS THING IS RATED AT 420 POUNDS OF TORQUE, THAT'S PRETTY STOUT. MY '94 DODGE WITH A CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL IS RATED AT THE SAME 420 POUNDS AND IT'S A ONE TON TRUCK. SO TECHNOLOGY HAS COME A LONG WAY. YOU CAN GET A LOT OF OUTPUT OUT OF A SMALL PACKAGE. ALSO REMEMBER THAT JUST RECENTLY WE DYNO TESTED AN F-150 WITH THIS ENGINE AND PICKED UP AN ADDITIONAL 75 REAR WHEEL HORSEPOWER. SO I'M PRETTY ANXIOUS TO SHOE HORN ONE OF THESE IN BETWEEN THE FRAME RAILS OF OUR '55. NOW TO GO BEHIND OUR HIGH TECH VSIX IS THIS TRIED AND TRUE TREMEC TKO 600 FIVE SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION THAT WE PICKED UP FROM AMERICAN POWERTRAIN. NOW WE WENT WITH A MANUAL FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. ONE, I JUST PLAIN LIKE DRIVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION EQUIPPED VEHICLE THAT MUCH MORE. PLUS IT KEEPS IT SIMPLE. WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A LATE MODEL ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED AUTOMATIC, IT'S RELATED WIRING, AND CONTROLLER. NOW THE REASON WE DIDN'T GO WITH A SIX SPEED IS I OFTEN FIND THAT SIXTH GEAR IS RARELY USED. PLUS THE SMALLER FIVE SPEED WILL BE EASIER TO FIT INSIDE THE TRANSMISSION TUNNEL. NOW THIS THING'S GOT A TORQUE CAPACITY OF 600 POUND FEET. PLUS IT ONLY WEIGHS 99 POUNDS. IT'S GOT A FIRST GEAR OF TWO POINT EIGHTSEVEN TO ONE AND AN OVERDRIVE RATIO OF POINT SIXFOUR TO ONE. SO WE'LL HAVE A NICE, LOW HIGHWAY CRUISE RPM. AND WITH OUR ENGINE'S BIG FAT TORQUE CURVE, WE WON'T HAVE TO DO A BUNCH OF SHIFTING TO STAY INSIDE THE POWER BAND.

TO ATTACH OUR TRANSMISSION TO THE ENGINE WE'RE USING THIS QUICK TIME BELL HOUSING. IT'S MADE FROM HIGH STRENGTH STEEL AND IT'S TWICE AS STRONG AS YOUR TYPICAL STEEL BELL HOUSING.

IT'S GOT LASER CUT FLANGES, IT'S SPIN FORMED AND CNC MACHINED. THIS THING IS DESIGNED TO BE THE LIGHTEST, STRONGEST, AND MOST ACCURATE STEEL BELL HOUSING YOU CAN GET. PLUS IT'S SFI CERTIFIED FOR YOU GUYS THAT ARE DOING SOME RACING. NOW WE SET OUT TO BUILD OUR '55 F-100 TO BE A GREAT ALL AROUND PERFORMER. IT'S NOT JUST A DRAG TRUCK OR AN AUTO CROSSER, OR A CRUISER. WE WANT IT TO BE GOOD AT EVERYTHING. SO WE THINK WITH OUR NEW FRAME AND SUSPENSION AND OUR UNIQUE DRIVETRAIN COMBINATION WE'LL GET JUST THAT.

(ANNOUNCER)>> UP NEXT WE'RE CHECKING OUT LMC TRUCK, STICK AROUND!

(RYAN)>> HEY GUYS, WELCOME BACK TO TRUCK TECH. NOW SOME OF THE BIGGEST DECISIONS YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE WHEN PLANNING A RESTORATION HAVE TO DO WITH REPLACING HARD TO FIND OR OBSOLETE PARTS. AND FOR OVER 30 YEARS OWNERS HAVE TURNED TO

A ONE STOP RESOURCE, LMC TRUCK. THERE'S NO GREATER FEELING THAN GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A TRUCK YOU HELPED PUT TOGETHER. FROM JERRY PATTON'S '51 CHEVY.

(JERRY)>> I DEFINITELY WOULD SAY THAT TRUCKS HAVE BROUGHT MY SON AND I CLOSER TOGETHER.

(RYAN)>> TO TEENAGER MARIAH CAMPBELL'S '78 FORD.

(MARIAH)>> I STARTED DRIVING IT BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THIS TRUCK.

(RYAN)>> ALL SOURCING THEIR PARTS FROM THIS CATALOG. THIS IS LMC TRUCK, THE WORLD'S LARGEST DISTRIBUTOR OF TRUCK PARTS AND ACCESSORIES.

(BECKY)>> I DON'T REALLY THINK OF US IN THOSE TERMS, AS THE LARGEST TRUCK PART DISTRIBUTOR. I THINK OF US MORE AS A COMPANY THAT HELPS PEOPLE ENJOY THEIR LIFE BETTER. ( )>> SO THE BILLET GRILL WILL POP INTO

THE ORIGINAL POSITION.

(RYAN)>> LMC PRESIDENT AND OWNER BECKY HANRAHAN KNOWS, CUSTOMERS TRUCKS MEAN MUCH MORE TO THEM THAN JUST TRANSPORTATION. THAT'S WHY EVERYTHING THEY MANUFACTURE IS BETTER THAN NEW.

(BECKY)>> WHEN THEY PUT THAT HEADLIGHT BEZEL ON,

THEY'RE REMEMBERING THE TIME THAT THEY DID IT WITH THEIR FATHER, OR THEIR GRANDFATHER, OR IT REMINDS THEM OF THE TIME THAT THEIR WHOLE FAMILY PILED INTO THE TRUCK AND WENT AND GOT ICE CREAM, OR WENT DOWN TO THE SWIMMING HOLE.

(RYAN)>> TO STAY ACCURATE WITH THEIR CATALOG ILLUSTRATIONS AND SPECS, LMC MAINTAINS A SERIOUS COLLECTION OF EARLY AND LATE MODEL TRUCKS AND SUV'S. THIS DOUBLES AS A TEST BED FOR THE THOUSANDS OF PARTS THEY MANUFACTURE THEMSELVES.

(SCOTT)>> THEY DIDN'T EXACTLY BUILD A PERFECT TRUCK BACK THEN. AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE SOME OF THE SECONDARY ISSUES OUT OF THE PARTS AS WE DEVELOP. WE FIX A LOT OF PARTS THAT HAD A LOT OF ORIGINAL ISSUES.

(DARYL)>> WE ALSO HAVE A FULLY STAFFED RESEARCH DEPARTMENT THAT SUPPLIES WITH THE INFORMATION THAT WE NEED TO CREATE SCHEMATIC DRAWINGS THAT WILL HELP THE CUSTOMER, GUIDE THEM THROUGH THEIR RESTORATION PROJECT. ALMOST AS A SHOP MANUAL APPROACH, NOT JUST TO BE ABLE TO BUY THE PART, TO KNOW HOW TO PUT IT ON THEIR VEHICLE AS WELL.

(RYAN)>> THE PROMISE LMC MADE TO TRUCK OWNERS 33 YEARS AGO HOLDS TRUE TODAY, TO PROVIDE THE RIGHT PART AT THE RIGHT PRICE RIGHT NOW.

AND THANKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA, FEEDBACK FROM CUSTOMERS WORLDWIDE IS IMMEDIATE.

(CHRIS)>> WHEN PEOPLE COME TO US AND ASK US ABOUT, DO YOU HAVE THIS PART? GENERALLY THE ANSWER IS YES, AND JUST ABOUT EVERY SINGLE TIME WE WANT TO BE THAT ONE STOP PLACE THAT YOU GO TO TO FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO RESTORE THE ENTIRE TRUCK.

(RYAN)>> CUSTOMER FEEDBACK DOESN'T END THERE. TRUCK OWNERS ARE JUST AS EAGER TO SHARE WHY THEIR TRUCK IS SO SPECIAL TO THEM.

(BECKY)>> LMC TRUCK LIFE WAS BORN ONE AFTERNOON IN MY OFFICE WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ALL THE STORIES THAT WE HAD.

WE HAD FILE CABINETS FULL OF ALL THESE OLD STORIES THAT PEOPLE HAD SENT US. AND THEY JUST WEREN'T STORIES ABOUT THEIR TRUCKS, THEY WERE STORIES ABOUT THEIR REBUILD, ABOUT THEIR FAMILY. THEY WERE FULL OF PHOTOS AND JUST RICH, RICH STORIES. AND IT WAS SAD TO SEE THOSE STORIES JUST SITTING IN A FILE CABINET SOMEPLACE. SO WE DECIDED TO GIVE PEOPLE A PLACE THAT THEY COULD GO AND TELL THEIR STORIES.

(CHRIS B.)>> MY NAME IS CHRIS BAKER AND THIS IS MY TRUCK STORY.

(RYAN)>> A FEW OF THEM TURNED INTO MINI MOVIES. (CHRIS B.)>> LOTS OF PEOPLE SAY OH, YOU'RE

STUCK IN THE '50'S OR WHATEVER, BUT IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO BE STUCK. IF ANYTHING IT'S A GOOD HOBBY, YOU KNOW.

IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN BE PROUD OF.

YOU PUT THE WORK INTO IT, YOU SEE INSTANT RESULTS.

(BECKY)>> THIS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST SELLING TRUCK PARTS TO CUSTOMERS.

(MARIAH)>> I HAVE A LOT OF MEMORIES IN IT. IT'S THE FIRST TRUCK THAT I DROVE.

(BECKY)>> WE FEEL THAT WE'RE HELPING THEM KEEP

THEIR HISTORY GOING.

(MARIAH)>> THE TRUCK WE WERE DRIVING WHEN I GOT MY FIRST DEER.

(BECKY)>> THEIR PIECE OF THE PAST GOING FORWARD.

(MARIAH)>> I GOT THE LMC TRUCK MAGAZINE, AND ORDERED THE PARTS, AND WENT TO WORK ON IT. YOU KNOW, IT'S EVERYTHING.

(BECKY)>> I'VE RECEIVED SO MANY LETTERS FROM PEOPLE

SAYING THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO, FOR HELPING US KEEP OUR TRUCKS RUNNING. AND YOU HEAR SO MANY GREAT STORIES. AND WITH LMC TRUCK LIFE I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO

GO ON THE ROAD AND VISIT A LOT OF THESE CUSTOMERS. IT'S FUN, AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE SATISFYING THAN THAT.

(RYAN)>> HEY GUYS, WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOP. NOW IF YOU'VE GOT A HARD TO FIND ANTIFREEZE LEAK SOMEWHERE IN YOUR COOLING SYSTEM, WELL A COOLING SYSTEM PRESSURE TESTER, LIKE THIS ONE THAT WE PICKED UP FROM MATCO TOOLS, CAN BE REALLY HELPFUL. IT WORKS PRETTY SIMPLY. JUST ATTACH IT TO THE TOP OF THE RADIATOR OR OVERFLOW BOTTLE, PUMP IT UP, PRESSURIZE THE SYSTEM, AND IT'LL FORCE OUT ANY LEAKS SO YOU CAN PINPOINT THE PROBLEM AREA AND MAKE THE APPROPRIATE REPAIR. BUT YOU CAN ALSO USE IT TO TEST RADIATOR CAPS, CAUSE

THEY'RE WHAT DICTATE WHAT PRESSURE THE SYSTEM OPERATES AT. JUST ATTACH THE ADAPTER TO THE PUMP, LOCK IT IN,

ATTACH THE CAP, AND PUMP IT UP UNTIL YOU HEAR THE AIR BLEED OUT. THEN YOU CAN CHECK WHAT PRESSURE IT'S HOLDING. IN OUR CASE, IT'S ABOUT 15 PSI, WHICH IS GOOD CAUSE

OUR CAP IS RATED AT 16 POUNDS. SO IT'S PRETTY CLOSE. NOW YOU GUYS PROBABLY KNOW WATER HAS A BOILING POINT OF 2012 DEGREES. AND FOR EVERY POUND OF PRESSURE WATER IS UNDER, IT RAISES THAT BOILING POINT BY ABOUT TWO AND A HALF DEGREES. SO BY HAVING 15 OR 16 POUNDS OF SYSTEM PRESSURE, WE CAN RAISE IT FROM 212 DEGREES TO ABOUT 250. NOW IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE THE SYSTEM UNDER PRESSURE AND

YOU GOT OVER 2012, WELL WATER WOULD START BOILING, CREATING AIR POCKETS AND PUKING OUT OF THE OVERFLOW, AND YOU COULD QUICKLY OVERHEAT. NOT GOOD OBVIOUSLY! SO IF YOU'VE GOT A COOLING SYSTEM PROBLEM AND YOU'RE OVERHEATING, WELL IT MIGHT BE WORTHWHILE TO PRESSURE TEST YOUR CAP. NOW IF YOU'VE GOT AN '07 OR NEWER JEEP JK WRANGLER THAT YOU'VE ADDED LARGER TIRES TO IT, WELL YOU'VE ALSO ADDED TO THE AMOUNT OF STRESS THAT THE

STEERING BOX SEES. SO JKS MANUFACTURING HAS DEVELOPED THIS BRACE KIT THAT ALLEVIATES SOME OF THAT STRESS. THE KIT INCLUDES A FRONT TRACK CHASSIS BRACE, A STEERING BOX SCEPTER SHAFT BRACE, AND THE LINKAGE AND BRACKETRY NECESSARY TO TIE IT INTO THE OPPOSING FRAME RAIL. AND BY TYING EVERYTHING TOGETHER YOU CAN SOLIDIFY THE STEERING ON THE FRONT END OF YOUR JEEP. NOW IF YOU'RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, YOU LIKE TO GET A LITTLE FRESH AIR INSIDE THE CAB EVEN IF IT'S RAINING. BUT UNLESS YOU WANT TO GET THE DOOR PANEL WET, WELL IT'D BE A GOOD IDEA TO INSTALL SOME OF THESE WIND DEFLECTORS FROM STAMPEDE PRODUCTS. NOW INSTALLATION COULDN'T BE ANY EASIER. SIMPLY REMOVE THE OUTER LINER OF THE TAPE, STICK THEM IN PLACE, AND YOU'RE JUST ABOUT DONE. THEY ALSO CUT DOWN ON OVERALL WIND NOISE. NOW THESE HAPPEN TO BE FOR A 2014 CHEVY OR GMC, BUT

THEY MAKE THEM FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY LATE MODEL TRUCK ON THE MARKET.

NOW IF YOU'VE GOT AN OLDER F-150 OR EXPEDITION AND IT'S GOT A FEW MILES ON IT, AND YOU WANT TO GET THAT NEW SUSPENSION FEEL BACK WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK, CHECK OUT THESE SUSPENSION KITS FROM ROCK AUTO DOT COM. THE KIT INCLUDES NEW LOWER CONTROL ARMS, UPPER CONTROL ARMS, INNER AND OUTER TIE ROD ENDS, ALONG WITH THE ADJUSTING SLEEVES, JAMB NUTS, AND THE REST OF THE HARDWARE YOU'RE GOING TO NEED TO COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION. AND WITH NEW BUSHINGS AND BALL JOINTS IN THE UPPER AND LOWER CONTROL ARMS AND NEW TIE ROD ENDS, HOPEFULLY YOU'LL GET SOME OF THAT NEW TRUCK FEELING BACK, ALL WITH ONE PART NUMBER. GUYS, THANKS FOR WATCHING TRUCK TECH, SEE YOU NEXT TIME.
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