The guy out in Flintstone with the ex-dealership Scout I pulled parts from still has his truck. During my first visit I was being chased by snow, cold weather, and the sun setting, so I wasn’t able to stay as long as I wanted to pull parts, and I spent too much time heating bolts to pull a hub I didn’t directly need. I’m planning a trip back out there to grab more stuff, because I could be spending winter quarantine time refurbishing parts inside when  I can’t be working outside.

I did a shitty job of remembering what to pull while I was there last time, so I’m making a list this time, in order of desirability:

  • Both front hubs—I’d like to clean and refurb both of these
  • The heater motor unit—we looked at pulling this in December, but there just wasn’t enough time to pull the fender off. It’s pretty rusty but maybe worth salvaging…
  • Inner fenders, if they are clean (moon shot)
  • The steering wheel—there’s a ton of good stuff in there, including the turn signal canceler, and I’d like to practice pulling the wheel off a spare
  • The steering box—it would be good to have a core for rebuilding
  • The lower tailgate lock assembly—the spring in my mechanism tends to jump off the cam, which means every three months or so I’ve got to break down the tailgate and reset it
  • Door strikers from both sides
  • Rear armrests—these are rare in good shape
  • 4 bolts where the windshield connects to the roof (always good to have stock spares)
  • Any side molding I can get off cleanly—I’ve now got 2 sets of door molding but I’d like to have the pieces that go in front of and behind the door. Peer Pressure is drilled for fancy exterior molding
  • The washer bottle
  • The fan shroud—I don’t remember seeing this, but they are rare on the ground
  • The interior fiberglas panels—especially the middle section over the rear liftgate, if it has the switch
  • The hubcaps, if I can find all four
  • The cowl cover
  • Any spare light buckets that are in good shape
  • Both of the 1978 headlight surrounds
  • Any good badging
  • The dome light
  • Transmission cover and plastic shift plate
  • Any of the evap gear from the rear access port
  • The ashtray—you laugh but I’ve only got one spare
  • The slider windows, if they’re still there
  • The license plate assembly—it’s a hinged model

So I’ll pack another rescue box, run out to Harbor Freight for an impact driver, buy another can of PBBlaster, and plan an early departure so that I can get as much sunlight as possible.

Date posted: February 24, 2021 | Filed under Purchasing | Leave a Comment »

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