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last one i checked was a 13-14? it was the stub stick that replaces the tube.
hex nut head. real simple, just in a bad place to get to without it off the ground.
You're right! I found this through a bit more looking around. I'll probably still get it flushed though. It's at that point where if I don't do it now, I should probably not do it ever.
 

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No real material progress on the truck, everything is basically on hold until I can get the truck registered here in Ontario. The truck was sold with a Bill of Sale only, no tittle or registration. I have tried to register it with only this information but it's proving to be very difficult since the ministry is reluctant to do so. I have to provide a paper trail showing the ownership of the vehicle from the insurance company, to my broker, and then to me. The problem is they want to see a Consignment Agreement between COPART and the Insurance Company saying that they were authorized to auction the vehicle. I've been trying to get this letter from COPART through my broker but they don't seem to want to give it up. On top of that, I had to get a weight slip from a scale which showed the total weight of the truck (since Alberta doesn't indicate the weight of a vehicle when it's registered) and a Vehicle Information Report from the Alberta Government to prove that it was actually registered there. If I can't get a copy of the Consignment Agreement I'll have to explore some other ways of completing this project.
 

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No nothing yet, the broker (AutoBidMaster) is trying to get documentation I need from COPART but that doesn't seem to be working out. If I don't get anything by tomorrow, I'm going to try a different government office in hopes that they'll work with me on this. I'm hoping to have the tittle in hand by the end of the week so I can get this thing to the body shop once and for all!

Over the weekend I hand washed the exterior of the truck and got it cleaned up. I also rinsed out the seams and hidden areas under the box to rid it of all the sand that was trapped under there. Moisture gets trapped up there and that's where a lot of the rust issues with these trucks come from. I also notice some stone chip damage on the rear quarters of the box so those will have to be touched up too.

I got a good deal on a pair of 2014 XLT chrome grills over the weekend. The one with the blue oval has some really bad chrome bubbling issues on the outside trim while the other one without the badge has one very small spot. My plan is to strip the chrome off the surround, and paint it body color (Flame Blue) to give it a custom look and reduce the amount of chrome on the truck. I'm not sure what I'll do with the second grille, I'll probably keep it as a backup for now.



Looking around last night I was able to find a picture of a guy with a Flame Blue truck that did what I'm looking to do with the same style grille.

 

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I've got my ownerships! After a bit of back and forth with a different office I finally got an Ontario tittle issued in my name. I had to pay taxes once again but I'm not really bothered by it after all I've been through to get this far. The next step will be to pick a shop that can do the major body repairs as well as perform a salvage vehicle inspection on behalf of the government. I have one in mind, I just got to go see them to make sure they'll play ball with me and that they do good work. Stay tuned!
 

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So I had a good talk with the body shop that was my first choice, they seem reasonable and knowledgeable when it comes to the rebuild process. My next obstacle will now be getting the original damage estimate from the Insurance company that declared the truck a total loss. This estimate must be included in the rebuild file, there's no way around it apparently. I called up the insurance company and the adjuster was able to track it down but he won't release it to me citing confidentiality reasons. He was going to escalate the matter to his manager to see what they could do but they still haven't gotten back to me about it. I'm giving them until Monday to get back to me before I bug them. If that doesn't work, I'll try my local insurance representative to see if he could help. Hopefully I can leverage my position as a new customer (I just switched car insurance to the same company) to get what I need, fingers crossed!

After talking to the body shop, they explained that they will probably blend into the front doors and the hood in order to get a good paint match. With that in mind, I decided to remove all the door handles to make it easier for them and I will also be prepping them so they can be painted body colored. I'm also going to be removing the tailgate handle as well as the mirror caps to get those color matched as too. Lastly, I'm contemplating on buying a set of factory style fender flares and getting those painted body colored before installation.

The interior panels were removed to get the exterior handles off and I have decided to leave them off for now and give them a good cleaning outside the truck. In doing so, I discovered that the drivers door window was replaced at some point in time since it's no longer Ford glass. The installers did a number on the splash shield so I'm going to look into replacing that. The seats and floor carpet will be making their way out of the truck for a thorough cleaning. I'm an interior clean freak so this is the most effective way of getting things really clean. Also, if I have the time I'll try some sound deadening tricks on the doors and other parts of the interior to quite things down a bit.











 

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Well more positive news, I got the damage estimate finally thanks to my Broker. The insurance company was playing hardball citing confidentiality reasons. It was starting to look like I was going to have to ask the truck's former owner for some help (which I really didn't want to do) but my broker actually came though.

Going over the estimate, I saw some stuff I missed in my original list as well as parts that I'm deeming as still being good but they wanted to replace. In my opinion, their estimate was pretty padded with the grand total coming in at just over $15k in damages. It was a pretty equal split between parts and labor. I'm confident I can get the truck fixed for less than half of that by doing a lot of the work as well as sourcing used parts vs. brand new. I'm going to have to get the truck over to the body shop for them to give me a solid estimate of what they're going to charge me to do the work, I'm hoping to do that next week.

Now that I'm confident in my shopping list I went and visited the guy that I will be buying most of my parts from. It looks like he will have pretty much everything I need in used parts and whatever I'll need to buy new he can probably hook me up through a sweet discount deal he gets with one of the dealers in town. He's interested in the build since he's never gone through the process of rebuilding a salvage vehicle so it's a bit of a win-win.

I'm currently in a bit of a dilemma that I'm hoping to get some opinions on. The truck currently has/had chrome bumpers front and back. I obviously need to replace the front bumper and the right end cap on my rear bumper has a small dent that's bugging me so I want to replace that too. I have the option of getting a painted front bumper for cheap and getting it ready for paint for roughly the same price as a half decent chrome one. Finding a good chrome bumper is near impossible from what I've been able to gather, painted ones are more common. The total cost to paint the two bumpers once prepped is probably $200 or so for the pair since they'll be shooting the body color on the truck at the same time. So I guess the question is, Paint to Match front and rear bumpers vs. a chrome set?!

Glad to hear you got some movement on titling and will be able to move forward with it. Hope it works price wise.
It's starting to look up, and I think it'll work out. I got good news in regards to the price and availability of the parts (see above), now the next unknown is what the body shop will charge.
 

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Well I went a bit crazy this weekend with Kijiji shopping while I was out of town visiting the GF's family. The guy I'm getting parts from said he'd trade head lights and tail lights for the parts I need for the truck. While being in the GTA, headlights don't fetch nearly as much as they do back home so I picked up whatever I could get my hands on. I have one passenger side light with my truck so I now have 4 complete sets of headlights. I also picked up a bunch of tail lights, 2 are no good anymore though unless I fix them up. I'll probably end up trading in two sets of headlights and the tail lights for my parts. I'm going to keep two sets of head lights for myself, one factory and one that I will eventually modify with projectors. Oh, and I picked up an OEM bug deflector for cheap, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with that.

 

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I guess it's time for an update. I've been pretty busy with a motor swap on another car so between family events and the weather progress is rather slow. At the start of all this (mid-March) I was hoping to have the truck ready and on the road by June, but all the issues with my paperwork have really delayed things. I think the end of September is a more realistic goal now since I don't expect to send the truck to the body shop for another 2-3 weeks.

As previously mentioned, a few weeks back I picked up a large amount of the parts I need to get the truck fixed. I got a great deal on these and traded some of those headlights and taillights I had picked up of Kijiji towards the final bill. Included in this are a lot of small nickel and dime parts that would have really added up. The remaining high dollar parts are the RH Fender, the Upper Bumper Cover (plastic), the Front Frame Rail/Horns, and Windshield. There are few mechanical items left too but those aren't too expensive.

Most of the parts, as loaded in the back of the 2008 (the fender is in the cab).



The salvaged apron tubes and lower rad support from a burnt-out '13 EcoBoost.



Last week I met with the owner of the body shop that I will be using and we figured out a game plan for the repair. I'm going to do most of the tear down required on the truck, including pulling the dash in order to have access to the back side of the welds that connect the apron tube to the cab. They believe they can straiten my existing frame and that a frame swap is unnecessary. We won't know for sure until it goes on the frame bench to be measured though. If it comes down to a frame swap, I've got a donor located.

I now have a list of what needs to be done before it gets towed over as well as the parts I need to have so they can do the work. There's a fair amount of work left, and I'm not looking forward to pulling the dash out of her. I've also got a lot of prep work to do on all the PTM parts in order to minimize the body shop costs but they don't all need to be ready when the truck leaves my place.

One last thing, I cleaned out the box and power washed the bed. I wanted to see if the purple discoloring would come out. I didn't spend much time on it, and didn't use any cleaner, but it looks promising! Once everything is all said and done I'll go see how much it is to have the bed touched up since there are a few spots where the bed liner is chunked out.

 

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I haven't been spending much time on this project since I've got an engine swap that's been dragging on for longer than anticipated. I have been able to disassemble one of the new grilles I picked up so that I can get the chrome on the surround stripped off. I also put together the second grille and installed it on the truck so that the body shop has something to work with while they're aligning everything. Finally, I scored a set of MINT headlights off a 2014 for a steal for a steal of a deal. I'll use those as "stock" headlights from now on until I get my retrofits all done.



 

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Still following your progress. My son just grabbed an 05 Super Duty 6.0 Powerstroke. Aside from the bed rotting cab and engine/transmission are a+ full leather/power Lauriat package. Would have preferred he be Cummin instead of stroking but doubt if he might have found a Ram anywhere near what it appears he stole this one. Never plowed but based on bed condition I do think it has a salt water boat tow history.
Guess like yours time will tell.
 
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