OK, I didn’t get much chance to do anything today due to family obligations. But I did get a chance to run her up on the ramps and then crawl underneath. I can see how the gear shift is lose, but I still really can’t see how to fix it. I also really need a light under there. Tomorrow when it is warmer and I have more time, I will crawl back underneath her and try to do something about the problems.
The pictures below really give an idea of what I am dealing with – especially the rust. The floorboards will need replacing, but the biggest issue will be that front driver’s side frame rail. It will really have to be dealt with. I also need to figure out about the transmission tunnel. Has it been hacked? Has it just been altered? What is going on with it and does it make any difference. All questions to ponder.
On a positive note, she is still starting up and running strong. Additionally it looks like a good number of wear parts such as the tie rods and flex joint have been replaced. Also the exhaust itself looks good which really points to one of pipe joints being the source of the exhaust leak.
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