Rear bumper is mounted and ready for powdercoat. Next it's time to get the truck up on stands in the driveway and rip into the front suspension. I can't wait to see the truck with some suspension and 35's on it.
The sad thing is that I worked on the truck in 2 hour blocks the last 3 days, and it doesn't look any different than the pics above. What the pics don't show though, is all the cursing, grinding, drilling, sledge hammering, etc... 13/14 rivets have been removed, along with both OEM radius arm brackets, and the OEM beam pivots.
There are actually only 12 rivets holding those brackets on, but there are 2 more rivets a little higher up holding on the OEM motor mount on the drivers side, and I plan to replace my motor mounts with Autofab units, so I figured better to take advantage of the suspension being out of the way to get those rivets replaced with nuts/bolts to make a motor mount swap infinitely easier down the road.
Roger that. The drivers side is the one with the two rivets, so doesn't save me any work unfortunately.
I just went out and power washed 23 years of grime off the crossmember, and pulled off the little heat shield that protects the OEM radius arm bushings from the Y-pipe. I dunno what it is, but removing excess crap from these trucks is so satisfying.