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About Preacher

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  • Your Pathfinder Info
    Red Pathfinder back from the dead
  • Place of Residence
    Champaign, IL
  • Mechanical Skill Level
    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
  • Your Age
  • What do you consider yourself?
    Do Not Go Off-Road
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  • Location
    Champaign, IL
  • Country
    United States

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  1. That's a really nice looking truck. How minor is the work that needs to be done? Covid is actually the reason I had the time to get my gifted Pathfinder up and running.
  2. Thank you. I was indeed lucky! I don't know that rule on posting links here, but there is a website that links salvage yards. I just kept searching until I found a red fender. There is a faded spot on the flare but I don't mind since I have no plans on making this truck "perfect". Just glad I can open the door without it popping against the fender.
  3. Went and picked up my new (junkyard) fender and put it on!!
  4. I really want to thank you guys. I have limited mechanical knowledge and seems even more limited diagnostic skills. Your advice has been invaluable and thanks to you guys this truck as gone from sitting on the side of the road abandoned and waiting for the city impound it to being back on the road and looking pretty spiffy to boot. I hope to enjoy this truck for years to come.
  5. Don't know if you can tell from this pic, but this is after a good claying and buffing. This finish was super rough to the touch so I got the Griot's synthetic clay pad (which I seriously recommend). Once I got the paint smooth again, I broke our the orbital buffer with the orange pad and got to work my Poor Boy's World medium compound (I love it because it can be used in direct sunlight). the oxidation and shallow swirls just melted away! I don't know if you can see the difference in the pic, but the difference in person is amazing.
  6. Thank you everyone for your help. The shop called this afternoon and said that it needed u-joints. Mr_Reverse, you were right on the money. I had some broken wheel studs so I had them do all of it while they had the truck. Picked it up and it drives perfectly. I was so happy that I even washed it. The fender is at my friends shop, I will pick it up next week and go about figuring how to put it on. I still have some work today, but the big things are done!!
  7. We are fortunate enough to have a transmission shop that is honest and cheap. They are going to take it on Friday and go through the driveline. If it's just U-joints, I'll have them do all of them. I have arthritis in both hands and hammering the races out and the new ones in have my hands a wreck right now.
  8. Everything is stock. I know that I don't have manual hubs.
  9. Took it to my local shop today. The owner took it for a spin an his initial diagnosis was that the vibration was coming from the front driveshaft. He said that it was the same type of vibration you get when a carrier bearing fails. As soon as I get some time, I'm going to remove the front driveshaft and see if the slip yoke is bad (is that even a thing?).
  10. I get no vibration at all under braking. That is why I ruled out the rotors. I have arthritis in hand and that job yesterday left me in pain (couldn't even eat because I couldn't hold anything). My hands feel beat to death, and I'm out of ideas. I don't want to put it in the shop, but throwing parts at it is going to get expensive.
  11. Job is done (what a PITA job). The sad part is that the vibration is still there. At this point I'm sending it to the shop next week. I need to get this fixed and throwing parts at it is not helping. I was super disappointed to still have the vibration after all of that work.
  12. Thank you. All of my bearings and races are now here, so tomorrow will be working on it after church. That information will help keep me from messing things up.
  13. Got the spindle nut socket this morning and decided to check the hubs. Each spindle nut was loose enough that I would put the socket on and spin it loose by hand. I tightened each side to 70 ft-lbs hoping that was my issue. No such luck. The outer bearings will be in on Tuesday. If the come in early enough, I'll be replacing bearings. I did notice that the front wheels don't spin freely. It takes quite an effort to turn them.
  14. Much appreciated. Just ordered one. Now I can make my installation look professional.
  15. My Pathfinder came with a damaged DS fender that binds up when opening the door on that side. I have found another fender the same color as the truck, but need to know if someone can give me some instructions on removing the old fender. I have looked to see if I can find all the screws, but I just know I'm missing some.

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