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That is just a really lite surface rust. As long as you can bang on it and clumps of metal and rust doesn't fall. Your good. And your gear shifting is fine. Your are suppose to shift it fast and rough. That is what my dad always told.
No offence but I was wrong,My trucks nothing like yours I know it is what it is,but my 24 V CTD is a 1 Owner 155k Never been on a dirt road super clean,I would put mine up against any factory 2nd gen,also You will see it when I post pics but its got a factory ground effects Ive never seen on other trucks like mine,Just got it to trade on about a year ago its got a DD Valail,cold air,and 5,in ex all the way out.
Nice truck, I've always wanted a 5 Speed 12 vavle. I drove a couple at the contruction company I worked for, manual is the beat way to drive one of these.
Your not so bad for someone who has never driven stick....but there is some things to perfect but, dont listen to the haters you will get better.
But damn that truck is so nice
Don't rest your foot on the clutch, even between the short gears. Hard on the clutch and slave cylinder. Don't just push the clutch in when you come up to a turn or a stop, downshift and let it out. Let the clutch out and use the motor to slow down. Pushing the clutch in at 45 and just coasting in neutral before you are ready to accelerate again is really hard on your truck. Don't ever rest your hand on the shifter, in the short gears you can but don't put a lot of pressure on it. Let that nv4500 slide into gear, clutch it and pull it out and into the gear slowly and smoothly, jerking it and forcing it really wears out the synchronizers
I get that frame "rust" here in Colorado. It's not true rust it's just some surface rust. It would be like taking a chunk of steel with no paint or clear coat and getting it wet for a day or two and taking it out. It's just the surface that got a little yellow
Hey love the vids keep them coming.. also if you keep your foot on the clutch you can burn it up by slipping it.. I know from experience. Not too fun after that you learn quick not to do that. Have a great day
I watched your video talking about these comments first but I haven’t seen anyone say this, when you are coasting in neutral you don’t want to hold the clutch down. That just wears out your clutch way too fast.
Before you buy a south bend check out a valair dual disc I’ve got one in my truck and I absolutely love it. With the amount of hp you want to push I’d considered upgrading the gears in the nv4500. Also Cody Albrecht on FB can help you with any of your transmission needs
Can definitely tell you're new to shifting manuals. Lol. It's all good. We had to start somewhere. Over time, you'll get the hang of where 3rd, and 2nd and all that fall into gear. I'm super envy that you got a silver duallly though. Two Thumbs up!!! Congratulations Bub!!
Brass synchronizers are a part in ur transmission that locks the gear you choose to the output shaft so you don’t make “gear grinding”. They just make it lock in easier when the gears and output shaft spending at different rates. You should keep stock ride hight and just get a little more aggressive tread (not a bigger tire) for the tires and keep the rims you got. And if it was me I would actually start with power then go to looks. But good thing u choose a manual it will hold up to the power u want easier then a automatic.
Starting in second like that is hard on the clutch. My cousin drove his truck like that n went threw clutches like crazy. Its not like the old four speeds with the granny gear. But, You can't tell this kid anything he gets pissed if you give him advice. Lol
it'll be tough, but try and keep your hands and foot off the clutch between shifts.. it'll wear your clutch faster than you think.. ide also try and keep an ear on when your shifting, its pretty easy to match the gears and float to eliminate some of the clutching.. these nv4500 trucks are super forgiving. i like the truck more as a tow rig. keep the stock appearance, if you want a new bumper, get a ranchand or similar bumper, up north with the deer, they are nearly invincible and look good on these old trucks. good luck on the build
Not trying to be a know it all, just trying to save you some headache. 1, don't rest your foot on the clutch pedal because it can cause the clutch to slip and wear faster as well as wear the throw out bearing. 2, it's not a race to shift, that's how synchros go out faster. Take your time and don't force it into gear. Not saying you do these all the time just looks like half the time you rest your foot there and half the time you shift really fast and almost force it into gear. And lastly don't leave your foot on the clutch more than you have to. Like at a stop light, push the clutch in once you're done downshifting and take it out of gear, brake to a stop and leave your foot off the clutch. Just trying to save you from pulling your trans out for a clutch and t/o bearing and pressure plate and flywheel as well as synchros in the long run. Just like the motor don't shift hard or fast till it's all warm man. Its a contained system with I think in this case automatic transmission fluid in a manual trans. At least that's what my ZF-5-42 takes. Its behind a 94 7.3 and I've already done all these things because of the previous owners screw ups
He means while cruising, instead of resting his foot on the floor board he leaves it in the pedal, which light weight of your foot can push the pedal down without you noticing. Causing the slave cylinder to lightly push the fork in, and then he's constantly 'riding the clutch' also the slamming the clutch pedal down will contribute to ujoints wear also.
Put wheels and tires on the very bottom of the to-do list. In the mean time stick with the cheapest rubber possible on it. You’re putting low miles on it, you don’t need $400 a piece tires on it. Spend that money where it counts. I’d do nothing but driveline work first, then suspension, then body and paint, and lastly accessories(ie wheels/tires, lighting etc).
I would paint it before you start putting all this stuff on that will have to be taken off or taped off during paint. That would include bumpers, mirrors, lights etc. On a good paint job all that comes off...