Burken Boys’ and Girl’s Journey

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Well, we got back at it today. We got the transmission pulled from Javier’s truck and was able to get the transmission from the donor truck put in place before we got rained out. The fluid definitely had the distinct smell of burnt fluid. We did go ahead and replace the rear main seal while we had the transmission pulled. I’ve had a few people ask me if it was worth all the effort for a 21 year old truck that has 190K and a lot of rust. I think it is absolutely worth it. It’s been a lot of fun working with Javier on this project and whats better than being able to spend time with my son. Can’t believe he will be turning 19 here in a few weeks.200D7A2B-33E6-4F84-B62D-CF34065FA8B1.jpegF7D3EF18-7694-478D-AC17-89950B6396EA.jpeg40C26522-97D9-4CC9-B066-5040727BA750.jpegF7CA2743-92EC-4C2C-A4E0-8B343348BD62.jpeg
 

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"I’ve had a few people ask me if it was worth all the effort for a 21 year old truck that has 190K and a lot of rust."

Clearly those folks who ask you that do not know the REAL value of this project, as you so succinctly pointed out to them.
 
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The donor looked in good shape--in the pics. Was/is it in better shape then Javier's? Other then the blown motor. Maybe you can mix and match and use the better parts from the donor?
It looks better in the photos than up close. The sheet metal was about the same on both. Javier did pilfer some parts off the donor truck, like the tailgate and front grill and air dam.

Limited on sheet metal swap options with one being a crew cab short box and the other being an extended cab long box.

Some of the interior stuff will likely be swapped, ignoring color differences.

He’s going to pull the alternator and some other parts from the donor truck as well.
 

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