November 22, 2006

tires, on!

Finally, the 35" tires are on the truck. What a difference! The extra 3" of clearance (29" -> 35" diameter) shows off the underbody quite nicely. I have a 3" body lift on the truck, and it still has the stock CDN Military suspension (rock hard), so I'm doubtful the wheels will be able to flex properly without a suspension upgrade, and I may give myself body damage if I turn left/right, we'll see what the clearance is like when the wheel is cranked one way or the other. For now, it will do - since the 350 hasn't been swapped for the 454, yet.

My 1/2" impact driver (eBay!) worked great, and I'm certainly glad I bought a 60Gal air compressor, it sure did zip through the air as it hammered off those rusty lug nuts. Unfortunately, it also leaks, the only tool I've bought off eBay that has a defect, so I'll need to get it refurbed. Snap-on's Canadian repair shop is way out in Calgary, Alberta - so I'm going to take it to Ottawa Fasteners, and see what they can do. They do repair tools, and I have high hopes that they'll be able to fix up my 1/2" impact driver.

On the topic of air tools, I'm using 3/8" hose, with 1/4" NPT ends, but I've switched to 3/8" "T" connectors for my tools. While it would seem that 1/4" "M" connectors are more normal, I hope to sometime get 1/2" hose, and use 3/8" "T" connectors, so I figured even if the larger diameter "T' connector today doesn't get me any extra air, later, with 1/2" hose, I will, and I won't need to replace all the connectors on my tools.


  1. Hi Steffan. As a veteran Snap-on Tools user - I highly recommend obtaining parts & service for your 1/2" Air Impact Wrench through an Authorized Snap-on Dealer or Authorized Snap-on Repair Center. Otherwise it is like putting Ford parts on a Mercedes-Benz. Just a word to the wise brother. Best wishes, Buck Goldstein.

  2. Point taken. I'll reconsider and price out how much it'll cost to ship the impact driver out West, I'll know the quality of workmanship will paralell the quality of the tools!