Just wanted to post an update on this timing belt job..
Ive spent a few hours in the driveway for the last couple evenings and so far everything has gone well. The most difficult part thus far has been breaking that crank bolt loose. I spent a couple hours last night hacking together a makeshift crank pulley holder. It worked great, I wedged it against the driver side frame and used drill bits to hold it in the pulley (as everyone on here has talked about). Then a breaker bar and some elbow grease broke it free.
I removed the timing belt cover last night and the timing belt looks great, no leaks in the waterpump and the idler bearings look good. Im going to replace the timing belt and all 3 of the accessory belts anyhow since the truck is an 03, but im torn on the idler bearings, tensioner, waterpump, and thermostat. I have all of the parts, but am i being silly and over cautious by replacing everything just because of its age? The truck only has 38k miles on it, so im tempted to replace all the belts, put it back together, and then replace everything around 100k again.. and at that point ill still have all the parts minus the 3 accessory belts and timing belt.
Any thoughts? Am i being crazy here?