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Old September 13th, 2007, 12:00 AM
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Sooo, I hate that guy.

And after trying to find a battery drain for over a year, when the dash started to lightly smoke, it was the final straw.

Then I got to thinking, my dash is in serious trouble too. Maybe I can kill two birds with one stone.

And finally, since I haven't been flamed on here for not being a purist in a while, I thought I would post up my latest project. Enjoy!

Pic One: Breakdown was really fast. When you know you don't have to save anything, you can beat it up on the way out. Notice just a little left over wiring from the Military Communications vehicle days.

Pic 5. Dash completely stripped. No more wires. Also at this time I had removed every single wire in the entire truck. Minus the + from the battery to the starter. I should have done this one too, just for posterity, but it was in good shape.

edit: More to come...
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Old September 13th, 2007, 12:13 AM
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12voltguy switches and Painless harness?
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Old September 13th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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Why run a wiring harness or dash at all? Just need a switch for the starter and a lead to the fuel solenoid. Do you use any other electrical accessories? I guess you might like guages, but a dash is a lot of material just to hold up a couple guages. You should be able to get some decent money for a complete LHD dash assembly...
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Old September 13th, 2007, 09:46 AM
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Old September 13th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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Man it hurts to watch a LHD dash get destroyed when I still need one

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Old September 13th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Right on Buck!

I have a 110 that I am building from scratch and I keep looking at the new factory harness sitting in the box and thinking to myself that putting it in is just asking for headaches and nightmares. I am considering doing away with all the fluff and just building a stripped down trail truck instead.

Keep us posted on your progress...

PS: I would still like to see some pics of your front radius arm heim joints.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Whoa!

Are you going to build it back up or are you going to implement some of Jim's ideas?

Given your knack for fab it probably wouldn't be to much to build a dash and an "oh-shit" handle for your passenger.

Here's a link to a 101FC with a new overhead dash system. It's not the same, but in principle its a good idea to transplant to your dash.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Why run a wiring harness or dash at all? Just need a switch for the starter and a lead to the fuel solenoid. Do you use any other electrical accessories? I guess you might like guages, but a dash is a lot of material just to hold up a couple guages. You should be able to get some decent money for a complete LHD dash assembly...
Get out of my mind right now!!!!

Thanks guys. I have gotten a few PM's and e-mails on the dash. I guess I shouldn't have thrown it all away! In all seriousness, it was in really bad shape. I didn't think anyone would want it. It was the original 1990 dash and looked like it. Plus it was a Military, not NAS so there were a good bit of difference if you needed the NAS look. I could have sold the lower portion I guess, but really, it was not that pretty. I do have these for sale, I will put an add out but if anyone wants them:

1. New Ignition, with Key
2. About 2 year old Wiper motor from RDS.
3. Engine hand throttle, military grade (very cool but needs some work to retrofit to a different truck
4. Fuse box cover
5. Speedo (very used)
6. Dash warning light pod

I think thats about it.

Here's an update:

Pic one - Here is the Dash with the top cut off for better visibility. I also sanded down the bulkhead
Pic two - Welded in 1/2in angle iron to seal up the seam and to give strenth to the top of the dash. This was all then welded to a custom bracket to help secure the steering column. In this pic I have sealed and painted it.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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I've used the "Ron Francis" stuff in the past, with great success.

But IIRC, that isn't exactly a "street legal" truck anyways, more of a dedicated trail rig right? I'd say just go with one of the basic universal harnesses out there if it will suit your needs. Make it run, give it the lights and accessories you need, but don't go nutty on adding additional wires.

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Old September 13th, 2007, 01:57 PM
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Old September 13th, 2007, 11:02 PM
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I am not going to use a wiring harness as there is really no need. I have a TDi so there are all of 4 wires coming off the motor. In fact, the entire truck will be wired with a grand total of 14 wires! Thats my type of simplicity.

More pics:

Pic 1: Dash all painted inside. Ohhh, pretty.

Pic 2: Lots of room without the heater core. Between the dash, windshield, wires and core I lost almost 150 LB.

Pic 3: Dash from Another angle

Pic 4: All the wires in the entire truck pulled back through. So much simpler and higher quality than before.

Working on more..
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Old September 13th, 2007, 11:32 PM
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What are you going to do with the vent flaps? Secure them, remove them, or make custom actuators?

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Old September 14th, 2007, 01:03 AM
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I actually really dig the look of it without the dash
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Old September 14th, 2007, 02:44 AM
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That dash looks great!
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Old September 14th, 2007, 10:30 AM
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I actually really dig the look of it without the dash
Me too,

But it is starting to look a lot better now. Here is another update. Some of the AL panels have been mounted. They are brushed and sealed with Clearcoat. These are all for looks, but I went with 1/8 anyway. It's easier to work with. The fit came out pretty well. It's not the easiest thing to make a long straight cut with a scroll saw.

Pic One: Test Fit
Pic two: Sealing the AL
Pic three: Pieces in place
Pic four: Another angle (bad pic though)
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Old September 15th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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That dash always pissed me off. It`s kind of nice having the shelf there, but there`s just too much plastic crap. The dash is definitely getting yanked out of the next D90.

Those holes you`ve cut in the floor are pretty clutch too. good thinking
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Here is another take on it

Warning this picture may make you feel like you are falling from the sky.

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Old September 18th, 2007, 01:15 AM
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More Updates:

Pic one: Yikes, time to clean that up a little bit
Pic two: Cover back on, wiring all cleaned up. I forgot to snap a pic after I cleaned up the wires, but not worth pulling the cover for.
Pic three: Battery compartment is all clean now with a quick disconect
Pic four: My nifty tilting quick release seat mount.

I havn't gotten very far lately as I am waiting for the Dash pod to be ready. Should be here wednesday.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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You amps are bigger than your speakers, is that legal?
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Old September 18th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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You amps are bigger than your speakers, is that legal?
Yes,

But only because I got them both for under $50 at a swap meet.
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