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Old January 4th, 2012, 01:30 PM
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I love that you kept the original color. Very tasteful.
I love those original colors/schemes as well and agree with you. The brown with white strip just has a ton of flavor.

Thanks for sharing with the build info. Not sure who did the motor work but ECR does an amazing job (which isn't news). $85k isn't cheap but it looks like a great vehicle and is a LHD, 300tdi, R380, with new bulkhead and interior with a full cage. I bet if the frame needed it ECR would have told you so and being in CO you wont have to worry about it like us on the coast or in the northeast.

I read someplace that there is a hot rod movement going on now - modern gear with original body work called distressed (I could be wrong). Seems like that what you did in a way and I think its great. Enjoy it!
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Old January 4th, 2012, 01:32 PM
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So you have $81k invested ?

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Old January 4th, 2012, 02:48 PM
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Alex:

Are you happy with the Td5 dash vs. a standard LHD dash after the conversion?
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Old January 4th, 2012, 03:18 PM
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Are you happy with the Td5 dash vs. a standard LHD dash after the conversion?
I am. It looks really nice and also mounts the stereo. The trays aren't that useable as they are pretty shallow but that's not a big loss. I think it is a nice improvement and it's not really a huge chunk of change more than the older LHD parts- for a conversion. I don't know that I would necessarily pay the money just to upgrade an existing LHD truck. Although you could probably re-coup some money selling the older LHD parts.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 04:12 PM
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very nice truck love the 2 piece doors...
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Old January 4th, 2012, 05:10 PM
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The td5 dash is great and I agree with Alex if you are going from rhd to lhd it makes sense. I am not sure I would bother if I just felt like changing the dash. It looks much better but I like the space in the dash of the old style that is in our NAS trucks. Also I don't think I would want my radio up there in a soft top. Not that it is really going to get wet but I rather it in the cubby. If we are talking a wagon I think it is great.
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I read someplace that there is a hot rod movement going on now - modern gear with original body work called distressed (I could be wrong).
Um, that's pretty much the definition of what a hot rod is. Been that way since the 50's. Easier to source 'modern' parts than vintage originals, whatever the time period... Plus it makes 'em faster, more reliable and brake better than stone stock.

Have you seen a Ford flathead V8 on the road recently?
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Alex... I love it... a great balance of new and old.
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Um, that's pretty much the definition of what a hot rod is. Been that way since the 50's. Easier to source 'modern' parts than vintage originals, whatever the time period... Plus it makes 'em faster, more reliable and brake better than stone stock.

Have you seen a Ford flathead V8 on the road recently?

They are called ratrods.....there is a huge difference between a hotrod and ratrod. Ratrod is a car that looks like total SH^T and a hotrod would have a very expensive paint job. Hotrod parts "originals and reproductions" are easy to find.
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They are called ratrods.....there is a huge difference between a hotrod and ratrod. Ratrod is a car that looks like total SH^T and a hotrod would have a very expensive paint job. Hotrod parts "originals and reproductions" are easy to find.
Agreed, by today's definition. Ratrod is a relatively new term in the history of the 60+ year hot rod lexicon, last 10 years perhaps.

(Granted; a minor and irrelevant point WRT the context of Alex's build thread. Back on topic.)
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Old January 6th, 2012, 01:48 PM
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Sorry to have thrown the hot rod/rat rod piece in there. I just like how this build kept the original brown paint scheme but has the nice updated interior and drivetrain and it reminded me of some cars I've seen either in the Hot Rod mags or on Velocity tv.
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Today's status

She's getting closer. Had some issue with the motor a few weeks ago when she was fired up so it's being rebuilt. Some photos from today of the motor.

Hard to get rear seat photos for those that have asked- will need to do those outside to get better light.
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Alex, that's a purdy-looking replaned deck and new intercooler! (what's the deal with the larger intercooler anyway? source? any fabrication to make it fit?)

What exacty happened when you fired her up that it needed to be rebuilt?

We just randomly discovered that an oil cooling jet from #2 cylinder fell off and was just hanging out in the bottom of the pan waiting to wreak havoc! Dumb luck that we removed the pan to fix a leak.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Size matters

I'm not 100% sure on the IC, I didn't source the parts Keith did. But 1 bracket on the LHD side needed to be fabricated to fit and it will need the pushed out grill since I have AC too.

No compression in 1 cylinder so the decision to rebuild. Does look pretty.
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Very Nice Alex! Thanks for sharing. I seriously almost bought that very same truck when I was looking for mine. I think I may still have the email Mike sent me with the specifics about that truck and what he recommended in terms of fixing. This is giving me inspiration to finish my truck. Very cool.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 03:47 PM
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So- she's home again and running great. She sounds awesome and seems to be running strong. Power steering is so something I used to take for granted. Planning to get some good photos this afternoon and will update the thread. Just few things left- re-trim the front seat and some sound deadening stuff and we should be good on projects for at least a few days...
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Here are some photos of the motor, seats, Madman gauge (which is super cool), sliders and rear step bumper.
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