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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:04 PM
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1985 L/R 90 2.5 petrol into something Mo better

I must Back-track a bit, I've had the truck just over a year, and spent just about ?????????? dollars!

A wise man once told me not to keep track of Money Spent!

As a side note, I am pretty much a novice, but am fortunate enough to work in a Vocational school, with access to Mechanics and work shops.


Bought it last Novermber as pretty much a stock 1985 90. Had a 2" lift, and that's about it.

Before and after!

The Final Mods will be 200tdi and a paint job.

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Not counting my trip to Gary, but lets not talk about that!

I believe the first project I did was to replace the the rear floor and remove the Jumpseats.
The floor was rotted and patched with some type of fiberglass.
I pulled the floor out and replaced it with a new piece of aluminium.
I also needed to replace the the stringers(front to back) I used aluminium I got at the hardware store and I had welded to match.

I later used quitecar on the inside of the truck which you see on the 2nd and 3rd pics, and removed the Bulk head.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:06 PM
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Looks great Tom. Left hand drive too, what a bonus.

Keep the pics coming!
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 07:29 PM
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Thanks

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Big JOB!

Thanks to this site I realized I had no overhead protection, "Roll Bar"
Studied up, got in touch with Ron and was able to swing through Boston on my From Newport to L.I. big Detour.
I was on the fence until I realized that I got that cool Outside bar! I told you I was new to this.
Cut the holes in the wings, got the A-pillar supports from Safari Rover, removed the Bulkhead, had some b-pillar supports fabricated by a local welder, and wrestled with it for 3 days. wool-a, it was in!
The SW rollbar was pretty much perfect, by the way. Totally changed the look of the truck.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 06:24 PM
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What do you think of the quiet car ? Big difference or negligible ?
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 09:42 PM
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I noticed a big difference, but I had no headliner and sprayed the roof.

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Swapped out the bumper for an equipe, upgraded the lights, and took out the old school A/C grill.

And Doug, the QuiteCar also seems to be really durable. Its even held up under the front matts where its constantly wet.

Excuse the Hound, she's fiendin for those Costco Chickens!
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Old January 5th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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The pewter colored boosts really look sharp. I also like the "desert pink" color.

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Its "roan brown" code name "Poo Brown" but will be painted soon.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 08:07 PM
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It's lookin' good Tom. What color are you painting it?
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Thanks, I haven't decided on color yet.

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A Green, or a blue I'm thinking.


We had a Scion in one of our shops, It was a little like the Arles.

The other I just found on yhe Scion site. I think both colors would look much better on a 90.


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I'm with Ron on the wheels, I really like the look. What did you do to 'em?
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Looks good Tom, but its so close anyway, why not just go with Arles and use a factory color? BTW, I like the wheels as well. It looks like your really making some nice changes!
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Old January 6th, 2009, 08:05 AM
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I was a powder coat with a texture, i forget exactly what its called.
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what does it cost to do a set of rims? Did you just bring them to a local powder coater?
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Its Pricey, They say $65 a wheel. But they do have to media Blast them, and then powder coat them. My school just go a powder coating set-up( a year to late ), so I've seen first hand how the costs builds up.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 06:16 PM
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Updating dash is a pain in the Ash!

Wrestled with the dash for Days! Finally took the whole thing out. should of done that in the first Place!!!!!


The old 110 style A/C- heat are now Gone.
Dash and how I have to get around now!
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Why do I suspect you paid more for the tri bike than you did for the truck...

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i wish, i'm sure its worth more!
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Hey, since you have your dash out, why don't you order some cans from towerpaint and paint the area behind the dash Keswick green? It will look much better than masking later. Plus it makes you commit!
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I was thinking that today! t would be a cool way to see the Keswick also.
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