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Old December 4th, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Is that steering wheel any smaller?? That's one thing I'm not used to yet.
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Is that steering wheel any smaller?? That's one thing I'm not used to yet.
Yes I posted a photo to show one on top of the other.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 01:34 PM
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Yes I posted a photo to show one on top of the other.

Doh sorry was reading from my cell missed that some how. I may consider doing this as well. Or maybe a steering wheel spinner hahaha
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I guess ill let you borrow my tailgate shopping bag net when you take it to the car show.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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I got my "new" horn button in, but it didn't come with the proper retainer so I had to use the one that came with the Momo hub. Of course its a different bolt pattern... anyhow I was able to make it work pretty easily. I also used a caustic cleaner and scotch brite pad to distress the finish on the transfer knob, the polished it back out, then scotch brite again until it matched.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:05 PM
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Discovered some very old and very interesting damage to the truck's driver side A pillar and the roof... someone spend a lot of hours fixing the roof panel on this thing! Camera batteries charging, pictures to follow.

On the other side of the truck, the floors are scheduled to be patched up by this time next week. Still haven't chosen how I want to treat the floors afterwards (no, cookie sheets and crisco are not an option RON) but I am tempted to OSPHO the shit out of it, topcoat with enamel and then line-x the shit out of it. I will probably skip the line-x but it sounds nice.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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(no, cookie sheets and crisco are not an option RON)
it is an access panel. I did weld a bunch of real metal in there too. It is not THAT terrible and I did undercoat the underside of it afterwards.
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it is an access panel. I did weld a bunch of real metal in there too. It is not THAT terrible and I did undercoat the underside of it afterwards.
Actually I like the resourceful, and VERY british nature of your floor repair. Not every truck needs ECR-esque pretentious white glove restoration. After all, these things were meant to be used not kept as-new for all eternity. Back in the day I found exhaust coming in through a baseball sized hole in the rear floorboard of my '71 Delta 88 Custom. Now Ron, as you read this you are probably wondering how I know it was the size of a baseball and not say, a tennis ball, or a racquet ball... but you are wrong, I didn't plug it with a completely out of place leather covered sphere, that makes no sense at all! I took a look in the trunk and under the collection of spare brake shoes and drive belts I found a little can of bondo and an old license plate. The car gods were really smiling on me that day.


Once upon a time I couldn't afford a new quarter panel for my '72 Cutlass and I carefully reconstructed the rusted out area- using fiberglass mat over expanded metal. Skinned it with bondo and to this day it remains rock solid. In fact, I am starting to worry the rest of the car might rust away before that shit even starts to rot.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 10:50 PM
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I picked up a correct 1988 owners manual, after all what vehicle is complete without the correct book? Now I just need a window sticker and a tailgate net.
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I might've missed it, but what's the story on your t-case knob?
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I might've missed it, but what's the story on your t-case knob?
Its a Bearmach, a leftover from the big green D1. I haven't really made a big deal about it but pretty much everything on this truck is getting painted black so it dosen't stand out. The steering wheel obviously is an exception, but without any other aluminum visible from the driver's seat it felt a little too... bright. SO I decided to put the t-case knob in... but it was WAY too bright. So I dulled it out some.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 01:30 AM
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Its a Bearmach, a leftover from the big green D1. I haven't really made a big deal about it but pretty much everything on this truck is getting painted black so it dosen't stand out. The steering wheel obviously is an exception, but without any other aluminum visible from the driver's seat it felt a little too... bright. SO I decided to put the t-case knob in... but it was WAY too bright. So I dulled it out some.
Very low parking garage incident? Falling tree?
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Old December 15th, 2012, 01:36 AM
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Wow that's pretty wild! Just pulled my headliner and knocked out the debts in mine. What is your plan for sunroof cover piece? I was thinking a sheet of aluminum but I think it would be too bling..
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Very low parking garage incident? Falling tree?
Those two are the only two possible scenarios I can think of. What gets me though is that they didn't just replace the roof panel? The screws have obviously never been touched. I should have known right away something was wrong, looking down on the truck, in front of the sunroof only the two outside ribs are visible. Every other RRC has 4. Doh.

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Wow that's pretty wild! Just pulled my headliner and knocked out the debts in mine. What is your plan for sunroof cover piece? I was thinking a sheet of aluminum but I think it would be too bling..

I have an at least two parts trucks out here with the covers.
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Photos of the floor after cleaning, (prior to a visit from old uncle plasma cutter) and then showing a couple of fixed spots on the RH side.
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That is not bad. Amazing how much less rust you get with the rubber mats in the old ones than the open cell foam in the newer ones.
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Quick update; I have not had time to work on this lately but it has been outside in the elements now for some time and I love how I only have to reconnect the battery and it starts on the first try. It has rained multiple times and snowed twice and there is still a small leak coming from the sunroof area but looks like an easy fix.
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If you don't want to lineX it, there is a great product called Monstaliner. It is a DIY bed liner that has a course finish very similar to lineX. It comes with a base and a catalyst which gives a very durable finish and has tons of good cools. It's a cost effective alternative to LineX, also you can spray or roll it on. Just a thought, also POR has one of the best rust converters on the market. You can actually take a hammer to it after and it won't chip! I know from experience its a great product. Good luck
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UPDATE!!!!! I know some of you have been waiting... well....





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SOLD it. More details to follow, it's a long story but a good one!
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UPDATE!!!!! I know some of you have been waiting... well....





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SOLD it. More details to follow, it's a long story but a good one!
I can't wait to hear this... I told you I wanted that truck.
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Well I sold it to the guy who owned it two owners before me, who always wanted it back. Pretty much the only person on the planet I would have considered selling it to. His sentimental attachment to it runs a bit deeper than mine... also I knew going to him the truck would be treated right. In fact he has been lurking here reading the thread, so I hereby turn it over to him to keep us all updated on any progress.
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