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Old July 9th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Looking good guys!!! Paint on it will make the biggest difference!! If you guys need anything let me know!
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Old July 9th, 2013, 11:36 AM
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Looking good. Since you've already stripped the truck down to its current state, you should go ahead and pull the wings and bonnet. The further you can disassemble the truck, the more thorough the paint job will be. The body seams on these trucks are prone to paint buildup, and that extra disassembly can make the difference between a great job and one that's just good.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Those rear panels that Will fabricated look great. And those cappings are always forgiving for any edges that weren't cut quite perfectly. Are you going to put the 1994 style rear lights back there or 1995/97 style, or something else?
Thanks Josh! They should be good to go once painted and riveted back in place. As for the tail lamps, Brian (below) is holding a set from a '95 NAS for us. I'm not 100% sure if they'll fit though. We'll see.

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Looking good guys!!! Paint on it will make the biggest difference!! If you guys need anything let me know!
Thanks Brian! I think so too. I still need to make it out your way to pick up those lights!

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Looking good. Since you've already stripped the truck down to its current state, you should go ahead and pull the wings and bonnet. The further you can disassemble the truck, the more thorough the paint job will be. The body seams on these trucks are prone to paint buildup, and that extra disassembly can make the difference between a great job and one that's just good.
Thanks Ash! The body shop is supposed to be pulling the hood (i.e., bonnet) off as well, so they can get to the section of bulkhead that it sits in front of. We're not going to worry with removing the front wings, just not a concern for us at this point. Again, she's not meant to be a show queen.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:11 PM
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I've seen quite a few of the 1995/97 lights utilized with the 1994 cappings. I've never inspected them closely (only seen them in pics) but there may be a little wedge space between the body and the lights, because the cappings are different. If all else fails, you can probably use the extra aluminum you probably have laying around, to cut it to the dimensions of the light housings, and then cut off the odd side where the capping would overlap, and the aluminum piece would act as your "wedge" to even out the backing surface of the lights. Probably not clear in words, but maybe you get my point. FlaD90 also posted a thread with a good template on it for 1994 to 1995 light conversion. Or just cut down the cappings to the correct 1995-97 specs while you have them off.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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I've seen quite a few of the 1995/97 lights utilized with the 1994 cappings. I've never inspected them closely (only seen them in pics) but there may be a little wedge space between the body and the lights, because the cappings are different. If all else fails, you can probably use the extra aluminum you probably have laying around, to cut it to the dimensions of the light housings, and then cut off the odd side where the capping would overlap, and the aluminum piece would act as your "wedge" to even out the backing surface of the lights. Probably not clear in words, but maybe you get my point. FlaD90 also posted a thread with a good template on it for 1994 to 1995 light conversion. Or just cut down the cappings to the correct 1995-97 specs while you have them off.
Thanks Josh, I've actually read his post. However, he's using LED's and not factory '95 tail lights. ECR did a write up on this subject too here on the forum. From what I've investigated, the lights furthest out on either side may not fit because the mounting for the bulbs used by the factory lights extends into the area occupied by the '94's rear roll cage support. I might be able to modify, but won't know for sure until I can get my hands on them.....
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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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You're right - LEDs = no plinths, just pigtails, so there is the potential for interference with the under tub supports with the plinths. I remember ECR had a good write-up on it a ton of years ago, but I thought that was for NAS 110s for some reason. I know JimC did it on his NAS 110. That was the only conversion I had seen up close, and there was still a little space where you could see the old 1994 light hole. Of course, since you'll be starting with a naked rear panel, you won't have any pre-existing hole to deal with, and you can probably move the template in a few mm's to suit any interference you may otherwise have with the unter tub supports.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 01:45 PM
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You're right - LEDs = no plinths, just pigtails, so there is the potential for interference with the under tub supports with the plinths. I remember ECR had a good write-up on it a ton of years ago, but I thought that was for NAS 110s for some reason. I know JimC did it on his NAS 110. That was the only conversion I had seen up close, and there was still a little space where you could see the old 1994 light hole. Of course, since you'll be starting with a naked rear panel, you won't have any pre-existing hole to deal with, and you can probably move the template in a few mm's to suit any interference you may otherwise have with the unter tub supports.
That is what I'm hoping....so long as I don't have to move them too far. This may not be a concourse quality restoration, but I do have OCD moments regarding certain particulars.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 08:48 AM
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Old July 16th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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Looks good, brother!
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Old July 16th, 2013, 09:41 AM
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What body shop are you using?
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Old July 16th, 2013, 09:57 AM
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Old July 16th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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I though the new panels were going to go on before paint.

-Jeff

Jeff, no they'll be going on afterwards. I had them painted separately. This is in part due to the facts that they are held on by the rear tub cappings, and I wanted them painted separately as well.


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Maaco in Raleigh.

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No worries. The wheels were covered up. They had to uncover them to roll it into the baking booth last night. We knew there would be a bit of overspray in some areas, so we're not concerned. However, I noticed that the rear crossmember bolts for the tub look to be painted. They were supposed to be taped, and hopefully, they are.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Old July 16th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Did they paint the vent screens on the bulkhead? I'm hoping there's tape there and they just painted over that! Coming along nicely.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 11:37 AM
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Did they paint the vent screens on the bulkhead? I'm hoping there's tape there and they just painted over that! Coming along nicely.
Josh, they are taped over. And thanks! We're very pleased!
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Old July 16th, 2013, 01:17 PM
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Frigging hot in the barn today, so needed some noon time updates- looks great guys, well done and for the budget, just awesome!!
Well done!!
Will, I'll try to check on parts request today- gotta get some of Matts $$ ;-)
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Old July 16th, 2013, 02:05 PM
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Frigging hot in the barn today, so needed some noon time updates- looks great guys, well done and for the budget, just awesome!!
Well done!!
Will, I'll try to check on parts request today- gotta get some of Matts $$ ;-)
Thanks Dale! Hopefully picking her up tomorrow. After that, I'll need to schedule a trip down your way.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Back home from the paint shop! Hope to have some time to begin some reassembly thus weekend.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Found a brand new set of new take off stock front springs if Matt is still going that direction.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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My apologies for the delay in any updates. We had some issues with the paint which required taking the 90 back to the painters.

That being said, I had a productive day today. Did a semi restoration on the rear # plaque (amazing what you can do with a Sharpie!). Body capping a have been reinstalled along with the new rear panels I fabricated. Also installed the soft top rails, fuel filler neck, tailgate, spare tire carrier, spare tire, spare tire cover license plate lamp, and license plate mount.
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