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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:19 PM
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Big Red's Resurrection

Hey guys, I'm Mike. I recently bought Kent's (85red110) truck and have started a little rebuild. Initially I had planed on replacing the seats and fixing some of the rust in the frame and bulkhead then just start driving and enjoying the awesome truck Kent had setup. Once I got the truck home and started digging into the bulkhead and foot box I realized the rot was a little worse then I expected. After a few days of thinking about it and discussing my eventual plans for the truck with Mike and Chris from North America Overland, I was convinced I needed to dig deeper into Big Red and just go ground up. I decided to strip all the spray in bedliner, swap to lhd, go with a galvanized frame, and fix a lot of the wiring to say the least. Enough talking lets see some pictures I will continue to update everything as I progress but it wont be super fast as I am doing all the work after work and still need to figure out my part list and everything else.

















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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:24 PM
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Very nice. Good work so far.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:30 PM
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Dang getting after it! Nice pics, thanks for posting! Looking forward to watching the build.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:32 PM
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Great to finally see a post on this truck. Nice progress and looking forward to the build!!! Wish I had time to do anything on the truck.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:47 PM
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Why the change from Rhd to Lhd?
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Old January 4th, 2016, 11:05 PM
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Why the change from Rhd to Lhd?
Since I've gotten so far into it I decided to just make it for me, I prefer to drive lhd and it will make everyday driving needs easier (Drive thrus at banks and food, toll booths since I don't do easy pass.) Another positive is my girlfriend will feel more comfortable driving on whatever trips we go on since she only drives once in a while. Plus it makes for a fun project!
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Old January 5th, 2016, 08:56 AM
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Why the change from Rhd to Lhd?
Plus the resale valve. RHD is a fun/cool experience but you can see why vehicles are LHD here in the US pretty quickly.

And great work on the truck!
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Old January 5th, 2016, 09:08 AM
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Are you going to keep it Big Red or Big Some Other Color?
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Old January 5th, 2016, 09:09 AM
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Am I missing something? That chassis looks pretty good from the photos. Is it really worth it to replace?

Either way, nice work!
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Old January 5th, 2016, 09:14 AM
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Am I missing something? That chassis looks pretty good from the photos. Is it really worth it to replace?

Either way, nice work!
Good point - chassis doesn't look bad from the pics. Maybe strip and galvy if doing a full rebuild of the axles and suspension or just clean and coat with something like POR-15 or Eastwood chassis paint.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 09:21 AM
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Since I've gotten so far into it I decided to just make it for me, I prefer to drive lhd and it will make everyday driving needs easier (Drive thrus at banks and food, toll booths since I don't do easy pass.) Another positive is my girlfriend will feel more comfortable driving on whatever trips we go on since she only drives once in a while. Plus it makes for a fun project!
Great that your g/f is participating in the build. She is a keeper.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 11:01 PM
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Thanks guys! To answer some questions, the plan for paint is Arles Blue. The Chassis isn't too bad but it needs a rear crossmember and has a good size hole on the RH side behind the front wheel and a couple little holes by the front bumper mounts. I'd rather just start fresh with a perfect chassis that will last a while until its time to redo the rest again. The axles are getting rebuilt I have some 24 spline axles ill be dropping in the new frame with a true trac up front and I will probably get a Detroit for the rear. All depends how Mike likes that setup in his 110. My gf is helping with the project although the picture is my sister. She helped out 1 day while she was home and had a great time at the CT Happy hour. This week I'm still working on the tub prep, trying to get as much of that done as I can to save some body shop hours. I am waiting on a heater box so I can mount that up and make my final cuts to the bulkhead before I take it off the frame and start fixing all the holes in that.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 11:03 PM
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It lives! Thanks for sharing your buildup!
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Old January 6th, 2016, 08:17 AM
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This was a great way to start off my morning! Mike, thanks for sharing your progress and good luck with Big Red's rebuild!
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Old February 21st, 2016, 10:45 PM
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Its been a while so I figured its time for an update. Progress has been going well, lots of little things getting done. A LOT of sandblasting for one. Every piece I take off that is being reused has been sandblasted and primed and dropped off at the body shop. I'm finished up with the old frame and will try to get some good photos of that soon if anyone is interested in that. I converted the heater box to lhd and just started converting the rhd dash to lhd. Sal sent me a link to a leather dash cover so I ordered one up to see how it would work and it looks great! I can't wait to cover the finished dash and get a good look at it. It makes the swap much more affordable. My father and I spent the weekend cutting and bending to repair the bulkhead and lower dash swap. My Gf and I tore the wiring harness for the rear apart and checked for any problems and added some wires for the new rear door and trailer wiring ect... I brought the body back in to pull the capping and finish up the sanding before bringing to the body shop. I'm sure theres more but time for pictures.





























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Old February 21st, 2016, 11:19 PM
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Great progress!
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Old February 22nd, 2016, 07:00 AM
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Wow! Looking great - top work!
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Old February 22nd, 2016, 07:29 AM
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Great Job.. Girlfriend is a keeper!
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Old February 22nd, 2016, 08:05 AM
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Nice!
Are you going to turn it into a 5 door?
....how labor intensive would it be?
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Old February 22nd, 2016, 08:38 AM
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Nice! Are you going to turn it into a 5 door? ....how labor intensive would it be?
Less labor more $. Unobtainium 2nd row doors and misc parts. If you want a 5 door best to start with one imo
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