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Old January 25th, 2012, 11:23 AM
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My daily driver turned restoration project

I hope all are well. I have a 95 d-90 ragtop that I have had for about 11 years. I did not buy it to drive it as a restoration project but that is what it has become. My list of want to do's is basically cosmetic but I would love a little advice on this. I am not worried about keeping things factory as this will continue to be my daily driver and I hope to never sell it. This is what is happening.

1. Dash. My dash is shot. intend to replace it all. I was just going to go stock but if anyone has better ideas I am all ears.
2. HVAC- My hvac works ok but it was the aftermarket dealer install and sits blow the passenger dash. I notice a big loss in power when it is on. I saw that one of the catalogue groups has a different aftermarket HVAC system, and I would love some feedback as to whether I should mess with mine or not. (mind you the vents on mine are dried out and broken etc... and I live in Texas so HVAC is a strong recommendation for me)
3. My steering wheel is shot. I fully intend to replace it with stock.
4. My Door paneling is also shot. I was thinking about fabing up some diamond plating for that with some cool lexan type of speaker box trimmings (with some LED lighting to be able to see better) but am I wasting my time and money over the factory plannels?
5. Rear bench seat. I have had kids seats in for years and it is shot. Order a new one or go to a local and have it dealt with?
6. Front seat paneling. It is gone, and the cushioning is coming out. What would you all suggest?
7. Cubby box. I am thinking a new metal one over the wood one.
8. Rino line the inside. What do you guys recommend?
9. Also my rubber wheel fenders are starting to loose the finish and look bad. I know I can replace them but what do you all recommend? ( my tires are 285/75/16's).
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Old January 25th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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1. Finding a LHD complete dash is going to be hard and expensive... Maybe Stephen Peterson (Safari Rover) can help find you a TD5 or similar dash. Or, if some of the pieces are still ok, and could be saved with some fresh paint, some of the hoarders on the site could help.

2. More than likely, the AC system you have is factory, but put in by the dealer.

3. DefenderPilot is selling them here and on eBay, they are brand new, but $

4. Both Iron Goat and Rovers North has them pretty reasonably.

5. The rear bench seat is no longer available, so you will have to fix the one you have or get a Badger Coach Works cover.

6. You can get new seat surfaces and foam from either RN or Badger.

7. Get a used cubby box or the metal one, they are always for sale here

8. Don't rhino it, as you can never remove it. Just repaint the back and put a new rubber on it.

9. Find a set of used fender flares or buy the shiny black ones from England or eBay and paint them flat back... Or try just repainting yours. Crown14 did that in a restoration.

Post a few pics of the truck and the dash.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 12:04 PM
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4. Both Iron Goat and Rovers North has them pretty reasonably.

6. You can get new seat surfaces and foam from either RN or Badger.

7. Get a used cubby box or the metal one, they are always for sale here
4. Or "Backstay" on the board made a bunch. 1994 style w/ out pockets though.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=18002

6. Or Exmoor Trim (I think Safari Resto is now a dealer of theirs)

7. Can't go wrong with Tuffy.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:35 PM
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5. Rear bench seat. I have had kids seats in for years and it is shot. Order a new one or go to a local and have it dealt with?
7. Cubby box. I am thinking a new metal one over the wood one.
8. Rino line the inside. What do you guys recommend?
5. If you are not worried about keeping it stock, I like the forward-facing fold up seats.
7. Tuffy locking.
8. I am with Woldd90 about the Rhino lining, its like a bad tattoo - forever.
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Old January 25th, 2012, 04:55 PM
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8. I am with Woldd90 about the Rhino lining, its like a bad tattoo - forever.
Rhino-lining is more like a Speedo/banana hammock - if you think it looks good, who the Hell else cares?
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Old January 25th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Rhino-lining is more like a Speedo/banana hammock - if you think it looks good, who the Hell else cares?
I agree, if you think it looks good, go for it. However, once rhino-lined if you decide sometime later that you don't like it, removal is more comparable to tattoo removal than stepping out of a speedo and into a pair of board shorts.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:00 AM
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I originally wanted to get my bed on my 84' 90 rhino-lined, but after talking to the guys at Liveridge, who did the job of restoration, says it has no sound dampening and if you offroad the torque and twisting while going over rough terrain will crack it. I'd recommend diamond plating, looks nice!
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diamond plate looks way worse in my opinion.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Rhino-lining is more like a Speedo/banana hammock - if you think it looks good, who the Hell else cares?
Yeah...but just like rhino liner....its gotta be put on the right equipment or it just looks stoopid...ROTFLMFAO

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Mines a 110....its the extra size that makes it more impressive...LOL..
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:14 AM
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Rhino-lining is more like a Speedo/banana hammock - if you think it looks good, who the Hell else cares?
I can't believe you went there. Of all the analogies.

Rick,
I have the badger covers in my ST on the front and bench seats if you want to see how they look.
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8. Rino line the inside. What do you guys recommend?

There's a company called Sea Dek that makes a textured expanded EVA foam decking material. It has the feel of flip flop soles. It is very tough stuff, they use it as cockpit decking. It is available in 5MM thick sheets that you cut to shape and then peel and stick. The adhesive is 3M and will not lift. If you were to install this it is sort of a bridge between rhino lining and a horse stall mat.
Sea Dek website

For my boat, I ended up using Durabak paint. It's not really a paint, it's like armor plating that you apply with a roller. It has a nubby texture. Also comes in a smooth formula.
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