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It's finally done!!! Well, for now anyways. The cap is back on and the bug deflector arrived and was installed today.

Considering it took 5 months in the driveway, the way it was painted and less than $1600, it came out really nice!

Makes huge differance than what it looked like a few years ago. 18 years and 113K miles of abuse, it deserved a makeover.


 

Almost wish I had taken pics along the way, but decided it wasn't that important.

Next year's plans, some gauges, larger tires and possibly some rock and brush bars.
And maybe get the seat recovered.



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needs more white

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Looks great Dave, nice job.

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looks great Dave. you and Matt did a great job.


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Great job!! I would have left it a 4 x 4 though

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Looks awesome dave, and great job matt.

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Thanks Guys, Matt really did a great job.

Tim, I'm really thinking Truckfest at Summit!!!! LOL!

Bob, it's still a 4X4, trust me the 8 MPG proves that, LOL!

Scott, I really don't think I can find any more white, But I do have a few ideas....... Oh yeah and a half gallon of white paint left over so we'll see what happens in the Spring

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Dave, now you are ready for Summit...

-- Edited by Donutboy97 on Friday 7th of December 2012 12:56:36 PM

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nice job guys! lookin good!!


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Thanks Tommy!! Matt really has a knack for this!

Tim, those wheels have to go! But I do like the stripes, too bad Matt says NO F*$KING WAY in Hell!!! LMAO!!

Oh and don't forget the 6" lift kit adn BIGGER tires, I have no idea how I will pull it off, but I am going to try like hell to do it next summer!

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Maybe I should have had it painted like my old Monster truck?

http://monsterphoto.iwarp.com/night.htm



-- Edited by twomanymontes on Saturday 8th of December 2012 10:37:45 PM

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That came out awesome! Congrats!

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Thanks Matt.

I replaced the O2 sensor and bumped up the timing, It has a lot more power and the gas gauge doesn't move as much. Hopefully I can fill the tank this weekend and see what kind of mileage it gets.

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Spent some time this weekend finishing up the compass/temp rear view mod. Had it all wired a month ago, but had a bad sensor that I finally grabbed last weekend. Works great now, so I cleaned the interior. LOL!

Compass mode

Temp mode



-- Edited by twomanymontes on Sunday 7th of July 2013 01:00:31 PM

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Great job. I can't believe that was a Dodge Ram before you started. Does it have those little rubber titty things by the license plate? they're important ya know....

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Thanks Kevin. My son can do wonders when it comes to body work! LOL! And The plate doesn't need them, but the gas door has a set.

Have you installed yours yet???

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that was a dodge back n the day?



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hope4anarchy99 wrote:

that was a dodge back n the day?


 

wow



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hope4anarchy99 wrote:

that was a dodge back n the day?


 Dude Seriously???!!!!!!



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Crusher wrote:

Great job. I can't believe that was a Dodge Ram before you started. Does it have those little rubber titty things by the license plate? they're important ya know....


 

 

hey i was just going on what he said..

 

thats why i was asking cause our family always been chevy and the inside shows all chevy...



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so does every square inch of the exterior

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maybe it was the color...lmfao

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Found time to do some more work on the Truck this week.

 

Last Sunday, picked up a transfer case skid plate at the junkyard for $5. Cleaned it up and bolted it on.

 

 

 

Diana bought me a set of tube steps for my Birthday. Had to get universal ones that mounted to the frame, did not want to take the chance of body bolts breaking. A little bit of cutting and drilling, but they fit nicely tucked up above the frame and closer to the body.

 

Passenger side

 

 

Driver side

 

 

And I bought a light bar from Off Road Warehouse. It finally arrived today! Took a whole 20 minutes to install. Now I just need some lights to mount on it.

 

The plain old front end.

 

 

The light bar

 

 

The new look!

 

 

 

And it doesn't stick out too far or sits too high.

 

 

I have a few cheap lights I will mount Sunday, but as soon as I can, I'm ordering a set of Summit Racing 8" round lights.

 



-- Edited by twomanymontes on Friday 30th of August 2013 10:43:29 PM

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love those front bars!!! Always wanted one when I had trucks.

As for lights, make sure they are metal housing with glass lenses. Then swap in some 110watt PIAA Superwhite bulbs. I actually have a set from my Jeep sitting on a shelf. PIAA 8" lights with 165watt bulbs. Like instant daylight when you flip the switch. Saving them for a special project.

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Scott, I have loved the looks of that bar for years! This is the look I was looking for:


But only 2 lights, 4 is a bit overkill.


And I Believe they are metal housings, not 100% sure off the glass. I don't go wheeling at night so I don't need that much light. But I'm also thinking of a set of LED bars that mount to the main bar. I wish I could find a set of rectangular ones, The round ones don't look right with the rectangle headlamps and marker lights



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Looks great Dave.

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Thanks Frank

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very nice Dave.....

BTW is that an electric plug in drill from the 50's...lol


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Thanks Jim, and YES that drill is quite old. But I forgot to bring home my cordless from work and the other drill wouldn't hold a 7/16" drill bit. I wasn't about to run and buy a bit that was shanked down juts to drill 2 holes.

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Looks cool!!

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And the Lord said "Let there be light!!!"



 Finally got the lights wired up and functioning. Now I can't wait to drive it at night so I can see where these things are pointed



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New tires are Mounted and Balanced! And I got the new headlights today.



 Tomorrow will be busy!



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you should build yourself a relay harness to draw the power from the battery and use the OEM headlight harness as the switch for it. You'll get longer life and less issues than just pulling power from the OEM headlight wiring. HIDs take a lot of power to start up

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Scott, I tried that on the 01. Didn't work correctly. So I put them the way they were. Haven't had an issue in 5 years. And for $30 for 5 years, I don't think that's all that bad. But I pull the headlights every so often to clean behind them. I check the harness and make sure they haven't started to melt.

Only issue I found, there is no screw mount for the unit. They give you double sided tape to mount it. Yeah, that ain't happening on a dirty fender. I just zip tied them so they don't bounce around. Work really good. Can't wait till dark!



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Ok, The tires are on and she rides like a dream!!! Bumped the truck height up 2 inches. They didn't rub, but they came close to the lower corner of the front valance. I had Matt cut the inner corner off so there would be no chance.



Then decided to see how well they work. A little wheelin in the snow





Has plenty of clearance too





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very nice Dave

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Thanks Jim, I finally get it all together and today I hear a funny scraping noise. And then I noticed I lost half a tank of gas! Pulled over and the rear tank strap broke!

Fortunately, I was able to get to work and bolt in some of that universal strap. Come the warmer weather, I'll install 2 new straps. I will have to raise the bed to access the upper clip that broke. Too friggen cold to do that now.

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that sucks Dave, but at least you rigged it for now.


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Yeah, I will get them replaced soon. I'm hoping I can take it out your way to hit that yard in a few months. Really don't want to worry about a full tank of gas dropping to the ground.

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Looks awesome Dave

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Thanks Tim, It looks a lot better clean, LOL!

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Well, as some of you know, my truck got hit twice this past winter. So Matt finally got the time to get some work done to it.

Matt started before I could take pictures of the damage.

The Beast looks so strange all stripped down again

Even the front looks plain

And then the fun started, Matt started grinding to see what size patch need to be made for the door, it got larger than he thought

Starting to look like half the truck will be getting repainted. Hope I get it back before September!



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good luck.

the truck is in good hands....


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Thanks Jim, He's doing a great job.

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The lower door seems to be in worse shape than we thought. Matt has created an entire lower section.











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Matt got the bodywork on the door done and then put the first coat of primer on the repaired spots.


The front bumper had quite a few spots that needed attention

And then the first coats of primer.



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Nice job Matt... Oh, and good picture taking Dave lmao

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Great Job Matt.... I've got a brand new shrinker & stretcher set as well as a new bead roller and dies I'd be willing to trade towards some much needed body and paint work on my Monte.........


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as usual Matt excellent work.


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Donutboy97 wrote:

Nice job Matt... Oh, and good picture taking Dave lmao


 Oh you know me too well Tim!



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