Tin bashing

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  1. david85

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    A few more close ups. I did my best to get everything covered, especially those hidden spots next to the wiring and fuel tanks.

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    Does it stay looking like that?

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    It does settle a little but not much. This is the same stuff I already shot inside the doors and front fenders.
     
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    I had to bash together some heat shielding for the box belly before I could drop it back on the frame. The old shields were still *ok*, but still had surface rust. I used 1/16" aluminum, but there is a layer of vinyl between the sheet and the bed girders. The inside of each girder is also sprayed with wax oil.

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    And here it is in the sunshine. Seats go in tomorrow.

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    She's a beauty.Not much more to put back together now.Isn't that something.Like a brand new 7th gen truck.Better than when new now,really.Maybe some sun fade in in the interior but not much for cracks or anything there is there? Chip trucks interior has all sorts of cracks now.That was an issue with the 9th gens interior.The plastic cracks as it ages.
     
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    The interior will need some work eventually but compared what I've just been through its no big deal.

    And best of all it can be done one piece at a time. No need to plan a couple weeks for sandblasting, priming painting etc. Really glad that's over with.

    I'm still dreaming of finding a set of seats like these:
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    But I'd have to modify them with my current (1988-up??) style seat hardware if I wanted the same range of motion. These older style high-backs don't have a slider on the passenger side, making rear seat access a little more awkward. Not sure what other hardware differences there are on the driver's side.

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    I'm pretty confident I could make the mods to the seat frames but sewing upholstery is not a skill I learned yet. StockInteriors.com claims to offer a set for this style of seat but its been two weeks since I requested samples. Still nothing.

    Shop4seats did reply very quickly with samples and even phoned to follow up. Those would be the easier solution with ready made seat assembly but more expensive. I'm also not 100% sure those seats will have the same range of motion of my current set.

    Ford actually did a pretty good job designing the seats I have right now. They slide really far forward for easy access to the rear bench. My only complaint is the backrest is too low. It still provides some protection against whiplash (leaned first hand), but they aren't high enough to rest my head on. The seats in my dad's GMC are high enough and it results in less fatigue on longer drives.

    Here's the style I have right now:
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    Unloaded the last of the frost king on the ceiling. Double layered it in between the main supports.

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    Seats are in but lost the daylight so this is what I can show for today.

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    The new transfer case boot put up more of a fight than I expected. The 1" thick carpet had to be trimmed back and the supplied screws were nowhere near long enough. Looks much nicer than what I had before and it should seal better to the floor.

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    Cleaned up the door sills and installed them. I don't like the screw down method from factory since its an easy way for rust to get in. My solution to this problem was to use plastic blocks as makeshift nuts under the floor. A generous glob of urethane sealer and stainless screws should keep things nice and water tight.

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    And here is the interior. Looks good from the passenger side, but the driver's side seat is a bit rough.

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    Getting to the detailing stage now. I hate this part. Lots of little things.

    New Windshield is in
    New Wipers
    Bed skirt struts
    Added mesh screen to the cowling to keep leaves out
    Installed cowling (more gap adjusting)
    Painted rear bumper. Roller method worked pretty good.
    Installed side mirrors. Nice and stiff with the door reinforcing.

    And FINALLY have it insured! Took it for a drive but it was anemic for the first 20km. Gave it a whole bottle of stanadyne lubricity and a liter of ATF. Seems to be running a little better now.

    Wind noise on the highway is better but engine noise is higher. Right now I have no insulation under the hood or wheel wells. I sure hope the noise isn't coming in through the firewall though. Man it would suck to pull the dash again....

    Brakes feel a bit week but maybe I'm just not to used to it anymore.
    Temperature gauge doesn't read
    Amp meter twitching
    Speedometer needle wobbling - wait that's normal LOL
    A keen eye will notice the white on the box and cab do not match the doors and fenders.
    And I haven't started on the tailgate yet

    Anyway, you get the idea. Here's some more pix.

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    *minimum word count*

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