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Old 11-23-2014, 10:32 PM   #1801
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Re: Markeb01 Build Thread

Wonder what they actually cost to produce.
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:50 AM   #1802
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Must not have been very much considering the retail pricing!

Another nothing much of a project over the last few days. I’ve never been much of a fan of the color red, and I’ve been getting pretty sick of so much in the cab:



I realized not many of the red items matched in color. The first thing to go was the metalflake plastic toggle switch extension on the exhaust switch. It may be replaced with a chrome version.

I haven’t really liked the shift knob all that much either as the red is too dark minimizing the metalflake, and the flake in the red is gold, which I also don’t care for all that much. Studying the red versus blue knob (with silver glitter) I realized how much prettier the blue knob appears (to me at least). (Possible correction - according to my wife - who isn't color blind - she thinks the glitter in both knobs is silver, and the red color of the knob makes is appear gold).

So the blue 4 speed knob went back in. If I can find another way to display the shift pattern, I’ll go back to the original non marked blue metalflake shift ball as it is more attractive yet having a higher content of evenly embedded glitter.

Next up was the glovebox emblem. The red paint was applied by brush as the masking seemed just too much work at the time. It came out nice, but always looked like a fender emblem to me because of the color.

After several scrubbings with wax and grease remover, followed by more cleanings with alcohol, I spent nearly 3 hours masking it off for spray paint. I gave it a dusting coat of Rustoleum Gloss Black Enamel, followed by 3 more heavy flow coats. The part was leveled and left to cook under the heat lamps for a few hours.

After de-masking and tape goo cleanup, the part turned out perfectly. From dead on it almost appears like a laser cut piece instead of a fender emblem:



Here’s what has been accomplished so far:



I may replace the red steering wheel with a blue metalflake version, or go back to the black Mooneyes wheel I already have. The toggle switch safety covers may be swapped out for black or chrome items or I may just leave them red, being pretty much the standard color for safety covers. The last two pictures aren’t all that good, but it’s 15 degrees outside and 40 in the garage so I’m not all that enthusiastic about working harder on better shots at the moment!
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:05 PM   #1803
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Re: Markeb01 Build Thread

Diggin' the changesÖ

73 yesterday, 40 in my shed today and 36 outside (where my project sits) so I put in an hour or so beginning the bent frame disassembly...

I vote for the blue steering wheel, due to the blue shift knobÖ just my $.02 worth...
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:06 PM   #1804
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Glove box emblem looks 100% better, when you warm up would like to see a close up of the blue as I might need one.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:24 PM   #1805
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Backed the truck out today and snapped a few more shots. Nothing very good as it was just starting to snow. I should have played around with the lens filters, but standing outside in 22 degree temperatures doesnít inspire me to waste much time on the quality of my photography.

Hereís one showing the new beauty rings on the wheels mounting the snow tires. Had I taken it somewhere else with a clean background the shot would have looked pretty decent:



Not being able to sleep last night, I got up about 4 am and swapped in the black Mooneyes wheel. It feels more like my truck again, getting back to baseline with the black wheel and emblem, and the blue shift knob:







I wrapped the red shift knob in a nice thick sock and placed it in the original Mooneyes box along with the red wheel. If I ever end up with something else and the wife gets the truck, the red parts will be going back in for sure!

Fyi I buy my knobs direct from Epco: http://www.epcoshiftknobs.com/ This way I avoid any dealer mark up and can have the exact size insert I want at no extra charge. Also there are several decent shots of the blue knob on pages 1 & 2 of this build thread.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:06 PM   #1806
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man the small changes to the interior is like watching a masterpiece get retouched.


not to gush but I like your driving videos and I am definitely a fan of the rallies.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:21 PM   #1807
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Could not have said it better, this version of awesome is... awesome
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:30 PM   #1808
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Thanks for the comments guys!

Okay hereís the last minor update to the interior for now. I previously had a red metalflake plastic extension on the toggle switch for the exhaust cutouts. It makes the switch easier to identify in the dark, and the extra leverage provides more precise control over the opening and closing cycle of the motors. The red plastic version never fit very well, and the color only came close to matching the red shift knob. So when the knob went so did the toggle extension.

A few days ago I picked up a chrome plated aluminum extension with a blue jewel on the end. It arrived today and attaches with a set screw that seems much more secure. I also like how it looks. Until something else strikes my fancy, Iím done making changes to the interior for now:





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Old 12-04-2014, 11:33 PM   #1809
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Old 12-05-2014, 12:02 AM   #1810
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:35 AM   #1811
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Kind of a gray rainy day today, that turned out to be a lot of fun. My oldest son treated me to a day at the indoor shooting range, so we took the truck out for a nice drive there and back. First time I've fired guns in about 11 years. Between the two of us we had 3x 9 mm's, 1x 45 acp, 1x 357 magnum, and a 22 auto. What a blast! Now if I can only get the gunpowder smell out of me and my clothes!
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super fun day / son/ truck ride / thing that go boom
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:58 AM   #1814
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:20 AM   #1815
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now that is a cool way to spend the day
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:34 PM   #1816
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Kind of a gray rainy day today, that turned out to be a lot of fun. My oldest son treated me to a day at the indoor shooting range, so we took the truck out for a nice drive there and back. First time I've fired guns in about 11 years. Between the two of us we had 3x 9 mm's, 1x 45 acp, 1x 357 magnum, and a 22 auto. What a blast! Now if I can only get the gunpowder smell out of me and my clothes!
MAN !!!!!

I do miss Africa !!

I used to like shooting my Vektor SP1 randomly on the range or on the farm.

Little beats a good day of shooting (And I am not even good at it.)
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:00 PM   #1817
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That's how I felt when we lived in Idaho. Living in a snow belt the winters weren't much fun, but with 11 acres of privacy there were numerous places to shoot, including right off the back porch. I did a lot more of it when it was so convenient.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:29 PM   #1818
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Well Iím jumping into another feasibility study. This time dealing with the parking brake lever. Other than for nostalgia, Iíve never been a big fan of the stock hand brake in the truck. Iím even less happy with it since the addition of the deep tufted side panels, which required chopping off an inch or two from the end of the lever to keep from damaging the upholstery.

Back in 1969 Vietnam however, I became a fan of the hand brake used in virtually every military vehicle I can remember encountering. M38 Jeeps, M151 Fords, and military issue Jeep Wagoneer trucks all had them. Until recently I never knew anything about the history or production of the device, I just liked it because there was no release button, and parking brake cable tension could be adjusted while sitting in the cab by turning the handle cap. I thought it was such a clever design I couldnít understand why it wasnít standard in every domestic vehicle.

Hereís a bit of history on how it came into existence:

http://orschelnproducts.com/history-2/

In doing further research, I discovered it was also used in Dodge trucks for a number of years. Hereís one example. Although it appears functional, I certainly donít care for the mounting angle:



Currently there are dozens of versions available on Ebay and various military surplus sites.

This design looks promising:



So Iíll be doing some measuring to determine which model is easiest to adapt. I want it to mount in the factory orientation pointing left when released, and in alignment with the steering column when under tension. If I can make this work, and once fitted and all the details are worked out, Iíll either paint the mechanism high gloss black or go ahead and have it chromed to draw attention to it as a special feature.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:43 PM   #1819
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They came in mail trucks too.
They work great mounted on the floor pulling up too.
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Thanks for the tip. I also just discovered that GM used them in step vans as well!
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:45 AM   #1821
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Never one to waste time once I’ve made a decision, I ordered a new parking brake handle tonight. It looks nearly identical to the one used in the Dodge trucks and is designed for a GM step van:



$37.93 brand new from Mill Supply:

https://www.millsupply.com/workhorse...36275&cs=1+133

After sizing the photo to known dimensions, it appears the handle is roughly 9.75” long, and the mounting portion is about 7.25” long. If I’m as clever as I think I am, I’m pretty sure I can install it close enough to the original mounting plate to fit the clevis in place with little modification. I might even be able to mount it a bit closer to the driver, which would be great for my lower back.

I guess we’ll see what happens when it arrives in 4-5 days.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:19 AM   #1822
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At my first duty station, my first assignment was the Lube Rack...
I was constantly seeing these levers on the Dodge trucks as well as the Step Vans...
Will be watching your adaptation...
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I use my OE e-brake handle for a foot rest on long drives, works good for me.
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