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Old 12-11-2017, 07:02 PM   #176
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Re: 97 3500 454 4x4 project

Go for it, will be eager to see the finished look!
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Old 12-12-2017, 08:52 AM   #177
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I see the caution on the display that the image may be reversed. The image out the windshield (screen) appears to be reversed too, haha, for those of us in N America.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:03 PM   #178
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Yep, right hand drive, we keep to the left on the roads down here. A good thing to remember when holidaying in Australia.
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Old 01-15-2018, 04:11 PM   #179
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Not a lot going on right now, it's cold, well, by Arkansas standards at least. I've been gathering a few parts though, the metra dash, a back bumper, it's a black powder coated westin bumper and since the under dash panel had holes drilled in it, I picked another one up. I cleaned the dash and panel up, wiped them down in alcohol, and dyed them to match my dash. My radio is on the way!
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:08 AM   #180
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My radio is in and the back up camera should be no later than next week. I'm looking forward to seeing this interior finished.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:06 AM   #181
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:08 PM   #182
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Cameras in hand too!
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:14 AM   #183
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Lots of stuff arriving, hopefully your weather will good enough to work on the truck, ours is just getting hotter, ranging from 100 to 105 each day. You can here the paddocks drying out.
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:31 AM   #184
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Lots of stuff arriving, hopefully your weather will good enough to work on the truck, ours is just getting hotter, ranging from 100 to 105 each day. You can here the paddocks drying out.
We had a low of -1f last week and with an unheated shop I've not got a lot done. I should have better conditions when I'm off later this week.
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Old 01-25-2018, 06:34 PM   #185
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Tires are in! Time to run my rims by the powdercoater!
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:11 PM   #186
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I'm not entirely done, but the radio is in and working! I'm about to mount the back bumper so I can get the backup camera mounted after a late lunch. My rims are on a waiting list to get powder coated. He told me about 13 weeks so sometime in early May I hope.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:55 PM   #187
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It's on, but if I had it to do over I would have stuck with a factory style. It fits and looks good, reminds me of the factory chrome bumper that came on my 78, but with the adapter kit I had to use I had to leave two bolts out of the Reese hitch. I still have to go back and tighten all the bolts, but I'm calling it a day.
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:34 PM   #188
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Worked off nights this morning, got a nap and put the front bumper together. I used new trim but only had to clean the push guards and license plate holder. I'm going to bolt it up for now, may have to drive a little farther this time and don't want to upset the law, then put the lights I go with later.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:18 PM   #189
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Getting a little more done today. I put the new light housings on, left the plastic film on them till after it is painted, and I'm finishing up the wiring for the radio. Also put a new starter on it, finally got tired of crawling under it and rapping on the starter.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:47 PM   #190
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Getting a little more done today. I put the new light housings on, left the plastic film on them till after it is painted, and I'm finishing up the wiring for the radio. Also put a new starter on it, finally got tired of crawling under it and rapping on the starter.
Looking better and better.

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Old 03-06-2018, 08:32 PM   #191
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Devin, I think that's the one I got. I bought it at O'Reilly's and did tell the counter guy I wanted 1 that would fit the 454 and an 8.1 if possible. He gave me a mini starter for sure, I'll have to check the reciept.
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:36 AM   #192
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Trial fit the new grill and noticed a tab broken off of the lower grill trim keeping it from sitting flush. I'll have to hunt down a replacement.
I'm thinking of having the grill painted black, kind of gives it that serious work truck look.
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:15 PM   #193
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Starting to gather up parts for my 8.1L swap. Got the nos engine cover in today and that troublesome to find ac/ps bracket heading here in the mail.
My new paint man told me he should get to it by the end of the month. I'm painting it crystal white pearl to match my wife's subaru!
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:29 AM   #195
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Can't wait to see the color.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:33 PM   #196
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I'm not entirely done, but the radio is in and working! I'm about to mount the back bumper so I can get the backup camera mounted after a late lunch. My rims are on a waiting list to get powder coated. He told me about 13 weeks so sometime in early May I hope.
Good work on this. It's coming together well. I know it's the reflection, but spooky hands on the picture of your Android auto head unit. Haha
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Old 04-28-2018, 06:17 PM   #197
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Good work on this. It's coming together well. I know it's the reflection, but spooky hands on the picture of your Android auto head unit. Haha
Thank you! I hope those were really my hands and not something wanting to get out of the radio lol!
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:21 PM   #198
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Rims are done and home. He also did my wiper arms the same satin black. I used my old centers for the picture, but I'm going to get on the hunt for new ones. I've also cleaned up the wiper fluid jug and installed a new ac delco pump on it.
Ran by and talked to the painter on the way back too. He'll get to it when he does lol.
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:47 PM   #199
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Every step get you closer.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:41 PM   #200
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Here's an after shot of one I used a ton of soap water and elbow grease.
well done amazing what hard work can do..
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