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Old 06-30-2016, 07:25 PM   #76
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Hello!

Where were you able to locate the dark saddle color for the door panels to match the other door components and the dash too!?

You have an awesome truck!!
Thanks. I gave the truck back to my Dad today. He was really excited. The door panels are not saddle color. It's GM's mandarin orange. It's kinda a orange saddle. The matching vinyls are more orange, but the panel is definitely not saddle. There's a company in California called Just Dashes that will take the door panels and dash , sand the oxidized plastic out and then rewrap in color matched hard vinyl. It's really nice stuff, but super expensive.

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Old 06-30-2016, 07:28 PM   #77
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Here's the finished wheels with the chrome trim ring:



The new stickers on the winch:



Trim rings are awesome:


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Old 06-30-2016, 07:33 PM   #78
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I just received the 4X4 center caps for the rear. We're installing the rear spacers tomorrow. We're replacing the defective clock and the bad gas gauge sending unit next week when parts arrive.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:23 PM   #79
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Looking good I bet your Dad was excited with Joy...
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:57 PM   #80
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Those wheels really tied everything together! They look great !Great job Cameron !
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:20 AM   #81
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Those wheels really tied everything together! They look great !Great job Cameron !
They look better as 16's, I'd be tempted to run them without trim rings. Great choice.
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:16 AM   #82
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They look better as 16's, I'd be tempted to run them without trim rings. Great choice.
The trim rings make them pop. I drove a few days without them. Trim rings are definitely better.
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:41 AM   #83
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Those wheels really tied everything together! They look great !Great job Cameron !
Thanks Donny
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Old 07-01-2016, 03:38 PM   #84
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Here we go. New spare tire on custom 16" spare. I went 245/75R16 to give it a good clean fit:


All the wheel stuff lined out perfectly:

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Old 07-01-2016, 07:07 PM   #85
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That looks killer. nice job!
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:19 PM   #86
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Last couple of items. The steering pump whines when it gets warm. Waiting on the new NOS quartz clock.

Any suggestions on the steering pump?
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:16 AM   #87
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Love the seats, where did you come up with the material? I'm restoring a '79 and would like to come up with a way to do the blue plaid. Great restoration, hope mine looks half as good when I'm done.
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:16 AM   #88
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SMS out of Oregon has the materials stock piled.
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Is the PS pump new?
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:19 PM   #90
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Is the PS pump new?
Newish.

These trucks make everything else look blah. Here it is today at a charity skeet shoot. There's something so right about driving around with a couple of shotguns and boxes of shells in this thing. 'Murica!!!



I've spent the past two days replacing the clock, instrument backing plate, speedometer, circuit board, clear plastic bezel, dash bulbs, speedometer cable and speedo gears to get the speedo running true. I had my little GPS app measuring the difference between actual speed and speedo speed. It was fun.

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Old 07-08-2016, 10:35 PM   #91
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Beautiful! Very nice work
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:03 PM   #92
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Both blinkers stopped working. Any ideas?
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:39 PM   #93
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:01 PM   #94
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Left one is fine. Right one is not. The actual blinkers with fine. It's just the dash bulb that's not blinking. I just replaced the bulb, so that wouldn't be the first guess.
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Old 07-09-2016, 08:12 PM   #95
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I think it's a ground. It was dimmer than the right one before and after I replaced the bulb. Where did this thing ground out. I just replaced the circuit board, so the problem isn't there. Where did it ground?
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:25 AM   #96
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I'm thinking it's the bulb holder. Everything else grounds to the same place, so it's either the bulb or holder. I'll look at it in a couple of days.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:43 PM   #97
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Do you mind sharing part number(s) for the replacement speedo cable you used?
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:45 PM   #98
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Do you mind sharing part number(s) for the replacement speedo cable you used?
Just hollered down to O'Reillys for a delivery to our shop. We buy a lot from them.

Figured out the light. The bulb was a dud and the bulb plug had some corrosion or something that was dimming the bulb. I cleaned the bulb plug with soap and water, then vinegar, then soap and water, then water, then dry. Then I replaced the bulb. Now the light is just as bright as the left one.

The driver side mirror won't stay put at highway speeds. Gonna fix that next. I think the rubber grommet does more holding than it first appears.

Adding dielectric grease to the serpentine belt has addressed most of the whining sounds up front. Needed new header bolts and nuts. Got those on. Pretty much there.

I like driving things for awhile to work out the bugs. I took my two boys to a local car show yesterday and showed the Blazer. That was super cool.

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Old 07-12-2016, 08:38 AM   #99
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Re: 1978 Russet Metallic 4x4

Dad commented on the slop in the steering column, so I ordered the Borgeson steering shaft with u-joints on each end.

http://www.borgeson.com/xcart/produc...&cat=34&page=1

The steering box is new, the ball joints are new and I have a frame brace installed, so there's no reason I shouldn't upgrade the shaft to something new.

It will probably be the first part of next week when I get a chance to install it.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:26 PM   #100
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Outstanding work on the Blazer! Hopefully since I'm in the same part of Texas, I can see it some day in the future.

Where did you get the rubber you cut for the floor mats?
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