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Old 11-11-2019, 02:45 PM   #1151
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Your attention to detail continues to amaze! Blasted back to your first post. I had forgotten you have owned this truck since 1976. Keeping something this long is a tough thing to do.
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:53 PM   #1152
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Question for OrrieG: I am looking for a 1/2 ton 4x4 donor rig for my 57 pickup, which is a better choice (73-80) or (81-87) running gear? I know the earlier stuff used Dana 44 front axles and 12 bolt rears typical. The newer square bodies used 10 bolt axles.



I see that the NP203 transfer case is usually "full-time", while the newer aluminum transfer cases like the NP208 & NP241 are part time. I prefer to build something that is mostly street driven and part time select-able.

I also prefer the simple TH350 vs 700r4 that requires a critical tv cable adjustment. Wonder if it's possible to run a TH350 with a NP208?
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Old 11-26-2019, 03:51 PM   #1153
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My NP203 has a Doug Nash part time conversion kit and beefer chain. The nash kit makes it so the chain and front driveline is only engaged in 4wd. It also has warn hubs so you can have it in 4wd but not have any load on the transmission. It has been used as a work and hunting truck in some pretty hairy situations and I always ran out of nerve before the truck gave out. If I had done more research at the time of conversion (1985) I would have went with a NP205. I have not done any research on the NP208.
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Old 12-29-2019, 08:15 PM   #1154
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Hey Orrie,

is there any trick to removing the instrument cluster/bezel?

i took the 3 screws out but there seems to be a lip or something preventing the bezel from coming out of dash.

I'm trying to get to my ammeter to see if a wire is off/broke/loose i don't have power to ignition switch. so i'd like to remove my instruments.

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Old 12-30-2019, 01:44 AM   #1155
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you should be able to pull it straight out ---with the 3 screws out --just make sure the speedo cable is disconnected as well as oil line ---also dont pull hard on it - you dont want to rip any wires out as in the turn signal lights and the lights that light up the entire face plate
good luck --and dont force it out -----work it out
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Old 11-13-2020, 10:40 PM   #1156
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How's the truck coming? I haven't been on in a long time
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:59 PM   #1157
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Cannot believe that i did not post in 2020 until now. Life got in the way, wife has had pretty significant health issues (NOT covid related) most of the year so I have had to take up the slack around the house and garden. Also decided to focus on finishing up a bunch of projects she has been wanting done. I Have been working on the truck, got the one piece windows in and operating correctly. Got the first blocking done on the truck and just before the weather turned shot another coat of Urofill. Found some areas on the passenger door and sill I want to address again. Goal is to get it painted this year. I had to start it up to move it out of the garage and it fired right up after sitting for three years. I tried uploading some photos but got an error message, so just imagine it with tan primer over perfect body work ready for some 220 sanding.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:01 PM   #1158
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Hey Orrie,

is there any trick to removing the instrument cluster/bezel?

i took the 3 screws out but there seems to be a lip or something preventing the bezel from coming out of dash.

I'm trying to get to my ammeter to see if a wire is off/broke/loose i don't have power to ignition switch. so i'd like to remove my instruments.

thanks
On mine I use a wooden this wedge at the top near the corners to get it free, it is a tight fit. Tape the paint too.
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Old 07-22-2021, 05:28 PM   #1159
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Orrie, I hope you're well. I've been following this thread since the beginning (nearly 15 years now). Even though I doubt I'll ever have a TF pickup, I like to come back and reread your thread from the beginning every few years because there are so many nuggets to absorb. I miss seeing updates.
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:36 PM   #1160
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While I have not been posting I have been working on the truck, mostly blocking and fixing minor flaws I keep finding. Also working on other loose ends, bracket to vintage back up and fog lights, license plate, etc. I have shot the last primer on the bed parts and hood after 320 grit blocking. Will do the cab and front clip when it cools down. To do the bed I had to get up at 6am so I could paint when the temp were in low 70s.

I did buy the wood for the bed (ash) and am going to mill it over the next few weeks, then trial fit to drill the holes before finishing. Goal is to have it painted and driving late summer fall.
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:37 PM   #1161
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Orrie, I hope you're well. I've been following this thread since the beginning (nearly 15 years now). Even though I doubt I'll ever have a TF pickup, I like to come back and reread your thread from the beginning every few years because there are so many nuggets to absorb. I miss seeing updates.
Thanks for the comments. It has been so long I have to go back and see what I did too!
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:40 PM   #1162
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Also wanted to say that Joan got thru her chemo ok and has been cancer free since the first of the year. Has to have blood work and CT scans every 4 months but is healthy and back out in the garden.
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Old Yesterday, 07:06 AM   #1163
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Also wanted to say that Joan got thru her chemo ok and has been cancer free since the first of the year. Has to have blood work and CT scans every 4 months but is healthy and back out in the garden.
That's the best update you've ever done on this thread. SO glad to hear it.
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Glad to see you back, great news on the wife...Jim
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Also wanted to say that Joan got thru her chemo ok and has been cancer free since the first of the year. Has to have blood work and CT scans every 4 months but is healthy and back out in the garden.
That's good to hear, glad she's doing so well. My wife and I both went through a bout with cancer and it really slowed us down for a few years.
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