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    Asked the guy for an update yesterday, he sent over some pics and I dropped by to take some more. He got the top back from being laser cut and was mounting it. He had an engine hoist in the bed to hold it in place so he could get it all situated properly and tack it. He'll be adding an internal frame as well as the roof rack next.

    Also asked him to put in some new seats I got from someone here (from a HEMMT). Both seats have shoulder belts which I wanted and also replacing the bench seat for more room. While I'm ok with the stock driver's seat, I thought it'd be nice if the seats matched. The driver's seat will need some customization as well so it can move as far forward to give access to the back wall hatch.
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    You can see in the last pic (from the front), he's got a little scissor jack to push up the center of the roof.

    And finally, asked him to install a "cuff" from the roof to steady the exhaust stack - I'm forever hitting branches and want to steady it a little more. It will still be able to break off if something big enough hits it, but I'm tired of twigs knocking it around.
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    Got the truck back, today.
    The roof rack is 18 inches tall. The stack height is about where I expect the top of my camper will be when it's built. The guy didn't put the HEMMT seats in because he couldn't figure out how to do it. He didn't even put in the passenger seat - I suspect he just wanted to be done with the job. Oh well, I think I can figure this part out.
    When sitting in the driver's seat I can just put my palm flat on the ceiling. I probably could've gone up 2 more inches but beyond that I might've had trouble reaching anything attached up there - it is easier to move around inside.
    The opening behind the driver's seat is 20" x 32"

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    I'll admit it doesn't look real pretty, but it's like a house, if you spend most of your time on the inside, what does it matter? Oh, and just a little trivia, the truck doesn't fit in my driveway - I'm one tire width on my neighbor's property.
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    Montaillou, that can usually be fixed with a peace offering of a 6-pack to the neighbour (and a juicy burger from the BBQ to go with it, if so inclined!) I am sure you already took action!

    Are you at all concerned with overall height? The cab plus rack appears higher than, let's say, a stock M109 with box. Not that these trucks like wheeling in the woods to start with...too wide.

    The cab work looks well done and I like the idea of making the cab roomier and having a pass-through/climb-through to a camper mounted to the back. Not my thing, personally, but I like how you approach it.
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    I bribe the neighbor with cookies and candies from time to time.

    Height isn't a consideration because once I build the camper I'll be even higher! Most bridges in the US have a 13' clearance and I'll be around 11' when I'm done - if need be, I'll take another route. As to trips in the woods, I do plan on going there I just have to be more careful. Also, with the strength of the rack and cab now, I could hit a few small branches and be fine.

    I wanted to move from the camper to the cab w/out having to get dressed.

    I am planning on semi-enclosing the space directly behind the cab, not sure exactly how yet, maybe something on tracks.
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