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Oh man... for the first 30 months I had the truck hardly a day went by that I didn't do something to the truck. It was an obsession. Regardless of weather, I worked my butt off to correct what had been done wrong, and to take care of the things that had been neglected, as well as making things the way I wanted them to be. I have no idea how many hours total I've put in, but just as an example/guestimation, I'd say I probably spent around a hundred hours just on the dash remodel/overlay/gauge restoration alone.Let Us know how many hours you have spent enjoying........
Don't be bashful
A successful effort like this is rewarded with those hours passed driving Her
We want to know about those hours spent too.
How's it drive, is it squirrelly at all at speed?
Thanks! as far as the time and money goes, it's all relative...truck is awesome......just goes to show lots of us that with time and lots of money and a great vision you can make your truck a masterpiece like this one .....Great Job !
Please, Brother, not to hikack this thread at all, but:Wow. Just wow. Convinced my wife of that when we got our 16 year old a 1953 Chevy 3100. Father son project, barn find to driving for $2k. Glad to know I'm not alone in that line of thinking. Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks!Definitely a FIRST CLASS rework! So, do you have a set of rock lights planned for it? Not so much for crawling over rocks - but for the "wow factor"...
I don't have any plans to add any additional lighting. I rarely, if ever, drive the 'ol boy in the dark, and I really like the clean, simple appearance.
Re; lighting.... many owners add to, and convert exterior lighting to LED, particularly headlights, and I'm sure they add a great deal of utility. But for this truck in particular, I just really like the soft, amber glow and look of the old-school incandescent headlights. And, since I did the H4 headlight harness upgrade, I can use $10 Wagner 4800's. I never let my idle get below 850 to keep the vibration down, and I believe it really helps with bulb longevity. I run the headlights every second the truck is driven, and haven't had to replace a burnt-out headlight yet
Thanks!It really is a gorgeous truck. Until I saw yours I hadn't been able to understand the WHY anybody would want to go from 6 or 10 wheels on the ground to 4. The idea of bobbed truck just didn't do it for me. This really is the exception. It looks like a pickup truck on steroids. You definitely spent a lot of time and effort on the small things when you finished the fabrication / mechanical. That Raptor Liner is cool stuff...
The "glow" of incandescent bulbs is pretty neat. Those are definitely appreciated when meeting another vehicle on the highway too! LEDs are neat if you do a lot of night runs through the countryside...
I am old enough to remember when going to a drive-in restaurant was the thing to do. That's were "goin crusin" came from. Everybody that had something fixed up like your truck would make laps around the Shoney's parking lot, then down the road about a quarter mile and take a lap through the Tasty Freeze. We had the "rumpity rumpity bumpity" sound going on back then. I was just imagining your truck making a lap (40 years ago). Again - Definitely COOL!
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