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Until you see the ad with all the trim. LOL
You're right. The RC is far from perfect but looks good. I wouldn't pay that much though.

I sometimes wonder if you guys know what you got in your garages? How much your restored or not restored trucks are worth? They are true jewels!

@jonn6464 you're doing a great job, this is going to be a sweeeeet ride.
 
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I've been wanting to clean up my 4 speed shifter, so I set aside a couple of hours today.

It wasn't too bad, but it did have enough grease and grime to be concerned about...

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After I got it disassembled, it soaked in de-greaser over night. Then some scrubbing with a steel brush, they cleaned up nicely...
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Gave the parts a quick bath with some dish soap and dried them off...
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I had to order new shims, so I wasn't able to put it back together today. So, apply some WD-40 and wrap the parts in plastic until it's time...
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Got the shims from Brewer's this week, so I was able to get the shifter put back together. Bolted it to the trans, now I need to clean up the shift rods and test it through each gear and set the throw length.
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Also, I dove into replacing the body mount bushings. I've been avoiding this for 3 months now. I've never done it before, but it wasn't too bad. The farthest rear bushings (at the tailgate) gave me fits, but other than that it was okay. I had to grab a jack and lift the body up a bit more.

I took my time and pre-planned as much as I could think of. The only bummer is that the kit I bought came with an extra set of bushings that go at the wheel well, but it's missing a set that go under the floor board. I'll call the manufacturer on Monday.

The original bushings actually looked pretty good. No cracking or crumbling. But, they are old, so best to replace them.

I didn't get great "before and after" pics, but here's a few. This was another time when having a lift comes in very handy!

I had some old rigging blocks laying around, which turned out to be the perfect size...
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The blocks spanned the torque boxes perfectly. Kinda hard to see in this pic...
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Old bushing out...
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New bushing in...
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Discussion Starter · #67 ·
So, the body bushing kit I bought was missing 2 bushings. I had to pull teeth with the manufacturer to get them to send me the missing pieces, which arrived on Tuesday. I was able to finish the bushing swap tonight.
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I did have one casualty though... the bolt that goes in the circled spot below has stripped threads.
So, now I'm on the search to try and find another one. I'll start another post with a WANTED ad.

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I wanted to get at least one thing done today, but I didn't have the motivation to tackle anything too big.

So, I restored my gas pedal assembly. Very basic, but it did the trick.

Started with a spin in the bench top sandblaster...
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Then a coat of primer...
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Finished with some paint...
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Figured I would do the battery tray at the same time
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I wish I had a sandblaster, or somewhere to even put one. Parts came out looking good
 

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I wish I had a sandblaster, or somewhere to even put one. Parts came out looking good
A benchtop blaster has a very small footprint. You may be able to re-arrange some things and fit it somewhere. It's nice to have, and it's a pretty small investment.
 
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Working on a custom dash gauge set up. Still rolling ideas around in my head, but I know I'll need a blank slate to start with.

So, I did a rough cut out with some .035" sheet metal, and fine tuned it from there.

Started with the bends and measured where the radial cuts would start...
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I got the basic contour and ready to shape...
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Jumped on the belt sander and went nice and slow, checking against my template many times...
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I'm happy with the shape, now I'll start planning the gauge layout (I think it will be pretty close to stock) and I'll have to graft the new bezel onto the old one.
Good times!
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Working on a custom dash gauge set up. Still rolling ideas around in my head, but I know I'll need a blank slate to start with.

So, I did a rough cut out with some .035" sheet metal, and fine tuned it from there.

Started with the bends and measured where the radial cuts would start...
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I got the basic contour and ready to shape...
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Jumped on the belt sander and went nice and slow, checking against my template many times...
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I'm happy with the shape, now I'll start planning the gauge layout (I think it will be pretty close to stock) and I'll have to graft the new bezel onto the old one.
Good times!
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You seem to have a good start!
I plan on doing the same but removing the radio, centering equally sized odometer and tach in the center and then placing the small gauges on both sides.
Double din radio will be moved to the console with back up cam and bluetooth
 

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3M has a lot of wood grain overlay stick on sheets.
 

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So, the body bushing kit I bought was missing 2 bushings. I had to pull teeth with the manufacturer to get them to send me the missing pieces, which arrived on Tuesday. I was able to finish the bushing swap tonight.
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I did have one casualty though... the bolt that goes in the circled spot below has stripped threads.
So, now I'm on the search to try and find another one. I'll start another post with a WANTED ad.

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This is why I use Black Silicone Adhesive on all my threaded outside bolts.
Stops the rust from destroying threads on things that stay put for a long time.
 

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I got my stereo system last week, so I could finally finish up the gauge housing.

First, down to clean steel...
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Then primer to protect it...
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I played with a bunch of different layouts, but I chose to keep it close to stock. Just simply for ease of installation, and it let me keep the majority of the original bezel intact which allowed me to have more mating surface for when I glued the two pieces together...
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I used some glaze putty to fill in the edge and make it look pretty...
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I made my measurements and got out the hole saws. 2" for the small, 3 3/8" for the large...
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Primer again and paint, then attached the bezel to the dash housing. Dropped in the gauges and did some wiring...
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I recently found out that they make round stereo head units for boats. I wasn't sure how I was going to work in the stereo AND the tach. I was happy to find the round option.

All that's left is to add turn signal indicators, brake light indicator, and reverse warning light.
 

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I got my stereo system last week, so I could finally finish up the gauge housing.

First, down to clean steel...
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Then primer to protect it...
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I played with a bunch of different layouts, but I chose to keep it close to stock. Just simply for ease of installation, and it let me keep the majority of the original bezel intact which allowed me to have more mating surface for when I glued the two pieces together...
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I used some glaze putty to fill in the edge and make it look pretty...
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I made my measurements and got out the hole saws. 2" for the small, 3 3/8" for the large...
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Primer again and paint, then attached the bezel to the dash housing. Dropped in the gauges and did some wiring...
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I recently found out that they make round stereo head units for boats. I wasn't sure how I was going to work in the stereo AND the tach. I was happy to find the round option.

All that's left is to add turn signal indicators, brake light indicator, and reverse warning light.
Round stereo?!?! Wow, that would keep a lot of people from stealing it. They would never know to look at that!
 
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I'm curious if it's ergonomic to use in that spot.

The dash looks great. Nice work!
It's well within arms reach, but yeah a little bit further than the stock knobs.

But, it does have a remote. So, once it's playing you can just use the remote to flip through songs.

It's located about where the circle is below.
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