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Old 05-15-2017, 12:42 AM   #11
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Love all the pics. Looks good.
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:57 AM   #12
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Loving the rig man! You know how hard if it to find one of those roll bars and what most of us 4x4 guys would give for one!

Pretty stoked to see another single cab short box 4x4 V6 rig! Lookin good man!!
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:19 AM   #13
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Great build thread already! Thanks for saving this one, you really made it look (and I'm sure run) almost brand new again. Love the school-bus yellow color too. The gunmetal color really compliments it well. I'll be watching the rest of the progress!
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:49 PM   #14
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Love that OEM light bar. I regret selling mine. I've been looking from San Francisco to San Diego for 2 years and still haven't found another one!
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Old 06-12-2017, 12:26 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the positive feedback, guys. This forum has been a tremendous help as I've stumbled my way through a lot of this. It's been a learning process...

Updated with a few recent pics of my latest fixes.
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:47 PM   #16
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Interior -

The dash was pretty well cooked - very cracked up and brittle. I had considered pulling the dash and trying to repair it with those plastic-welding rods and dash filler foam, but it just seemed like way more effort than the results would likely warrant. So instead I ordered one of the molded Coverlay dash caps. I was skeptical about how it'd look, but once I got it and did a test fit it really didn't look too bad.

Here's the "before" of the dash:





And here's the cap and the "installation process":





The finished product:






The other major issue with the interior was the condition of the arm rests. The driver's side was pretty much wasted away and the passenger's side was heavily cracked and brittle.





I searched for months to try to find a pair of these SE style door pulls in good condition to no avail. So, eventually I got creative and decided to try to re-shape the missing foam on each side using spray-can-expanding-foam. I hosed them down good with the spray-foam, let it expand and harden, then carved and sanded it back to the previous shape. Shockingly, it almost sort of worked.



And then, naturally, right as I was in the middle of this shoddy re-foaming project, I managed to score a pair of near mint-condition armrests right here in the forum classifieds section! So I never had to figure out how to top-coat and paint my ghetto spray-foam armrests. Hooray!

Glad I could help with that. The truck looks fantastic. Just so you know, you have a rare truck being thats its a single cab 4x4 SE V-6 truck. That light bar is even more rare. If you ever need any other parts, LMK. I have a tonnage of parts.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:24 PM   #17
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Awesome - I'm sure there's a ton of stuff I'll be needing in the future. Thanks a lot, David. Those armrests were one of my hardest-to-find items. Thrilled to finally have the interior looking decent.
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:26 AM   #18
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Awesome - I'm sure there's a ton of stuff I'll be needing in the future. Thanks a lot, David. Those armrests were one of my hardest-to-find items. Thrilled to finally have the interior looking decent.
The color is the newer grey. I've got a rh side in the correct grey. Lol!!
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:57 AM   #19
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Ha, I don't care at all about the mismatched grey. Because of the sun fading over the years, the original muddy gray is in about five different shades between the wheel, the dash, the door panels, the center console, etc. Some of it's downright brown, some of it's still sorta gray, but all of it is faded and splotchy. So the new charcoal gray armrests really don't stand out that much as not matching.

If I ever feel like it, I might pull everything out and paint all the trim pieces with gray plastic/vinyl dye. But that's probably way more work than it's really worth.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:07 PM   #20
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I updated the front page with some new pics of my latest updates. I paracord-wrapped the steering wheel and put in some custom fit floor mats. And I mounted a few accessories.

Here's a recent pic of it all polished up:

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