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Old 03-05-2018, 05:22 AM   #16241
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I have to say pass on the rims for now. My old truck died rather suddenly, and I had to draw from savings to buy the new one. The wife isn't exactly complaining, but she gave me 'The Look' when I suggested the truck would look really jazzy with chrome wheels. Actually, the current wheels are fine and I already bought wipers, new headlights, the OBD2 scanner, etc...

Put on wipers. Headlights being shipped. Sylvania Silverstar, nothing fancy.

For now...(*insert evil anti-wife laugh here*)
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:24 PM   #16242
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i put about 300 on red bone last week and im getting between 18 and 20 miles to the gallon for a 4x4 of its age thats great. it gets better gas milage than my 2wd no lie
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Old 03-05-2018, 02:45 PM   #16243
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I worked on the camper I'm building for mine. Oh, did I forget to mention that I am building a slide-in truck camper for the Flaming Marshmallow? I may have forgotten to mention that.

Link to my build: http://mississippi-mud.com/Thread-Sl...per-for-the-FM
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:02 PM   #16244
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I worked on the camper I'm building for mine. Oh, did I forget to mention that I am building a slide-in truck camper for the Flaming Marshmallow? I may have forgotten to mention that.

Link to my build: http://mississippi-mud.com/Thread-Sl...per-for-the-FM
Been watching on Facebook, but like a good Facebook friend that only knows you from a forum, I'm not commenting on your posts there.

But, just a comment: What about canvas coverings? Also, I was wondering about corrugated panels, which offer a lot more strength than flat panels.
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:14 PM   #16245
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I ditched the canvas idea in favor of simplicity. You see, I often stop at the big truck plazas to sleep. A camper that needs any setup at all is less convenient than a hard sided unit.

Corrugated, which I could steal off of my donor camper, is flexible. Flat panels create tension in all directions that keep the perimeter (on that plane) from distorting. By the time all planes are covered, the shell will be extremely rigid because it cannot stretch in any direction. Compression is controlled by the steel frame.
The flat sheets will have rigid foam applied to the inside, which will keep them from fluttering.

If you are referring to corrugated roofing, that would be butt ugly.

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Old 03-05-2018, 04:18 PM   #16246
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Yeah, as I was writing that, I wasn't sure how to source decent corrugated covering without it looking like you slapped some roofing tin on there.

Stop reading this and get back to work! lol
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:32 PM   #16247
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Had my uncle paint my valve cover for me and its coming out nicely. Hes almost done now but hes got a couple places he has to touch up on but Besides those it looks good to me.
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That does look good
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:16 PM   #16249
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Thanks lowlife I’m gonna coat my finder flares and my rockers with that rock guard stuff I have on the valve cover. I think it’s all coming together just slowly.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:39 AM   #16250
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I installed the brand-new shocks I stripped from my 88 before I sold it. The 97 runs great, real quiet, but one thing Mr Original Owner forgot to do I think was change the shocks. They look stock. So far, every STOCK shock I've pulled from a D21 has been white. Must be the factory color. (I think)

The ones I replaced...were WHITE. Rides much better. The old ones failed the bounce test, and badly. I may replace the tie rod ends soon. With discounts and Speed Perks at Advance Auto, I can get a complete set for $43 store pick-up. Or the complete tie rod assembly both sides for about $80.
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