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Old 08-11-2016, 06:13 AM   #11
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Mike, I would think twice about carpet. You can pull the vinyl and put sound insulation. Vinyl is easy to clean, sand, mud, dirt, salt, just wipes out.
Yeah, but it is soooooo ugly! SWMBO and the fur baby shouldn't have to put up with THAT, should they?

If I installed the rugs myself (probably will). Then replacing them after 3 years of abuse won't be too big a deal.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:06 PM   #12
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Make sure you have a few 12vdc plugs for accessories, and add an inverter so you have 120vac. Having an ac outlet in the truck is a really nice feature- comes in really handy sometimes.
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Some sexy rigid industries light bars on the front for night time driving and animal avoidance,..Also a set of "Dually D2s" from rigid industries mounted facing the rear for low light situations (The also work really well for people driving behind you with their brights on)
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:02 AM   #14
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Make sure you have a few 12vdc plugs for accessories, and add an inverter so you have 120vac. Having an ac outlet in the truck is a really nice feature- comes in really handy sometimes.
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Some sexy rigid industries light bars on the front for night time driving and animal avoidance,..Also a set of "Dually D2s" from rigid industries mounted facing the rear for low light situations (The also work really well for people driving behind you with their brights on)
The truck already has two 12VDC outlets. No need to mess with that.
I had added a 150W inverter to my daily driver 4 cars back and moved it with each change. It was necessary for keeping 'things' charged. Until the current car. Don't miss it. Personal electronics have standardized on USB charging. An inverter in the tow vehicle is passť.

I've got a 2KW inverter (3kw surge) that I connect to the TT's battery. (They're not totally extinct.)

Additional rear (hitching) lights is a very good idea! Just have to place them where they won't get crushed when I back into a snowbank during plowing operations. (See 'drooping' bumper in the 1st posting's pic.)
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:58 AM   #15
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[QUOTE=mike837go;436957]"Never considered ventshades before. Hafta look into them..."

" Using the dump to unload tends to mess up the tongue jack. I don't do that no more."
You're right, that would definitely make me say "Oh darn".
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"Never considered ventshades before. Hafta look into them..."

" Using the dump to unload tends to mess up the tongue jack. I don't do that no more."
You're right, that would definitely make me say "Oh darn".
That's nothing compared to the fun of watching the stuff put on the flatbed fly and roll off when heading down the highway...


Seriously, the open-deck flatbed that makes it an almost-perfect chore truck is the biggest hindrance in making it a tow vehicle.

Help from the other direction may be on its way... On the welding forum I belong to (big surprise there), I've made contact with a welder/fabricator that works for a custom car building shop. We're bouncing around the idea of taking 2 trucks (1/2 ton Chevy Suburban or Ford Excursion and a 1 ton manual transmission equipped 4x4 of the same make and close year). Use the body and frame from the 1/2 ton, the running gear (T-case, axles, etc.) from the 1 ton. Add the I6 Diesel engine. Exactly what I want. We'er still working out details (like $'s and realistic time frame).

But I still have to get Montblanc civilized enough for extended weekends with SWMBO and Puppykins for the remainder of this year.
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I've found that anything is possible given enough time, experience, and of course, money. The neatest conversion I've seen was a 1948 Ford fire truck (small), that was getting a Toyota engine and tranny. It sure was strange sounding, going down the road, but a cool resurrection. If you can put a Cummins into a Ford, anything is possible. Good luck.
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. An inverter in the tow vehicle is passť.
Ha Ha! Not hardly, Mikey boy. Especially if you need to charge a Macbook while cruising. There aren't any 12vdc chargers available for those, unless you trust non-Apple workarounds. And with my Mac, I don't. Good luck with your truck.
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I've found that anything is possible given enough time, experience, and of course, money. The neatest conversion I've seen was a 1948 Ford fire truck (small), that was getting a Toyota engine and tranny. It sure was strange sounding, going down the road, but a cool resurrection. If you can put a Cummins into a Ford, anything is possible. Good luck.
Back in the 1980's my dad and I hammered a Buick V-6 into a Ford Courier (rebadged Mazda B-Series) pickup. It took reshaping the front cross-member and the wheel well liners. Custom built exhaust. Electrical merging! And the poor engine was near redline at 60 mph. A few weeks after we had it on the road, we found out there were kits for putting a Ford small block V8 in there.

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Ha Ha! Not hardly, Mikey boy. Especially if you need to charge a Macbook while cruising. There aren't any 12vdc chargers available for those, unless you trust non-Apple workarounds. And with my Mac, I don't. Good luck with your truck.
Just because I believe certain things no longer belong as part of my kit, has no bearing on what others feel is necessary to keep handy. I stopped wasting money on battery-powered tools a few years ago. Phone, the TT's key fob flashlight and my iPad. That's it. (Ok, you can get picky about cars, truck and campers having a battery.) But I don't use cordless screwdrivers, drills, saws, ad nausium enough to justify the cost of the battery and the lack of power for tough jobs. I have a 5 small gensets (1, 1.5, 2.2, 4 and 5.8 kw) so powering up 120V or 240V tools in the field isn't an issue. However, I've seen professional drywall installers running cordless all day. Swapping batteries as needed. Works for them!

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I'm pressing SWMBO for ideas on this subject. Maybe she'll insist on using her truck just one more time?
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Don't forget the Yosemite Sam mud flaps. Not a TRUE rig till it has Yosemite Sam mud flaps.


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