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Old 05-24-2012, 11:19 AM   #601 (permalink)
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Subscribed. This is legit! I like the idea of combing the mobilities of the deuce & the motorcycle. Shouldn't be too many trails you have to skip. Looking forward to more!
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:34 AM   #602 (permalink)
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Went down to Agri-Trade on Tuesday and spent the morning working on the cab. Posted earlier in this thread about the sagging cowl and the pack-panel on the back of the cab.

Cut-up some small pieces of wood to give me something to push up against and distribute the pressure ove a larger area. Had to move the ram around a few times and it took some experimenting to figure out how far the cowl would spring-back after being pushed-up, but got it pretty dang straight when it was all said and done.










Turns out that patch-panel at the back of the cab was a manufactured part, and was probably part of the 50-caliber mount reinforcing kit that was installed in this cab.










Tom gave me a bucket full of an abrasive and a scuff-pad and I spent a few hours washing and scuffing-up the cab, getting it for paint. Last thing I need to do is go back down and use a seam-sealer to close-up some of the gaps in the sheetmetal to make it water-tight.



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Yeah, that's a reman cab. I knew thta fromt he first pics since it has the pattern painted on it, I knew it had been installed on a truck and finished. Must have come back due to the paint flaking off. Probably improper prep.
Just noticed something that made me think maybe this is/was a new cab. None of the knockout holes in the firewall are punched-out. Not even for the steering column. Kinda doubt they'd patch-up all those holes when cabs were remanufactured. Can't see why, as am pretty sure all the variations of the trucks that used these cabs had the steering columns in the same place, right?

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Yeah, that's definitely odd. Most likely it is a new cab unless they did something out of the ordinary.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:06 PM   #605 (permalink)
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Looking very good. Amazing how crude the engineering for the .50 cal. kit is. Are you putting the cab back as original, or are you planning on making some changes (safety, habitability)? I guess some Dynamat wouldn't go amiss, but now I kinda want to see it with a roll-cage just for kicks...

[EDIT]Ooh, and a nice interior retrim. Not leather, but some of that Land-Rover-style stuff than you can just jam a hose in to wash, and then leave the doors open for a couple of hours to dry.[/EDIT]

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:16 PM   #606 (permalink)
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A couple of air ride suspension seats would be niice.

A guy that lives next door to my parents built a replica Mad Max car and used two layers of a product called MegaMatt. He said it was much less expensive than Dynamat and worked just as well. I went for a ride in the thing and it was really quiet inside. Even when he flipped the supercharger button. lol.

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Old 05-25-2012, 07:37 PM   #607 (permalink)
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Am not making any real changes to the cab. Decided to apply a spray-on bedliner to the inside and underside of the cab instead of sound/heat insulation and carpet. Want to be able to hose-out the interior. Rollcage is in the works. Air-ride seats and retractable four-point harnesses too. But really nothing that requires the cab to be modified in any way.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #608 (permalink)
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I forget, but did you decide about the top to use?

Back in the 50's there was a top called the Carson Top a lot of Hot Rodders built for convertable cars. Basicaly it was a tube frame, sandwich foam and fiberglass removable top.

I still have a copy of a 60's era Hot Rod Magazine that has the "How To Build a Carson Top" in it, if you'd like me to scan it and send you a copy to check out.

I built a pickup in the 70's and made a Carson top for it.
It was pretty cool to be able to lift off the top and put it in some brackets I made in the bed and go convertable in that old 75 SWB GMC truck.


The Carson would go well over the Roll Bar and still be removable.
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Thanks, but yeah, got the top all sorted out.
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Damn I'm getting old. I remember that top now!!!!

I did a quick scan back but I guess I missed it before I posted about the Carson Top idea.

Carry on!!!!

If you ever head down toward the DFW area of North Central Texas you'll be welcom to park out here at the Ranch for a night or two. I've got RV plugs for two outside the shop and one inside. Plus a dump station.
I'm on the way to Fort Worth from Denver on Hwy 287.
Would love to see the monster up close.

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Awesome. Thanks for the invitation. Am making a list, and will definitely hit you up if I ever make it down that way. Have actually been thinking about becoming a Texan. Was doing a bunch of research about where to establish residency, and Texas came out at the top of the list.
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Awesome. Thanks for the invitation. Am making a list, and will definitely hit you up if I ever make it down that way. Have actually been thinking about becoming a Texan. Was doing a bunch of research about where to establish residency, and Texas came out at the top of the list.
Let me know when you get serious. I've got a lot of contact that can probably help you settle in. My son knows a lot of Powerful Businesss Owners. He's well connected.

You'll like Texas once you get acclimated to the summers and sweat tea!
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Let me know when you get serious. I've got a lot of contact that can probably help you settle in. My son knows a lot of Powerful Businesss Owners. He's well connected.

You'll like Texas once you get acclimated to the summers and sweat tea!
I can vouch for that, I do a bit of business in the Houston/Texas City area, I always look forward to a Texas trip. The heat beats the hell out of -40!
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Texas seems pretty rad, but it's really how well they accommodate fulltime RV'ers that I'm finding so appealing.
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Jesse,
I have now read through this entire thread, which has got to be the longest thread I've EVER bothered to read through on more forums/boards etc than I care to think about. As well, this is the ONLY thread I've ever found that has encouraged me to join multiple forums to follow it!

I am planning an RV project using a Duece as the base. I commend you on an amazing project and for inspiring so many. THANK YOU.

I would love to pick your brain as my project gets underway in the future? And like everyone else, look forward to your continued progress.

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Texas seems pretty rad, but it's really how well they accommodate fulltime RV'ers that I'm finding so appealing.

I have jsut aquired something you need for your Deuce!
Just bought a diesel powered motorcycle this monring.
I was working on it for a friends and before I knew it, I had to have it.
It will be the perfect vehicle to carry around on the back of my Diesel Motorhome. Since my Toad is also a Turbo Diesel.

Now all I have to do is convert my generator over to diesel and I'm all set.

When you get to Texas we'll build you a diesel bike too!

The bike gets a reported 120mpg.................
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The diesel bike gets a reported 120mpg.................
Model, pics?

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Rather than Hi Jack this thread anymore than I already have, I'll start a new one in the motorcycle section and link it here.

Stand by!

Did a write up on the Diesel KLR here.
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Jesse,
I have now read through this entire thread, which has got to be the longest thread I've EVER bothered to read through on more forums/boards etc than I care to think about. As well, this is the ONLY thread I've ever found that has encouraged me to join multiple forums to follow it!

I am planning an RV project using a Duece as the base. I commend you on an amazing project and for inspiring so many. THANK YOU.

I would love to pick your brain as my project gets underway in the future? And like everyone else, look forward to your continued progress.

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Hi Robert. Thanks for posting. Always cool to hear from people who are stoked on anything I'm building. Appreciate the interest and your kind words. Planning on sharing CAD files for just about everything that I've designed for this vehicle, so if there's anything you need, just lemme know.

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I have jsut aquired something you need for your Deuce!
That's awesome, but that 2010 450XCW that I picked up a while ago is way too much fun and I've got a few two-wheeled projects that I need to finish (CRF/XR hybrid trailbike and a few custom XR600/650L's). Will probably be riding electric bikes by then, so a diesel might not be in the cards for me. haha.
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thank you for the 25 pages of reading this afternoon. can't wait to see the finish product. I might drive from Fairfield to check it out when its done!
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thank you for the 25 pages of reading this afternoon. can't wait to see the finish product. I might drive from Fairfield to check it out when its done!
Not much to look at right now, but you're welcome to cruise over and check it out any time.
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Things have been pretty hectic for the last few weeks. Busy with other projects. But made time to go down to Salinas and seal the cab. We used a product called 'rain buster', whish is a seam sealer that Tom has been using for a long time and seems to really like. He told me that he's been using it for about 15yrs and has never had any problems with it drying-out, peeling, shrinking, cracking, etc. Almost everywhere we applied the seam sealer is going to be covered with a spray-on bedliner, but I had a horrible experience with Line-X on another project and from talking to people, seems most likely that it wasn't prepped right. So didn't want to cut any corners this time. We used a caulking gun to apply the seam sealer, and a couple of cheap paint brushes soaked in paint thinner to spread the seam sealer and push it into the cracks.

Cab should be getting painted any day now, and then it's going over to Johnny's Custom Autobody to have to bedliner applied.





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I'm surprised you're getting any work done on the truck...
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