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jce4isu 02-16-2011 07:20 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
i will be doing this this weekend and had a few ??? for ya

what paint did u use and where did u get the paint

did u brush it on

thanks





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Originally Posted by Dieselwrencher (Post 4476481)
No real great progress this week. I have been busy with the super cold weather, work, and I got a cold that has been slowing me down. But I did manage to go get some paint for my gauge cluster needles. I tore apart my cluster I got from Toomuchstuff. He included some nicer gauges than what some of the ones in the cluster were. I cleaned everything up, and man were the tins nasty due to a leaking oil pressure line. I had my wife paint the needles while I repaired my odometer. She even painted the red line areas because they were faded really bad. She did a great job! Then I polished the lens a little bit. I tried not to ruin the markings on it because I'm pretty sure no one has any of these in stock anywhere. It came out pretty good. i will install my new repop wood grain bezel when it gets here and then this cluster should be done until I get some LED bulbs for it.

Before
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/586_0013.jpg

After
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2133.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2132.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2134.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2135.jpg


woodwright 02-17-2011 03:02 AM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
Did I miss a post or thread where you talked about that tach? That's not a standard tach right? Does it run off a crank trigger, or the alternator signal? I'm putting a 6.5T in mine and am trying to figure out the tach situation. I don't want to scab some goofy looking bolt on tach in there. I like things to sort of look like they came that way
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Dieselwrencher 02-17-2011 04:19 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
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Originally Posted by jce4isu (Post 4491436)
i will be doing this this weekend and had a few ??? for ya

what paint did u use and where did u get the paint

did u brush it on

thanks

Joe, I got orange model paint, testors brand I believe from Hobby Lobby. Yes, my wife used a brush of hers and brushed it on. She is way better at painting small things than I, so I let her have at it. :lol:

Dieselwrencher 02-17-2011 04:42 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
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Originally Posted by woodwright (Post 4492480)
Did I miss a post or thread where you talked about that tach? That's not a standard tach right? Does it run off a crank trigger, or the alternator signal? I'm putting a 6.5T in mine and am trying to figure out the tach situation. I don't want to scab some goofy looking bolt on tach in there. I like things to sort of look like they came that way
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No, it isn't a standard tach. It is a cable operated tach ran off usually the injection pump on the older diesel engines. I have a tach drive that goes on my front cover and drives the cable for this tach. These things are pretty rare and hard to find. There are 2 different red lines on them as well. I feel the same way you do. I didn't want to scab some auto meter tach in there at all. Especially when I fund out about these factory diesel tachs. Here are some better pics of the front of it. This one is a 3200 red line. I believe the other style is a 2700 or 2600.

woodwright 02-17-2011 07:37 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
What is the cable drive unit like? Is it a cummins thing, or could I adapt it to my 6.5?
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1985-GMC 02-19-2011 12:09 AM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
Man that's cool! I wish 73-87's had mech tacks, I've been trying to figure out how im going to hook a stock tach up to a cummins :\

67chevy1series 02-26-2011 11:50 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
we need progress ryan!

onebadbowtie 03-10-2011 08:03 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
we need some updates! :chevy:

propanemudtruck 03-15-2011 05:57 AM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
um... we need some updates PLEASE? :lol:

copterav8r 03-15-2011 07:11 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
S & S Classics Automotive Supply in Oldtown, Idaho snsclassics@frontier.com can get you the instrument cluster below for a Diesel it has boost & engine/trans temp as well as EGT gauges.

http://www.snsclassics.com/images/Ne...-panel_700.jpg
http://www.snsclassics.com/new_gauges.html

Dieselwrencher 03-18-2011 09:24 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
No progress on this at all guys. I had to go out of town for work again so this truck has been placed back in the yard ornamet phase..............:(

jbclassix 03-18-2011 11:03 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
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Originally Posted by copterav8r (Post 4554960)
S & S Classics Automotive Supply in Oldtown, Idaho snsclassics@frontier.com can get you the instrument cluster below for a Diesel it has boost & engine/trans temp as well as EGT gauges.

http://www.snsclassics.com/images/Ne...-panel_700.jpg
http://www.snsclassics.com/new_gauges.html

AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! I hate it when an original idea shows up before I'm done with it!!!! Well that will save me time...

Dieselwrencher 03-18-2011 11:29 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
I wonder how many pesos that thing brings? I'm guessing not real cheap.

copterav8r 03-18-2011 11:44 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
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Originally Posted by dieselwrencher (Post 4562302)
i wonder how many pesos that thing brings? I'm guessing not real cheap.

$1600 as you said not cheap.

Dieselwrencher 03-19-2011 12:02 AM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
Son of a beach! That is a cool look, but for $1600 I can do some cool stuff plus new gauges. Thanks for the idea though. I do like how close those gauges match up to factry units.

copterav8r 03-19-2011 08:44 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
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Originally Posted by Dieselwrencher (Post 4562373)
Son of a beach! That is a cool look, but for $1600 I can do some cool stuff plus new gauges. Thanks for the idea though. I do like how close those gauges match up to factry units.

Yeah, you are right on that $1600 is quite a bit of coin I would use an instrument cluster like your's if I could find one and dash mount gauges, what vehicle did that instrument cluster and tach come out of? Mosesburb makes another good point that instrument cluster that I posted a photo of mounts the most critical gauges on the bottom whereas on a dash mount they are in line of sight.

Dieselwrencher 04-19-2011 01:07 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
No real progress, but plans have changed again. :lol: I decided in this economy we don't need to spend 4 grand on a pulling truck. One drag car will be enough to eat up the pesos. I told my brother to put his money in his dodge he is buying. So now it's back to a driver. After a couple other projects get done my friend and I are going to tag team the Longhorn so he can take it to Good Guy's in July. I have another core 47rh so now I just need to finish buying the parts to build my p-pumped 24v. I will try to get a pic of my new wood grain bezel on the diesel tach cluster as well.

Dieselwrencher 05-18-2011 04:59 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
Guess what? Nope, it's not done. But I did get rear drums and most of the hardware for the D80. Hopefully the transmission will get assembled soon and we can get the truck up and start on it. I'm trying to figure out how I want to do the battery trays and have them appear close to original. That idea might just go away. :lol: Function over look will probably have to work. I thought I scored a nice steel 8' bed floor but it was holy crap bad. Some people and their idea of "rust free"!

watahyahknow 05-18-2011 09:28 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
making some underfloor battery boxes behind the cab under the bad might look good too it gets a bit harder to get to them with jumpercables but other than that i dont see why i would want those bulky heavy bits in the front of the truck .
some of the newer vans here have the batteries under the drivers seat along with a lot of the electronics

Dieselwrencher 05-18-2011 10:04 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
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Originally Posted by watahyahknow (Post 4688086)
making some underfloor battery boxes behind the cab under the bad might look good too it gets a bit harder to get to them with jumpercables but other than that i dont see why i would want those bulky heavy bits in the front of the truck .
some of the newer vans here have the batteries under the drivers seat along with a lot of the electronics

That is a nice idea, but I work on semis and medium duty trucks with them hidden like that and I much rather have them under the hood where they are easily accessible. They stay cleaner and it's not as easy to forgetting about maintaining them that way. :lol: I could mount them under the bed and run jump posts for no start situations, but I doubt I'll do that.

watahyahknow 05-18-2011 10:23 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
my first idea was making sunk in boxes intoo the bedfloor itself but then you drive around with two small swimmingpools after the first sight of rain and you need some sort of doors to cover them run the chance of those metal doors caving in and making a short across the poles etc etc just hanging them of the frame like in a truck would be eazier might even be able to use the covers and batteryrack from a small boxtruck

you know theres a lot of empty space between the cab abd the rearwheels you could build a door in the bottompart of the bedside on both sides and make a bagage-space under there ... its kindah like as the older vw pickups , they had those too only from one end to the other

propanemudtruck 05-19-2011 11:56 AM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
Good to hear you'll be back on this saddle! Any way to mount one in stock location and the second behind the seat or under the bed?

Dieselwrencher 05-19-2011 03:35 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
You know what would be cool? If I could find a side box tool box door and install the batteries there and access them via that tool box door. That is an idea. :lol:

Dieselwrencher 05-19-2011 03:39 PM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
Finally here are pics of the new wood grain bezel and installed. I'm not too happy with the wood grain decal's fit. It's kind of a joke. I had to stretch it to fit how it is now.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2522.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2521.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2523.jpg
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...n/IMG_2524.jpg

Here is a pic of the spare core 47RH I just got in case my 2nd one has a lot of bad parts. And another D80 rear axle.
http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...r/IMG_2527.jpg

coggonobrien 05-23-2011 02:07 AM

Re: Finally starting my Longhorn 4x4 conversion
 
so as a recap, what did you end up using (model and year) for each of the following and what difficulties did you run into? Dad told me to use his 82 1 ton dodge 4x4 to convert my 68 chevy to 4x4.
Thanks!
front axle:
front spring perches/mounts:
front springs:
rear axle:
rear axle spring perches/mounts:
rear springs"


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