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From 99 to 04 Brian's project truck...

As with any project it has to have a beginning. This is Brian's (black04ranger)99 project truck that is kinda a leftover project from his 04 project. Basically he wanted a bigger motor in his 04, it was a 3.0 and he wanted a 4.0 Well he ended up putting his 04 on a 4wd frame. After finishing his 4x4 conversion he had the 04 2wd frame sitting there in good condition so he put this 99 body on it. He made the decision to convert the 99 to all 04 electronics since he had most of the needed pieces. He was having some dificulties with the wiring and that's where I came into the picture. I agreed to help him finish the wiring and paint the truck. In the mean time he also decided to do some upgrades like converting the 99 doors to power, adding an OHC, and a 06 conversion on the front end. Well I finished all the wiring this morning and started on the body work. After finishing the wiring I pulled it outside and took some pics...
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That's awesome. Should look good when you get done with her.
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Thanks Matt. I'll try to get some progress shots in a few days
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Looking good.
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Thanks Chris, I was wondering what happened to you, haven't seen you on here for a few days...lol
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Thanks for starting this project thread. It's lookin better everyday.
I had no ideal there were so many wires to hook up for that Over Head Console. (I hope it wasn't too much of a hassle)

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It wasn't too bad but I had to also add wires for the map lights on the dome light and the rear cargo lights. Its a lot easier to do without the headliner....lol
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Wish I coulda helped with the wiring I enjoy that kind of work.
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Hey John,

Did you ever get the 2004 + interior door handles?
(I don't want anyone here to think I would forget a little detail like that.)
I'm also wondering if I should have the bed painted the same color as the body or do a Line-X spray in bed liner.
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I got the handles and yesterday the mirror came. I got a little body work don last night. Nothing that shows much progress ...just some sanding& filling...lol
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Hey John,

Did you ever get the 2004 + interior door handles?
(I don't want anyone here to think I would forget a little detail like that.)
I'm also wondering if I should have the bed painted the same color as the body or do a Line-X spray in bed liner.
to be honest id just do a line x type deal for the bed.
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I got the handles and yesterday the mirror came. I got a little body work don last night. Nothing that shows much progress ...just some sanding& filling...lol
Oh good, I'm glad you got the door handles and the mirror. A little progress is better than none at all.
Vista says I should do with the Line-X spray in bed liner, How do you feel about that?
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to be honest id just do a line x type deal for the bed.
I really want to do a Line-X type deal for the bed. We'll just have to see what the boss says.
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The only reason I say to do a line x or more like a DIY roll on kit is for rust protection and then not having the problem down the road with a drop in liner. I bought my drop in liner right after i bought my truck in 07. Last year when John and I did my 1 inch BL we noticed that it had already wore out the paint in the bed pretty good. Ill be doing a DIY kit this spring once it warms up.
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Well it's a fact that the plastic liners will wear the paint off of your bed. The problem is that nobody bothers to remove them and maintain your bed under the liner. Depending on other factors(like water under the liner) it can rust a bed out fast. If you would pull the liner out once a year and address the bare metal it would solve most of the problems. I also like the Line x and roll on liners if it's done right. With the do it yourself kit I have seen mixed results although I have never done one myself. Most people also like to do the top bed rails, I don't like that at all but that's just my taste I guess. Either way a truck without a liner or bed coating look's real nice...as long as you don't use your bed.
I'm up for either one Brian....you pick what you like and we will do it...
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Well it's a fact that the plastic liners will wear the paint off of your bed. The problem is that nobody bothers to remove them and maintain your bed under the liner. Depending on other factors(like water under the liner) it can rust a bed out fast. If you would pull the liner out once a year and address the bare metal it would solve most of the problems. I also like the Line x and roll on liners if it's done right. With the do it yourself kit I have seen mixed results although I have never done one myself. Most people also like to do the top bed rails, I don't like that at all but that's just my taste I guess. Either way a truck without a liner or bed coating look's real nice...as long as you don't use your bed.
I'm up for either one Brian....you pick what you like and we will do it...
Yeah, those plastic liners cause a lot of rust and everything slides around on them too.
I'd like to go with a DIY roll on kit but I want some good quality stuff. (No Harbor Freight or Dollar Store stuff) basically it can't be made in China.
I also need to see what color options there is. I'd like to go with some kind of blue but I don't think that's gonna happen.
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Most of the is stock stuff is black, I can check with the paint shop and see if they carry any.
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Most of the is stock stuff is black, I can check with the paint shop and see if they carry any.
Thanks, I'd really appreciate that.
I seen one type of coating that was black with grey chips in it but I think I'd rather go with solid black.

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What do you guys think about wvcat reupholstering my 4-door tan headliner with some black or dark blue suede?
And should I go with black or dark blue?
(I'm leaning more towards black)
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I vote no... stick with tan or black. And definitely do line-x bedliner.
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I vote no... stick with tan or black. And definitely do line-x bedliner.
Yeah, I think black would be better even though I am putting the blue OEM replacment seat covers in. I think too much blue would look bad.
And are saying not to do a DIY roll on kit or are you saying just don't leave the bed exposed?
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No on the blue. Black will look great though.
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I've never recovered a headliner before but I'm willing to give it a shot. You have some time to decide, I'm still busy with bodywork....
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I'm saying don't do a drop in plastic liner, and don't leave the bed exposed. I vote line-x cuz it's better. DIY would be fine too, and much cheaper.

For the headliner I guess it would depend on the shade of blue. Black would look nice, but how well would it match everything else? Besides the seats? Could just save John some work and go w/ a stock gray headliner, lol.
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I've never recovered a headliner before but I'm willing to give it a shot. You have some time to decide, I'm still busy with bodywork....
I've already decided ... lol
I'm going with the black suede. If you're not comfortable recoving the headliner, I'll call an upholstery shop in your area and see how much they would charge. I know there's a special kind of adhesive you spray down. I would go with the 2-door grey liner, but I don't know if it's possible to trim it down. If you know where you can get a 4-door gray headliner just put that in.

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