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ok, thanks for clearing that up. no disrespect meant. i just thought it was gonna be some random act. lol.
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its all good.
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update: wind protection for the dogs.
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picked it for 200. just need to re-key and paint along with the whole truck.

p.s. the dane had her cancer removed and is doing great. she does have a huge hole in the top of her mouth.
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Old 07-06-2011
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tested the off road capability of the shell during my camping trip last weekend.
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a-hole bring me that cap lol it matches my truck better
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Old 07-21-2011
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^^^ funny

this is the latest creation. sand whip mount. im planing a trip to pismo this weekend.


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I dont understand the Cali lean thing on prerunners
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Old 07-21-2011
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I dont understand the Cali lean thing on prerunners
my current "cali lean" is due to my deaver leaf springs. they are four yeas old and been beat pretty hard. they need to be rebuilt and re-arched. the truck would sit level if i took out my bed box and took the shell off.

my previous "cali lean" was due to business in the front and stock in the rear.
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Really liking how you cut the bed and bumper off. Been planning to do that myself.

Did you put any fiberglass resin or anything on that unfinished edge to keep it from splintering or whatever?
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my current "cali lean" is due to my deaver leaf springs. they are four yeas old and been beat pretty hard. they need to be rebuilt and re-arched. the truck would sit level if i took out my bed box and took the shell off.

my previous "cali lean" was due to business in the front and stock in the rear.
That explains it i guess. BUT alot of other prerunners I see are like that as well. purpose? or just where they havent upgraded rear suspension yet?
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Really liking how you cut the bed and bumper off. Been planning to do that myself.

Did you put any fiberglass resin or anything on that unfinished edge to keep it from splintering or whatever?
thanks i like it too. the cut is unfinished and has not splintered since i cut them last year.

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That explains it i guess. BUT alot of other prerunners I see are like that as well. purpose? or just where they havent upgraded rear suspension yet?
i do not know. it could be different spring rates and the type of suspension people are running.

took the truck out to pismo a week ago for a nice anniversary trip with the wife. truck handled good but i had a hard time driving because it was my first trip. got stuck twice but i self recovered from both times. i leaned that you need to stay on the gas the hole time. after a little while i got the hang of it. having the shell was perfect. the windows fog up really good.



this past weekend i melted and burned new metal to the truck. im building a receiver/ bumper and making space for a 32 tall spare. future plans for the rear area of the fram to be for canti shock set up or fuel cell.
VV this is what i ended up with as of now.hopping to finish ever thing by weeks end.
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pics from my 24 hour spree of fabrication. nothing like the feeling of running on pizza, beer, and soda plus the occasional water.

im going to say it again step sides FTW. also i finished my low profile bed box almost a year ago.

the bed is off.

in the process of tear down. if i did not have the use of a plasma and air hammer i would have completed stage one.

getting an idea of what stays and goes.



rear most cross member completed.



final mock up of tire and charcoal canister.



charcoal canisters new home. trimmed frame boxed and over laid with plate.





^^^ all pics were taken with my new work cell phone.
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So you extended you frame to make room for a larger spare?
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yes and no. the rear cross member is mainly for a soon to come tube bumper and reliever.

i really dislike the stock cross member because it held the spare at an angle sloping towards the axle. now with it removed the spare will hang flat. my current spar is a 32 x 11.5.

the frame extention was done to make the cross member flush with the gate.
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i been having thoughts on my spare tire placement. like mentioned above future plans are to canti and/ro fuel cell.
so the current location of the spare will be needed at one point or another.

this is what im thinking. spare tire gate that will hold a standing single tire, HF or HL jack, all weather storage box or jerry can. ( i do not have the other items). also bee thinking of a lowpro roof rack for the shell to hold a spare but im not liking the thought of lifting a 80lbs tire above my head.

My cellphone night shot turned day light editing.

so please share your thoughts and criticisms.
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went out yesterday and played this along with my truck at the local pit. im riding co dog in this pic.


my truck suffered some carnage. i lost my driver side tail light which i recovered still intact but the light sockets did not fair well. my optima red top did not like riding in the up right position so it decided lay on its side for most of the time. looks beat to hell but the side of it is still solid.


today i finished my receiver. next weekend i will make a bumper with tire gate mount.
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a bump for my bumper





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truck turned 200 officially a last night. if you do the math she turned 200 a long time ago.

got bored today so i spent an hour with card stock, electrical tape, and a yard stick. mocked up a tank with the dimensions of 26"x26"x10" but slopes up to 8" at the rear portion of the tank.






there was one challenge that i saw with placing the fuel tank rear of the axle. that problem would be relocating the fuel fill tube and do so as clean as possible. it would have been supper straight forward if i had a fleet side bed. i would have done the same as the guy with the yellow straight axle ranger. find a jeep thingy at a wreaking yard.i mean the jeep thingy would work but would not look clean with the flowing lines of the style side bed. but i found a solution to this predicament. i will be using a fuel door off a 08+ sport trac. (refer to the image below to help visualize) from the naked eye the lines of the bed side of the sport trac follow very close to the ranger style side. i would like to get my hands on a contour gauge or card stock and scissors along with time to and put my theory to the test.
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I like the progress! Turning out great!
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^^ thank you. 3 years in the making and 5 years of dreaming.

took advantage of the 50% off weekeng at the local pick and pull. i picked up a OEM header panel to replace the Chinese POS plastic one i had. the damn thing was supper flimsy. the one i picked up is white so it matches all my glass.
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Wooah!! You guys already got snow?!?! Crazy! We just had a lot of rain here.
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Bumper looks great so far.
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