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Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by gmanpaint, April 3, 2009.

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    1. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      If it talks like a fish, it must be a fish. Lol
       
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    3. 5spdman

      5spdman Elite Explorer

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      Let me know how that goes...after KY, I might have to convert mine too! :D
       
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    4. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Six wheeler truck(?), 18 wheeler, 14 wheeler, well I know four of those tires are expensive. I just watched a recent Top Gear episode in Iceland, with three American trucks going to a volcano. The Bronco and Scout had 44" tires, and the slow Dodge had 49's. Those were cool trucks, and the huge tires were needed where they were going in really deep snow etc. A car show like that is staged, in real life you don't have the backup support trucks paid to bring extra supplies and parts etc.

      I hope it's all for the best, plenty of fun and relatively safe enough in the end. Night all,
       
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    5. vroomzoomboom

      vroomzoomboom Elite Canuck STOCK SUCKS! Elite Explorer

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      most of us gifted folk can could to 11, but must be naked to perform said task







      jus' say'n
       
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    6. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      And that's why we don't hand you a tape measure, at a build party. Lol
       
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    7. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Ok, I guess I can share this little Mod for now. :D

      A couple of switched items, was added to the rig. Needed to come up with a better solution to house everything, in an easy to reach, and easily visible location. Needed a switch panel, so.... No more James Bond Mod.

      Out came the cubby pocket in the console, and removed the pocket section (4- 5.5mm screws).
      Used a 1/4" sheet of Black Acrylic, and made a new switch panel for everything.
      Cut the acrylic close to size, and then heated it in the oven for 5 mins @ 350*.
      With the console wrapped in Aluminum foil, I placed the hot acrylic on it, and gently formed it by hand. Held it there for a couple of minutes as it cooled.
      I used a heat gun to help roll the edges a bit. Marked & cut it closer to shape with a Dremel and a fine tooth saw blade.
      To soften the rough saw marks a little, I used MAP gas to polish the edges. Could use a polishing with a buffer to get it better.
      Clamped to the console, and drilled 4 mounting holes, and then using a cone router bit on the Dremel, recessed the holes.
      Made a template with cardboard, and drilled all the switch holes. Mounted said switches, and then put it all together.
      Still have to paint the screw heads black, and then transfer the switch wiring from the ashtray. Then eventually, it will be installed. That's for another day.

      This might seem like a small teeny item, bit it took me the better part of a day to do. Too bad Painless wiring company doesn't make these already, because I would have bought one. lol

      Enough chatter, on with the pics...

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      Switch panel 2.jpg
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      Switch panel 4.jpg
      Switch panel 5.jpg
       
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    8. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Excellent, that's slick. I like that working with stock parts to create subtle upgrades.

      Did you burn anything, get some sensitive finger tips etc?
       
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    9. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      I used some thick leather gloves with a 2nd pair of cloth gloves inside. No burns, cuts or bruises today. Miracles do happen! :D
       
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    10. vroomzoomboom

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      how about this? unscrew the pocket from it and grind the tabs off on the underside. then take epoxy on the the back side and put the acrylic in from the bottom? looks like you have it formed pretty close, and would look more finished
       
    11. gmanpaint

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      Pocket is gone already. I guess I could cut off those 4 pocket tabs, and cut some off, all the way around it, to make it work like that. It is molded pretty tight to it as is. Hmmm.....
       
    12. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    13. gmanpaint

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      Heat gun could possibly work for 1/8" acrylic, but for this 1/4", the oven was best. I used the heat gun on high, to help with the edges while it was still warm.

      I went 1/4" because of all the drilling it needed. Thinner acrylic tends to chip & crack easily when drilling. I started with a 1/8" bit, for a pilot hole, then used a step bit for the rest. The winch control power switch took a 1" hole, and the Gauge took a 3/4".

      I did away with the alum plate for the winch switches, as the acrylic was too thick for it's threaded post.

      Tim really has me thinking of changing it up, and putting it under for a cleaner install.
       
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    14. vroomzoomboom

      vroomzoomboom Elite Canuck STOCK SUCKS! Elite Explorer

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      Sweet! I can be a bad infuance even thousands of miles away

      :D
       
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    15. WormsExplorer

      WormsExplorer Elite Explorer

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      That looks awesome. Can't wait to see it mounted.
       
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      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      You have been very busy!! Looking good!
       
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    17. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Thanks Dave !
      Where have you been lately???
       
    18. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      between work, and travelling on days off to be with the wife, doesn't leave much time for anything else. Sold off most of the car projects I had, and kept the trucks. I have been lurking here from time to time, and posted my most recent purchase last night. Bought a clean 1986 Bronco 2, needing a transfer case. Keep up the good work!!
       

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