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post #61 of 76 Old 07-14-2016, 09:52 PM
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As a automotive guy, the first thing that comes to mind is larger pieces of debris will be able to fit through there and poke holes in that pretty condenser.
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Yah, I know all about that

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As a automotive guy, the first thing that comes to mind is larger pieces of debris will be able to fit through there and poke holes in that pretty condenser.
That's actually the aluminum radiator, so it is especially prone to road stones kicked up by tires. The "plan" calls for some mesh behind the blades and in front of the radiator, probably painted black. Thanks for the heads up though.

I am going to get some more ss and bend up about 8 more blades. I had one extra to test it out and it looks like that will be just the ticket!
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More bars is more better!

I got more SS plates and bent them up as blades/bars for in between the originals. Now that's what I'm talkin' about! The original bars were OK, but too far apart and looked more like a tractor than a truck. These look "just right" to me. Now, I just need to get them welded in:
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Got it welded up

Nick the welder, came through again and TIG welded the additional 8 more 16 GA SS blades and it's exactly what I wanted:
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Very nice...The guy does nice work.
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I can MIG, but not TIG ...

A TIG welder is on my list, but since I can get it done in 2 different shops locally, it may not happen. I might have $200.00 in total welding cost on this project, so I'm kinda far down that road already. Will there be another project? .......it's not on my list at the present time.

Working with metal, and 304 stainless especially, is not forgiving. If you put rotary sanding or grinding marks on a brushed surface, you'll spend a whole lot of time getting them out. It's not at like wood where you can sand a little harder or deeper and you're good. Some of the grill bars were recessed a touch and even that calls attention to them if you look closely, but perfection is not the goal or I would never finish.

I really like the "improved" version with more grill blades and I'm hoping I still get enough air movement through the radiator. The aluminum radiator, electric water pump, and dual fans are an improvement over stock, but the 350 Chevy motors always ran a bit cool anyway, so I think I'm good with that. I don't know how you would calculate grill area vs airflow anyway, so I just "winged it". Trial by fire or trial and error at least I hope not!

When you change so many parts of a system, rebuilt motor, rebuilt trans, different cooling components, hydro boost brakes, 200 AMP alternator, etc. you just have to do your best research an hope for the best. The whole wiring of the instrument panel is over my head as far as the digital instrument cluster although it's a simple wiring diagram. I have redundant oil pressure and water temperature and tach so I can run the engine without fear until the "wiring expert" has time to take over. I also bypassed the steering column stat/ignition switch, so the one in the column is just for locking the steering wheel. There a big honkin' connector at the base of the column which is over my head, but I need turn the signals and wipers to work ultimately , so I'm counting on Randy the wiring guy.
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Is it A Frieghtliner or a Rolls?

I saw a Rolls Royce on a car show a few days ago. It had a familiar look:





A Freightliner grill:


Maybe a Kenworth?


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getting back on track

I lost interest on this project for several reasons. I reached an impasse on the wiring which is way above my skill level and my wiring expert, Randy, wasn't available until fall.
This day was the day we trailered the truck up to a town about 30 mile North where Randy has a shop equipped to wire it. We started the truck and got it out in the drive ready for the trailer.

I bolted on the 8000lb winch and winch box and worked on the 6" X 9" rear speaker panels in 16 GA stainless steel. A 900 watt Pioneer amp ought to make them bark. So, it's out of my hands for several weeks after a 3 day push to get all the loose ends tied up for Randy. I mounted the air horns, the "loud" ones, on the roof and ran an airline down the cab corner for the 200 psi compressor soon to arrive next week.

Warning devices include dual tone horns, small air horns, a siren, a OOOGA horn, and a Klaxon horn. Lights include the standard Halogen Hi?lo beams, a 10 wide set of LEDs for "off road", a pair of Marchell driving lights for "off road" also. There's a 10 wide set of LEDs mounted on the roof for cargo illumination and as a warning to drivers who like to tailgate. Back up light is also LED, a 6 set in a cast round housing mounted on the trailer hitch bar. Clearance and side marker lights will also be LEDs.

Under the dash lights include small hooded LEDs, 6 across. There are 2 overhead 8 LEDs for reading maps and other tasks. There are still 5 rocker switches not yet designated which is fine with me.
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Looking great!
I love the passive/aggressive "cargo lighting" that serves to assist tailgaters. Awesome!
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update

Photos from the camera phone. The LED headlights, and running lights and wiring the instrument panel by Randy, the wiring wizard:
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Okay Woodnthings, when do you start the woodwork on the truck? Ha.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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There will be NO wood on this...

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Okay Woodnthings, when do you start the woodwork on the truck? Ha.
Unless I miss my guess, there won't be any wood on this truck project, and that's just fine with me. It's a challenge to operate out of my comfort zone, and wiring the thing was so far out, I had to throw money at it.

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I wondered the same thing, but I do realise that sometimes you just have to get a metally with it.
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Unless I miss my guess, there won't be any wood on this truck project, and that's just fine with me. It's a challenge to operate out of my comfort zone, and wiring the thing was so far out, I had to throw money at it.
No wooden bed?
No wood on the dash?
How bout a wooden steering wheel?
I've enjoyed tracking your progress. Tremendous undertaking. Big project for sure.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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The digital instrument panel

This was one of the "I don't know what I'm doing here" ... aspects of the wiring:
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