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    repairing rather than replacing dash register assemblies (AC vents)

    Today was a red-letter day. My son helped me place the dash back in the truck. Really a 2-man job.
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    repairing rather than replacing dash register assemblies (AC vents)

    Thank you Clay. Much appreciated. I was able to repair all the existing registers--completely I think. Time will tell!
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    repairing rather than replacing dash register assemblies (AC vents)

    Thanks Clay. The little strips cannot be helped with epoxy in our '93. I suspect the 27 summers in the Middle East did something to the plastic. Its almost like an old wooden matchstick. Holds together if not disturbed but crumbles if touched. A buddy in Abu Dhabi just replaced his...
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    repairing rather than replacing dash register assemblies (AC vents)

    The next problem was that the bearing at the side of the vent also had disintegrated: I ended up using some sheet aluminum bent into a clip and then drilling a hole in the inner component of the vent to accept a small screw, the hole being tight enough that I could self tap with the screw. I...
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    repairing rather than replacing dash register assemblies (AC vents)

    So I'm putting the dash back together on the 93 Middle East import I've been working on. And I was cleaning up the AC registers and parts are basically disintegrating. Replacements are available here and there for, for example 55650-60010 but I did not want to wait and I wanted to see if it...
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    Builds Golden Boy / was 'an as-yet unnamed gulf spec diesel 1991 HZJ pickup'

    Virginia; Arlington to be specific. Not sure where the shipper will actually send it. Last time they sent through the port of NY. I've suggested Baltimore or Norfolk.
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    Builds Golden Boy / was 'an as-yet unnamed gulf spec diesel 1991 HZJ pickup'

    Good news! Today I received the legalized power of attorney documents from the UAE embassy in Washington DC. They were quite quick in processing it. Next step is to overnight it to my shippers in Dubai to get the truck started on its journey to the US!
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    Head unit microphone placement

    I am putting mine on the side of the rear view mirror pod, and routing the cable under the headliner. This requires pulling up the glue on the headliner and re-gluing This glue works very well for this purpose--and you can pull it up again if you need to. Very similar to the OEM glue.
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    General hood refresh and upgrade, because why not

    Not to drag this out, but I've actually come around to your point of view on using a plunger switch. I have a battery cutoff on the truck already, and I habitually unscrew it when I'm not working on the truck. Now I just need to find a plunger switch and some suitable low-profile LED...
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    general interior electrical amenities upgrades on the 1993 Middle East model 80

    No problem, GF. The power point itself can be found here on Amazon. I used black permatex gasket RTV to fill the gaps. It seems to stick just fine. Plus I used screws so I'm not worried about it coming off. Regarding making the holes, I did find it very useful to have a Dremel moto tool.
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    General hood refresh and upgrade, because why not

    Well, RM, sadly my 80 spends a fair amount of time with the hood up and if the light were on all the time it would drain the battery...
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    General hood refresh and upgrade, because why not

    I really like the idea of under-hood LED lights. I was thinking a mercury tilt switch might be nice, bu then it probably would flash on and off annoyingly when the truck bounces. Maybe just an old-fashioned toggle switch under the hood somewhere... You've got me thinking. Thank you.
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    general interior electrical amenities upgrades on the 1993 Middle East model 80

    Here's what it looks like with nothing on it: Here's it with a short post screwed on: And here's the thing with a cell phone mount attached: Getting things square was a bit of a challenge. I had to tape things in place after using a level so that the epoxy putting hardened with it being...
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    general interior electrical amenities upgrades on the 1993 Middle East model 80

    One of the casualties of this long period of the dash being apart was that the top part of the dash got placed upside down on something sharp and got a hole poked in it. At this age, the vinyl is pretty brittle. The portion of the dash that got damaged does not happen to have sheet metal...
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    general interior electrical amenities upgrades on the 1993 Middle East model 80

    Here' a a look at what the console covers up for those of you curious: BTW, that cadmium sheet metal screw is something I put in. There was a hole in the black metal bracket, but not the body under it and the whole guts of the console are not all that firmly attached. I decided to drill a...
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