Nate, I love it. Just plain original, and you know how big a fan I am of thinking outside the box. Absolutely top notch.
This I don't buy. The shop quote, yes, but your estimate, no. In the one pic, I saw at least 4 people.
Now, I'm sure everyone wasn't working 100% of the time, but if you have 4 people working for one hour, that is four hours worth of work, which is how the shop will bill it. 30 hours with that many people would mean you got it done in about 8 hours actual time. Less if there were more people.
I'm by no means diminishing your accomplishment. It is damn impressive regardless. Just busting your chops a bit, you know, because its fun!
Saturday was the only day we had people, it was just russel/me until doug showed up friday night, then russ left and it was just doug and i. Saturday we mainly just needed the bodies to maneuver the cab onto the frame correctly. We did get alot done, yes. Even with more people, we still got to that point in 30 hours, no matter how you slice it! Mr. diminish my accomplishments
LOL @ the 5.29 comment (its just funny because i've already had about 20 PM's with people either telling me "thats way too much" or people trying to buy my 5.29's). But, yes i do plan to keep them. I was over geared with them when i had the 2.7, so it'll be no major change... The way i look at it; so what?? I have to stay 10mph slower than everyone else on the highway, and take an extra hour or so getting somewhere (long distance), but i can still go a lot slower on the trail than those who are not geared. I like my 5.29's, most of my driving is city. Literally, i commute 3 miles each way to work each day. They're also great at altitude (eisenhower, vail, etc.)
I was just bustin Jay's balls (or lack there of?
) for not getting the PS lines tight, it really was no big deal. I also found some connectors/plugs that were not plugged in, in the engine bay. But again, its not big deal, its just part of the mayhem
Todays update ----
Hard lines have been cut back and re-flared (double flared again), so tomorrow i'll get soft line and hose clamps. Then get the tank mocked up, speaking of which. Anybody have a 3.4 gas tank strap? (front one)... or doug, when are you getting kyles truck? If its soon, i could really use that strap.
After brainstorming ideas with the two techs at work, we decided to just go ahead and chop the entire floor pan. Whats in store is completely custom, and is going to be killer IMO. We'll be starting on it tomorrow after work, i'll be sure to snag a few pics of what we get done.
Got misc odds/ends hooked up; e-brake cable, bled the clutch, adjusted the door, adjusted throttle cable/cruise control, organized a bunch of shit.
Also, i think while my interior is torn apart, im going to do the ole bicycle brake lever on the shifter for throttle control, just so i can set throttle @ idle-1500rpm without having to work the gas with my foot. Has anybody seen any sort of how-to/write up on this? I'm going to be looking this evening, but if you know of one, link it!