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Old 07-28-2020, 08:51 AM
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Got after the front end on the WLT yesterday.....

The bumper bolts came off waaaaaaay too easy for a 1993.....YUP....BEEN REPLACED.
Front right side had been smacked and worked on.

Fender, grille, front frame horn welded on.

Sadly the core support got hit too and wrinkled a bit.

That is fixable....just gonna take a bit of massaging.

As things sit at present the front mounts under the core support will likely be the focal point for the HINGE

Looking at the front of the cat last night...... a nice box tube cross member mounted above where the radiator will sit in the nose should work sweet to anchor a pair of heavy fabricated hinges that can fasten to the core support..

I have seen a few tilt front ends and they always seem to use HARDWARE STORE hinges....YUCK

I am thinking about using a couple pair of urethane spring bushings and make my own center tubes...

Far less rattle, and no grease needed with the urethane bushings.

Preliminary tape measure routine looks really good as far as positioning of the front end goes.

Going to have to cut the rear portion of the front fenders where they go down the side of the cab....probably up near the top of the wheel house opening to make the tilt setup work easy......

Biggest NECESSARY ITEM in locating the cab is to have enough room to be able to remove the distributor on the engine.....(Should be a simple thing)

Firewall location is the key....the fact that the engine sits low in the tub may make all this worry a mute point.

Throttle cable is about the only other issue is see so far that needs much in the way of concern...I want to be able to use OFF THE SHELF PARTS in this area......NO MICKEY MOUSE HERE....FACTORY STUFF THAT'S EASY TO GET....


Yesterday was HOT AGAIN AT 100 F
not really pleasant outside.

Son in law was up and we grabbed the hood off the WLT and set it aside......

Thinking about adding some lifting lugs in the wheel house openings so the entire front end can be handled with the skid steer and some easy rigging.

I can't always depend on having muscle handy to lump stuff around.....

Not building something for Concours d'Elegance.....this is a beast of industrial origins.....and needs to be easy to work on by one person.

Ahhhh yesssss...the fun begins......

More pics when I get "SUMTHIN" to look at.

Waiting for the last 2 bearings for the drop boxes, the pinion gasket and 2 seals for the remaining band rod setup....

With these the box can be pretty well finished up..
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Old 07-28-2020, 09:22 AM
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AXLE BEARING UPDATE

Sitting here sucking coffee and looking at the outer axle bearing and the retainer ring.

A bit ago I posted about the axles rubbing on the inner surface of the drop boxes...

The retainer is chewed up on the outer edge.....

Went down and took a peek at the axle tube on that side of the rig.

Yup....Retainer ring had been chewing on the end of the tube in the axle housing where the tube welds in.

The ring was acting as a thrust face and had chewed things up...

The metal that had been chewed up by the ring contacting the tube is likely the reason the bearing was busted up......

This mess probably cause some of the dings and nicks in the ring and pinion.


Definitely going to need to make sure the new retainers are well chamfered at the outer edge where they face the tube.

There also MUST be a spacer in there to stop that bearing from being able to slide in.....


That bearing and retainer has been sitting here on my desk for months since I pulled the axle shafts out.

Such a mess in there at the time that I really paid little attention.....

NOW WE KNOW WHY.....
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Old 07-28-2020, 06:22 PM
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Had a great day...got a fair bit of work done too.

Slow slog on several of the lower fender bolts.

LOTS OF SKUNK PIZZ AND PATIENCE TO REMOVE A FEW BOLTS WITHOUT BREAKING THEM...

Both fenders removed.

The core support was slightly damaged butttttttttttttttttttttttt.....quite easy to straighten up.

The body is in great shape with little to no rust.

I need to get the skunk pizz on the cab bolts asap and let it soak a bit so they will come loose.

May even be able to use the mounts ??????? we shall see....

Carefully removing all the wiring for the lighting off the front end....

Once the cab is on the cat....the wiring can be massaged to length to allow all the factory lighting to function as it did when new back in 1993.

The wiring looks great as do the plugs.

All the engine wiring needs to come loose to allow it to conmnect on the cat.

Using all the S10 sensors will make life easy and the dash gauges should work.....

The speedo is likely not going to be worth messing with.......


Fuel gauge on the early GM rigs is 0-90 ohms and with any luck the original setup that was in the 2100 can be replaced with a sender that will get the dash gauge operational.....

Temp gauge is a simple type sender with a single plug

The oil pressure switch is a tad more complicated....but the factory sender will work.

The original sending unit has the pressure sender and 12v feed for the in tank fuel pump.

The feed to the electric pump can be terminated and abandoned at the harness where it fed the fuel pump... Simply cut and tape up the unwanted wires.

The 305 Chevy in the cat has a mechanical pump on the block.....this will be used as the supply pump....May add an electric pump as a primer pump.



Getting all the wiring off the engine and bundled up so it can be sorted out and routed to the 305 in the cat will require a bit of patience.

Same goes for the frame wiring that feeds the rear lights .

My intent is to have 100% of the factory lighting connected.....

The rear lamps will likely be the type used in heavy commercial trucks......

These are cheap and work well.....

If memory serves...we have a plastic tub of new lights on a shelf in the basement left from my trucking days....these new lights need a job....


In looking over the air plenum in the cowl after removing all the sheet metal and grille work and the wipers....lots of pine needles and junk.

Great time to get the heater fan out and clean the area up.

All in all this cab is in great shape.....

I was worried about rot/rust.

The truck appears to have come from a dry place with pine trees.....

Definitely getting exited about getting the cab off the chassis and being able to start designing the mounting hardware.

Should be really simple based on how the cab sits on the frame now.....

A pair of box tube cross members should do the trick really well.

Reuse the factory cab mounting holes and the rubber mounts (May need new rubbers)
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More ripping on the WLT.....

Cab mount bolts out...(Was very worried about those....as they are usually a royal pain to remove after 20 plus years.

The factory had used a sealer on the threads and they came right out....

LUCKY DEAL.

Bed is just about ready to come off.....2 bolts left.

Rear bumper was a little snot though.....


Mounting the cab on the cat is going to be easy.

Two 2 x 4 rectangle tubes can be massaged to accept the factory rubber mounts......

Bolt the tubes to the cat tub flange and life will be good.

The overall layout seems to be a good jump so far.

The cab on the WLT is pretty roomy.....Get rid of the bench seat and install buckets.....Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet.


Dash is basic but has full gauges....


The column is just hacked.....need to scare up a better one
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The last of the bed bolts came right out..

Bed off and ready to be RE-HOMED.....

The next step is to design and fabricate a lift rig for the cab...

Thinking about a simple H beam with bars on each side that can be slid back and forth to adjust the lift point and locked with a set screw (Bolt)


The cab can be lifted on the front using the top door hinge bracket where the fenders bot on.... Good stout materials that can withstand some weight.

Next comes a permanent set of lifting eyes that can be fastened onto the rear of the cab near the corners.

This will allow easy lifting and locating of the cab.

Using the skid steer and the extension lift I built to lift the engine should make handling the cab pretty easy.

The skid steer has plenty of vertical lift to be able to get the WLT cab up on the 2100 tub......


And on we go....
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Nearly 100 F outside now....really happy to be inside where it is MUCH cooler

This truck was a standard cab short bed at a skosh over 6 foot long......

Too many bed lengths......

Ahhhh well...The cab is gonna fit quite nice on the old packer frame.....


I scared up a factory wiring book on ebay for the WLT

I may need top wring out a few circuits.

The previous crew made a mess out of the wiring in places.

Sure looks like the same crew that had been working on my 2100 worked on the WLT... GAWD....WHAT A MESS THESE TYPES MAKE......

But things are looking good...
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Today is gonna be rather mundane....

Gotta head off to the steel yard and get the materials needed to fabricate the cab lifting rig.

A fella from down state about 3 hours called and wants the rolling chassis...

So this revelation has definitely motivated me to MOVE A TAD FASTER....

Cooler weather for a few days so I hope to get the cab off ASAP

Gotta build an "H" RIG with the center bar capable of sliding....this will allow a straight pick and not have the cab leaning forward/backwards (As mentioned before)

With luck this will also allow an easy way to get the cab up on the cat.

May have to use the attachment I made to lift the power pack and maybe add an extension to get extra height.....not sure about the elevation yet...


Pretty boring stuff today.....but the tools will be needed several times during the fitting and possibly later to do service if need be.....

As soon as there is iron ready I will get pics.


At least it is going to be cooler over the weekend.....
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Well the day is done....dinner in the tummy and the cab lift itself is all welded up.

Nothing pretty, but it will allow the rigging to be set right on the center of the load.

Tomorrow I have to fab up the front lift bars that will bolt to the rear attachment points of the fenders.

Makes a great lift point.....

Also need to finish the lift pads that fasten to the back of the cab.

Down really low and inline with the cab mounts....

A simple flat plate with a 1/4 x 2 flat bar welded to it with a hole for the lift strap hook to grab on.

This little rig should allow the cab to come right off easily.

Be sweet when sitting the cab onto the cat chassis....nice and easy down into place and then locate the mounts......


Yeah....getting closer.......

As soon as the cab is off the chassis has a new home.....
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Looks very nice! I usually just run a scrap thru the doors and lift, but much can be said for doing it the right way! Might want to beef up your center lift piont as all the stress is on that one piont and no one wants OSHA to pay you a visit!!!
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Those guys GAWD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....

I have lifted cabs with a 4x4 through the open door windows.....BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT....IT CAN CAUSE ISSUES.

The cab is not all that heavy.....I just want to be able to control things well and not worry about having a train wreck.....

Actually that center lift will hold a lot of weight....

Cab is in the 400 pound range me thinks.....

I will watch things on the first lift and if it looks at all hinky I will add more metal.

Second washer along side the first...


I wanted to keep the profile as low as possible so I don't lose any lift potential.


Another thing....IF the cab needs to come off in the future for repairs on the engine/tranny.....I want to have tools ready to go without having to worry about HOW TO DO IT AGAIN.....

I can hang the rigging in the barn on the back wall for the "JUST IN CASE"


Right now I want the cab off and sitting on a big tire so I can OFF THE CHASSIS.

In a few days a complete factory electrical book will be here and I want to wring out the wiring in a few places that have been thrashed by the P O ....

The plan is to use all the S10 wiring, gauges and such....the ignition key and all the controls.....Once it is in place ...I don't want to screw with it....
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Busy morning...had to help a friend out.
We installed an Easy lift hitch on her pickup/tailer.

Got that done and continued to thrash on THE WLT

Getting all the wiring loose on the engine and chassis.

The lift lugs on the cab are nearly complete.

Front ones bolted on to the lugs the front fenders bolt to by the door hinges.

Re-purposed the flat hooks off some old semi trailer flat strap ties downs that were worn out...(Garage sale thing $5 for a box full)

Cut the straps off and then welded a ring on the outside to grab with the ratchet straps.....

No need to modify the rear lower wall of the cab...
Easy grab under the rear wall...stick some cardboard between the back of the cab and the hook to keep from munging up the cab......

Early tomorrow we will go for a lift......

If fortune favors the foolish.....the little "Soon to be cat cab" will be swinging in the wind....

Will get pix when it happens......
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A very good Sunday morning......

Finished welding up the rear grab hooks to lift the cab off the WLT

Things went very very well.

Got the lift frame positioned on the ground and sat the skid steer bucket over the top of the frame.

Rigged up a chain to the D RING on the bucket and raised the lift and placed the frame over the cab.

Hung the ratchet straps on the 4 lift points and tightened things up.

Went for a little pressure on the lift and the back came up about a foot before the front came off the frame.....GOOD ENOUGH FOR THIS LIFT....

Had one hidden ground strap that had to be dealt with.....OFF IT CAME.

Scared up a big tire to sit the cab on.....plop....good to go.

Went through and made a video of all the various connectors and wires.

The starter solenoid wire (Purple) had some how got chopped off...??????

The main heavy feed line (Red that feeds the cab and power) had been violated and got up against the exhaust....melted the wire in two....but the burn was just before the fusible link....

Should not have hurt anything......

As time allows I will dummy up a battery and hook things up to check things out.

I can wrangle all the systems out with the cab on the TIRE and then be able to get at everything to fix anything that needs it.

I saved all wires to the rear for LIGHTS. FUEL GAUGE YADA YADA YADA.

The T5 TRANNY had a backup light switch.....that can be wired into the cable operated auto shifter easily.

Someplace under the dash is a clutch switch......Wires from that will connect to the neutral switch in the new cable shifter.


The thought has been bounced around about using the little pickup box on the rear of the cat......

Maybe do that and add a little canopy too.....

Things are still in a state of flux...

This cab looks like it will be a nice fit on the 2100 frame.

Cab sitting all snug on that big tire for now.

Column still needs to come out....

It is totally trashed.....The tilt is broken and the key tumbler is broken too.

I am in hopes that the accessories like the wipers, heater and such all work.

Snooping around I have not seen any signs of other damage to the electrical sytem.

Manual windows and door locks.

We shall see wassssup as time permits..

Next thing is to get the WLT corpse on it's way to it's new home....

Sounds like near the end of the week it will go away


Before we go for a second pick and a trial fit on the cat I need to get two more ratchet straps that match my good ones.

I had a mismatched bunch this time.....clumsy....I have two that are self retracting.....yesssssssssssssss

Need two more good ones.....

Before the WLT leaves I need to measure the cab mount points on the frame so I can fabricate the tube riser frames to mount the cab to the cat chassis.

Easier to measure the factory mount points on the truck than try to guess at it....

The width of the S10 cab mounts is almost right over the top rail on the cat tub.

Make a box tube riser rail to carry the factory type mounts and then bolt the entire assembly to the tub.....likely 4 bolts on each side....

A angle riser welded to the box tube and then a plate down over the top rail.


Simple....just need to get good dims before the frame goes away
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Sitting here sucking down coffee this morning and wrangling on a plan to test out the entire CAB WIRING.

Now is a great time to work through all the wiring in the cab/engine bay and make sure EVERYTHING WORKS

Since finding the shorted wires at the starter and the purple solenoid wire broken off/cut waaaaaaaaaaay up in the harness and other cobbled up stuff......

A great time to mock up all the wiring harnesses and connect grounds, hot leads etc.... to a battery and then wring it all out.

There is a lot of wires/plugs that were for things that will no longer exist in the new environment......

Power to run the large cap HEI ( Big PINK WIRE)
Fuel sending unit 0 to 90 ohm sender
Oil pressure sending unit
Engine temp sending unit
Alternator volt meter

All this stuff can be easily mocked up with the cab on the ground (WHERE I CAN GET ALL OVER IT)

All systems can be tested for operation.
Starter
All the gauges
All the exterior lighting
All the interior accessory functions ...Heater, wipers and such

I want to run all the wiring to a central location that can be accessed easily and the engine to the same place (Junction/terminal block)

This will make field service extremely simple.....

Since the cab is so easy to get to NOW .....great time to get all the wiring dialed in.....

After all the needed circuits are VERIFIED as operational....the extra plugs/wires can be cleaned up and abandoned in place.

Once all this stuff is in good order the cab can be located on the cat and the wiring stuff will not be much worry....

The main wire harness on the firewall is in pretty decent shape overall....so just a matter of fastening it all up neat and tidy....

The original wire harness anchors that fasten things to the engine/bell housing were loose...likely either engine has been out or tranny/clutch work and the folks doing the work did not care about putting the stuff back.

Typical with many older rigs......hack it together and move on.....until the wiring rubs on something and fries STUFF...... AS THIS ONE DID.


I think I will scarf the Alternator and starter off the WLT to use for test purposes.

The Camaro 305 engine had a SI10 alternator and the WLT (93 S10) has a CS130 alternator (Serp belt)
The plan is to install a good high output CS130 alternator with a V belt drive that will match the 305 equipment.

I have thought about setting up a serp drive...but the older block and heads may not have all the needed holes for mounting.

I need to research this a bit....I want to replace the water pump on the 305 anyway....and now would be a great time to do it.....

But there are caveats.

I do not have a power steering pump or AC pump.

Possibly there are DELEAT idlers available for such swaps....

Anyway.....

And the fun continues.

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Pretty near time to call it the "thiokol 2100 conversion" dont you think !!!! This thread has more twists and turns than a boa constrictor !!!! carry on !!!!
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Yeah it sure has....

Once the cab is sitting up on the 2100 frame we can figure out what to call this thing....

Early on in this thread somebody called it a FrankenCat......pretty good description me thinks.

These roll your own projects can take strange twists and turns for sure.....

But overall I am becoming more and more pleased with the S10 cab addition...

The extra ease of maintenance is going to be a good thing.....

The cost for materials to mount the cab is a very small portion of what I had originally costed out to mount the van.....

Some discussion has taken place around here about mounting the cute little pickup bed on behind the original 2100 fuel tank....

A canopy on the bed would make the space quite usable.

The only caveat will be getting into the bed.....pretty high off the ground/snow

There is a lot to be said for refurbishing an existing design and restoring it to original with only minimal modifications..

This hatchling I am working on is definitely going to be unique......

But with all off the shelf parts for so much, it will be an easy fixer if need be....

Never ever wanted an S10.....HMMMMMM "FRANKEN-10"



All joking aside, the S10 switch is really looking good....Much easier to handle with my equipment and I can work alone with ease and not have to round up additional muscle...


I have a pretty good "Minds Eye" idea what the finished beast will look like.....Just remains to be seen if the pickup box gets into the act or not.

The box is a tad long for the application even though it is a SHORTY at 73"

I can add a bit to the rear frame of the cat to hold up the box.....

We will see.

Best part is this switch.... In a few days it will have cost ZERO out of pocket $$$$$$$$

I still need to scare up a good steering column......

The planning and scheming is the most fun....

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TODAY STARTED OUT GOOD....THEN WENT DOWN HILL.

Decided to clean up the wiring on the front of the cab and get everything sorted out that will be needed to run the 305 once the cab is mounted.

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Far right side of pic FROM Right to left

Throttle cable....looks long enough to gitterdone...and has the proper fitting on the end.

Green wire.....Engine temp gauge wire

Batch of ground wires

Oil pressure sender (Plug cut off)

Green/blue Backup lamp (Had switch on 5 spped trans)

Purple and Red (Barely visible) Starter solenoid and power feed from starter main lug.

Pink/white Coil HOT lead and white for tach if used

Purple plug hanging low.....with orange wire....Alternator leads.

Got this stuff all sorted out and then decided to clean out the rodent nest in the heater fan......

Then came the mess of pine needles in the AC evaporator box.

Tore that apart.

Took the core out...do not need it.

Discovered that the heater core was leaking....ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH

Ended up pulling the dash off...the previous crew had been in there too...

MORE ARRRRRRRGH....

Heat box cover has two broken screw lugs on the cover at the top...need to scare up a cover and a core.

Column out on the ground too.

Gotta scare up a good column.

Bone yard u pull it tomorrow.

What a mess.

Better to fix this stuff now than later on when things will be far tougher to get to....


A bag of worms....


If good fortune favors the foolish....maybe snag a column and a heater box cover...tomorrow.....
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Spent the entire day snooping for parts to fix....THE HEATER Got a good core cover and all the correct screws.....

Found the proper dash pad NUTS that are self centering that go by the windshield.....

Found several other little bunches of proper screws...

NO GO ON A COLUMN.

1993 is a Bastard child and none of the yards had any...NONE AT ALL.

Found a couple online....BUT THEY WANTED 40 PRICES FOR THEM.

Mid run on the Gen 1 S10 trucks are pretty much all interchangeable .....Not the 1993 or 1994....Both are odd.

From there we go into the Gen 2....Noooooooooooooooooooooo...

Came home empty handed and unhappy.

Butttttttttttttttttttttt.....Took the old column apart and looked the entire thing over well.

The Windshield wiper switch seems to be the big hangup....but there are other glitch's too....

Decided that this mess is a bridge too far.

Cut the base of the old column off and tossed the rest in the scrap.

Plan is as follows.

Add a hollow tube to the old base and then fabricate a flange for the top (Where the wheel would be)

Add needed area to mount a heavy duty truck type ignition switch.

Add short round pedestal to mount a big truck universal turn signal switch unit (Has lever and 4 way flasher lock)

Add a small appendage to mount the needed wiper switch stalk.....

The wiper switch will plug and play.

The "Multifunction" set up will be not so all in one....

The Turn signal function will be by itself, the wiper will be on it's own and the high beam lights will be a button like we saw on the floor of rigs years ago.

The steering will be done using the twin lever brake application units I had planned to use in the van.

I had though that having the steering wheel do a 1/8 turn thing Right/left would be a cool deal....

Become a nightmare....

All the parts will now be readily available off the shelf stuff... I LIKE IT....


So.....I have the original column base (Bolts to firewall)
The cradle that bolts up under the dash with the two nuts.

Will get after the tube and other materials to get the original wiper switch, an ignition switch (Push button start ) and a separate turn signal unit.

I have a factory electrical schematic book coming tomorrow.......

Just need to wring out all the wire colors and lay things out.....

Be a simple little job to gitterdone.....


This beats the hell out of chasing a hard to find column.......


Soon as the heater core gets here that part can go in and the dash can go back together.

Several of the factory screws and other stuff had been lost or otherwise violated by previous folks....scaring up the tid bits.....

The glove box door latch was trashed....found one
A couple of the lower valance panels were either missing or broken.

Did not see any of the tan ones....may grab a selection of different colors..

Red, gray, and a couple other options to fill out the needed parts


FRANKENCAT......ALL THE WAY....

Keep it neat and FUNCTION ABOVE ALL ELSE MUST BE 100%


The hollow pseudo column will allow the air lines to feed up through from the front to the control valves and then back out....Will keep clutter to a minimum


I really had not thought that finding a column for a 1993 S10 would be this tough....So many of those rigs out there.....
But a one off year model on this part really makes things get hinky.....

Ah well.


Moving ahead....
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Thiokol 2100 + S10 = T10 or T2110 ??? Lol keep up the good work!
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FrankenCat-T2110

C-M-R FrankenCat T2110


CMR Initials for the Ranch here (Cloud Mt. Ranch)

Be easy to add the letters to the grille..... Sort of like DMC...LMC....YADA YADA...YADA

We are getting closer.....

Sorting through the schematic on the cab and the connectors DO NOT match whats in the real world (IN THE CAB)

The WLT is a late 92 production titled as a 93 and the switches are different.

The wiper switch had bare spots and other damage to the wires up close to the switch.....needs a fresh one before I install it.


Got to looking at the plug that goes into the dash harness and it is totally different than the 93 switch.

Some snooping and then discovered the issue.

Tilt wheel/With pulse wiper/ Without cruise control.

Anyway....I am not popping for several hundred $$$$ for a wretched column that may or may not be worth a !@#T.......

Custom stalk with the air valve levers and custom signal and wiper switch.


I have seen mid run and transition model rigs that can drive ya nuts with stuff that is not in any parts book...at least and fit......


Sucking up coffee and looking at the original steering wheel mounted arrangement I had for use in the van....

Cannibalize that setup and use the valves/bracket and the hand rest bar.

Be easy to fashion a plate to go onto the new "Column....control stalk" and mount the steering controls.....signal switch, wiper switch, ignition switch... all right handy....

Ordered up the heater core.....as soon as that gets here I can get the dash back off the floor and remounted....then we can look at the operator control station layout....


Today is the first rain we have had in nearly a month.....rather damp out this morning.....

Looking like once this heater/dash thing is sorted out the cab will actually be pretty well set.

Wiring to connect all the existing wires to the engine will need to follow after the cab is mounted....

Need to use all the S10 sending units....

GAWD I HOPE THOSE ARE NOT BASTARDS TOO....
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Picked up a fresh heater core today....Got that sucker buttoned back up.

Tomorrow the dash gets bolted back up.

Picked up some tubing today to fabricate the Pseudo column .....

Wrung out the linear ignition switch and things are ready to cut the original plugs off and install a regular "Turn type....ignition switch in the operator station.

Going to have to engineer a turn signal switch mounting base.

Rewiring the setup to accept a heavy truck signal switch...although doable is not worth the PITA.

A factory switch is a known quantity and will plug right into the existing harness....JUST LIKE LEGOS....

Also the wiper switch is all part of it too.....

May have to tweak stuff for the dimmer switch....

May be workable to mount the factory dimmer switch too....


I want as much easy to fetch off the shelf stuff as possible.....

Stuff that can be had at any parts house if need be.....


Been a busy day.....

Be safe troops.

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