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'85 Ranger Restomod


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The radio does, the interrupter is just a little module that lives behind the stereo.

Ah! Now I see what you are doing. I have too many radios to consider that as an option. It's either dealing with the factory speaker or installing an external speaker where it is easier to hear what is being received.
 


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Ah! Now I see what you are doing. I have too many radios to consider that as an option. It's either dealing with the factory speaker or installing an external speaker where it is easier to hear what is being received.
I can hear the cb fine, the GMRS that lives behind the passenger kickpannel not so much. Especially cruising at warp factor 12 on the interstate with the window down.
 

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New tape, old window



Both rear windows went back in with little incident. Whoever used a chainsaw to hog out the holes for the windows was a little loose in some places and a little tight in other, it takes a little work to get the windows back in their holes. Once in, press them home and start throwing screws at it before the thing falls out (like my biggest fear)

Yikes...



The tape pretty much gave up all along the top of the window.

I got it cleaned up and reinstalled... so 3 out of 4 windows are done so far.

And I gotta say, sitting in the back of this truck is giving me qualms about a sleeping platform. Sitting on the bed floor is about the perfect position, there is no way I will be able to sit on my platform.
 

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And I gotta say, sitting in the back of this truck is giving me qualms about a sleeping platform. Sitting on the bed floor is about the perfect position, there is no way I will be able to sit on my platform.
You’re a tall boy. I had the same problem in my f350, years ago.

When I was young, mom would take me clothes shopping and tell me to stop growing. Then I would do something stupid and she would say “Grow up,” I got confused and just kept growing taller.
 

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New tape, old window



Both rear windows went back in with little incident. Whoever used a chainsaw to hog out the holes for the windows was a little loose in some places and a little tight in other, it takes a little work to get the windows back in their holes. Once in, press them home and start throwing screws at it before the thing falls out (like my biggest fear)

Yikes...



The tape pretty much gave up all along the top of the window.

I got it cleaned up and reinstalled... so 3 out of 4 windows are done so far.

And I gotta say, sitting in the back of this truck is giving me qualms about a sleeping platform. Sitting on the bed floor is about the perfect position, there is no way I will be able to sit on my platform.
Even if you don't go the platform route, you'll want something to flatten the floor and provided a little insulation. If you can find one of the bed mats or rugs with the ribs that fill the corregations in the bed floor, that would work.

Alternatively, a sheet of plywood cut to fit will work to. It doesn't have to be thick. 3/8" or 1/2" will do. 1/2" will probably have less tendency to bow.
 

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Even if you don't go the platform route, you'll want something to flatten the floor and provided a little insulation. If you can find one of the bed mats or rugs with the ribs that fill the corregations in the bed floor, that would work.

Alternatively, a sheet of plywood cut to fit will work to. It doesn't have to be thick. 3/8" or 1/2" will do. 1/2" will probably have less tendency to bow.
It will be getting a ribbed drop in bedliner regardless. And if needed I have a rubber bed mat that could go over that. Since it works so well for @Uncle Gump I am planning on just using an air mattress to sleep on.

Its all about compromise though. The main purpose of the platform is so I didn't have to totally load/unload the truck every day. I am only going to sleep in the thing, not do jazzersize or whatever. If I spend the trip sitting in the bed of my truck its a pretty sad trip.

I can see where a fullsize truck's increased beam would be a HUGE advantage. Could have the bed offset and still have useable floorspace as well.
 

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Spun the screws out for the front passenger window... and freaked out when I went to pull it off. The tape was completely gone and there was just the tumblehome angle of the topper holding the window in. It would have fallen out very easy.

When I first got this thing I didn't know this topper would become a permanent fixture of the truck. The windows leaked so I tried some of that flowable window sealant at it which basically did nothing.







And I only had enough butyl to go almost halfway around the window, so in what seems to be a almost too common theme... it is on hold pending more parts.

I did switch the interrupter to constant battery power so now it doesn't care if the key/radio is turned on so I can check that off the list.
 

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