Extended cab ranchero update

Discussion in 'Ranchero Pics' started by ribald1, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. rancheromeister

    rancheromeister In Overdrive

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    My T-bird T-top roof idea is sounding better all the time...:D

    Around mid-80s Toyota Supras had lift-out Targa roof, like the Porsche 911/914

    The first company I remember doing truck convertible and lift-off roof kits was called Ratical Tops; mostly for mini trucks. I've done T-top installations back in the 90s using kits from American Sunroof Company, who did ALL of the 'factory' t-tops back in the day, and some of the convertibles. Not sure who owns them now, or if they survived the Detroit massacre last year.:confused:JD
     
  2. ribald1

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    I got all the mounting, hinge etc holes welded up, next is welding the gutted tailgate in. The rear hole in the bed is for the fuel cell I am building, and the rest of the bed will be a dedicated support area for the machine.
    Coolers, filters, pumps, air system for the doors etc.
     

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  3. Dan the ranchero man

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    Very cool! That is going to be one wild ride!
     
  4. ribald1

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    I cut out the flat piece of tin tying the frame ends together and replaced it with a piece of 3X2 square tube. Stiffens it up, and gives me a point to hang a trailer hitch or a parachute to.
    First phase of gutting the rear door and welding it in. Welding the door in will further stiffen up the back end.
     

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  5. ribald1

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    Picked up the kit for my 42 gallon fuel cell today.
    Now I just need to put it together and drop it in.
     

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  6. drlance

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    42 gallons.... so-o-o what bank are you using to finance your first 'fill-up'?
     
  7. ribald1

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    I am already used to it. My 4X4 has a 45 and 30 gal tanks, so a fill can reach 70 gals, and my van has a 35.
    I cut out the front and back pieces and sides. Starting the process of brazing it together.
     

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  8. ribald1

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    As requested, pics of my hood hinge.
     

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  9. Giska1

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    Thanks, looks like its doable even for me, he he But what about the back end do you just slide it in some sort of hole, with a tube in a hole or similar.:confused:
    And are you hood a steel one or have you made one :cool:
     
  10. ribald1

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    This is how it latches, the rear is done, the front will be the same.
    The hood is an aftermarket fiberglass one that I modified.
     

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  11. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

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    WOW! Very cool stuff.
     
  12. Giska1

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    I did not understand how that works :confused:
     
  13. ribald1

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    I used the item made by aerocatch. Add .com and their website covers how it works.
     
  14. Giska1

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    Ok, I need to go to bed now it's 2.30 in the night here now ZZZZZZZZZZ but will check it out later, Thanks
     
  15. Sam Magness

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    Not a fan of the suicide doors
    but other then that very very cool build!
     
  16. ribald1

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    The reason I did that was I kept getting trapped out of the car in parking lots as there needs to be more than 2' of space to get the door open enough to get in.
     
  17. ribald1

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    Doing the rear coil over conversion.
    Upper mounts fabbed.
    I will have full pics this weekend.
     

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  18. davis

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    love the avatar pic!
     
  19. ribald1

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    The upgrade to coilovers.
    Should get improved handling, and shaved almost 40lbs off the weight of the car.
     

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  20. hawk

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    Ribald,this is awesome. Can I mail you my 77?
     

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