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    Saving the panda

    My buddy mostly built this years ago. Started as a 2wd 2nd gen pickup. 22r/5spd. For the time being it has a single case, eventually I'll get duals. He built it until it was drivable, then beat it relentlessly for a couple years, blew the front end up one last time, and walked away and bought a quad. It sat derelict in the woods behind another friend's place for a few years before I finally said "you're not doing shit with it, let me love it." And dragged it into my shop.

    This is what I started with. At least it had some good stickers.
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    Awesome saving an old wheeler. I wish I could find my first 85.

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      So I stripped a TON of old janky wires out. Smashed rocklights, electric fan with no fuse, relay, etc. Pulled the busted ass doors, got a new hood, pulled off the old half a box, random wires to and from nowhere, with marretts for connections. I pulled the dash and put a new heater core in, the old one leaked so he just bypassed it and lived with the foggy windows.
      pulled the front diff, which was tack welded, and the welds were all broken. Swapped in a welded 4.56.
      Bought a FROR style tcase mount and did a flatbelly.

      I've got an old flatdeck from a buddy's old farm truck to go onto it too. I'll have to chop it down some, but it'll work.

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      The general plan for this is that it will be a badass hunting truck. My wheeling these days is to access places, not just driving over stuff for the sake of it.
      Last edited by Squamch; 05-20-2020, 10:15 AM.

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