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    The Random Thoughts Thread

    Well you made it to 53 before getting that. I started that crap in 2019 at 51. I bought some arm sleeves which greatly reduce this problem. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07982K3C5
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Little update on parts being acquired. Back in Nov. 2020 I ordered a couple more gauges from Speedhut, to match my current ones. Picked up a gas tach (for the engine swap) and a trans temp which I will put where the current 24v gauge is located. I also ordered 6, LED exterior lights from...
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    Divorce, Depression, & Despair

    Very sorry to hear about this. I went through this in late '05. Our 11 years was a toxic relationship and moving beyond it, it really came clear how toxic it was. We did not have kids (luckily) so I cannot offer advice on that outside of doing what is right and best for your kids. Don't...
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    The Random Thoughts Thread

    :facepalm
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Next on the list was to install the intake manifold I picked up off FB marketplace. It had been installed but never ran so basically new for less than half price. Spent too much time scrapping off the old intake gasket but got everything cleaned up. Then I used a Jaz Products port sealing kit...
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    More progress today. Got almost all of the box stripped of panels and insulation. Lots of rivets to drill out but just have a little panel at the back of the box to remove.
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    What you see is the original military insulation, which is some batting encased in a plastic vapor barrier. That is all coming out and will be using a combination of a couple different products to better insulate.
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Well had a little time to start removing the wall panels so I can replace the insulation, re-wire and close up any holes I find (which I am finding from the Sheriff installing/removing items). Two walls done. The roof and one wall to go.
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    So last Friday I did some more troubleshooting. Pulled the glow plugs out so it could crank easily. When cranking I was not getting any fuel spray from the glow plug holes which was interesting. I started with checking the return valve to make sure it was not plugged. Cleaned it and was...
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    "Come Up"

    Totally agree.
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Well this past Friday was interesting. I have been thinking about doing something to upgrade the power for this rig. I have looked adding a turbo to the 6.2, swapping in a 6.5 turbo engine, even 6.0l LS and Big Block engines. They all have the pros and cons. Adding a turbo to the 6.2 helps...
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Well, today I got the measurements for the inside of the box and did some scale 3D drawings of what I think the layout is going to be. Definitely trying to pack 5 lbs of crap into a 3 lbs bag. I think this will allow me to get all the items I am looking to install in. Here are some...
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Busted out the tools of destruction and got the heater and passenger rear bench removed. Lots of rivets, some not easy to find. One more step closer to start a box build out.
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    The Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains

    Hoping for the very best Cam.
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    Desert Turtle - M1010 Build

    Just a little update. Been too hot lately to want to work on the rig. A few weeks ago I put on the ORD steering brace, to prevent any frame cracking that is not uncommon with the squarebody trucks. This past weekend I installed a grab handle that my wife asked for, to help her get in. The...
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