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post #4171 of 4183 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 05:25 PM
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Nice kitty, and nice truck! I've always liked the look like the Ram. Especially the earlier ones.

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Was sick of the light bleed around the auxiliary gauges of the cluster, so I came up with a cheap/easy solution



Note the difference between the fuel and volts gauge, both had bad bleed from the backlight, but I already implemented my solution on the fuel pod. Here's how it's done:



Plain old electrical tape used as "gaskets" wrapped around the barrel.

I didn't want tape to stick to the faces though, so I rolled the ends over like this:







It'll take some trial and error to get the depth right, The oil and coolant gauges don't have as much gap as the fuel/volts





Once you have them all wrapped just dab some crazy glue over the seams to keep them from unwravling.




And the result.


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And the result.

That looks awesome!


On similar things, I've made a sleeve out of thin black plastic (like a report cover), and taped it around the object (not to), then then glued it in place when I got the depth right.

You could attach strings, and pull from the front so it's perfect.

A long dispense tip on a syringe full of superglue works well for fine work, but be careful; superglue vapor will fog plastics.

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I have permatex, blue, red, and purple that way; it makes it easier to use, and can be applied in any position.

You just have to remember to leave a large air bubble, or it hardens.

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I think the most ideal solution would be wide black rubber bands, what I found effective with the vinyl tape is that it acts like a gasket when tightened, leaving room for error, with a more solid plastic it needs to be dead on against the gauges. But yeah, I can't wait to see them in the car, the white light bleeding through stock looked so low quality

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I pulled the front body panels off the car (in one piece for simplicity) to clean and paint the front part of the chassis. I had some minor rust starting in parts of expansion foam but most of it was just little specks of surface rust, nothing a wire wheel couldn't fix. After the rust was gone I prepped and painted the metal gloss black, I have alot of that laying around and it wouldn't look too bad either. I didn't think to get any pictures of the paint itself when the fenders were still off oh well. A jogger asked if the front piece was fiberglass I got a kick outta that.
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Good job! I didn't even know you could unbolt the whole front end like that. Did you manage to get the bolts out ok? How long did it take??

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That's actually not expansion foam, that's a mix of factory seam sealer and sound deadener

When you tightened the header panel you should have firmly pulled up on it as you turned the wrench, the gap between the hood and cover in the second to last picture would be reduced drastically.

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Good job! I didn't even know you could unbolt the whole front end like that. Did you manage to get the bolts out ok? How long did it take??
All the bolts came out fine except the two lower fender bolts, one on each side sheared the clips as I tried to unbolt them. Only "issue" besides that was some plastic box attached to the inside of the frame because it didnt let a fender support slide passed it. Took me about five hours I'd say.

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That's actually not expansion foam, that's a mix of factory seam sealer and sound deadener

When you tightened the header panel you should have firmly pulled up on it as you turned the wrench, the gap between the hood and cover in the second to last picture would be reduced drastically.
Alright, Ill do that next time. Im gonna have it all apart again and probably soon. I need to replace the brake lines, going to the ABS box(?) specifically. I got a few with the wire wheel and they looked solid but I dont trust that.

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Got her back from the mechanic...no more pinging...cleaned her right up!
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