NAS 110 #145

JimC

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I was grateful for the help of some other Defender friends during this sprint to what ended up not being the finish line. Especially since, as mentioned above, I failed to remove the vent screens before galvanizing and then failed to clean them out before painting. The solution was to drill out every single hole individually. In the second picture here, my father can be seen mentoring Josh (Horsey) on the finer points of a mind (and arm)-numbing task.

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donb

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Horsey! Anyone know if he is still in NJ? Or if he even has his black NAS 90 anymore?
 

JimC

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I’ve not heard anything of him since he dropped off of D-90 a while back. Maybe he got married and moved to the suburbs.
 

JimC

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I don’t have any more information about Horsey, but in December 2009 the truck really began to take shape. I continued to monopolize the lift bay at the craft shop but absolutely no one seemed to care.

There was still a ton of work to do back at the house to keep things rolling in the shop though. I fully stripped all the doors for paint and even with grandpa’s help, the 18 month old was totally incapable of reassembling them.

I also installed this cage before I knew that new cages come with locating plates that allow proper installation of the cage supports. So I winged it. This would add to the list of things I had to fix ten years later.

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chris snell

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Lucky you with a friendly Auto Crafts Shop. The one at Fort Carson was ridiculous and you paid for every minute that your truck was inside the building. Then again, it was always packed, so I guess they had to be that way. I stopped by the shop here in Carlisle Barracks and it was empty and the guys looked bored as hell. Maybe they will be cooler with me leaving my truck up there a day or two. I want to do a head gasket job and a timing belt.
 

JimC

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Ok, so I’ve been pretty delinquent in updating this thread. December 2009 was a whirlwind of assembling since I had to depart and report to Afghanistan in January. Stephen Peters at Safari had purchased a consignment of new-take-out LHD Td5 dashboards from the armoring company in Alabama (?) and I got one from him for the decade-ago price of 1200 bucks… That price included a complete late-spec wiring harness as well, so I just installed that. I didn’t know exactly what kind of harness it was at the time but the decision to install it would become highly relevant a decade later.

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JimC

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Things came to a head in early January 2010. The decision to ditch the original wiring harness (which actually made sense because the original was thrashed and I eliminated the NAS HVAC etc) meant that I had to sort out and install an EFI sub-harness into the new harness that I was not familiar with. A hard job? No. But it would take at least some time and I was totally out of that commodity. I buttoned everything up, loaded it on the trailer and dropped it with Mike at ECR who graciously allowed an unfinished project to be dropped on his doorstep. The night before the drop-off it snowed like a foot.

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