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Thread: 2007 Ford F350 Crew Cab Build

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    Last night I finally got the console out of the basement and proceeded to wet sand the clear coat on one side of the console the buff my way up through 3 different wheels and top it off with a coat of Zaino's car polish. The results are amazing...and I learned the hard way about how easy it is to burn through the clear and paint on corners, it's only one small spot down near the floor so no big deal but I will have to be more careful on the top. This was a great learning experience, I may do a couple of panels on the truck like inside the box or the back of the tailgate to get more practice later. So as soon as the rest of the console, the rear tray and the sub box side panels are done, time to wire it up and put that bad boy in the truck.

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    While at Princess Auto I found a new product (at least for them). It is a string of LED's 3 to a panel, panels can be screwed or taped in place. They were just taped together in the pkg meant to be stretched out like Christmas lights, there are 10 panels total:

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    The question is can I cut them apart and use them individually at 12v without adding a resistor? I don't see how because they appear to be wired in series right now but how did they get 10x3=30 LED plus resistors on the boards to add up to only 12V? They must have a bypass wire on each board so these are actually wires in parallel. I guess I will cut one off and find out!
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    I had my SC-H1 home tuner hooked directly to the optical input of the h701, the beauty of 3 optical inputs on the h701 is its an automatic switcher, whatever op input has audio it will switch to. I originally had a car Sirius tuner hooked up thru RCAs, it didn't sound half as good as the SC-H1 home tuner via optical cable.

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    That's why I switched to the SC-H1 tuner for my truck, I have a sound card with optical in so it will received the optical signal from the SC-H1 and back out on optical from the sound card to the processor. Then the PC with Ride Runner does all of the switching including phone mute etc.
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    doing it the way your doing it gives u the ability to record digitally, unfortunately back then I was using the motherboards audio card that did not have optical inputs. so the H701 was my only optical input. when I sold my H701, a high end sound card was first on my list of things to get.

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    Awsome work. Like reading a good book

    Just came across this thread while researching customers work and pc installs. I must say I love the look and sad I feel I have to wait for the next installment, I really cant wait to see the finsihed install.

    I am considering doing an install but unsure were to put the pc as every spot is just too small. So i think i will need to do some customer work, which I have never done and last time I did any body work was in grade school (a long time ago.).

    looks awsome Doing more reading as I hope the install I have planned is not outside of my capabilties, but I am willing to try anything, just onyl have the 1 truck for the family and day runner.

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.

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    realpolaris, thank you for the kind words. I too am VERY anxious now to get the project finished. A lot of what I did was the first time for me, and it came down to having decent tools, not using cheap products (Paint, sandpaper, body filler etc), being willing to chewing up a bunch of time learning and being willing to change the plan as I went along. When I am done I will likely summarize the first post of this thread showing what I originally thought I was going to do and what I actually ended up doing.

    As far as having to use the truck daily, IMO you would want to break your project into stages that require the truck be apart and "on the bench work" then plan for each phase. The good news is an interior can be ripped out of most pickups in under an hour so even if you had to do that 2 or 3 times over the course of the project, it's still possible to do without a ton of redundant labor.

    If you wanted to plan for a big interior project and have the space, then finding a wrecked cab for the price of scrap that you could set on the floor of your garage to design and trial fit to would be a great way to do it.

    When I am finished, I believe that I could literally remove everything I have done other than some of the wires and put the truck back stock in about an hour (if I had a replacement middle seat to put in). If I switched trucks but kept the same cab style the only stuff I would loose is the sound deadening.

    Anyways, I am done the console wiring, the sub box is all assembled and I am now working on the dash to console wiring over the next couple evenings. I should be installing everything by this weekend at the latest.
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    Console meets truck for it's first fitting.

    I got most of the components fit in and internal wiring run on the bench:

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    I then set it in the truck and finished mating up the dash to console wires. I wish I had spent more time sourcing a molex connector with enough pins to handle most of the wires.


    It does have to come back out for a couple of tweaks but who wouldn't have counted on that....

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    I also cut one of the LED's off the string and tried it by itself at 12v & it worked fine so while the console is back on the bench, I will add a couple inside for visibility at night.

    More to come!
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    The console is bolted in, most of the wiring is hooked up and working. Today I will be knocking off some of the smaller details. I had it running yesterday and I'm very happy with the sound. The floor was vibrating without any sub connected. It's amazing how much bass you can get out of woofers in the doors.

    I should be able to call the console portion of the project "done" this week.
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    Damn Phil, I am hoping I will be done a bit quicker with mine ;-)

    I can hope, cant I?

    Rick

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    Hmmm, you have no idea....Good thing I didn't know what I was getting into before I started but I am so close now! I hope the old fuel in it from May still burns when I get it out. This is the week.

    The list is:

    Clean up some wiring under the dash
    Bolt in and steam clean the seats
    Re install some interior plastic
    Recheck my wiring to and from the P1900 P/S, I have a start up issue with the laptop
    Re-install the dash monitor.
    Check rear camera for operation


    On the outside:

    Replace Wi-fi Antenna
    Re-install the 100 gal fuel tank in the bed & bed mat
    Replace front brake rotors
    Get commercial safety check done

    Then it's ready for the Highway.

    Next month it needs it's first Emission test to get my tags...I can hardly wait.
    My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE

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