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Old 04-14-2017, 10:16 PM   #16  
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Newest upgrade

Hey Guys, it's been quite awhile since I updated my thread. Since doing the 4bt conversion, my next upgrade was to enhance the dash with new and additional gauges.
I wanted to keep the classic look of the 70s dash panel with the standard Oil pressure, Fuel, Temp, Speedometer, and replace the old Amp gauge with a Voltmeter gauge. And, add Tach (diesel), Boost, and Pyro (EGT).
I found a 70s dash panel for cheap off eBay, Widened the existing gauge holes to accept 2-1/16 gauges, and cut out the additional gauge holes at both ends of the panel, and repainted it.
I installed all Autometer gauges with the exception of the Speedometer. With the Speedo, I went with the SpeedHut GPS Speedometer to get an accurate reading without having to figure out the equation of speedometer gear, axle gear ratio, and tire size. It will work for me.
All gauges were installed, wired in, and all gauges work perfectly. I'm very happy with this upgrade.

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Old 04-14-2017, 10:55 PM   #17  
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Nice work, I did something similar in the '74 CrewCab I am building, I used the Autometer speedo. The 70's trucks are my favorite by far, nice looking RamCharger.
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Nice work, I did something similar in the '74 CrewCab I am building, I used the Autometer speedo. The 70's trucks are my favorite by far, nice looking RamCharger.
Thanks Brother. I've been following your 74 CC CTD conversion.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:04 PM   #19  
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New upgrade...

I received this turbo upgrade a couple days ago. It's the Holset Super HX30w. I have to do a few minor mods. But, it's going in. The factory H1C is fine for a 4bt powered Doritos Stepvan, But, seriously lacking in performance.
This is the turbo upgrade that I have wanted to do since I did the 4bt CTD conversion. It's finally happening.
For those that are turbo savvy, remove or keep the silencer ring? Any difference in performance? Or, is it just for the whistle?
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I never saw any performance change, just a louder whistle........
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I never saw any performance change, just a louder whistle........
Did you install it on a 4bt? Which turbo?

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I agree with Pat.
It just makes it more quiet, I don't think it offers any restriction to the turbos potential.
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Got it. Thanks Guys.
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Great ride man ! Loved the upgrade of the dash.



If I ever become a divorced, single guy, I hope to have as many toys as you have.



Who knows ? with any luck, she'll divorce me and I can "live the dream"..


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Great ride man ! Loved the upgrade of the dash.



If I ever become a divorced, single guy, I hope to have as many toys as you have.



Who knows ? with any luck, she'll divorce me and I can "live the dream"..


Thanks, I do appreciate the compliments. I suppose being divorced/single has it's benefits. Yet, I wouldn't recommend divorce to anyone.
Getting back on topic...
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I suppose being divorced/single has it's benefits. Yet, I wouldn't recommend divorce to anyone.
Getting back on topic...
Agreed.

But you know the old saying: The reason divorce is expensive?? Because it is worth it.

Keep us posted on the performance with the new turbo. My next project is hopefully a pop top RC, or an old flathead Dodge for TROG. I haven't decided.
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Did you install it on a 4bt? Which turbo?

Thanks
No, 6BT but I would say it should behave the same.
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Thanks Guys, I appreciate the comments. Now, just waiting for the weather to warm up before I tear into the upgrade.
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