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Postby RamAirZ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:51 am

I was planning on waiting until I got all my new parts on but what the hell, I'll start my build thread lol. I recently picked up a 1995 Honda Passport to turn into a trail toy. It's got power windows, locks, a manual sunroof, heated/power mirrors etc but it's a little dirty inside (not too bad) and the exterior paint could use some work (I think my GMC looks sweet pulling it lol. See, trading the Camaro was smart!):

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Parts ordered:

2" Calmini shackles
Calmini shocks (for their 3" lift kit)
1.5" add-a-leaf
PA 3" body lift
Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars
DOR Winch Bumper
DOR Tie-Rod Shieldz
Superwinch Manual Hubs

I'm picking up some 35x12.50 BFG Mud Terrains mounted on Pro Comp 1059 18x9.5 rims on Wednesday and might possibly end up with Brandon's 36x13.50 Iroks. I'm going to be doing a diff drop and welding my front diff soon. I had picked up a rear locker but decided to sell it and use the G80 for awhile with the welded front diff. I need a new transmission for it so I'll most likely be getting Jwood's auto since we did his manual swap. I'll get more pics as the parts come, I'm planning on painting it a Tan color. I was going to do an SUT conversion on it but I'm debating if I still want to do that or leave it a hard-top, opinions?
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Postby RamAirZ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:23 am

Tried a flat black on the truck today and not digging it too much, opinions?:

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1st parts to come in!
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Postby ImpulseRocket89 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:09 am

I say, if you are going to go with a flat black look, just buy a DIY spray/roll on bed liner and coat the outside of the truck in it. At least then it wont need touch ups when you scrape it on rocks, trees, or jeeps that are stuck when you pass them.

I personally like the factory color, but that might be because it reminds me of my Impulse. Iron Grey?

As far as your wife. Tell her there are a bunch of guys on here that think she is the coolest wife in history to even tolerate your silly car hobby :lol:
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Postby black98rodeo » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:19 am

I can't wait to see this thing in person.
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Postby tonnydoodles » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:20 am

nice find, i got to say i like the factory paint too, but flat black is pretty cool as well.
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Postby stusvend » Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:51 am

Your old one was gray too wasn't it? Anyways, nice looking truck. Sounds like you're already well off to a good start with it. So putting in the auto from John's rig, you'll have to add an additional cross support to the frame if I'm not mistaken right? How many miles on the clock and will you regear to accomodate the fat shoes? Maybe no regearing since this is going to be just a toy.. How far away are you from the wheeling spot?

By the way, did your wife get her new *ahem* "parts" installed? :P

So let's see.. parts are coming. We'll say a couple of weeks to build it up, maybe a few more to tune it out, tweak it.. little mods here and there and maybe paint. Man, I bet you could trade it for something else by summer time. :tongue1:

P.S. Thanks for not being selfish with the pics.. even though we had to twist your arm a little and the cat was out of the bag anyways. :lol:
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Postby squatch » Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:14 am

Heck with all this build stuff. Just get it tagged and bring it to URE! 17 days.
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Postby Matt Jones » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:26 am

Looks like you got yourself a nice project. And that rear bumper looks like a piece of engineering ingenious! hahahah....you could turn that into an air tank for OBA
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Postby grobrooks » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:33 am

I was just going to say the same thing about that bumper! Wouldn't want to rear end that! I say go with the flat black. I've fought the urge to do the same to mine for the past two years. I can't wait to see what you end up doing.
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Postby AustinT » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:39 am

:happy1: Glad you are getting back to a trail truck
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Postby 94Rodayo4x4 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:59 am

NO WAY!!! YOU GOT A PASSPORT????


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Postby black98rodeo » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:09 am

See, I told ya'll he didn't get a Rodeo. :lol:

This thing is going to be WICKED with my 36's.

Some 4.56's should be plenty for an offroad rig, it's going to spend most of it's life with Dallas in 4wd anyway. :lol:
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Postby 94Rodayo4x4 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:11 am

black98Rodeo wrote:See, I told ya'll he didn't get a Rodeo. :lol:

This thing is going to be WICKED with my 36's.

Some 4.56's should be plenty for an offroad rig, it's going to spend most of it's life with Dallas in 4wd anyway. :lol:


Hell, I knew....I called dibs on the Honda Stuff....its going to be a mystery vehicle now :lol:
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Postby RamAirZ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:06 pm

Damn we really need a multi-quote button lol

ImpulseRocket89 wrote:I say, if you are going to go with a flat black look, just buy a DIY spray/roll on bed liner and coat the outside of the truck in it. At least then it wont need touch ups when you scrape it on rocks, trees, or jeeps that are stuck when you pass them.

I personally like the factory color, but that might be because it reminds me of my Impulse. Iron Grey?

As far as your wife. Tell her there are a bunch of guys on here that think she is the coolest wife in history to even tolerate your silly car hobby :lol:
Wish she could have sat my ex down for a talk or two, that's for sure!


Thanks! I think she's pretty cool myself :D As for the paint, I'm thinking I may eventually do a bedliner-ish paint job but it would be with Durabak and be a different color. And the paint on it looks better in the pics than in person, that's why I'm painting it.


black98Rodeo wrote:I can't wait to see this thing in person.


Then get your --- down here

tonnydoodles wrote:nice find, i got to say i like the factory paint too, but flat black is pretty cool as well.


I think I'm gonna do a tan color

stusvend wrote:Your old one was gray too wasn't it? Anyways, nice looking truck. Sounds like you're already well off to a good start with it. So putting in the auto from John's rig, you'll have to add an additional cross support to the frame if I'm not mistaken right? How many miles on the clock and will you regear to accomodate the fat shoes? Maybe no regearing since this is going to be just a toy.. How far away are you from the wheeling spot?

By the way, did your wife get her new *ahem* "parts" installed? :P

So let's see.. parts are coming. We'll say a couple of weeks to build it up, maybe a few more to tune it out, tweak it.. little mods here and there and maybe paint. Man, I bet you could trade it for something else by summer time. :tongue1:

P.S. Thanks for not being selfish with the pics.. even though we had to twist your arm a little and the cat was out of the bag anyways. :lol:



Why does everyone think my old one was gray lol Technically it was silver according to the paint code but really it was tan. On the trans I shouldn't need to modify anything, reuse my tcase and bolt it up, I'll just lose the dipstick but gain a drain plug. It has 130K miles and no plans for regearing YET. I'm about 30 minutes from a good spot and it's mostly flat land out to it and if I go to Uwharrie I'll be trailering it (10hr drive is a long way from home if I roll it or something lol). Eh I was getting tired of hiding it anyways and yes, wifey got her new parts installed :lol:

squatch wrote:Heck with all this build stuff. Just get it tagged and bring it to URE! 17 days.


Needs a transmission first :D

Matt Jones wrote:Looks like you got yourself a nice project. And that rear bumper looks like a piece of engineering ingenious! hahahah....you could turn that into an air tank for OBA


Ya it's massive, and welded to the frame too. Gonna be fun getting it off lol. The air tank isn't a bad idea though, hmmmm.

grobrooks wrote:I was just going to say the same thing about that bumper! Wouldn't want to rear end that! I say go with the flat black. I've fought the urge to do the same to mine for the past two years. I can't wait to see what you end up doing.


Rear end the truck and it blasts compressed air at ya firing shards of glass into your face and propelling me forward like a rocket, it'll look like my truck farted haha.


AustinT wrote::happy1: Glad you are getting back to a trail truck


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Postby RamAirZ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:09 pm

So should I cut the roof off for an SUT or leave it? And flat black or tan?
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Postby Matt Jones » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:14 pm

RamAirZ wrote:So should I cut the roof off for an SUT or leave it? And flat black or tan?


Yes!....and OD Green would look good! Tan would be my second favorite.
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Postby 94Rodayo4x4 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:14 pm

RamAirZ wrote:So should I cut the roof off for an SUT or leave it? And flat black or tan?


Leave it, black
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Postby black98rodeo » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:25 pm

Don't rush me! :lol:
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Postby AustinT » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:31 pm

I say start chopping!
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Postby stusvend » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:42 pm

Chopping it would be badical but would you enclose the cab? FL gets nasty muggy in the summer time. A/C would be pretty nice to have. Open roof would look sick though.
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Postby RamAirZ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:49 pm

ac doesn't work right now and I wouldn't be driving it much unless I'm wheeling it. decisions decisions.
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Postby AustinT » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:53 pm

cut cut cut cut!
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Postby black98rodeo » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:54 pm

No, No, No, No
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Postby RamAirZ » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:54 pm

:lol: might break out the sawzall and cutoff wheel soon
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Postby AustinT » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:56 pm

Good! I have to get around to bobbing the bed and other such cutting projects :twisted:
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