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Old December 17th   #1
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I moved here at the beginning of December from North Carolina, where I was about to begin major work on my project. I have an expedition that I want to modify. when complete, it will have more in common with a Chevy avalanche (at least on the out side)
At any rate, sense I am now here I need to find some one here to work on my truck. Is there any place near Huntsville that has experience with this level of modification?
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What type of stuff do you plan on having done? I have a good amount of exper. in custom bodywork, paint, minor interior, and air bag suspensions. Just tell me alittle more about what your looking for.
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The three most difficult parts of the porject:
1) Cut from the rear windows and roof off, then welding an f-150 rear cab window in place. The result is that my expedition will look similar to a Chevy avalanche, or F-150 crew cab, but with a shorter bed.
2) get the transmission, center column with gear shift, and engine from a '97 ford lightning (same year as my expo). I want this thing to be a manual transmission...
3) replace front bumper/grill with 2003 model front.

I also want to do some more traditional mods as well.
-shave the door handles
-airbag suspension
-suicide rear doors
-custom running boards with exhaust exiting through them

I have a half decent sketch of what I have in mind, send me an email and I will send it to you. That will help better than words.

Also, I have no illusions that this will cost serious money, and take considerable time. It took me three months of searching in North Carolina (Raleih/Durham area) to find some one that was willing to work with me on time and money for this project.
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email me at hall185@bellsouth.net
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Old December 18th   #5
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wow dude your lookin to get crazy w/ that project...like the idea though its interesting and not too far fetched...watch out who you take your stuff too around here theres been quite a few places that pop up and brag about awesome work they do and they just steal your money and run cough cough metal works
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yeah i dont know of ANY intown shop that would be up to that and make it look decent. that engine swap sounds hard enough on its own
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Well, I plan on doing it in a few stages (mainly to make sure I don't go bankrupt). First the body exterior, Which I think will be hard enough. when I get around to the engine swap (maybe the end of '07) the hard thing will be to fit the clutch mechanism in a cramped engine compartment.
My problem is that I do graphics for a living, so I can think of interesting ideas... but then reality has a way of saying it's not going to work. It feels good to hear a compliment I usually get "your crazy."
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I can tell you exactly who to go to. This guy does amazing work...want proof? Check out this month's cover of Mini Truckin' magazine. Eric Saliba is his name, the number is 931-762-5007. www.friendlychopshop.com is the website. Tell him Jay Mack sent you.
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