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Old 01-15-2020, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Redoing my King Ranch seats....

I decided rather than buy another truck I'd just redo my old '07 KR. (Love the truck and it's in good shape) I've pretty much completed everything.... new engine, suspension, AC, etc etc etc. even the dash. My front seats, inspite of my best efforts, were in pretty bad shape, especially the driver seat. I've been searching and searching for some pull outs in good shape for over 3 years. Low and behold my wife found em, in great shape, and they were here in the town we live in. (I've been looking all over the country....easy to find for $1.5k+....not under a grand in good shape)

We got an incredible deal....

Anyway, I finished the driver....wasn't hard at all. I think it turned out pretty well for an amateur...

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Old 01-15-2020, 04:01 PM   #2
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:04 PM   #3
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That looks great...good job.
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:21 PM   #4
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Fantastic job
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:51 PM   #5
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Looks great. Good job.
I had a 2006 KR and I've always liked the interior on those older ones better than the newer - the newer leather looks more 'reddish' and just not as appealing to me.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:05 PM   #6
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Thanks fellas....👍 Bit tedious to dye along the seams, but, I had some experience dying my old seats chocolate brown to cover the wear and tear.....so that helped. I've always liked two tone much better than a single color, so I decided to leave the non wear areas natural. To get a pro to do it was very expensive so I figured I'd just dive in the deep end myself. I've done all the exterior and interior work myself and converted it into "the Redneck Raptor." (love the gen 1 Raptors) I learned a lot from researching and doing things myself. Everything has turned out pretty well to this point....so I figured why not.....it's not hard at all.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:08 PM   #7
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Looks great. Good job.
I had a 2006 KR and I've always liked the interior on those older ones better than the newer - the newer leather looks more 'reddish' and just not as appealing to me.
I'm 100% on board...

The analine "Castano" saddle leather in the originals is so much better IMOP. The feel of it, toughness, thickness, etc as it IS saddle leather. However, it is a pain to take care of.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:58 AM   #8
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Good job.. Now post pics of the rest of the truck!!!
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:12 AM   #9
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Nice!!!
Exactly what I’ll do when the time comes. Rather than buy a new truck, I’ll buy a rent house. ����
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:29 AM   #10
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:31 AM   #11
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Now..... 4 years from the start of the project....lil' bit at a time.

However, it's still a work in progress....too "busy" but I've tried to avoid being a Raptor poser so it's 150 badged to the max....the AZ beige stripe along the bottom complicates things....i May get it repainted in a solid color over this winter with a different hood...i wrapped the existing hood myself (with the help of a buddy with experience), but, don't think I have the guts to do the whole truck....

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Old 01-16-2020, 08:47 AM   #12
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Now..... 4 years from the start of the project....lil' bit at a time.

However, it's still a work in progress....too "busy" but I've tried to avoid being a Raptor poser so it's 150 badged to the max....the AZ beige stripe along the bottom complicates things....i May get it repainted in a solid color over this winter with a different hood...i wrapped the existing hood myself (with the help of a buddy with experience), but, don't think I have the guts to do the whole truck....

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GREAT looking truck. Nice job.

Out of curiosity, How much are you into it already if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:48 AM   #13
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good job.. Now post pics of the rest of the truck!!!
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:51 AM   #14
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GREAT looking truck. Nice job.

Out of curiosity, How much are you into it already if you don't mind me asking?
Quick add off the top is just under $12k ....but everything but the tranny is "0 time"/brand new....tranny shifts perfectly so I haven't touched it yet.....

Reman engine, suspension/front end, AC, Alternator, power steering pump, radiator, etc was the biggest cost ....$7.1k....suspension and front and was a lil less than $2k.....rims were $1.2k.... interior, toolbox, bed cover, fender flares less than $2k.....zero labor cost with the exception of the engine and suspension as I've done all the rest myself.

I figured it was better to invest money into a truck I know is sound (and I love).... Bring it back to as close to zero time as is feasible vs going to the auction and paying $30k+ (at the time) for a used gen 1 raptor with 125k-150k miles....risk buying somebody else's problem.....

It's been a fun project....and it doesn't look, or run, like it's 13 years old....feels almost brand new.....plus this model KR had all the bells and whistles that were available at the time... folding mirrors, 4 way seats, front and back defrost, adjustable pedals, and I added a touchscreen stereo with Bluetooth/backup camera/hands free phone....i could care less about the newest ones it doesn't have (with the exception of air conditioned seats.....i do have heated seats)

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Old 01-16-2020, 09:21 AM   #15
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Interior.....it's dark brown, not maroon....glare



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Old 01-16-2020, 09:24 AM   #16
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Looks really good! I had a 07 KR as well and loved the truck but keeping up with the seats was PIA. I have a 13 now and as mentioned above, I think I like the older seat/leather better. New stuff looks orange and the old stuff while took some work to keep nice, looked better and smelled better.
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:31 AM   #17
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Looks really good! I had a 07 KR as well and loved the truck but keeping up with the seats was PIA. I have a 13 now and as mentioned above, I think I like the older seat/leather better. New stuff looks orange and the old stuff while took some work to keep nice, looked better and smelled better.
Thank you so much! I know it's a bit "busy" so some won't like it....but I do...😉

Now you know why it's been nicknamed "The Redneck Raptor"....hehehe

Castano just requires conditioning about once a month, but, it is a bit of a pain. I've ridden in the latest and greatest KR of both the F150 and 250 and, like yourself, I far prefer the actual KR saddle leather. The seats not only look better but are more comfortable IMOP too.

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Old 01-16-2020, 09:53 AM   #18
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Nice!!!
Exactly what Iíll do when the time comes. Rather than buy a new truck, Iíll buy a rent house. ����
You and I think a LOT alike....hehehe
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Looks brand new! Nice!
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You and I think a LOT alike....hehehe
Haha. Smart man!
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:50 AM   #21
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Looks brand new! Nice!
Thank you! It's been fun to piddle with in my spare time. I like a good project and this was a pretty good sized one. It's kind of neat to own a one-off.
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Old 01-17-2020, 09:18 AM   #22
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One more....

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Old 01-20-2020, 08:10 AM   #23
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Any details on how you did the folding bed cover with your tool box? I've been curious about trying this.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:25 PM   #24
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You bet....easy....

Bought $300 hard cover off Amazon that had a lot of reviews and good ones....

I literally set it on top of the installed cover and eyeballed it to get an idea of how it'd look and fit....

Then I measured the dimensions below the lip (area below the latches and lid) of the box.....took a t-square and traced parallel and perpendicular lines across the cover with a water soluble marker.....

Then using those lines and a different color water soluble marker I tightened up the exact dimensions of the box below the lip onto the cover...

Then I drilled pilot holes through the cover in the corners on the inside of the lines to insert the jug saw blade....

Then I took a jig saw with a high quality metal blade (like cutting butter) and cut out the rectangular hole in the cover....

Once the slot for the box was done I carefully slid the box down in it to test the fit...... carefully cut out any additional lid to get a tight/proper fit.....

Then I took 1" x 3/8" strip foam insulation and framed around the slot for the box to rest upon.....i also went around the outside of the bed and did the same to seal the cover really well....

Then I cut 2 pieces of 3"x3" (and spray painted flat black) oak to fit under the "wings" of the box I had bought as they wouldn't fit flush to the bed....quirk of the box (and the dimensions of the cover) but I bought it wholesale brand new through a buddy.....beggar can't choose 😉

Then I measured and drilled holes through the 3x3's so I could run the bolts through the mounting holes in the box, through the 3x3's, then through the bed itself....otherwise the bolts themselves would have been exposed.

Then I bolted er' on.....done..... from unpacking the cover to installed it took about 2 hours by myself.....easy job

Works like a charm and sits higher than normal..... Which I love as there's now enough room UNDER the box for 3 milk crates to barely slide under the box..... makes the space WAY more useful.....

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Old 01-20-2020, 03:33 PM   #25
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I'm a "from a distance" painter/carpenter, etc, However, all in all, it came out pretty good and saved me over a grand.....plus the toolbox is substantially larger than those that are professionally manufactured....and sell for a mint.

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