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Dave, your mat looks great. Everything is spot on!

I used that same type of insulation on my 54. It was put in around 1999 and served me well. Untill I replaced my heater hoses a year ago and then I had antifreeze leaking onto my mat. I thought "oh no, my heater core is shot". But it turned out I didn't have the hose clamp tight enough. Anyhow it soaked my insulation and I had to throw half of it out. Also, anyhow, I had the aluminum side up. But I think I heard the aluminum side should go towards the heat source..... Google it.

Here's a tip. Cut the insulation at the left side of the battery cover so if you need access you can just flip it up.
 
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Does the grommet have a hole the whole way through?

Did you polish your keys? They look good. Is that the original light switch? Does the rheostat still work?
 
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Does the grommet have a hole the whole way through? Did you polish your keys? They look good. Is that the original light switch? Does the rheostat still work?
Yes, the hole goes all the way through the grommet. I have been very diligent about marking stuff, but for some reason this was not identified. The keys are original and yes I did polish them. The light switch is the original and as far as I know, it was working way back when. The truck hasn't been driven at night since before 1984.(since I have had it). I do not plan to glue down the heat shield. My plan is to trim the edges of the heat shield at the door and actually use Velcro on the rubber floor mat to keep it from moving at the doors. Just tossing that idea around. More research ahead.
 
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