I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, since a) I had never used a dash kit before, and b) it's always impossible to know exactly how a deck is going to look until you actually get it in. Nevertheless, it was time for the factory AM/FM/Cassette to go away.
On to the results. I used a Scosche dash kit with a JVC deck; here's the day detail so you can see the kit itself:
It was a good fit and well-engineered for the truck. All you see of the kit is the thin uprights on the sides and the pocket. It took some trimming of the kit (as designed, it fits multiple vehicles) and of the bezel (the top lip had to be trimmed off to allow the radio to fit with the pocket).
Then, the night shot:
Near perfect match on the dash lighting, which is one of the reasons I chose that particular deck. I can probably get it right on if I fiddle with it some more. Sounds much better than factory, even without changing speakers. Not that improving on FM and cassette is a high bar to clear.
So, a pretty successful installation that wasn't a huge hassle, it looks good and I'm happy with it.
Now if someone could tell me how to change the color of that foglight switch to match I'd be thrilled - it came out of a newer ranger after Ford changed to green lighting.