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Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:24:21 PM »
quick bearing/seal install while waiting for warmer weather tomorrow. hoping to get the housing painted so i can be ready for carrier install once in/lb dial indicator torque wrench shows up. along with new lower kingpin bearing plates. old ones showed wear i didn’t see during tear down. got a set of spicers coming my way.  should be here friday.

i’ll just do one side for length.. but you get the idea.

this is simply the old race for the lower bearing. always handy to keep something around that has the correct OD

standard seal driver

aaaand done. took about 15 min. sure is nice being able to turn it upside down  :grin:

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:09:20 AM »
Nice work so far. Are you going with the spring caps or preload?

springless hi/crossover steering. they have a center ‘set bolt’ that applies preload on the bushing. the kit came with bronze ones. but i’m debating on using just the nylon ones from spicer. just odd putting metal on metal on a turning surface. but.. i guess all greased up its fine.

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 07:57:01 PM »
thanks for the kind words.

and yes, the 2nd gen cummins axles were a 3 piece shaft. so the passenger side had a crazy box with a vacuum disconnect that slid a collar locked it to the far passenger side shaft. odd.

.. and they’re ball joint. so double whammy no go. hahah

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:47:06 PM »
What they made a CAD D60?  Was that some kind of TNR special edition or something?

center axle disconnect. mid 90s dodges were equipt with them. 2nd gen cummins. they’re kind of junk..

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:39:31 PM »
since it may be warm enough to paint tomorrow, i wanted to get what might need rolling and turning out of the way. so in went lower king pin bearing races and dust shields.

it didn’t call or any.. but i figured what the heck, RTV can’t be that bad on a somewhat (in my head) seal surface.

back upright, king pins.

in case anyone was wondering.. this is what 600ft lbs looks like without a $1200 torque wrench. hahah

also, just for reference, this offset mark is the difference between tighter than anything known to man and hand tight. not even alittle kidding. made this mark while taking off the old ones, so i figured i might as well use it for reference while tightening to an unholy level.

i put the new king pins in hand tight, retarded the mark the same amounted the one, and set to work with archimedes’ lever in an attempt to move the world.

this is the result

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:02:55 PM »
good thing i don’t anticipate doing any CAD 60s and such. hahaha just stick with the king pins and ford 60s

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:46:24 AM »
the insides of my were terrible. rust scale and oily sand from when it was blasted as well. but when i saw those seals i was sold.

i got spicer spindle nuts. it said ford f-350, but if im not mistaken they were all the same part number. i just wanted the ones with the pin on the washer and not the fold down ears.

hopefully those will be going in shortly.. with pics to follow or course. hahah

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: January 22, 2019, 08:50:19 AM »
ohh for goodness sake.. leave the man alone. he’s just trying to get a reliable grocery getter. no need to get into TTs and centrifugal blowers on an LS.

ohh wait. did i say that out loud?   :cheesy:

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:16:09 AM »
well.. i did find (and purchased) a set of external axle seals for the 60 to keep junk out of the tubes (mostly dust and rain/warer) the truck will most likely never see ‘mud’ up that high, but dirt roads/trails possibly. and obviously rain while driving. company name is Seals-it. i’ll have some pics of them later. i may shoot a coat of clear on them to compare and  see which finish i like better (satin or crystal clear)

and yes, torque king is where i bought the tool from. sounded high when i was looking, but i’m telling you..after last night and seeing how easy/effortless it was, very glad to have had it. may end up sound the ones on the kaiser next just hyde he’s getting some gear oil seapage after driving in 4x4 for a bit and sitting in a slight angle. just out  the drivers side. and not a ton. but.. i don’t like leaks. lol

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 21, 2019, 09:44:36 PM »
i wanted to give it some detail under there. even though i’m most likely the only person to ever look under there. hahah. just needed some touches of color to offset the black hole that is the underside of a 1 ton truck.

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:29:13 PM »
decided to do a quick job before dinner. i figured i was done in the axle so far as cleaning was concerned.. so in went inner axle seals.

 before. completely bare minus bearing races

empty seal surface

test fit, just to make sure i had the right ones. hahah

questionably the best $130 (came with seals as well..) i’ve ever spent. i know it sounds like a lot for a simple tool, but when i tell you it took longer to write this post than install both inner axle seals.. you’ll get one too.

the retainer pin comes off when using. just helps hold the slide end on when in storage.

slip it in place, snug up the nut

2 adjustable wrenches to hold bolt and turn nut.. and you’re off to the races.

30 seconds later.. with 2 peaks to make sure it didn’t go too far, you’re done

what they look like on the new inner shaft/seal surfaces

and the other side

total time.. in 25° temps. about 15 min. that was with taking pics and keeping up with a dog. hahah

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 21, 2019, 05:04:53 PM »
in case anyone was wondering what part # the U joints were.

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:59:02 PM »
start off with some comparisons.

old, worn out 30 spline outer vs new spicer 35 spline upgraded outer.

now.. for the new shiny :cool:

new u joints being installed in between new inners and outers.

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 09:00:49 PM »
Sure is starting to look like an oil change Chief. Please don’t fire me

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i was quietly thinking the same thing..

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 04:39:05 PM »
both 35 spline outers, short side inner, pinion yoke, seal, nut and spindle nuts.

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 04:35:20 PM »
i appreciate the kind words and confidence. i’m really just waiting to hear from the guy with a response. either way, i think i’ll end up with a good power plant.

now that it’s clean and in the shop, it can just sit until a resolution is decided upon.

but, yesterday was a big for for the 60. USPS finally managed to not destroy the box (happened once before) so my pass side inner axle shaft, 35 spline outers and pinion yoke/seal/nut and upgraded pinned spindle nuts/washers arrived. the drivers side inner was already here so it was primed and painted. now the other 3 are hung, primed as painted as well. needed to get them done so i can assemble later this week.

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:14:58 AM »
no sir. i don’t need it tomorrow or anything. i just wish i knew how many miles were actually on it. bc the last one i looked at and got close getting one that had 440k instead of 140k as the owner thought. but it has 200ish K on it 3 years ago too. but fortunately was kept up with at the DMV and such. but this one hasn’t had a thing recorded since 2015. so..good and bad? from 2012 to 2015 it only had 15k put on it..

i just don’t know. i wanted to just get a good low mileage runner that just needed up and down pipes. EGR delete and intake. and modified harness.

still awaiting the sellers response. i’ll contact him maybe mid week if i haven’t heard back.

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:09:09 AM »
my dad got rocky mountain spotted fever from one maybe 15 years ago. put him down real hard. and i had a buddy in school (forestry major.. so lots of woods time) who got lyme disease and can’t eat anything that walks on the ground (has to swim or fly..) or he reacts badly to it. alphagal i think it’s called.

Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 10:05:43 AM »
we got a set of 18x9s for the kaiser that are anodized aluminum with 8 bullerholes in it. really clean and simple.  pretty sure they’re Ion 170B. i’ll see if i can find a pic of just the rims

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 20, 2019, 09:38:35 AM »
I’m still unsure how you can look up the vehicle history from a VIN with only the last 8? The last 6 are just a serial number. Digit 10 is the year, 11 is the factory city code, and 12-17 are the serial.

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with the last 8 on the machined surface begin engine oil filter on the allison trans, i took them to a chevy dealer and gave it to the parts guy. with that he gave me the other 9. which i then took and ran a carfax on.

i’m just kind of at a loss as to what to do right now. waiting to hear back from the guy and his uncle about swapping it back out with a better motor with a vid and a VIN before picking it up. all the while i’d keep what i already have as collateral (potentially..)

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 19, 2019, 07:28:25 PM »
last 8 of VIN are found on the trans and engine (only found the ones on trans at this point) contacted the guy again about taking it back with the understanding he’s looking for another LBZ and once he does he has it sold as well (to me. providing i hear it run and have VIN run before that.. i keep the other one until that happens) we shall see what he says. that’s the pivotal point. time will tell. will keep you posted

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 19, 2019, 07:02:12 AM »
i’ve already brought it to his attention. he still stands by it saying 160k when he pulled it. and if that were the case i’d be ecstatic. but as it stands now, the VIN i have shows 233 in 2015. nothing since. so i really have no idea how many miles are on it. i havent asked about swapping it back out.. but i know he did want it for a project truck at one point. i just wanted to ask opinions before going that route. i wish there was a way to know. i mean.. i guess it couldnt really have been on the road much without inspection or anything since 2015. i know the mileage is only stored in the cluster. which has been long gone. and i’m just trusting him that it does have 160 instead of 223 and that carfax is wrong..

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:19:46 PM »




now.. with all the pesky pics out of the way, i’ve run into a pickle. found the VIN. ran car fax, doesn’t have 160k as stated by owner. is showing 232k in 2015.


1: keep it and say to heck with numbers. looks good and may be just fine.

2: see if seller will take it back for purchase price and find another

3: sell it and the trans he let me take for profit and never talk to him again..  :police:

but really.. any and everyone with real life duramax experience, any and all input is appreciated greatly.

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:06:22 PM »
my engine won’t be that clean. but exterior should be close  :beercheers:

i want the engine bay to appear factory with the hood popped. minus that pesky EGR and such. clean turbo intake and engine intake. with a 3” downpipe. much skinnier wiring harness. and no blower box on the fire wall.. hah

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 17, 2019, 06:20:53 PM »
not a whole lot done the last day or so. been working on shop maintenance mostly. but i did cobble together an engine dolly to be able to move the drive train around with ease. narrow end will hold the trans cross member and have some lags from the top to keep it from wobbling. wider/taller side should land just under the upper oil pan on a flat spot (where it’s currently resting). may have to notch the wood some to get it to sit correctly. but you get the idea.

also managed to get the fan and shroud off. multiple reasons. wanted to get at the front/lower section of the engine for cleaning and also turn the crank. which it does. thankfully. made 1 full unobstructed revolution with good compressing (no numbers obviously.. just arm tested it. haha)

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:48:09 PM »
dang .. did i do something wrong?

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:44:15 PM »
what i started with. 6 bolt round NP205 32 spline long input. had already been rebuilt with new bearings and seals.

so of course i completely dismantle it and..

sand blast all the paint off. wrong color. hahah

now with that pesky black out of the way, time to get back on track

self etching primer

massey ferguson gray for utilitarian as well as aesthetic purposes. will go well with what was planned..

SRW dana 60 on the cheap (will soon find out why..)

big box of goodies from a buddy in CA

bling on the 205

female/female 29 spline coupler for the.. trans  :beercheers:

nearly finally shot of the rear (sans E brake)

forgot to order a 32 spline front output shaft.. so back apart it came to swap ofer and reinstall

clearance for twin stick cables and e brake disk.. that was a close one

front done with new 32 spline output and drive flange, adjustable shift rail detents and twin stick rails

tapped diff housing for breather

and customizing a custom part. needed a vent hole for the 205 since the old one will me directly under the E brake mechanism and no longer a viable source. this is the plug built for the speedo gear block off.

cleaned and painted knuckles

and hubs

speedo/tapped vent plug and VSS machined hole in output bearing housing

used to be a stabilizer shock there.. no more

i did this color combo.. what do y’all think?


and now the moment i’ve been waiting for.. unveiling the heart of this beast. been a year long search and some real close calls with some. but the wait is over and (fingers crossed) worth it.

2007 LBZ with supposedly 160k on the clock. 2wd 6 speed allison at the moment but will soon be 4wd thanks to some clever negotiation and good luck. took a good 5 speed 4wd allison from same seller to swap out output housings and make the 6 a 4wd and 5 a 2wd (he has a 2wd LLY dually he wants a spare for and i needed a 4wd 6 speed. all should be corrected and returned to him shortly..

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:00:08 PM »
i have a chevy dana 60 i’m working on getting back together at the moment. crossover/ hi steer with 4” lift. somewhere between 35” and 37” worth of nitto G2s will go under it. completely rebuilt 6 bolt round NP205 with all the goodies. just found my drivetrain..  :laugh:

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:32:30 PM »
man it’s going to take awhile to upload these pics.. hahah

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:28:59 PM »

Build Threads / Re: 3+3 2500
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:25:19 PM »
man this one was awhile ago too! fortunately i have some pics to show as well..

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:16:32 PM »
maybe this

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:22:19 PM »
if anyone would kindly inform me of how to post directly here.. i’ll be more than happy to post as many as you’d like. hah

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:02:40 PM »
i’m not dead and neither is the kaiser!!

hopefully this works..


Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:04:26 AM »
low blows guys. low blows.


been pretty busy with these hurricanes in the SE, bit hoping stuff slows down to where he can complete it soon. needs some weatherproofing. and sound deadening. but it's pretty good so far. seems to move itself well and the trans is proving to be ok. LU and OD function on switches, but he's already said he wants to move to a stand alone controller. lol. i knew that wouldn't take long.

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 09, 2017, 09:29:35 AM »
Can't you just do it for the sake of all the viewers here? And for the future ones to come? And maybe a bottle of good bourbon?

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you make a convincing argument.

but nothing settles an arguenent  like benjamins hahhahaah

speaking of the name that isn't to be spoken, where is that honkin 1st gen of his..?

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:14:51 PM »
did i miss the hourly rate too..

yea.. that's gotta be in there too. hahah

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:32:39 PM »
hey.. i wouldn't mind doing that. provided i was supplied with sufficient amounts of bacon and booze. anything is possible!!

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 08, 2017, 06:16:03 PM »
it runs amazing. had to adjust the tappet cover gasket slightly bc of a leak, but i think it's all good now. and had to barely snug up an injection line bc of fuel leak. but it's good now from what i can tell.

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 08, 2017, 01:20:35 PM »
that's what i thought i was trying. pasting the URL in the insert image icon..

but wyo got it uploaded somehow. lol

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:37:08 AM »
i thought i was. i copied the URL and tried to link it on the forum, and got nothing.

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 02, 2017, 06:17:23 PM »
well.. flickr doesn't work for photos. crap

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: September 02, 2017, 06:16:11 PM »

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 27, 2017, 10:08:29 PM »
she lives!!

once i can come up with a way to post some vids and pics, i will.
but for now.. know that a heart beats and the kaiser drives on its own!

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:42:09 AM »
back together. and back at the trans shop to have them install the filter extension and trans temp bung that they didn't install the first time around. so.. once that's done i'll set the idle with the optical tach i ordered, install a 1quart stainless steel overflow tank and hook up some trans switches for OD and LU..

stay tuned!

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:03:09 PM »
i'm sure i can get it from the builder.

update: she's alive. amazing oil pressure. runs great (according to my dad)

65-70 psi idle.
90ish at rev.

i think my dad is ecstatic

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 10, 2017, 01:52:29 PM »
yea. i'm looking forward to hearing it again/seeing the oil pressure come back.

the cam is 'stock' but not to a 12 valve diesel. lol. interested to see how it does myself. i think it'll be awesome. interested to see what kinda mileage we get too. anything over 16-17 will be amazing. guy i know has a 12 valve swapped excursion on 35s with 3.54s and knocks down 24 mph on the hwy..

my dad got the plug up there and took about 3 seconds to put in. last i heard they have the pumped timed at 16.25* and reassembling everything to fire it up.. again.

my dad took the rad core support up so it can be plumbed with the radiator we have along with the IC and intake horn that it'll have on it in the truck.

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:17:14 PM »
yes sir. came out of an LP engine so it has alittle different intake and exhaust lift/duration. (apparently cummins makes an LP engine with spark plugs instead of injectors and a distributor run off the cam/crank with fuel injected in to intake horn..?) either way.. he said it would let it breathe alittle better. he's done a couple at school/in his class like that i believe.

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:06:40 PM »
20psi is plenty for all the low end components.. which were what was creating the pressure anyway. the pushrods and rockers only see slight movement at their intersections, and it was only for 30 sec. the cam is what is super crucial, and it was a 'used' cam that checked out great when inspected.

but you're absolutely right. the first little bit of a gas motor running esp with a new cam are very important. the guy didn't seem to think that we're were any issues at all with it doing what it did. could and would have been had he not caught it, or knew where to look. we will see..

Build Threads / Re: M715.9
« on: August 10, 2017, 11:50:44 AM »
so.. engine was cranked yesterday. fired right up. ran strong. no leaks.. or so he thought. 

had the oil pressure gauge hooked up. only get 20 at idle. 25 at rev. ran for 30 sec or so. didn't change at all. he shut it down.. sat down and was sick.

looked under the valve covers. not getting oil to a couple rockers. weird.

thought about it.. called another buddy who builds engines. asked if he has any issues like this before. the guy immediately asks who did the machine work. he told him, to which the other builder replied 'last one he did for me, he left the oil journal freeze plug out of the tappet galley' (where push rods go up from cam to rockers)

so.. my guy pulled the pump and tappet cover in about 45 min and found out it was indeed gone. which was just letting oil ooze out of the oil journal and not pushing it up to the rockers OR allowing oil pressure to build.

called cummins by my house this morning and they had a couple. so my dad went to pick them up as well as fuel supply washers to replace the used ones and headed to greensboro to help install and break it in once it's all back together. will know this afternoon if it runs like it should..

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