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Firearms / Re: Sadly parting with a Beretta BL-4 Over/Under.
« on: May 28, 2015, 02:12:45 PM »

Firearms / Sadly parting with a Beretta BL-4 Over/Under.
« on: May 28, 2015, 02:09:02 PM »
If anyone is interested here, I'm offering first takers at my lowest price of $600. It is in amazing shape and I have a whole zip folder full of photos. Here are some of the highlights:

Hide Site / Re: Hide/bugout site build thread
« on: May 20, 2015, 04:15:29 PM »
Ya see, it's funny because we were talking about a hole... for crap... and it's a big hole... :o

Firearms / Re: How to... Scribble- Monty Python quotes and stuff
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:44:48 PM »
5 is right out!

Hide Site / Re: Hide/bugout site build thread
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:42:33 PM »
Guess I'm a little late on my contributions; good call on the privy, like the idea of the metal buildings, and I'm willing to bet that Amish wood might even outlast steel.

Hide Site / Re: Hide/bugout site build thread
« on: May 20, 2015, 11:58:11 AM »

3' X 3' X 3-4'

lined walls with PT lumber

Lets let the boys hand dig it...builds character!

Weekend a no-go me thinks cause of the weather (Rain)
Food for thought. That is not a real deep hole. Not sure on intended duration for use, drainage and soil makeup.
If it's just a short term thing it will probably suffice, but for long term I'd want to go deeper. Also if you keep paper products out of it, the natural process is more efficient and effective. Septabs I think is what I put in mine a couple times a year to get it working, probably other variants to do the same.
These are not something you want to deal with too many times, I need to redo the original at my cabin this year. No idea how deep it was, 20 years old or so. I'm planning on 4 x 4 x 7-8 deep.

And yes, character building project.  :D

Trust the man that does this on the regular. I've also done these along the pacific crest trail as part of an Eagle Scout project. for long term staying power, 6' min is my recommendation. We had to help each other out of our holes.

Hide Site / Re: Hide/bugout site build thread
« on: May 20, 2015, 11:51:30 AM »
hey now, I think there are a few of us on here that would have absolutely no problem using that fine building as long as we didn't have to utilize a mixture of mogas and jp-8 to burn what it was that  we evacuated from our systems........  ;D

we all know that MRS flyin6 will never, ever, be asked to conduct such duties, but on the other hand, I  think we have many such vol-in-tolds for such a mission......... :o

I am guessing such folks like
the flyin 6 pre-rangers
the dustoff pre-ranger
the guy from the land of Obama (mike, still love yah!)
that electrician guy from mass
I think there is a guy from LA/TX that does a lot of heavy equipment stuff (ash)
the guy that used to own great lakes off road and is now taking some family time (shawn)
we have a suit from TX (R/N)

oh what the heck, everybody gets a turn doing this!

I think that looks like a perfectly good waste of fuel. what's wrong with a pit septic? I'll help dig the hole, but not eager to smell that barbecue!

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: May 19, 2015, 12:55:05 PM »
How about an adjustable cross member at the corners, like a tie rod? lateral strength at the corners increased to resist angled impact, threaded tie rod end adjusters to keep the corners from warping in. it's my experience that the "memory" of heated steel is pretty hard to forget. you could make infinite adjustments this way.

Build Threads / Re: Sam's 2006 LBZ front bumper
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:18:03 AM »
2nd on the Raptor liner. Nylon bristle brush, soap and water, get someone else to do it, and your bumper will look about the same 10 years later as it did day one ;)

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:14:17 AM »
Updated on the Trailering forum:

Turns out the truck originally had a 5th wheel hitch and an auxiliary wiring harness for trailering. This was unplugged from the main outlet at the bumper when the bumper was replaced and never re-connected. When I connected it, I assumed that it was the correct plug for the job but I was mistaken. 5 min into my stop at the shop they had me all fixed up. I MIGHT have somehow figured this out on my own but without the prior 5th wheel hitch conversation I doubt it. I probably would have chased the wiring back to the main harness and eventually pulled and re-wired the 7 pin out of frustration. Got lucky on this one.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: 7 pin wiring issues
« on: May 18, 2015, 04:36:47 PM »
If I had to guess, I would say they might have had issues with the truck turn light housing, and I bet those wires run up to it.

It had a 5th wheel in a previous life and was hooked up with an additional wiring harness that was NLA. Got the right plug in the right terminal and voila.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: 7 pin wiring issues
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:36:44 PM »
Scratch that...just looked at an 03 wiring schematic. The left and rt turn (yellow and green) come straight from the flasher module. There might be a reason they tied into that wire. You might try cutting those blue ones.

I thought of that, but had to drive the truck into work today and it was already 9:30pm. didn't want to be without signals for the 40 mile commute if something didn't work out right. I'm taking a look at things again at the shop here at lunch. the funny thing is there are two, smaller blue wires from two separate looms tied into one spade fitting on the yellow wire of the trailer harness. no idea why they did this. it's heat shrunk and insulated well, so it looks to be professional, but no explanation for sure.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: 7 pin wiring issues
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:16:18 PM »
bulb socket is good. hooked up another rig and confirmed the issue lies w/ the new truck. swapped bulbs to be sure and consistent left side only issues. blinker fires, runners light, but brakes only on passenger side. ran a lead tester on the driver's side terminal at the connector on the bumper and came up w/ the same. power with blinker but no brakes on left side only. I should also point out that it's the only wire out of the loom and spliced to other smaller blue wires.

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / 7 pin wiring issues
« on: May 18, 2015, 12:03:44 PM »
On my '03 LB7 I have a wiring problem. running lights, check. Left and right turn signals, check. RR brake light check. LR brake light?  I have power from the yellow wire when the blinker is flashing, but not when the brakes are applied. what gives? Any ideas or experiences with this?

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 18, 2015, 11:15:20 AM »
Hope it stays that way...

If not, check your crankshaft and camshaft position sensors and connections. Sometimes those fail, or wires chafe/disconnect from harness, etc. In the worst case from what i've read, could be reluctor wheel coming loose... but i hope it's just a fluke from a misfire or something after your fuel filter change.

Wiring looks clean, and for an OH truck, very little corrosion in the engine compartment. However I am now dealing with a 7 pin that lets the left blinker work, but has no power when the brakes are applied, left side only. I spent a couple hours last night chasing the wires back w/ a lead tester and can only say that the brake in continuity is beyond the harness coupling, so either the wrong wire's hooked in and the brake wire isn't even playing with us, or the short is somewhere between the ECM and the trailer harness. anyone ever experience this?

Left blinker works, brake light doesn't. running lights work.

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:59:07 AM »
Tate, the one on the front of the engine is not a bleed screw, it is where you hook up a pressure tester to check how much psi you have on the high pressure side.

Ah, that makes more sense. however it did facilitate the starting of said "run dry" truck, so I now dub it the "Multi-purpose fuel pressure/get crappy air out of the fuel" port.  ::)

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:56:13 AM »
I think I did a writeup on my build thread over on Duramax Forums about diesel fuel additives.

The best by far is soybean derived oil found in some B20-B100 fuels. Nothing else comes close to the lubricity found in that bean. Lubricity, or the lack of it is the problem with the HPFP failures we are seeing everywhere, particularly in the 4 banger TDI VWs. Also in the 6.4L Ford using the CP4A HPFP.

The best additive you can buy for lubricity is Optilube XPD. I buy it in 5 gal pails. I have noted it reduces fuel mileage by a point to a point and a half. But the SCAR tests show virtually no wear occurring at the piston/bore interface in the HPFP.

The Cat filter seems the best. Air Dog bases need modification to run that filter. I detailed that as well in my D-Max build thread

That has been logged and stored in my noodle. Thanks Don.

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:51:24 AM »
Not sure if anyone else mentioned it yet and assuming your truck is 4x4, there is a pump rub kit for the transfer case that is generally recommended to do.  I was planning to look into it but sold my truck to get the family hauler.  I had an 05 of basically the same truck.

That is the 1st major surgery I have planned:-) Did that on the Denali last year when I had the transmission rebuilt.


I find your curiosity thought provoking. I confess I don't ponder it as you do, to me, OK holes are in there as stress relief...Done, next subject, pass me a ham and cheese sandwich!

I recall that very odd pyramid stackup of holes in the rear "Hump" area of the frame. 8 holes each side. You may recall I just said, what the heck, and used all 8 of them for my upper air bag mount. No real reason I could see for them either, and if bothered me that they punched all those holes in what seemed to be a weak and stressed area. I felt I was doing good by essentially bolting in a "Truss" of sorts to giddy that area up some.

Anyway, you ponder these frames too much more and we're never going to see that truck, become a truck!

Where's Duane in all this? They seem like kindred spirits! ;)

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 14, 2015, 04:54:03 PM »
P0341 crankshaft position sensor. Had a small hiccup when I started it up and then the code threw. Cleared it, no issues since. I'm thinking air in the line caused a misfire, slowing down the crankshaft causing the code. No issues since.

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 14, 2015, 12:46:45 PM »
there is a Schrader with a black plastic cap on it. looks like AC line, but it's fuel on the front passenger side of the motor near the air filter housing. I pumped the piss out of the primer bulb, rinsed and repeated, but when I hit that Schrader all sorts of air and foamed fuel came out. after I got bubble free fuel from the Schrader and a hard pump on the primer bulb it fired right up. had I known that from the get go I would have saved about 1/2 hour.

what is the WIF and why do I need to order a wrench, is it unique GM stuff?

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 14, 2015, 12:29:06 PM »
Ironically I got to experience several 1sts yesterday. Remembered somewhere on the Duramax forum some posts about the DIC and fuel levels and something I didn't pay much attention to, shortly after coasting to a stop on the side of the hwy. The DIC lied to me. Told me I had 61 miles to empty. Told me I was cool, and doing fine. I think the DIC lies to make friends. He's not really mal-intentioned, but doesn't realize the chaos he causes.

several things learned:
Diesel gets everywhere, even when you're super careful, especially when it's raining.
There are TWO bleeder valves on the fuel system.
Knowing there are TWO bleeder valves on the system allow for ones forearms to be much less fatigued.
I will never drop below 1/4 tank, ever, again.

Lift pump is the next item on the check list. during that installation, a very careful and thorough check of the entire fuel line network will be performed to inspect for leaks and potential leaks.

Also, check engine light came on this AM; is this normal after running out of fuel due to residual air in the system? i'll be checking the codes at lunch, but thought I'd ask here as well.

Good times!

Faith Discussion / Re: Small prayer request
« on: May 13, 2015, 06:55:21 PM »
I'll be thinking about you guys. Been down that road too many times. Good Bless you and your family brother.

Faith Discussion / Re: emergency bible numbers
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:42:55 PM »
Don't give up on the window decal too soon; I'd sport a vinyl decal with that on the back window.

Faith Discussion / Re: Healing Request
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:41:42 PM »
Good grief! That business sucks for sure. I hope it's something innocuous like seasonal allergies and inflammation. May God bless and watch over you.

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 13, 2015, 04:15:08 PM »
That is a pretty slick idea on running the cleaner through it like that. I'll update as I get the map done and run a tank with the Howe's conditioner as well. Thanks for all the info/ideas, I'm going to be towing over the cascades this memorial day weekend and will give updates on that as well.

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 13, 2015, 02:00:48 PM »
Nice find

It may be far off, but the LBZ heads/injectors swap in there pretty easily I hear.

I haven't heard a lot of good news about the LB7 injector. Neighbor had a 01 LB-7 and he was constantly replacing injectors in it.

Other than that, it should be a tank

Did some VIN# checking and determined it has been 100% updated in regards to any recalls, and injectors were replaced at 110k in '06 under warranty. I'm planning on running either some Power Service Diesel Kleen or Howe's to see if cleaning it up a bit internally takes care of my intermittent smoking issue. it's bluish white, and doesn't happen all the time which to me points to an injector or two "sometimes" sticking. Anyone had any experience, issues, with either of those additives?

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 12, 2015, 06:07:06 PM »
She's a keeper that's for sure. She nixed the original LMM I was driving for a while when economy dictated, but to be honest it was the right move. Now she felt like we could handle the costs better and I trust her judgment there; her mother was the fiscal specialist for the UW for 27 years.

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:48:36 PM »
Looks like no EGR for me, but that G80 is going to have to come out! Any other cool codes popping out at anyone that I should be aware of? Or is there a website where these codes can be deciphered?

found it: http://www.marshu.com/images-website/car/gm-firebird-camaro-rpo-car-door-manufacturer-codes/gm-firebird-camaro-GM-RPO-car-codes.pdf

Build Threads / Re: EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:18:51 PM »
Now that's the kind of stuff I'm looking for. I'll check the RPO codes tonight. Picking up Air and fuel filters this weekend as well as trans flush and oil change. I don't want to call it a "fluid change" and jinx myself. I heard something about the air horn intake swap, but I think that was in reference to an lly. This is an OH truck, so hopefully no EGR. Also, are there any bench tests for checking the oil for fuel in the case of bad injectors? Something about double rings on a paper towel? It has 238k on it. paid $12k. well, actually just traded in the denali, paid $2k in negative value and my payments are the same as before.

Build Threads / EL TATE'S 2003 LB7
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:49:27 PM »
I have been off the diesel train for a few years now, but am getting back on here PDQ. I have very little free time so this will be slooooow going, but I'm excited to dive back in. The wife surprised me a while back by trading in the 04 Yukon Denali and my 01 Pontiac Sunfire commuter POS while I was away training some of my distributors. She of course got herself a little something, (05 Passat 1.8L turbo). I took delivery this last Friday before mother's day after they finished doing the work she requested on it: new tailgate, color matched the fender flares, new rear bumper, (old one had been hit lightly, but ugly), media blasting and rust treatment and new undercoating sprayed on. It was missing the center console cup holder so I picked up that little guy off ebay for $40.00. I'm going to be doing new tires pretty soon as they are mis-matched and fairly worn out. I have a little white/blue smoke after longer freeway runs. Nothing visible when underway but after running warm for a while and then coming to an intersection so I'm expecting an injector job in my near future, but other than that it runs and sounds great, has plenty of power and looks like 1st tank is going to net me an avg of 18mpg, hand calculated of course.

So, who here has/had similar vehicles, what can I expect to deal with down the road, some positive stories as well as the nightmares are welcome. Looking forward to getting my hands dirty ;D

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: May 11, 2015, 07:02:13 PM »
actually allie is just like me and HUGE daddy,s girl. abby is starting to stand up on her on and do the furniture surfing thing. Kara is good loves her fridays home from work with the girls. i have a slight problem with dogs, well busgy more or less. he is not doubt written the escape plan for alcatraz. thats a story for another day. ya the earth was flat for a while for me and i vanished but never outta reach right nate? being back in the field is great but i never sit down in front of a computer. plus we went through a few sleep months of teething and sleep regressions and i almost filed for insanity.

Nice to have you floating about again!

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: May 08, 2015, 05:28:09 PM »
I am confused by the return of the bench seat.  I thought that was planned to be installed in the bed facing rearward?  Did you really hate the "racing" style seats that much?
Yes, I did not like the racing seats. I couldn't get in the truck because of the leg bolsters and steering wheel interference. Next the rib bolsters are small, for some girly Honda driving man, not a full sized creatine enhanced guy like me. Then the angles were all goofy.

I'll retask them somewhere. And this project evolves...After I put the bench in the bed, I then decided, derrrr!, I need space for extra fuel!

Anyway, I'm happy now, the truck seems to like the arrangement as well!

Put Recaro seats out of a VW GTI in the wagoneer and hated them every day after. Good call on retaining the bench.

Build Threads / Re: TEXAS SIZE JEEP.....
« on: May 08, 2015, 10:50:46 AM »
Whooo baby that looks like fun!

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: May 07, 2015, 04:41:50 PM »
Morgan says: OK to leave out with that hub. You're golden Pony Boy

Build Threads / Re: Jeep Advice Needed
« on: May 06, 2015, 02:17:28 PM »
Or you could fulfill my dream and make a Wagoneer version of Square D. Square W.  8) Honestly my '72  had a points distributor, battery, motor, heater, radio, lights. All stripped down to simple wires w/ inline fuses, and simple relays. it was a full framed tank that went anywhere, seated 6 and had enough room in the engine compartment for two CBT's. Trimmed fenders and a simple spring over axle swap allowed for 35" tires w/ minimal lift, and in border states they are popular wheeling rigs w/ the Mexicans. (I sell them tons of parts for them). that's my $1.50 worth.

40SW is a solid round. Just as potent as a 45 with all the new loads. I also have a nice folding carbine for it that uses the same glock mags (oh and a Roni)

308 is great since you can still hit well out to 1000 yards and you don't need 2 shots like a 556. I also have 300AAC which is the AR in 308.

12ga is in a class of its own. Few other weapons can stop you with just the sound of it being racked.


Exactly my opinion of the 12ga. Hopefully wife won't have to shoot anyone with that and the dog barking.

Hide Site / Re: Groundbreaking Day
« on: May 04, 2015, 02:08:17 PM »
That, my friend, is a good lookin' spread there. Congratulations. Aesthetics aside, I wish my garage was separated, just for fire safety.

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Re: Dana/Spicer Parts haul
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:12:10 PM »
Tate you know if the bolts that hold the case halves together are special to the no-spin or? I am not sure I like how much bolt material has been removed for the safety wire.

So.... I could take the Dana 70 35 spline Detroit side gears, toss them in the 60 Detroit, and toss it in the front axle. Fairly sure they are the same between lockers except for spline count. Or I could take the Dana 70 Detroit and with a few aftermarket parts toss it in the front 60 along with the Dana 70 R&P thus having effectively a 70 front. Which might be the best approach given my ability to break most anything.

Any thoughts?

what year was your front end? you probably have 35 spline inners now and 30 spline outers. the bolts I believe are standard thread, grade 8. most likely able to be sourced at a hardware supply outfit. safety wire is cool and all, but I see what you're getting at. those holes are pretty big. And you have to line them up just right, which means that case better be machined like the space shuttle if the torque load is going to be even steven.

Nice work on the frozen stud there JR. Ah the selectro hubs. Fine pieces of garbage eh? you DO have some GM or other model dodge hubs for that housing right?

Build Threads / Re: Ram 1500 Eco Diesel
« on: May 01, 2015, 02:48:07 PM »
Looks very nice Duane. I've heard good reviews on those things.

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Re: Dana/Spicer Parts haul
« on: April 29, 2015, 11:52:44 AM »
When my wife gets around to it and spends how ever long it takes her to go through all the Spicer books and find if possible what stuff fits, most all of it will be for sale. I will keep you guys in mind first for sure.

Ok Tate here you go...

If I don't have a Dana 70 Power Lock sitting on my shelf already from something 35 spline I will be bugging you about those side gears. Although I still really would prefer a Grizzly in front. Much as I like the Power Lok I don't like how it steers the front when running in 2x4 with the hubs locked. That's something I do a lot.

The above said, a Power Lok would be plenty of front diff for this application. It's not a rock crawler.

that is D60-354 as you said, and does in fact appear to be an older Detroit locker/no spin. Good find.

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Re: Dana/Spicer Parts haul
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:56:05 PM »
So I load the rims up and go to pay him and he asks if I need any 4x4 parts. So naturally I am interested so he takes me to this old building the roof is falling in on and it's so dusty and dark I could barely see. He says "it's all for sale"

A few things I acquired.  That's dust not rust....

The above are a 35 spline Dana 70 Detroit Locker and a Dana 60 Power-Lok 4.10 carrier/30 spline. The DL is brand new and the power_lok is according to the box a warranty replacement.

Also for those that know their axle junk we acquired this... anyone know? Tate no cheating  LoL

Next post....

I have a set of 35 spline internals for that powerlock, nudge nudge.

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Re: Dana/Spicer Parts haul
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:55:14 PM »
Now the one I am unsure of a bit is this one....


that looks like either a late model dana 70 or d80 Track lock. it has the 4 pin design like the power lock and would be but the cross pins are fixed in the case. get me the number on the side of the ring gear; it will read like this. DANA X-12345. Or check splines on the axle side gears. 32, dodge d70. 35-37 d80.

Build Threads / Re: SquareD Part 6 Starting to finish!!!
« on: April 27, 2015, 05:45:14 PM »
Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be fabricators...make em be pilots 'n nco's 'n such.

Hide Site / Re: Hide/bugout site build thread
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:28:02 PM »
Got a regular Paul Bunyan over here! Looks like no-one had any fun at all either. Any ducks on that pond?

Powerplant, Driveline, and Braking / Re: GM 14 bolt build for the Sub.
« on: April 09, 2015, 10:33:11 AM »
check the flywheel & cam gear for tiny cracks at the valleys of the teeth. most common failure.

I'm also an idiot and gave you the wrong part number on the limited slip. and you are also right in the fact that that you cannot run a grizzly with a Gov loc case, you would need a standard open case to put it in. YDGGM14T-3-30-1 is the right number on the Duragrip, but I was just informed they will not be available until mid June... cue "price is right loser music", wha wha wha wha, whaaaaaaaaaaaaa. at this time the eaton, EAT19689, (just like the duragrip) or the true trac, (like JR's front, TT 915A545) is available. or find yourself an open case, stick a grizzly in there and adjust your driving style to the locker.

I just came across this:


3.55 ratio R&P gears for a 10.5 inch 14 bolt...

incorrect. the photo is 14t, but 3.55 was never an option for that axle. either a miscount on the teeth, 41-11 is 3.73, 41-12 is 3.42, 41-10 4.10 etc. or he has used a stock photo of a 14t, 10.5 and confused his diff. GM's ran 10.5 dana 70 hd's as well and dealers will often tell customers that they have a "10.5" and the customer then assumes 14t, not 10 bolt dana 70hd. I would contact the seller and verify tooth count and pilot brg jrnl at the end of the pinion gear prior to ordering.

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: April 07, 2015, 06:57:40 PM »
I can imagine your taste buds were yearning for some good old American hog after a while. I do Lamb pretty spaced out since it's gamey and the family balks, but wild duck, smoked Canadian goose breast, or pan roasted quail and pheasant are what I would eat every day given the chance. some rabbit on the weekends would make me smile.

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