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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:29:39 PM »
I know you're probably thinking "she looks pretty good to me!" If you are, you're missing the point of the build! This is the summer before his senior year! It's our last shot to do something before he blows off to lands far and wide! He's already talking pipelines and underwater welding or even the Navy, heaven forbid.


Peeling off the old trim... by golly I stuck that on there good!


Some grease monkey pornography!

The make a wish kid even jumped in to help turn some screws out! (Y'all take a moment to lift him up. He had his scan this week and they located a spot on his lower spine that wasn't there before. I'm not ready to worry but it's definitely worrisome. We go back to the STL in five weeks for more scans, testing and a spinal tap)


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Build Threads / The Reclamation of Blue
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:20:20 PM »
Blue is a 1987 Chevy C10. 350 tbi 400 turbo.  She belonged to my dad first and then me. When I was 18 I took my eldest boy (the one in the pics) home from the hospital in it and restored it in the barn shortly thereafter. Was around 2000.

I tell you what! Tearing her down today was like opening a time capsule for me. I couldn't help but reminisce the entire time. Not sure I'm going to be able to get through this without shedding a few tears along the way.

Plans are constantly changing. I know she's going to be a work kit truck so we will keep that in mind! I don't want to pour gobs of cash into it just yet because, well it belongs to a teenager and that is asking for trouble and heartaches. I know it's going to be just perfect when she's done. I'm kicking around the idea of doing a sort of faux petina on her to match the real petina and then preserving it with some satin clear.

Without further ado here is day 1. Forgive the lack of technical pictures here. I don't want to spend the whole build behind my camera lens. For the most part the pictures will just tell our story along the way! Trackin'?


Here we are yanking her out of the weed, past the chicken coop and into the garage!

Quick 360


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Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 4
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:58:03 PM »
Scored a new set of screwdrivers for like $5 from Northern Tool. Magnetic tips and all, I own two sets of these and they work well

Oh oh! Those orange ones! Don't leave them out in the sun! The UV bakes all the hardener out of them and the handles turn to rubber. Then they twist inside the handle and they're done for!

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:32:29 PM »
Which way are the thumbs?




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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:50:28 PM »
So on a whim before my road trip to "the city" I decided to install the steering damper and JR's throttle body spacer.

The steering damper is AWESOME! The spacer will be determined tomorrow on the fill up. I also ground off some lip on the throttle body valve because it's a free country and it looked restrictive!

It seems to have a little more power on the top end. On the low end it just sounds a little different.


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:46:00 PM »
In the processes of trying to locate a clogged washing machine drain. All I know is that this drain does not run into the septic tank. It has its own line on a different side of the house, into what I'm assuming is a dry well. So I am wondering, should I cut the line here at the elbow and keep going with the shovel or go rent a mini-ex and replace the whole thing? I have no idea how long or where the line goes from this point. I'm leaning towards the mini.



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Its not uncommon for people to discharge grey water away from the septic to keep the volume down.  Legality is suspect in certain jurisdictions, but if you know where the line ends, it may just be easier to replace as that looks like a 2 inch pipe?

Also keeps the brown from backing up in to the gray!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:12:41 PM »
Well he made it! And so did we! My oldest step-son.... pretty proud of him! Guess he will take it from here!



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Nice.  How many to go?
8!
My oldest next year, oldest girl the next, then two year break

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:11:27 PM »
Congrats to the graduate!

What's next for him?
Missouri State! Pre-law!

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: May 14, 2017, 10:59:16 PM »
Well he made it! And so did we! My oldest step-son.... pretty proud of him! Guess he will take it from here!



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 14, 2017, 09:30:43 PM »
So I came up with a list of to-do's! Unfortunately or fortunately however you want to describe it, A new build is about to be amongst us. We will call it "Old Blue to Yeller". My second oldest boy is about to be seventeen this summer and we are going to slick up my old blue 1987 Chevrolet SCLB 2wd. The truck belonged to my dad and I restored it when I was 17 or 18'sh and drove the wheels off of it. Anyways, it's time to send it down the line. So look for the new thread in the next day or so!

Back to Tina and the list!
-Steering damper
-My new throttle body spacer, Thanks to JR and another mod to the throttle body
-drivers door pins/bushings
-I am going to un-install the mirrors and rebuild them/paint them and re-install
-I am going to finish rust inhibiting and undercoating the frame
-passenger's side door handle and both interior door handle trims
-I am going to retrofit some kind of LED light source into the manual map lights because I can't for the life of me find any bulbs with hook and hoop fastener
-HD front brake kit, HD rear brake kit, fluid flush etc...
-I am thinking about plugging in a second battery, since there is a hole for it and all.
-Bigger alternator and something called a "big 3" conversion to beef up the battery and ground cables.

At some point I am going to contact the fund appropriation committee about  setting up an acquisition proceeding on the powerhouse/running gear swap! But that will be a while. I'm not really sure why I am dumping so much dough in an 18 year old truck, but the kids are enjoying it!

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Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 4
« on: May 14, 2017, 09:10:55 PM »
And now comes the funny part.

My Frau kept complaining that her feet hurt.

One glance and I discovered why


She has done this several times in the past. Most notable was the time she left the house with a heel and a flat!

No, I have no idea how someone could do that!!!

Im not sure how she got her toe nail polish to match her "capris" (clam diggers, short pants, jams, whatever they call them) either, but did you notice she is wearing two different sandals??

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:08:55 AM »
Yep, we need some pics. Did you guys know you can put the late model mirrors on those? I have even seen they are putting Kodiak door handles on!

Now wait, a 6ltr, 4L60 and 14bt?


No, I'm thinking 4L80e! But yes 6.0 vortec and 14bt with 4.10 gears!

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:28:04 AM »
before we know it, he's gonna be SAS, LBZ and heated leather seat swapping this bad boy. don't get me wrong.. i'd love to see it  :cool:
Honestly the more I drive it the more I think about a 6.0/4L80/14 bolt 4.10 "swap".

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:25:45 AM »
I like RockAuto. They have been on point as far as selection, price and shipping. Second to them it's LMC Truck, or good old OReilly! Thank you for following and welcome aboard! I'd love to see your 95' shaping up! Post a new thread! Here's my daughters 98-



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 11, 2017, 10:39:46 PM »

Turn indicator housings


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:25:32 PM »
Sorry! Guess it's not funny if you have to explain it!


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 08, 2017, 01:52:18 PM »
A Van?

Yes, took the hvac knobs off of my 08' express van and put them on the 98 Silverado.

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 08, 2017, 01:12:31 PM »
Upgraded the 08' express travel van with 98' Silverado knobs!

Ok, I kid! The other way around and new tunes!
Before-

After-

Pretty cool mod I think, for my Silverado anyways! We will see if the nanny notices the new knobs on the kiddie hauler!


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:32:31 AM »
Awesome how you wanna do this?


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 06, 2017, 08:57:36 PM »

Finally working on the patio...


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 06, 2017, 08:56:47 PM »


Got to tow a little bit today. Good thing my wife was with me because we had to put our feet out the door to get it stopped! But she pulled and handled it well! Was a pretty drastic change going from the duramax!

Definitely going to have to rebuild my old trailer though. Floor is done, need to wire my truck up for a brake controller and maybe think about a brake parts upgrade.


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 06, 2017, 08:53:00 PM »
Looks like it would!


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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Need help!
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:08:15 AM »
Awesome. Even a broken clock gets it right now and then.

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Love the knowledge base here. Not just a bunch of kids guessing or screwing with you like some of the other sites out there

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:58:59 AM »
functioning fuel gauge. amazing ..
One of my favorite features!

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 04, 2017, 01:39:53 AM »
Got my gauge bulbs swapped out for LED's. All of the main "ILL" ports take a size 194. Also changed the tag lights out for LED bulbs. Also 194's. The plan will be to swap all of the white bulbs out for LED's. (Save the headlights) I will leave the ambers, turns and tails "stock".



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:58:10 AM »
Awesome! Thank you sir!


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 30, 2017, 11:42:26 PM »
You know, I have a TB spacer for that. Interested?
How much you want for her? For vortec 305?

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 30, 2017, 02:03:17 PM »
Interior LED's really modernize the old girl!



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:16:11 AM »
why is there dirt on the floor..?!

I must have accidentally stepped in something when I was feeding cows. I saw some on the tires too. Unacceptable I know! Pardon my oversight!

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 29, 2017, 06:39:44 PM »
Mounted the flashlight/magazine holder from the duramax



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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Need help!
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:09:26 PM »
I am of no value other than moral support, ah. Buy a duramax lol


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Oh yeah! I had one of those once!

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Need help!
« on: April 29, 2017, 02:27:44 PM »
Fuel pressure checked at 56psi exactly. Swapped the BW cap for an AC Delco and she runs like a top again! Thanks Ken!


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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Need help!
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:30:45 PM »
That truck has the "spider" injection, and it will not run well on less than spec fuel pressure... About 56 psi... it won't run at all with less than about 48 psi.
Also, after market caps tend to let spare jump through the plastic, between cylinders, and you won't be able to tell by inspecting it.
I would check fuel pressure, then replace cap, then possible crank position sensor and it's wiring (tends to lose insulation by oil pan)... This is all assuming you tightened plugs and snapped wires all the way on.


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Thank you sir! I'll get on all of these tasks in the am! What is the best way to check fuel pressure?

Would the cap just go toast all of the sudden? It was literally running perfectly! I drove it about an hour away to pick up some laying nests and about ten mins from the house she just crapped out?

What else do I need to change while I have her tore down again?

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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Need help!
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:03:21 PM »
No, multiple misfires. I checked all of the connections, pulled the cap. Stuff looks good. I'm reading the most common cause for the multiple misfire code is on the fuel side due to faulty O2 sensor readings


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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Need help!
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:04:59 PM »
1998 Chevy vortec 305

Was driving along thinking about how good my truck was running and all of the sudden it wasn't.

Missing consistently and backfiring. Put it on the code reader and all I have is the multiple misfire P0300 or whatever. Posted are the stats. I compared it to one of the others in the driveway and couldn't locate anything remarkable... what say you?




Here is the frozen data from when it tripped the code





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Real Man Knowledge base / Re: 911 assistance
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:09:21 AM »
HC-

Blaine
SEKS, SWMO, NEOK, NWAR

PM on here or text/call
417-850-2882


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 16, 2017, 12:02:04 AM »
I used low draw LED marine lamps. Just bright enough to see wo reflection on the glass. I got them from academy in the boat section


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 15, 2017, 09:56:38 PM »
New bed lights


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General Vehicle Related Discussion / Re: Brainstorm with me...
« on: April 14, 2017, 11:13:32 PM »
So I started with ignition parts because everyone was telling me fuel. I found when I did the tune up for my father in law I had busted the ear hole off the distributor where the screw goes in. The cap was pretty loose. The rotor bug looked decent but you could tell there had been some funky firing times in multiple spots. And the points on the cap were pretty corroded. I just replaced the parts and used some zip ties to cinch her down. I then put a little larger machine screw with some meaner threads down through the busted part. Redneck innovation I know... but hey, hasn't coughed since! On to the next project!



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:09:51 PM »
I tell you, I got a few comments on my duramax once in a while, but I damn near had to pull my gun on a guy harassing me to buy this truck. I've had several offers on it that would put me money ahead on it. But I kind of just want to enjoy it myself for a while.


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Build Threads / Let's call her Tina
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:53:13 PM »
Gave the front end a little makeover. New headlights, restored the turns (need to replace) changed the corner marker bulbs. Painted the core support, new LP, plastidipped the faded bow tie!



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CIEMR / Re: Written for my step-sons senior year book
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:55:06 PM »
Thanks guys. As of now he has been accepted to University of Arkansas. He wants to run away right off the bat. Hoping to keep him close at a local school for a couple of years though. $$
His plan is law school. He would be good at it. He definitely likes to argue! ;)


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CIEMR / Written for my step-sons senior year book
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:46:05 AM »
Late night rant!

Lighthouses do not venture out to sea in search of ships to save; they simply stand there shining guiding them home. Fear not the feeling of finding yourself afloat rudderless in the seas of life for it is in these times, your character will truly manifest. On your journey, if all else fails there is no shame in finding the lighthouse which guides you home. There was never a lighthouse built in a day and this shall be true with you as well. There will be friends, family and trusted mentors who will be the architects of your lighthouse. Surround yourself with good people.

As you move in to adulthood, you will learn while doing the right thing may be difficult, it is never complicated. You will further learn the chaos of consequence and the fact that failing to change when change is necessary is self-destructive. I once heard a seasoned old man say, ?Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement?. Remember and hold fast to your instances of bad judgement, for those were the times you learned valuable lessons and gained immeasurable experience.
 
Competitiveness runs in your blood. With it runs the fear of defeat, but your resilience to adversity must remain your cornerstone.  Dr. Valerie Rice says, ?Without failure, you would never feel resilience. Without resilience, you would never be strong.?  When you learn to fail with dignity, the fear of failure will not imprison you, and the just deserts of success will be that much sweeter. Your life is not about what it is today; it is about what it can become tomorrow. Fear not a circumstance in which you are presented the opportunity to exhibit your relevance, because behind every frustration was a wish that was left unfulfilled? But, never lose your humility.

Since you were small you have been the center of attention in every room. You were born to lead others. General Colin Powell says, ?A good leader is someone whose people will follow him or her, if only out of curiosity.? Strong leaders inherently command respect; they do not however demand it. Respect is earned, not borrowed and at times you will face enemies who wish to bring you down.  Do not give them the satisfaction of your defeat. Hold your head high and your posture straight. Never hit if it is at all honorable to avoid hitting, but never hit soft. It is by all means better to be the warrior in a garden, than the gardener in a war. Your versatility will be the key with which the barriers of your life will be dismantled. Never stop learning.

Live every day as if the opportunity to leave a legacy will be lost tomorrow, and build your light house to weather the storm my son, for YOU were born to guide others, and they will follow you, ?if only out of curiosity.?


Momma and her "baby" boy



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 02, 2017, 08:35:54 PM »
Tina Fey is hot, except for that whole liberal thing.
So it's not just me then...

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Build Threads / Let's call her Tina
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:50:07 PM »
Tina Fey

I know... sorry/not sorry


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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:17:54 PM »
I bet it would be well in the mid teens if you drove 65-70.
Here's the thing on that. 65-70 is just barely idling in OD on the flat. As soon as there's a bit of a grade she has to downshift to maintain that speed. You told me these trans only last 150k..... I hate to Lug it like that and make it shift constantly. Bump it up to 75 and she's around 2200 rpm and pulls the hills a lot better. Is my logic flawed here?? That it's easier on the tranny to run faster with less down shifts?

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Build Threads / Let's call her Tina
« on: April 01, 2017, 02:35:18 PM »
Road report-

Just did 200 miles of interstate driving. All of the gauges stayed within an appropriate range. No funny smells or noises. Steering could still use some tightening *somewhere* in my opinion. I would like to find a steering dampening kit of some flavor and maybe swap out the steering shaft for something sans rag joint. Rides like a truck, which I'm cool with.

Prior to lift and tires around town I hand calc'd a 15 mpg. Today on the interstate 75-85 mph... drum roll please... .............. 13.7! Lol, but she looks cool!



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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: March 31, 2017, 08:12:52 PM »
Looks good, any rubbing?
Had to take the front splash guards off.

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Build Threads / Re: Let's call her Tina
« on: March 31, 2017, 07:06:57 PM »
Haven't washed it yet, but you get the idea! Rides like a 3/4 ton! Just the way I like em!!




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