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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:03:51 PM »
^^^^ That paint looks like that when it is wet, but cures to look much smoother and more uniform

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:03:10 PM »
Cleaned that half up as best as i could, then treated it to a coat of the KBS epoxy paint.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:01:31 PM »
There was no damage what so ever in my case. Looks as though the pump behaved itself...Or maybe the truck was never placed in 4WD...?

The line like marks are casting scale, not scratches or goorves...

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:00:12 PM »
With the removal of the top snap ring the bearing, reluctor ring, and pump can be pulled off

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:58:35 PM »
Top half of the case off, and back to scrubbing!. Afterward I cleaned both case halves and most of the interior with spray brake cleaner. It did a good job, and the factory gasket material wiped right off

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:56:41 PM »
So the actual teardown is easy and straight forward. The snap rings presented the only challenge

A rubber plug covers the snap ring, and then there are two speed sensors on the output shaft. Odd, but the MA vid only showed one, but my NP246 definitely had two

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:54:20 PM »
It took a lot of scrubbing with the purple degreaser then time with a pressure washer to finally get down to the magnesium and stains. No removing them!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:52:31 PM »
So after some wrenchin' I was able to get the transfer out and on the garage floor

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:33:12 PM »
I’d like to take back anything I might have said about how having a trailer makes it harder to go off road.




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Looks like something an Aussie would do (And think it's pretty routine!)

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:35:20 AM »
So, setting aside the anatomy lesson

The cooler...

Someone out there has used this one and has an idea if it will be sufficient.

Is there?

Cause when I button the grill up, dat's it for that side show.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:32:42 AM »
Hmmm, go figure  :facepalm:

Some people see the strangest things... :huh:

Well, noteworthy is that a "Dave" created that mental construct  :sad:  :knucklehead:  :evil:

Just sayin... :wink:

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:32:24 PM »
And as you can see, he fits just fine in there.

He had to pull his 1911 out of the holster to get comfortable!!!!

Only in Kentucky!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:31:04 PM »
Has the air valve deal. Just loosen it and the mat self inflates

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:30:20 PM »
Here's that inflatable pre-Ranger sleepin' pad that now graces the back end

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:29:09 PM »
I added 6 quarts of trans fluid to start with. I guess I'll let it settle, then try and figure out how much oil it needs to get it closer

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:27:26 PM »
Then the factory splash shield was reattached

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:26:23 PM »
And clamped the lines securely to various spots with aircraft padded clamps, #10 screws anchored into rivnuts.

All in all I'm happy with this installation

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:24:35 PM »
Then made some tabs with thick aluminum strapping and also made use of the RNT (Riv-Nut Technology)

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:22:58 PM »
Then I creatively hooked up two -8 sized lines in big ole stress free loops.

I have actually seen this done in aircraft to remove any tension in the line when it was near a vibration prone area, so I knew it was OK to do.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:21:17 PM »
And I decided to leave the lines in their approximateish stock position

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:20:01 PM »
Don't start on the mulch beds!

This one is only getting a Dura-grip and not a full locker. I don't believe duragrips are rated safe for operation in mulch...

So, got the trans oil cooler finished up and ready to throw the front end stuff back on.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 11:04:33 AM »
You might be able to only pull the trans mount out, unbolt the lowest nut on the transfer case, then lay a 2x4 in the cross member to rest the transmission on while you pull the case. That should allow it to drop low enough to get to the top nuts.
Just did an 07 the other day so it's still fresh in the noggin. (1/2 ton tho)
Trans mount is out already

But in this 2500 Suburban, there is a permanent crossmember just below the transfer case tail housing.
So to remove it I will need to:
1. Jack up and support the transmission
2. remove the bolts securing it to the transmission
3. Slide it aft, then somehow wiggle it forward through the opening I am still afforded
4. Get that sucker outta there!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:30:26 AM »
Progress, what about the tranny cooler?

Have you thought about using motorcycle jacks? They go higher than many jacks and the flat surface keeps things steady.

Oh, what do you use for your leather? Using the cleaner/protector is not doing it for me. Cleans fine, just doesn't seem to protect as it should.
Yea, on the leather
I think for this type of vehicle, leather is not the go to material at all. It will feel fine, but won't stand up to the dirt. Sitting around on rocks and the ground, then sliding (sanding) into the seat...ya..No-Go!

So, in Phase two, which I may get into after the trip, I was planning to pull the whole interior and dynamat the floors/walls/roof and redye (Actually paint) the seats a rich darker brown. I am going to play with the interior colors to change it to something like you see in the upscale Chevies and other top end truck interiors. Maybe even have new leather covers...

But for now, I am thinking something very Carhartt looking and made of canvas would be the ticket. Thinking back on the years spent in mil vehicles. all of those seats were canvas. Regular Army aircraft had a nylon like material seat covering, and our Special Ops birds had sheepskin seats. Not seat covers, it WAS the covering.

So having a lot of time in all of those seats, I have to say the dirt-poor, dumb as a country rock canvas stood up best to everything short of IED's. So, I normally lather a good oil based leather preservative, then slap a seat cover on top.

The Smittybilt ballistic nylon seat covers in the Duramax truck are working like gangbusters, but they won't stay put. the LBFC (Large butt friction coefficient) motors them all over the grid, and the straps require frequent tightenin'

So, in summary, I'm still lookin'
;-)

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:53:13 PM »
It was getting a bit late to pull the transfer case. I had to run over to HF to pick up another long reach jack to hold the trans up without a cross member or transfer case, and basically just ran out of time.

But I cleared the extra seat off the floor, reinstalling it to complete the passenger seating setup. This is what I am going to go with on the voyage

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:50:50 PM »
I had some more junk awaiting the scrap pile

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:50:09 PM »
And hung the new cooler to see how things are going to fit together

I will not have the fittings until tomorrow so I couldn't figure out how to run the lines just yet, but that's coming right up

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:48:14 PM »
After cleaning and painting the hood release, I created some mounting tabs from a couple layers of galvanized steel captured by some riv-nuts

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:46:44 PM »
I painted the metal and covered it with an epoxy bed liner ahead of the new bumpers which are coming right up

Then I reversed the stiffener to create more room for this much larger cooling unit

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:44:53 PM »
I gave the front end a good cleaning. Soap and water and a chemical cleaner as well, then replaced the parking light lenses and all of the remaining bulbs

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:43:29 PM »
I started by pulling everything off in front of the cooling stack

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:41:40 PM »
This thing is gone like Donkey-Kong

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:39:51 PM »
You can see, the B&M unit just dwarfs the tiny stocker in all ways

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:38:00 PM »
So here is the B&M plate style cooler that will be replacing the stocker and that POC fastened to the AC condenser

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 12, 2019, 02:02:31 PM »
Now I like hearing that

Americans by and large are patriotic.

I am slowly coming to realize that some very smart and devious people are manipulating the truth about where we are headed as a nation, in some very sophisticated ways.

The data is being massaged by sophisticated algorithms in the public spaces.

If you google or You tube search something like a patriotic subject. you will come up with a couple pages all of references to MSNBC, or CNN, or other openly liberal rags. The average hit on page one or two will have 50,000-60,000 hits, but it is page one. Then on page three is a piece by fox news on Donald Trump with 6.5 million views!!!!!!!!!

Check it out for yourself and see just how many pro LBGT, Socialist, Communist, pro Islam, and so forth articles post ahead of the hits favoring a rightist agenda that have 10 or 100 times as many views.

There is coming a time when the silent majority is going to take a stand, and the commies are going to read about it in the history books!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:51:08 PM »
Brian, is there a 10 degree tilt in the spare tire carrier?
Looks to be level...

The thing looks brutal strong.
Hope it doesn't need to be...Yikes!

There will be a 2" tube inserted into that receiver for adjustability.  The angle will be cut into that piece.
Excellent

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:29:47 AM »
Box of gun parts waiting for me on the porch when I got home.  So the question that begs to be asked is will there be a range report or an update on Don's bumpers tonight?
I know which one I'd vote for!

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Parenting / Re: MAGA!
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:28:35 AM »
Spare the rod

...Spoil the Child!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban Bumpers
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:25:23 AM »
Brian, is there a 10 degree tilt in the spare tire carrier?
Looks to be level...

The thing looks brutal strong.
Hope it doesn't need to be...Yikes!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:07:15 PM »
The Merchant transfer case pump fix-it kit showed up, so I decided to just dive right in. The camera died...No longer recognizes its own lens, so there are no more pics.

Continuing, I cleaned and cleaned beneath the truck to get that automatic trans fluid up, and finished with scrubbing the floor.

While that was all wet, I switched to fitting the B&M trans cooler in place of the factory micro cooler. I may just retask that as a power steering cooler!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:03:50 PM »
I then drained the transfer case and removed the driveshaft to axle bolts, and while I was at it, pulled the new/old exhaust system back off

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:02:25 PM »
Then the pan was thrown back on and snugged up

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:01:39 PM »
Transmission got a brandially new filter

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:00:35 PM »
I liked the stock gasket a lot more than the usual floppy rubber offering that came with the new filter, so I skim coated it with some gray silicone and reused it

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:58:48 PM »
Today I got the transmission all buttoned up

The pan is super clean and the coating looks...acceptable for something meant only to be corrosion resistant

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:51:01 PM »
Well, I found this thing locally and was thinking I just may be able to make it work. This guy manufacturers these trailers for $4K, but this one, a custom is left over. It was built for a guy who was a no-show. He has it listed for $2800.

I'm not for sure on it to be certain. It looks to have trailer type shortie springs which are kind of a no-go for a true off road tugger. I asked him in a message tonight if he might consider selling it without the axle, wheels and tires. I could pdq slap in an 8-lug axle and use the same tires/wheels. But not my first choice.

I can't use my farm trailer, it has a lot of stuff in it along with 600 lbs of fuel and the water tank, and the...

But I would consider picking up another 1011. They are great trailers and pretty big!

I may not go down this new alley at all. The plan I had for a roof top tent was a doable plan, albeit with some problems and limitations.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:51:22 AM »
I like it. I’ll bet you like driving it with a lower center of gravity.

Oh, wait. Piluts don’t pay attention to gravity....center or otherwise


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Oh yes we does!

It sometimes gets the best of us!

Yikes!

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:14:17 AM »
Quick search, just found this:

Local guy builds them. M416 wanna-be

For roof top tents and stuff...?

Possible solution??

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:56:45 AM »
Wow, my thread just blew up (Again!)

Lots to think about...

Backing up a trailer...?? 50/50 at best

Boys used to go silent when i was backing up my long trailer at night, after a long hard day at the farm.

Once I asked, Why?

THey said they were counting the cuss words!

Apparently they'd wager between each other how many curse words would come out of Dad's mouth before I got the trailer nestled in its parking birth.

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:39:04 PM »
Trailer hugh...
Does the Warrant Officer have the time remaining to get that pulled off??
Trailer, hmmm

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Build Threads / Re: 2002 Suburban 2500 build thread, Part 2
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:38:12 PM »
But then Don wouldn’t look like this when he has camp set up. I really do think he should go for the paint job.



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A jingle truck
I don't like them
One day flying north out of Kandahar we went past a gingle truck which was sparkling. Funny thing was no matter what the angle I was off that thing, about half a mile distant ti was sparkling.
Crew of chalk 2 told me later in the day peeps on that jingle truck were shooting at me.
To this day
I don't like jingle trucks

And

I am not sure he was right. Seems I would have seen something else had the bonehead been shooting at me on and off for the best part of a minute

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