Discussion in 'Member Trucks' started by 88GMCtruck, Aug 16, 2013.
I miss my rollup tonneau cover. Looks good
This truck keeps getting better!
This past weekend.... Welp, there is a first time for everything.
Was driving home from helping install OEM 1-ton overloads on my friends K2500... Take off from a stopsign, loose all power, truck kicks and pops a few times and doesn't crank properly. I get it to the side of the road and try cranking, take a look at a few things (the easy stuff), make sure there are no codes but ultimately it's just not doing anything.
So I call AAA for the first time in my life to get a tow. This is approx 1AM. Had to wait 2 hours for a truck big enough to fit the dually.
Get home, check some more in depth things like fuel pressure... While cranking it I keep thinking it sounds like it's not timed properly... which is weird. It has a brand new MSD distributor and GM performance timing set...
I decide to pull the distributor cover... Welp, there is the problem.
Both screws in the rotor backed out and once one of them bound up in the distributor it snapped the alignment pins off the rotor and that was all she wrote. New rotor and screws and I was back in business.
In other news, I've been super busy working on building a shed and some other home improvement stuff. I snapped this photo one night moving stuff around... I have a lot of cubic inches here....
I asked you some questions about my buddies shortbox dually and you wanted to see a few more pics. We just took it on a 1500 mile road trip for 12 days towing a 30' 5th camper. Truck worked flawless besides the 4-5mpg it got. Heres some pics of it I took along the way.
That is a good looking truck!
I'm actually digging the early tailgate lights with the later truck too.
I've been super busy as spring & summer hit. It's the time of the year I camp, do home improvements and work on projects.
I started out the springtime with a quad trip.
I did a bunch of yard work - sanded and stained my deck, put in a concrete paver path, worked on the lawn and built a 10x20 shed from 99% recycled lumber (including the plywood). It's fully powered and now full of truck parts...
Polished up my wheels for the year, and gave the truck a much needed bath.
The last big project before a few more trips was this old girl
She was dismantled and boxed up.
And then sent away for scrap.
Since the parts storage shed is built and the suburban is parted out, I started ordering parts for the 88... Towards the end of summer I will likely start tearing into it.
Last weekend I made a much belated trip to the wrecking yard and found some really good stuff - Including a CR Lawrence power slider, a 91 tach cluster (which I will be selling) and a JL Audio Stealthbox center console.
I got sidetracked looking at other members with the yellow HT trucks. Looks like I missed the post where you sold it.
I did. I was hesitant to sell it for a year, but when i recorded the mileage driven and it was less than 200 miles... and it was sitting outside, i decided it was time. I just simply didn't use it and didn't have proper storage for it.
I understand. I didn't even notice it was gone until I saw it missing from your signature. I had planned to sell mine after getting my Z71. Funny thing, few people seemed interested.
Been a bit since I've given any sort of update, so here you go!
I mentioned the CR Lawrence slider, well I got that installed.
They had the install with the cable running over the pillar trim and screwed to it... I said screw that. I dis-assembled the cable and ran it through the pillar and only making a small notch in the plastic. Much cleaner IMO.
To mount the motor, you have to ditch the OEM jack tray. Again, no thanks. I modified the position a bit and cut so the motor was mounted behind the tray. I actually have a few things that sit nicely in it, didn't want to loose that.
It had an aftermarket switch as well. You know me, I didn't use it. Instead I grabbed the closest thing that matched - I used a GM switch that came in the GMT800 GM Accessory Power Rear Window upgrade kit. It's the same text and gray color as the GMT400 and is as close as I'm going to ever come to matching the stock switches...
Related to the truck, I extended the tongue on my trailer so I could get rid of the hitch extension, as well as jackknife the trailer to be able to use the stairs without disconnecting.
I also picked up this G2 Brute diff cover, extra capacity and lowered my diff temps about 45 degrees.
During the install, it was close to the spare tire, so to test I flexed out the truck with the camper on it. The frames on these trucks are impressive IMO, very little body deflection even with the camper in the bed.
I also recently was in the dunes, my favorite place on earth.
After much deliberation though, I decided that it was time to move on to a new chapter. Introducing the new tow pig: 2016 Sierra Denali 3500HD.
D'oh!!! You got me!! This has to be the first time in my LIFE that I'd be upset if someone DID buy a Denali!!! lol...
Although...seems like when you get something totally dialed in, you sell it and start a new project!!
I've bitched to you before about this...but any of us rust belters that see the condition of the "parts Burb" wanna PUKE!! Body and frame look totally rust free!!!
Also...the chunk of square body hanging on the shed wall...kinda looks like from your dad's shorty OOBS...? Is that finally getting restored?
Shed is SWEET especially if built on a budget with repurposed materials! Although....are you already wishing you made it bigger...? Any reason you chose that size? Space limitations/budget/time? Seems like bigger is always better when it comes to shops/garages & sheds!
SOooo much win with this truck, but it definitely made you WORK for it!
Blower still good...trans OK...? How many miles are on this thing now?
I'd say I can't wait to see what happens next...but damn, what is left?!?!?!
Yeah, it seems to be the way of things with me, I enjoy having an ongoing project of sorts... we shall see what I do with this.
The Burb was 100% rust free. Pretty much every GMT400 is here, rust just isn't a thing.
The tailgate was from my dad's old squarebody. I saved the tailgate and he came over and took it when I was at work, then cut the back off a box and made that for me. He recently did a restoration on it, new motor, interior etc. It's now black and once again a stepside (which is what it was originally). Here is it now, although it's dirty here.
And the shed size, well the concrete pad already existed in my yard from the PO, and I can build 200SF without a permit on my property so that kinda locked that in. I would have loved to build larger but then I would have needed a permit, and my septic system is in the lawn near it so there wasn't much room anyway.
Whipple and trans are doing good, truck has 173k on it now.
Love to see this old truck still on the road.
Did a few more mods to the dually the last month or so.
Rag joint elimination. Makes the steering much more responsive, although I'm still due for balljoints.
While at the junkyard, I happened across this set of heated leather buckets in a 99 suburban - and lucky me Devin happened to have a leather rear crewcab seat in storage and was willing to trade for my cloth seat. They are a solid 9/10, with the worst being the 3" tear in the driver's side bottom which is no concern since they are easily replaced for about $110.
And in my craiglist browsing, I ran across another set of Weld Alumadual II's. They were located in Grant's Pass and I was lucky enough that a friend in that area snagged them for me.
Of interesting note, they are slightly different than mine. Mine are dated 1988, these are dated earlier - 3 are dated 1986, 1 dated 1985. The angle of the inner part of the wheel is less angled, and makes a different shape, and thus makes the holes look slightly different. I'm hoping to run them on the inner wheels and as a spare, to shave some weight so the difference is negligible. I also may coat them for winter wheels as well, or polish them up and sell them if neither of the other options work out.... Time will tell.
Killer upgrade on the seats
The seat upgrade is awesome
The sliding window is awesome for a crew cab. Wouldn't bother putting one in my rcsb but it would be cool. Your switch matches really well but I'm curious why it looks different lit up? Is it led or just shines brighter?
Why was the Burban junked? Looked perfect especially compared to trucks here in the rust belt.
All my switches are LED, it's slightly brighter than the others due to it's shape or something, but most of that was due to camera angle more than anything.
The suburban was bought for $700 running rough, with plans for me to part it out. It had 284k miles, and a completely trashed interior (anything that was fabric was torn/stained). The body was good though (other than paint neglect). Once I got it home I did a quick tune-up on it and got it running, but it was evident that it was just tired. I could have kept it and had a nice suburban if I wanted to replace the interior and probably motor, but it's destiny was to give parts to my other two trucks (most of which are going in my 88) and a few friends trucks.
How do you know the diff cover lowers the temps that much?
A sensor or is it advertised like that?
Just curious as i got a aftermarket one as well
I monitored it with an IR gun over the years. I also have a friend with a similar setup (98 K2500 with a slide in camper and smaller trailer) I am also able to compare to
Okay, the junkyards near your place must be the best in the country. Maybe the world. Those are the best look GMT400 leather seats I've ever seen.
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