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The Fat Girl, My 86', C30, 3+3, dually, bagged, SFBDed on 22.5"s

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by John-e Bravada, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. John-e Bravada

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    Wow, it's been a while since I updated this. The weekend after I got the hood on we took her up to Dubuque for the weekend. She turned allot of heads along the way! The drive up was great but the drive back in the pouring rain was not good. I thought Momma was never going to ride in her again. It was dark and raining cats and dogs so with 80's technologies headlights, poorly aimed, and no defrost I had a hard time seeing the road in front of me. I got us home but it was white knuckled all the way. The Fat Girl was dancing the whole way!
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    This was to be a shake down run and it definitely generated a list of must fixes. I've only gotten to a few but I have plans in the works for the rest. I did get 3 point rear harnesses in, a new recline lever for her seat made, better lights purchased, wiring for headlight relays, and 4 high.
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    The motor is coming out tonight to finish the trans tunnel and paint on my homemade lizard skin and some undercoating. That will be the 1st layer of sound/thermal insulation.

    The motor has made a knocking sound since I put it in so I'll swap in my spare and see if it's a Cummins noise or if that motors really hurt. I'm also going to o-ring both motors while they are out and on the floor. The trans also has a leak and potentially a burn 1-2 syncro so it will come a part for inspection as well.

    With the hood on I can't tell where the front suspension is sitting, no gauges... So wile I was plumbing in the gauges I added ride height control valves so now all I do is hit an auto switch and it comes up to ride height automatically. All for way less then an electronically controlled system.
     
  2. DoubleDingo

    DoubleDingo When In Doubt, Throttle Out

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    Sounds like a wild ride back home. Glad you all made it back safely.

    Looking at the height of the shifter that has to take some getting used to. But one has to enjoy the cool factor of it.
     
  3. John-e Bravada

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    I keep thinking about cutting it off, drilling and taping it for a stud and bolting on an AL lever. With the weight of the steel one it tries to fall into 4th gear. I also need to get it back closer to me so I'm not leaning forward to shift into the forward gears.
     
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    Nahh, don't cut it off. Just put 2 90 degree bends in it. Bring it 3-4 inches closer to the driver. That will also shorten it a bit, but still be cool.
     

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    or even...
     

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    Since I pulled the motor and trans Monday, the shifter is out.... time to mod it:)
     
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    Well I pulled the head last night and o-ringed the block. It went pretty smooth... I dropped a piece of a .025" feeler into the oil passage and then the end came off my magnet trying to get it out. So now I have some more disassembly to do. I didn't find a smoking gun for my knocking issue. The pistons are pretty loose in the bores so I'll pull the pan to get the feeler gauge piece out, check the bearings, and pop a piston out to check the bore clearance and skirts.

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    The more I look at that shifter, I think I'd do the 2 90's turns if possible. Then you can either hold the the knob, or in between the 90's like a T shifter.
     
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    Well it was a slow month... I should say I've been lazy for the last month and I haven't worked on the truck at all. :( Last week I finally got motivated and I finished welding the trans tunnel from and mixed up some home made lizard skin. After three coats I put the motor and trans back in.

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    It's a 50/50 mix of this stuff shot thru an undercoating gun.

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    Oh and once I started driving it again the stack started bothering me again so I angle cut it.

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    I was thinking about this build the other day wondering how the progress was coming along. Being lazy sometimes is a good thing to let the body recharge.

    The stack coming out of the hood looked cool, but I like it routed behind the cab like that even better. The angle cut sets it off just right instead of a straight cut. And good idea for the homemade undercoating, probably saved a boat load of money.
     
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    You should have pinged the thread. I needed a kick in the a$$ to get me going again. There was a diesel black out day at the Byron drag strip that finally got me back on it. Hopefully I can keep after it now. I still have allot to do!
     
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    you know the threeplugs on the firewall that all clamp together and plug into the fuseblock? well the one is for engine electronics what did you do with it?
     
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    The more I see this thread, the more I feel the need for a bagged dually in my life. Keep up the work and don't get burnt out on it! :cheers:
     
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    If I don't see an update for a while in the future I will.

    I agree with you 84Sierra, something about a slammed dually that looks cool.
     

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