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Old 10-18-2017, 12:07 PM   #41
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That method works for the lips, but not the mesh parts, which is the dilemma. There's machine marks on all the wheels that I have to knock down which is the time consuming part.. tires are coming Friday, so I gotta get a move on.
Are those 15 or 16?
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:26 PM   #42
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:53 PM   #43
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15x7
What size are you going with? 275/50r15?
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:02 PM   #44
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215/60r15. It's the +1 size so the speedo will be accurate. 275 is super wide for a 7" wheel!
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:34 PM   #45
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for calibration purposes that size will work and so will it for rim size since it allows for a maximum wheel width of 7.5 inches. For performance it will be hindering as the tire is a bit narrow.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:44 PM   #46
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Ran out of stick weights, but whatever! I love the way it came out. Itís such a drastic change. 100% better



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Old 10-26-2017, 02:52 AM   #47
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Ran out of stick weights, but whatever! I love the way it came out. Itís such a drastic change. 100% better



That Sonoma is sick dude. I thought it was a cyclone.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:09 PM   #48
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Thanks man. I like it a lot so far.

I went roadkill with a Mexican blanket on the seats, and zip tied it to the back so it wonít fall.


Things left to fix:
-Power steering whine
-Tail shaft bushing/seal & trans fluids
-U-joints & differential fluid
-That one bent pushrod
-blend door
-Rear brake hardware.

Swap stuff to do:
-Aquire 5.7 SBC and mounts
-Bellhousing for T5
-Headers
-Exhaust (H-pipe to Magnaflows to turn down)
-Basic MSD ignition setup
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:34 AM   #49
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Speaking of Syclones...I saw one coming out of the parking lot at work a few days ago. I instantly hopped on Autotrader to see how much they are going for today. Let's just say they are very valuable.
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:45 PM   #50
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Yeah, those things are modern classics. Still, these standard Sonomas have so much potential. And they look so good lowered.

I'm digging the wheels, by the way, Chris!
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Old 10-28-2017, 10:57 PM   #51
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Thanks! It makes me smile that you guys like the truck too.

Yeah, those can go for a LOT. Theyíre AWD turbo mini trucks that put down more than the base model Vette at the time. The split was 35/65 too.

If I can get a reliable 300+ with a cam and bolt ons, Iíll be super content. I want AC though cause Houston is basically the Florida of Texas in terms of location.
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Old 10-28-2017, 11:32 PM   #52
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Thanks! It makes me smile that you guys like the truck too.

Yeah, those can go for a LOT. Theyíre AWD turbo mini trucks that put down more than the base model Vette at the time. The split was 35/65 too.

If I can get a reliable 300+ with a cam and bolt ons, Iíll be super content. I want AC though cause Houston is basically the Florida of Texas in terms of location.
You already moved here? It aint as bad once you get used to it, i actually have no A/C on my truck for the past year. Are you going to do TBI or Carb?
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:41 PM   #53
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Got rear brake parts, push rod, u-joints, and extension housing seal/bushing/trans fluid. Will have pictures tomorrow of the shiny new stuff.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:26 AM   #54
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I did the brake shoes and hardware. COMPLETELY forgot to take pictures. the car doesnít have a front bias anymore. Best part - stops as it should without locking the front.

If you really want pics of drum brake r&r - google or YouTube it, and PM me if you get confused.

After pricing things out, im going with a cammed crate 350(with matching springs of course). Iíve been talking with Crankshaft, who is an awesome person btw, and Iím going to go with a V8 Camaro T5 with my s15 extension housing, on an SBC bell-housing. Iím thinking gasket matched Air Gap intake manifold with a 600 Holley.

That combo should net me over 300hp with a decent exhaust, and be plenty reliable WITH an engine warranty.

Iím still reading up on rear ends to use, and I wonít forget to take pictures next time I wrench.
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Old 11-16-2017, 12:31 AM   #55
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In the meantime Iím making it more comfortable. Might fix the AC soon.. The compressor kicks on/off quickly which makes me think low gas. So IF - Iíll do a vacuum test and reseal/fill. I also have a random vacuum hose with a screw in it which Iím assuming is for the door actuator or something..

This is how my rear brakes were. Now itís all new hardware, adjusters, and shoes. Notice the arm isnít even touching the star wheel, and the cracked shoe. At least they put the shoes on the right way.


I got an Alpine 143BT single DIN and some 4x6Ē 3-way Pioneer dash speakers. The rear speakers are 4x10Ē so I need to figure out what Iím going to do for bass and mids. If anybody knows something thatíll fit without too much modification let me know!

This is after I organized it. Holy crap it was gross.


How is this easier than a simple butt connection? Ruined the OEM connection..


Have hands free & Bluetooth now


Sorry this is a bad picture. Got dark outside.
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Old 11-21-2017, 02:55 PM   #56
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Sounds like it can move now. Has an awesome rumble, kinda like a Subaru.

And a new push rod. Old one was a little bent


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Old 11-21-2017, 06:39 PM   #57
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Man, I love this truck!

That push rod kinda looks like he gave up on life, hah.
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:11 AM   #58
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Alternator went. It started putting out 9v.
New battery & alternator.
Subs in.


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Old 12-05-2017, 01:34 AM   #59
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Man, that drop transformed the look of your truck. The wheels came out nice, but they just don't look right. They seem more of a classy sedan look, whereas when I see a lowered truck I think muscle car rims look good. Just my Blazer-bias
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:15 PM   #60
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Damnit! Radiator filler neck cracked.
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