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    I kinda knew it was gonna happen. But I wasn't sure when. It's a known problem on the gm trucks and suvs from 99-06.


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    Mine being a final year GMT400 (410 to be exact) I haven't had that problem, just a lot of others. The joys of owning old cars and trucks, gotta love it.
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    Attempted to install an RDS radio I got from a '00 venture at the junkyard. Ended in failure. May go back tomorrow and get one from an '03 and up gm.


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    '86 CV

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    Since my last update quite a bit was done to the truck. The first week of Feb I bought a new stereo and an Ultragauge. The stereo is a Sony XAV-602BT. A week after that the fuel pump took a crap. I also had to replace the fuel lines from the tank to the engine. Also the filler neck was replaced and I did an oil change on it this past friday.



    The ultragauge


    The ultra gauge is pretty sweet. You can set up to 8 pages worth of different engine vitals, it tells you if its in open or closed loop, you can check engine codes and erase them and other stuff. I've had it over a month and I really like having it. Here's a link:http://www.ultra-gauge.com/ultragauge/

    I thought about getting the scangauge but I didn't like how primitive it looked.


    '93 T-bird
    '03 Silverado ECSB

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    '88 Mark VII
    '86 CV

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    Radio looks very nice!
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    Thanks! I really enjoy it. I'm looking to get a galaxy S3 so I can do the mirror link on it. The s4 doesn't support it. Gotta get tires first. I'm down to the wear bars.


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    '03 Silverado ECSB

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    '86 CV

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    Been a while since I've done much of anything. Bought some new shit kickers:



    Got them off Craigslist for $200 with the tires. They came off a '99 escalade. 1 is missing a centercap.

    Still to come is a center floor console and escalade gauge cover.


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    '03 Silverado ECSB

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    '88 Mark VII
    '86 CV

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    Throw some Blizzak's on the stock wheels and you're set for winter. That's what I'm gonna do with my stock Lincoln wheels when I get it running, also with my wife's van it's getting junkyard steelies for winter.
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    That's the plan. I got my fiancee a set of used winter tires and it definately helped her car this past year. I've got to find a set of rims for either set of tires so I don't have to keep paying someone to mount and balance tires.


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    Yeah that's a must if you want to switch between winter and all season tires. Also isn't good on the tire bead to mount and remount several times.

    The tires on my wife's van are wearing unevenly, need to get it aligned before I mount new tires. I can still get at least another year out of the current tires if I switch to winter tires, then I'll only need to buy one more set of all seasons for it in it's lifetime.
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    My wife's step-dad bought a 91-93 (not sure) C1500 extended cab 4.3 2WD 5spd, and I was surprised how light the clutch is in that truck, the pedal is much stiffer in my truck. I've had a transmission builder drive it and he said it was fine.

    Anyways, it has the same 3.42 gears my truck has and I can tell it's not as powerful but it's not a turd like I was expecting. His also probably didn't tow like mine did for most of it's life.

    Also it sounds terrible, it has no cat and a glasspack, way too loud for a V6. I've heard a few 4.3 exhausts in person, like a muffler delete with dual tailpipes and 3" tips, which sounds decent but pretty loud. Then there's the Thrush Welded which sounds nice until it hits 2500 rpm or higher and it sound bad. My buddy had a Thrush Turbo on an 04 Blazer and I liked that the best, not too loud but just a bit of rumble and never sounded ricey like louder exhausts. If you're looking for a bit more sound, Dynomax Super Turbos are quieter because of the flow directors, smooth out the sound. The exhaust shop guy I use really likes them.

    You could try one, but if you don't want to spend the money or you want it silent, I know a few contractors with V6 trucks that just run a turndown off the stock muffler, reduces weight and adds flow for better mileage and keeps it stock quiet. Looks better too, I'm not a fan of the single pipe sticking out, the turndown gives it a clean, hidden look.
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    Ash and I bought a 1988 GMC 3500, single cab longbox with a 454, SM465 trans & 4.10's out back. Clean, no rust but jesus, we've been through everything except the brakes & tires. All GM's seem to discard the fuel pump right after you buy them and then weird small stuff starts to pop up just when you think you've done it all. Truck could still could benefit from a radiator & slave cylinder. All in all, the truck is a beast though, fun and easy to drive (Clutch is very light with this too) and I know we'll never kill it. Would like to put an NV3500 trans in it one day. 4.3 is a good motor, essentially a 350 with the rear two cylinders lopped off.
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    Derek you want the NV4500 if anything, it's the heavy duty version. NV3500 is what I have and they're not difficult to break in a half ton. Also the fuel pumps in my trucks make that constant buzz but they haven't gone out yet in 8 years.
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    Oh yeah, that's the one. Will cost us almost what we paid for the truck so it's a pipe dream. Coulda maybe waited for a later model to come up for sale but a well optioned GMC/Chevy with a stick is a rare bird. Would probably be easier just to find a 2.56 rear end or something haha. This truck is what the SS should've been from factory, minus the bench seat & long box that is. Every GM I've owned discarded it's fuel pump around 10 years or 100k miles like clockwork, except for my Grand Am that is. When I got the one in the Firebird done it came back louder than ever but hasn't failed either. If you bought your stuff used perhaps someone already did the pumps for ya.
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    My truck probably, last owner did a lot of stuff to it. The Suburban which has the louder pump I guarantee is original, it belonged to my dad's company and they neglected it, didn't keep fluids topped off or anything. They thought it was junk so I bought it for $900, fixed it up for next to nothing and ended up with a $50k new Suburban with only 97,000 miles.

    I'll need to tear it apart soon, the lower intake gasket is leaking like a Vortec always does, stupid GM and their junk Dex-Cool shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88Vic View Post
    My truck probably, last owner did a lot of stuff to it. The Suburban which has the louder pump I guarantee is original, it belonged to my dad's company and they neglected it, didn't keep fluids topped off or anything. They thought it was junk so I bought it for $900, fixed it up for next to nothing and ended up with a $50k new Suburban with only 97,000 miles.

    I'll need to tear it apart soon, the lower intake gasket is leaking like a Vortec always does, stupid GM and their junk Dex-Cool shit.
    Had that problem when I first bought the truck. I really didn't want to do an intake gasket. So I put some stop leak in there. I know I shouldn't have done it but I did and it actually worked. With the heat of the summer I haven't had any cooling issues. It hasn't gone above 205 so far.


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    '03 Silverado ECSB

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    '86 CV

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