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Old 09-09-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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Project WideBody

So, in the quest to answer a few questions...i figured i will try to post a couple images of my project. Started life as a 89 Gold, tan interior 305.

Now, a 355 (400hp), 6 linked and bagged cruiser
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:52 PM   #2
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Little back story...
Back in 08 i helped the then owner install a 260hp goodwrench crate engine. He had Macco do a red paint job....then he hit a deer (very light cosmetic front damage)

I gave 2500 for it in 2010, spent the next 2 years (08-10) redoing the entire truck. Had it completely off the frame and down to bare metal. It now has a sir michales pan welded in and shaved stake pockets.

I did a KP 6link rear, shockwave front and accuair management system. Black exterior and all custon red leather interior. I have driven this truck all over...started in illinois, then los angeles, and now lousianna...all over the last 10 years.

Just this year, i decide it was time to freshen up under the hood...so a 355 was built, and the games began.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:56 PM   #3
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355 (400hp dyno'd / 410 trq), vortec heads, decent roller cam. Edelbrock intake under a 600hp fitech efi, all 304 stainless exhaust.

Plan is to remove most of the factory wiring, running only starting, charging and gauge wiring.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:57 PM   #4
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I will work on rotating the pics...
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Old 09-10-2018, 10:41 AM   #5
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another trial, must have turned my camera
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:41 PM   #6
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Very nice truck!
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:35 PM   #7
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:16 PM   #8
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It can't get any better than this. Clean, simple and sexy.
Great looking truck, I will definitely be checking this one out to see the engine installed.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:33 PM   #9
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:45 PM   #10
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Running fuel lines and some wiring tomorrow...hopefully try to start it
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:37 PM   #11
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Sweet truck, I've always had a soft spot for a rcsb obs
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:33 PM   #12
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Re: Project WideBody

little update, actually attended to the truck this weekend...got to fire and run for several minutes ( just enough to get the pipes hot).

i need to install the cooling system, i did de-rat the wiring nest in the above photos. i am down to about 2 wires that need to install into the cab, one to power the cab internals and the other for the ac unit. otherwise factory ecu and wiring are gone (most of which i didnt want to chop up yet).

so far, the FiTech unit is a real piece of work....in no way was it SELF LEARNING.
i have gone into the custom tuning several times making adjustments just to get it to run...still working on that. but since i know i CAN get it to run, i have reverted back to cleaning up the wiring, and making the install permanent.

i will try to update with a couple photos here soon, but not much looks different at this time (just a few less wires)
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:34 PM   #13
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Re: Project WideBody

Very nice looking truck! I'm subscribed for sure!
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:38 PM   #14
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Re: Project WideBody

Good to know...once it is wrapped up, all the vendors i have used along the way, i plan to send a more detailed spread. Always nice to have for webpages.

I am also considering updating the management system...the phone app would be handy and cleaner than the touch pad....then the new tank /pumps look clean also...it never ends.

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Old 10-15-2018, 09:03 PM   #15
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Re: Project WideBody

That is a beautiful truck you have built. You cant go wrong with black exterior and red interior in my opinion. Such a classic combo. I am interested in your shock wave set up in the front. Did it still require trimming the spring pockets? Also do you have a big notch in the rear? Thanks for posting your progress please keep them coming.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:44 AM   #16
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Re: Project WideBody

suspension wise...
i originally had the first release of shock waves, those has a large diameter billet surround that captured the bags. they installed with the bag under the frame pocket and had no issues ( no frame cutting).
somehow one of the shock stud mounts broke off...ride tech was kind enough to discount A WHOLE NEW SET by $200 due to a recent redesign (lucky me)...so roughly $800 later i have a newer version.
Currently they design has a urethane disc and the shock has been upgraded to a thread body allowing a slight adjustment to height after install.

only issue there is they COME MANUFACTURED with a 1/4" inlet line fitting (only ride tech can change). After several discussions, and multiple notes of having 3/8" line...i received the new with 1/4" fittings still ! Again, ride tech was kind enough to allow me to purchase and adapter ( but now i have slower acting bags)...and the frame pocket will need clearanced due to the new bag location.

the rear, is a KP COMPONENTS 6 LINK and a standard bell tech frame notch (stock bed floor still intact), and a firestone bag ( dont recall the size as the suspension was done 10 yrs ago...with the exception of the new front shock wave ( never used yet, just installed)
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:30 PM   #17
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Thank you for your time and the reply, that is exactly what I was hoping to hear is what you had on your truck. I have been trying to find information on the shockwaves for a while now from someone that has used them on a OBS and also information for the kp 6 link with a standard bell tech frame notch. I like the idea of having a bagged truck but not the idea of cutting into the bed with a big notch and also I do not want to cut up my spring pockets so I guess shockwaves are out as a option on the new version. Thanks again
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:39 PM   #18
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Re: Project WideBody

at ride height, they shouldnt be an issue, but when deflated they touch...i just dont want the possibility.

the only trimming that would be required is the lip of the pocket, reach in there and you will know exactly what i mean. i plan to trim as little as possible, but will keep you updated.

i dont recall how i came up with the original shock wave size, i believe i was just a guinea pig and it worked out...but they never offered them.

this go round, was a few measurements, and the new shock selection (fox) has a pin top with an adjuster, so no chance of flipping it.

once they are set for actual ride height (more so dropped height), i will reply with what was needed. my plan is to mimic the yard pic in height (old setup). so far it looks very close, but the only time the front has been on the ground, the motor was out and they had a touch of air in them.
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