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Old 08-09-2017, 02:13 PM   #826
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Thanks Guys!
Yea Dan, I've thinking of building the bed to open up to show frame work underneath!


It's going to be super cool already. If you do the bed thing it's REALLY be over the top. Jimmy, Cameo, full custom suspension, LS. Can't wait to see the finished result!
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:57 PM   #827
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Sweet looking, surface rust will drive you crazy...Jim
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:58 PM   #828
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Thanks Dan, finished what's that?? Hopefully someday!!

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Old 08-10-2017, 08:59 PM   #829
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Awesome , Your build is an inspiration !
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:41 PM   #830
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Thanks Dan, finished what's that?? Hopefully someday!!

Man oh man, tell me about it! I wanted mine driveable by the start of summer. I'll be lucky if the engine is STARTED by the end of summer. Oh well. I'm blessed to be able to do the things I want to it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:03 PM   #831
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Man oh man, tell me about it! I wanted mine driveable by the start of summer. I'll be lucky if the engine is STARTED by the end of summer. Oh well. I'm blessed to be able to do the things I want to it.
Amen Brother!

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Old 08-11-2017, 06:31 PM   #832
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Man oh man, tell me about it! I wanted mine driveable by the start of summer. I'll be lucky if the engine is STARTED by the end of summer. Oh well. I'm blessed to be able to do the things I want to it.
Hoped to have mine done last June, now I'm working hard to get it through the bodywork and paint phase by November. It will be road ready by next spring 'cause there's no way I'm going through another season without a functioning ride...

Figure out how long it SHOULD take and double it
Figure out how much it SHOULD cost and triple it

I also feel blessed with being able to enjoy the hobby to the degree that I do...
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:46 PM   #833
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Figure out how long it SHOULD take and double it
Figure out how much it SHOULD cost and triple it

I also feel blessed with being able to enjoy the hobby to the degree that I do...
^^^ This is totally true. I wish it weren't but you get waist deep in it and you think, "I've done this, this AND this and NOW I'm gonna cheap out on the? _____(Fill in the blank with almost anything____)

But I know when I'm done it will be the fulfillment of a dream I've had since my 20's. I also know me and I will also be thinking I LOVE this truck but I could sell it for X and build Y! Idiocy, I know. Oh well I could be spending it on wine, women and song.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:33 AM   #834
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Big Dan

I could build two show trucks with what women have cost me!!!!

Keep on keepin on

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Old 08-12-2017, 11:30 AM   #835
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Big Dan

I could build two show trucks with what women have cost me!!!!

Keep on keepin on

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Well then, My little Roseanne Roseanna Danna you have not learned!

(My high school sweetheart wife of 20 yrs cost me a fortune too when she decided she wanted out. Blindsided me and it took most of 10 years to dig out!)
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:57 AM   #836
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Sorry for the hi-jack

Dan, you just made my point....

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Old 08-13-2017, 11:25 AM   #837
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Well, in my case it was one woman, not "women".

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program: JJ's awesome truck!
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:09 PM   #838
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Last year I was in Reno for Hot August Nights and bought a PowerBlast Plate from Thompson Performance. The salesman made a good pitch for the product and had a cool video presentation, so I figured I would give it a try.

Well I finally got around to installing it after looking at the online instructions which are very well done. I don't know why I waited so long, but man I can't believe how much it changed the off the line acceleration of my truck. It made it fill like its got a lot more horsepower and torque from a standing start. The throttle response is instantaneous!

I don't endorse a lot of products, but this one really worked great for me. Now 4 of my buddies that have heard it perform asked me to order one for them.

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Old 09-24-2017, 11:38 PM   #839
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JJ, always glad to hear that something works as promised...Jim
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:55 AM   #840
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What are you using for a comparision with this new product on your carb?
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What are you using for a comparision with this new product on your carb?
Just a good old seat of the pants feel, I'm very satisfied with the results!!

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Old 09-25-2017, 01:13 PM   #842
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The "butt-O-mometer" huh? Always the best way to tell if you've done something good or not!

But I guess I question why do this upgrade if you're going to an LS in your new truck and selling off your old frame & drivetrain? Are you holding out on us? - Considering keeping the old setup for another project?
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I think the buttometer, is just a lighter wallet feeling
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:44 PM   #844
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I think the buttometer, is just a lighter wallet feeling
In that case my wallet ought make me levitate off the seat! Lol.
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In that case my wallet ought make me levitate off the seat! Lol.
Just like a flying carpet!
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I think the buttometer, is just a lighter wallet feeling
Well since I can't drive the truck around town with it sitting on a Dyno, the "butt-o-meter" will have to do. Besides that we all don't do a Dyno session before we try long tube headers over shorty's or point swap to HEI or regular gas over high octane it comes down to how it sounds and feels when the rubber hits the road!

For me it was money well spent.

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"For me it was money well spent."

That's what counts, LOL.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:13 PM   #848
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....how it sounds and feels when the rubber hits the road!...
^^^ I made the joke but this is what counts to me too. It's not like any of our trucks will be THE fastest thing on the road. Fast enough, sounds mean enough, that's all I'm looking for too.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:26 PM   #849
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Well it looks like I may need to start another build thread, this one followed me home on Tuesday!

Found it locally on craigslist, been sitting in a 2 car garage for 10 years! The previous owner stripped it completely apart, down to the bare metal and installed a Camaro clip.

Its in very good shape, one cab corner has been replaced and the radio opening closed up because it had been hacked up. I plan to put back the stock opening. It also came with a ton of parts, new wiring harness, chrome tilt column, power brake booster/master cylinder, all new rubbers and vent windows!

My plan is to put it on the first PorterBuilt frame I have, add a small block motor and a 350 trans and make it a very nice driver!

So here are the pic's!!

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Cool!

The "first" Porterbilt frame? How many do you have?

Is your Chevy - now GMC - still on the road and running, or torn apart?

What's the status of the Cameo/Suburban conversion? I can't keep straight what you're doing anymore.
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