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Old 01-02-2019, 03:31 AM   #1
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New Year New Project

Well after having the worst year of my life I went out and bought a new project. Itís been a couple years since I sold my 70 to buy ground to build my house, so I wanted to get a 2wd to have some fun in during the nice months. Itís got a great body and the motor purrs and shifts good and thatís about it.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good starting point, what are your plans?
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:17 PM   #3
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Well first thing is to get the smoke smell out of the inside, and some new carpet. But I am going to lower it and put some new wheels on it. Probably do a stereo system. Iím not planning on driving it till spring and the roads get washed off, so I have 3-4 months to play around with it.
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:41 PM   #4
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Unless the carpet is really bad, you could try to shampoo it. I got a house shampooer for about $120 and it has worked amazing. In the house and in the cars. Decent investment if you have carpets in the house, especially if you have kids or pets. The cheaper route is to use a spray bottle or pump sprayer - soak it down, hit it with a brush, and suck it up with a shop vac. It's more about getting it wet and sucking the dirty water off than it is about scrubbing it.
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Old 01-02-2019, 01:11 PM   #5
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I used to detail cars and even motor homes when I was younger and from my experience this carpet was trashed. The whole inside was trashed and smelled like cigarette smoke awful. None of the door locks worked cause all of the actuators were bad, a couple of the door handles are broke, the dash is cracked in a couple places. So at the moment I started stripping all the plastic and seats and once I get everything out I am going to clean everything before the new carpet goes in. And I bought a Ozone generator and from what I read it is supposed to take the smell out of anything, and completely eliminate it forever. So if it works I will do a post about it also. It was like 65 dollars from amazon so if it works it was really worth the money.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:54 PM   #6
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Sweet, fun trucks with a lot of fun mods. Enjoy it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:56 PM   #7
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Ok so I just happened to be driving through Virginia with a buddy and an empty trailer and this drove up on.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:37 PM   #8
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Here's to a New Year, hope it is better than the last. And for you, a 2 burban year!
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I bought the 2nd one for the interior, itís 4 wheel drive and the tranny slips. Now Iíve been thinking of throwing a new tranny into it and keep it. Itís pretty nice and I got a great deal for it.
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Even if you don't plan on driving it in the PA winters, the 2nd one sounds like the way to go. Both look like really good starts.
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It's nasty to get rid of the smoker smell and it still comes back at times.

A tub with Hydrogen peroxide hair salon developer and water mix in the sun will kill the smell in the hard plastic parts. Google Retrobrite.

Depending on how bad it is it may be easier to replace the heater box and ducts with used from a wreck.
You definitely want to wash everything under the carpet and behind the hard plastic beauty panels with an enzyme smoke killer. This includes the doors.
Pull off the plastic behind the door panels and replace it with fresh 100mil plastic that doesn't smell like tobacco smoke.

I usually shock a vehicle with ozone machines for 24hours on a hot day after I pull out the soft parts like seats, carpet, and headliner. I usually make sure the door cards are off as well.

Anything soft is pretty much done for.
ACC Carpet with Mass backing has fit well in all my projects. You'll never get the smell out of the old stuff.
The headliner is done. The backer will soak up tobacco smoke like nobody's business. Get a used one from a non-smoker wreck and re-cover it. I'd replace the dome light and overhead console at the same time... you may be able to salvage hard plastic bits of the overhead console with the above mentioned tub of H2O2 and water and then re-cover with headliner material. Depends on how far you want to go.

The seat covers are done for as well. New Leather is under $1000. Cloth can probably be had but it may be almost as expensive as good leather.

Seat foams can sometimes be cleaned enough to get rid of the smoke smell in a large laundromat machine but you'll need to run em for several HOT cycles with 1/4 cup of White Vinegar, 20 Mule Team Borax, and good Lye Laundry Soap. A good Enzyme smoke-killer biocide from one of those outfits that fixes burned homes will help as well.

If the Durofoam Drivers' butt foam is available from TheSeatShop get one. It made my 2005 driver seat feel better than new.

Wash those seat frames before you put the foam and upholstery back on.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:32 PM   #12
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The plan is to strip the interior out of the silver one, wash it all down and run an ozone generator till the smell is gone. And then replace the interior with what is out of the blue one, except for the carpet cause that I bought new stuff. The blue one is 4x4 so I don’t want to make it my summer toy and because I kinda like to lower everything. I will get the silver one done and then figure out what I want to do.
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How is the body on the 4x4 rig?
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The body looks solid, it has some small dings here and there and there is a dent in the driver side fender. I’m going to get it on the lift and check it over, and if it’s pretty solid I might just keep it. I have a 04 s10 blazer that we use as spare so I might just sell it and use the money to have the tranny rebuilt.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:34 PM   #15
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Well I guess 3ís company and my wife said I have a problem and should stop buying.
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